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Kickin’ Back: Pinstripe

Hello, and welcome back to another installment of Kickin’ Back, where I highlight game projects that capture my attention and may deserve your support on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter.  Today, the focus is on the beautiful and haunting:...
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Splatoon Review!

Nintendo’s newest IP is finally here, and it was so worth the wait. When Splatoon was first announced at last year’s E3 conference, I knew immediately that I was going to get it. Splatoon is a game where you play as these “Squid-...

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Splatoon Global Testfire Mini Review!

Splatoon This past weekend I got a chance to play the new Splatoon Global Testfire! At three different times between Friday and Saturday, for one hour at a time, they let players try out Splatoon! Now these were very selective times so it’s ...
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Retroversity: Don Doko Don 2 Review

The first Don Doko Don was released by Taito in 1989. It was an arcade-style platformer, also known as an elimination platformer, which means that the way to beat each level was by defeating all the enemies on the screen. For those of you who reme...

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Retroversity: Cocoron Review

Two features that modern gamers take for granted are nonlinearity and customization. Back during the NES days, the former was around, but the latter was almost unheard of. Cocoron was one of the rare exceptions to that rule, as you could create si...
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This War of Mine Review

The newest shooter, the newest war sim, anything with guns really, causes that little child within all of us to jump up with joy! Explosions and violence all satisfy a secret need we all have for something “dangerous” or “challen...

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Retroversity: Swamp Thing Review

In the 80s, the Swamp Thing comic book series was revamped by Alan Moore into a much more nuanced story that touched on some philosophical issues such as consciousness, murky identities, and competing moral systems. It’s actually my favorite...
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Idiotic Indie Impressions #8 – Shovel Knight Review

Intro: Every now and then, there’s a game that comes along that ticks so many of your proverbial boxes that you just have to sit back on your chair, grab a drink and just appreciate that there are certain games in this world that were practi...

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Retroversity: Xexyz Review

It’s always risky to mix two or more completely non-overlapping video game genres. Typically, instead of giving players the best of each, most hybrids will just scare away their target demographics when at least one of the genres fails and r...
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Retroversity: Villgust Gaiden Review

Adding to our list of games that never left Japan is Villgust Gaiden, an action-RPG developed by TOSE in 1993. The fanmade English translation named it Armed Dragon Fantasy Villgust Gaiden, but most people don’t feel like calling it that all...

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Retroversity: Time Lord Review

Whenever we talk about retro games, we tend to remember the classics like Super Mario Brothers, Mega Man, and Final Fantasy. To us, these represent video games from back in the day. However, while they may be among the best games from those times,...
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Retroversity: Clash at Demonhead Review

Back in the 80s, video games were still too young to really have any level of self-awareness. Both the gameplay elements and the narrative structures were taken one hundred percent seriously, and what humor was present seemed to only ever be unint...

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Idiotic Indie Impressions #2 – Freedom Planet Review

Intro Before I start this review, I need to let you guys in on a little bit of info. You see, although I’m somewhat more of a PC gamer nowadays (mainly because the Steam community seems significantly more friendly than the Xbox Live and PSN ...
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Retroversity: Ufouria Review

A lot of great NES games never reached us English-speaking countries. Ufouria was one of those games that did cross over, but not all the way to North America, unfortunately. Released in Japan in 1991 and in Europe and Australia a year later, Suns...

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Retroversity: Karnov Review

Back in the 8 bit era of video games, there were really just two types of protagonists: gritty, semi-realistically proportioned, muscular heroes on the one hand, and stylized, cartoonish heroes of varying proportions on the other. Karnov was neith...
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Retroversity: Gargoyle’s Quest II Review

For a belated Halloween article, I’m gonna review one of my favorite lesser known NES games, Gargoyle’s Quest II. Many of you may remember a series of run-and-gun platforming games called Ghosts ‘n Goblins, which are notorious fo...