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‘Dead Cells’ Replay:
4 Years & 27 Updates Later

‘Dead Cells’ has grown substantially since its initial Early Access release. With a fresh perspective, we examine the game in its current state to see how it holds up.

January 12, 2022 — The Metroidvania rogue-lite Dead Cells has been out on Switch, PlayStation, and Xbox for over three years now, four on PC if you count its Steam Early Access release in 2017. Within that time, the game has received a whopping 27 updates which have implemented everything from balance patches to entirely new biomes aka level content.

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‘Blasphemous’ Replay:
3x DLC Content Final Version

January 5, 2022 — Available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC; cult hit side-scroller Blasphemous is bound to leave an impression. Many will be drawn to the game’s aesthetic that is heavily influenced by Catholic Spain, while others may be surprised or put off by its extreme gore.

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Video Game Review:
‘Flynn: Son of Crimson’

December 9, 2021 — Funded on Kickstarter back in 2017, Flynn: Son of Crimson is a relatively ambitious undertaking. It portrays its characters and world with a remarkably fluid pixel-art style, and its gameplay combines the combat and overall progression of an action RPG with the level design and movement of a 2D platformer. While a few elements stumble in their execution, Flynn is nonetheless a beautiful, excellently crafted adventure that is well worth a playthrough or two.

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Video Game Review:
‘Children of Morta DLC:
Ancient Spirits’

November 7, 2021 — First released in 2019, dungeon-crawling rogue-lite Children of Morta has received plenty of content updates by its developer Dead Mage since. The latest expansion, titled Ancient Spirits, is an uncomplicated addition that consists of a new playable character, a new skin system, and an additional 15 items to utilize during runs.

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Video Game Review:
‘Metroid Dread’

October 12, 2021 — Being the first 2D Metroid installment in nearly two decades, Metroid Dread has a seemingly impossible legacy to live up to. The Metroid series consists of some of the most highly regarded games of all time, so while the hype surrounding Metroid Dread is immense, some may understandably feel skeptical that it would serve as a worthy follow-up to what came before.

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Video Game Review:
‘Steel Assault’

October 1, 2021 — When it comes to old-school arcade action, not many games manage to genuinely recreate the feeling of the 80s-90s coin-op era. Thankfully, the New York-based team behind Steel Assault — Zenovia knew exactly what they were doing when developing this game. READ MORE »


Remaster Review:
‘Cotton Reboot!’

July 26, 2021 — There is plenty to love about this callback to the 90s, although Japanese Akihabara-game-store-turned-retro-developer BEEP may have left a few things out. Some games serve one purpose: unabashedly deliver an endless stream of nonsensical entertainment brimming with vibrant colors and a brilliant assortment of enemies.

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Console Port Review:
‘Within the Blade’

July 16, 2021 — Long before Ryu Hayabusa faced off against all matter of villainy in a 3D plane, he occupied a 2D space in one of the NES’ most beloved series. Ninja Gaiden was one of a few titles that lined my NES library as a young lad, giving me an early taste of engaging but often frustrating gameplay.

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‘Streets of Rage 4’ Gets
Mr. X Nightmare Mode via DLC

July 2, 2021 — The streets will be full of rage in Streets of Rage 4’s survival mode, ‘Mr. X Nightmare’. Developers Dotemu, Lizardcube, and Guard Crush Games are preparing a brand new, much-coveted upcoming DLC that pits players against even deadlier enemy waves.

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‘Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection’ Post Review

June 18, 2021 — Team Ninja may be secretly working on the sequel to 2012’s Ninja Gaiden 3, but players still need a way to scratch that shinobi itch. June 9 saw the Steam release of the popular franchise’s latest outing.

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Co-Op Pixel-Shooter ‘Trigger Witch’ Coming To Consoles

May 11, 2021 — Developed by New Zealand-based Raindrop Games, Hong Kong-based publisher eastasiasoft let us know they are bringing the former’s new game Trigger Witch to consoles. READ MORE »



‘Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light’ Review

May 8, 2021 — The recent Switch release of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and The Blade of Light is the first time the iconic game has been officially translated for gamers outside Japan. READ MORE »


‘Battle Axe’ Review

April 29, 2021 — Legendary super-pixeler Henk Nieborg’s retro-romp Battle Axe takes inspiration from arcade classics like Gauntlet and 1992’s The Chaos Engine, but perhaps even more so from READ MORE »



Street Fighter Alpha & Alpha 2 Music Goes Vinyl

April 20, 2021 — Laced Records is set to release soundtrack vinyls of Capcom’s arcade heavy-hitters Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors’ Dreams and Street Fighter Alpha 2 — the latter of which can be heard now in the form of Yestermade’s 15-minute arcade capture. READ MORE »


‘Darkside Detective:
A Fumble in the Dark Review’

April 19, 2021 — 2017’s Darkside Detective was a return to the fondly remembered point-and-click genre and fully deserves this sequel. Inspired by LucasArts’ and Sierra’s legacy, Darkside Detective was praised for its humor, engaging puzzles, and striking pixel art.

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‘Berserk Boy’
GameDev Interview

April 16, 2021 — Sometimes, a love for nostalgia does not only mean appreciating what was, but honoring it with something new. Berserk Boy is a retro-inspired pixel art platformer that looks to be an absolute blast. READ MORE »


‘Viking Vengeance’
Developer Interview

April 5, 2021 — In my humble opinion, there are not nearly enough classical-style action RPGs being released nowadays. Luckily, a new inventive addition to the genre is releasing on Steam on April 8, and by the looks of it, promises to keep me busy for a while. READ MORE »



‘Narita Boy’ Retro-Platformer
Now Running

March 30, 2021 — Barcelona-based Studio Koba let us know they have launched Narita Boy through UK-based indie publisher Team 17. Narita Boy is being marketed as a neo-nostalgic ‘RetroVania’ love letter to the 1980s. READ MORE »


After 18 Years, ‘XIII’ Cult-Shooter Gets Vinyled

March 24, 2021 — Who could forget the groovy soundtrack coupled with the distinct BAMs, the BLAMs, and the BAOMMs of UbiSoft’s seminal toon-shooter XIII?! READ MORE »



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