The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)
Action 03 March 2017
Another installment in the popular action-adventure game series by Nintendo, and also the first game in the series for WiiU. In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you play once again as the main character of the franchise, Link, who gets involved in yet another exciting and dangerous adventure as he tries to learn what led to the downfall of the land of Hyrule. The gameplay is a combination of several genres: adventure, action RPG, and even survival. During the game, you explore the open world, solve puzzles and fight enemies; the combat is arcade-like and requires you to use varied tactics. You also have to gather resources in order to prepare food and drink, which affect your abilities, just like pieces of equipment.
The Escapists 2 (Switch)
Simulation November 2017
A sequel to the 2015 game by Mouldy Toof which was a unique arcade 2D platformer with elements of logic and RPG productions. In The Escapist 2, the players assume the role of inmates locked up in heavily-guarded prisons, and their task is to work out the security system and to escape. To do so, we have to look for allies and items that can be crafted into useful tools while pretending that we tend to our usual prison routines. Compared to the original, the game features a myriad of enhancements such as new ways of spending spare time, a modified combat system, a possibility of creating previously unavailable items, and new ways of escaping. One of the biggest novelties is the introduction of a drop in/drop out multiplayer mode in which up to four players can play on a split screen or over the Internet.
NBA Playgrounds (Switch)
Sports 09 May 2017
NBA Playgrounds is an arcade sports game inspired by the NBA Street game series. It was developed by Saber Interactive, a studio mostly known for their futuristic first-person shooters like TimeShift and Inversion. In NBA Playgrounds, players take part in basketball matches. Even though the gameplay is based on classic rules, it has not much to do with reality. The players can jump incredibly high and do various tricks during those jumps. Nonetheless, mastering all of the game's twists, turns and moves takes some time. It has to be mentioned that the developers managed to acquire the official NBA license. Thanks to that, we can play as both current and old NBA stars. As we win, the players get new abilities, which allows them to do more complicated sport stuns. NBA Playgrounds can be played both in single player and multiplayer modes. The game has characteristic cartoonish visuals. Characters available in the game are caricatures of sorts of the real NBA players, and various lighting effects are present during our matches. All of this goes well with NBA Playground's gameplay.
Death Squared (Switch)
Logic 14 July 2017
An online logic game focusing on tight cooperation between the participants, created by the Australian SMG Studio. The players assume the roles of sympathetic, cubic robots whose goal is to reach the platforms bearing the same color as their body. The task is not easy however, as different mechanisms and traps were placed in the levels, such as laser sensors (once activated, shuffle the conditions of the map), or energy beams that can be blocked by the robot bearing the same color, but constitute a deadly threat to others. Since the movements of the robots are usually interconnected, solving the puzzles requires strict cooperation and being able to coordinate the moves of particular robots. Death Squared offers over 100 different levels divided into three game modes, namely the story campaign (for one or two players), the PARTY mode (for two or four players), and the special Vault mode, which is also designed for a two- or four-player experience, and features levels rated by the developers as too difficult to be included in the two modes mentioned above.
Flipping Death (Switch)
ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove (Switch)
Action December 2017
Another installment in the action-adventure game series about two strange aliens – ToeJam and Big Earl. During their interstellar journeys, their ship crash-lands on a nearby planet, which turns out to be Earth. The heroes and their friends (on some rare occasions you will also control Peabo and Lewanda) need to find replacement parts for their vessel in order to go home. Similarly to the first part of the game, ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove presents the action from the isometric point of view. The mechanics consists of free exploration, fighting ridiculous enemies, and playing funny minigames. During the game, the heroes come across mysterious presents which can either help or harm – the only way to find out is to open them. Co-op is surely an asset – each adventure can be played solo or with up to three other players. All of this is complemented by great visuals – the world and the characters seem like they were cut out from paper, and the depth is intensified by the 3D perspective. The pleasurable soundtrack is inspired by music trends of the 90s.
Adventure 03 May 2017
An arcade roguelike game developed by a team of independent developers: Benedict Fritz, Greg Wohlwend, Joel Corelitz, David Laskey and Jenna Blazevich. Players are taken to a fantastic, fairy-tale like world as a titular seed. Their task is to climb to the peak of a high mountain to save the hero’s house from incoming threat. TumbleSeed’ gameplay revolves around traversing five varied, procedurally generated environments, like jungle, desert and ancient temples. The protagonist rolls on a platform located on the screen, as we balance the platform left or right to dodge traps and enemies. That doesn’t mean that the seed is defenseless – it's got more than 30 special abilities. TumbleSeed stands out with its two dimensional visuals: unique, psychedelic and filled with colors. It is complemented by a soundtrack composed for the game, which balances between trance and ambient genres.
Yoku's Island Express (Switch)
Action December 2017