RPG 15 August 2017
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.
Action 03 March 2015
Helldivers is an arcade cooperative science fiction shooter developed by Arrowhead, creators of the humorous action RPG Magicka. The game takes place in a distant future where players take the roles of the members of the elite Helldivers unit whose job is to protect the politically divided planet known as Super Earth. It was attacked by three alien races. Players have to finish procedurally generated missions in order to save mankind. Before we start, we can choose up to four special abilities for our unit. As we progress, we get new weapons and upgrades. Missions take place in tours that last for a couple of weeks. The game's campaign (which can be finished in single player mode) is the same for the game's entire community, so the successes and failures of other players influence the story's outcome.
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (PSV)
Adventure 10 October 2013
A detective adventure game from the visual novel genre. It was developed by Japan studio Spike Chunsoft. The main protagonist of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Naegi Makoto, is a teenager who starts his education in an elite high school. In contrast to his colleagues, he has no remarkable achievements and he was accepted to the school by winning a lottery. Soon after the school year starts, Makoto and a group of other students are trapped inside the school building and a digitally-controlled mascot informs them that, in order to escape from the trap, one of them must murder someone else in such way that it will be impossible to find out who is guilty. The game is divided into three separate phases. First the player speaks with selected students, builds relations and learns interesting facts. When the murder happens, the player is tasked with gathering evidence and testimonies. Finally the action moves to a court room where during a trial one must find out who the murderer is through a series of minigames.
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (PSV)
Adventure 31 January 2017
The third full-fledged installment in the series of mystery thriller adventure visual novels developed by Spike Chunsoft. The plot of Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony tells the story of a kidnapped high school student named Kaede Akamatsu. Together with other students, he is taken to a school called Gifted Inmates Academy. The academy’s director is a teddy bear named Monokuma. He informs his “guests” that the only way to escape the place is to kill another student in such way that no one catches you during the investigation. The game employs gameplay mechanics known from previous entries in the series. The gameplay is divided into two main parts: School Life and Class Trial. In the first part the player interacts with other students, creates relations and pushes the story forward. Once a murder occurs, the gameplay mechanics change and the player focuses on conducting an investigation during which he learns testimonies and statements of various people, he looks for evidence etc.
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (PSV)
Adventure 10 October 2013
A sequel to the detective adventure visual novel released in 2010 by Spike Chunsoft. In Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair the player assumes the role of a completely new protagonist named Hajime Hinata. He is accepted to an elite high school despite the fact that he cannot remember what he did to earn that honor. During one of the school trips the class of the protagonist is imprisoned on a tropical island. In order to escape, the students must murder one of their friends and avoid being caught by their colleagues. The gameplay mechanics are based on the same principles as the original game and they are split into three separate phases, in which one must first participate in conversations, then gather testimonies and evidence in the murder case, and finally go to a trial and type the murderer.
Full Throttle Remastered (PSV)
Adventure 18 April 2017
Full Throttle Remastered is a remastered edition of the classic 1995 point-and-click adventure game that was developed by LucasArts. Just like the remaster of the Day of the Tentacle, the refreshed version of Full Throttle was created by Double Fine Productions, a studio made of developers of the original game. The game takes place in a grim future where classic vehicles were replaced with the machines powered by antigravity-based engines. We play as the leader of a motorcycle gang, who, along with his companions, is being accused of killing the owner of the last remaining company that produces classic motorbikes. Our job is to clear our name and find the actual person responsible for that murder. Audiovisuals of the original game were visibly refreshed and improved. New high-resolution backgrounds were created for the remastered version, and every animation frame was re-drawn by hand from scratch.
Dead or Alive: Xtreme 3 (PSV)
Sports 24 March 2016
A spin-off of the series of fighting games developed by Team Ninja. Only female characters from the main series appear in this game. The mechanics of Dead or Alive: Xtreme 3 are completely different than the ones in the fighting games – it is a compilation of several arcade minigames. Each of these minigames has completely different principles. The player can participate in beach volleyball duels that – despite being based on real rules – are purely action based. Rock climbing requires the player to press (in correct order) the buttons appearing on the screen. Among other available modes there are card game and beach running. As the player proceeds through the game, they unlock new content like costumes for the female characters. In addition to that, the girls can participate in various other activities like dating and taking pictures in Photo Paradise mode.
Worms: Revolution Extreme (PSV)
Strategy 08 October 2013
Another installment of the popular strategy game series by Team 17 focusing on warring worms. Contrary to several of its three-dimensional predecessors, Worms: Revolution Extreme offers classical gameplay with action depicted from the side as teams of aggressive worms take their turns in attempt to eradicate the enemy team. The developers provided a rich arsenal of weapons, including firearms, rocket and grenade launchers, the iconic holy hand grenade, and the Super Sheep. These are joined by other tools such as a rope, a parachute, or a blowtorch. Worms: Revolution Extreme introduces new ways of eliminating enemies, such as telekinesis, water pistol, and Boggy-B. What’s more, we can also manipulate and destroy objects in the environment. For the first time in the history of the series, worms have been divided into classes, for instance: scientist, soldier, guard, and scout. Worms: Revolution is powered by a new graphics engine that generates pretty three-dimensional landscapes.
Logic 24 May 2016
An old-school logic game featuring elements of adventure and platformer games. This is the debut of the Triple Eh? studio led by Gareth Noyce. Lumo pays tribute to various games from the 80s and 90s. The gameplay consists of exploring over 400 different chambers, where the player mainly solves puzzles, avoids traps and discovers secrets. The game is played from the classic isometric view, and the player observes only a section of the location they are visiting at a given time - it can be a platform, a room or a corridor suspended in mid-air. It is relatively difficult to make progress in the game. Despite the fact that Lumo makes numerous references to the classics of the genre, it offers modern-day visuals with impressive lighting effects and high-definition textures.
Action 24 May 2016
An old school 2D rogue-like platform shooter. Despite the fact of being quite simple, Downwell features extraordinary mechanics and high difficulty level. You are in control of a hero wearing special military gun-boots that enable him to shoot enemies, crush rocks, and perform air stunts. The action is set in a narrow, bottomless well filled with carefully-guarded treasures. The main objective in Downwell is to get as deep as possible in the procedurally generated levels to collect gems and fight enemies. Apart from the aforementioned boots, the hero can use other classic equipment that can be upgraded. The game introduces an interesting system of air combos which consist in eliminating as many opponents as possible without touching any solid surface. 2D graphics make use of just three colors – black, white, and red. The game is seasoned with a dark, 8-bit era-like soundtrack.
Green Game: TimeSwapper (PSV)
Logic 04 April 2016
An arcade-logic game developed by iFun4All, and a sequel to Red Game Without a Great Name released a few months earlier. In terms of mechanics, the sequel follows the premise of the original game, but with a different set of rules. The players once again assume the role of the mechanical bird, the task of which is to safely reach a destination. The players have no direct control over the protagonist, but they can manipulate time and surroundings, filled with various useful mechanisms, to their advantage. The player's task is to control the bird's movements in such a way that it reaches its destination in one piece. The game features several dozens of different levels that thoroughly familiarize the player with different shades of green, as the title itself declares. As in the original game, the player can collect gear and use different items, introducing valuable bonuses.
Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess (PSV)
Strategy 26 March 2015
A Japanese strategy/action game in which the player joins the forces of evil. They are tasked with constructing complicated traps to eliminate the good heroes who are trying to kill the daughter of the Devil. Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess is an improved version of Deception IV: Blood Ties. It was enriched with an additional campaign, playable female characters, a level editor and small technical improvements. The player faces various scenarios in which they must defeat all heroes that attack them. Each level is a three-dimensional sandbox in which the traps can be freely placed. The traps are divided into three categories: pain and damage dealing (like rocks or spikes), mechanisms that are part of combos (launchers, levers etc.) and humiliating ones (like banana peels or a cake). The victims have various equipment and resistance, for example armor that can be destroyed by hitting its weak point. Surroundings can be used by the player, for example to take prisoners.
Aegis of Earth: Protonovus Assault (PSV)
Strategy 02 July 2015
An economic strategy game taking place in a post-apocalyptic world, where humanity has locked itself in fortified cities - the only way of surviving the attacks of alien monsters. The game was developed by Acquire, a Japanese studio known from Way of the Samurai, Tenchu, and Shinobido. In Aegis of Earth: Protonovus Assault, the player takes control of his own city, and fights against continuous waves of huge monsters. The cities are composed of a few districts that can be rotated 360 degrees. When the enemy attacks, the players have to manipulate the individual districts in real time so that the right installations can target certain vulnerable types of monsters. At the same time, the game has a complex storyline and a number of heroes that are introduced through cut-scenes stylized as a visual novel. Additionally, the game mixes features of real time strategies, tower defense games, city-building simulators, as well as arcade titles.
Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection (PSV)
Strategy 20 June 2013