PREVIEWS 11 Mar 2020­ by Jay Shaw

Record of Lodoss War-Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth-

With one heck of a wordy title, Record of Lodoss War-Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth, Wonder Labyrinth from here on, has a lot to live up to. Right from the introduction it's obvious that developers Team Ladybug and Why So Serious? obviously have an immense amount of love for Record of Lodoss War and have gone…
PREVIEWS 04 Mar 2020­ by Jay Shaw

Curse of the Dead Gods

Passtech Games and Focus Home Interactive have once more dipped their toes in the rogue-like pool with Curse of the Dead Gods; an three-quarters (often called isometric) viewpoint and fast paced combat while exploring an ominously dark dungeon, but is it any fun? The short answer is yes. Slashing your way through hordes of undead…
PREVIEWS 21 Feb 2020­ by Jay Shaw

Skul: The Hero Slayer

Skul: The Hero Slayer is a 2D side-scrolling rogue-lite platformer where you play a runty little skeleton dude with a cool purple cape and leg bone on his quest to save the undead king and senators after a bunch of so-called heroic humans busted up their castle and kidnapped everyone. To do this the little…
PREVIEWS 15 Feb 2020­ by Jay Shaw

Necronator: Dead Wrong

Necronator is a deck-building micro-RTS from Toge Productions, but what is a micro-RTS? This genre encompasses games like Minion Masters and Infectonator (also from Toge Productions, abbreviated to TogePro by fans) and is a style of RTS that does away with large maps and base building in favour of simple mechanics like automatic resource procurement,…
PREVIEWS 22 Jan 2020­ by Jay Shaw

Metal Unit

Right from the introduction it's made obvious that Metal Unit isn't taking itself seriously. The story revolves around humans discovering tunnels leading to the centre of the earth after a series of apocalyptic earthquakes have damaged the surface of the planet. Monsters emerge from these tunnels to terrorize humanity but they've got cute slime monsters…
PREVIEWS 29 Mar 2019­ by Stephen Haselden

Shortest Trip To Earth

If you haven’t heard of FTL then I recommend that you buy and play it right now (FTL is a brilliant space-based Roguelite, a modern classic, and the kind of game I’d recommend to anyone). All done? Good, Shortest Trip to Earth (STTE) has a lot in common with FTL. But, even though it's still…
PREVIEWS 24 Nov 2018­ by Jay Shaw

Crying Suns

We've spent some time with the (at the time of writing) newer demo for Crying Suns. By the time you're reading this it'll likely be available to download on Steam. So, what is Crying Suns? It's a rogue-lite mixed with real-time strategy game for its battles. The venerable FTL would be an apt comparison for…
PREVIEWS 06 Jun 2018­ by L Coulsen

The Crew 2

The Crew 2, as the name suggests, is the sequel to 2014's The Crew. It was a rather flawed, but ultimately extremely fun game which was vastly improved by its Wild Run expansion a year later. So hopes were high for the sequel to continue on that same path. Hopes, however, are such transient, fragile…
PREVIEWS 05 Mar 2018­ by Stephen Haselden

Forged Battalion

Forged Battalion (FB) is the latest RTS from Petroglyph, a company well known for making excellent RTS games.. Apart from being renowned for titles like Star Wars Empire at War (2006) and Grey Goo (2015), Petroglyph was also created in 2002 by ex members of Westwood Studios, the team behind the Command & Conquer series…
PREVIEWS 26 Jan 2018­ by Stephen Haselden

Northgard

Northgard is a Viking RTS. It’s also a 4X, and a Management Sim too. All of these classifications are relevant, but what Northgard feels like is a modern board game. I’m not talking Snakes and Ladders here, I’m talking Eurogames, like Scythe or Eclipse. To quote Wikipedia: “Euro-style games emphasize strategy while downplaying luck and…
PREVIEWS 13 Jan 2018­ by Stephen Haselden

They Are Billions

When will people learn to love the zombie? That's what I want to know. All this inveterate hatred and revulsion of the undead is merely self fulfilling and ultimately self defeating. It’s time someone tried a better way - hug a zombie today. So, that's exactly what I did in one of my attempts to…
PREVIEWS 02 Oct 2017­ by Kyle Johnson

PAX West 2017: Crest

A command from the people’s god rings throughout the land, echoing in the heads of all the followers. The citizens stop tending to their flocks, their villages, their farms, all in an attempt to parse its meaning “Young people...eat...old people.” And so, the ritual begins. This is Crest, a religion simulator from Swedish developer Eat…
PREVIEWS 02 Oct 2017­ by Kyle Johnson

PAX West 2017: Phantom Doctrine

The Cold War was rife with espionage, political underhandedness, and secrecy by intelligence agencies across the globe. But what if there was a far more sinister group at work behind the scenes, destabilizing countries and threatening to unleash war across the world? Such is the setup for Phantom Doctrine, an alternate history turn-based strategy game…
PREVIEWS 11 Sep 2017­ by Kyle Johnson

PAX West 2017: EarthNight

Far in the future, hand-painted dragons have swarmed the skies above Earth, forming an all-but-impenetrable barrier. Much of humanity has left for the stars, but for Stanley and Sydney, their quest lies below, and with a lot of dead dragons along the way. This is Cleaversoft’s EarthNight, a game I demoed at the Indie Minibooth…