AXRIA Retro World

bandicam 2016-01-15 20-32-06-978

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NOTE: Due to some potentially unsolvable recording issues with this game, there is no video at this time.

AXRIA Retro World is an enjoyable, somewhat unpolished, throwback to Game Boy platformers with a few modern tweaks. There are several games which AXRIA takes inspiration from or at least pays homage to, though the Mega Man and Mario series are far and away the most obvious. While all of the music used is taken from other games, most, or possibly even all, of the spritework is original and well-made. The references to Mega Man and Mario games go beyond being merely aesthetic as AXRIA is filled with enemies which behave in virtually identical ways to various foes from the two series while the main villain, Dr. Scarfire, shares more than a few similarities with a certain other mad scientist.
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Voidspire Tactics

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Tactical RPG’s which combined strategic grid-based fighting with a world to explore and interact with have never been very common, but I’ve always been fond of this particular subgenre and I am more than happy to say that Voidspire Tactics completely blew away virtually all of my expectations. This is more than just a solid game, this is an experience which allows for a degree of freeform exploration rarely found elsewhere and one which consistently rewards experimentation in every facet of its gameplay. Voidspire Tactics walks a very thin line, implementing a good number of features which have sent many a game tumbling towards disaster in the past, but the versatile class system ultimately helps it to maintain its balance.
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Eternum

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Eternum is a platformer made in the much-underutilized Arcade Game Studio engine with a large focus on getting a high score and, as its engine’s name suggests, a level of difficulty which would make it feel right at home in an arcade. There are quite a few nods to the Ghosts ‘n Goblins series (and what look to be quite a few sprite rips from Castlevania games for that matter), the main character is even explicitly stated to be Arthur as an old man searching for a way to regain his youth, but Eternum’s gameplay is largely unique despite its aesthetics.
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Mystik Belle

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Mystik Belle attempts to create a unique fusion of the Metroidvania and adventure game genres and, for the most part, it succeeds, though it stumbles rather heavily in two parts of its design. At first glance, this may very well appear to primarily be a Metroidvania platformer with other elements simply tacked on. After all, there’s a castle to explore for new abilities, a basic leveling system which both increases health and changes the basic fire attack, and even a good number of references to Maziac, a much older Metroidvania platformer created by the developer which also stars a fire-wielding heroine. However, Mystik Belle is definitely more than it may initially appear to be as interactions with items and NPC’s play just as large of a role as the platforming.
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The Ultimate Celebration

Party Time!

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You can’t celebrate the new year without a proper party, so let’s throw The Ultimate Celebration! It will be dark soon, so you need to hurry up and gather all of your friends. Your twenty friends are a rather varied bunch, including a jellyfish, an angel, and even a snowman, so finding where they’re all hanging out won’t be easy and you’ll need to hurry if you want to watch the shooting stars together with all of them.
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