Rymdkapsel is a minimalist isometric strategy game set in space. It's akin to a survival game in that your goal is to build up your base to survive waves of enemies with increasing difficulty. Just like games like Clash of clans, you build different buildings that accomplish different tasks, and you "train" more units to defend your base. Unlike Clash of Clans and similar games, though, Rymdkapsel isn't interested in keeping you playing all day. The game isn't going for detail and the developers instead opted for simple, beautiful, minimalist graphics. The game is singleplayer only, and you'll be done with one session in a few hours, because after around wave 40, the enemies become nearly impossible to beat. While this may all sound bad, these features all actually contribute to the meditative feel of the game. While in other strategy games, you may rage as your base is destroyed, this game maintains a calm atmosphere. For every minute of those three hours of play, your mind will be absorbed in the game, calmly thinking about your next move. This game is short but worth every minute, and for that, you should definitely try this game. This game is $1.99 on Google Play, $3.99 on the App Store, and $3.99 on Steam.
Greetings readers, it is I, the writer of this blog. I apologize for not being able to post for most of this weekend. If you look below, I posted two new games yesterday to try to make amends. I'm sorry, but I may not be able to post on weekends for a while, due to my very busy schedule. Please, if you notice that I don't post anything on a Saturday, just check back Monday and I will have most likely posted something by then. Also, please remember to comment on my posts! You feedback helps me a lot in determining what kinds of games I should look for. To comment, scroll to the bottom of the post you would like to comment on. Below the Twitter and Facebook buttons, there will be the words "Add Comment". Click them, and they will take you to a form where you can input your comments. You don't need to give me your email or anything, just tell me what you like/dislike about this blog. I will be notified as soon as you submit the comment, and I will respond as quickly as I can. Remember also that you can scroll to the bottom of this page and click Previous to view previous pages of entries I have written. Thanks so much for reading this blog!
LIMBO is a minimalist platformer with dark, creepy graphics. You play a boy who descends into Limbo to try to save his sister. On the way, he'll face many challenges, from men with blow guns to a giant spider. The game has a sinister soundtrack, and dark, blurry visuals, leading to an eerie, depressive atmosphere. This game is not really a horror game, but the atmosphere and surprise attacks make it rather scary at times. Above all, this game is difficult, and forces you to think on the spot to escape enemy onslaughts and make it through this horrifying world. This game will immerse you and force you to think. This game's atmosphere is one of the best I have ever seen, and for that, above all, this game is definitely worth the money. You can buy the game on Steam for $9.99 here, or get it on the iOS App Store for $4.99 here.
SuperBrothers: Swords and Sworcery is a high-quality pixelated adventure game created by a gaggle of different developers, the Superbrothers community (artwork) Capybara Games (code) and Jim Gutrhie (music). This game blends pixelated style with high-quality effects to create sprawling, beautiful landscapes that please the eye. The soundtrack is one of the absolute best I have ever heard, and matches the overall mood of the game well. This game has a strange, abnormal storyline that requires you to forget reality, and immerse yourself in the story of the game. You play as The Scythian, a warrior from a faraway land who seeks a book of all knowledge called the Megatome. From there, the story gets even weirder, but it doesn't matter, because the gameplay is a blast. It involves exploring the huge world, fighting epic battles (with intuitive controls on mobile devices) and singing magical Songs of Sworcercy. This game will change how you view pixelated games forever, and is an absolute delight to play! You can get it on Steam as well as the iOS and Android stores.
Coma is a beautiful browser game supposedly made by the developer of the game LIMBO. This game has absolutely stunning graphics, and the music is excellent, contributing to a calm, happy atmosphere (most of the time). The game's story is common among 2D games like this: your sister has been locked up, so you team up with a friend (a bird) to try to save her. But this is no common sidescroller. Your path to reaching your goal is strange, and involves all sorts of. This game therefore requires a little suspension of disbelief, but it is well worth it. This pretty little game will make you smile and absorb you in its frequent cheerful and dark moments. You can play it in your browser here.
Don't look back is a short, pixelated, 2D flash game made by Terry Cavanagh, the developer of the famous indie game VVVVVV. Its graphics are simple but beautiful, and its soundtrack complements the game well. This game is a modern retelling of the myth of Orpheus (or so I read) but it is its own story altogether. While difficult, this game retains a sad, halfhearted atmosphere. Don't let this game's low resolution fool you, though. This game is immersive and will grow on you as you venture further into it. This game is short, but is well worth playing until the end. You can play this game in your browser here or download it for iOS and Android.
Janus VR is not a game, but I felt compelled to mention it because it will BLOW YOUR MIND. This free program renders the entirety of the Internet--in 3D. That's right. You can literally walk the halls of Reddit. JanusVR turns webpages into boxy rooms with pictures and text hanging from the walls, and with links portrayed as portals that you can walk through. This program processes its own version of HTML, meaning that you can program your own 3D rooms in HTML. A man named Lee Nolan hosts Janus rooms as subdomains of vrsites.com, with an in-browser HTML editor for you to program them in, for free. All you have to do is create an account! As for regular, 2D websites, JanusVR renders them in 3D on the fly! This system is flawed, and most websites just look like a bunch of portals, but JanusVR has special support for certain websites like reddit and Flickr, which means those sites render in a predetermined way. Furthermore, JanusVR has Oculus Rift support, as well as real-time multiplayer with text chat and Mumble voice chat! In this way, JanusVR is almost like the Internet transformed into an open world exploration game! This program will change the way you view the Internet, and you can get it for free here!
Project Zomboid is an isometric zombie survival game which takes place in a completely open world. In it, you must gather and craft materials like most survival games, but in this one, there is an underlining, linear story. Unfortunately, I have only played the tech demo, which only gave me a small taste of the game, but even then, this game shows serious promise. The sad soundtrack, open world replayability, and simple isometric graphics make it an interesting play. In this game, you encounter huge hordes of zombies (fighting them is futile!) as well as other survivors. Some are friendly, some not so much. On the top right of your screen, the game will alert you of your character's specific status, from being well fed to having a panic attack. This game will keep you on your toes just trying to survive. You can download the free tech demo here, and you can get the full game off of Steam here.
Orbitor is a beautiful 2D exploration game made with Unity. You play as a small space ship who flies around in space, jumping in between large bubbles which act as gravity fields, pulling you back towards them. You can accelerate with the spacebar and turn yourself to the left or right using the arrow keys. Inside of the larger gravity bubbles there are smaller circles which you will begin to orbit rapidly when coming near to them. You can then press space to slingshot away from them and pick up speed. This game is highly physics-based, and even allows you to slow down time by pressing z! In this game, you can shoot from bubble to bubble as much as you want, but recently the game became level-based with a large warp device (4th picture below) attached to the final bubble through which you can warp to the next level. The game is a 2D Unity game with awe-inspiring graphics, a beautiful soundtrack, and hours of replayability, this game shows serious potential, and in its development phase is already one of the best 2D games I've ever seen! You can download the free demo here or play an earlier version in-browser (with Unity Web Player) on the same page.
Kairo is a linear, story-based puzzler made on the Unity engine. It has simple, minimalist graphics, and a dark backstory of the world you wander begins to unfold as you venture throughout the huge map. The game has a completely predetermined world, but you can wander it and return to rooms as much as you like. Most of the rooms have puzzles in them that you have to solve to move on, such as a room where you have to avoid walls that disappear into the ground. This game has a dark soundtrack for the majority of the game, adding to its immersive, oppresive atmosphere. The game's ending, though, features light, happy music and beautiful visual effects, painting a picture of forgiveness and a second chance. This game is filled with quality animations, meaning it lags terribly on less powerful devices (ie. my old android), but it is worth it. Altogether, this game's challenging, clever puzzles, quality graphics, beautiful soundtrack and excellent ending make it one of the best game I have ever played. You can get it on Steam for $4.99 here. It is also available on iOS and Android for $.99.