Tag Archive: 2016

THOTH


Official Site || Steam Page

I rarely enjoy top-down arena shooters, but THOTH is a rather unusual game for this genre to say the least. With no scoring system, no text or instructions, and 64 handcrafted levels plus quite a bit of post-game content, this is a game which seeks to constantly surprise players as it continuously changes up and expands upon its mechanics.
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Creepy Castle Title Screen

Creepy Castle


Official Site || Steam Page

Retro sidescrolling adventure RPG’s and minigames are two things which don’t seem like they should go together, yet Creepy Castle, for the most part, makes this odd combination work. With a combat system based on performing various WarioWare-style minigames, around 15-20 hours of gameplay spread across five scenarios, a surprisingly engaging story, and plenty of secrets to find along the way, Creepy Castle makes for a particularly memorable experience. There are a few points at which it begins to overstay its welcome and I am not particularly fond of the third scenario for reasons which I will cover later, but when the formula works, and it does work for the vast majority of the game, it works exceptionally well.
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From Next Door


RPGMaker.net Page

With a description stating that this game “draws inspiration from the works of Junji Ito and games like Silent Hill” and that it contains “mild jumpscares” I was prepared to either fall in love with From Next Door or be horribly disappointed – I was not disappointed. Even though it’s only about an hour in length, this game’s pace is an extremely slow burn, slow enough that after a few minutes you might start to wonder if those ‘jumpscares’ are just going to be fake-outs without anything legitimately frightening ever happening. Yet this slow pace is what makes the game work so well because the sense of tension continually builds even when nothing is happening. A neighboring house with no windows, a mysterious locked room, and a growing sense of unease are all it takes to make you expect an unknown horror to at last abruptly reveal itself every time you turn on the lights at night.
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Sand and Rust - Hello Bot

Sand and Rust


Game Jolt Page || itch.io Page

From the creator of a dead world’s dream comes Sand and Rust. Though the settings are different, the two games are quite similar, not that that’s at all a bad thing. With a team of three robots at their command, players must platform their way back and forth between six regions in search of valuable pieces of scattered data, which are used both for advancing the plot and for unlocking new skills.
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Outline Platforming

Outline

Game Jolt Page || itch.io Page

Mistakes can often come back to haunt you when you’re a sentient outline. Outline is a platformer where your character is defined through an absence of space and everything it touches is erased from sight, which adds a new layer of challenge to the act of backtracking through levels while simultaneously creating a unique aesthetic identity.
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