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Indie Scoop

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

Indie Scoop

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

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Metaverse Keeper is a fun Dungeon Crawler that will keep you coming back for more

Metaverse titleI stumbled across Metaverse Keeper in the hope to experience something unique and I was not disappointed. While there may be many more games in it’s genre, Metaverse Keeper has enough of its own feel and creativity to keep you coming back for more. Even experienced gamers like myself will find a challenging experience that will give you the drive of re-attempting a failed mission “just one more go” which will turn into about ten more go’s. It’s a game that brings its own style and flavour which help it to stand out in a crowded yet thriving Indie scene without being held back by other games in the same genre. I recently played the Metaverse Keeper Demo for the first time and can tell you it is as fun as it is frustrating in a sense that it makes you want to be better at the game. After you witness how bad I am at the game on my first playthrough, you will understand the level of frustration I am referring to and will hopefully want to try the demo out for yourselves. Read more

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Unsung Warriors fits nicely in a crowded Metroidvania genre

unsung warriors pic1Surely not another Metroidvania? The genre seems to be more alive these days than it’s ever been thanks to an army of independent developers exposing our love and desire for it. There is something extremely enticing about a good Metroidvania giving gamers the freedom to explore vast 2D (usually) worlds whilst having to use our brains and come back to previously visited areas once a certain ability has been obtained. On the flip side, it’s the backtracking that puts a lot of non-fans off and while I understand their notion, I will be explaining in as much detail as I can why even the non Metroidvania fans should at least give Unsung Warriors a look in. After giving the prologue demo a go (which you can see below) I came to the conclusion that Unsung Warriors has enough in its locker to hold its own and stand shoulder to shoulder with the many great Metroidvanias currently on the market. Read more