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Risk of Rain – Review

Risk of Rain is hands down one of my top 3 games of 2014. It is a relatively simple platformer with a twist and some roguelike elements thrown in for good measure. There is a vague backstory for those interested but strong gameplay is the focus for this game. In this extended discussion I’ll go over how the game handles difficulty and items as they are truly unique systems.

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Mechanic Escape – Quitting Review + Quick Look

As I work my way through a large backlog of games on Steam, I have started to realize that I am not required to play every single one to completion. Over the years I have accumulated a significant collection of games via various sales and bundle deals. Mechanic Escape came from one of those game bundles and as you can imagine from the title, it is also one of those I will not be playing to completion anytime soon.

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Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien – Quitting Review

The Bit.Trip series has always been an interesting and unique franchise. Very much inspired by old Atari style graphics, the previous games have always used very simple and blocky graphics. This time around Gaijin Games decided to aim well above their previous work by modernizing their graphics and delivering a significantly larger game than their previous titles combined.

While the game has been quite enjoyable up to this point, it is very unlikely that I will continue through the rest of the game. Since it would be a waste to throw away all of that experience we are introducing a new style of review which you can find more details about below.

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Super Meat Boy – Quick Look

Today marks the one year anniversary of the steam release of Super Meat Boy. To mark this, Steam had released a special anniversary bundle which included eight other indie games for a great price. Despite having played this title some time ago on the 360, I could not resist getting my hands on the PC version in anticipation of the soon to be level editor and portal.

On the game level, Super Meat Boy still persists as one of my favorite platformer of all time. It still plays and feels like a classic game, but uses many new technologies to complement it at the same time.  Elements like the controls are somewhat simple, but they are also very tight and responsive. The overall game is quite difficult and challenging like most classic games, but at the same time it’s not extremely punishing about it. Another nice touch is just how smooth and sharp the graphics are which are combined with a great soundtrack.

I could continue going into detail on how well Super Meat Boy nails the old school platformer genre, but what’s the point if this game is a must play?

BPGE #8 – Flashback

Flashback is a cinematic platformer developed by Delphine Software. Not only was this game well received, it also holds the title of the best-selling French game of all time. Being a cinematic platformer Flashback has heavily invested in both graphics and story. The animations are very smooth and there are several neat cutscenes scattered throughout the game. The gameplay it’s self is quite similar to Prince of Persia in almost every way. Your movement is controlled by the arrow keys, the space bar is used draw/holster your gun and shift handles everything else. Like many other platformers at the time, playing it is mostly feels like trial and error as it is quite unforgiving. Despite that, I still found it quite interesting. If this game interests you, read on for some installation instructions. Continue reading BPGE #8 – Flashback