Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom (WiiU)
An unusual action RPG developed by French studio Enigami. The title takes place on planet Mahera which is inhabited by members of various species that live in symbiosis. Due to a civil war that took place years ago, the land was shattered into pieces and the survivors found refuge on islands floating in the space. The main protagonist of the game is Chado who together with his friend Poky crashed in a place called Adorn. The protagonists are quickly caught in a bigger intrigue that will determine the fate of the whole world. The gameplay of Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom is based on three pillars: exploration of various locations, fights with enemies and completing main and side quests. What’s interesting, the objectives can be completed in any way the player wants. For example, instead of using brute force, one can sneak past the opponents. The battles take place in real time – player participates in one on one duels while the companions are supporting their friends with ranged attacks. The game also contains a character development system which allows for using new combat techniques, spells and collecting better equipment. Unreal Engine 4 provides high-quality graphics.
Adventure 23 August 2016
An extraordinary point-and-click adventure game and a spiritual successor to the legendary The Neverhood, a game developed in 1996 by Doug TenNapel. This new title was created by the author of the original game, who managed to gather nearly entire old staff back together for this project. The story tells of the adventures of a likeable alien named Tommynaut, who survives a spacecraft crash and finds himself on a strange planet, where together with his companion, dog Beak-Beak, the hero gets captured and locked in the titular stronghold of Armikrog. What distinguishes the game, is its unique artwork – in-game locations and character models were made of plasticine and brought to life using time-lapse technique. This time-consuming work was done by a number of puppeteers, animators, and sculptors. Thanks to their work, the developers managed to recreate the unique atmosphere of the original game, which, apart from interesting story and a cast of likeable characters, offered a large doze of wacky humor.
Road Redemption (WiiU)
A brutal motorcycle racing game and a spiritual successor to the legendary Road Rash that debuted in 1991 on Sega Mega Drive. It was developed by DarkSeas Games, an American studio established by experienced developers. In the game, we assume the role of a criminal who has been recently released from prison and has to regain his former position in a motorcycle gang. Soon, he discovers that his old friends from the gang were responsible for him getting arrested and imprisoned. The player’s decisions and behavior will determine the course of the story and one of its several alternative endings. In the game, we will take part in a number of racing challenges including fighting other gangs and their bosses, robbing driving trucks, or escaping the police. During the races, we can eliminate our opponents with a wide range of weapons such as bats, machetes, chains, and even firearms and grenades. Apart from the single player campaign, the game also offers a full-fledged multiplayer mode.
Earthlock: Festival of Magic (WiiU)
An independent cRPG featuring a turn-based combat system and easily distinguished by its colorful visuals and a fairytale atmosphere. The game was released in three episodes. The player is taken to a fantasy world - the planet Umbra, where a catastrophe occurred in the wake of which the planet ceased to spin. Thus one part of the globe is being constantly scorched by sunlight, while the other remains frozen. The player assumes the role of a young treasure hunter who gathers their team during his journeys and tries to solve the mystery behind the cataclysm. The other playable character here is a young scout - the player can switch between the two characters freely. Traveling across Umbra takes place on the world map; when the player encounters enemies, a separate tactical map is loaded. Making a good use of the characters' abilities is the key to success in turn-based fights. What's more, the player manages their base - where they can develop the characters, both refill and upgrade their equipment, as well as cultivate a magical garden.
Mighty No. 9 (WiiU)
Arcade 21 June 2016
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 Song of Seven (WiiU)
An episodic, fairytale-like point-and-click adventure game by an American developer Enlightened Games. The plot of The Song of Seven is set in a fantasy world of Pria, inhabited by fantastic races and original creatures. The main character is a boy named Kiba. When a mythical evil starts growing in strength, and slowly casts its shadow upon the land, the adolescent protagonist has to leave the village and find a way to deal with the danger. When it comes to mechanics, the game utilizes typical solutions known from point-and-click adventure games, but offering a modern approach to the genre, appearing in the fully 3D environment, third person perspective camera, and analog control system. The gameplay focuses on exploration and solving logical and musical puzzles, but an equally important aspect of the game are the extensive dialogue sequences, revealing the secrets of the plot.
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (WiiU)
Arcade 20 December 2016
Two-dimensional platformer developed by the team at Way Forward Technologies. The game is another entry in a series that originally launched in 2002 on Game Boy Color. The story of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero takes place in fairy tale-like land, inspired by the One Thousand and One Nights. A half-genie, half-human heroine takes off to a different dimension to fight against a recklessly freed ancient evil. Gameplay is based on the Castlevania and Metroid series, so it comes down to exploration, solving puzzles and fighting enemies, including challenging bosses. Heroine's main weapons are her incredibly strong hair and the ability to change into magical beasts by performing certain dancing moves. As we progress our protagonist gathers experience points, which she uses to unlock more skills – namely, changing into new beasts.
The Girl and the Robot (WiiU)
This is the debut of Flying Carpet Games - members of the studio that formerly co-created many popular mobile games. The game offers a third-person action-adventure experience offering a story about a girl imprisoned in a castle, built using ancient technology, by an evil queen. However, the protagonist manages to cast off the invisible shackles with the help of a multipurpose robot. This is how their adventure begins; in order for the characters to regain their freedom, they will have to face the queen's guards and a massive number of interestingly designed traps. The game makes vivid references to the oldschool classic Ico (PlayStation 2), emphasizing the interactions between the two characters. The girl can reach hardly accessible areas; the robot on the other hand, shines with a sword in its metal hand, eliminating the enemies encountered and removing obstacles standing in their way.
The debut of a French developer known as Too Kind. The game is a two-dimensional platformer and was funded on Kickstarter. The plot in Pankapu was divided into two branches. On one hand, the game tells a story of the brave warrior Pankapu - as told by a father reading this story to his child, Jaha'rell. The actual gameplay is rooted in that story, for the player assumes the role of said warrior, who was created by the god of dreams in order to eradicate the nightmares invading this world. On the other hand, the player gets acquainted with a dark story of Jaha'rell, though in this case, the player does not have any direct influence on the course of events. In terms of the mechanics, the game is a classic action-platformer, requiring the player to explore subsequent locations, avoid various traps and fight nightmares. The protagonist's main weapon is a sword, but Pankapu can also transform, gaining access to unique attacks.
The debut project from the independent Spanish studio, Teku, combining elements of a classic platformer with a dynamic action-adventure games. Its plot takes after classic movie and gaming stories, putting us in the shoes of a young shaman student, who has to save the people from his village who were assaulted by the hostile Atipax tribe. We also discover a hidden, dark truth from the past. The gameplay resembles other typical platform-adventure games, with the eponymous candle being a key item, used to find hidden clues and hints. We also have to tend to the fire, as allowing it to go out makes the game much more difficult. The game features very distinctive, artistic visuals, where each element (including animations) was hand-drawn and then scanned.
Red Goddess: Inner World (WiiU)
An independent action-adventure game developed by Yanim Studio. We assume the role of Divine, a goddess tormented by an unknown malicious entity. To get to the bottom of the problem, the heroine embarks to explore the Planet, a living being representing her psyche. This unusual world is divided into two zones: neutral, consisting of the planet’s surface, and dark, known as the underworld, guarded by terrifying bosses. Fortunately, Divine is a powerful fighter with access to numerous abilities, enabling her to stay hidden from the Planet, as well as to defend herself in case of detection. Moreover, she can take on two forms: Nar (Rage), a battle form based on the fire element, and Son (Fear), a more restrained yet powerful personality that allows silent exploration. Red Goddess: Inner World employs colorful and detailed 2.5D graphics. The game was created thanks to a crowdfunding campaign that took place on Kickstarter, a popular crowdfunding network.
Four Sided Fantasy (WiiU)
An original game developed by the independent studio, Ludo Land. It combines the elements of a logic game with platformer mechanics. The player takes the control of a young boy who explores an amazing world full of environmental puzzles and seemingly inaccessible places trapping the protagonist. Nonetheless, the land itself is picturesque, covering its secrets under a blanket of quiet and peaceful atmosphere. As it soon turns out, it is an imaginary world where the laws of physics do not apply. Thus, the gameplay consists of solving subsequent puzzles by manipulating the environment - the player can turn it aside for example. The protagonist can jump from one end of the map to the other, which allows him to travel upwards, downwards, leftwards, and rightwards, discovering previously unknown passages. The game features atmospheric two-dimensional graphics and a slightly psychedelic soundtrack.
Adventures of Pip (WiiU)
Arcade 11 June 2015
An old-school 2D platform game which comes with an unusual plot and an unconventional character development system. Adventures of Pip was funded on Kickstarter, which made it possible for the game to reach owners of different gaming systems. The player is taken to the Pixel Kingdom, where life as such is driven by the never ending flow of bits. The world is endangered by the evil Queen however, who has kidnapped the beautiful princess and conquered the lands with the help of her warriors. The protagonist by the name of Pip is the only one capable of stopping the Queen, since he possesses an incredible ability to absorb pixels from the bodies of the enemies he defeats. In terms of the mechanics, the game is a typical side-scroller resembling titles such as Super Mario Bros, thus the player traverses 2D levels, solves puzzles and fights enemies. Adventures of Pip offers an innovative character development system however. Initially, the protagonist is made of one pixel only, but as the player progresses, Pip gains his 8- and 16-bit forms, consequently acquiring new skills.