‘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.


Video Game Review:
‘Flynn: Son of Crimson’

‘Flynn: Son of Crimson’ is a handcrafted 2D action platformer that takes players on a journey of discovery and conflict as they learn to master the art of Crimson Energy.

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.


Video Game Review:
‘Metroid Dread’

Co-developed with Spain’s MercurySteam, Nintendo has finally added ‘Metroid Dread’ to the Switch library and it is excellent; irristeble side-scrolling love — all the way.

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.


Video Game Review:
‘Steel Assault’

New York-based developer Zenovia Interactive debuts with ‘Steel Assault’ — a short, impressive pixel-shooter that captures all 2D essentials of the retrocade genre.

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 »

Console Port Review:
‘Within the Blade’

A retro ninja hack ‘n slash that blends old-school mechanics and RPG elements.

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.


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

30 years after its original release, the game that birthed the Fire Emblem franchise finally celebrated its way to the Nintendo Switch eShop if only for a month.

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

‘Battle Axe’ is a solo & co-op hack ’n slash title with incredible pixel graphics by Henk Nieborg and unforgettable VGM by Manami Matsumae.

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 »