Category Archives: Platformer

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2

If 2019’s Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a file-the-serial-numbers-off remake of 1997’s Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, then this year’s Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 is designed to resemble 1989’s Castlevania III and similar late NES games like … Continue reading

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Odallus: The Dark Call

Odallus: The Dark Call Odallus: The Dark Call is a 2015 2D action game by Joymasher. It is inspired by Castlevania III, Ghosts & Goblins, Rastan, and Faxanadu. It’s as good or better than the games that inspired it. OK, … Continue reading

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A Review of The Final Specimen

A Review of The Final Specimen I received a free copy of this game in exchange for writing this review. It’s cool, though; I told the author that I would only accept it under the condition that I could badmouth … Continue reading

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Shovel Knight: Actually as Good as People Say It Is

Shovel Knight: Actually as Good as People Say It Is Shovel Knight gets it. It doesn’t follow the cargo cult routine of indie games who use sprite-based graphics instead of good game design; it groks its favorite NES games but … Continue reading

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Ascendant: A Capable But Flawed Roguelike-Like

 Ascendant: A Capable But Flawed Roguelike-Like Ascendant is a 2D platformer with randomly-generated procedurally-generated levels and loot. The action is unforgiving and the plot is negligible—two things I find refreshing in a video game. Ascendant owes a lot to Spelunky … Continue reading

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BattleBlock Theater is Great

BattleBlock Theater is one of the best platformers in years. Continue reading

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Frogger — Timeless

Frogger — Timeless 1981’s Frogger is an important part of video game pop culture. It’s not as recognizable as other early 80s arcade characters, but the concept of a top-down view of a small creature running through traffic and across … Continue reading

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A Review of Valdis Story: Abyssal City

A Review of Valdis Story: Abyssal City Valdis Story: Abyssal City is a 2013 Metroidvania by Endlessfluff Games. It’s better than most.

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Mega Man Unlimited is Astonishingly Good

Mega Man Unlimited is Astonishingly Good If you get the Mega Man formula wrong, your results are mediocrities with predictable levels and nothing to test the player, like Street Fighter X Mega Man. Do it right and you get outright … Continue reading

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Indie Games That Don’t Suck: Depth

Indie Games That Don’t Suck: Depth I began this article by attempting to review all of the entries in the “Experimental Game Pack 01”. This failed when I realized my utter incompetence at reviewing that half of the games were … Continue reading

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