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Indie Scoop

Has the early access of A.N.N.E been worth the 6 year wait?

anne titleThe games that are able to pull off multiple genres successfully are usually games that become favoured by cult fanbases. To name a few: Act Raiser, Dark Cloud 2 (Known as Dark Chronicle here in the UK) and Star Fox Adventures! Very rare is it that we will get an Indie title that embraces the challenge of boasting multiple genres within a game due to the constraints, manpower and small amount of funds that smaller independent developers have to work with. A.N.N.E is a game that is not only attempting to push gameplay boundaries but is also very pleasing on the eye and if the early access demo is anything to go by, the full game is set to appease backers of this project very much indeed. It is a shame that fans and backers alike have had to wait 6 long years to get their hands on this early access build since the completion of A.N.N.E’s successful kickstarter campaign back in 2013, here’s hoping we won’t have to wait another 6 years to see the full game released. Read more

First Look!

A.N.N.E

anne title This is a first look at the early access build of A.N.N.E which is a 2D sidescrolling/shmup game that has a fantastic blend of 8 bit and 16 bit visuals. The long awaited early access build of the game plays fluently and could not come soon enough for backers of this successful kickstarter campaign that was funded 6 long years ago! Watch video

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Make MindSeize the new game you try today

Mindseize titleLet it be known that I am certainly not the best at Metroidvanias, neither am I all that experienced at them but there is one thing that I am good at and that is being stood corrected by a genre that I hadn’t paid too much attention to previously. Luckily for me, the Metroidvania genre seems to be getting more and more popular with more and more Indie developers creating games within this genre. MindSeize lies within this demographic and draws heavy inspiration from the 16 bit SNES era predominantly from games such as Super Metroid, Super Castlevania and the Mega Man X series. If you were ever a fan of these kind of games or at least appreciate the art style and challenge that these kind of games offer then you should check out MindSeize today. Read more

Let’s Plays

MindSeize Demo

Mindseize titleMindSeize is a 2D action Metroidvania set in a futuristic universe that will have you dispatching enemies with a combination of your ranged and melee attacks. Traverse the world unlocking new abilities as you go and face off against two bosses in this action packed demo with over an hours worth of gameplay! Watch video

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Eagle Island – A Gorgeous Roguelike Platformer coming to PC and Switch

Eagle Island titleMy experience with Eagle Island left me with an unexpected feeling of a blend of gratitude and satisfaction. Whether that was because I wasn’t sure what to expect going in or because I just don’t have too much hands on experience with many roguelikes up to this point in my life. Or it could be because Eagle Island offers a gameplay experience that will keep you on your toes, will offer rewards based on your level of skill in combat and will push the most core gaming veterans to succeed after failing miserable multiple times. Whatever the reason, Eagle Island left me with a feeling of both triumph and anticipation after I managed to slay the boss in the demo version after about the third or fourth attempt. If the developers Pixelnicks can keep the rhythm of the demo version going across the whole of the game, Eagle Island could be a nice little gem in anyone’s collection. Read more

Let’s Plays

Eagle Island Demo

eagle island thumbnailMy first play through of Eagle Island is somewhat of a noob showing but hopefully it will give you some idea of what you will be up against. It’s a rogue-like platformer offering a fairly simple but challenging offering which you are sure to have as much fun as I did with. Master the art of using your bird as your main weapon and gain abilities along the way! Watch Video

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Tower Princess: I’ve Come For You – First impressions

tower princessDensely populated with 3D action platformers is where the gaming industry finds itself currently, so whenever a new game of this genre is announced it is already assumed that it needs to be something pretty special if it is to be taken seriously. On the other hand, if it is a game not to be taken too seriously but can stand on it’s own two feet boasting it’s own unique style and approach that draws people in then it could be quite successful. Tower Princess: I’ve Come For You stands in this position, while there are a lot of very good action platformers that boast their own independence, I have never come across a game quite like it. Before we get into the nitty gritty, let it be known that I tried the demo and as you will see from my first look video it is fairly obvious that I could do with a bit more practice. Read more