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Neverjam’s Spiderheck is All Out Crazy Fun!

23 Sep

Spiderheck

Available on Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch and Steam beginning Oct 22, 2022

Just how often do players get to play a spider in a video game? It’s like what the Spiderheck! All I remember are those retro games of yore–Black Widow and Spiders. As for the newer products, players are out to squash the eight-legged terrors than be one. Thankfully, Neverjam’s game lets you become a wall-crawler to bash other ones with random sci-fi tech! It’s fast paced and crazy fun.

A bit of ambidextrous skill is required because the left stick moves your digital avatar and the right to swing the baton (or aim). I got the Nintendo Switch version to enjoy. Unfortunately, it took an hour for me to get used to the interface, and I didn’t realise the X button was the shoot button. But, in order to play (even locally), gamers have to be a member of PlayStation Network, Xbox Live or Nintendo Network so those services can sync battles across the ‘net.

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Kokoro Clover is a Cute Homage to 90s Cartoons in Video Game Format, But….

18 Aug

Kokoro CloverAvailable for Nintendo Switch and Steam

Kokoro Clover is more than a video game. The developers also designed it to resemble a Saturday morning cartoon series, where each level is resembles an episode. If the full title–Kokoro Clover Season One–is telling, we may see another game to be released in a year’s time, but I suspect we’ll only get one.

This product is for fans of the magical girl genre. Phoenixx Inc. created a cute enough product, but ultimately, if you can’t get into the story, then finishing it is difficult. That was the problem I faced, since the tale is nothing like those series I adored from long ago.

I was curious because of a few mecha designs straight out of Samurai Pizza Cats, but that faded away when it became more like Sailor Moon than Slayers.

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Krut The Mythic Wings and The Himmaphan Warriors. On What’s Wrong and Where to Find it

6 Aug

Krut The Mythic Wings

Players must master dodging and be skilled at slaying enemies in Krut The Mythic Wings without getting hit if they are to survive this multi platform video game. It’s available on many systems. If that isn’t hard enough, collecting the soul orbs is even worse. Thus, only the worthy need to apply. Here, you play an eagle-headed warrior of the Garuda race and have to overcome all the obstacles in six levels to master the elements. Having that skill is required before being allowed to get mystical armour before taking on the rock ogres again.

If you have seen the Indonesian movie, Krut: The Himmaphan Warriors, which this game is inspired by, then it’s almost worth comparing. The trailer (see below) shows off a PS3 level graphics akin the very first God of War PS3 videogame. The version we get to play is crisper and much more colourful. And by the mid-way point, we see how this version of Krut gains his Mythic Wings. To note, despite what Google says, it is not available on either Disney Plus or Netflix (Canada). I had no luck finding it from online sources. The cost to import the DVD from YesAsia is crazy when you don’t take advantage of the free international shipping offer (i.e. order a lot), or you can search eBay for it.

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Super UFO Fighter Isn’t So Duper

17 Jul

Nintendo SwitchSuper UFO FIghter Screenshot and Steam (PC)

The concept behind Super UFO Fighter from Japanese indie developer VV-LABO is simple. It is like those arcade crane games where you are struggling to pull a prize out of a huge bin of goodies. But, unlike the physical version, there’s an opponent to stop you! Not everybody is aware of the popularity of UFO Catchers in Japan, but they have been around for more than a decade (with the original being much older), and they have become quite the phenomenon since SEGA helped popularise them.

Plus, I must note the physical arcade game is much more rewarding. Often, the prize is a stuffed doll from some beloved franchise. In the Land of the Rising Sun, we can find characters like Pikachu, Sonic the Hedgehog or Hello Kitty. At high end boutiques, sometimes they can include electronics. But as for a video game version, not every variation offers digital rewards unless the game is programmed to offer NFTs,

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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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