Apple Arcade is…surprisingly good?

Or why the mobile market isn’t the devil you know.  I probably shouldn’t sound so hesitant in the title…but, for a long time I happily went to Nintendo, Playstation and PC as my platforms of choice and completely ignored the mobile realm. In fact, prior to last month, the only games I remember playing onContinue reading “Apple Arcade is…surprisingly good?”

Itch.io Indies: Jam and the Mystery of the Mysteriously Spooky Mansion

Ah, Itch.io, you treasure trove of equal wonder and bafflement. If you’re a fan of the experimental, whimsical, and downright bizarre, you’ve probably already stumbled upon and gone astray within this platform, which has made its mark as the champion of all things indie – from the most obscure curio to the next gaming sensation. I’m a big fan of Itch.io and indie games but I haven’t had a proper go at writing about the more left-field ones and I’m hoping to rectify that now. As much as Itch.io is a trove of goodies, it can also be a bit of a trawl with the sheer amount of stuff published – so I’ve done the looking for you! In Itch.io Indies, I’ll be going into some undiscovered gems I’ve personally liked and believe could do with having a light shined on them. I hope you find something new to enjoy as well! 

Nina Aquila: Legal Eagle (Chapter I, II, & III)

I stumbled across the very first episode of Nina Aquila: Legal Eagle (NALE) a few years ago whilst trawling Itch.io for something vaguely Ace Attorney-ish. I had played Danganronpa and 1bitHeart and, though both excellent games, they didn’t quite scratch that courtroom itch. It was my great pleasure then that a sudden turnabout for my woes arrived in the form of Nina Aquila, an episodically released hybrid visual novel/adventure. After playing and thoroughly enjoying the chapters currently available, I’m here to tell you why any fan of mysteries, quirky animesque humour and, of course, a certain unobjectionable adventure series should pay attention to this legal eagle.

Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy!

Confession time: I haven’t dipped my toes into the mystery dungeon sub-genre of JRPGs very much. I suppose the rogue-like elements usually put me off. The constant threat of losing all of your hard-earned items gets me sweating like a hoarder forced to spring clean. Yet to my bemusement, many people actually seek out this kind of high-risk high-reward gameplay; the challenge of advancing inch by inch; and cleaning out dungeons by the skin of your teeth. If such masochism sounds familiar, please read on.

Cosmic Star Heroine

Cosmic Star Heroine is a game that has gotten around. After a successful Kickstarter, the game was originally released on the PS4 and PC in 2017 before being brought to the Vita and Switch in 2018. I had heard great things about this game’s radical reinterpretation of traditional (tradical?) turn-based JRPG systems and eagerly plumped for the Switch version, as it seemed the perfect fit for handheld play.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE

As a huge fan of the Fire Emblem and Persona series, I was eager to try out Tokyo Mirage Sessions, which was billed as their upbeat love-child. More light-hearted than both these parents, Tokyo Mirage Sessions inherits more from fellow Atlus-developed game, Persona, but nevertheless asserts its own identity with a couple of enjoyable twists on the formula.

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