Tag Archive: platformer

Unblade

Unblade


Vector Download Page || Developer’s Site

Unblade is an over-the-top action platformer starring a frog wielding an umbrella blade and it’s as amazing as it sounds. Your rather unconventional weapon with its various quirks is the main draw, though varied, well-crafted levels, secret collectibles, and awesome action sequences all definitely contribute to making Unblade worth playing.

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Ninja Smasher Title

First Impression: Ninja Smasher!


Steam Page

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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Mastema Bones

First Impression: Mastema: Out of Hell


Steam Page

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.

Mastema: Out of Hell has some rough edges. Okay, it has a lot of rough edges. Those edges may even include baffling decisions like mapping your normal attack to the B button on a controller. Despite everything, and much to my own surprise, I enjoyed my time with this game.
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Wells Title Screen

First Impression: Wells


Official Site || Steam Page

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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First Impression: Eldritch Hunter

First Impression: Eldritch Hunter


Steam Page

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.

Eldritch Hunter is a lighthearted game about a girl who saves a city from Lovecraftian abominations. It definitely nails its take on the cute-gross aesthetic with bright, hand-drawn characters, cutscenes, and backgrounds. The monsters look adorable even as they try to melt the flesh from your bones or tear you to pieces, which they will inevitably succeed at doing quite often. The soundtrack plays a large role in setting the tone as well as the songs place a heavy instrument upon woodwind and string instruments, bringing to mind images of bards telling tales of the Eldritch Hunter to captivated crowds. As for the gameplay itself, this technically falls into the same category of ‘brutal action platformer’ alongside the likes of Super Meat Boy, though Eldritch Hunter is not quite so brutal and, unlike in many such games, you can fight back.
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