Episode #1152 - If you can get beyond the punishing difficulty, A Hole New World offers a fun and authentic experience with a lot of charm. I like most of the levels, memorizing the boss patterns and the effective pixel art. I think the developers at Mad Gear Games has a lot of potential and I can't wait to see what they come up with next. This is a retro-inspired action game that not only makes the most out of the old school theme, but also reminds you that games from the 1980s can be insanely frustrating at times.
Episode #1151 - Little Nightmares is a game that sets a tone and is compelling right from the very beginning. Even when I had to replay tricky sections multiple times, I couldn't wait to see what would happen next and how Six would get out of each bind. I absolutely adore the look of the game and appreciated the quick pacing. Players who didn't like or are just burned out of games like Limbo may want to avoid this adventure, but everybody else should drop everything and seek out Little Nightmares.
Episode #1150 - Despite being incredibly difficult at times, I still had a lot of fun blasting my way through the solar system. A lot of this comes down to the grappling hook mechanics, which is a real joy to use and will take some time to master. I also love the old school visuals, run 'n gun action and all the stuff you can collect from level to level. Even when I suffered a horrible death, I still wanted to jump back in and grab more booty. That's not something I can say about a lot of roguelikes. While I wish the aiming was more precise and the levels a little more diverse, I'm all but certain you'll have a great time kicking alien butt in Flinthook.
Episode #1149 - After waiting so long for Puyo Puyo Tetris to finally come to America, I can't help but feel a bit underwhelmed. It's a good game with a ton of modes and gorgeous graphics that help each puzzler pop, but feels a bit limited when it comes to the standard single-player experience. A lot of the modes you've come to expect from these two classic games are either barebones or missing altogether. While that's certainly disappointing, there's still a lot to like about Puyo Puyo Tetris.
Episode #18 - This week we learned that Nintendo may be planning a mini Super NES for the holiday season. Of course, this should come as no surprise to anybody that remembers how popular the NES Classic Edition was last year, but it's nice to hear that all of our 16-bit favorites may be returning sooner rather than later. To help celebrate what will surely be another huge seller, I've decided to take a look back at old issues of Nintendo Power to see what games they would have chosen. Today we're going to talk about Nintendo Power's top reviewed 16-bit games of all time and figure out just how many actually have a chance of being packaged with the Super NES Classic Edition this fall.
Episode #1147 - While nowhere near as good as The Bunker, I like that Wales Interactive is keeping the full-motion video genre alive with games like Late Shift. This crime thriller isn't especially original and you probably won't want to play it more than a few times, but it has an attractive price and good production values. I hope they keep making games like this, but maybe next time make the interactive movie a little more, well, interactive.
Episode #1148 - While not one of Tim Schafer's best, this point and click adventure is still funny and endearing all these years later. Some will complain that it's a little too short and the action takes away from the puzzles, but the story is fun and I love the cast of characters. If you've already played through Thimbleweed Park and are looking to jump into the games that inspired it, you can't go wrong with Full Throttle Remastered. I just wish there was a little more to it.
Episode #1146 - When this HD re-release was first announced, I saw a lot of people react with utter confusion. Of all games, why Voodoo Vince? As somebody who liked the game then and continues to like it now, I'll tell you exactly why: It's because the character got a raw deal fourteen years ago and deserves a second chance. This is a charming little game that doesn't look or feel like most 3D platformers, and its sense of style shines through all these years later. I would have preferred a sequel or proper reboot, but I'm all for a new generation discovering video gaming's most likable voodoo doll. Just be prepared for some of the more outdated elements.
Episode #1145 - While the poor frame rate, clumsy controls and simplistic puzzles are certainly a problem, they didn't distract too much from the otherwise incredible concept. I really love the way the game wraps up and can see myself going through it again in the near future. There's so much about The Sexy Brutale that I love that it's a shame it's ultimately undermined by the execution. Forget rewinding the clock, I want to fast-forward to a time when the game is patched and I can wholeheartedly recommend The Sexy Brutale without qualifications.
Episode #17 - To help celebrate this upcoming release, I wanted to take a look back at what critics said about games like DuckTales, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers and Darkwing Duck when they were first released. We're going to dig through the pages of Electronic Gaming Monthly, GamePro, Nintendo Power and even N-Force to figure out the ranking for the six games featured in this collection. Join me as I average the scores to figure out which games in The Disney Afternoon Collection were best.
Episode #1144 - While it's easy to compare this to Hotline Miami, Mr. Shifty manages to set itself apart by focusing on the beat-em-up mechanics and fun superhero abilities. I do wish there was a little more to the moves and less repetition to the level designs, but neither of those issues will keep players from having a great time jumping through walls and beating up bad guys. Although far from perfect, Mr. Shifty is a good start to what could become a great franchise.
Episode #1143 - This is yet another example of a bad game with a compelling setup. Between the science fiction story and the unique location, Anoxemia has a lot of untapped potential. But any good aspects are thwarted by terrible controls and way too much backtracking. Anoxemia is a baffling adventure that isn't worth diving into.
Episode #1142 - I think it's safe to say that fans of the series will absolutely love every second of Persona 5. It's an incredible adventure full of cool palaces to explore and characters you will actually want to hang out with. It's also great for new players who have always been curious about the Persona series. With so much to do and so many inventive enemies to fight, I can't imagine anybody being disappointed with this 100 hour package. Persona 5 is easily the best Japanese role-playing game I've played this entire generation.
Episode #1141 - My guess is that longtime fans of Rare's Nintendo 64 output will fall in love with everything Yooka-Laylee does. While I grew bored of collecting the same items, I have a hunch that this will be one of the things many people like the most. The truth is, you don't need a review to say whether or not the game is good, because Playtonic's newest game is exactly what you think it is, for better or worse. I'm not sure I want every 3D platformer to be like this, but I'm happy that Yooka-Laylee exists.