The Banner Saga (PSV)
Inspired by the Nordic mythology, a cRPG developed by the independent studio Stoic, whose members worked on, for example, Star Wars: The Old Republic. The action takes us to a world where fratricidal bloodshed between the gods led to chaos and wars. This is an "on the road" type of story, divided into two main plot branches, telling the stories of two Viking parties trying to escape from the threat posed by a mysterious, stone-like race called the Dredge, born as the result of gods’ experiments. Set in fantasy realities, the gameplay combines adventure and RPG elements with a turn-based combat system. With game's progress, your party gains experience and becomes more and more powerful. Also, the decisions you make will exert heavy influence on the plot. The game features amazing 2D graphics, employing art style similar to that of Walt Disney productions.
Action December 2019
Metroidvania production, maintained in the shoot'em up convention, which was almost ready in 1994; more than twenty years later, the project was taken over by Strictly Limited Games, completed and shipped to new platforms. Ultracore takes us to the universe of science fiction, and while having fun we have to face an army of robots.
Adventure October 2019
A visual novel adventure, a continuation of Death Mark in 2018. NG is a horror and tells the story of a young man trying to find his missing sister. The title was developed by Experience studio and released by Aksys Games.
Strategy October 2019
A stylish game developed by Team Colorblind, an independent studio based in Phoenix, Arizona. The game combines elements of two seemingly incompatible video game genres – turn-based strategy and brawler. The story is set 20 years before the Spanish Conquistadors came to America, and the player is tasked with expanding the Aztec empire, collecting taxes, and handling various randomly generated events. As far the game employs the turn-based strategy convention, the player might have to use brutal force to punish citizens who do not pay their taxes, or slaughter everyone infected during an epidemic when all other attempts to cure them have failed. What is worth mentioning, the game is based on broad historical knowledge resulting from the developers’ passion, who implemented into the game over 30 Aztec cities and different types of Aztec warriors, all of which makes for a faithful representation of the authentic locations and factual units. Aztez features an original, monochromatic visuals brought to life only by the red color of the blood gushing all over player’s screen.
Battle Princess Madelyn (PSV)
Arcade November 2019
A two-dimensional platform game developed by the independent studio Causal Bit Games (the creators of 2014 Insanity’s Blade). During the game the player controls princess Madelyn who was forced to fight evil in order to save the kingdom and her family. The gameplay of Battle Princess Madelyn relates to classic titles like Ghosts ’n Goblins and Ghouls ‘n Ghosts. The game focuses on the agility of the player, making him escape traps and jump between platforms while fighting skeletons, demons and big bosses. At the beginning of the game Madelyn lacks any armor and powerful weapons, but she is accompanied by the ghost of a dead dog named Fritzy. After some time the pair gains new weapons and better powers that enable them to, among other things, shoot fire. The levels hide many secrets, including secret areas. The game also features two versions of soundtrack – one references 8-bit consoles and another is a modern version of it.
Adventure December 2019
An interesting 2D adventure game with elements of psychological horror. The game forces the players to answer the question about the limits and the price of humanity. The game was created by an independent Finnish developer Jesse Makkonen.
Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen (PSV)
Remake of the first part of the Utawarerumono series, originally released on computers, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable. Production offers a complex plot and tactical battles, realized in turn-based system. Developers from the Aquaplus studio are responsible for the creation of this title.
YIIK: A Postmodern RPG (PSV)
RPG October 2019
YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG is a surrealistic jRPG set in the 1990’s. It was developed by the independent developer Ackk Studios, creators of games like Chromosphere: The Two Brothers and Two Brothers. The story focuses on the mysterious disappearance of Sammy Pak who was taken by supernatural forces while using an elevator. Her friends decide to embark on a dangerous journey to save her. The single player campaign will give us around twenty five hours of gameplay. Our party of eight moves around an isometric-presented map, every once in a while taking part in turn-based battles against our enemies. The game uses Unity Engine. Visuals in YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG are much different from what we can see in other jRPGs as the game lacks any sort of manga-inspired style. All of the game's dialogues are voice acted.
Exogenesis: Perils of Rebirth (PSV)
An adventure game enriched by elements characteristic of visual novels. Exogenesis: Perils of Rebirth takes place in post-apocalyptic Japan. The player assumes the role of a member of a treasure hunter group, who searches for an ancient artifact that can resurrect his dead sister. To find the treasure, the protagonist has to gather a team of similar adventurers, and embark on the dangerous journey. The developers were mainly inspired by games such as Zero Escape or the Ace Attorney series. When it comes to story, the player follows an extensive text narration and from time to time has to choose from a few alternative approaches. These decisions push the plot towards one of several possible outcomes, with each having unique subplots and a separate ending. At the same time, Exogenesis: Perils of Rebirth is different from typical visual novels, offering adventure game sequences that require exploring locations and solving various logic riddles.
Myriad is an interesting, eccentric production which is an interesting combination of a music game and a shooter. The game is about eliminating subsequent waves of enemies with the help of the song we create. The game was created by Erlend Grefsrud, creative director from Bifrost Entertainment studio.
Pixel Noir (PSV)
An independent retro RPG, which combines elements of a detective game and a horror. The main protagonist of Pixel Noir is trying to solve a mystery of the tragic events from a decade ago when his partner died, leading to him quitting work as a police officer, as he unjustly was sentenced to jail. After being released, he begins to work as a private detective and tries to solve minor cases, until finally, he finds a lead that might help him get the answers that have been taunting him for years. As befits a true RPG, in Pixel Noir, the players get to explore numerous locations, interact with NPCs, find clues, collect valuable items, and fight enemies. Combat is turn-based, nonetheless, it features certain arcade elements. The main protagonist is accompanied by other characters, each one exhibiting unique skills and utilized weapons. Pixel Noir delivers neutral and grim pixel-art visuals.
Romancing SaGa 3 (PSV)
Romancing SaGa 3 is a remastered version of 16-bit Japanese RPG. The game offers a turn-based combat system and eight main characters to choose from, each with a different campaign and unique side missions.
Action November 2019
A colourful combination of rhythmic production and classic beat 'em up. Players take on the role of a brave hamster named Pimm, fighting against a gang who kidnapped his grandfather and took control of the previously peaceful and friendly city of Hamsterdam.
Shovel Knight: King of Cards (PSV)
Arcade December 2019
The last expansion to the well-received game Shovel Knight. Both the add-on and the base game have been developed by Yacht Club Games. The main protagonist of the expansion is the titular King of Cards, who is one of the bosses the player has to fight as the Shovel Knight in the base game. The main protagonist has to prove their rights to the crown by defeating three usurpers from the neighboring lands. Similarly to the base game, Shovel Knight: King of Cards is a 2D platform game with RPG elements. The new hero fights and moves in a different manner than the previous protagonists - he mounts a short charge, which stuns the enemies and destroys some of the obstacles on the map. He also has a special ability - he can perform a pirouette on enemies' heads multiple times. As one progresses through the story, the character acquires more powerful weapons, armor, and new companions. An interesting element of the game is a minigame, in which one can play cards with NPCs. The gameplay revolves around the story campaign, which is well complemented by special challenges, in which one can test their skills in platform puzzles as well as combat.
Soul Saga (PSV)
A game developed by American studio Disastercake. The title was inspired by classic jRPG games released on the first generation of PlayStation consoles. Soul Saga takes place in a fantasy realm called Oterra which was devastated by a powerful cataclysm and then gradually conquered by hostile monsters known as Inkheart. Thirty years earlier the forces of evil were stopped by the grand alchemist who created a magic barrier impenetrable for the monsters. When the spell is starting to weaken, the player assumes the role of a young adventurer named Mithos who, together with a group of companions, is trying to find a way to save the civilization. Gameplay mechanics of Soul Saga are strongly inspired by such series like Final Fantasy, Breath of Fire, Suikoden and Persona. The game concentrates on exploring the world, developing characters and facing enemies in turn-based combat in which correct selection of attacks is the key to victory.
A simplified space simulation game created by the independent studio Celsius Games. The action of this production takes place in a distant future, where humanity has developed enough to colonize other planetary systems. The player assumes the role of a spaceship captain, and decides what path will the protagonist take. We can deal in trade and mining or even choose the career of a bounty hunter, an interplanetary convoy guard, or a pirate. There is an entire galaxy that spans over 10 thousand light years and over 10 thousand planetary systems. Compared to other games in the genre, Drifter distinguishes itself with the presence of a plot. While playing, we can perform missions that are joined together by a coherent story that lets us learn the history of the universe. The title features decent three-dimensional graphics.
A classic visual novel adventure game, which was produced by the creators of the popular Steins;Gate. The action of the game takes place in the near future, and its protagonist is a sixteen-year-old boy, who uses a special skill that allows him to literally "hack" reality.
Twilight Struggle (PSV)
A digital adaptation of the strategy board game created by American company GMT Games. Twilight Struggle takes place during the Cold War and the player assumes the role of a leader of one of the two empires – USA or USSR. The game is played in turns on a global map. The rivaling sides are playing with cards that trigger events beneficial for one, either, or neither side of the conflict. The cards can be used for things such as strengthening one’s position, at the cost of the opponent, or technological development. At the same time both sides must be careful as escalation of the conflict can lead to a nuclear holocaust. The “What if?” mode is an interesting addition. It allows playing in an alternative reality in which, for example, whole Berlin was conquered by the western nations and the elections in England in 1945 were once again won by Churchill and his conservative party. The base of the gameplay in Twilight Struggle is a rivalry between two players, but there is also a single player mode available, in which one faces artificial intelligence.
An isometric adventure game that is a debut title of an independent studio VisionTrick Media. Pavilion is described as a fourth-person perspective game. This means that the player doesn’t have any direct control over the hero. Instead, the player assumes the role of the being that looks after the protagonist, influencing his movements through manipulation of environment and his senses. The story of Pavilion takes place in an oneiric world, which often surprises with its rules. The real and fantasy elements entwine, while the player has to help the protagonist in discovering the secret behind the place. In order to reach his goal, the game allows the player to manipulate items, sounds, lights, and other factors that may influence the way in which our hero looks at the world around him. These tools are used to shape the behavior of our protagonist, as a result forcing him to do certain actions. The visuals of Pavilion are a result of connecting photos, drawings, and computer-generated elements, creating an original, eye-catching combination.
Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey (PSV)
A tactical jRPG with a turn-based combat system. It was developed by the French studio Kobojo in cooperation with Kazushige Nojima and Hitoshi Sakamoto who previously worked on several installments of the Final Fantasy series. The story of Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey takes place in a fantasy world divided into four regions inhabited by various races. The player becomes a young warrior named Cael who leads a patrol that neutralizes threats from potential enemies. During the game the hero travels through various realms, faces many dangerous creatures and learns the dark secrets of the Orcanon world and his own past. The game shows the action from a side perspective and combines classic jRPG elements with modern, console-style graphics. The game was designed with cooperative multiplayer in mind and at any moment of the game one can invite some friends to join the adventure.
A two-dimensional arcade game with elements of roguelike, belonging to the genre of so-called endless runners. The action takes place in the future, in which huge dragons attacked the Earth, forcing people to flee into space. Two heroes: A 14-year-old and unemployed photographer, decides to return to the native planet to deal with the mighty reptiles.