New Purchases – W/C 12/10/14

Indie Gala – Every Monday Bundle B29

Kiss My Bundles – The Freedom 8 Bundle

Blink Bundle – Assorted Games Bundle

Indie Royale – The Mixer 9 Bundle

Bundle Stars  - Destiny Bundle

Bundle Stars – Platypus Bundle

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100 Word Review – #61 – Cosmic DJ

Cosmic DJ

Genre – Casual, Early Access, Indie

Metascore – N/A

Developer – Gl33k

Other Games by Developer – N/A

My Playtime – 1.2 hours

Cosmic DJ is a fun little music-making game with retro graphics and a fantastic narrator. You are given a set of six instruments and a choice of beat pads or a simple grid sequencer and let loose to make some “Sweet Jams”. It has a cool and well implemented feature that makes songs from the phat beats you weave and exports them to mp3, as demonstrated below. At just over an hour of gameplay, it is criminally short. It is early access though, and I hope that some more content gets added along the way to justify it’s price tag.

My Score - 7/10

This is the sort of tat that you’ll be able to spew out.

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100 Word Review – #T28 – Lucius

Lucius

Genre - Action, Adventure, Indie

Metascore59%

Developer – Shiver Games

Other Games by Developer – None

My Playtime - 6 hours

In Lucius, you play a recently awoken Antichrist charged with murdering everyone in your grand stately home using a variety of exotic demonic powers. As promising as this sounds, the game rail-roads you into killing specific people in a specific order in a specific way, which cuts down on the enjoyment factor by a mile. That Lucius’ premise was so promising makes the fact that the execution was so poor rather difficult to bear. That said, if a Lucius rework or sequel was ever to come about, the fun factor would take huge strides with more of a loose structure.

My Score – 5/10

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New Purchases – W/C 5/10/14

Flying Bundle 13

Indie Royale – The Mystery Bundle

Daily Indie Game – Super Indie Bundle 10

Humble Flash Bundle – KISS!

Indie Gala – Every Monday Bundle B28

Bundle Stars – Reboot Bundle 8.0

Humble Weekly Bundle – Nordic Games 2

Indie Gala – bitComposer

Humble Weekly Bundle – IndieCade 2

Indie Gala – Friday Special 6

Indie Royale – The Soapsuds Bundle

Steam

Greenman Gaming

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100 Word Review – #60 – Rogue Legacy

Rogue Legacy

Genre – Action, Indie, RPG

Metascore – 85%

DeveloperCellar Door Games

Other Games by Developer – N/A

My Playtime – 24.6 hours

The real draw of roguelikes is their replayability, and Rogue Legacy is no different. The number of zones, classes and upgrades is more than enough to keep you going well past the 24 hours I’ve played. The game starts off quite difficult and you won’t get very far with each run, but with time and upgrades you can get further and further. The random nature of the game keeps it fresh – the dungeon is randomised and you get a choice of 3 characters every time you respawn, with character traits like ‘Gigantism’, ‘Dyslexia’ and ‘Vertigo’ which makes every run different.

My Score8/10

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100 Word Review – #59 – Tabletop Simulator

Tabletop Simulator

Genre – Casual, Indie, Simulation, Strategy, Early Access

Metascore – N/A

DeveloperBerserk Games

Other Games by Developer – N/A

My Playtime – 5.5 hours

I’ll admit that when I first heard about Tabletop Simulator, I was a bit nonplussed as to what it was. After playing it, however, I am convinced that it is a nearly limitless platform in which to play board games on your PC. Games such as Monopoly, Cards Against Humanity and Settlers of Catan can all be downloaded from within the Steam Workshop. The controls and physics can be a bit unwieldy at times and need some getting used to and there aren’t many people online, so you’ll need to convince some friends to get it to play it with.

My Score – 8/10

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New Purchases – W/C 28/9/14

Indie Gala – Every Monday Bundle 27

Kinguin

Humble Weekly Bundle – Neko Entertainment

Indie Royale – The Mystery Bundle

Bundle Stars – Evolution Bundle

Humble Store

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100 Word Review – #58 – Super Hexagon

Super Hexagon

Genre – Action, Indie

Metascore – 88%

DeveloperTerry Cavanagh

Other Games by DeveloperVVVVVV

My Playtime – 3 hours

Frustrating. If I was in the business of writing 1-word reviews then that would be the only choice. Super Hexagon is a simple, yet addictive game with only two controls – left and right with which you’ll be expected to avoid obstacles while the screen spins endlessly. The game features a fantastic chiptune soundtrack by Chipzel. The endless failures that you’ll endure will spur you on to reaching that 60 second goal. But then you’ll have to do it all over again, but faster and with more difficult obstacles and then do that 4 more times. Good luck, you’ll need it!

My Score – 8/10

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100 Word Review – #T27 – Crusader Kings II

Crusader Kings II

Genre - RPG, Simulation, Strategy

Metascore82%

DeveloperParadox Development Studio

Other Games by DeveloperEuropa Universalis IV, Hearts of Iron III

My Playtime - 704 hours

Crusader Kings II, my current time sink of choice, is a Grand Strategy game that teaches you how to be a horrible human being. Choose your historical ruler and attempt to change Europe in ways that would make History scholars weep. With no defined goal, you’re left to do whatever you please, whether it be relieving your neighbours of the burdens of kingship, embarking on Holy Crusade or smothering inconvenient children in their sleep. The depth and complexity of gameplay is staggering in CK2 and once it has you hooked, even the deepest of strategy titles will feel somewhat empty.

My Score9/10

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100 Word Review – #57 – Pretentious Game

Pretentious Game

Genre - Casual, Indie

Metascore77% (iOS)

DeveloperKeybol

Other Games by Developer – N/A

My Playtime - 0.9 hours

Pretentious Game is very short, let’s get that out of the way up front. The playtime was enough to complete it while having a conversation with someone at the same time. It focuses more on its well-told story than its simple puzzle-platformer gameplay. The story focuses on love and loss and gives you clues on how to complete the levels. The relaxing piano soundtrack fits well and adds to the whole nature of the game. The fact that you can play it for free online or on mobile means that it’s price tag is wholly unjustified. Only buy if cheap.

My Score – 4/10