15/01/2021

๐Ÿ™ The Innsmouth Case | Nintendo Switch | Britt's Brief Bulletin | 7/10 - Melting | ๐Ÿ™ @robot_pumpkin #IndieGames #GameDev

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Britt’s Brief Bulletin

The Innsmouth Case – 7/10

Nintendo Switch

A visual novel based on the world of HP Lovecraft presented with tongue firmly in cheek, The Innsmouth Case is a relatively fresh take on the miserable ones’ cosmic horror. That said, if the tone of humour doesn’t tickle your funny bone – as in my case – it can turn a quirky and breezily-written tale into a bit of a slog.

14/01/2021

๐Ÿงข ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿค›Fatal Fury First Contact | Review | Nintendo Switch | "Pocket Sized Fighter That Packs A Massive Haymaker!" ๐Ÿคœ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿงข @SNKPofficial #FatalFury #NeoGeoPocket

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Just before Christmas, it was announced that Fatal Fury First Contact from SNK was available to download on the Nintendo Switch.

I’d never come across this Fatal Fury game before and that would add up as this game only ever came out on the Neo Geo Pocket Colour in 1999.


When I heard about this I was excited to play a fighting game that I hadn't managed to get to from over 21 years ago.

13/01/2021

๐Ÿถ๐Ÿฐ Sam & Max Save The World | Review | Nintendo Switch | Review By Dr Congo Fighting | "The World’s Best-Loved Anthropomorphic Dog and Rabbit Crime-Fighting Duo" ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿฐ @skunkape #IndieGames #GameDev

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1993. The Midlands - a landlocked region of the UK, the historic home to heavy industry, heavy metal, and heavy accents resembling a large and very vocal cat in the throes of regret, having attempted to eat a toffee.

Zoom in to the window of a bungalow in a village on the edge of a green belt. Further, the camera in the room now as a thirteen-year-old Dr Fighting settles in front of his friend's PC.

A 486, DX2 66MHz, no less. The monitor lights his face, hair plentiful on the scalp, sparse on the chin. Time later decided that this was completely the wrong way around, and changed things accordingly.

The floppy disc is inserted. The mouse steadied. A command or two at the DOS prompt and Sam and Max Hit The Road boots up, brilliant colours filling the screen. The odyssey begins...I am in love with this game.

11/01/2021

๐ŸŽƒ Pumpkin Jack | Review | Nintendo Switch | "A treat for Halloween, Christmas and beyond" ๐ŸŽƒ @thepumpkinjack #GameDev #IndieGames

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Pumpkin Jack is a game that’s been on my radar for a while, a 3D platformer in the vein of MediEvil – with whom it also shares a graphical style – I sadly missed the opportunity to play it around Halloween but was delighted to find, upon receiving it for review in the run-up to Christmas, that a Santa costume has been implemented for Jack to sport throughout his quest, making things festive as well as fiendish!

๐Ÿ’™๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’™ Gaming Your Blues Away? How It Can Help ๐Ÿ’™๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’™

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Image source - pixabay - cco license

There is no denying that some people agree that gaming can be a form of escapism. Many people enjoy playing games, clearing their minds from stress and worries of the day and just concentrating on something else for a while.

Right now with everything that is going on in the world, gaming can be a great way to help you combat feelings of anxiety, depression and stress.

But how can it help?

Here are some of the ways gaming could help you enjoy some escapism for a while.

10/01/2021

๐Ÿบ๐ŸŒณ Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Heart of the Forest | Review | Nintendo Switch | "A Punchy Visual Novel With Bite" ๐Ÿบ๐ŸŒณ @differenttales #GameDev #IndieGames

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My history with visual novels is somewhat patchy and mostly linked to stories of high school anime girls bickering in glacial stories that roll on for dozens of hours.

To be honest, my interest in them was renewed only last year with Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries of New York which, whilst flawed, told an interesting tale in a breezy manner that was rich in lore without being bogged down by it.

09/01/2021

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ•น️ Sore Thumb Retro Games Subscription Box | @SoreThumbRetro | "Which box would you sign up for? Me?…I’m thinking Master System" ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ•น️ #RetroGaming #LootBox

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Having followed them for a while on Twitter via my @kingdomofcarts account, I was really intrigued when I caught a sniff of their monthly subscription idea and, after receiving samples through the post recently, it’s definitely a service that would benefit a lot of people, especially those starting off a collection or perhaps fancy dipping into gaming of a more retro nature.

08/01/2021

๐ŸŒต๐Ÿค ๐Ÿ Boot Hill Heroes | Review | Nintendo Switch | "There's A Snake In My Boots!" ๐ŸŒต๐Ÿค ๐Ÿ @ExpGamerStudios #GameDev #IndieGames

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Let it be said that I’m a sucker for pixel art retro aesthetic graphics.

Let it also be said that I love the thought of a Wild West Fantasy RPG.

Let it be known that I think that I love Boot hill Heroes for its charm and simplicity (and it’s pixel art retro aesthetic graphics)


This is the second Boot Hill game to be released on the Nintendo Switch but in fact, it is the first game in the Boot Hill series… 


Last year my dear friend and fellow inhabitant of the Freezer took a close look at Boot hill Bounties which is, in fact, the second in the Boot hill series but appeared on the Switch before Boot Hill Heroes… STAY WITH ME…


Anyway, I’m sure you will agree that my explanation of the Switch specific order of these games has nothing to do with the game and how it plays so lets cut to the chase, shall we?

07/01/2021

๐Ÿท๐Ÿด Animal Farm | Review | PC | "Your worst-case scenario is mass death" ๐Ÿท๐Ÿด @AnimalFarmGame @PixelHunted #IndieGames #GameDev

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At first glance, George Orwell’s classic 1945 allegorical novel Animal Farm doesn’t seem like a great candidate for a video game. 

The tale of rebellious animals seizing control of their farm, banishing humans and attempting to carve out a new society is an excellent satire but contains few action sequences, no hordes of monsters to blast your way through and, as far as I can remember from studying it in school, not a single high-octane car chase.

That’s where developer Nerial comes in. 

06/01/2021

๐ŸงŸ‍♀️๐ŸงŸ‍♂️ Unturned | Review | PS4 | "a tough sell" ๐ŸงŸ‍♀️๐ŸงŸ‍♂️ @SDGNelson #IndieGames #GameDev

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A free-to-play title on the PC gets a port to PS4 at a price tag of £19.99. I don’t usually tend to focus on price and when I do, it’s usually to point out that a mobile game has had a lazy Switch port and the paywall removed which massively unbalances the game (yaaaaaay) so in the case of Unturned, things are slightly different but that knowledge of it being free on a different platform does sting, especially when the game behind it feels so empty and in-progress.

05/01/2021

⌚️๐Ÿถ Watch Dogs: Legion | Review | PS4 | "Nothing to get too hacked off about" ⌚️๐Ÿถ

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My history with Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs series is one of highs and lows, whilst the first game didn’t set my trousers alight and cause me to ingest it so that it remained a physical part of me forever, I enjoyed the hacking mechanics and remember the driving feeling weighty and substantial, this, combined with the functional narrative ended up being a pretty fun jaunt, overall.

The second game was a different beast, however. I really struggled to get any enjoyment out of it as it was not only riddled with busywork but I found every character unbelievably irritating. I played the game for a few hours but my patience wore thin and I moved onto other games, games in which dialogue wasn’t as infuriating as a Hermes parcel delivery.

This, the third game in the series was really, really hyped. It seemed to be everywhere in the months leading up to release and, coming off the back of Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla – which made my end of the year list – it was not only on my radar but also a title I was looking forward to, brushing off my experiences with the second game and instead fondly remembering the good times I spent with Aiden Pearce all those years ago. 

Alas, I just couldn’t click with this one.

04/01/2021

๐ŸŒพ๐Ÿš๐Ÿ› Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin | Review | PS4 | "Rice has never been this much fun" ๐ŸŒพ๐Ÿš๐Ÿ› @XSEEDGames #IndieGames #GameDev

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I dived headlong into Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin with no preconceptions of what I was about to be in for and it didn’t take long for its charms to win me over and its depth to pull me in.

A title that pulls off quite an astonishing balancing act that all holds together and feels not only rewarding but vital to the narrative.

๐Ÿ‘ฅ Shady Part of Me | Review | PS4 | "great puzzles, music and visuals let down by narrative and voicework" ๐Ÿ‘ฅ @ShadyPartOfMe #GameDev #IndieGames

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A wonderfully designed puzzle game that hits real highs in terms of aesthetic, sound and mood but the whining voicework and obfuscated narrative leak through the game and wore me down to the point that I genuinely wished the game was purely music and puzzle driven with silent protagonists.

02/01/2021

๐ŸŽง Headset review - Gioteck HC2 Decal Edition and XH100S by Lee Manuel ๐ŸŽง @GioteckArmy #GamingHeadset

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Online gaming being the huge industry it is today, most people will need a headset if only to better hear what fellow COD players did with your mum last night. 

The big players in the market, like Turtle Beach, have been around for a long time and produce a staggering range of headsets, some of which cost in the hundreds. 

If you’re a pro, or stream to thousands, the feature set in that price range might be what you need. 

For most people though, a more budget solution is perfectly adequate.

Gioteck has come to market with a couple of great budget headsets – the HC2 clocks in at under £20 and the XH100S under £15.

01/01/2021

๐Ÿฆน‍♂️ Kunai | Review | PC | "Kunai might win the prize for best/worst bad guy name" ๐Ÿฆน‍♂️ @TurtleBlaze #GameDev #IndieGames

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Kunai might win the prize for best/worst bad guy name. 

The antagonist is an evil AI named Lemonkus. 

I know!

Anyhow, Lemonkus has pretty much achieved Bender's dream of killing all humans, leaving the planet mostly populated by robots. 

Your character is Tabby, a robot ninja with a tablet for a face, giving him a big range of expressions, from the default cheery grin to a full-on nutcase glare.

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