Crystal Towers 2


Official Site || Steam Page

Crystal Towers 2 expertly combines the open, branching level design of many Genesis-era platformers with many of the better exploration elements from Nintendo 64 collectathons like Super Mario 64. This isn’t a game which shies away from revealing its influences, there are plenty of red springs and tiles with checkered patterns along the way, but it also doesn’t adhere itself too closely to the formula of any one game in particular either. Though there are a few rough spots along the way, mainly the boss fights, this massive 20+ hour adventure is filled with tons of secrets, charming writing, a fantastic soundtrack, and excellent platforming challenges.
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Ellipsis


Steam Page || itch.io Page

Though it may look like a simple Geometry Wars clone in screenshots, Ellipsis is a very different type of experience. You have no direct form of attack and your objective in each of the many short single-screen levels is to gather a set of collectibles and make it to the exit without getting hit. With branching paths and a large, neon world filled with plenty of creative enemies and hazards, Ellipsis has far more to offer than you might expect.
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CAPSULE


Steam Page || itch.io Page

Many horror games are described as claustrophobic, but I’ve never played a game which captures the feeling of being confined within a small space anywhere near as well as CAPSULE does. Even though it contains common horror elements like isolation and the unknown I wouldn’t go so far as to say CAPSULE belongs in the horror genre, it can be a similarly stressful and unnerving experience all the same. Trapped behind the small, vertical screen of your capsule, you can only experience the world around you through sounds and abstract circles and squares. With only a brief overview of the basic controls and a vague objective at your disposal, you are plunged into CAPSULE‘s world with little in the way of concrete information. Your air is running out, your fuel is low, and you’ll have to do everything you can simply to survive.
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Stephen’s Sausage Roll


Steam Page

You’re Stephen, your ship is wrecked, and you’re stuck on an island filled with giant sausages. The only thing left to do is to use your massive skewer to push those sausages onto grills embedded in the ground and eat them. This is Stephen’s Sausage Roll and it’s a puzzle game which is as clever as it is weird.
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Alvora Tactics Combat

Alvora Tactics


itch.io Page || Steam Greenlight Page

This new pseudo-sequel to Voidspire Tactics, which may be my favorite game from 2015, polishes up the existing formula while adding in some useful features and taking a rather large risk along the way. The risk in question is the introduction of procedurally generated areas which incorporate handcrafted rooms and, for the most part, this is a success. This is a shorter and in some ways a much more straightforward game than its predecessor, but it’s also cheaper, the procedural generation gives it more replay value, and the various improvements and new features allow Alvora Tactics to stand on its own as a great addition to any game collection.
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