“When you’re trapped atop a lofty spire, surrounded by killer robots that have just slaughtered every other living being on the planet, it’s not a matter of if you’ll survive the onslaught but how long you can stave off the inevitable. Such is the thrill of Ziggurat, an iPhone and iPad game that’s all about taking out as many of the mechanical jerks as you can before they inevitably rip you to shreds.”
“The mobile explosion ushered in by iOS devices has made it possible to get a quick gaming fix anywhere without inciting your boss’ wrath or drawing unwanted attention to your “nerdy” interests. While cool PC games often find their way to the iPhone or iPad, it’s nice to see things happening the other way around every once in a while. Edge’s PC debut finally gives those who prefer to absorb their necessary gaming nutrients while tethered to a keyboard a chance to get a taste of this stylish retro puzzler.”
“Imagine what Minecraft might be like if it had been made with pixel art sprites and released in the SNES era. That sums up the overall vibe of Terraria pretty well. It also explains why I just can’t seem to tear myself away from the darned thing. This devious little indie sandbox title borrows so many ideas from Notch’s game that it essentially is Minecraft in 2D, but it also beefs up the familiar gameplay in exciting ways. There’s a lot more creepy crawly stuff to kill, and the staggering number of doodads you can MacGyver together into deadly weapons to slay them with is mouth-watering. Say what you will; there’s some gnarly fun to be had in these uncharted depths.”
“We’re not exactly sure how someone can be sexy “in an 8-bit sense,” but we certainly applaud the folks at NIS America for loading up their latest retro gaming throwback with some seriously off-the-wall character dialogue and wacky self-referential humor. Amusingly, Cladun: This is an RPG literally wears its genre on its sleeve while poking fun at it in the process. Blocky 8-bit warriors, jokes about cosplay, heavy duty dungeon grinding and talking cats punctuate this promising and quirky retro RPG.”
Check out the full hands-on preview here at GamesRadar.
“With games that daringly straddle the past and the present, there can be a fine and delicate line between being old-school and being freaking obnoxious. First-person shooters are pretty fancy these days, and modern gamers have been spoiled with newfangled ideas that push the genre in new and occasionally exciting directions. However, once you’ve progressed beyond a certain point of innovation, it’s sometimes best not to look back and revisit the “good old days.” Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter really drives that point home with a spiked gauntlet.”
Check out the full review here at Cheat Code Central.
“Giant robots are cool. But giant robots from 1985 that shoot homing lasers from their eyes and transform into jet fighters are infinitely cooler. Thexder Neo slaps a fresh coat of paint on an antiquated PC shooter from days long past and proves a few moments of fun can still be squeezed from this stone.”
This uber-short review was originally meant for print, but you can read it in its full two-paragraph glory over here at GamesRadar.
“Feeding colorful jellybeans to an amorphous alien pet to make it transform into a multitude of cool items was loads of fun way back in 1989, and WayForward’s resurrection and re-imagination of the NES sleeper hit A Boy and His Blob perfectly captures the clever gameplay that made the original so absorbing. 20 years later, the remake is one of the most endearing games you’ll find on the Wii. It’s lovely to look at, challenging to master, and undeniably heartwarming.”
“Meddlesome heroes! They’re always busting down the damn front door and wrecking our carefully constructed evil lair. What is a malevolent God of Destruction to do but shore up his defenses and stock up an army of creatures in hopes of stamping out every last smidgeon of goodness that invades his realm? Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! What Did I Do To Deserve This? is a zany arcade-style dungeon creation and defense game like no other. Being evil is hilariously fun, even if you’re going to get your ass kicked over and over again for it.”
“Any RPG fan will tell you it can take between from 30 to 60 hours of hardcore level-grinding, adventuring, and monster battling to beat an average game. If that seems way too long, you’ll greatly appreciate Half-Minute Hero’s warp-speed take on the classic RPG. It boils down the typical trappings of the genre into their primordial elements and douses the whole thing with rocket fuel. You’ve got 30 seconds to save the world – try not to freak out.”
“The launch of the original Nintendo DS ushered in some truly innovative changes to the world of handheld gaming, but many players initially wondered how the games for the system would live up to the promises teased by the unusual hardware’s new features. For some, it would take an amiable pink blob to quash their uneasiness. Early on in the life cycle of the DS, few games used the handheld’s touch screen features as magnificently as Kirby Canvas Curse — a game that turned the platforming genre on its head with a revolutionary and fresh approach to stylus controls.”