Rakuen

If I were to pinpoint the moment where I first developed an appreciation for indie games, it would almost certainly be during my time playing To The Moon. While basic in many of its core components (16-bit graphics, limited gameplay elements, etc.), the game managed […]

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Yooka-Laylee

Banjo-Kazooie is a nearly 20-year-old game that is still such a joy to play. Of course, a spiritual successor built by the same key creatives wouldn’t have any trouble being crowdfunded. Yooka-Laylee’s gladdening origins as a rebelliously independent rebirth of a long-lost franchise doesn’t just […]

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Torment: Tides of Numenera

I’ve played many a strange and lurid game before but nothing quite on the level of Torment: Tides of Numenera. It’s a melting pot of science-fiction, fantasy, theist philosophy, RPG player agency, and a dash of “Sweet Jesus, what the hell is that thing?” The […]

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Urban Empire

Games are remarkable in that they can make repetition enjoyable. Whether it’s jumping in Mario or running missions in XCOM, games are capable of warping tedious activities into engaging ones. Urban Empire, however, somehow makes the exciting world of administrative approval so mundane tha- eh, […]

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Rad Rodgers: World One

Hey, here’s something fun we can do. Let’s flip the format backwards and jump to the end right at the start! Rad Rodgers: World One is great, and you should totally pick it up! I’m not even kidding. I loved the hell out of this […]

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Shenzhen I/O

I have been a massive fan of Zachtronics’ games since they released SpaceChem back in 2011. Their unique puzzle games have always been able to suck me into hours upon hours of seemingly endless frustration and pondering. Their latest release, Shenzhen I/O, uses their usual […]

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Owlboy

Nine years ago in 2007, when D-Pad Studios began work on Owlboy, The Last Guardian and Final Fantasy Versus XIII (now XV) were recent announcements. “Can it run Crysis?” was the measuring stick of all PC Master Race pissing contests. And Michael Bay had only […]

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Thumper

Described by its developer Drool as a violence rhythm game, Thumper certainly lives up to its name. You play as a metallic beetle travelling through space on a track to defeat some sort of great evil, all to the beat of electronic music. So, the […]

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There have been opinions published on this site before about the quality of Five Nights at Freddy’s (FNAF), and I’d like to take some time to say that I cordially disagree. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that they’re the best horror games […]

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Clockwork

There’s always a lot of excitement that comes with finding an indie game that does something weird and different. Games like Undertale and Axiom Verge remind us that thinking outside the box can make for hours of delight. However, not all games nail that strange […]

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