BUTCHER Review! (PS4/PC)

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In case you missed it, here’s my review on the BUTCHER game, currently on sale for 30% off on PSN from 8/1/17-8/15/17!

BUTCHER is a 2D love letter to 90’s low-res blood-splattered gameplay. DOOM-like textures? Check. Chainsaws and shotguns? Check. Hardcore difficulty to melt your face off? CHECK (this game out!)

BUTCHER, from Transhuman Designs (the folks who made the 2D building sidescroller King Arthur’s Gold,) is a fun romp through the guts of your human enemies the likes of which we have never seen . . . since 1995.

Inspired by the Id classics Quake and Doom, and taking gameplay cues from the Apogee classic Duke Nukem and Super Meat BoyBUTCHER throws the player into the role of a lone cyborg charged with eliminating the last stubborn remnants of humankind.

Grab your keyboard/mouse or gamepad (make sure they’re indestructible), and jump on the incredibly tough carnage-train to extinction town!

Check out my full review and get more screenshots at KeenGamer.com!

 

POCKET MORTYS iOS/Android REVIEW! Rick & Morty Fans Unite (and fight!)

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Do you cry at night? Are your days a hopeless walkabout into the void? Then you must be suffering from Morty-itis, the disease that strikes so many of us in-between seasons of Adult Swim’s hit show “Rick and Morty.” But fear not–there’s a cure, and it’s a free game called Pocket Mortys, available now for Android and iOS! With a Pokemon heart and a Rick and Morty skin, this classic collect-em-all will have you ignoring all your calls.

Pocket Mortys is a Pokemon clone for mobile platforms based on the hilarious, inappropriate, and hilariously inappropriate Adult Swim show Rick and Morty. Heading into its 3rd season, the show features the exploits of the smartest man and biggest drunk in the universe, Rick Sanchez, and his painfully normal grandson Morty, as they use Rick’s portal gun to hop worlds and dimensions as they please.

With tons of the tv show’s charm and massive amounts of free content, developer Big Pixel Games has a winner on their hands. Find it on the AppStore and Google Play now, for free!

Get the lowdown on the details (and some tactics help) from my full review at KeenGamer.com!*

*Also note that multiplayer has launched for this game since my review–check it out!

HYPER BEAM Review! iOS/iPhone

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Do you miss the arcade games of old, where twitch reflexes and split-second decisions meant life or death, high-score or nothing? Then grab your iPhone, boot up the AppStore, and head straight to Rinikulous Games’ new space shooter HYPER BEAM. Let your thumbs do the talking as you negotiate with enemies via a death laser, also known as the mighty Hyper Beam!

If you like attractive minimalist design, space, and bullet-hell action with inventive touch controls, you’d be well-served to give HYPER BEAM a try. You won’t survive long, but what a life it will be!

Check out my full review with more info and screenshots at KeenGamer.com! Also check out my review of Rinikulous Games’ last excellent mobile game, Lonely Sun!

CLADUN RETURNS: THIS IS SENGOKU! Review!

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The classic dungeon series is back with Cladun Returns: This is Sengoku! With a new Nobunaga-era backstory and more dungeons than you can shake a pixel at, NIS’s brilliant bite-sized RPG is bigger, funnier, and more loot-filled than ever! Grab your controller, laptop, or Vita, and dive into this retro-themed masterpiece that’s sure to take years of your life (and you’ll love it!)

It comes down to this: Cladun Returns: This is Sengoku! is a treasure trove of time-killing pleasures, the kind of game where boredom has to be sought to be found. Between dungeon crawling, loadout tweaking, magic circle and fortress-fortifying, drawing, and composing, there’re just too many play options to detail. The dungeons look good, play great, and will have you coming back for more.

Check out my full review with more info and screenshots at KeenGamer.com!

OPERATION ABYSS: NEW TOKYO LEGACY Review!

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Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy is an excellent dungeon romp through a near-future sci-fi Tokyo.Finish that high-school class quick, so you can gear up and dive headlong into a quest for missing students that’ll lead you into fierce battle against bizarre enemies. Best of all, this dungeon-crawler won’t make you crunch more numbers than math class! (Unless you’re into that.)

For those unfamiliar with Wizardry games, especially their later Japanese-spawned entries, suffice it to say that they consist of first-person dungeon wandering through grid’ed environs, where players control a party of characters in turn-based combat and have a metric ton of stats, gear, and spells to play with. Operation Abyss contains all of those traits, but trades the more common sword and sorcery theme for a near-modern future filled with high-tech laboratories and medical facilities hidden beneath local high schools.

Where Wizardry games, and their recent ilk such as Stranger of Sword City, often lose people is in the complexity of their numbers’ systems. Players need to be aware of no less than two dozen stats and traits to fully utilize their party, and often the mere act of equipping a new sword can take minutes. The fun comes from eventually fine-tuning your crew into the ultimate monster-slaying heroes, but it can come at the price of playability. Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy skips this terrifying time-sink by using story progression as a way to spread out the introduction of new stats and systems. Certainly this is nothing new to the gaming world, but being able to plunk your way through a few dungeons before having to worry about crafting is a nice change of pace, and makes learning the complexities of the game engine a gradual pleasure, rather than a brick wall on the highway.

Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy is both fun and approachable, like the best guest at a party. It doesn’t bore you with convoluted ways to make your guacamole taste better, but you know it could if you asked for it. It’s as complicated as you want it to be, and a nice challenge no matter what.

Check out my full review on KeenGamer.com!

THE SILVER CASE Review!

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Suda51 fan’s, unite! The Silver Case, the cult-developer’s first title from the PSX era, comes to U.S. consoles for the first time in a remastered and expanded edition. A visual novel with graphic crime content and supernatural undertones, The Silver Case grants players a rare chance to see the beginnings of a great game-maker, and experience one of the strangest visual novels ever to grace the genre.

Anyone looking for something different to pop into their PS4’s will never find something as different as The Silver Case. It’s proof-positive that Suda51 and Grasshopper Manufacture were breaking the mold right out of the gate, and those willing to fight with a UI better left to history will be rewarded with an experience like no other.

If, like us, you’re rabid Suda51 fans, then consider The Silver Case a must-buy. The influence of it on later titles like Killer7 are visible almost immediately, and the story is yet another example of how Suda51’s versatility is unmatched. If, however, you’ve only ever played the lovably wonky No More Heroes series, but think the idea of a visual novel sounds dreadful, then you may have to pass on this one. Unless, of course, you’d like Grasshopper Manufacture‘s other quirky titles to get re-releases (or better yet, sequels!)–then you ought to do yourself a favor and give The Silver Case a try.

Check out my full review, plus a ton of screenshots, at keengamer.com!

KITE Preview!

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16-bit shooters are reborn in the early-access title KITE! Super Nintendo and Genesis fans take heed because Kite’s Universal Soldier vibe and 90’s-era pixel graphics make blasting through a cyberpunk dystopia sheer bliss! Hop on board now, because this title is already a ton of fun.

Get more details at my KeenGamer.com Preview!