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Blasphemous Review

Blasphemous is a truly unforgettable experience that stands out in the Metroidvania genre.

Children of Morta Review

A beautifully written, composed, and visualized roguelike.

Unlucky Seven Early Access Review

Being in Early Access could save the game if things go well, but extensive work is needed to take the nugget of a good story and pull it into a game people can enjoy.

Stranger Things 3: The Game Review

Stranger Things 3: The Video Game is a lot like cereal from the ’80s. It’s old and stale and surpassed by more modern offerings. While it draws upon influences of games long past, it ultimately fails to incorporate more recent innovations in it’s genre.

Dark Devotion Review

While it might not have extremely in-depth management as much as most would like from an RPG, it has enough style and presentation to make it a worthwhile adventure for those looking for a unique take on Dark Fantasy video games.

Pixel Noir Early Access Review

Pixel Noir attempts to bring the best mechanics from the golden age of JRPGs and combine them with a gritty, noir atmosphere. It achieves uneven success with its mashup of interesting ideas, making it rough around the edges, but indie to its core

Swag and Sorcery Review

A resource management game that’s easy to pick up and doesn’t take a lot of thought to play, but unfortunately lacks depth and becomes stale after a minimal amount of time spent with it.

Desert Child Review

Desert Child attempts to capitalize on nostalgia with a mish-mash of references from different decades. There are some mildly funny moments, but other than that it’s a side-scrolling shooter dressed up in a cyberpunk motif.

CrossCode Review

CrossCode is a decidedly fantastic revival of the old-school action RPG à la Secret of Mana of old, with a high degree of polish and a great story.

Door Kickers: Action Squad Review

Side-scrolling, door-booting, and criminal-annihilating, Door Kickers: Action Squad is sure to fill the “I haven’t blown anything up today” hole that is burning through your chest. With couch and online co-op, you and your partner can blast through terrorist-filled house after drug-lord-filled house together. Just don’t expect anything deeper than east to west shooting.

Graveyard Keeper Review

For fans of sims that offer a good range of what you can do, this is worth taking a look at. Although it still needs more tweaking, it’s headed in a good direction.

Lovecraft’s Untold Stories Early Access Review

Lovecraft’s Untold Stories is an amalgam of horror, madness, mystery, and the unknown. Choose from five unique characters as you fight your way through 12 randomly generated levels. The variety of Cthulhu-esque baddies in this game really are impressive, featuring everything from gun-toting cultists to deformed, flying nightmares. Thankfully, human and horror are equally vulnerable to molotovs and machine guns.

Dead Cells Review

Dead Cells is a daring roguevania platformer that takes several gambles with its innovative gameplay and ultimately double-jumps away with the jackpot.

Wizard of Legend Review

Wizard of Legend finally delivers the spellcasting combat that mage fanboys have been dreaming of, with fast-paced action and seamless bending of the elements.

Moonlighter Review

Combining the best of adventure and management, Moonlighter is an enjoyable title that is sure to make you smile and get you hooked right away.

Minit Review

Equal parts charming and cheeky, Minit plays on a 60-second time mechanic that keeps you hotly anticipating every moment. Nostalgic black-and-white art and straightforward puzzles contribute to Minit’s unique simplicity — a simplicity which, ultimately, is both its strength and its final drawback.

Double Kick Heroes Early Access Review

Double Kick Heroes looks like a satanic crossover of Oregon Trail, Guitar Hero, and Left 4 Dead, and it plays like a champ. Fighting zombies while music inspired by legendary metal artists plays in the background is something that doesn’t get old.

Mercenary Kings: Reloaded Edition Review

Mercenary Kings: Reloaded is just as much fun as it was when it released back in 2014. The additions, while not completely game-changing, inject a nice sense of variety into the original. New weapons, characters, and the ability to buy materials encourages players to experiment. Unfortunately, this side-scroller still suffers from repetitiveness when playing for long periods of time, thanks to a lack of mission variety. This is alleviated by the options allowed, making this title a joy to play the whole time.

The Red Strings Club Review

The Red Strings Club transports you into a gritty, 1980’s-inspired cyberpunk future to solve a mystery that asks more questions about morality and human nature than it answers. The nostalgic feel isn’t overpowering or gimmicky; rather, the setting could pass as something straight out of the Blade Runner universe, yet maintains its own style and originality. Modern technology is referenced, but the backbone of the plot takes your curiosity for a ride with its fantastical sci-fi elements. Add just a dash of that decades-old pixel art aesthetic, and you have a solid entry into the cyberpunk genre.

DUSK Early Access Review

Dusk is a nifty little shooter from the dawn of the FPS era, and while it feels like a long-lost DOS game that time forgot, it brings a fresh twist to the FPS table while reminding us why we fell in love with shooters in the first place. Guns are cool, levels are fun, enemies put up a good fight — and with the game being in Early Access, there’s more yet to come from this gem. It's a promising title with a bright future.

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