Tag Archive: 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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Mastema Bones

First Impression: Mastema: Out of Hell


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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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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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Apple Jack 1 Title

First Impression: Apple Jack 1&2


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This article is based entirely on the first ~30 minutes of gameplay from Apple Jack (not Apple Jack 2). The score at the end is likewise only for these ~30 minutes and not for the game as a whole.

Apple Jack was one of the very few games from Xbox Live Indie Games (XBLIG) to gain any sort of positive popularity back in the day and, now that it’s available for PC’s, I finally decided to check it out. It initially comes across as a generic, though well-made, platformer, but there’s more to it than I expected. Your apple-headed protagonist is out to rescue his dog and that seems to be the entirety of the plot; the game doesn’t take itself remotely seriously. You can run around, perform some rather small wall jumps, and duck by ditching your body to roll and hop along the ground as an apple. Levels are short and some have checkpoints, which is good because you die in one hit from anything. Even though this all sounds like rather standard platformer stuff so far, that’s about to change.
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Stephen’s Sausage Roll


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You’re Stephen, your ship is wrecked, and you’re stuck on an island filled with giant sausages. The only thing left to do is to use your massive skewer to push those sausages onto grills embedded in the ground and eat them. This is Stephen’s Sausage Roll and it’s a puzzle game which is as clever as it is weird.
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