Super Indie Karts Preview: Mash-up Mode 7 motor mania

There’s a saying: your first Mario Kart is your favorite Mario Kart. While this may not be a universal truth, there are certainly many people who hold their first game dear, and the SNES’ Super Mario Kart was the first one for all who played it. There’s an itch out there for Mode 7-style kart more »

Hero Generations Review: Less than heroic

Hero Generations Price: $14.99 System(s): Ouya (Also PC) Release Date: April 10, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Heart Shaped Games (Heart Shaped Games) ESRB Rating: Not Rated. I’ve always been fascinated by the idea that heroes are born, not made. A few games have experimented with this notion before. Phantasy Star III followed three generations of a more »

Ouya needs a buyer, and it needs one quickly

Remember the Ouya? Don’t feel bad if you don’t, it hasn’t exactly been a gaming powerhouse since its release. It’s unfortunate, because the basic concept of an Android game console specifically designed to release Indy games was certainly sound. And various investment companies seemed to think so, as well. It raised over $8.5 million from more »

Joe Danger Review: Flipping out on Ouyas

Joe Danger Price: $3.99 System(s): Ouya (Also available on Android and iOS) Release Date: April 17, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Hello Games (Hello Games) ESRB Rating: N/A Is there a better premise for a stunt-based, motorcycle platformer than following a sharp dressed, magnetic stunt man? Obviously, the answer is no. Joe Danger is the best way more »

Gunslugs 2 Review: Always Be Shooting

Gunslugs 2 Price: $2.99 System(s): Ouya (Also on PC, iOS, and Android) Release Date: January 14, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Orangepixel (Orangepixel) ESRB Rating: N/A. I’d say it’s okay for ages 12 and up. Gunslugs 2 feels like a frantic mobile game. Which is fitting, because that’s essentially what it is. Sure, it’s playable on the more »

Dex Preview: Start exploring Harbor Prime

I was alone in a futuristic, gritty town. People shuffled along the street past me. Some seemed like victims of circumstance, others like they had purposely come to a place like Harbor Prime for a reason. Not a good one, either. There were no directions for me. No story pointing me in the right way more »

Caos Trigger: Golem could use a kickstart

Remember how awesome it was in some Castlevania games to summon familiars to aid you in battle? You know, have a Skeleton buddy to help you fight your way through danger. Well, there’s a Kickstarter on now for a Metroidvania game that makes all of the special abilities work like that, Caos Trigger: Golem. The more »

Catlateral Damage Preview: Kitty Calamities

I’ve always owned cats. Attitudes have varied between them, but they all have one thing in common. They’re all masters in the art of catlateral damage. If an item is on a table, desk, shelf, ledge, bed, or platform of any sort, the cat will eventually seek it out. The item will fall to the more »

Mousecraft Review: Tetromino Mice

Mousecraft Price: $14.99 System(s): (Also available on PC, PS3, PS4, Vita) Release Date: November 20, 2014 Publisher (Developer): Crunching Koalas (Crunching Koalas) ESRB Rating: “Everyone” for Mild Fantasy Violence We’re used to cats chasing mice, but using them? That’s a new one. Unfortunately, it isn’t going so well for one specific cat in Crunching Koalas’ more »

Skulls of the Shogun Review: A Modern Feudal Fairytale

Title: Skulls of the Shogun Price: $9.99 System(s): (Also on or coming to PC, iOS, Android, Xbox 360, PS4) Release Date: October 28, 2014 Publisher (Developer): 17 Bit (17 Bit) ESRB Rating: “Teen” for Blood, Suggestive Themes, and Violence We’re in the middle of a golden age for strategy games. There’s something for everyone out more »

Reagan Gorbachev Review: Taking the Reykjavik Summit by storm

Title: Reagan Gorbachev Price: $9.99 System(s): Release Date: October 21, 2014 Publisher (Developer): Team2Bit (Team2Bit) ESRB Rating: N/A A premise can sell a game. People flock to Skylanders because the figure collecting elements pull them into it. Cadillacs & Dinosaurs was for people who couldn’t resist the pairing of outracing and shooting dinosaurs while riding more »

Google Nexus Player is another microconsole we don’t want

I like the idea of Android microconsoles. I have an Ouya that I play at least once a week, and I love its portability, the ease with which I can sideload apps, and the different gaming experiences I have on it as opposed to my PS4 and Wii U. Despite that love, I know how more »