27/09/2021

๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ️๐Ÿ’จ Cruis’n Blast | Nintendo Switch | Review | 7.5/10 | "I Have Very Fond Memories of The Cruis’n Series" ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ️๐Ÿ’จ @rawthrills

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I have very fond memories of the Cruis’n series, both in terms of the original arcade versions and homeports – well, some of them.

Originally released in 1994, the first game in the series – Cruis’n USA – was a fixture in a lot of arcades I visited in my teens and I was instantly drawn to the twitchy handling, energetic music and pure arcade gameplay.

The home ports were decent and got better with each iteration, meaning that Cruis’n Exotica was the highlight for me, despite the pop-in, smoothness always wins the day!

26/09/2021

๐Ÿ‘ป Tormented Souls | PS5 | Review | 8/10 | "Like Early Resident Evil" ๐Ÿ‘ป @PQubeGames #IndieGames #GameDev

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Before Tormented Souls, I had played two games this year where the developers’ goal has been to emulate early survival horror games such as Resident Evil or Silent Hill. One was bad, the other is my least favourite game of all time and contained design choices that still make me angry to this day.

I was very sceptical going into Tormented Souls, thinking that maybe this type of game should be left in the past, so I don’t have to watch my love and nostalgia being quickly eroded by games trying to recapture their spirit.

Luckily, I love Tormented Souls, it did exactly what it was supposed to do - first and foremost, allow me to enjoy the experience but also fired up my nostalgia and transported me back to the early days of survival horror.

25/09/2021

๐Ÿ  No Longer Home | PC | Review | 7/10 | ๐Ÿ  @PixelHunted #GameDev #IndieGames

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There’s a thin line between homage and plagiarism. No Longer Home lifts a lot from Kentucky Route Zero, with the flat-shaded graphics, magical realist elements, font-choice, animation, controls, and general vibe suspiciously familiar to anyone who’s played Cardboard Computer’s indie classic.

As a big-time fan of Kentucky Route Zero this isn’t exactly unwelcome, but when you’re a tiny indie developer with the freedom to make whatever you want cribbing heavily from someone else’s aesthetic feels like a creative lapse. Then, late in the game, you walk into a room to find a computer with Kentucky Route Zero on it and you’re asked if you want to name your dog Blue or Homer.


Well, fair enough then. At least they aren’t being subtle about it.

24/09/2021

☢️ Sheltered 2 | PC | Ten Minute Taster | Gameplay | "Going Deeper Underground" ☢️ @Sheltered_Game #GameDev #IndieGames

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Sheltered 2 is a brutal survival management simulator set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

Keep your faction of survivors alive, maintain your shelter and scavenge the ravaged world for resources.

Befriend and trade with the factions you meet or conquer them by force.

22/09/2021

๐Ÿ’ฅ RICO | Nintendo Switch | Review | 3/10 | "I wouldn't call myself an expert in police procedures" ๐Ÿ’ฅ #IndieGames #GameDev

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Although I watch Line of Duty, I wouldn't call myself an expert in police procedures. 

That said, I'm reasonably sure that if, as an officer, you spot some dodgy types toting automatic weapons, you should call for backup. 

What you shouldn't do, I would imagine, is enter the building, pick up the first gun you find and start systematically killing everyone in the building. 

It all seems a bit too, I don't know, murdery...

21/09/2021

๐ŸŒณ Backworlds | Nintendo Switch | Ten minute Taster | Gameplay | "A Real Head Scratcher!" ๐ŸŒณ @BackworldsGame #IndieGames #GameDev

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Backworlds is a multi-dimensional puzzle platform game in which you explore by painting. Solve environmental conundrums by using each world’s physical properties to your advantage, and use your own creativity to craft original solutions to the game’s puzzles.

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20/09/2021

๐Ÿ•น️ PLAY RETRO VIDEO GAMES ON LINUX WITH THIS OPEN-SOURCE PROJECT ๐Ÿ•น️ #Unity #RetroGaming

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Is there a certain age that a game has to be considered retro?

It’s actually a little bit more complicated than that and there’s no real definitive answer or age the game has to be considered retro.

๐Ÿˆ‍⬛ Heart Chain Kitty | Nintendo Switch | Ten minute Taster | "This Game Is A Fever Dream!" ๐Ÿˆ‍⬛ #IndieGames #GameDev

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Help Kittey save his parents in Heart Chain Kitty, a surreal 3D platformer adventure that will blow your mind with fantastic locations, a heartfelt story, and unique abilities – like the screw ray!

 

19/09/2021

๐Ÿ“š A Profound Waste of Time ๐Ÿ“š @APWOTmag

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Described on the website (www.apwot.com) as:

‘an award-winning independent magazine that celebrates games as an art form. Each issue plays host to a rich variety of voices from inside and outside the videogame industry, interwoven with stunning bespoke imagery from leading illustrators and artists. Editorially discerning and beautifully designed, the magazine serves to celebrate gaming culture and discussion.’

18/09/2021

๐Ÿ“ฎ Lake | Xbox Series X | Review | 6.5/10 | "A Break From The City That’s Maybe Too Mellow" ๐Ÿ“ฎ @Lake_The_Game #IndieGames #GameDev

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Lake was a game that really stood out to me when I watched a showcase from the publisher last year. The trailer depicts a woman (Meredith Weiss) taking a two-week break from her busy computing job in a city - the game is set in 1986, so there’s some cool, old tech kicking around - to cover her postman father’s job back in her hometown of Providence Oaks.

17/09/2021

๐Ÿ“ฌ Lake | PC | Ten Minute Taster | Gameplay | "Just Checking The Mail ๐Ÿ“ฌ @Lake_The_Game #GameDev #IndieGames

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In Lake it's 1986 - Meredith Weiss takes a break from her career in the big city to deliver mail in her hometown. How will she experience two weeks in beautiful Providence Oaks, with its iconic lake and quirky community? 

And what will she do next? It's up to you

16/09/2021

๐Ÿ Honey I joined A Cult | PC | Gameplay | "The Cult of the Worm Is Born" ๐Ÿ @solesurvivorgms #GameDev #IndieGames

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It's time to start working towards that ultimate goal of enlightenment, faith and money…lots and lots of money. Create, customise, expand and manage your own cult whilst listening to funky music in Honey, I Joined a Cult!

๐ŸŽฎ Easy SMX ESM-4108 | The Best Budget Wireless Pro Controller For Nintendo Switch For Under £10? ๐ŸŽฎ @EasySMX_Gaming

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I needed a new Switch Controller as I only had wired ones and this Easy SMX ESM-4108 Wireless Controller for Nintendo Switch/PC was the perfect fit for my budget at an astonishingly cheap £9.99!

EASY SMX WEBSITE: https://www.easysmx.com/

15/09/2021

⚽️๐Ÿฅ… Super Arcade Football | PC| Review | "FUN FOOTBALL FEVER!" ⚽️๐Ÿฅ… @outofthebit #GameDev #IndieGames

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Super Arcade Football is a fast-paced, modern take on classic football games that's easy to learn and hard to master, with match modifiers, online and local multiplayer, and custom tournaments, every match is sure to be a nail-biter!

14/09/2021

⚽️ Tux and Fanny | Nintendo Switch | Review | 9.5/10 | "A rich world of wonder, packed with magic" ⚽️ @simplysylvio #GameDev #IndieGames

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I had never heard of Tux and Fanny before happening across a conversation on Twitter a few days ago in which the developer stated that he was incredibly proud of the game and that it featured over 25 mini-games.

As a sucker for mini-games, I went into my usual trance and my hands worked of their own volition, guiding me inevitably towards the Tux and Fanny trailer on YouTube. I watched the trailer with my eyes and was absolutely sold on the Microsoft Paint-like chunky pixelated visuals and simple characters.

As I’ve mentioned recently in other child-friendly games I’ve covered, I’m compiling a list of games to play with my son when he is old enough and this is firmly, firmly on that list, it’s Pikuniku levels of brilliant.

13/09/2021

๐Ÿ‘‘ Crown Trick | PC | Gameplay | "Don't Let the Crown Slip!" ๐Ÿ‘‘ @CrownTrickGame #GameDev #IndieGames

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Crown Trick sees you enter a labyrinth that moves as you move, where mastering the elements is key to defeating enemies and uncovering the mysteries of this underground world. With a new experience awaiting every time you enter the dungeon, let the power bestowed by the crown guide you in this challenging adventure!

๐Ÿ”ฆ Flowing Lights | Gameplay | Nintendo Switch | "Blinded By the Lights" ๐Ÿ”ฆ @FlowingLights #IndieGames #GameDev

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Flowing Lights is an Arcade Puzzle Shooter. Each fight is a puzzle. 

Attack and... Fail! ...Think back... try again! 

Got it? 

Improve with each try, there is always a smarter way to win!

12/09/2021

๐Ÿคผ‍♀️ Action Arcade Wrestling | Review | Xbox Series X | 7/10 | "That’s the bottom line, cause AAW said so" ๐Ÿคผ‍♀️ @AAWGame #IndieGames #GameDev

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Wrestling games over the last few years have been deeply concerned with realism, which is funny - as wrestling (to the shock of no one) isn't real, it’s pre-determined and over the top entertainment which can range from the exciting to the downright stupid.

Concentrating on making everything feel deeply real has always seemed strange to me, the best wrestling games have always leaned in towards the sillier, more arcadey nature. Games like No Mercy or The Smackdown series on PS2 always concentrated on the fun and that’s why they are celebrated - unlike the recent 2K series that got so bad they had to take a couple of years hiatus and hopefully will come back next year with a better and more interesting iteration of its series.

Action Arcade Wrestling has decided to go old school. Whilst playing the game I was reminded of the years that my brother and I played WWF Royal Rumble on the Sega Mega Drive; the move system, the colourfulness and the chaos all felt familiar.

11/09/2021

๐Ÿšด‍♂️ A Peloton and Zwift Compatible Yosuda Budget Spin Bike Set Up For Under £200 ๐Ÿšด‍♂️ #Zwift @GoZwift @zwiftinsider

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Today I'll be talking about how to use ZWIFT and Peloton on a Yosuda spin bike. I've just started using my Yosuda spin bike on ZWIFT and Peloton and I'm sharing my full budget indoor cycling setup. Yosuda Bike (eBay): https://ebay.us/Wv8EwQ Magene S3 Sensors (Cadence & Speed): https://amzn.to/2WXG34t

10/09/2021

๐Ÿ™️๐ŸŒ† Venom Multi-Colour LED Light-up XBOX Series X Console Stand ๐Ÿ™️๐ŸŒ† @VenomGamingUK

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As awesome as the Xbox Series X is, the focus on practicality means that its monolithic presence in your room is somewhat understated…until now.

A perfectly fitting stand specifically designed for the XSX, this Venom accessory illuminates your Xbox in a classy way. The design means that no access is blocked to any ports on the system and it locks the console in place, sturdily.

09/09/2021

๐Ÿด Rustler | Review | Xbox Series X | 6.5/10 | "A Horse That May Have Bolted Too Soon" ๐Ÿด @jutsugames #GameDev #IndieGames

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The premise of a top-down GTA game that is set in Medieval times is a winner on paper and Rustler really does have its moments but unfortunately, some fundamental issues that are present throughout limit the enjoyment.

As an all-around rogue Guy, Rustler has you working for a man named Herb as a horse thief, but – unbeknownst to him - you plan to escape your life of poverty by winning a grand tournament. The only problem? You need 5000 gold to enter.

08/09/2021

๐ŸŒช️ Boomerang X | Nintendo Switch | Gameplay | Ten Minute Taster "I Need A New Joycon" ๐ŸŒช️ @videodang #IndieGames #GameDev

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In Boomerang X you will need to Harness the power of a mystical boomerang to fling yourself through the air. 

Slice, fly and blast through arenas swarming with evil creatures. Stay agile or meet your doom.

07/09/2021

๐ŸŽผ๐Ÿ’ฟ๐Ÿ“€ Sparkster Vinyl Review ๐ŸŽผ๐Ÿ’ฟ๐Ÿ“€ @blackscreenrec #Vinyl #VGMVinyl

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https://blackscreenrecords.com/products/sparkster-rocket-knight-adventures-2-original-soundtrack?ref=DKckbeLXWw8-aj

I’m a big fan of the Mega Drive sound chip. There’s a snappiness and rawness that really pops out on vinyl and appeals to me on an almost genetic level and, combined with the Konami Sound Team’s (Konami Kukeiha Club) understanding of the chip...wizardry can ensue, as is the case with some tracks on Sparkster.

06/09/2021

⚔️ Fort Triumph | Review | Xbox Series X/S | 7/10 | "When it's good, it's great" ⚔️ @AllinGamesPub #GameDev #IndieGames

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My first forays into Fort Triumph were initially a little frustrating. The story is well-formed, and the writing is funny, so I felt I knew the world and its inhabitants early on. However, you are thrown into the mix straight away, and there is a lot to take in with not a lot of explanation.

05/09/2021

๐Ÿ“€๐Ÿ’ฟ๐ŸŽผ Machinarium Vinyl Soundtrack Review ๐Ÿ“€๐Ÿ’ฟ๐ŸŽผ

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In my recent articles on Amanita Design’s Creaks (video game review – https://www.gamesfreezer.co.uk/2021/06/creaks-review-xbox-series-x-910.html, vinyl soundtrack review - https://www.gamesfreezer.co.uk/2021/08/creaks-soundtrack-on-vinyl-vinyl-vgm.html) I referenced how my introduction to them – 2009’s Machinarium – had a real impact on me. I think it’s safe to say, games that present themselves wordlessly really fondle my cheeks and ruffle my hair, I adore them – when done correctly. 

04/09/2021

๐ŸŒ️‍♂️ Golf Club Wasteland | Review | Xbox Series X | 6.5/10 | "On earth, no-one can hear you miss a birdie" ๐ŸŒ️‍♂️ @UntoldTalesHQ #IndieGames #GameDev

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I was HIPS DEEP when I saw the trailer for Golf Club Wasteland. The striking, pastel visuals and dreamy music combined with basic gameplay seemed really captivating.

Having played the game, however, whilst there’s a lot that appealed to me, I  really, really wish I’d connected with the style of progression and the general direction that Golf Club Wasteland takes a lot more.

02/09/2021

๐Ÿšช Death’s Door | Review | Xbox Series X | 9/10 | “Holy Crap, this is going to be a good game!” ๐Ÿšช @acidnerve #IndieGames #GameDev

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Within seconds of booting up, I whispered to be myself, “Holy Crap, this is going to be a good game!”, I had to whisper as my daughter was within earshot and getting slightly charmed by the bird protagonist.

Yes, you heard right, a bird of the Corvus family, commonly known as a crow.

01/09/2021

⚔️ Demons of Asteborg | SEGA Mega Drive | Review | 9.5/10 | "A Modern Mega Drive Classic" ⚔️ @DAsteborg #Retrogaming #IndieGames #GameDev

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The Mega Drive is very much a console that I hold in high regard. As someone who has played, loved and collected for the system for decades, it’s very clear to me, if Demons of Asteborg was a Mega Drive game released in the mid-'90s - it would be regarded as a classic, ‘must have’ title. 

Released in 2021 on the Mega Drive, however…. it’s still a classic, ‘must have’ title.

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