Hands on with Tangledeep
Thank you Impact Gameworks for a copy of the game!
If you are a fun of Rouge like, dungeon crawler games, trust me you will enjoy this game, just pick it up! For those who want some more details keep reading. When you boot up the game the first thing that will notice is the amazing music. I really enjoy the music in this game. It really makes me feel like I am in this fantasy world. The game basically tells a story of an adventurer that wants to unlock the mysteries of Tangledeep and if you make it to the end there is a world no one has ever seen. Basically, you try to get as far as you can in the dungeon and then have to restart once you die. The severity of your punishment depends on what mode you started on. There is the normal mode called Heroic Mode where only baked goods and town progress will be saved. It is important to note, this is the default way you are supposed to play. All character progression will be erased when you die. In hardcore mode, everything is erased when you die, and this mode is really for seasoned and veterans of this type of game. Lastly, there is adventure mode where you just return to town and you lose half money, unspent jp, and xp progress; this mode is for beginners. I choose the adventure mode because I am a novice.
There is a lot going on in this game. There are multiple job classes to choose from and this is awesome, because every time you play, you can choose a new class and the gameplay will be different in combat. Speaking of combat and jobs, there are several abilities you get to learn and use while you are dungeon crawling. I choose the hunter class and some of the skills that I have are hail of arrows (damage to multiple enemies), Quick step (I get to move before enemy does) Grappling hook (pull yourself to wall), just to name a few. When you level up you get to choose a stat to get a bonus on that stat. There are tons of weapons, armor and accessories to collect while in the dungeons. There are a variety of items that will aid you in your quest. Lastly you can collect recipes and make food at the campfire back at your base. These recipes will give you special effects. Like a smoothie will clear all negative status effects and make you immune to new ones for 8 turns.
The dungeon is randomly generated each time you enter. It is turn based, every time you move the monsters move too. There are hidden areas too and treasures to find as you're out adventuring. So far, I have really enjoyed my time with this game. I can tell just be the first few hours of playing this is one of those games that will have permanent spot on my Switch. This game is a steal at $19.99 and any fan of dungeon crawlers or Rouge like games will enjoy this awesome game!
Hands on with At Sundown
Thank you, Plan of Attack, for a copy of the game to review/look at!
At Sundown shots in the dark is a fantastic area shooter. It’s a fast, frantic, shooter that is a blast to play. When you load up the game you presented with three main modes to play in: Local Play, Online, and Training. You will want to spend some time in the training mode as I did to get a handle on the controls and the unique gameplay. In the training menu there you have a basic and advanced training level for each of the game’s guns you unlock. The goal is not only to train you but also to compete for the fastest completion time. Online, is just that, you play against other people over a variety of game modes like: 1v1, 2v2, Free for all and Arcade. Each time you play, you level up and gain access to new weapons or game modes. To my disappointment, I haven’t been able to get into one online match. I’ll let it search for a while, but I don’t get matched with any other players. I am playing on the Nintendo Switch so maybe the online pool isn’t that big?
The Local Play mode was the one I spent most of my time. You can do four players locally with friends which is a blast. You can also practice against bots which is fantastic. You can choose your team and color and character. You can customize the game with different modes like Deathmatch, Timed Deathmatch, Timer, and Arena. You can change lots of settings and tweak the game to your liking. What makes this shooter so fantastic is its use of lighting. You see when you are in the shadows you are invisible as are the other players. If you roll, you see a trail of the color you picked. If you step into a light source, you can see yourself and other players if they step into any light. When you fire your weapon, you can see yourself in the shadows. It is so much fun to play and hunt each other. Some maps will have lighting that lights up the map occasionally so you can see where everyone is. When you re-spawn, you can always change your weapon, which is a nice feature.
Overall, I whole heartily recommend this game! And as of the posting of this, I have been able to play online, and it works great. This arena shooter is a great party game and even when you want to play against bots you will have fun. GET THIS GAME!!!!!
Hands on with Achtung! Cthulhu: Tactics
Thank you, Plan of Attack, for giving me a review copy to look at this game!
Achtung! Cthulhu: Tactics is a by the book strategy RPG. The story has a unique twist in that you are playing an alternate take on World War II. In this story the Nazi’s took their occult practices and were successful in making Lovecraftian items. You will have a crew that you take with you that you deck out with different skills, weapons and equipment as you level up and progress through the story. There are a variety of main story missions and some side missions to take on as well.
I think it’s unique that you only play as this set of four characters. Lots of times in RPG’s or even strategy games you usually fill out your party by choosing them from a pool of different characters. This restraint in making this choice makes the game feel more personal, as you are focused only on your squad and your mission.
The few missions I have played take place in a forest area. It seems as you progress you will get to enemy camps and go to a variety of environments. The graphics look fine, though the forest area seems to feel the same. The sound is great, and I really enjoy the enemy design so far.
Gameplay is pretty much your standard fair, and that is good. The action is great and reminds me of XCOM. Some unique things the game does is you will have a stress meter, and if it fills your solider will do something randomly because he is tense. At the end of your turn, you have to shift where your soldiers are looking. This will expose hidden enemies so you can see them. Once an enemy is exposed, they are easier to target.
With the few hours I have played, this seems like a solid RPG, turn based, strategy game. If you are fan of XCOM, this has a fun story and good gameplay to back it up. I would recommend you pick this up from the eShop today!
Octahedron: Transfixed Edition Hands On
Octahedron: Transfixed Edition is a fantastic platformer published by Square Enix. If you are into great video game music, awesome retro looking graphics or platforming games, just buy this game. I guarantee you will fall in love with this challenging platformer.
I am only still in the first world, but this game checks all my boxes for a great platformer. It has amazing 80s retro graphics. The presentation and polish that went into this platformer is just breathtaking. Last year I praised Celeste for having my favorite game soundtrack and this year so far, Octahedron is taking that prize. It has an amazing electronic soundtrack you do not want to miss. I was wearing my headphones and with the look of the game it meshes together.
As far as gameplay is concerned your goal is to make it to the end of each level. There will be many platforming challenges to get there. There are also flowers to collect and 8 different colored triangles to collect. You can break these lights and they will give you flowers after you destroy them. There are many goals in each level, such as collecting everything, make only a certain number of platforms (I will explain) to not dying on a level, to completing a level in a certain amount of time. There are hours of gameplay if you want to perfect a level.
The platforming is unique: not just because of its style, music, but gameplay. You can jump and then hit R and another platform will appear underneath your feet. You can only do this twice. Hence one goal is to only create a certain number of platforms to get that special medal. Otherwise you have unlimited uses, yet only two at a time. Once you trigger a platform, you can travel with it for a second or two, which helps you reach higher places or travel further.
With the couple hours I have put into this I heartily recommend you pick this game up. It provides a serious challenge, so it is not for the faint of heart.
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