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Yars Recharged. Atari’s Latest Update is Awesome!

19 Sep

Yar's RevengeAvailable on Steam, Nintendo Switch, Playstation and Xbox

Adamvision Studios must love bugs. Their early Atari Recharged games was all about either squashing them or being one. The latest, Yars Recharged, offers a modern take of the classic Yars Revenge game for the Atari 2600 and it works very well with the modern controller. 

Those devices were simpler back then. The joystick was all players had to control their avatars, and the little insect warrior only had one task–nibble away at the enemy defenses. The navigation is far more intuitive in this update, since one stick flies Yar around and the other positions where he spits. Unlike Asteroids, getting used to controls took no time at all to master.

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Kitsune Zero DLC Expands Super Bernie World for Retro a Go Go Fun!

13 Sep

Kitsune TailsKitsune Zero, the prequel to Kitsune Tails, the platformer styled after beloved classics and steeped in Japanese mythology while featuring diverse relationships, comes to life on Steam today, available as DLC for Super Bernie World, the electoral activism platformer downloaded by more than 350,000 voters at the ballot box.

Journey through a new story created by developer Kitsune Games (MidBoss, Ultra Hat Dimension, Super Bernie World) in collaboration with publisher MidBoss™ (2064: Read Only Memories). Experience the original four worlds of Super Bernie World, now setin the Kitsune Tails universe.

Run and jump as fox-spirit Yumi across eight new worlds exclusive to the DLC. Dodge high speed enemy attacks from the Edo soldiers in an all new hard mode made to challenge speedrunners and platformer enjoyersalike. Collect powerups fueling Yumi’s abilities to grow in size, throw striking fireballs, and become indestructible for a temporary amount of time.

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Mothmen 1966. Drawn to it Like a Moth to the Flame.

8 Aug

mothman 1966It’s rare to find hyper-fiction in any form these days, and Mothmen 1966 is such a game where it honours the tradition. This type of narrative is used in role playing video games in varying capacities. Sometimes, it’s just your traditional choose-your-own-adventure type scenario and other times, you can’t reach the end unless you follow that set path. In the games I’ve played, if you miss an important bit, it’s usually game over.

This game by novelist Nico Saraintaris and artist Fernando Martinez Ruppel, is a ‘Pixel Pulp’ more than the aforementioned style. And the defining details are in the 8 bit graphic design. It ranges from still images to a few frames of animated bliss. But as for whether you can beat the game, it means taking the time to read the many scrolling text pages, solve some puzzles–which includes card games (namely Solitaire) along the way–and surviving.

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Just How Intense is It? Climbing Tokoyo: The Tower of Perpetuity

3 Jun

TOKOYO: The Tower of Perpetuity PosterNow Available on Steam
Disclaimer: A review copy was supplied.

“Just one more run” 

Surprisingly addictive, Tokoyo: The Tower of Perpetuity is a new action platformer from Playism, the publishers of Tasomachi: behind the Twilight (which I’ve reviewed previously), the La-Mulana series, and the recent Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth.

A simple-looking pixel-art platforming game, Tokoyo has you frantically collecting upgrades and managing your skills to climb floor-by-floor up a mysterious tower. The story is simple and doesn’t get in the way of the action. Each of the playable characters has a different reason for being trapped in a mysterious tower full of traps and monsters, but the only way to get out is to reach the top.

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Turbo Overkill is (Almost) Ready to Blast Off!

22 Apr

Turbo OverkillEarly Access Now Available on Steam

Fans of fast paced cyberpunk themed first person shooters can get to look at Turbo Overkill for the PC today. This video game has been in steady development during the pandemic and players can now get to see how it’ll work for the PC.

This game published by Apogee Entertainment (better known for Max Payne, Rise of the Triad, Duke Nukem3D, Wolfenstein 3D, Prey, and more) is a delicious mix of retro and modern graphics, and it looks wild!  Developer Trigger Happy Interactive is handling farming out the work to port it to other systems like the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Those are expected to release later this year.

But for now, PC users can take this game for a spin on Steam. Turbo Overkill enters Early Access with eight dense, multi-layered stages, plus secret arenas, multiple difficulty settings, tons of character upgrades, and unlockable content. Five to eight hours of gameplay await even the most diehard shooter veterans, with more stages, abilities, guns, challenges, and quality-of-life features set for the coming months.

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