Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Arcade June 2018
Terraria: Otherworld is the second part of the popular sandbox platform game, developed by Andrew Spinks and his independent studio Re-Logic. In the game, referred to as “two dimensional Minecraft”, we are given the ability to shape a randomly generated world without restrictions and to create a number of useful tools, utility objects and structures via its crafting system. Terraria 2 has a similar, old-school layout and similar mechanics as the original, but the game features also a huge number of changes and innovations that were not implemented by the author in the first installment of the series. First of all, players were given an infinite number of worlds at their disposal, each representing a different biome, e.g. woodland, arctic, desert, or lunar. Furthermore, character development system, object finding and creation, as well as the interface of the game, were modified. The game traditionally focuses on cooperation of many players, what allows them to collectively raise buildings or fight encountered monsters.
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
An arcade flight simulator and continuation of the popular series published by Bandai Namco. Like its predecessors, Ace Combat 7 is set in alternative timeline, in which there are different countries, and humans have constructed unique flying units. Game focuses on the story, which we learn both through events during missions and many cutscenes. The gameplay is mostly arcade, with only a few simulation’s features. Due to that, realism has to move over and make space for dynamic and eye-catching sky fights, including battles with powerful bosses. Each available plane flies slightly differently, resulting in a more varied experience. Ace Combat 7 offers a story campaign for one player and multiplayer mode. Developers made use of Unreal Engine 4 and also added support of PlayStation VR goggles.
The Last Night
Arcade July 2018
A cyberpunk platformer with adventure elements. Developed by Odd Tales, it's the company's first commercial production, developed from a free title that has won Cyberpunk Jam 2014. The action of The Last Night is set in a futuristic, open city divided into four areas of different appearance and atmosphere, which influences gameplay. You assume the role of a spy hired by private employers who give you such tasks as stealing cars or killing particular people. The city is filled with cameras and patrols, so in order to succeed, you need to sneak, avoid raising suspicion, look for alternative paths, and hack various computer networks. Chatting with NPCs is also an efficient way of getting the job done – the characters dynamically react to the player’s actions.
Freedom Planet 2
A continuation of a two-dimensional platformer developed by GalaxyTrail. The plot tells a story of a dragon named Merga who begins to wreak havoc on the world after being awoken from a hundred-year-old slumber. The player assumes control of three powerful heroines that traverse the extensive two-dimensional levels and fight against various opponents in order to finally defeat the beast. Freedom Planet 2 offers much more detailed visuals, as well as a number of changes and upgrades, including an energy shield used to counter enemy attacks, or the ability to resurrect the hero after dying. Aside from the above, the game offers an unusual difficulty scaling system – the amount of lives and the heroines’ attack power can be customized by using special crystals found in the course of each level.
Oddworld: Soulstorm is another game in the popular platform-adventure game series developed by Oddworld Inhabitants Inc. and Frima Studio. The game is a direct sequel to Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty, a 2013 remake of Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee, and is loosely based on Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus. Once again, we control Abe, a friendly Mudokon who managed to escape from the Glukkon's grip, and now leads three hundred of rescued Mudokons into the unknown. Our hero and his companions travel across the endless desert and face shortages of food and water. They find relief in a certain addicting brew. Gameplay in Oddworld: Soulstorm did not change that much since the first 2013 New ‘n’ Tasty. It is still a 2.5D platform-adventure game where we have to rely on Abe's and his fellow Mudokons' abilities. The game, however, is a bit darker in terms of stylistics.
Arcade 31 March 2018
An arcade multiplayer game with MOBA elements. Switchblade has been developed by Lucid Games, a studio comprising the creators of Project Gotham Racing series. The game takes a player into the future, in which he assumes the role of a participant of futuristic sports matches. During each match, a player gets to drive one of the available vehicles and together with other players is tasked with destroying the opponents’ towers. In order to do this, one can utilize diversified features of his machines - some of them to fix, others to deal damage, etc. Moreover, during the game, small robots called mobs appear on the map to distract and attack the enemies. These robots should be protected, as they are the key to success. Nonetheless, one has to destroy the enemy mobs. Switchblade has been based on Unreal Engine, the same technology utilized in the production of Gears of War 4. The game is available free-to-play.
Clicker Heroes 2
Shovel Knight: King of Cards
The last expansion to a well-received game titled Shovel Knight. Both the add-on and the base game have been developed by Yacht Club Games. The main protagonist of the expansion is the titular King of Cards, who is one of the bosses a player has to fight as the Shovel Knight in the base game. The main protagonist has to prove his rights to the crown by defeating three usurpers from the neighboring lands. Similarly to the base game, Shovel Knight: King of Cards is a 2D platform game with RPG elements. The new hero fights and moves in a different manner than the previous protagonists - he mounts a short charge, which stuns the enemies and destroys some of the obstacles on the map. He also has a special ability - he can perform a pirouette on enemies' heads multiple times. As one progresses through the story, he acquires more powerful weapons, armor, and new companions. An interesting element of the game is the minigame, in which one can play cards with NPCs. The gameplay revolves around the story campaign, which is well complemented by special challenges, in which one can test his skills in platform puzzles as well as combat.
Mountain Climbing Simulator
Arcade 31 March 2018
An arcade/simulation mix dedicated to mountain climbing. Player is left with an extensive map full of climbable mountains. The developers introduced two game modes – free-roam and challenge. The game is characteristic for its high quality graphics.
Super Meat Boy: Forever
Super Meat Boy: Forever is a spin-off of the Super Meat Boy series developed by Team Meat. Once again, we get a 2D game where action is presented from a side-scrolling perspective. This time, however, we do not have full control over the titular character. He continuously runs ahead, we can only help him avoid all sorts of traps and obstacles. We will also have fight with powerful bosses every once in a while. In addition to single player, the game offers the so-called Endless mode where we have to run as far as possible and survive as long as possible. Our score is then published in online rankings when we can compare our times with the achievements of other players. The game has cartoonish visuals and lots of dark humor in it. Super Meat Boy: Forever has many references to other games, i.e. unlockable characters from various indie productions.
Arcade August 2018
Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido
Arcade June 2018
Persona 5: Dancing Star Night
Arcade May 2018
Another entry in the series of action music-rhythm games that utilize the soundtrack from the main entries of the jRPG Persona series developed by Atlus. The gameplay mechanics are based on simple principles and – similarly to other music games – focuses on pressing buttons at right time, when their symbols appear on the screen. Persona 5: Dancing Star Night features a few gameplay modes, including a visual novel story campaign that takes place in Persona 5 universe. The game uses the engine and technology from the fifth main entry in the Persona series. The game features a few dozen of tracks from Persona 5, some of which are remixes created by various artists. The developers also included some completely new songs as a bonus.
Arcade 30 March 2018
A classic dungeon crawler with turn-based combat system, developed for the 3DS portable console. The game is the second (after Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth) spin-off of the popular series of Japanese role-playing games developed by Atlus. The protagonists of Persona Q2 are the cast of Persona 5 from 2016. The game utilizes gameplay mechanics and principles of the Etrian Odyssey series. It is a typical dungeon crawler in which player is traveling through a series of dark labyrinths while observing the action from a first-person perspective. Player’s party can consist of up to five characters, each of which has unique skills and attacks, taken from the main entries in the Persona series. The battles are played in turn-based system, on a separate screen. The game features one of the characteristic options of Etrian Odyssey series – the possibility for player to manually draw maps and dungeons to explore.
An atmospheric arcade game with stealth elements, developed by Polish studio Bloober Team, the creators of e.g. Alien Breed of Layers of Fear. Scopophobia takes place in a world resembling 19th century London. The city is haunted by a huge basilisk, which can turn people into stone with the power of his sight. He players take on the roles of children, who try to avoid the beast's deadly gaze at any cost. Scopophobia is full of suspense and does make you feel like you're constantly being hunted. The default gameplay mode is the asymmetric multiplayer one—you play as either one of the children or the basilisk itself. Both sides feature several character classes, who possess various special abilities. The matches take place on varied maps.
Arcade August 2018
Three-dimensional platformer designed exclusively for Nintendo Switch console. Players take control of titular Yoshi – a cute dinosaur-like creature known from Mario franchise. This time he is taken to a miniature world filled with challenges requiring both skill and logic, as well as many gold coins to collect. Yoshi is a classic platformer with side view, with our hero running, jumping and throwing eggs at enemies or environmental objects. Interestingly, the camera can be changed at any moment to look at the level from another perspective. This can be used to discover new paths and many surprises, and each level can be completed in two ways. The game can be completed in cooperation split-screen mode for two players. Visually, Yoshi uses box-like miniature dioramas, resembling Paper Mario series.
Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom
The unofficial seventh installment in the Wonder Boy/Monster World series, developed by Game Atelier. Although the studio does not own the rights to the brand, the game takes place in the same universe and the story fits this specific world. The game is set in a fantasy realm and you play as the eponymous Monster Boy, whose task is to lift a powerful curse. To achieve that, you have to complete a range of levels and use the protagonist's unusual powers, which allow him to change into five kinds of beings — you use their abilities both when fighting enemies and solving puzzles. Although Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom references popular 1980s platform games, there are also role-playing elements. The game features oldschool 2D visuals, resembling legendary 16-bit productions.
The Forbidden Arts
Fox n Forests
Arcade June 2018
Arcade June 2018
A colorful, two-dimensional platformer game for mobile devices, created by Mobge Games - a Turkish developer. With its relaxed atmosphere, the game describes daily life and habits of Vikings. As a platformer game, Viking Mushroom offers twenty-five different levels filled with opportunities to jump and climb. The player encounters large numbers of traps, enemies and collectibles as well. The titular mushrooms are significant here, for they were eaten by Scandinavian warriors in order to acquire superhuman powers, according to the tradition. The game recreates such situations, for each of many kind of mushrooms available gives access to a set of useful abilities. The game offers colorful visuals, resembling the Rayman series in this aspect. What deserves special attention is the fact that both the plot and certain gameplay mechanics are rooted deeply in the tradition of Vikings and supported by research conducted on their culture.
Arcade 24 April 2018
A remake of a third generation arcade game developed by City Connection. We are taken to a special table manned by two animals with unique stats and abilities. A basic match sees us throw and deflect white balls – to win, one of the players has to place all his balls on the opponent’s side or hit him enough times to drain his health bar. The matches are diversified by various modifiers, such as bombs or obstacles that appear on the play field. Penguin Wars offers gameplay modes for up to 4 players, playing either one on one or as doubles or taking part Moreover, we are left with a campaign that depicts the story featuring the individual characters. The game is characteristic for its appealing, colorful visuals and catchy soundtrack with both new and remastered tracks.