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Gemdance

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Gemdance is a Breakout-style game with some interesting, if underused, mechanics and a focus on enemy variety. Our protagonist, a windup dancing toy named Galatea, takes the place of a ball as she bashes bricks and defeats demons in her attempt to escape her imprisonment in the world of Zodiac. Though Gemdance somewhat stumbles in its execution, contains plenty of creativity and charm.
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Sly Pitch Gameplay

Sly Pitch

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There’s nothing wrong with a good, solid Breakout-style game, but I can’t help but think that this genre, with its thousands upon thousands of games, has been, for the most part, horrendously stagnant. Sure, sometimes there are a few cool power-ups and every now and then there might be enemies or some other hazards, but for every entry that tries to change up the formula in a creative way there exists a legion of other games which go beyond being merely unimaginative and enter the realm of being utterly interchangeable. At a glance, Sly Pitch certainly looks like it has effort put into it, but the components of the typical trinity of paddle, ball, and bricks are all present and accounted for. Thankfully, Sly Pitch manages to soar high above nearly every other game in the genre and it could even be said that it outright revolutionizes Breakout games by centering its mechanics around a single tweak to the formula – the ball always returns to the paddle.
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