Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (3DS)
RPG 20 April 2017
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is a remake of the 1992 Fire Emblem Gaiden, the second game in the famous jRPG series and was never before translated into English. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia takes place in a fantasy world divided between two opposing factions. The game focuses on of two childhood friends who, as adults, are fighiting for the opposing sides. Their stories intertwine, allowing us to see what happens on both sides of the conflict. Like in every game from the series, gameplay focuses on turn-based battles where we control a small group of heroes. There are many of them available for recruitment, but only a handful can be used on the battlefield. We can level up our characters, explore the world, visit towns, and do side quests between the battles. Unlike its precursor, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia has 3D visuals and fully voiced dialogues.
Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment (3DS)
Arcade 30 April 2017
Specter of Torment is a free DLC for the fan-favourite platform game Shovel Knight developed by Yacht Club Games. This time, we play as a new protagonist, the titular Specter. The expansion takes place before the events of the base game. In terms of gameplay, Specter of Torment is identical to the base game, combining the elements of a 2Dplatformer, RPG, and an action-adventure game. Once again, we observe the game from a side-scrolling perspective. We explore some new fantastic locations, solve simple environmental puzzles, and fight the enemies. However, Specter has a new move set and skill set at his disposal. Unlike his predecessor, he can climb on walls and other environmental objects, which opens new tactical possibilities for the players. The iconic shovel was replaced with a characteristic scythe.
Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time (3DS)
The eleventh major installment of the popular jRPG series by Square Enix. The action of Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time takes place in a fantastical land of Lotozetasia, while the player assumes the role of a inhabitant of the Ishi village. On his 16th birthday, he discovers that he is an incarnation of a hero who saved the world from annihilation many years ago. Since then, the youngster’s life takes a radical turn, and his further fate is uncertain. Accompanied by loyal friends, the protagonist embarks on a journey which will seal his destiny. The production is very sandbox — at its core are exploration of the environment, conversing with non-player characters, and performing quests given by them. Turn-based combat is an integral part of the gameplay. To win a battle, we have to adequately develop our character and adjust our equipment accordingly.
Shakedown Hawaii (3DS)
An old-school open-world action game and a sequel to Retro City Rampage developed by Vblank Entertainment. The action of Shakedown Hawaii takes place 30 years after the events presented in its predecessor. The protagonist has grown really old and got himself a large belly. Dramatic events forced him to take up arms once again and to rebuild his crime empire. The gameplay mechanics improve on the ideas from Retro City Rampage and bear a strong resemblance to the first installment of the cult-classic Grand Theft Auto. The action is observed from an aerial view when traversing the open city area on foot or by vehicles. While playing, we perform various primary and secondary quests, using a rich arsenal or firearms, and the gameplay is enriched with elements of economic simulation that lets us manage the protagonist’s business. The game is realized in retro style and features a large dose of absurd and undiscriminating humor.
Lady Layton: The Millionaire Ariadone's Conspiracy (3DS)
Adventure June 2017
A detective adventure game which is the next full-fledged installment in the Professor Layton series developed by Level 5 for Nintendo portable consoles. Lady Layton: The Millionaire Ariadone’s Conspiracy features a new main protagonist - Hershell Layton was replaced by in this role his daughter, Katrielle. The game takes place in London where Kat is trying to find her missing father. She quickly proves to be an unconventional yet very effective detective. The player spends most of the time in the game on exploration, conversations and solving riddles. However, the mechanics of the game were slightly changed and the gameplay is more focused on typical detective activities. The female protagonist must lead many cases simultaneously and she must help the inhabitants of London in various situations. She is accompanied by a talking dog named Sharo who gives her useful advice.
Snack World (3DS)
A role-playing game by Level 5 for mobile devices and Nintendo 3DS. Snack World is set in a fantasy realm, and you play as a young boy called Chup, who wants to exact revenge on the invaders that burned his family village to the ground. Fortunately, Chup is not alone—he is accompanied by his friends, Mayone and Pepperon. The game utilizes an isometric view and the gameplay focuses on exploration and collecting various items. Interestingly, your equipment is grouped by brand—it concerns blade weapons, shields, clothes, and jewelry, which are marked by fictional brand logos, such as Detton, Qloris or Fairy Electroncis. Moreover, they can be bought in the real world and then transferred to the in-game universe by NFC. Snack World features high-quality cartoonish visuals, clearly inspired by manga and anime.
Adventure August 2017
A classic, two-dimensional platformer considered a representative of the metroidvania genre, developed by Lunar Ray Games that was founded by a former employee of Microsoft and Bungie Software. The story of Timespinner is set in the fantasy universe of Ernah, created by the developer in the days of his youth. During the game we play the part a young girl named Lunaris, whose village was destroyed by invaders from another planet. Heroine's mother died during the escape, and she was sucked through a broken portal and transported to another world, where in desperation she vowed revenge on the oppressors. In the course of gameplay we explore subsequent locations, solve simple puzzles and fight enemies; and as we progress, we gain new weapons and gradually improve the abilities of the protagonist. A distinctive feature of the game is the power to manipulate time, by which Lunais can move through different eras, avoid enemies and get into seemingly inaccessible places.
RISE: Race The Future (3DS)
A racing game taking place in a futuristic world. The players control lightning-fast, cutting-edge vehicles. The title is the first multi-platform project from VD-dev, a seasoned French studio, known for games for Nintendo portable consoles. RISE: Race The Future employs a driving model inspired by the classic Sega Rally series, highly arcade in nature, and focuses on mastering drift techniques. Additional flavor is retained by the fact that the cars used in the races are equipped with a unique type of tires, which allows them to cross any surface (water, for example). Aside from the multiplayer mode, and a classic arcade mode, the game offers a story campaign for a single player, which takes us to a fictional world of futuristic racing, outlining the history, beginnings, and the purpose of organizing the races in which we participate.
Antipole DX (3DS)
Arcade September 2017
A remastered version of Antipole, a futuristic platform game released in 2011, created by Saturnine Games. You play as Johnny Hurricane, an agent wielding extraordinary abilities, whose task is to stop an invasion of dangerous robots. The game is set on the invaders' ship, and you move around it using a gravity manipulator, which allows you to walk on walls and ceilings, as well as to change your opponents' location. An important factor in Antipole DX is combat, during which you're a target for a hail of bullets, which are hard to avoid. You also have to be wary of deadly traps. Compared to the original game, Antipole DX features improved visuals, new levels, and enhanced versions of old levels, as well as some changes concerning boss enemies. Additionally, the game now features online rankings.
Mighty No. 9 (3DS)
Mighty No. 9 is an arcade platformer developed in 2.5D by the experienced Japanese developer Comcept; the title draws inspiration from the renowned Mega Man series. The storyline is focused on the character of mighty Beck, the only robot who resisted an extremely dangerous virus, which arouses aggression among mechanical beings. It is the task of our protagonist to eliminate the danger and return the order to the world of the robots. The gameplay mechanics in Mighty No. 9 are very similar to those of the classic 8 and 16 bit console era hits, and during our playthroughs we are faced with a lot of running, jumping through consecutive ledges or platforms, and combat, where we have the chance to use our hero’s powers and abilities. During the skirmishes we are occasionally aided by an additional character, which appears in the moments of greatest danger. The newest Comcept production is powered by Unreal Engine technology; in addition to the single player campaign it also offers a special mode for challenges and the opportunity to cooperate with other users through the Internet.
The Unlikely Legend of Rusty Pup (3DS)
An original 2D platformer with adventure elements, developed by Gory Detail, an independent studio established by Christopher Seavor, formerly an employee of Rare. The main protagonist is a forgotten and somewhat broken toy resembling a dog that has a wheel instead of paws. The player’s task is to take care of it, which is done in a rather unusual way because we do not have direct control over the toy, but we can influence its behavior by manipulating the environment. The Unlikely Legend of Rusty Pup is characterized by a pretty dark atmosphere, although not completely devoid of black comedy. On the technical side, the title uses a number of characteristic capabilities of the Nintendo consoles which translates into innovative control solutions, among other things.