• Ayo The Clown – August Kickstarter Spotlight

    Do you want a game that will make you vomit rainbows and unicorns? Well, you’re in luck because the team at Cloud M1 are promising just that with their indie platformer Ayo The Clown. When I first watched the Kickstarter trailer it reminded me of games from my childhood like Commander Keen, Cosmo’s Cosmic Adventures, Duke Nukem (before he went 3D) and, more recently, The Adventure Pals. This isn’t surprising either. The devs have taken inspiration from 90’s platformers and want to re-introduce us to the world of fun platformers. Ayo is just a clown living his life in his peaceful town who likes to juggle with his dog, Bo.…

  • First Look – Merchant of the Skies

    I could say it was the trading or the tycoon elements or the base building in Merchant of the Skies that got me interested but, it was actually the Majestic Carrot that piqued my interest. He wears a top hat! How can you say no to that? Merchant of the Skies is a relaxing trading game where you use your flying airship to travel between islands. We start the game by receiving a small airship from our Uncle Bo. It’s our birthday and, now that we’re an adult, we can finally be a merchant! This is where we start our journey of trading and exploring the world of floating islands…

  • 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…

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    5 Awesome, Successful Kickstarter Games

    Last year I went to PAX AUS and at one of the presentations a panelist made a comment about how good games don’t come from kickstarters. I was a little taken aback by this because I knew of several great games that have started with a Kickstarter. So today I thought I’d make a post about five great games that were successful Kickstarter campaigns. I hope you find an awesome new game to play and might be enticed to check out some live Kickstarter projects. Hollow Knight Buy on PC | Twitter | Website Platforms: PC, Xbox, PS4 & Switch Hollow Knight is an incredible game! I wish that I…

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    First Look – Alchemy Story

    Alchemy Story is a quirky farming sim which, unlike other recent farming sims, has a story mode that is more than the usual ‘grandpa died and left you his farm’ story. It was a refreshing change to what has seemingly become a staple of the genre. In Alchemy Story we play as Arabella, an alchemist who has moved to Rosehill to help out the local professor, Edward. As we travel into town we find out that Edward failed to mention that, well, uhh… a witch cursed the village and turned all the villagers into animals for… reasons. Thanks Edward, you’re a real pal. So, now it’s up to us to…

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    Eye-catching indies of E3 2019

    This year will be forever known as the one where E3 was ‘breathtaking’ and that looks to be true where indie titles are concerned. There were some incredibly beautiful looking titles showcased and these are a handful of our picks. Spiritfarer Website | Twitter | Steam Platforms: PC, Xbox, PS4 & Switch Release date: 2020 Spiritfarer is definitely quite unique in its subject matter and gameplay. Part adventure game, part management sim, Spiritfarer introduces us to Stella, ferrymaster to the deceased, the Spiritfarer of the title who builds and expands her boat to explore the world and cares for spirits along the way. The building component really hooked me in…