Super Bomberman R (PS4)
Arcade 12 June 2018
Super Bomberman R is another game in the popular Bomberman series and a launch title for the Nintendo Switch, developed by Konami. The game has 3D visuals, but we observe the action from the classic top-down perspective. We play as the titular Bomberman, and our job is to eliminate enemies we encounter on various maps with the bombs at our disposal. Even though the gameplay mechanics are not that complex, a more tactical approach is needed when entering new levels. Taking advantage of the environment of each level is the key to success. For example, we can place our opponent in a trap without any exit. Super Bomberman R offers two game modes: Story, for one or two players, or Battle, a local or online multiplayer for up to eight players.
Demons Age (PS4)
RPG 08 December 2017
A classic cRPG game with isometric view and turn-based battles, developed by independent Portuguese studio Bigmoon Interactive. Set in a fantasy world, the game takes us to fictional Moragon peninsula, through which savage force of demons has passed, mercilessly dealing with local races of humans, elves, halflings, and dwarves. Players take on the role of a hero who has to free the land, ultimately defeating the source of evil. Gameplay in Demons Age focuses on completing various quests and taking part in turn-based battles. As we gather more experience and solve subsequently more difficult puzzles, our character will improve his (or her) skills and gain better equipment. We can also recruit a whole bunch of characters to our team during the game, each with its own secrets and experiences, and in some cases they can even turn against you.
The Bard's Tale: Remastered and Resnarkled (PS4)
RPG 17 August 2017
A remaster of The Bard's Tale, a well-received action RPG from 2004, developed by inXile Entertainment. The plot is not connected to any previous entries in the series. The game's protagonist is the titular Bard who goes on a journey in which he must find Caleigh, a beautiful princess who was kidnapped by members of a demonic cult. In order to complete the quest and get some gold our protagonist will have to survive many dangerous adventures and complete dozens of tasks from NPCs. The Bard's Tale: Remastered and Resnarkled has the same mechanics as the original game and the main differences between this version and the original one are better graphics which work in 4K resolution and 60 frames per second. The game's distinguishing features are its intelligent humor and presence of a narrator that never misses a chance to make fun of the main hero.
Pac-Man 256 (PS4)
Arcade 21 June 2016
This arcade, endless-runner game brings a continuation to the long-standing, iconic Pac-Man series. Pac-Man 256 is a free-to-play title with microtransactions. The game was created by Hipster Whale - an external developer standing behind production of the popular game Crossy Road, based on similar mechanics. In Pac-Man 256, the player takes control of the titular creature running from a deadly glitch, which appeared first in the original Pac-Man game that came out back in 1980 (in the original game, the glitch attacked Pac-Man once the player had reached level 256). When exploring the endless maze, the protagonist eats yellow dots, not only avoiding the glitch chasing him, but also running from colorful ghosts the fans of the franchise are definitely familiar with. The player's goal here is to score as many points as possible before dying. Similar to Hipster Whale's previous game, Pac-Man 256 features a massive number of bonuses to be unlocked. The game is played from isometric view, following the pattern of the original Pac-Man, which was released 35 years earlier.
RPG July 2018
Eitr is an action-RPG based on the Norse mythology. It's the first game developed by the British studio Eneme Entertainment. Game's plot focuses on Yggdrasil, the world tree, that connects all of the nine worlds. When it was infected with a poisonous substance, the plague began to spread all over the nine realms. We play as a redheaded female warrior bestowed with powerful abilities by Loki, the trickster god. With those powers, she will try to stop the incoming darkness. We will spend most of our time exploring the game's world, gathering treasures, leveling up our hero, and eliminating hordes of enemies. Combat system in Eitr is much more complex than in other hack'n'slash games. In order to be victorious in battle, we have to perfectly time our attacks, blocks, and dodges. We will also have to pay attention to our hero's positioning and use her abilities wisely.
Constructor HD (PS4)
Strategy 26 May 2017
Remake of a bestselling economic strategy game released in 1997, prepared by creators of the original – British studio System 3 Software. In the game we take on the role of an owner of a construction company, and our goal is to develop a thriving business and eliminate competition, always breathing down our neck. During the game we have to take care of raw materials supply, such as concrete or wood, and construct customer-fit houses which, when sold or rented, will give us a reasonable profit. A characteristic feature of the title is the possibility to take advantage of various not always lawful methods of undermining the competition. We can bribe protesting hippies, psychopaths, thieves, or saboteurs, and in the later stages of the game also cooperate with mafia. The main feature of the refreshed version of Constructor are its HD resolution graphics. Creators decided not to interfere with the classic gameplay mechanics, keeping also the large dose of humor that traditionally accompanies our struggle.
Arcade 03 August 2016
An unusual cooking action game co-developed by Ghost Town Games and Team 17 Software. The action of Overcooked takes place in an alternative, comedic reality; specifically in the realm known as The Onion Kingdom, which is on the verge of doom in the face of an incoming ancient evil. Luckily, as it turns out, the vile threat can be simply eaten; to cook it, however, the best chefs are needed, so players assume their roles. During gameplay you face a series of difficult challenges requiring you to prepare a variety of dishes while sticking to the recipe and delivering the right ingredients to the correct spots. To make things more difficult, the pace is fast and the kitchen is filled with many moving elements and traps that you have to skilfully avoid. Apart from the single player mode, the title features multiplayer in which cooks can cooperate or compete with each other.
The Swords of Ditto (PS4)
RPG 24 April 2018
An action RPG with roguelike traits, developed by independent studio One Bit Beyond. The game tells the story of brave characters trying to defeat the evil Mormo. Because the enemy has an army of beasts under his command, many heroes will fall before someone achieves the goal. The action in The Swords of Ditto is presented with an isometric perspective and the gameplay focuses on exploration and combat with encountered enemies. Although the gameplay is action-based, the combat system mostly rewards having proper equipment – in additional to traditional weapons, during the game the player can use more extraordinary items like a magic golf club. The combat potential of the character can be also increased with stickers that provide additional bonuses. It is worth mentioning that dying in the game is permanent and the legacy left by fallen heroes, like their equipment, can make the next attempt a bit easier. The game can be played alone or with another player in local cooperation mode.
How to Survive 2 (PS4)
Arcade 06 February 2017
A sequel to the 2013 survival horror game How to Survive. The game, developed by Eko Software, is set in New Orleans, where the virus known from the first installment has turned people into zombies. The survivors have to fight for their lives and form teams in order to search for water, shelter, and useful items. The mechanics remained mostly the same, and the game places emphasis on the crafting system and character skill trees. How to Survive 2 utilizes an isometric view, and a huge part of the gameplay is once again fighting with zombies with the use of various weapons, including handmade ones, crafted from the elements you find in the game. Compared to the original, the game features as expanded multiplayer mode, allowing for camps consisting of up to 16 players, and the co-op mode for up to 4 players.
Don't Starve: Hamlet (PS4)
Action 30 June 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 bioms, characters and creatures.
Hitman GO: Definitive Edition (PS4)
Logic 24 February 2016
A spin-off entry in the popular Hitman franchise, launched in 2000 by Eidos. Hitman GO has been developed for mobile devices and unlike the full-scale games in the series, it combines elements of stealth, turn-based strategy and puzzles. There doesn't feature a storyline, and the gameplay focuses on missions that come down to eliminating certain people according to Agent 47's contract. We play in turns and have to reach a given point in the level unnoticed, and then discreetly eliminate our target while completing various side objectives on the way. The maps are small, and our actions have to be carefully planned to avoid drawing attention. Game is characterized by its unusual visuals; the in-game locations are presented in the form of paper models, with all characters being represented by pawns that resemble board games figurines.
Dungeons 3 (PS4)
Strategy 13 October 2017
Dungeons 3 is the third installment in the fantasy strategy game series developed by Realmforge. Dungeons 3 continues the story from the previous games. We play as a Dungeon Lord who, after uniting the forces of evil and laying the foundations of the new empire of darkness, comes to the conclusion that his ambitions are not yet fulfilled. He decides to recruit the priestess of dark elves so that she would lead his forces during the conquest of the surface world. Just like in the previous installments of the series, gameplay in Dungeons 3 is a blend of a real-time and economic strategy. As we play, we have to gather resources, build new parts of our dungeon, recruit monsters, and invest in technological development. At the same time, we have to lead our army that fights with the forces of good on the surface. All three factions from the previous games (the Horde, the Undead, and the Demons) are present. This time, however, we can use units and technologies of all three of them at the same time.
Fat Princess Adventures (PS4)
RPG 05 December 2015
A third entry in the humorous arcade game series with RPG features, this time created from scratch for PlayStation 4. The story of Fat Princess Adventures takes place in a world, known from previous games in the series, where kingdoms fighting for domination had to join their forces in the face of a new threat - the evil queen and her army of ravenous goblins. We play as a hero belonging to one of 4 classes (mage, archer, engineer, or warrior) and, supported by the eponymous fat princess, take part in battles against antagonist's followers. In comparison to the previous entries in the series, the game drops the online team multiplayer formula for the more classic action RPG gameplay in cooperation mode. In terms of game mechanics, the title is a simplified version of a typical hack-and-slash, and outcome of fights depends both on our skills, equipment, and special abilities, which we improve throughout the game.
Action 26 September 2017
A cyberpunk tactical top-down shooter game inspired by the Syndicate series. It's the first title created by Polish studio Reikon Games, previously involved in the production of such games as Dead Island: Riptide, Dying Light and the Witcher franchise. The game takes place in a futuristic world plagued with violence, injustice and oppression. You play as a lower-class citizen, a sociopath plugged into virtual reality, who declares war on the corporation ruling his city. Ruiner features a classic isometric view and modern graphics full of spectacular visual effects, based on the advanced Unreal 4 engine, while the cel shading gives the game a slightly comic-book-like vibe.
Gauntlet: Slayer Edition (PS4)
Arcade 12 August 2015
An upgraded version of Gauntlet, a title with arcade origins known from early stages of PC gaming. The remade version (released in 2014 on PC) was developed by Arrowhead Game Studios. Gauntlet: Slayer Edition is a new incarnation of a dungeon crawler released on arcade machines in 1985. The players enter a fantasy world, and their task is to explore grim dungeons inhabited by dangerous monsters (giant spiders, armed skeletons), or even ghosts. We can choose from one of four heroes (Warrior, Valkyrie, Elf, and Wizard), different in terms of playstyle as well as powers and abilities. Aside from the single player mode, a multiplayer module has been introduced (online, as well as locally). Compared with the PC version, Gauntlet: Slayer Edition has better visuals, and more balanced gameplay.
Industry Giant II (PS4)
Strategy 20 December 2016
Co-developed by Fancy Bytes and Reactor studios, a refreshed version of the economic strategy from 2002. The title takes us to the 19th and 20th-century United States where you can manage your business – start with a small company and make it into a top international corporation. The title features real economic dependencies – the player needs to be aware of economic fluctuations and face historical problems, like the Prohibition era. There game features more than 150 real products from the 20th century and more than 50 types of vehicles, while the gameplay takes place on 20 huge maps. Being the backbone of the game, the campaign includes 20 quests that gradually become more and more difficult. Furthermore, the title introduces a complex game mode called Pro-Mode with every important statistic and date. The game utilizes satisfactory visuals which, in contrast to the first installment, make use of full HD resolution.
Impact Winter (PS4)
Action 05 April 2018
A survival-themed action-adventure game developed by the British studio Mojo Bones. Impact Winter is set in 2018, when the Earth's atmosphere got polluted with a dense layer of dust, due to the planet's collision with a huge asteroid. Sunlight is now almost completely absent, and the player assumes the role of Jacob Solomon, who along with four other survivors has to sustain his existence under extreme conditions for 30 days - it is the amount of time the rescue team needs to reach the place. Mechanics-wise, Impact Winter is an action-adventure game that focuses on survival-related elements. The player sets out for on escapades, scavenging after the food and supplies they need. In order to stay alive, the protagonist has to survive in low temperatures, as well as to deal with the risks of dying of hunger, thirst, frostbite or injury; also, aggressive animals pose a large threat to Jacob's life. Thus making use of the available skills in order to craft the items we need is the key to success in this game.
The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 (PS4)
RPG 27 March 2018
The continuation of the Japanese hack-and-slash action role-playing title The Witch and the Hundred Knight. During gameplay, you are engaged in the story of Amalie and Chelka – the witch who awakened in Amalie’s sister Milm. They are accompanied by the knight controlled by the player.
Overlord: Fellowship of Evil (PS4)
RPG 20 October 2015
Another installment in the popular Overlord series, launched in 2007 by Triumph Software. The new game, this time developed by the Codemasters company, abandons the third-person perspective in favor of an isometric view, a distinctive feature of the hack-and-slash genre. Furthermore, the game now features four heroes instead of one, including: warrior, necromancer, dwarf, and dark elf. The player's main objective is to release an unimaginable evil that will bring the entire world down to its knees. Gameplay consists of expoloration, combat, and puzzle solving. Each character has their own unique skills that can be enhanced over time. Moreover, you can use the help of several types of minions. Although it is possible to play solo, the game was designed mainly with the 4-person co-op mode in mind.
Fear Effect Sedna (PS4)
Action 06 March 2018
The third installment in the Fear Effect series of action games. Both the previous installments were released for the PlayStation console. The game was created by Kronos Digital Entertainment, under the auspices of Square Enix - the owner of the franchise. Contrary to its predecessors, Fear Effect Sedna is a tactical action game played from an isometric view and inspired by Shadowrun Returns - a role-playing game. The action takes place in a cyberpunk world featuring fantasy elements. This time, the characters from the previous installments explore mysterious locations and underground facilities of the frosty Greenland. During the story campaign, the player commands a team comprising up to five mercenaries, each having their own unique skills and specializations. The game offers a real-time combat system, but thanks to the implementation of active pause, the player is allowed to take their time when giving orders to individual units. Occasionally, the player is also obliged to solve puzzles. The third installment in the Fear Effect series offers old-school, cel-shaded graphics as usual.
Quar: Battle for Gate 18 (PS4)
Strategy 09 July 2018
A turn-based strategy game which supports VR goggles. It was created by Steel Wool Games - a developer popular for Flyhunter Origins. Quar: Battle for Gate 18 is set in a fantasy world inhabited by a civilization of humanoid creatures known as Quar. Alykinder's crusade offers chances to end an 700-year long internal conflict over leadership - the crusaders aim to conquer all the lands belonging to Quar. The story campaign comprises of numerous, varied missions that culminate in the titular Battle for Gate 18. Between subsequent levels, the player returns to the base in order to cater for the soldiers and take care of technological development. Although the game is played from an isometric view, switching to the first-person perspective is possible when the player wants to walk around the buildings and among their subordinates. The game offers eighteen types of units, including infantry equipped with rifles, cavalry or armored vehicles for example. In terms of the art style, the game's setting references World War I.
Jotun: Valhalla Edition (PS4)
Action 09 September 2016
Set in Norse mythology, an independent action game with an arcade combat system. Jotun is a Kickstarter project. The title was initially released on PC, then published on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Wii U as an expanded edition called Jotun: Valhalla Edition featuring an additional game mode. Players are told the story of a Viking warrior named Thora who died an inglorious death. Before she passes through the gates of Valhalla, she needs to prove her worth to the Gods. Gameplay in Jotun utilizes an isometric view. Players assume the role of Thora who travels through the Nordic purgatory, divided into nine levels in which she has to release and defeat powerful elemental giants known as the jotun. During gameplay, players also come across various secrets and learn about the heroine’s life and the cause of her death. Jotun features hand-drawn visuals, an excellent soundtrack, and dialogues recorded in Icelandic, which emphasizes the game’s Nordic atmosphere.