South Park: The Fractured But Whole (PC)
RPG 17 October 2017
Another installment in an RPG series based on the Comedy Central’ cult adult-oriented cartoon TV series. The title is a direct sequel to South Park: The Stick of Truth released in 2014. However, unlike that game, this one was created by an Ubisoft’s subsidiary. Once again you play as the New Kid, whose family just recently moved in to South Park. This tim, Cartman and his group play the roles of superheroes, making up the vigilante group of Coon & Friends. They have to face a new danger, the villainous Professor Chaos. In terms of gameplay mechanics, the game is similar to its predecessor, combining classic RPG elements with turn-based combat, further spiced up with a big doze of nasty humor invented by the creators of the TV series: Matt Stone and Trey Parker.
Darkest Dungeon (PC)
RPG 19 January 2016
A dark fantasy cRPG developed by debuting studio Red Hook. The story is set in a dark, medieval-like universe. While exploring ruins of an old castle and its dungeons, you face off against forces of darkness that overwhelmed the land because of the reckless actions of its previous sovereign. As you delve into the depths, you discover the dark history of a family who brought the evil upon the world. The gameplay focuses on dungeon crawling - dungeons filled with traps and crawling with monsters that need to be dealt with during turn-based combat sequences. An original idea is the sanity indicator of your heroes. Each team member has different personality and reacts differently to what is happening around him/her. Therefore, while playing you should keep an eye on their well being and fear levels, alleviating their stress by drinking alcohol or brawling, if needed.
Heroes of Might & Magic III: HD Edition (PC)
Strategy 29 January 2015
A remastered edition of one of the most well-received installments of the legendary Heroes of Might & Magic series, created for the 15th anniversary of the game's original release and the 20th anniversary of the franchise. It was commissioned by Ubisoft and developed by DotEmu, known e.g. from the remake of the cult platform game Another World. The contents of the HD edition are the same as the base game (no expansions included) and consist of 7 story campaigns (about 50 maps in total), a skirmish mode and a functional editor. Compared to the original, the key changes are the upgraded wide-screen-compatible HD visuals. The graphics are now sharper and more clear-cut, which is the result of reprogramming over 25,000 elements and models. The multiplayer mode has also been upgraded, both in the local “hotseat” mode and the online one. Also, for the first time ever, a version for mobile devices was created.
Iron Marines (PC)
Set in sci-fi realities, a casual RTS game by Ironhide Game Studio from Uruguay, primarily known for the popular tower defense series, Kingdom Rush. In Iron Marines you assume the role of a commander leading his space soldiers into dangerous battles against insectoid Aliens. The game features a wide arsenal of weapons and powerful battle mechs that you gather during gameplay. Interestingly, the game allows the player to see the conflict from the other side of the conflict and take control of the aliens as well. The title features 2D, cartoon-like graphics in the style of the aforementioned Kingdom Rush.
Child of Light (PC)
RPG 30 April 2014
Child of Light is a 2D RPG that combines the elements of modern platformers and Japanese role-playing games. It was developed by Ubisoft Montreal, a subsidiary of Ubisoft which also collaborated in the development of Far Cry and Assassin Creed games. Child of Light tells the story of Aurora, a young girl who has to save the kingdom of Lemuria. When playing, we influence Aurora's development and witness her rough journey to adulthood. The game is presented in a perspective typical for platform games, and the turn-based combat system is inspired by the jRPG genre. During her adventures, Aurora explores a vast, living world, where she encounters friendly fairies, gnomes, and sneaky monsters. Child of Light offers single player and multiplayer modes. In the latter, the second player takes on the role of a friendly firefly.
Plants vs Zombies (PC)
Strategy 05 May 2009
A game belonging to the popular tower defense genre. It's theme, however, is rather unusual, for the players' task is to protect their household against the attacking hordes of zombies. The game was developed by PopCap Games - a company popular for successful arcade-logic games, such as Peggle Deluxe or Bejeweled. In Plants vs Zombies, the levels are made of paths along which the zombies are coming. The player's task is to secure each of those paths. Interestingly, the player's fortification comprises of various plants and flowers growing outside of their house. Each kind of plant has a unique ability. These include things like production the in-game currency, attacking, slowing down the enemies, or exploding in front of them. Zombies are equally diversified - there are many types of attackers, differing in appearance, equipment, and armor. All the subtleties of gameplay are gradually revealed and explained to the players. The game stands out with its atmosphere of comedy, deprived of serious undertones and tension. This was achieved mainly by colorful visuals and a cheerful soundtrack.
A strategy game set in a science-fiction world in which we supervise an extraterrestrial colony. It has been developed by debuting independent studio Ludeon, established by a former employee of Irrational Games, who previously worked on the Bioshock series. The story of RimWorld takes place in a future in which humanity colonized many alien star systems, but they are located so far from each other that their inhabitants cannot count on anyone, but themselves. We take command over a small group of survivors of a colony space ship, with our task being to maintain the development and provide safety to our base. Aside from building structures and gathering food and resources we must assign each colonist with a task adequate to his or her skills. RimWorld features a unique complex tactical combat system and three independent AI systems that – depending on the situation – will generate random story arcs, making sure to maintain a proper level of drama throughout the gameplay.
SteamWorld Dig (PC)
Arcade 05 December 2013
An action-platform game developed by independent Swedish studio Image & Form. The game takes place in an unusual universe that combines the traits of steampunk and Wild West. Once human civilization had fallen and Homo sapiens species degenerated and transformed into troglodytes living underground, weird creatures that are mostly robots became the new dominant species. One of them is the main protagonist of the game, Rusty. While looking for remains of human civilization, he starts a journey deep into the ground where he looks for interesting treasures. During the game the player is traveling through caves, avoiding traps, fighting enemies, collecting minerals and making sure that he always has access to light. The protagonist can use various useful tools that enable him to decide in which direction to dig vast tunnels. After filling the backpack it is possible to return to the surface and trade found minerals for various goods and upgrades for the protagonist.
Tooth and Tail (PC)
Strategy 12 September 2017
An arcade real-time strategy game by Pocketwatch Games, featuring old-school pixel art visuals. The action of Tooth and Tail takes place during an animal revolution, modeled to the conflicts of the turn of 19th and 20th century, where several factions comprised of different animal species fight to the death. Gameplay mechanics resemble classic RTS productions—their foundations lay in resource gathering, base building, and tactical combat. In the game, however, we can not issue direct orders to individual units. Instead, we assume control of their commander, who moves throughout the battlefield with a banner in his hand. His task is to designate places in which buildings will be built and show his subordinates their targets. Since we control just one character, the controls of Tooth and Tail resemble a typical action game rather than strategy, and most processes were adequately automated so that the player can focus on pure fun.
Beat Cop (PC)
Adventure 30 March 2017
The result of the independent Polish studio Pixel Crow's cooperation with 11 bit studios, the creators of This War of Mine. Beat cop is a point-and-click time management game. You play as Jack Kelly, a former NYC detective who was framed for murder and demoted. Hated by everyone around, Jack is trying to reconcile his duties with conducting a private investigation in order to discover who framed him. The plot of Beat Cop is non-linear and its many endings depend on your decisions. Interestingly, the game was inspired by American crime TV shows from the 70s and 80s, which is reflected in its atmosphere and humor. The time-management element of the production is most visible when you're patrolling the streets of Brooklyn, while during the investigation segments it becomes a detective/adventure game. Beat Cop has a distinct retro feel thanks to its pixel-art graphics and oldschool soundtrack.
Fallout Shelter (PC)
Strategy 14 July 2016
A mobile spin-off to the post-apocalyptic Fallout franchise, accompanying the fourth major installment. In contrast to the main-stream Fallout games this one is a simulation strategy, in which you take on a role of a vault overseer and have to look after its inhabitants. The game has you expand the vault by new rooms, including living quarters, and public facilities, to provide for all needs of your dwellers. You also have to gather supplies, which requires you to send expeditions outside the vault, having previously equipped (or not) your men with weapons and protective gear. Each vault dweller has their own statistics and gains experience, thus unlocking new abilities and equipment.
Adventure 15 January 2016
A 2D adventure game inspired by supernatural horrors, developed by Night School Studio, a debuting team founded by the former workers of Telltale Games. We take on the role of a girl named Alex, who is about to graduate middle school and to celebrate that, she travels with a group of friends to an island that has been the students’ customary place to say their farewells. As it turns out, during the party Alex and her companions have accidentally opened a gateway to another dimension, and the peace of teenagers is interrupted by increasingly strange phenomena, such as unnatural sounds and specters. Since a ghost's presence can’t always be detected with the naked eye, the heroine has to resort to a special radio that, after finding the proper wave frequency, helps her prepare for the possible attack in advance. The dark atmosphere of Oxenfree is complemented by climatic graphics, employing common horror movie filters, as well as an ominous soundtrack.
South Park: The Stick of Truth (PC)
RPG 06 March 2014
A cRPG game based on the popular adult animated TV series South Park. South Park: The Stick of Truth was co-developed by Obsidian Entertainment and the creators of the original animated series – Matt Stone and Trey Parker. The player assumes the role of a kid who, together with his parents, just moved in to the titular town and tries to win his peers’ sympathy. Shared LARP (Live Action Role Playing), in which Cartman and his friends take part, gives the hero a chance to prove himself. The plot of South Park: The Stick of Truth is filled to capacity with absurd humor and references to popular culture. The creators applied elements of classic cRPG mechanics, like character classes, turn-based combat, gaining experience, and reaching higher levels. The production features cartoon-like graphics.
RPG 15 September 2015
An old-school RPG from the independent developer Toby Fox, referencing the Earthbound series. Undertale's story takes place in a world that was witness to a lengthy, cruel war between humans and monsters after a long period of coexistence between both races. It ended with humans driving the monsters underground. Many years later, somewhere in the vicinity of the now-legendary mount Ebott, a little girl looking for shelter from the rain finds a cave and in it a mysterious hole, through which she falls. We play as this girl and explore the underground world, facing various monsters and interacting with various characters. The game’s most characteristic feature is the innovative battle system – we can engage in direct combat in the form of arcade minigames or avoid more difficult fights through talking and complimenting.
RPG 25 July 2017
A unique tactical RPG from independent American studio Supergiant Games. The story of Pyre is set in a mysterious land called Downside, which is a variation on the Christian idea of purgatory. The main protagonist is rescued by a trio of masked travelers, who ask him to help them in unveiling the truth about the so-called Rites – an unusual competition, in which the winners can earn pardon for their sins and be freed from Downside. Pyre’s gameplay contains two fundamental parts. We travel in a special coach that is also used to manage our companions and make decisions that affect the land and its inhabitants. However, there is another and more important part of the game, in form of skirmishes we take part in, which combines features of MOBA and sport titles. A team of three characters must get a hold of a special ball and take it to enemy’s base.
Stardew Valley (PC)
RPG 26 February 2016
The debut production from the independent studio Concerned Ape. It is a sandbox RPG that focuses on the life of a farmer. Stardew Valley takes place in a fantasy realm filled with magic, where the player becomes a young farmer whose ambition is to transform his small field into a giant farm generating great profits. The main task of the player is to plant plants, gather the crops and expand the farm with new infrastructure and agricultural products. In order to be more interesting, the game also feature some RPG elements. One can also take active role in the life of the nearby village – make friendships and interact with the inhabitants of the settlement. This unlocks new challenges and earning opportunities for the player. As the game progress, the protagonist gains experience and learns new skills such as farming, mining, fishing, or animal feeding. One can also get married and have children in this randomly generated world.
Strategy 30 October 1999
A cult economic strategy game created by Impressions Games and published by Sierra Entertainment. Pharaoh takes place in the Nile valley, several hundred years B.C., and spans from the era of the great pyramids to the New Kingdom period. As the pharaoh, the ruler of Egypt, you have to transform local villages into great cities, take care of your people's needs, and make your country the greatest of them all. A big factor in the development of your country is agriculture, which is dependent on the flooding of the Nile. You develop your cities, build famous structures (such as the pyramids, the Sphinx, or the Luxor Temple), and also oversee the trade, religion and culture. Apart from governing the cities, the game also features a tactical combat system, both on land and at sea. Pharaoh features several single-player campaigns, each consisting of several dozen of missions. The 2D visuals of the game are very detailed and utilize an isometric view.
Oxygen Not Included (PC)
A 2D science-fiction simulation game by Canadian studio Klei Entertainment, in which your task is to develop a colony on an unspecified planet. In Oxygen Not Included you're responsible for all the ways in which the base functions, from expanding it to managing every individual colonist and assigning their duties. A colonist can e.g. mine for resources, build constructions, conduct research, manage transport, and even cook; each of the activities can be prioritized to make our base function more efficiently. Moreover, you have to care for the basic needs of the colonists and ensure they have access to water, food, heating, and the eponymous oxygen, which distributed across the base by a complex network of pipes. The game features the studio's distinct cartoonish visual style.
Zeus: Master of Olympus (PC)
Strategy 17 October 2000
Another economic strategy game by Impressions Games, known from e.g. Lords of the Realm and Caesar. The production is set in ancient Greece. You play as a leader of a city, which means, you have not only to develop your domain, but also to case for its citizens and appeasing the gods overseeing the region. You can also expand you city by founding colonies and fighting other factions—you can send ordinary troops to battle or use heroes, who can defeat mythological creatures, loot mysterious ruins, and lead armies in the most important battles. Zeus: Master of Olympus features high-quality visuals, with detailed building models and ubiquitous citizens, going on about their daily lives.
SteamWorld Dig 2 (PC)
Arcade Saturday, 30 September 2017
A sequel to the 2013 metroidvania title, developed by Image & Form. Once again, the players are taken to a unique world that combines steampunk with western setting, this time as a female robot looking for her missing friend. The gameplay of SteamWorld Dig 2 doesn’t depart from the groundwork of its predecessor, focusing on digging underground tunnels to reach places of interest and find treasures we can spend to upgrade our equipment. There are also various enemies to defeat with our more or less fancy weapons. Like the previous works of Image & Form, the game features good-looking cartoonish visuals.
Tokyo Dark (PC)
Adventure 07 September 2017
Developed by Cherrymochi from Japan, a horror adventure title with strong visual novel elements. The main heroine of the game is Ayami Ito who carries out an investigation into the mysterious disappearance of her partner. In order to find the truth, she needs to take matters into her own hands. Things become complicated as she also has to face her own demons of the past, nightmares, and hallucinations. The non-linear plot leads to one of eleven endings, depending on the player’s in-game choices. During gameplay of Tokyo Dark, you explore diverse locations, collects useful items, solve puzzles, chat with non-player characters, and take decisions – sometimes having only seconds – that will shape atributes and the nature of Ito, along with the way NPCs treat her. The action is pushed forward once you draw conclusions based on followed leads. The action has an anime style, and the grim soundtrack is composed by Matt “Bison” Steed, the leader of the trash metal band Reign of Fury.
Adventure 09 November 2016
Beholder is an indie adventure game, inspired by the works of George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, and Ray Bradbury. The game takes place in a dystopian world, where the lives of its citizens are fully controlled by the regime, and privacy and freedom of speech are relics of the past. The players take on the role of the manager of an apartment complex. His job is to - under the guise of care - surveil and report any signs of opposition against the government. The game's plot is non-linear - the ending, and the fate of many characters, depend on the player's choices. In Beholder, the players must observe and eavesdrop on the apartment complex's residents, and - when they are gone - search their apartments. When the investigation is complete, a proper report must be submitted, alongside collected evidence. Then, the players can see the consequences of their actions, like a suspect being arrested. Beholder features gloomy 2D graphics which, together with the music, fit in quite well with the game's grim vibe.