Azure Striker Gunvolt (PC) Review

Doing the Electric Slide

Azure Striker Gunvolt is an original 2D platformer from the team that developed the Mega Man Zero series. At first glance, this game looks like a Mega Man clone with its blue protagonist and sidescrolling sci-fi stages. Its distinguishing mechanic – tagging enemies to electrocute them all at once – sets it apart as a fast-paced, kinetic shooter.

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Gunvolt, who does not at all look like Cloud from Final Fantasy VII… unless you squint.

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Piczle Lines DX (Switch) Review

Picture Puzzle Pixel Perfect

The Nintendo Switch’s handheld mode is one of my favorite aspects about the system, and the puzzle genre is one of the easiest to play portably. While faster match-three games like Puyo Puyo Tetris are already on the market, I also like to sit down and play slower brain teasers to stimulate my mind. Score Studios and Rainy Frog’s Piczle Lines DX scratches that cerebral itch.

Check out the Video Version for a closer look at how the puzzles play!

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Forma.8 (Switch) Review

Metroidvania with Balls

Forma.8 plays out like a 2D Metroid game, if Samus were forced to travel as a floating morph ball the entire time. The developers at MixedBag Games have created a visually stunning world that begs to be explored. Truth be told, if moving around didn’t feel like a chore at times, I would have investigated every nook and cranny.

Catch the Video Version for more gameplay footage and for your viewing pleasure!

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Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy (Mobile) Review

Lady Layton Takes the Case!

The puzzle-loving Professor Layton first appeared on the Nintendo DS in 2007, where he unraveled the mystery of a curious village. Since then, Level-5 released new installments on an almost yearly basis before coming to a halt after the sixth game. At last, the time has come to pass the mantle to Katrielle Layton, the peppy daughter of the esteemed professor who has since been missing in action. Although Katrielle’s tenure launched as a budget price mobile game (with the Nintendo 3DS version coming later), Layton’s Mystery Journey is every bit a full Layton game, with a few caveats.

Check out the video version for more puzzles and accents!

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Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 (PC) Review

Super Fighting Robot!

Capcom surprised the gaming community when it revived its trademark Blue Bomber in 2015’s Mega Man Legacy Collection, a compilation of all six NES titles. But fans were left wondering where the seventh and eighth entries were; both had appeared in the anniversary collection back in 2004. And what about Mega Man 9 and 10, developed after the original collection? Turns out Capcom had the answers all along: make a second legacy collection compiling the four post-NES games. Although there are two less games here, there is more aesthetic variety between Mega Man 7-10, and the quality of this action platformer remains as solid as ever.

Here is the Video Version for your viewing pleasure! I imitate Dr. Light’s infamous English dub voice in it! “Dr. Wiwy!”

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