Tag Archive: retro

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.
(more…)

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.
(more…)

Owlia Title Screen

First Impression: The Legends of Owlia


Official Site || Steam Page

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 This is a rather unusual game because it really does capture the feel of a NES game, but that includes various outdated design practices and many of the better mechanics are hamstrung by mediocre execution.
(more…)

Warlock's Tower Title Screen

First Impression: Warlock’s Tower


Official Site || Steam Page

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.
(more…)

TranscendPang Sentinels

TranscendPang


Official Site

TranscendPang might be the best Pang-style game out there, freeware or otherwise. This psychedelic take on the arcade classic still has you shooting wires upward to split bouncing circles into smaller bouncing circles, but it adds in a whole slew of new things. With branching paths, bizarre bosses and minibosses, a clever bomb mechanic, and tons of playable characters, each with a unique ability and varying stats, TranscendPang takes the original formula to the next stage.
(more…)