Episode #1136 - While I wish the gameplay was a little tighter, I had a fun time avoiding the obstacles and making my way through most of the stages. There were a few that made me want to throw my controller across the room, but that's par for the course with this style of platformer. Switch - Or Die Trying is a fun little game with a cool mascot that is ultimately undermined by some control issues. It's good, but not great.
Episode #1135 - Much like BioShock and other similar games, the best thing about The Crow's Eye is the storytelling. Although the setup isn't especially original, it ends up going in a few crazy directions I didn't see coming. It has an instantly compelling setting that is full of creepy moments and over-the-top characters. Of course, you've seen a lot of these elements before, but that shouldn't keep you from getting to the bottom of this mystery. Just don't expect a lot of scares.
Episode #1134 - As frustrating as the cheap hits can be, I don't hate Reverie Under the Moonlight. There are a lot of aspects of the game I genuinely enjoyed, such as the visuals, combat and exploration. But constantly getting hit by off-screen enemies isn't fun, and there were too many times where I died in dumb and cheap ways. I certainly see the appeal of this brand new Momodora sequel, but found that it left me a little cold.
Episode #1133 - Macbat 64 isn't an especially deep or involving platformer, but it does a good job of evoking the spirit of a bygone era. If 1998 is a time you would like to revisit, then you'll likely have a good time playing through this all-too-brief action game, but know that you're getting a short and limited game with a hero that isn't fleshed out in any way. I like the enthusiasm behind this game and wouldn't mind seeing this turned into a larger and more involving experience.
Episode #32 - This is Battle Princess Madelyn, it's the upcoming release from Insanity Blade developer Casual Bit Games. It's a new take on the Ghouls 'N Ghosts formula that will be hitting PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Switch at some point in the future. I recently got my hands on an exceptionally early pre-alpha build which was designed for first look article like this. I know you have a lot of questions about Battle Princess Madelyn, so let's crib this.
Episode #31 - This is Riptale. It's a brand new action-packed roguelike from Finnish developer Super God. This sees a brave ninja who is forced to take on an army of undead monsters. It may not be the most original story, but boy does it have a killer look. I've been playing through the recently released press demo and think it's kind of amazing. I know you have a lot of questions about Riptale, so let's crib this.
Episode #1130 - As second tries go, Table Top Racing: World Tour is a good one. It's not an essential racing game, but it does a good job of steering the franchise in the right direction. It looks great and it's hard to deny the joy of driving past old stereo equipment and wine bottles. Sadly, it's held back by the short tracks and limited selection. I would love to see this team take one more stab at the series, because they're so close to nailing the formula and creating something truly special.
Episode #1132 - While far from perfect, I'm glad I saw 2Dark through to the end. I like a lot of the stealth elements and puzzle solving, and I even got into its gruesome story. With its dark subject matter and violence towards children, I can see how this might not be for everybody. This is not a bright and cheerful story, and horror fans will probably get a kick out of some of the twists and turns. There are some interesting ideas in 2Dark that are never fully realized.
Episode #1131 - Much like Descent, Sublevel Zero Redux is a game I admire more than love. It has a lot of cool elements that are handled well, but I'm not sure how often I'll want to return. The game's repetition and sameness started to get to me after a few hours of play, and the dizzying levels start to blur together after a while. Thankfully, none of this is a deal-breaker, and Sublevel Zero Redux serves up a lot of old school action in a fresh way.
Episode #30 - This is Little Triangle. It's a brand new side-scrolling platformer from developer CottonGame. It stars a little triangle who is desperately trying to save his oddly-shaped friends from an alien invasion. This charming action game is currently available as part of Steam Early Access, and I've spent the last couple hours making my way through it. I know you have a lot of questions about Little Triangle, so let's crib this!
Episode #29 - This is Prisma & the Masquerade Menace. It's an upcoming 2D platformer from Shiny Bolt Games that has you cycling through several different powers to break obstacles and make things in the world disappear and reappear. It's currently seeking funding through Kickstarter, and I recently played the first five stages. I know you have a lot of questions about Prisma, so let's crib this.
Episode #1129 - As a goofy premise, this one has a winning idea. Unfortunately, the funny conceit is marred by frustrating gameplay and repetitive levels. It's often a chore to play and most of my failed attempts felt like they were completely out of my control. I can see this finding an audience, but Blue-Collar Astronaut left me wanting to find a high-paying office job.
Episode #1128 - This is the kind of horror game that doesn't rely on cheap jump scares to be effective, but rather offers the type of frights that genuinely get under your skin and make you squirm. Bad Dream: Coma nails the look and atmosphere, all while telling a deeply emotional story that just about anybody can relate to. And more than anything else, this horrifying point and click adventure game offers a valuable life lesson: Do everything you can to avoid drifting into a coma.
Episode #1127 - If all you're looking for is a competitive blackjack game that kind of looks like an old school Capcom fighter, then you could do a lot worse than Stage Clear Studios' newest game. But if you saw the name Super Blackjack Battle 2 Turbo Edition: The Card Warriors and figured it would take the concept in a new and action-packed direction, then this is going to disappoint. This is one of the biggest missed opportunities of 2017.
Episode #1126 - For as much fun as I had with 911 Operator, I will freely admit that this is not for everybody. Chances are you already know if you're into based on what you see here. It never turns into an action game or tell a compelling story, but what it does is both fun and addictive. Successfully managing the city's emergency vehicles is surprisingly satisfying, and I had a huge smile on my face most of the time. Well, except for a few of the emotional calls, but that comes with the territory when you're a 911 operator.