Just Dance 2018 (WiiU)
Party tomorrow, 24 October 2017
One of the many installments in the series of dance/party games released annually by Ubisoft. Similarly to what players know from previous editions, your task is to follow the choreographies performed by colorful characters dancing on-screen. The more accurately you repeat their moves, the higher score you get. Just Dance 2018 offers several dozen pop songs, both classic hits and new releases. That latter category includes: Clean Bandit ft.Sean Paul & Anne-Marie – Rockabye, Bruno Mars – 24K Magic, Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj – Side to Side, Bebe Rexha ft. Lil Wayne – The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody), Jamiroquai – Automaton, Shakira ft. Maluma – Chantaje, Hyuna – Bubble Pop, Hatsune Miku – Love Ward, Groove Century – Daddy Cool, Big Freedia – Make it Jingle. Just Dance 2018 uses dedicated motion controllers and cameras or a special mobile app for monitoring players’ moves.
YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG (WiiU)
RPG 10 November 2017
YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG is a surrealistic jRPG set in the 1990’s. It was developed by the independent studio Ackk Studios, creators of games like Chromosphere: The Two Brothers and Two Brothers. Story focuses on the mysterious disappearance of Sammy Pak who was taken by supernatural forces while using an elevator. her friends decide to go on a dangerous journey to save her. Single player campaign will give us around twenty five hours of gameplay. Our party of eight moves around an isometric-presented map, every once in a while taking part in turn-based battles against our enemies. The game uses Unity Engine. Visuals in YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG are much different from what we could see in other jRPGs as the game lacks any sort of manga-inspired style. All of the game's dialogues are voice acted.
Forgotten Memories (WiiU)
Forgotten Memories is a survival horror developed by Psychoz Interactive, combining elements from both classic and modern games of the genre. The game takes place in an abandoned mental hospital where some horrifying things have happened in the past. Forgotten Memories tells the story of two police inspectors who end up in that hospital while searching for a serial killer. As it soon turns out, the hospital is not abandoned and our heroes have to face the nightmares that dwell in the dark. We play as Rose Hawkins and observe the game from a third-person perspective. The game combines elements from the classic and modern survival horror games. We will use a wide range of weapons to face our enemies, but we will also have to hide or simply run to survive. Key to achieving that lies in cooperation with our partner. We will also have to face powerful bosses and solve some puzzles from time to time.
Edge of Eternity (WiiU)
A third person action-RPG combining the most important aspects of Japanese role-playing games with medieval atmosphere and elements of the steampunk subgenre. The game was created by Midgar - an independent French studio, mainly known for mobile apps. The action takes place in Heryon - a fantasy land whose inhabitants have come under the threat of an alien civilization capable of turning both humans and animals into metal monsters. The player assumes the role of a young farmer by the name of Daryon, who is willing to confront the danger. The story is set in three main locations, including a mercantile town, a citadel controlled by the authorities, and ruins of the old capital city. During the journey, the player encounters randomly generated monsters and mutants. The game offers a turn-based combat system enriched with several modern-day mechanics. For instance, the player can spy on the enemies, checking which one is going to take the next action; one can also combine their spells together for a more powerful effect. The creators paid a great deal of attention to the soundtrack, which was composed by Cedric Menendez and inspired by works of Nobuo Uematsu, Jeremy Soul and Hans Zimmer.
A stylish game developed by Team Colorblind, an independent studio based in Phoenix, AZ. The game combines elements of two seemingly incompatible video game genres – turn-based strategy and brawler. The story is set 20 years before Spanish Conquistadors came to America, and a player is tasked with expanding the Aztec empire, collecting taxes, and handling diverse randomly generated events. As far the game builds on the turn-based strategy convention, a player might have to use force to punish citizens who do not pay their taxes or slaughter everyone infected during an epidemic when all other attempts to cure them have failed. What is worth mentioning, the game is based on broad historical knowledge resulting from developers’ passion, who implemented into the game over 30 Aztec cities and different types of Aztec warriors, all of which makes for a faithful representation of the authentic locations and factual units. Aztez features an original, monochromatic visuals brought to life only by the red color of the blood gushing all over player’s screen.
Shovel Knight: King of Cards (WiiU)
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.
Battle Princess Madelyn (WiiU)
A two-dimensional platform game developed by the independent studio Causal Bit Games (the creators of Insanity’s Blade that was released in 2014). During the game the player controls princess Madelyn who was forced to fight evil in order to save the kingdom and her family. The gameplay of Battle Princess Madelyn relates to classic titles like Ghosts ’n Goblins and Ghouls ‘n Ghosts. The game focuses on the agility of the player, making him escape traps and jump between platforms while fighting skeletons, demons and big bosses. At the beginning of the game Madelyn lacks any armor and powerful weapons, but she is accompanied by the ghost of a dead dog named Fritzy. After some time the pair gains new weapons and better powers that enable them to, among other things, shoot fire. The levels hide many secrets, including hidden areas. The game also features two versions of soundtrack – one references 8-bit consoles and another is a modern version of it.
The Fall Part 2: Unbound (WiiU)
Adventure February 2018
An action adventure game with platformer elements, developed by the independent studio Over the Moon Games. The production is a direct sequel to The Fall which debuted in 2014. After the events of the original, ARID reaches the global network and her primary task is to save herself — the heroine, who is an advanced artificial intelligence, takes over various robots to do so. The gameplay of The Fall Part 2: Unbound is presented from a side view. The fun is focused on exploration of the places we visit and assuming control over various characters that have different abilities and limitations. The key to success is to use their individual capabilities not only while moving through locations but also when solving puzzles or fighting. The production is powered by the Unity technology, which provides decent graphics. Contrary to its predecessor, the title was released on many platforms simultaneously.
Razor Global Domination Pro Tour (WiiU)
Sports March 2018
A free-style scooter sports game developed by Renegade Kid in cooperation with Razor, a North American scooter manufacturer. The player takes part in a set of events known as the international championships for kick-scooter skaters. We travel all around the world, performing various tricks in a number of varied locations that include skate parks, streets, or sand-filled courses. The time between the events can be used to upgrade our scooter, improving its performance by increasing the air time or overall speed. The rider can also be customized by changing his apparel, outside looks, or equipment. The game makes full use of Razor’s license, introducing numerous scooters and items from the company’s catalogues.
Cryamore is an action-adventure RPG developed by NostalgiCO. The game takes place on Noka islands, where for centuries people based the growth of civilization on steam engines. It all changes when cryamore, the titular mineral, is discovered. It has not only a bigger energy generation potential, but can also "unlock" the hidden potential in living beings. Its full-scale utilization destroyed the balance of the world and attracted mysterious monsters that devour natural resources, including cryamore, to the islands. Esmyrelda Maximus, our protagonist, tries to manage the difficult situation. Her job is to find alternative ways of extracting cryamore. Gameplay focuses on exploration, doing story and side missions, and on fighting with the encountered enemies. Combat is rather arcade in Cryamore. In battle, we can use both weapons and magical powers. The day/night mechanics implemented in the game has visible impact on gameplay as some rare monsters will only appear on specific hours. The game has eye-pleasing visuals, visibly inspired by the Japanese games of the same genre, such as Secret of Mana or The Legend of Zelda.
Antipole DX (WiiU)
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.