• Review – Astrologaster

    Hear ye, hear ye! Come learn about ye olden tale of Simon Forman. Astrologaster is based around the diaries of Simon Forman, a 16th-century astrologist and unlicensed doctor, who treated patients based on readings from the stars. The story in Astrologaster is a fascinating one. We play as Simon Forman who, after curing many people of plague in 1592, became popular for his diagnosis and predictions from astrological readings. Unfortunately, the ‘real’ doctors of the College of Physicians weren’t too keen on Forman’s quackery and try to get him jailed or killed. Mostly, it seems like they’re just unhappy to be losing their patients. The gameplay is fairly simple but…

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    July Kickstarter Spotlight – Orange Island

    Many games have come about because of a successful Kickstarter project (we highlighted a few of them here) and I wish I had known about them at that time. For that reason, I’ll be showcasing a current Kickstarter game each month. Today’s Kickstarter spotlight is on Orange Island; Described as an action-adventure RPG with heart. It starts with a fun summer vacation and turns a bit dark with a story about family, friendship, hope, bravery, and our impact on the environment. It is a single-player 8-bit platformer that is being developed to have a truly authentic feel of classic NES games. In fact, they hit a stretch goal to make…

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    Review – Sea of Solitude

    It’s dark.  A monster is weaving its way through murky waters. We hear a call of help to be pulled out of this loneliness. This is how we’re introduced to Kay and Sea of Solitude. Kay wakes to find herself in the dark, in a boat in the ocean and looking like a monster. She is confused and doesn’t know what to do until she notices a light in the distance. Sea of Solitude plays a lot with lightness and darkness and transitions between them well. When there is light the world is calm and comfortable and we can roam around without fear; however, we are just as easily plunged…