Kingdom: Two Crowns
Strategy 11 December 2018
Another incarnation of a minimalistic real-time strategy with RPG elements, developed by an independent studio called noio. Like in the original Kingdom for PC Windows and mobile devices, in Kingdom: Two Crowns, the player assumes the role of a king tasked with taking care of his loyal subjects and providing for them. Unlike the original release, in Kingdom: Two Crowns the player can enjoy both single player and cooperative game modes. During the game, one observes the action from the side perspective. Gameplay revolves around two main aspects – the first one being exploration (during which one can acquire gold they can give to the encountered settlers), while the second one focuses on expanding the settlement by erecting production buildings, creating tools for the settlers, and building diverse fortifications, which prove useful after dusk. During the night, one’s domain is attacked by vicious trolls and the player has to pay careful attention to their crown, because when it falls into enemy hands, the game is over. Luckily, the player can unlock numerous perks on their adventures to stand a better chance against the increasingly powerful foes. The game features simple, yet pleasing pixel-art visuals.
Strategy 17 October 2018
A strategy game set in a science-fiction world in which we supervise an extraterrestrial colony. It has been developed by debuting independent studio Ludeon, established by a former employee of Irrational Games, who previously worked on the Bioshock series. The story of RimWorld takes place in a future in which humanity colonized many alien star systems, but they are located so far from each other that their inhabitants cannot count on anyone, but themselves. We take command over a small group of survivors of a colony space ship, with our task being to maintain the development and provide safety to our base. Aside from building structures and gathering food and resources we must assign each colonist with a task adequate to his or her skills. RimWorld features a unique complex tactical combat system and three independent AI systems that – depending on the situation – will generate random story arcs, making sure to maintain a proper level of drama throughout the gameplay.
RPG 19 January 2016
A dark fantasy cRPG developed by debuting studio Red Hook. The story is set in a dark, medieval-like universe. While exploring ruins of an old castle and its dungeons, you face off against forces of darkness that overwhelmed the land because of the reckless actions of its previous sovereign. As you delve into the depths, you discover the dark history of a family who brought the evil upon the world. The gameplay focuses on dungeon crawling - dungeons filled with traps and crawling with monsters that need to be dealt with during turn-based combat sequences. An original idea is the sanity indicator of your heroes. Each team member has different personality and reacts differently to what is happening around him/her. Therefore, while playing you should keep an eye on their well being and fear levels, alleviating their stress by drinking alcohol or brawling, if needed.
Action 07 August 2018
An action game with roguelike and metroidvania elements by indie French studio Motion Twin. During the game, you explore a grim castle, whose elements (such as chambers, cloisters, and sewers) are procedurally generated. Given the permadeath system, it means that each new gameplay is a fresh experience, during which you can discover new parts of the fortress. An important aspect of Dead Cells is combat, which is very difficult. To succeed you have to work out the patterns of the enemies' attacks and to get the protagonist to a high enough level. In combat you use melee and ranged weapons, as well as offensive and defensive magic. The game features pleasant 2D pixel-art visuals.
Full Throttle Remastered
Adventure 18 April 2017
Full Throttle Remastered is a remastered edition of the classic 1995 point-and-click adventure game that was developed by LucasArts. Just like the remaster of the Day of the Tentacle, the refreshed version of Full Throttle was created by Double Fine Productions, a studio made of developers of the original game. The game takes place in a grim future where classic vehicles were replaced with the machines powered by antigravity-based engines. We play as the leader of a motorcycle gang, who, along with his companions, is being accused of killing the owner of the last remaining company that produces classic motorbikes. Our job is to clear our name and find the actual person responsible for that murder. Audiovisuals of the original game were visibly refreshed and improved. New high-resolution backgrounds were created for the remastered version, and every animation frame was re-drawn by hand from scratch.
Kingdom Rush Vengeance
Strategy 22 November 2018
The fourth entry in the series of tower defense strategy games Kingdom Rush. The players are taken to a fantasy realm filled with magic, monsters, and knights. This time the main protagonists are the dark armies of the powerful Vez’nan who seeks vengeance for the humiliating defeats of the past.
Heroes of Might & Magic III: HD Edition
Strategy 29 January 2015
A remastered edition of one of the most well-received installments of the legendary Heroes of Might & Magic series, created for the 15th anniversary of the game's original release and the 20th anniversary of the franchise. It was commissioned by Ubisoft and developed by DotEmu, known e.g. from the remake of the cult platform game Another World. The contents of the HD edition are the same as the base game (no expansions included) and consist of 7 story campaigns (about 50 maps in total), a skirmish mode and a functional editor. Compared to the original, the key changes are the upgraded wide-screen-compatible HD visuals. The graphics are now sharper and more clear-cut, which is the result of reprogramming over 25,000 elements and models. The multiplayer mode has also been upgraded, both in the local “hotseat” mode and the online one. Also, for the first time ever, a version for mobile devices was created.
Jon Shafer's At the Gates
Strategy 23 January 2019
A turn-based strategy game developed by Conifer Games under the lead of Jon Shaker - one of the lead developers of Sid Meier’s Civilization V. In At the Gates, the action takes place in the latter part of Roman Empire domination over Europe, and players assume control of a small barbaric tribe trying to take advantage of the fading Roman power to dominate the Old Continent. One starts the game with limited resources and has to explore uninviting lands and gather resources. In time, one can move their tribe to a more fertile area and also launch trade and diplomatic relations with other nations, to use them to their advantage and then wipe them out. The main challenge posed by the game is the limited amount of available resources, which forces the players to continuously search for them. At the Gates is filled with various battles, during which one has to execute tactical maneuvers as well as take advantage of landform and changing weather conditions.
RPG 26 February 2016
The debut production from the independent studio Concerned Ape. It is a sandbox RPG that focuses on the life of a farmer. Stardew Valley takes place in a fantasy realm filled with magic, where the player becomes a young farmer whose ambition is to transform his small field into a giant farm generating great profits. The main task of the player is to plant plants, gather the crops and expand the farm with new infrastructure and agricultural products. In order to be more interesting, the game also feature some RPG elements. One can also take active role in the life of the nearby village – make friendships and interact with the inhabitants of the settlement. This unlocks new challenges and earning opportunities for the player. As the game progress, the protagonist gains experience and learns new skills such as farming, mining, fishing, or animal feeding. One can also get married and have children in this randomly generated world.
Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don't Dry
Adventure 07 November 2018
Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don’t Dry is a comedy adventure game. The game is a new entry in the classic series originally developed by Sierra. The player assumes the role of a not-too-successful pickup artist Larry Laffer who is trying to gain the affection of the girl of his dreams. During the game, the players are exploring locations, participating in conversations and solving riddles. The gameplay is partially non-linear and features a virtual dating app with unique logic challenges.
Strategy 24 March 2017
A combination of a turn-based strategy and an RPG, developed by Overhype Studios. Battle Brothers takes the player to a medieval-like low-fantasy world, where they become a leader of a mercenary band. The player can have up to 12 fighters under their command, and each of them has a portrait, name and a backstory, apart from a set of features that affect their stats and capabilities on the battlefield. The game does not make use of character classes, thus the player can assign weapons bought or taken from the enemies without any restrictions. The basic weaponry includes a set of medieval tools, such as swords, spears, axes, bows or crossbows. Different kinds of weapons offer interesting special attacks - for instance, axes can break shields; maces on the other hand, can stun the enemy so they lose their next turn. On their path, both when completing assignments and exploring the world, the player encounters various enemies, fighting ordinary bandits, hostile mercenaries, forest creatures, tribes of orcs and goblins, as well as the undead and terrifying ghosts. If the player manages to survive for long enough, they are faced with one of the ending crises. Those include an invasion of orcs and goblins, a plague of the undead, and a war between the local noble families.
Arcade 29 August 2013
An action 2D platform game starring a sympathetic creature of a protagonist. The game was developed by Ubisoft Montpellier and is the fifth full-fledged installment in the series created by Michel Ancel. This time the titular protagonist and his friend Globox must face nightmares which have created amazing worlds during the 100 years they have spent in the Crossroads of Dreams. Rayman must also free the Teensies captured by the clone of the deceptive Magician. Gameplay mechanics and the visual style of Rayman Legends are similar to the mechanics and style of the previous Rayman game (Rayman Origins). The new features in the game include musical levels and a system that allows other players to freely join the game in split-screen cooperation mode.
Plants vs Zombies
Strategy 05 May 2009
A game belonging to the popular tower defense genre. It's theme, however, is rather unusual, for the players' task is to protect their household against the attacking hordes of zombies. The game was developed by PopCap Games - a company popular for successful arcade-logic games, such as Peggle Deluxe or Bejeweled. In Plants vs Zombies, the levels are made of paths along which the zombies are coming. The player's task is to secure each of those paths. Interestingly, the player's fortification comprises of various plants and flowers growing outside of their house. Each kind of plant has a unique ability. These include things like production the in-game currency, attacking, slowing down the enemies, or exploding in front of them. Zombies are equally diversified - there are many types of attackers, differing in appearance, equipment, and armor. All the subtleties of gameplay are gradually revealed and explained to the players. The game stands out with its atmosphere of comedy, deprived of serious undertones and tension. This was achieved mainly by colorful visuals and a cheerful soundtrack.
RPG 15 August 2018
A sandbox RPG with strategy game features. The title was developed by Lazy Bear Games. Graveyard Keeper presents an unusual topic – it enables the player to assume the role of the titular keeper of a graveyard located in a typical fantasy realm filled with monsters and magic. The gameplay is focused on running the graveyard business, and during the game the player must take care of activities like moving bodies, digging graves and organizing funerals. At the same time the player must constantly make business-related decisions and invest in expansion and improvement of the graveyard. Since burying the dead isn’t very profitable, the player can also use alternative methods of earning – go into dungeons, participate in witch burning festivals or cooperate with the local church. The title is filled with black humor and parodies the most typical fantasy genre tropes.
Don't Starve: Hamlet
Action 31 December 2018
Another expansion to the survival action game developed by Klei Entertainment. This time the players can reveal the mysteries of the lost city of Pigmen. The DLC introduces new biomes, characters and creatures.
RPG yesterday, 14 December 2018
A roguelike game developed by the independent studio Capybara Games (the authors of Critter Crunch, Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes and Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery). Below takes place on a mysterious island, the dungeons of which are filled with secrets and unknown technologies. The player assumes the role of a brave man who goes deep into the island armed only with a sword, a shield, a torch, and the curiosity that pushes him forward. While exploring the dark caves, he will encounter hostile creatures that will force him to fight for his life. The game has a unique visual style, a bit familiar to the previous game from Capybara Games – Sword & Sworcery. However, this time developers decided not to use pixel art. Instead, the game has more detailed visuals that sometimes resemble the ones from Journey. The world of Below is dark and most of the time the only thing that lights it up is the torch held by the protagonist. Jim Guthrie, compositor of music for Sword & Sworcery, created atmospheric tracks for this game as well.
Strategy 15 November 2018
A realistic real-time strategy set in the period of the Cold War. The game delivers enormous battlefields inspired by true locations, authentic vehicles, weapons from that historical period, and dynamic artificial intelligence. The weather and terrain conditions play a crucial part in each battle.
Into the Breach
Strategy 27 February 2018
A 2D turn-based strategy game set in an original science-fiction universe developed by the creators of FTL: Faster Than Light. In Into the Breach the player controls small squads comprised of mech robots that protect what remains of humanity against the lurking deep underground aliens. The battles in the game take place on relatively small and procedurally-generated 2D battlefields. They are covered with 64 squares, between which both the player and their opponent can move their units. One’s objective is to defend civilian settlements against the aliens. Missions are quite short; however, they pose a considerable logic challenge and offer the players freedom in how they decide to carry them out. Moreover, the player can equip their machines with new weapons and select pilots to operate them – the pilots’ unique abilities have a significant impact on the result of each battle. The retro 2D visuals somewhat resemble what one may have experienced in FTL.
Action 21 August 2018
A sequel to the well-received game Guacamelee!. The players once again assume the role of Juan Aguacate who faces a global threat.
Strategy 23 August 2016
Another major installment in the bestselling turn-based strategy game series that focus on a humorous rivalry between the eponymous worms. In Worms WMD, the basic gameplay principles remain unchanged, and the players still have to eliminate the opposite team using a number of more or less unconventional weapons. The participants make their moves in turns and their actions are limited by a time limit. The game refers to the initial two-dimensional installments of the series, which means that battles are presented from the classical side view. The title does not lack for several enriching novelties, though. These include the possibility to hide inside buildings and to use vehicles that allow us to traverse the battlefield and deal damage to the enemy. Visually, the production features the characteristic cartoonish visual style, although the worms’ appearance and animation were refreshed.
Arcade 29 September 2017
A two-dimensional action game with designs resembling old cartoon movies, which is a debut production of StudioMDHR, an independent developer. In Cuphead, we assume the role of a gambling addict that loses his soul to the devil during one of his sessions. To retrieve it, he needs to work off its equivalent. When it comes to mechanics, the game is a 2D fighting game with a degree of platforming elements – we participate in continuous 1v1 fights, taking place on special 2D arenas. During combat we can make use of a wide range of weaponry, as well as several outfits bestowing us with special powers. Each of the enemies has his own fighting style, which needs to be countered in order for us to win. In opposition to the genre classics, our enemies are controlled by dynamic AI, making the game tough to beat and less predictable in case of replays.
Action 25 January 2018
A platform game by indie studio Matt Makes Games, in which you play as a red-haired girl called Celeste, who lives in a fantasy world. She decides to complete a dangerous challenge of climbing a tall mountain, and you help her to achieve her goal. The game utilizes a side view, and the gameplay focuses on traversing over 300 varied levels, jumping on platforms, and avoiding countless traps. The game features some unusual mechanics, most notably the possibility to climb vertical walls. Celeste can also use short-distance teleportation and go through wormholes. The production features a high level of difficulty and 2D visuals based on classic 16-bit games.
Child of Light
RPG 29 April 2014
Child of Light is a 2D RPG that combines the elements of modern platformers and Japanese role-playing games. It was developed by Ubisoft Montreal, a subsidiary of Ubisoft which also collaborated in the development of Far Cry and Assassin Creed games. Child of Light tells the story of Aurora, a young girl who has to save the kingdom of Lemuria. When playing, we influence Aurora's development and witness her rough journey to adulthood. The game is presented in a perspective typical for platform games, and the turn-based combat system is inspired by the jRPG genre. During her adventures, Aurora explores a vast, living world, where she encounters friendly fairies, gnomes, and sneaky monsters. Child of Light offers single player and multiplayer modes. In the latter, the second player takes on the role of a friendly firefly.
Action 24 February 2017
Hollow Knight is a 2D metroidvania game developed by the indie studio Team Cherry. The game takes us to a fantasy underground world located bellow the city of Dirtmouth. The place attracts numerous adventurers, who disappear without a trace when they enter it. We play as an adventurer who decides to face the challenge and find riches, fame, and the answers he is looking for in that underground world. The game is presented from a side-scrolling perspective. Gameplay focuses on the exploration of vast locations, leveling and progressing our character, finding more and more powerful equipment, and fighting with the encountered enemies. During our exploration of the underworld, we will find not only many traps and dangers awaiting us, but also some friendly NPCs that will aid us with their knowledge or useful items.
Strategy 15 June 2015
A mobile spin-off to the post-apocalyptic Fallout franchise, accompanying the fourth major installment. In contrast to the main-stream Fallout games this one is a simulation strategy, in which you take on a role of a vault overseer and have to look after its inhabitants. The game has you expand the vault by new rooms, including living quarters, and public facilities, to provide for all needs of your dwellers. You also have to gather supplies, which requires you to send expeditions outside the vault, having previously equipped (or not) your men with weapons and protective gear. Each vault dweller has their own statistics and gains experience, thus unlocking new abilities and equipment.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
RPG 17 October 2017
Another installment in an RPG series based on the Comedy Central’ cult adult-oriented cartoon TV series. The title is a direct sequel to South Park: The Stick of Truth released in 2014. However, unlike that game, this one was created by an Ubisoft’s subsidiary. Once again you play as the New Kid, whose family just recently moved in to South Park. This tim, Cartman and his group play the roles of superheroes, making up the vigilante group of Coon & Friends. They have to face a new danger, the villainous Professor Chaos. In terms of gameplay mechanics, the game is similar to its predecessor, combining classic RPG elements with turn-based combat, further spiced up with a big doze of nasty humor invented by the creators of the TV series: Matt Stone and Trey Parker.