Mad Max – Games of 2015

One of the benefits to growing up in small towns in the midwest is that you don’t have to drive very far to get away from it all. When I was stressed out, I used to just pick a direction and a new CD and drive until the album was done (gas was a bit… Continue reading

Castle in the Darkness – Games of 2015

  We’ve all be coddled by the maturation of various game genres which makes the nostalgic design choices in games like Castle in the Darkness so damn interesting. Older games made a lot of their design choices based on technological limitations. When those limits are gone it is fair to question why some old school… Continue reading

Titan Souls – Games of 2015

We get it, games can go hard again. I couldn’t be happier that difficult games come in all kinds of flavors these days, but Titan Souls stepped onto the scene quietly and asked all of us, “But can you beat me with one arrow?” Huh. I never thought about that before. 12 year-old Justin would have dominated… Continue reading

Galak-Z: The Dimensional – Games of 2015

I actually don’t know how Galak-Z ended up on my list of games that I ignored all details about before release, but it just made my jaw go through more floors with each layer I peeled away in its design. You are immediately hit by the 80’s anime presentation that is so well done it’s… Continue reading

Axiom Verge – Games of 2015

Lust doesn’t cut it, but whatever the best word for that raw, dirty, and instantaneous form of love is the only one that can describe how I felt the first time I saw a screenshot of Axiom Verge. The connection I have to it is primal and impales the core of why I play games. Axiom… Continue reading

Game Curious Ziggurat – Crawl Up In My Face

I’ve always wanted to run into a random dungeon with spells blazin’, but let’s face it that’s just never been a great option. Either the dungeon is too easy or your fantastical spells and weaponry are too weak. Ziggurat may have it figured out, though. It combines the polished dungeon crawler rogue-lite formula and successfully… Continue reading

Played Out of This World – There’s No Going Back

I was Nintendo-less until 1995 or so, which means I didn’t have the Super Nintendo, which means my only contact with the somewhat unusual puzzle-platformer Out of this World was over at one of my buddy’s houses (although I now know it was released on Genesis, too). There was always some strange attraction to the… Continue reading

Played Child of Light – A Beautiful Little Journey

I’ve always been a fan of fairy tales and folklore. As a child, and even still, I’ve liked the idea that there were vast secret worlds hidden around us in plain sight. Worlds containing the sìdheans (fairy hills) within Celtic mythology or the silly “fairytales are real” plot behind the TV show Grimm. You could only… Continue reading