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Ninja Smasher Title

First Impression: Ninja Smasher!


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NOTE: The Ninja Smasher! segment in the above video begins at 1:03:27!

First Impression articles are based entirely upon the first roughly 30 minutes of gameplay and may not necessarily be indicative of the game as a whole. This includes the score at the end.

Even though simplicity is often a good thing, Ninja Smasher! feels a bit too simplistic for its own good. An otherwise satisfying combat system quickly wears thin in the face of bland level design and painfully low difficulty.
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Owlia Title Screen

First Impression: The Legends of Owlia


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NOTE: The Legends of Owlia is in the above video starting at 1:41:24!

First Impression articles are based entirely upon the first roughly 30 minutes of gameplay and may not necessarily be indicative of the game as a whole. This includes the score at the end.

The Legends of Owlia seems like it is so concerned with ticking every box in a checklist that it never stops to polish up anything. Though there are plenty of bits and pieces of nostalgia here, the experience as a whole feels completely sparse. This is a rather unusual game because it really does capture the feel of a NES game, but that includes various outdated design practices and many of the better mechanics are hamstrung by mediocre execution.
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Wells Title Screen

First Impression: Wells


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NOTE: The Wells segment in the above video begins at 1:15:45!

First Impression articles are based entirely upon the first roughly 30 minutes of gameplay and may not necessarily be indicative of the game as a whole. This includes the score at the end, which can range from 0 to 5.

Wells is a good idea executed poorly. A sidescrolling action platformer inspired by 90’s run-and-gun games with a steampunk setting and an outlaw protagonist certainly sounds good on paper. You even get a bunch of different guns to play around with, allowing you to adapt to any situation. However, none of this holds up in the face of awful combat, bland level design, and an almost complete lack of plot and characterization.
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Warlock's Tower Title Screen

First Impression: Warlock’s Tower


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NOTE: The Warlock’s Tower segment in the above video begins at 29:30!

First Impression articles are based entirely upon the first roughly 30 minutes of gameplay and may not necessarily be indicative of the game as a whole. This includes the score at the end.

Warlock’s Tower is a potentially interesting puzzle game which takes a bit too long to get going. As Tim the mailman, it is your duty to delivery a letter to a warlock at the very top of his life-draining tower. The warlock himself actually appears quite frequently to give you advice, only to poof away back to the top of his tower so you can give him his mail. The Game Boy-inspired aesthetics combine with some nice little touches of animation to give an extra boost of ridiculous personalty to this game and its characters. As for the gameplay itself, that’s where the ‘life-draining’ part of the tower comes in.
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Ghostlords Title Screen

First Impression: Ghostlords


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NOTE: The Ghostlords segment of the above video starts at 33:22.

First Impression articles are based entirely upon the first roughly 30 minutes of gameplay and may not necessarily be indicative of the game as a whole. This includes the score at the end.

Ghostlords is in some ways a Pok√©mon game with ghosts, though it also deviates from that formula rather significantly. The game is divided into several campaigns and it seems like each of them can be completed within about two hours, give or take. I’ve only played through part of the first campaign so far, so I can’t speak for the other ones, but the story’s tone is on the darker, edgier side of things. In the first campaign, the protagonist is on a quest to rescue her husband as she fights for her life against evil future-police in an alternate version of the United Kingdom after an apocalyptic event.
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