Reventure is now available on iOS and Android. The game is a side-scrolling adventure platformer from the independent game development studio, Pixelatto. The 2D nonlinear pixel-art platform puzzler, Reventure, features 100 endings and challenges the player to find all them. Players take on a labyrinth with many secrets, unlockable things, and secondary paths. The indie game contains more than 10 hours of content.
Psydra Games is set to release their dark platformer Mike Dies on Steam over the next few days. The developer had previously created the well received role-playing game Dark Scavenger in 2012.
Mike Dies sees players trapped aboard a spaceship that has been damaged after it crashed into an asteroid belt. It features a metroidvania style of gameplay with smaller levels that you’ll have to return to later in the game to find extra hidden secrets that were previously unavailable.
Developer Wales Interactive has revealed that Typoman is coming to the Nintendo Switch. The word-based puzzle platformer will arrive on the console on February 22 thanks to Brainseed Factory porting it from the Wii U version that had earlier released.
Typoman uses letters and words to interact with gameplay, with the player able to put together phrases or words that will then take on the properties of whatever they managed to spell. The game will retail for $12.99 / $9.99 but will have a 20% discount when it first arrives on the eShop.
“We’ve been following Typoman for quite some time, ever since Brainseed Factory and Wales Interactive featured together on the Nintendo stand at Gamescom 2015,” said David Banner of Wales Interactive. “We admired the creativity and originality that the game possesses and we’re thrilled to now be publishing the game on Switch. Originally released on Wii U, we can’t wait to bring Typoman to the new generation of Nintendo console this February.”
N+ was one of the most highly acclaimed indie platformers of the last generation. With its deceptively simple controls and concept, it managed to dazzle players across the Xbox Live Arcade and other platforms. Thanks to a distinctive style and increasingly complex levels it was also able to become a game that critics recommended to everyone. In that sense, N++ has plenty to live up to if it is to be considered a success.
The title works in almost exactly the same way as its predecessor. You are a ninja who will die if they hit any sort of enemy or dangerous obstacle. Falling with enough speed is also deadly, as is running out of the gold metabolism. This means that you have to avoid being hit whilst making it to the exit and collecting as many gold pieces as possible to increase your lifespan. The only tools at your disposal are the ability to run and jump.
The main challenge comes from making it to the exit. There are often a number of obstacles in the way to make this increasingly more difficult. These can range from doors that have to be opened by reaching a certain switch, to bombs and guns that will attempt to blow you up as quickly as possible. As mentioned earlier, the only way to avoid these is to doge them by jumping or climbing over them.
The trick to N++ is that you have to master your own movement, both on the surfaces that surround you and in the air. This works because of a sophisticated physics system that is in place. Running fast and then jumping gives you a certain amount of momentum and the key is to understand exactly how much you need to traverse around the different levels. What becomes even more important as you progress throughout the main levels is that you will have to use your momentum in interesting ways, like sliding down onto slopes, to make it across certain gaps or get high enough to collect gold.
The two most important aspects that a game must get right for this type of gameplay to work correctly is for the physics to remain consistent and for the controls to be as precise as possible at all times. These are essential qualities for all platformers to ensure that they are fair and not too frustrating for the player. N++ manages to balance both of these beautifully. The controls are responsive, making every movement feeling tight and purposeful. Thanks to the fact that ti works so well, it allows you to react to everything on screen and feel rewarded when a level is completed.
Speaking of levels, N++ has an extraordinary amount of content. While its predecessor wasn’t exactly short of diverse levels, this sequel is filled to the brim with content that puts most other games to shame. There are hundreds of levels on offer and a brilliant creation toolkit that lets the community create even more. The developers have done a great job of not just supplying a huge amount of levels but also of making them distinctive enough so that they don’t become boring. With the addition of a four-player co-op campaign and a few sets of incredibly challenging stages, there should be plenty to keep players entertained for dozens if not hundreds of hours.
One of the ways in which this title has noticeably improved over N+ is in terms of presentation. Rather than stick with the relatively bland gray color scheme that was present in the first game, the team have gone all out to make N++ far more colorful. The different campaigns all have their own unique styles, ranging from vibrant neon colors to minimalist designs. While the visual appearance is superb, the sound design is not as impressive. The first title seemed to have a much more memorable soundtrack that really stood out and improved the overall playing experience. This new game just simply does not have that same impact in terms of music.
Despite the odd performance issue that can cause a slight stutter every now and again, everything else about N++ is almost perfect. If there is a major complaint it would be that there are just so many levels that it can seem like a daunting prospect to complete. That’s not exactly a downside to the game, though, and it is a title that any platforming fan should try out. Considering the low entry price and fact that it can be played for hours at a time or in short bursts, it also has incredible value for money.
This review is based on a digital copy of the game for Xbox One that was provided by the publisher for review purposes. N++ is available now on various platforms priced at $14.99.
There are many, MANY video games being made in the world right now. There are AAA titles, there are mobile titles, indie titles, and many more categories. But sometimes, it’s the people behind the game that help make it more interesting. Take for example Alter Army, a 2D action platformer that’s currently in beta from Vague Pixels. What makes them so interesting? Well, they’re from India…and 15 years old. Yep, this game is being made by kids! And it looks good! Really good in fact.
Black The Fall is the first game from new developer Sand Sailor Studio. At first glimpse it will probably instantly remind you of the likes of Inside, another monochromatic puzzle platformer. Yet, when you get down to the nitty gritty it becomes obvious that Black The Fall is a very different game, in terms of its underlying themes and plot as well as the way it plays. Of course, none of that matters unless it is a good game, so let’s take a look at it.
SEGA’s latest offering featuring their iconic blue mascot is set to launch in August. Sonic Mania will arrive on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One on August 15 and it sees the series going back to its 2D roots.
Out of all of the genres available in the gaming industry, the 2D sidescrolling platformer has seen the biggest boost from the advent of indie developers. What was once a dying art form has become the go-to field for small studios looking to make their mark in the world. In that respect, Seasons After Fall has a great deal of competition to vie with as it releases on the Xbox One for the first time. The only thing remains to be seen is whether it can stand out on its own merits in what is a crowded domain.
It looks like the Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 will be releasing at some point in the near future, as the bundle has been rated for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in South Korea. The ratings board entry reveals that this collection will include Mega Man 7 through 10, ensuring that all of the classic titles from the series are available on the latest consoles.
From the very first instance of starting up Metrico, it is clear that it is a very minimalist experience. The visuals are sparse, the controls simplified, and the gameplay rather basic. Even the entire premise of the title is minimal, with you being charged with manipulating the world to overcome obstacles using your own movement as the catalyst. While this might sound like a very compelling experience, Metrico ends up being a charming and challenging game that impresses with its subtle presentation and difficult puzzles.
Mekazoo is a platformer that sees the player traverse the world using different forms of mechanical animals that all have their own unique abilities. According to the studio behind the title, it is inspired by the iconic platform games of the past, though it isn’t clear exactly that it is the positive aspects of those classics that they have brought forward.
Cyber Chicken – a 2.5D side-scrolling action platformer set in a dystopian New York City of the future – has launched on Steam. Play as a military-grade cyber-organism facing a cyberpunk revolt in this balls-to-the-wall homage to ‘80s action heroes. The Fakebook, Big Bucks Coffee, and intergalactic leader GW have played you for a fool. They had you wasting your time chasing after scrawny cyberpunks instead of the real villains. It’s time to take these corporate giants down … one bullet at a time.