Monthly Archive: September 2016

MANOS: The Hands of Fate – Director’s Cut

Developer’s Site || Steam Page

So many fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 are familiar with Manos: The Hands of Fate that this B-movie has gained a cult following of its own, so it should come as no surprise that there’s a fangame out there. In fact, there are somehow no less than three wildly different Manos fangames floating around (and likely more), but this one is my favorite. Combining references to the movie itself with nods to other fan-favorite MST3K movies and NES games for good measure, MANOS: The Hands of Fate – Director’s Cut provides a thoroughly enjoyable and varied, if not particularly original, retro action platforming experience.
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a dead world’s dream

Steam Page || itch.io Page

NOTE: the lag in the hub town in the above video is fixed in the current beta release on Steam and will likely be fixed within the official release a few days from the posting of this article.

It may not exactly be the best looking game and there may be a rather noticeable amount of lag in the main hub town, but a dead world’s dream is an otherwise very enjoyable and surprisingly well-designed nonlinear platformer.
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Princess Remedy In a Heap of Trouble

Official Site || Steam Page

Princess Remedy In a Heap of Trouble is a new prequel to the first game and once again it is up to Princess Remedy to literally fight off various bizarre illnesses with her healing powers. This time around, there are plenty of boss fights and Princess Remedy is able to date any healthy NPC in the game to replace or alter her flask-tossing special attack. Otherwise, this game largely remains true to the formula established by its predecessor with offbeat humor, quite a few secrets, a great aesthetic style, and a fairly short yet highly replayable duration.
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Marble Duel

Official Site || Steam Page

At a basic level, Marble Duel does to the Zuma formula what Puzzle Quest did for Bejeweled, though with a bit more finesse. The matching mechanics will be immediately familiar to anyone who has ever played Zuma and will certainly be easy to pick up and learn for any who haven’t, but the focus on combat and light RPG elements give this game a surprising amount of strategic depth. With over 100 levels available and the promise of more coming at some point in the future there is a huge amount of content here and Marble Duel does a remarkably fantastic job of adding in new twists whenever the formula starts to get stale.
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Coming Back September 20th (Vacation)

Hey everyone, I’ll be on vacation for the next week so there was only one article this week and there won’t be any major articles next week. I won’t have access to my computer while away, though I will have a laptop with me. I might go ahead and write a smaller article or two, but there won’t be any major articles until the Tuesday after I get back and recording video with the laptop may not be possible since it’s fairly old at this point.

Have a good week everyone!