Tag: Roguelike

This Is Not A Review: Plague Road

Welcome to This Is Not A Review. In these articles we discuss general impressions, ideas and thoughts on any given game, but as the title implies, it’s not a review. Instead, it’s an exercise in offering a quick recommendation (or dismissal) after spending enough time to grasp the ideas and gameplay of a thing without necessarily playing it from A to Z.

The subject of this installment: Plague Road, developed and published by Arcade Distillery.


Dead Cells Preview

Stop me if you’ve heard this before — a 2D platformer borrowing from Metroid and Castlevania which also has roguelike elements just hit Steam Early Access. This time, though, the game already feels finished, and has been nearly impossible to put down for the past week. Dead Cells manages to go beyond genre pastiche and freshens up one of the most crowded spaces in gaming. It’s well worth checking out even in its “unfinished” state.


Flinthook Review

Almost Hooked

HIGH The intro is amazing, and so is the grappling hook.

LOW Entering surprise deathtrap rooms and ending a run early.

WTF Seriously, no option to remap the controls?


Loot Rascals Review

Cthulhu Cardsharp

HIGH Masterfully elegant, and a brilliant card mechanic.

LOW No saving mid-game and no progression unlocks.

WTF The meat-monster from another dimension has a fantastic voice.


Let it Die Review

Let it Thrive

HIGH Evolving from a ridiculously weak fighter into a nightmarish harbinger of death.

LOW Grinding for drops to improve equipment can be pretty nasty at times.

WTF Let it Die — a free-to-play title — launched without monetization.


Let It Die Preview

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In 2026, a massive cataclysm will rock the world. Earthquakes will ruin nations, chunks of Japan will fall into the ocean, and a massive city-spire known as the Tower of Barbs will rise from the sea and beckon adventurers to explore its heights.  Oh, and a skateboarding grim reaper wearing 3D glasses will also be there to dole out advice to those who dare the climb.


Wasted Review

Like your time

Wasted

HIGH Taking out an S.O.B. Purifier

LOW Losing everything because I took the wrong fork at the start of a level.

WTF This is the grossest take on Richard Nixon ever, right?