Review: “Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap” (Switch)

TITLE: “Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap” DEVELOPER: Lizardcube PUBLISHER: DotEmu GENRE: 2D Action-RPG PLATFORM: Nintendo Switch ALSO ON: PlayStation 4, XBox One, & PC (June 2017) RELEASE DATE: April 18, 2017 PRICE: $19.99 (eShop) Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap and I have an interesting history together. I first encountered the game at a kid’s club at a hotel while on vacation. At the … Read more…

“Toy Odyssey” Delivers Delicious Metroidvania Adventures!

Toy Odyssey is a “Metroidvania” style action-platforming adventure game that released on September 20, 2016. Developed and published by Hikergames as their debut title, this one might appear colorful and cutesy at first glance, but it’s actually a very serious, dark, and at times grim adventure title that has a lot of depth to offer as … Read more…

“Pankapu” Brings Dreams to Life w/ Beautiful Visuals!

Pankapu is a new action-adventure platformer (quite the mouthful!) from Too Kind Studios that released on September 21, 2016. The name is indeed strange, but that strangeness is very befitting of the dream world in which the game takes place. Omnia, the world of dreams, is the setting for this wonderful little indie adventure, and that … Read more…

“Seraph” Gives Us Acrobatics, Demons, & Guns!

Dreadbit brings us a skills-based, acrobatic platform shooter in the guise of Seraph, a title that seems to marry the gameplay styles of Mega Man X and Metroid. In Seraph, the player takes the role of an angel who was imprisoned by humans decades before the game takes place. After years of being held captive, demons … Read more…

Quick Look: “BUCK” Indie Pre-Alpha!

So far the PR Hound has never let me down when it comes to keeping me in the loop on some cool indie titles, and Wave Interactive’s BUCK is certainly no exception to this pattern. BUCK is a serious, dark, and grim indie adventure that isn’t due for release until Q2 2017, but thankfully I was given access … Read more…

Quick Look: “Slain!” Hacks its Way to the PC!

Slain! is a game that has been a real treat to play so far. Released on March 24, 2016 this one is a new offering from Wolf Brew Games, which borrows heavily from the likes of Castlevania and Metroid, giving us a beautifully-gothic 16-bit aesthetic and absolutely rockin’ soundtrack with some pretty hard-as-nails gameplay. User reviews on Steam are … Read more…

“Pharaoh Rebirth+” is Quirky Metroidvania Fun!

Pharaoh Rebirth+ is a new platforming adventure published by Degica that hit Steam on March 17, 2016. It comes to us from Krobon Station, originally releasing sometime in 2015 in Japan, but having been lovingly translated and updated for this current world-wide Steam release. The game sets us in the role of Jonathan, an archaeologist who, … Read more…