Wrack – The Best You’ve Never Played

The Best You’ve Never Played is a retrospective review series on ‘hidden gems’ – games that did not receive the level of recognition that they deserved. Perhaps they were part of a niche genre, or had too many flaws to attract a significant audience – nonetheless they are quality games that deserve your attention (to Read more about Wrack – The Best You’ve Never Played[…]

Full Metal Furies is a fantastic new multiplayer brawler from the developers of Rogue Legacy

I love indie games. But I didn’t always love them – because I didn’t always play them. Indie games are a cornerstone of gaming now, but they haven’t always been. For the most part, in my formative years they were mostly flash games delegated to websites like Newgrounds. But ten years is an eternity in Read more about Full Metal Furies is a fantastic new multiplayer brawler from the developers of Rogue Legacy[…]

Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes – The Best You’ve Never Played

The Best You’ve Never Played is a retrospective review series on ‘hidden gems’ – games that did not receive the level of recognition that they deserved. Perhaps they were part of a niche genre, or had too many flaws to attract a significant audience – nonetheless they are quality games that deserve your attention (to Read more about Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes – The Best You’ve Never Played[…]

Unleash is an upcoming tower defense game with a competitive twist

In a previous article I commented upon the disparity between the colossal popularity of the match-3 puzzle genre and it’s critical reception; how can a genre that enjoys so many iterations suffer from lack of innovation? Similar to match-3 puzzle games, the tower defense genre is one that suffers from a lack of innovation despite Read more about Unleash is an upcoming tower defense game with a competitive twist[…]

COSMONAUT is a metroidvania horror game, and it’s an instant indie classic

Horror games have always been around but it seems as though the genre has experienced a surge of popularity in recent years. I think this has to do with the rise of twitch streaming and the entertainment value people find in watching raw, organic reactions, especially freak-outs. And these reactions are well warranted – these Read more about COSMONAUT is a metroidvania horror game, and it’s an instant indie classic[…]

Lazy Galaxy is the Best Idle/Clicker Game Yet

Idle, Clicker, and Incremental games, often lumped together in one genre, are games that feature ultra-casual gameplay focused on progression – and I’ve hated every one I’ve played. I always thought they were awful non-games for idiots who would feel at home in a Skinner box. I understand the notion of progression and how it can Read more about Lazy Galaxy is the Best Idle/Clicker Game Yet[…]

Is 3D The Right Choice for Risk of Rain 2?

2014’s Risk of Rain was an indie darling. But comments on Reddit had a mixed reaction after learning that it’s sequel is venturing into the third dimension. While I don’t think a change from 2D to 3D is necessarily disastrous, it has proven to be a tricky transition judging by prior attempts. With the change Read more about Is 3D The Right Choice for Risk of Rain 2?[…]

The Top 5 Games You Should Have Played in 2017

I know what you’re thinking: yet another obligatory end-of-year games list. But don’t worry as this is only a top five list, and not a top ten, so you’ll power through it in no time, which means more time to play these awesome games. If you’re looking for some of the best games of 2017 Read more about The Top 5 Games You Should Have Played in 2017[…]

Why Crafting Systems Are Awful – Consider the Following

You’re the hero in a game. You spend upwards of several hours honing the peaks and valleys of your characters physical features. You enter the game world, ready to stare peril in the face with a grin. You’ve found yourself embarked upon a quest and so naturally you’ve equipped yourself with basic accoutrements to get Read more about Why Crafting Systems Are Awful – Consider the Following[…]

Despite Its Flaws, Battle Chef: Brigade Is One Of The Best Games Of The Year

The match-3 puzzle genre is one of disparity; the disparity between that of its commercial popularity and general critical consensus. It may be the most popular and prolific game genre of all time and yet most gamers would consider a game like Bejeweled or Candy Crush to be nothing more than the gaming equivalent of junk food. A quick glance Read more about Despite Its Flaws, Battle Chef: Brigade Is One Of The Best Games Of The Year[…]