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.
Wargroove from the outside looks like a dream for strategy fans on the PC — a spiritual successor to the underrated Advance Wars franchise by Intelligent Systems — from the UI to the lovingly-crafted pixel graphics. In trying to appeal to that design, Wargroove sadly just misses a few key details that keep it from going over the top.
Vision Soft Reset is an unassuming game from screenshots, but this indie title is one of the freshest takes on Metroidvania design I’ve seen: combining speed-running, technical challenge, and some time travel thrown in.