Wow, 2017 has already seen some amazing old-school platformers. Yooka-Laylee came out strong despite its faults, and just recently we were treated to the spectacle that is Super Mario Odyssey. While it’s no secret that indie developers and AAA studios alike are attempting comebacks with 3D platforming games, the current gaming market is becoming over saturated with shooters, racers, new consoles, ...[Read More]
Australian independent developer Considerable Content has announced that, with assistance from Australian independent publisher NNOOO, their platformer, Rogue Singularity, will be headed to the Nintendo Switch in the first half of 2018. Players take control of a “plucky robot hero” through an endless amount of procedurally-generated levels that feature everything from machines to alien...[Read More]
Even though its often considered the lesser of the series, I always had a soft spot for Super Mario Sunshine, aside from the weird insinuations between Peach and Bowser and the long cutscene that seems to take eons. Super Mario Sunshine had a lot of charm and the folks at Gears for Breakfast seemed to have similar memories. A Hat in Time is a love-letter to not only Sunshine, but all platformers. ...[Read More]
An ethereal world defined by its ancient technology, Hob is the new action and exploration-heavy title from Runic Games. Across a kaleidoscope of landscapes that can morph with the pull of a lever, players will guide a small character through subterranean power stations and monolithic towers in a bid to restore this world to its normal state. While the distinct lack of text or dialogue might have ...[Read More]
There’s a reason that Metroid is one of the most influential video game franchises around, what with tons of spins on the fundamentals of its design showing up in the indie scene to the point of it being commonplace. Metroid titles, usually, are amazing adventures starring one of the most badass women in gaming through alien worlds to single-handedly take out threats to galactic safety. Whil...[Read More]
Pikmin came onto the scene during a time when RTS (Real Time Strategy) games were at a high in their popularity. Practically everyone I knew was playing Age of Empires, WarCraft, or StarCraft. Pikmin seemed to break all the rules. It was cute and full of charm; it wasn’t war based. Though there was combat, it wasn’t centered around it. Featuring a cute alien just trying to fix his ship and his bes...[Read More]
Slime-san, from developer Fabraz, is something truly special. While at first glance it looks like a Super Meat Boy clone or something of the sort, this game has so much charm, personality, and challenge that it sets itself apart and I couldn’t put it down. It is a game that rewards continuous play and forces players to learn the rules of the world or have no hope of survival. Each death, exc...[Read More]
Back when gaming was making its transition into 3D, one genre reigned supreme, the collectathon platformer. Mario 64, Banjo Kazooie, Ape Escape, and countless others. There was a joy and fascination in not just simply collecting all the things, but also the moment of “I can actually go here, that’s so cool!”. Eventually these types of games came less often. Which is a shame since these games...[Read More]
If you’re a fan of games like Limbo and Badlands, you’ll be happy to know, Toby: The Secret Mine is waiting for you on PSN, right now. Toby: The Secret Mine is an otherworldly platforming puzzle game; where you play as Toby, whose friends, and fellow residents have been kidnapped, and you must help Toby journey through a dangerous world to help save your friends.
Headup Games revealed that their new game, “Toby: The Secret Mine”, is releasing on July 6th, 2017! For $14.99 this beautiful platformer is all yours. Following in the vein of games like Limbo and Badland, this game features minimalism in terms of design and a story that uses visuals to reveal itself rather than dialogue.
We are living in an age where our current generation of video game consoles are seeing a great resurgence of classic titles. While some “remastered” versions of games are just PC ports of classic games, Voodoo Vince Remastered is a game whose development team took great care in ensuring that old fans and new players would have the best experience.
I had the pleasure of getting a chance to play Super Rude Bear Resurrection while walking through PAX East’s Indie MegaBooth. It was after this that I decided to keep this game on my radar, because I was so impressed by it’s level design. It was funny to see other players come up and die many times, yet they were so determined to get through it. After finally getting my chance to play the whole ga...[Read More]