Pokemon Ultra Sun (3DS)
RPG 17 November 2017
Pokemon Ultra Sun for is another installment of the popular RPG series developed by Game Freak for Nintendo handheld consoles. It was released along with Pokemon Ultra Moon as the improved versions of the 7th generation handheld consoles launch titles, Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon. Once again, we play as a novice pokemon trainer who desires to become the very best trainer in the world. The game comes with an alternative version o the story we saw in the series' previous installment, offers new types of pokemons (some available only in this version), and offers new and changed locations. Nothing has changed in terms of gameplay. We explore the game’s world, do quests, catch more and more Pokemon, and take part in turn-based duels with other trainers. Pokemon Ultra Sun supports the PokeBank app that allows us to transfer pokemons caught in other games of the series.
Fire Emblem Warriors (3DS)
Action December 2017
Fire Emblem Warriors is a spin-off of the popular jRPG series Fire Emblem that was released on Nintendo Switch. The game that was created by Omega Force and Nintendo is quite different from what we could see in the series' previous installments. Instead of a turn-based tactical RPG, we get a fantasy slasher that uses the series' characteristic elements and characters and adds only a couple of RPG elements. In terms of gameplay, Fire Emblem Warriors uses mechanics similar to those from the Dynasty Warriors game series.
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux (3DS)
RPG Thursday, 26 October 2017
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux is a remake of Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, a game that was released in 2009 for Nintendo DS. Just like the original game, it was developed by Atlus. Developers implemented some audiovisual tweaks and changes (improved facial expressions, dialogues are now fully voiced). User interface and gameplay mechanics were also improved. The game now offers three difficulty levels and the possibility of saving the game anytime we want to. Strange Journey Redux also has an additional ending connected with the new character named Alex. Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux is a dungeon crawler. As we play, we explore dungeons and take part in battles with demonic enemies. While in combat, we rely on the individual abilities of demons we capture. Our job is to explore the unknown world that can be accessed through a portal opened in the South Pole and stop the invasion of demonic creatures that came out of it.
Kirby: Battle Royale (3DS)
Arcade 03 November 2017
An action game with fighting game features. It was developed to celebrate 25th anniversary of Kirby series. Kirby: Battle Royale was developed by HAL Laboratory. The studio created ten gameplay modes. In one of them the player must collect rocks and deliver them to special devices. In another the player must transport rockets to cannons that shoot at boss. In general the gameplay focuses on fighting other players. The game supports local and online multiplayer for up to four players. They fight each other on a small arena by using powers of the titular Kirby. He can throw a lasso, control ice, use sword etc. The gameplay mechanics aren’t complicated, but winning requires training and learning advantages and weaknesses of the characters. The game is designed for multiplayer, but it can be also played in singleplayer that serves as training.
Pokemon Ultra Moon (3DS)
RPG 17 November 2017
Pokemon Ultra Moon for is another installment of the popular RPG series developed by Game Freak for Nintendo handheld consoles. It was released along with Pokemon Ultra Sun as the improved versions of the 7th generation handheld consoles launch titles, Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon. Once again, we play as a novice pokemon trainer who desires to become the very best trainer in the world. The game comes with an alternative version o the story we saw in the series' previous installment, offers new types of pokemons (some available only in this version), and offers some new and changed locations. Nothing has changed in terms of gameplay. We explore the game’s world, do quests, catch more and more Pokemon, and take part in turn-based duels with other trainers. Pokemon Ultra Moon supports the PokeBank app that allows us to transfer pokemons caught in other games of the series.
Mario Party: The Top 100 (3DS)
Arcade 10 November 2017
A collection of one hundred best minigames from all entries in the Mario Party series published by Nintendo. In this title, developed by Nd Cube, the players can play beach volleyball, position diamonds in a match-3 game, avoid balls shot by a space ship, play soccer, eat pizza and do many other things. Mario Party: The Top 100 features large variety of characters, among which there are Mario, Luigi, Peach, Daisy, Wario and Yoshi. It is best to play the game in multiplayer mode for up to four players. The title supports Download Play, a function that enables the player to share the game with other users – only one copy is needed for four players to play it. The title also supports amiibo, special figures that provide additional benefits like unique characters. The graphics of all minigames were adapted to the power of 3DS – the minigames from Wii U look a bit worse but minigames from older consoles look better.
The Alliance Alive (3DS)
RPG March 2018
A classic, turn-based Japanese role-playing game developed by Cattle Call in cooperation with the legendary developer Yoshitaka Murayama. The Alliance Alive takes place in a fantasy world that centuries ago were invaded by an alien civilization called Asmodians. A resistance, known as Night Crows, is trying to defeat the Asmodians. During the game the player controls nine characters. Each of them represents different values, but their paths cross with each other, leading to new story plots and intrigue plot twists. The gameplay is typical for the genre. During the game the player is traveling through a vast world, completing various contracts and participating in turn-based battles in which the key to success lies in using individual skills of various characters. Their combat potential can be increased by joining guilds, obtaining more powerful equipment and using a specific skill frequently.
Persona Q2 (3DS)
Arcade 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.
Shovel Knight: King of Cards (3DS)
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.
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.
Shakedown Hawaii (3DS)
Action March 2018
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.
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.
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.
Antipole DX (3DS)
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.