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Author’s note: Monster Crown has already received a patch that is supposed to fix a number of the issues I had during the critique. As you may know, I’ve been watching Monster Crown for some time now. I’ve played quite a few of the Pokemon games over the years and, now in my late 20s, a monster taming game with a darker tone and more complex breeding mechanics sounded like it was exactly what the…

I have been waiting a long time to get my hands on Fight Crab. The promise of reliving that video of the crab with the knife in multiplayer duels was simply too enticing to pass up. It’s the kind of idea that sits comfortably on the border of wacky and workable, where it’s crazy, but not too crazy for its own good. Now that it’s finally here, it’s time to see whether it lives up…

I’ve been a sucker for online multiplayer shooters as of late. I haven’t stuck to most of them, but I’m always interested to see what kinds of new and exciting things are being attempted within the space. Rogue Company was one that I’d been aware of, but I didn’t really have it on my radar. However, when the chance arose to check out the Free Edition, I had to give it a shot. Rogue Company…

Author’s note: In the time since this critique was published, Route 59 Games has addressed a number of the technical issues mentioned. A coffee shop at the edge of this plane and the next. A new owner that can’t seem to be nice to its customers. The previous owner, who is just trying to help out where he can. A teenager that keeps building robots that are wreaking havoc throughout the shop. An enforcer trying…

I was never all that into games like Trials. I’ve played several games in the series and enjoyed my time playing them, but it’s not a series that I play time and again. Despite that, Vandozer caught my attention immediately, not because of the titular Vandozer, but because of the G.O.A.T. Walker. It may share quite a bit in common with games like Trials, but it was clearly a very different sort of game. I…

I’m not a huge fan of The Mummy movies; I haven’t seen the new movie and I don’t intend to. Despite that, I’ve been looking forward to checking out The Mummy Demastered practically since it was announced. Wayforward is a great developer and I am a huge fan of run-’n-gun games, so I was rather happy when this one was announced, even if it is part of The Mummy franchise. The question is whether it…

I’m a fan of old-school arcade-style beat-’em-ups, but it’s rare that we get new entries in the genre. Every now and then, a new game claiming to recapture the spirit of the beat-’em-ups of days gone by will appear, but most largely fail in this goal. When I first discovered Wulverblade, I immediately made a note to keep an eye on it. Not only did the game appear to recapture the spirit of old-school beat-’em-ups,…

Many games over the years have attempted to provide players with the experience of being the stereotypical ninja, dashing around at high speeds, performing acrobatics, running up walls, and deftly taking out your opponents before they have a chance to react. Few games have truly achieved this goal, but there is still the odd game that attempts to join the ranks of those that have. The latest of these is Bitmap Bureau’s local multiplayer arena…

Touhou Kobuto was originally released by developer CUBETYPE as a PC-exclusive third-party Touhou game back in 2010. The bullet hell shmup/fighting game hybrid was later revamped, renamed Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle, and released on PlayStation 4 last year alongside the wonderful ARPG Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity and CUBETYPE’s own Senko no Ronde-like third-party Touhou game Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet. When NIS America announced that it would be localizing the title—and bringing it to Nintendo…

A lot of the indie titles that are launching on Nintendo Switch now are games that I missed when they were originally released and Inversus Deluxe is no exception. The newly-expanded top-down shooter is a game that I actually hadn’t even heard of until I saw it on the Nintendo Switch eShop, where it launched alongside almost a dozen other indie titles this past week. Intrigued by its minimalistic design, I sat down with the…