Super Mario Maker – Games of 2015

There were a lot of reasons to doubt Nintendo in 2015. I’ve never been more worried about a major Mario release than I was for Super Mario Maker. Despite being indoctrinated since before Issue #1 of Nintendo Power, I still hadn’t learned to trust the plumber and I didn’t want Mario Maker to be half-assed…. Continue reading

Grow Home – Games of 2015

BUD is endearing from the second you hit the start button. The world of Grow Home is a strange but beautiful combination nature and technology. I got lost for a minute just looking around to try to figure out how everything went together. The moment I started climbing up the bean stalk though, all of… 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

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 Grow Home – Wanna Get High, BUD?

There’s something wonderfully symbiotic about a robot trying to reach the sky by helping plants grow. It also makes it a lot safer for us humans who are scared of heights and can’t climb well. For me personally, the falls are just as entertaining as reaching new heights. My robot, B.U.D., may not agree. Grow… Continue reading

Played Castle In The Darkness – Painfully Great Adventure

Castle In The Darkness is a retro-styled platformer developed by Matt Kap and published by Nicalis, Inc. Matt Kap is also a talented chiptune composer, who has worked on other popular titles like 1001 Spikes and The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth (source). Castle In The Darkness is a metroidvania game with a simple (but awesome)… Continue reading

Played Crossy Road – Such Mascots. Very Hop.

I’ve talked quite a bit about the weekly arcade challenges I have in my office. We’ve played close to 100 classic and modern arcade games for high score supremacy. We’ve started replaying a few of our favorites, but the one game I know we won’t even attempt again is Frogger. For a variety of reasons… Continue reading

You Have to Win the Game Reflex Review – Do I Have a Choice?

I discovered this game when Steam recently suggested the sequel Super Win the Game. Pulling on my nostalgia and pixel art heartstrings, I clicked on the profile page to buy the game. The page suggested a free game of the same style title You Have to Win the Game. Not a free-to-play game mind you…… Continue reading

Dear Starbound: Entry #1 – Everything Wants to Kill Me

12.06.13 – Birds and Their Stupid Flame Mouths I’ve explored my fair share of extraordinary locations, many of which featured people, places and things that wanted to kill me. Starbound is no exception. That being said, the world of Starbound appears to want me dead more so than most. Why is this? I’m not quite… Continue reading

Gunpoint Review: These Pants are Made for Jumping

I don’t remember exactly when I purchased Gunpoint but for one reason or another it sat uninstalled in my Steam queue for at least a month. After growing tired of my recent Fallout: New Vegas and Skyrim runs, I needed something different and by happenstance, stumbled across the game sitting there like a neglected child…. Continue reading