Toejam and Earl Back in the Groove was a return to the classic franchise by series’ creator Greg Johnson after a successful kickstarter. With the game out, it is a blast from the past, but I feel it may not go far enough to bring in da funk.
Failbetter Games is famously known for their amazing storytelling and narratives with their big hit Fallen London. Back in 2013, the developers wanted to expand their storytelling and game design with the kickstarter for Sunless Sea. With it, they combined their knack for storytelling with real-time design, and ended up with a polarizing game. Lessons learned, they’re trying it again with Sunless Skies, and they’re getting ever closer to that magic combination of storytelling and gameplay.
Return of the Obra Dinn is one of the most unique games I’ve played in some time. This should come as to no surprise considering the designer Lucas Pope also created Papers Please. One part snapshot in time, one part mystery, this is one of those titles that you could spend months pouring over every detail. Despite that praise though, I feel this is going to end up on a lot of people’s best, or worst, lists.
Pato Box is an attempt at something we haven’t seen yet: taking the boss-focused gameplay of the Punch Out series and translating it into a brutal and dark story…and we play as a duck. With an impressive visual aesthetic, the game comes close to getting a knockout, but ends up getting a TKO.