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How SYNTHETIK Makes Meaningful Changes To The Roguelite Shooter Formula

March 19, 2018 10:00 AM | Thomas Faust

SYNTHETIK is a roguelite arcade shooter with randomized levels and fast-paced gameplay. These kinds of games feel awfully familiar by now. And yet, this one manages to stand out thanks to a couple of small design changes that have a big impact on how the game feels.

The Way Of Life Shines Light On Each Stage Of Life

March 17, 2018 8:00 PM | Julia Couture


The Way Of Life highlights moments from childhood, adulthood, and old age, examining moments of existence from perspectives of characters at each of these ages. These times come with happiness and sadness in this emotionally-driven game, and players will be forced to make life-altering decisions that, ultimately, choose how each of these three lives will lead.

Football Game Promises An Unsettling Night For A Local High School Football Hero

March 17, 2018 8:00 AM | Joel Couture


Football Game is an adventure game about a strange, discomforting night for Tommy, a high school football star who finds himself at the center of some dark events.

The Long Reach Lets You Walk Among Your Dreams And Nightmares

March 16, 2018 8:00 PM | Julia Couture


Science does a lot of good for humanity. Unfortunately, sometimes experiments can have some hiccups, like, say, having nightmares manifest themselves when you're awake. Adventure game The Long Reach revolves around a protagonist whose dreams and nightmares appear during the day, threatening his sanity with some grotesque imagery and heart-pumping chases.

Hey, Friendo. Paratopic Is An Eerie Fever Dream Worth Having

March 16, 2018 8:00 AM | Thomas Faust

There is an air of wrongness to Paratopic, a feeling that reality is just a thin layer and there's something underneath, wriggling, trying to break through. And sometimes it does.

Ghost Of A Tale Serves Up A Big, Stealthy Adventure To A Tiny Hero

March 15, 2018 8:00 PM | Julia Couture


In Ghost Of A Tale, you'll be in control of Tilo, a mouse minstrel, on a quest to find their true love, Merra. As such a tiny rodent, your defences are lacking against predators, but your cunning mind and soft, quiet feet will help you sneak past an otherwise untimely encounter with the large lethal creatures who mean to end your journey through a medieval world that's run by animals.

Take A Serene Black & White Flight With Bird Game

March 15, 2018 8:00 AM | Joel Couture


Bird Game offers a calming flight through pretty black and white woods, having players swoop among the insects and flowers along their way.

Not that it is ALWAYS calming, though. Being a very tiny bird comes with a few challenges, after all.

Pipe Push Paradise Turns Plumbing Into A Challenging Puzzle Adventure

March 14, 2018 8:46 PM | Christian Valentin

As Mario might attest, it's not easy being a video game plumber. But at least he only has to jump over pipes. In Pipe Push Paradise, you need to...push pipes across a mysterious island, where limited space and odd pipe shapes craft brain-breaking spatial challenges from seemingly simple mechanics.

Science Fiction Meets High Fantasy In Azure Saga: Pathfinder

March 14, 2018 10:00 AM | Thomas Faust

Spacefaring scientist Synch crash lands on an unknown planet with his robot companion Noide. Things are taking an interesting turn when they are drawn into a war - featuring swords and sorcery. Fantasy and Science Fiction don't always mix that well, but Azure Saga: Pathfinder seems to make this work just fine.

Survive Low-Poly Tsunamis In Hectic Arcade FPS Swarmlake

March 13, 2018 8:19 PM | Christian Valentin

The horde of enemies have always been a staple of the arcade and dual stick shooter, not just for the tense retreat to survive but for the satisfying rush of obliterating such an overwhelming threat with your superior skills. But in Swarmlake, overcoming the horde, the tidal wave of danger, isn't an option. All you can do is survive longer and beat your high scores as the low-poly flood washes over your shotgun-wielding avatar.

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