Boomerang X Review: A Brilliant Twist on the Arena Shooter

Reviewed on Switch When it comes to arena shooters, the amount of fun you have doing the same thing over and over — you know, killing a bunch of enemies, creatures, and monsters — is of paramount importance. Franchises like Doom and Serious Sam have succeeded for so long because they’re able to pull you in with their addictive, frenetic […]

Strange Brigade Switch Review: Old School Action-Adventure Fun

Rebellion is quickly building a reputation for bringing high-quality ports to Nintendo Switch. Sniper Elite 4 brought some of the most polished and intense stealth action around to Nintendo’s platform last year, and now we have the supernatural action-adventure shooter, Strange Brigade. Though there’s nothing new here in terms of content, this is the same highly entertaining game now optimized […]

UnMetal Preview: Challenging Stealth Mixed with Humorous Writing

Previewed on PC It’s been a while since a game’s writing was able to make me laugh out loud quite like UnMetal. Oh, don’ get me wrong — this is a tough stealth game that will challenge you, but it’s also pretty funny. It’s equal parts retro stealth-action throwback and clever comedy piece. And after playing a bit of it, […]

Aeon Drive Demo Impressions: Smooth Arcade Action

There were a lot of cool games shown during the Guerilla Collective event that coincided with this year’s E3. One major standout was Aeon Drive from 2Awesome Studio. The game is a throwback to old school arcade action titles and offers players incredibly smooth gameplay that’s as stylish to witness as it is satisfying to master. I played through the […]

Reknum Cheri Dreamland Review: Charming but More Frustrating Than Fun

Reviewed on Switch One look at Reknum Cheri Dreamland, and the game might win you over with its old-timey visual charm, pixel art, and 2D action-adventure gameplay. That’s what convinced me to check out the game. Unfortunately, not all is right with this retro-styled throwback. Though it’s undoubtedly eye-catching, it’s not all that fun to play. The end product is […]

Kaze and the Wild Masks Review: A Fun and Tough SNES-Like Platformer

Reviewed on Switch If the team at Retro Studios ever decides to stop working on the Donkey Kong Country series, Nintendo should give the folks behind Kaze and the Wild Masks a call. The game borrows from the classic SNES DKC games, while never feeling like a blatant ripoff. Instead, the teams at PixelHive and Soedesco managed to create something […]

Squad Killer Review: A Killer, Sometimes Clumsy Throwback

Reviewed on PS4 Squad Killer hates you. If you understand that, you should be fine the moment you start playing the game. Well, sort of fine. When you play Squad Killer, you’re going to die a whole bunch. Sometimes within minutes. Sometimes within seconds. Almost always during a boss battle. That’s just the nature of the game. Yet there’s this […]

Lost Words: Beyond the Page Review: A Beautiful Sadness

Reviewed on PS4 Grief. Loss. Fear of a potential loss. Uncertainty as it pertains to that potential loss. These are all feelings we experience at some point in our lives. To put it plainly, these feelings suck, and the moments when they fill your head are some of the loneliest, most desperate moments a human being can experience. Lost Words: […]

Iris.Fall Review: An Eye-Catching Dark Fantasy Puzzler

Reviewed on Switch If you’re big into aesthetics, it’s very possible that you’ll take one look at Iris.Fall from Next Studios and instantly be into it. Thankfully, the game offers quite a bit of substance in addition to its style. Released on PC a little over two years ago, the game is finally on consoles, and it’s just as fun […]

Morbid: The Seven Acolytes Review: A Dark and Twisted Delight

Reviewed on Switch There’s something quite soothing about the sound of hard rain hitting old stone rooftops. Maybe you hear a crack of lightning off in the distance. And maybe, just maybe, you can sneak up on that goblin-looking monster and gut it with your oversized blade. Unless you get killed, which is a massive possibility. Morbid: The Seven Acolytes […]

Raji: An Ancient Epic Review: A Polished Action-Adventure Throwback

Reviewed on PS4 There’s a simplistic beauty to the gameplay of Raji: An Ancient Epic. Developed by the India-based Nodding Heads Games, this title is a throwback to older action-adventure titles — think God of War on PS2 or the Prince of Persia series. That’s not to say that this game feels dated. Quite the contrary, actually. Though Raji channels […]

No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle Switch Review: Hack-and-Slash Perfection

I still remember how I felt after I played No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle on Wii for the first time in 2010. This game is perfect, I thought to myself. Well, a decade later and now No More Heroes 2 has arrived on Switch, courtesy of Grasshopper Manufacture and Engine Software. And you know what? No More Heroes 2 […]

No More Heroes Switch Review: Still Killing It

Can you believe it’s been just about 13 years since No More Heroes from Grasshopper Manufacture launched for the Wii? That’s insane — almost as insane as the game itself, which has been ported to Switch by Engine Software. Some games age better than others, and thankfully, No More Heroes is one of those games that has withstood the test […]

Sniper Elite 4 Switch Review: Excellent Stealth Combat

Sniper Elite 4 has been around for a bit — since 2017, to be exact. As such, you might be wondering why it’s just now been ported to Nintendo Switch. Well, it’s obvious developer Rebellion truly wanted to make sure its tactical stealth shooter was as close to perfect as possible on Nintendo’s console. And you know what? Sniper Elite […]

Gonner2 Review: A Weird and Worthwhile Roguelite Shooter

Reviewed on Switch The original Gonner was an absolute joy to play. It was incredibly fun, quirky, and strange, and it was a total sleeper hit. Gonner2 is a lot of fun, too. It’s an ambitious sequel that’s weirder and bigger than its predecessor, and it mostly hits the mark on what it sets out to accomplish. Developer Art in […]

Crown Trick Review: A Cool Little Turn-Based Roguelite

Reviewed on Switch The roguelites just keep coming in 2020, and thankfully, a bunch of ’em are really, really great. Just to name a few, we’ve recently been treated to Hades, Neon Abyss, ScourgeBringer, and Windbound. One of the latest to join that list of awesome titles is Crown Trick, though this game takes a decidedly different approach. Rather than […]

ScourgeBringer Review: A Rogue Delight

Reviewed on Switch There’s been no shortage of action-roguelites over the past several years, let alone in 2020. It may sound cliche because it’s been said so many times before, but the whole “one more try” thing is very much true when a roguelite is executed properly. ScourgeBringer delivers both familiarity and novelty, and it’s executed incredibly well, making it […]

Macbat 64: Journey of a Nice Chap Review: Nice Polygons

Reviewed on Switch There’s a massive charm to Macbat 64: Journey of a Nice Chap that makes the insanely short length forgivable. This is a game that you’ll likely finish in one sitting over the course of about an hour — or less. Even then, it hits all the perfect nostalgia notes, and it has a nice, affordable price tag […]

Alwa’s Legacy Review: Rad Retro-Styled Action-Adventuring

Reviewed on Switch It’s easy to see where the inspiration for Alwa’s Legacy comes from. Developer Elden Pixels’ followup to 2017’s Alwa’s Awakening is decidedly retro — from its look and sound to its gameplay. It seems inspired by Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link, but beyond that, there are hints of Metroidvania mechanics and even a little Shovel Knight. […]

Super Mario Bros. 35 Review: Taking a Classic to the Next Level

Well, folks, they did it. Somehow, Nintendo and developer Arika have managed to take the original Super Mario Bros., an all-time great game, and give it a modern spin. How do you take a 35-year-old game and modernize it properly? You turn it into a 35-player online battle royale game, apparently. Having previously worked on the well-received Tetris 99, Arika […]