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Black Hole Hazard is a title from the almost unknown developer Superthumb, and is an interesting one that certainly shows some potential. You play as Dr. Albert, a scientist who falls foul to a science experiment gone wrong and finds himself adrift in space within a strange sequence of puzzles. You have only a jet pack and a gun to navigate your way through the puzzles and to avoid the enemies and deadly traps.
Captain Forever Remix is a light-hearted, 2D, space brawler with a vibrant style. You are essentially a girl pretending to be ‘Captain Forever’, a fictional TV show character, and you and your brother ‘King Kevin’ are partaking in an imaginary space battle. Your objective is to get from the first level to the end without dying. Each level comprises of an area of space that is filled with ships trying to blast you into many pieces. You begin with a level one ship and as you progress and kill higher leveled enemies your ship is presented with a variety of increasingly stronger ship parts to add to your build and better weapons to blast away your enemies.
Neon Chrome is a futuristic sci-fi top town shooter from 10tons Ltd. You pick your class and fight your way through a number of procedurally generated levels in a hyper futuristic universe full of robotic and human enemies, facing off with a boss every few levels. The game is focused around building up your character until you eventually have the skills to make it to the end. It can be played solo or in co-op.
Poly Bridge is a funky physics simulator from developer Dry Cactus and features an endearing set of building challenges with an extremely simple objective overall. That objective? Get the vehicles from one side of a stretch of water to the other. There is a sandbox mode in which the player can create bridge puzzles and upload them to the Steam Workshop for others to try and there is a campaign mode, where you work through increasingly complicated bridge puzzles and get introduced to new materials to construct your bridges out of.
A rather visually beautiful effort from Thunder Lotus Games, Jotun is a game that bases its story around Norse Mythology. You are a warrior who has passed into the world in between death and life. Your quest is to impress the gods so they may grant you passage. You must travel through different areas and unlock the paths to numerous bosses that offer a variety of different challenges in reaching their locations and battling them. After each trial you progress to the next area and gain abilities as you travel this mysterious realm full of both wondrous sights and great dangers.
Obduction, a puzzle experience from Cyan Inc is almost a fantastic game. The game is very much worth experiencing, but don’t feel bad if you abandon it part way through. It leaves a lot to be desired with regards to its puzzle construction and could well leave the player feeling more frustrated than enlightened. The gradually revealed story provides an intriguing base for the player to move through, however, this is partially ruined by puzzles that seem largely contrived and lazily designed, very much enforcing the sentiment of ‘why am I bothering doing this?’.
This gorgeous title from Funselektor Labs Inc. is essentially a fairly simple and easy game to get into and a relaxing game to play. In Absolute Drift, you journey through the levels on a quest to seek true enlightenment through drifting your car majestically around obstacles and race tracks crashing into absolutely everything that even vaguely comes within your vision.
Flying Carpets Games offers up a potentially interesting title that sadly does not really fulfill the player in terms of interest or challenge. The premise of The Girl and the Robot is that a young girl is trapped in a castle ruled by an evil queen and the girl and her robot companion must solve various puzzles and fight enemies to escape the queen's clutches. The awkwardly animated duo fumble their way through a myriad of blandly colored buildings in the sky in an oddly empty city populated only by fairly ineffectual robot guards.
This early access effort from Signal Studios currently holds potential and like many early access products, lacks content. There’s plenty to hope for with the continued development of Savage Lands and the current state of the game offers some exploration and a fairly well fleshed out world with regards to lore for the player to take part in. The current content within the world is limited and offers chunks of game time for those interested in following the development. For those who want to sink hours of time into a survival game however, definitely wait for Savage Lands to move further along in it’s development as the content is currently bare bones.
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