Episode #1017 - Not even a silly premise can save Coffin Dodgers from being one of the worst racing games of the year. From the bland designs to the questionable selection of weapons, this brand new kart racer is one missed opportunity after another. And even if you can get past how disconnected everything is to the general theme, you're still left with an incredibly average racing game with terrible handling and cheap A.I.
Episode #1016 - Inspired by games like Resident Evil and Alone in the Dark, Back in 1995 attempts to take the survival horror genre back 20 years. While it nails the look, the limited scope and repetitive puzzles make for a lackluster experience. What's more, this Steam game is a stark reminder that there's a reason why everybody stopped using tank controls.
Episode #1014 - At long last, PlayStation 4 owners have a chance to discover WayForward's 2014 platformer, Shantae and the Pirate's Curse. With charming visuals, sharp writing and a lot of intricate dungeons to overcome, this throwback action game is still worth playing. Too bad the adventure all but ignores Shantae's genie half in favor of the usual Metroidvania-style upgrades.
Episode #1015 - While it never reaches the level of Journey to the Center of the Earth or even Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Azkend 2: The World Beneath makes good use of the Jules Verne influence. The story is compelling and the artwork is gorgeous, though you've seen the match-three gameplay before. It's not especially deep or original, but, for a brief moment, this puzzle game reminded me of why I liked this genre in the first place.
Episode #1013 - The Chinese Room has created a gorgeously realized world and a compelling mystery. While those looking for anything resembling action will be bored by the experience, I was fully raptured by the story and performances. Unfortunately, the Everybody's Gone to the Rapture is marred by an unstable frame rate and a few questionable design decisions.