Tag Archive: action puzzle

God of Thunder


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If you had a computer in to 90’s, you probably also had at least one CD with hundreds, maybe even thousands, of shareware games on it. Sure, these types of CD’s are still around, but back in the day the games on these CD’s were pretty much the only commercial indie games around. Buried between hundreds of chess, mahjong, and tic-tac-toe clones, these obscure games are truly hidden gems.

Coming from an era where the term ‘indie game’ didn’t even exist and the expected method of payment consisted of sending money in the mail to a P.O. Box and hoping the developer 1) still lived in that area and 2) bothered to send you the password to unlock the full game, many of these gaming relics have been buried deep beneath the sands of time, lost and forgotten. God of Thunder is one such game, now free on Steam, and it contains all the cheesy humor, rad tunes, silly sound effects, and somewhat clunky combat you might expect from a 1994 shareware game alongside some design decisions which feel surprisingly ahead of their time.
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Escape Goat 2

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Escape Goat 2 makes some significant improvements over its predecessor in terms of aesthetics and content, but wisely doesn’t shy too far away from the original formula. With over 100 rooms in the main campaign alone and a perfect blend of action, puzzle solving, and a humorously serious tone wrapped around its ridiculous premise, Escape Goat 2 is a significant improvement over its already rather good predecessor and it is sure to please newcomers to the action puzzle genre and veterans alike.
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Marble Duel

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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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