TagIndie Games

Castle Crashers Review

This review can hardly be considered timely. Castle Crashers was released for XBLA in the throws of 2008, years before pandas invaded Azeroth and console controllers had giant screens in them. The game was, however, granted new life through a Steam release late last year. Considering that the last console I purchased was a Gamecube, this seems as good a time as ever to review this indie gem. The...

Rogue Legacy Review

There’s a fine line between retro graphics and lazy graphics. In my review of Knights of Pen and Paper, I applauded the pixel-art aesthetic. The low fidelity graphics helped to further the throwback premise of the game and, more importantly, were well executed. Subtle details and charm oozed out of every pixel. The graphics in Rogue Legacy feel phoned in by comparison. Given, games of the...

Half-Minute Hero Review

The premise of Half-Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax Ultimate Boy is simultaneously high concept and simple. An evil warlock has discovered a spell that can destroy the entire world. This incantation takes exactly thirty seconds to cast, and you must slay the villain before he finishes it. Superficially the game’s core mechanics ape those of a classic JRPG. Of course, defeating the dark...

Faster Than Light Review

Losing is fun. This adage has achieved memetic status in the gaming community as of late. The small but devoted fanbase of Dwarf Fortress, the original fantasy mining simulator, coined the philosophy. In Dwarf Fortress, there is no win state. Regardless of the player’s strategic savvy, their fortress will inevitably fall to dragon fire or subterranean invasion. The fun, as any Dwarf...

Who Greenlit Greenlight?

Industry darling Valve Software released their Greenlight service recently, a system that empowers players to help decide what new games make it to Steam. Developers post a summary of their game on the Greenlight service accompanied by screenshots, videos, and occasionally a demo. Community members are then free to leaf through these projects, voting “yay” or “nay” at their discretion. If a...