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Described as ‘hardcore neon slasher’ Phantom Trigger is a two person effort by indie studio Bread Team. On the surface it is tempting to draw parallels to Hyper Light Drifter and although the visuals and layout look and feel similar initially, at the core this is a different experience. Fluid combat and interesting gameplay contrasts against a muddy and unclear story, leaving you with a satisfying yet unsatisfying game.
Indie developer, Majorariatto, have offered up their first steam release to the masses. Majotori is an amusing, casual game based around the player dictating the outcome of various situations and stories based on how well you answer a round of trivia questions. There is still some luck involved as the only way of guaranteeing a positive outcome is to answer every single question correctly, but even in failure the game remains light hearted and entertaining.
Heroes of Loot 2 is a simple little 2D, top down, dungeon crawler from Orange Pixel and is a progression and improvement on their original mobile game, Heroes of Loot. However it is apparent that its predecessor was a mobile game and very little has been innovated for the move to PC.
A fascinating and truly unique game, Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor from developer Sundae Month offers something very different from most video games on the market. You are simply a spaceport janitor, wandering through the city and picking up rubbish, random interesting items, and quests to investigate dungeons. An average work day really. Full of humor and relaxed gameplay with an adorable world containing numerous quirky characters, it is a game very much worth your while.
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.
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.
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?
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.