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!

AKIBA’S BEAT Beginner’s Guide!

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Is Akiba’s Beat kicking your butt? Then you need this handy-dandy guide on how to hack and slash those encroaching Delusions into submission! Strategies, item suggestions, and more are here to give you a much needed edge to free Electric Town from the grip nightmares made reality!

Get my pro-tips on 100%-ing this new Action-RPG NEET-fest at KeenGamer.com!

AKIBA’S BEAT Review! (PS4/PSVita)

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Ever have a desire to geek out on anime, games, and do absolutely NOTHING else? So does Asahi, the hero of AKIBA’S BEAT, and his lazy dreams are shattered by the pro-active Saki and her talking plush toy–er, familiar–who drag him into a monster-fighting quest to shatter people’s delusions. Get pumped for some J-Pop, Idol worship, and otaku-fueled hijinks in Japan’s famous “Electric Town” in this 3D action RPG!

Akiba’s Beat is a decent action RPG that lacks flash, but has above average elements, such as a great real-world setting, awesome music, and peerless voice acting. The story is entertaining enough, but the zaniness of prior Akiba’s games is gone, leaving an absence felt right to the core of the experience.

Is it worth it? To otaku freaks like us, sure–Akiba is still a totally cool place to experience, and while the look and actual licensed content is limited, the story and NPC commentary build up a social outline of the anime-fan lifestyle that those of us outside of Japan can only imagine. But if that’s not your thing, you’ll probably find too much loading, and too little visual flare to keep on fighting other people’s delusions.

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

PHONING HOME Review!

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Phoning Home is indie developer ION LANDS love letter to storytelling and boasts a tale that really is worth telling. Players take control of ION, a small robot stranded on an alien world filled with dangerous weather, dangerous monsters, and the remnants of an ancient civilization with secrets long buried. Friends will be met, heartstrings will be pulled, and gamers will be satisfied in this third-person exploration survival experience!

Phoning Home is the first indie game in a long time that looks and plays like an AAA title. The production values and writing are worthy of the big names in gaming, and ION LANDS has pulled off a great story with a game engine that does exactly what it sets out to do–engage and satisfy.

Check out my full review and let’s play at KeenGamer.com!

TOUHOU GENSO RONDO: BULLET BALLET Review!

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If you’ve every played a fighting game where you want to blast the hell out of your opponent instead of throwing wussy punches, then TOUHOU GENSO RONDO: BULLET BALLET is for you! Anime tropes and dazzling bullet-hell collide with the versus-fighting game format to offer a trip that’ll get any gamer’s fingers aching. Grab your PS4 controllers, a buddy, and get ready to button-mash FTW!

I enjoyed launching a game that I can jump right in and play, one that’ll fulfill my need for twitch-combat goodness and edge-of-my-seat competition, and Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet fits the bill.

Some are bound to be turned off by the low-polygon count and lack of fancy storylines, but the gameplay allows for barrels of strategy and quick rounds that can go either way until the very end. Each match is like a close superbowl heading into the final stretch, and that’s what every fighting game should strive to achieve.

7.5/10

Check out my full review at KeenGamer.com

TAIKER Review!

We sit down with TAIKER, a Mega-Man inspired platformer about a pretty girl and her sassy-ass robot. With gorgeous anime art, great character modeling, and tight controls, it’s an interesting debut from Taiwanese indie dev duo Team 4U. Is this the Mighty No. 9 we all were hoping for? Read on to find out!

Taiker has some troublesome bugs and lacks a nice menu system, but it also has smooth combat and an attractive design. For some of us, that’s enough, but others won’t be able to look beyond the problems.

Hopefully, Team 4U will keep up the good work of supporting Taiker and continue fixing its problems. If they do, Taiker will end up being the must-buy it deserves to be!

 

Check out my full review 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!