Sparkle 2 is a match-3 puzzle game where you launch orbs into a steadily moving line of marbles. If this concept sounds familiar, you’ve probably played PopCap’s Zuma, which is essentially a clone of a much older game, Puzz Loop. In other words, Sparkle 2 isn’t at all original, but it’s still a decent way to pass time.
In an age when role-playing games continue to expand in size and scope, it’s a delight to see Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth hold on to its old-school, dungeon-crawling roots. As a first-person dungeon exploration RPG that asks players to draw their own maps, the game has a specific appeal. But for devoted fans and interested newcomers, this is one of the most refined sequels to date.
I had the opportunity to try out the upcoming expansion to Ubisoft’s Steep, titled Road to the Olympics. This full expansion will add official Winter Olympics events and a career mode to the base game’s open-world skiing and snowboarding gameplay. From the early build I played, Steep: Road to the Olympics had a satisfying competitive atmosphere while retaining the thrill of speeding downhill.
Check out the Video Version for my hands-on preview with quotes from the game director, Arnaud Ragot!
Star Fox 2 has quite the history behind it. Originally set to release in 1996 for the Super Nintendo following the success of the original Star Fox, the game was cancelled despite being reportedly finished. After more than two decades and a handful of sequels later, Star Fox 2 has finally risen from its dormant sleep…with a catch. You can only play it on the SNES Classic Edition, a miniature console preloaded with the game and 20 other 16-bit titles. The question is: is it worth seeking out the SNES Classic for this nearly forgotten relic?
Be sure to check out the Video Version for a closer look at the gameplay and the usual assortment of jokes and voices!
Modern-day adventure games don’t get more old-school than Thimbleweed Park. This point-and-click game was helmed by Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick, two of the biggest minds behind classic LucasArts games like Maniac Mansion and the Monkey Island series. The game brings players back into a world filled with ridiculous characters, hilarious dialogue trees, absurd logic puzzles, and lots of pixels. And for adventure game fans like me, this is a glorious revival of the genre.
Check out the Video Version for a closer look at the gameplay and spoiler-free clips!