Episode #1075 - While I would have preferred the developers play up the theme more than they did, I can't deny that this is a fun little shoot-em-up. It doesn't have a lot of content and the levels are bland, but the action is intense and it gets most of the fundamentals right. Laser Disco Defenders is an enjoyable shooter that should satisfy fans of the genre.
Episode #1074 - Technical issues aside, Lichtspeer is an intoxicatingly crazy action game with a lot of style and charm. What could have been a simple time-waster has been elevated to an outrageously fun adventure game full of silly enemies, cool locations and exciting boss fights. And more than anything else, it's just fun to throw the lightspear. I'm still not sure that's a good enough reason to bring somebody back from the dead, but I appreciate that the Lichtgods went to the trouble.
Episode #16 - This is Serial Cleaner, the brand new action game from iFun4All. It's a game for people who are more interested in the aftermath of a crime scene than the actual killing. This stylish throwback is about to hit Steam Early Access and I know you have a lot of questions, so let's crib this.
Episode #15 - This is Aim Hero. It's a brand new product from ProGames Studios that wants to turn you into an online first-person shooter champ. This unorthodox tutor recently hit Steam Early Access and I know you have a lot of questions about it, so let's crib this.
Episode #1073 - Whether you call it a visual novel, graphic adventure or driving game, Wheels of Aurelia is unlike anything I've ever played before. I thoroughly enjoyed the colorful locations and spirited conversations, as well as the many twists and turns the story threw my way. It's not always easy to keep a conversation going when driving down Italy's coastal highways, but I'm a big fan of the style and love how different each playthrough can be. I have a hunch that Wheels of Aurelia is going to stick with me long after this year has ended.
Episode #1071 - As a full-motion video game, The Bunker excels in almost every way. It looks incredible and the acting never veers into campiness. It's a thrilling experience with a satisfying conclusion. But as an adventure game, The Bunker is a bit lacking. The puzzles are overly simplistic, the journey is too linear and the interface doesn't translate well on consoles. It's a story worth experiencing, even if the game mechanics aren't quite up to the same standard.
Episode #1072 - While it's certainly more fun with another person, Filthy Lucre isn't deep enough to keep you engaged for long. The lack of variety ultimately forces players to simply repeat the same types of attacks every time, which quickly grows tiring. I love the setting and premise, but was disappointed that the game didn't do more with them. Filthy Lucre is occasionally fun, but it's a lot closer to Swept Away than Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels.
Episode #14 - This is Color Jumper. It's a brand new 2D platformer with a minimalist look. It's the upcoming game from Tall Beard Studios, the team behind Crystal Caveman and Three Red Hearts. This appears to be their most ambitious game yet, which is why I'm going to spend the next few minutes answering questions. Let's crib this.
Episode #1070 - Despite being on the short side, Jotun: Valhalla Edition is a stunning adventure that you won't soon forget. There are times when I wished it offered more moves and bosses to fight, but there's more than enough content here to warrant the asking price. It's worth it just to see the giant jotun creatures in action. I want to see more games like this.
Episode #1069 - Sky Force Anniversary is the 194X reboot Capcom should have made. It's a retro-throwback that remembers exactly why these old school shoot-em-ups were so much fun, while still giving modern gamers something to get excited about. It's not especially original and you'll see the same bosses a few too many times, but Sky Force Anniversary seems to understand what made those classic shoot-em-ups so hard to put down.
Episode #1068 - Although the music is good and some will like the minimalist look, 140 ends up being a disappointingly derivative affair. It does just enough to be average, and not much else. And in a world where dozens of indie platformers are released every month, I'm not sure average is going to cut it.
Episode #1067 - Tadpole Treble is a game that surprised me every step of the way. I was thoroughly won over by the winning soundtrack and charming sense of style, and found that I grew attached to this adorable little tadpole. Her journey is harrowing at times, but also full of humor and clever ideas. Tadpole Treble may look simple, but it's actually an action-packed joyride with an emotional punch. This is a strong contender for rhythm game of the year.
Episode #13 - This is Don't Crawl, a punishingly difficult platformer that evokes the spirit of the classic 8-bit games of the 1980s. It's the kind of game where timing is everything and a single hit will send you right back to the beginning. This curious multiplayer game recently hit Steam Early Access and I know you have a lot of questions about it, so let's crib this.
Episode #1066 - While there's still room for improvement, it's clear that OPQAM is headed in the right direction. DOGOS is an action-packed game that not only looks a lot better than Project Root, but is also more exciting and easier to get into. The fact that it doesn't play like most traditional shoot-em-ups helps set it apart from the pack, even when it fails to capitalize on its uniqueness. It's not always original and there are still some issues I would like to see the developers iron out, but DOGOS is yet another fun shooter for modern consoles.
Episode #12 - This is Woven. It's a brand new point and click adventure game from Alterego Games and Digital Forest. The game will be hitting Kickstarter in the coming weeks, but I had a chance to play around with the pre-alpha build and come to some conclusions. I know you have a lot of questions about Woven, so let's crib this.