Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (XONE)
Arcade July 2018
A bundle of first three Crash Bandicoot games, remastered by Vicarious Visions studio. Aside from modern visuals, all games feature rebuilt levels, as well as a new save system, which lets us use every control point along with quick save option. What’s more, they've received an unified menu and a Time Trial mode. Like in originals, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy lets us take control of the titular bandicoot, who must stop the evil Dr Cortex from taking over the world. As the game is a classic three-dimensional platformer, gameplay focuses on completing linear levels, avoiding traps, and fighting enemies, which can be dealt with using a few attacks, like spinning or jumping on enemy’s head. We also collect Wumpa fruits that can earn us another life, as well as find secrets and collect Aku Aku masks that help us in our journey.
Super Lucky's Tale (XONE)
Arcade 07 November 2017
Super Lucky’s Tale is a 3D platform game developed by Playful Corporation, creators of the series’ previous installment, Lucky’s Tale. We play as the titular fox Lucky who, together with his sister, tries to recover the Book of Ages stolen by the evil Jinks. Super Lucky's Tale is in many ways similar to other 3D platformers like Yooka-Laylee or the Rayman series. Gameplay focuses on exploration of various locations. Lucky is an agile fox that can jump, move objects from one place to another, climb, and dig in the ground. We use his abilities to move around the game’s locations, bypass obstacles, solve simple riddles, and collect gold coins. Action is presented from a third-person perspective, but the game offers a special side-scrolling level with challenges where our adventures are presented like in old-school platform games. Super Lucky's Tale was released as a part of the Xbox Play Anywhere programe – if you buy a digital copy of the game on Xbox One, you get its Windows 10 edition for free (and vice-versa).
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 (XONE)
Arcade 14 November 2017
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 is a sequel to the 2013 platform/action game LEGO Marvel Super Heroes developed by Traveller's Tales. This time we will have to face Kang the Conqueror who travels in time and causes turmoil in various eras across the history. Once again we will be able to play as several dozen Marvel characters, including Thor, Hulk, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Gameplay focuses on exploration (we will visit Wild West, ancient Egypt, 2099 New York, and other times and places as we play), combat, and solving simple puzzles and riddles. The game offers a single player campaign and a multiplayer mode (co-op and PvP arena battles) for up to four players.
Arcade 26 May 2017
A third-person view adventure game developed by Tequila Works studio from Spain, which successfully debuted in 2012 with a post-apocalyptic platformer Deadlight. You assume the role of a boy who is trying to escape a mysterious island that conceals a sinister past. During the course of the game you will solve numerous puzzles, using a magical artifact that allows you to manipulate the environment and time. The title, despite being an action game also includes many platformer elements. The hero travels through an open world, climbs craggy cliffs, and jumps over chasms. Apart from being skilled, you also have to be perceptive, as light, sound, and touch (thanks to the technology offered by PS Vita and DUALSHOCK 4) play a vital role in Rime. The game features a 3D environment, colorful visuals, and a comic book-like visual style.
Adventure 16 February 2018
A third-person perspective action game with platform genre features developed by Swedish studio Zoink Games as part of EA Originals, an initiative created in order to support independent developers. The game takes place in a mysterious realm inhabited by weird animals of which one the players control. The gameplay mechanics of the game combine solving riddles with classic platform-genre exploration. The game contains no dialogues; sounds emitted by the protagonist have the key role in communication – they can be used both for combat and for dealing with various obstacles like for example communicating with other creatures. Thanks to that protagonist can count on help of other inhabitants of the realm, including flying animals who can take the player to various inaccessible places. The key to success in Fe is to understand the way the whole ecosystem of the realm works and utilizing this knowledge for solving troubles.
Action 02 March 2018
An action-adventure game featuring elements of platforming, set in a fantasy version of Mexico's Sierra Tarahumara. The game was inspired by legends and cultural achievements of the Tarahumara tribal people living in the region. Sukurúame is the protagonist - a shaman who sets out for a long journey aiming to gain the trust of gods watching over the region. The mission is to save the inhabitants from total destruction that is already on its way.
Sonic Forces (XONE)
Arcade 07 November 2017
Another installment in the popular platform game series by SEGA. The game was developed by Sonic Team, the creators of Sonic Generations and Sonic Colors. Once again, you play as the eponymous super-fast hedgehog, and your task is to lead the resistance and face the evil Doctor Eggman and his army of giant robots. Sonic Forces utilizes the third person perspective. Like in the previous games of the franchise, you traverse the maps full of obstacles and enemies, and collect golden rings. The biggest attraction of the game is undoubtedly the most characteristic feature of the brand - the speed. The protagonist moves so fast that sometimes you may not be able to discern what is happening on screen. The game also features an option to summon alternative versions of Sonic and to control several of them at once — it is the only way to deal with challenges, which are too much for just one Sonic.
The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game (XONE)
Action 22 September 2017
The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game is a platform action game released along with The LEGO Ninjago Movie. Just like the previous LEGO games, it was developed by Traveller's Tales. The story in The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game is based on the movie's plot. The evil Lord Garmadon brought the Ninjago City to its knees. Lead by the wise Master Wu, a group of fearless warriors decides to face Garmadon and bring peace and order back to the city. As we play, we explore various parts of the Ninjago City, use our heroes’ unique abilities when fighting with enemies, and solve simple environmental riddles and puzzles. The game can be played alone or in co-op with up to three additional players. The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game's visuals are on a decent level and stylistically refer to the movie.
LEGO Dimensions (XONE)
Arcade 27 September 2015
Next installment in a bestselling game series devoted to LEGO bricks and developed, as usual, by Traveller’s Tales studio. This title is Warner Bros'. response to the growing popularity of franchises like Skylanders or Disney Infinity. This is the first game in the series that uses real LEGO minifigures, which are transferred into virtual word through a special port. When it comes to gameplay mechanics, the game is not much different from other titles in the series, still being a third-person action-adventure game. You play as various LEGO characters who have to stop evil Lord Vortech from annihilating humanity. The game is available for purchase in several editions devoted to different franchises. Starter pack includes figurines of Gandalf, Wyldstyle, Batman, and Batmobile. However, you can buy individual packs of characters featured in the Return to the Future franchise, LEGO Ninjago sets, DC Comics, or The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Ben 10 (XONE)
Action 10 November 2017
An arcade action game based on the license of a popular TV series bearing the same title. The player once again assumes the role of Ben Tennyson - the protagonist has to face the forces of evil threatening the entire world. Ben is not alone however, as both cousin Gwen and grandfather Max support him on his quest. Similar to previous installments of the series, Ben 10 is played from a third-person view. The player traverses diverse locations, jumps across platforms, avoids different threats, solves simple environmental puzzles and fights foes that appeared in the original TV series. In combat, Ben makes use of the special Omnitrix device, which enables him to shapeshift into the forms of ten creatures from other planets - in so doing, the protagonist gains the advantage over their enemies. Juggling quick, light attacks and slower, but stronger strikes skilfully is also crucial for victory, apart from linking attacks into spectacular combos. The game comes with simple visuals inspired by the TV original in terms of the style - the creators made use of cel-shading techniques in the production process.
Grow Up (XONE)
Arcade 16 August 2016
Developed by Ubisoft Reflections studio, an arcade adventure game with platformer elements, which is a continuation of Grow Home published in 2015. During gameplay you assume the role of a likeable, red robot named BUD. Gameplay consists of exploration of a huge world – a colorful 3D planet with flying islands surrounding it, which hide various kinds of surprises. Your objective is to collect samples of local fauna and flora and also to reveal the secrets guarded by each locations. Similarly to its predecessor, in Grow Up you travel by using young shoots of a huge rapidly-growing plant. Climbing mechanics play a crucial role in the game, as climbing enables you to reach places difficult to get to. The game reprises the original’s atmosphere, featuring colorful, yet minimalistic visuals.
Arcade 11 April 2017
Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer developed by Playtonic Games, a studio created by the experienced developers who played a crucial role in the development of Rare's biggest games. The game's title is a blend of the protagonists names. Yooka, the first of them, is a chameleon who has an unusually long tongue, which can be used to grab onto various surfaces and cover large distances. The other one, Laylee, is a bat who can use sonic attacks. Laylee can also carry Yooka and fly with her friend for a short distance. During our adventures, we explore vast, three-dimensional locations. We need to use our protagonists unique abilities to travel around them. There are numerous challenges awaiting the players: from typical platform sequences, through logical puzzles and item collecting, to boss fights. There are also many hidden minigames in Yooka-Laylee’s world.
Psychonauts 2 (XONE)
A three-dimensional platform game and a continuation to the 2005's Psychonauts, a game by Double Fine Productions studio. The main protagonist of the game is our old acquaintance, a psychic named Raz, who specializes in trips to other people's minds. Invited to the headquarters of the eponymous secret organization, employing people with psychic talents from all around the world, he discovers that the group is in serious trouble and it is up to him to rescue them. In Psychonauts 2 we observe the action from a camera placed behind the hero, and the game consists primarily of exploring the world, avoiding traps and obstacles, and fighting enemies. The game is particularly focused on arcade elements, but there are also a great many of clever puzzles and a good deal of secrets to discover. During the game the protagonist learns and develops new psychic abilities, which allows him to deal with increasingly difficult challenges.
Adventure 20 October 2017
A unique action-adventure game developed by an independent Chinese studio Spotlightor Interactive. The player assumes the role of the titular candle that can burn for only ten seconds. This fire is the only weapon of the protagonist during a long and dangerous journey to find the far away light. The gameplay mechanics of Candleman are based on principles of three-dimensional platform games. The player is traveling through locations, jumping between platforms and avoiding traps and dangers – all while solving environmental riddles based on light and shadow mechanics. Due to the fact that during majority of the game the player moves in dark, the key to success lies in well use of protagonist’s ability to light the closest surrounding in order to find the exit. Other candles encountered during the journey can be helpful as well. The game features attractive, dark graphics that – together with atmospheric soundtrack – create an unusual tune.
Skylanders Imaginators (XONE)
Arcade 14 October 2016
Another installment in the popular series of 3D platform games developed in cooperation between Activision and Toys for Bob. The series uses special toy figurines that are transferred to the virtual world of the game. The mechanics of Skylanders Imaginators are similar to the ones from the previous installments of the series. It is a typical action game focused on exploration, getting through obstacles, collecting items and fighting enemies while occasionally solving riddles. The way of interacting with the toys hasn’t changed as well – what’s more, the game is fully compatible with models released for the previous installments. Among the most important new features there is the possibility to design new characters (thanks to the toy called Creation Crystal) and completely new figurines from the Skylanders Sense group, among which there are 31 warriors.
Arcade 28 October 2016
A first-person perspective action game with platform features, developed by Swedish studio Landfall Games. In Clustertruck the player is tasked with jumping across the roofs of trucks that drive in a convoy. Each level has its beginning and end, and the objective of the game is to complete the whole track without touching the ground. Despite the simple gameplay rules, as the game progresses the objectives become harder and crazier. The player will face many traps like lasers, giant rocks and giant guillotines. Another thing that makes things harder is the fact that the truck drivers are very bad – collisions and accidents happen frequently and cause the vehicles to explode. The player can enjoy the game longer thanks to the level editor and the endless mode in which he can try to survive for as long as possible.
Snake Pass (XONE)
Arcade 28 March 2017
An action platform game with logical puzzles. It was developed by British studio Sumo Digital. The title is based on a prototype created by Seba Liese during a Game Jam. Snake pass tells a story about the adventures of a snake and his friend, a hummingbird. Together they must find keys to the magical gates that provide magical power to the Harmony Foothills. They are doing it in order to defeat a mysterious intruder who threatens the lives of the inhabitants of the realm. The game takes place in a three-dimensional environment and the player takes control of the aforementioned snake. The protagonist’s movement was recreated in a pretty realistic way. It means that, for example, he cannot jump, but instead he crawls along the ground, wraps around objects and swims. All of these actions must be used in order to defeat various obstacles and to find well hidden collectibles. In some situations the friendly hummingbird helps the snake by catching him by his tail and transporting to seemingly unavailable places.
Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island (XONE)
Arcade 19 May 2017
A colorful, classic 3D platformer. The action of Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island takes place on a group of tropical islands where a mad scientist has his base. He endeavors to create a weapon with which he could conquer the world. His most promising project – a humanoid cat named Skylar, equipped with cybernetic implants – rebels against her creator and escapes his laboratory. From that moment, Skylar's most important mission is to defeat the scientist. While controlling Skylar, you explore huge, open maps, avoid traps, and fight enemies. Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island introduces an arcade combat system focusing on ranged and close attacks. Being a 3D platformer, the title emphasizes gathering crystals and other collectibles, often helpful in upgrading the heroine’s weapons, like the Magnetic Glove or the Jetpack. Skylar is accompanied by an owl named Plux who aids her in combat and solving logic puzzles.