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A rather visually beautiful effort from Thunder Lotus Games, Jotun is a game that bases its story around Norse Mythology. You are a warrior who has passed into the world in between death and life. Your quest is to impress the gods so they may grant you passage. You must travel through different areas and unlock the paths to numerous bosses that offer a variety of different challenges in reaching their locations and battling them. After each trial you progress to the next area and gain abilities as you travel this mysterious realm full of both wondrous sights and great dangers.
Obduction, a puzzle experience from Cyan Inc is almost a fantastic game. The game is very much worth experiencing, but don’t feel bad if you abandon it part way through. It leaves a lot to be desired with regards to its puzzle construction and could well leave the player feeling more frustrated than enlightened. The gradually revealed story provides an intriguing base for the player to move through, however, this is partially ruined by puzzles that seem largely contrived and lazily designed, very much enforcing the sentiment of ‘why am I bothering doing this?’.
This gorgeous title from Funselektor Labs Inc. is essentially a fairly simple and easy game to get into and a relaxing game to play. In Absolute Drift, you journey through the levels on a quest to seek true enlightenment through drifting your car majestically around obstacles and race tracks crashing into absolutely everything that even vaguely comes within your vision.
Flying Carpets Games offers up a potentially interesting title that sadly does not really fulfill the player in terms of interest or challenge. The premise of The Girl and the Robot is that a young girl is trapped in a castle ruled by an evil queen and the girl and her robot companion must solve various puzzles and fight enemies to escape the queen's clutches. The awkwardly animated duo fumble their way through a myriad of blandly colored buildings in the sky in an oddly empty city populated only by fairly ineffectual robot guards.
This early access effort from Signal Studios currently holds potential and like many early access products, lacks content. There’s plenty to hope for with the continued development of Savage Lands and the current state of the game offers some exploration and a fairly well fleshed out world with regards to lore for the player to take part in. The current content within the world is limited and offers chunks of game time for those interested in following the development. For those who want to sink hours of time into a survival game however, definitely wait for Savage Lands to move further along in it’s development as the content is currently bare bones.
Broken Bots is a fast-paced, wacky, multiplayer game from Bunnycopter and it is an absolute blast. Everything about the game is well put together and incredible fun with enough game modes and combat variations to entertain the player over and over again.
The Lion’s Song, Episode 1: Silence introduces us to a young woman named Wilma who is struggling to complete a musical composition. Just like many people, Wilma is being pulled between conflicting goals and desires. What does she really want?
Double Fine has certainly produced an interesting title here. Headlander is quite different to most of what’s available in the gaming industry currently and retains Double Fine's characteristic quirkiness that they had seemed to have lost in some of their more recent endeavors.
SteamWorld Heist is very thematic; there is a strong western vibe to the entire game. It’s like western meets steampunk meets space travel. I just recently watched an old western movie on television and there were parallels between the two. The characters do not actually speak; there are text boxes that appear whenever a character speaks. Even though no actual words are spoken a "beep" and "boop" sound accompanies the speech boxes which is adorable and kind of endearing. Although all of the characters speak in a very stereotypically western way, it isn’t offensive or overdone at all. The game developers seemed to know how far to take the western theme without it becoming too much.
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