A Great Bridge Worth Crossing
When I first heard that an animation studio was shifting gears to create a video game, I really didn’t know what to expect. Would it be only cutscenes? Would there be bad mechanics? Would it just be riddled with performance issues? Luckily, Ember Lab quelled all the possible discourse with an intriguing and captivating game called Kena: Bridge of Spirits.
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Knights of San Francisco by Raindead is an incredible text-based adventure on mobile devices that explores a strange and dystopian world, with dabs of mysticism for good measure. The black and white aesthetic of the game offers major Dungeons & Dragons vibes with touches of choose-your-own-adventure books.
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A Quick Ember
Fire Tonight is a small narrative puzzle game by Reptoid Games that chronicles a couple’s journey to reconnect with each other while the city arounds them burns up. Though Devin and Maya’s story is simple, the gameplay and mechanics don’t rise above serviceable.
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Fasten Your Buttons for Fun
Button City is a charming narrative adventure game that focuses on a small community of vibrant characters to explore and meet. With a delightful story, dynamic aesthetic, and adequate mechanics, Button City creates a fun and heartwarming encounter.
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Where Your Goose is Cooked (And He Tastes Good)
Mighty Goose is a modern run-and-gun game inspired from games in the 1980s. As you explore various worlds in pursuit of defeating all evil, Goose is there to save the day and destroy those bad guys with lots of guns, explosions, and calamity through a concise and fun adventure.
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Where the Heart Strings Pull
Where the Heart Leads is a surreal narrative story through the lens of one man’s past, present, and future, along with all the decisions of his lifetime. This, often emotional, story strikes a powerful chord that reverberates and is a fantastic piece on one person’s actions and their lasting consequences.
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Deck the Halls with Awesomeness
Roguebook is a roguelike deck builder game that puts players into a world of strange creatures, mysterious abilities, and curious scenarios. With multi-faceted combat and exploration elements, paired with a slew of options on tackling both, Rougebook is an addictive adventure worth exploring.
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Godstrike is an intense boss-rush game by OverPowered Team that will give any bullet rush fan a run for their money. The steep learning curve, paired with the various upgrades and abilities, can allure some players, but may have pushed a bit too hard for me to fully enjoy this adventure.
In Godstrike, you’re in control of Herald Yissia, the fast moving protagonist, where the goal is to defeat various creatures and beings through multi-phased boss battles. After defeating each boss, you gain more abilities and powers to customize how to progress and plan to defeat the other bosses.
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Dive Right In!
3 Out of 10 is an episodic playable sitcom that follows the world’s worst game development studio as they work to create their upcoming release. The game is split into 5 easily digestible episodes that offer humor, insight, and a multitude of gaming genres that absolutely entertained and engaged me throughout it’s story.
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Each year, there seems to be more and more games published for fans to enjoy. Some people love first-person shooter games, others like big open-world games, while some love the abstract. I tend to lean towards the artistically different and thought-provoking pieces. Everhood was a game that I hadn’t even heard of until stumbling upon it on Steam. Happily, I can’t stop thinking about the music, gameplay, world-building, and lasting verberation of its theme and what it accomplishes.
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