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We don’t get a lot of arcade-style racing games anymore, do we? I don’t mean “arcade racing games,” in the sense that they aren’t sim-like, but games that are styled after old-school racing games that were actually played in arcades. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a game of this kind, but Hotshot Racing is attempting to fill the void in the subgenre. Hotshot Racing has all of the hallmarks of a classic arcade…

What is fact? What is the truth? Are they the same? Can you tell the difference? The future of the island Paradise relies on your ability to discern the answers to these questions. You have to find out who killed Paradise and not everything is as it initially appears. Paradise Killer is an unquestionably interesting game. It throws you into an alien world with a strong aesthetic and its own rich history and asks you…

Somewhere around two hours. That was my breaking point. There are few games that I can’t bring myself to play for longer, but Road to Guangdong managed it. Road to Guangdong is a narrative adventure game of sorts where your parents died in an accident, leaving you their restaurant, and you and your aunt take a road trip to see all of your relatives, simply to ask if they are okay with you taking over…

I’ve been keeping a casual eye on Mad Mimic Games’ upcoming magician-themed roguelike Dandy Ace since I discovered it via the Steam Game Festival, Summer Edition. I play quite a lot of roguelikes and roguelites and am always looking for more. Unfortunately, at the time, I didn’t have time to try the demo out, but when the chance to try out an exclusive preview build came up, I jumped at the chance to give it…

Samurai Jack is the kind of franchise that you would think would be a perfect candidate for a video game adaptation. There are guns, crazy sword fighting action, and an absolutely insane setting. Oddly, other than some middling games from the early 2000s, the franchise has spawned no video game adaptations. Fortunately, that finally changed this past Friday, when Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time was released, giving the franchise a long-awaited second chance at the…

There have been quite a few attempts at making solid melee combat games in recent times. Many of these are set in medieval times, as it is one of the most iconic eras for swordfighting. The latest of these games is Griefhelm, a side-scrolling melee combat game in which players take on the role of medieval knights and either attempt to fight their way through a randomly generated campaign or duke it out amongst themselves.…

I’m not a huge fan of Souls-likes. In my experience, they tend to favor building muscle memory over in the moment decision making. But, every now and then, I take another chance on the genre. Sometimes, it works out. This time around, the game I took a chance on was Eastern Exorcist. The art is nice and we don’t get enough story-focused games with distinct cultural influences beyond the West and Japan, so I was…

It would be easy to write off Boomerang Fu at first glance. Its bright colors, use of foods as characters, and focus on local multiplayer gameplay are all trademark signs of a casual game, a game that isn’t meant to be taken particularly seriously. But to do so would be a disservice to the game, as its casual exterior belies a surprisingly competitive, nuanced game. That’s not to say that Boomerang Fu isn’t exceedingly charming.…

I’m fairly fond of mechs. Hulking machines battling it out at scale almost always brings some awesome moments with it—more so if their movement is accurately modeled. As such, Dual Gear easily grabbed my attention with interesting mech designs and a unique take on combat, where combat is turn-based, but units move around in real time. I was eager to jump in and see if it brought something worthwhile to the genre. Unfortunately, Dual Gear…

What would it look like if Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Mary Shelley, and H.P. Lovecraft went up against a horde of eldritch monsters? The world may never know, but 10tons attempts to answer that question with Tesla Force, the pseudo-sequel to their earlier game Tesla vs. Lovecraft, which launched on Steam Early Access today. In it, players choose one of the four historical figures above and set out on a mission to save the world…