I bet I surprised you with my super original title. I bet nobody talking about Shovel Knight has ever made that joke before /s Now that the obligatory shovel puns are out of the way, let's get serious for a second. Shovel Knight is an action-platformer that takes us back to a simpler time when... Continue Reading →
ABZÛ is not only art, it’s a damn masterpiece
Philosophers and media personalities love to debate whether videogames are "art" or just ways to pass the time (why not both? Why does music get to be both but not videogames?) I would like to think that anyone who finds their way to this blog is of the firm belief that videogames are not only... Continue Reading →
What The First Tree can teach us about grief, regret and the complicated relationship between parent and child.
It's quite common these days for videogames to try and deliver some kind of message to their players through their visuals and themes. Usually, this message will be some grand, sweeping ideal about how war is bad, or to watch out for corrupt governments, or that love conquers all. The truth is however that most... Continue Reading →
Overgrowth – bunnies, puppies, slaughter and genocide.
Oh, yeah, this is totally for kids Did you ever watch the film Watership Down as a child? You know, that film from the 80s about fluffy bunnies getting brutally slaughtered by dogs, birds and bigger psycho bunnies, that subtly traumatised an entire generation of kids? Yeah, you know the one. For most British kids,... Continue Reading →
Blasphemous – The Greatest Metroidvania since Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Kickstarter has delivered us some legendary games over the years: Pillars of Eternity, Shovel Knight, the Banner Saga and now Blasphemous, a metroidvania action-adventure game developed by The Game Kitchen, can be added to the portfolio. Needless to say, Blasphemous isn't the first successful metroidvania title Kickstarter has produced - Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night... Continue Reading →
The Falconeer: another win for solo-developers.
The videogame industry has absolutely exploded in the last fifteen years. There are so many games being developed these days that it would be totally inconceivable to even keep track of them all, never mind to actually play all the newest games on release. In a market this saturated, it has become more difficult than... Continue Reading →
The Witching Hour is upon us. In Wildfire, elemental power is yours to wield.
If you say "videogame," most people will think of a 2D-platformer. It's one of the all-time classic videogame genres - think Super Mario, Sonic, Mega-Man, Metroid. Stealth games are also extremely popular, with the Metal Gear series alone having shifted over 56 million copies since the 1980s. Puzzle games have become quintessential to the modern... Continue Reading →
Evoland 2 is a deliciously nerdy parody of nearly every videogame ever made.
Evoland 2, another random video game I dredged up from the Humble Bundle “Humble Choice” collection for September. Technically, it’s “Evoland 2: A Slight Case of Spacetime Continuum Disorder” - but this is a relaxed corner of the internet, we don’t use Sunday names here. From the outside, Evoland 2 looks to be another fairly... Continue Reading →
Can Forager compete against survival-craft classics?
Over a year after it’s release in April 2019, the indie survival-craft game Forager has everyone talking again after it’s inclusion in the Humble Bundle’s September Humble Choice bundle - incidentally, that’s where I picked it up from too! I’m a huge fan of the survival-craft genre having sunk more hours into Minecraft and Terraria... Continue Reading →
AER: Memories of Old is interactive art therapy.
It's that time of year again. A time of laughter, joy, and getting games for £0.99 on Steam. Oh, you thought I meant the season of summer? No, I mean the Summer Sales! (What better time to lock yourself away indoors playing video games, right?) I thought it would be nice to kick off this... Continue Reading →