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REVIEW – Fast Striker (PS4)

Stiff Controller Fast Striker is a 2D vertical shoot’em up (shmup) composed of six stages, boss battles, four difficulty settings for replay value, and a ton of bullets. Contrary to its name, this bullethell isn’t exactly fast paced. While the screen is often filled with projectiles, especially in the later stages, the player’s ship actually …

REVIEW – Soulblight (Switch)

Cool Name. Poor Gameplay. Soulblight, a top-down Roguelike action RPG, separates itself by use of the taint system. Not to be confused with the area of your body where the sun don’t shine, this system does not involve traditional leveling or grinding but rather a give-and-take system. “Gluttony, Lust, Cannibalism – how far will you …

REVIEW – The Swindle: A Steampunk Cybercrime Caper (Xbox One)

Stealing Stealthily If you mixed the randomly generated 2D action of Spelunky with stealth and light RPG elements, you would get The Swindle. The goal is to infiltrate banks and steal their money without setting off alarms, evading guards, and not getting zapped or blown up. Controls are simple enough, there is jump and melee …

REVIEW – Marble It Up! (Switch)

Ball Without the Monkey If Marble Madness was made today, it would be Marble It Up! With the goal of reaching the finish line in the shortest amount of time, this ball rolling sim is ideal for players who love mastering the time trial option of any racing game. As the title would indicate, the …

REVIEW – Fishing Sim World (Xbox One)

Fell Off the Hook The makers of Train Sim are dipping their toe in the fishing sim pond once again with Fishing Sim World. Euro Fishing was released in 2015 and now Fishing Sim World seems to be the sequel of sorts although not limited to Europe. For a game with Sim in the title …

REVIEW – MagiCat (Switch)

High on Catnip Inspired by 8 and 16-bit platformers on the early 90s, MagiCat feels and looks like a spiritual successor to Mutant Mudds. For only $5, there is a ton of game here and a lot to appreciate. As the title would suggest, the player controls a cat and the goal is to make …

REVIEW – Valkyria Chronicles 4 (Xbox One)

A Return to Form Born on the PS3, Valkyria Chronicles made a name for itself with its unique blend of action strategy with 3rd person shooting. It eventually spawned a couple sequels on the PSP, one of which was never localized, and last year’s Valkyria Revolution was an awkward Dynasty Warriors action title that missed …

REVIEW – Arcade Islands Volume One (Xbox One)

Party Planet 1.5 At the end of 2017, Mastiff and Teyon released Party Planet on Switch, a mini game compilation that supported local multiplayer with several controller options. Arcade Islands Volume One on Xbox One and PS4 is essentially Party Planet 1.5 just with a sleeker interface, detailed online leaderboards, and a more intuitive island …

REVIEW – Ninjin: Clash of Carrots (Xbox One)

“Ehh, what’s up doc?” Mixing a beat’em up but with a twist of an endless runner, Ninjin: Clash of Carrots is easy-going, mindless fun especially in co-op mode. In classic brawlers like Streets of Rage, Final Fight, or the TMNT games, the players walk from left to right and punch everything that moves. Ninjin is …