Indie Archive

  • Review: Energy Invasion

    An Arkanoid clone with a dual-stick shooter twist, Energy Invasion pairs familiar ball-and-paddle gameplay with an alternative approach to busting bricks. The genre basics haven’t changed: You slide a paddle back and forth along the bottom of the screen to deflect an orb hurtling upward […]

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  • Review: Super Steampunk Pinball 2D

    Super Steampunk Pinball 2D brings video pinball back to how it existed on 16-bit consoles like the SNES and Sega Genesis. (I would say it looks and feels more Genesis than SNES.) For only a couple dollars, you get a single 2D pinball table designed […]

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  • Review: Family Jewels

    Family Jewels is exactly what you think it is–a game about kicking people in the nads. Sadly, it’s nowhere near as entertaining as it sounds. Your ball-busting adventure begins with a so-called “story” mode, an epic campaign of five whole missions in which you run […]

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  • Review: Zen Blocks

    Another block puzzle game? What’s left for the genre to offer that’s fresh and new? It’s a valid question for sure. Zen Blocks by no means reinvents the wheel, but it does put enough of an interesting slant on things to merit attention from casual […]

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  • Review: The Mind of Marlo

    Every time it seems like every storytelling format and every plot idea has been exhausted, a game like The Mind of Marlo comes along to remind us that there still are wildly clever and original stories waiting to be told. A traditional point-and-click adventure game […]

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  • Review: JASEM: Just Another Shooter with Electronic Music

    Just Another Shooter with Electronic Music really is just another shooter with electronic music. It’s a relatively nondescript low-poly twin-stick shooter that’s pure action and no frills. By no frills I mean not a single one. JASEM puts you in control of a purple and […]

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  • Review: MahJong

    baKno’s MahJong has to be the sexiest game of Mahjong I’ve ever laid eyes on. The level of detail that went into not only the tiles and symbols but also the table settings is like visual puzzle-game poetry. What’s more, the game offers 10 different […]

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  • Review: Cosmic Kites

    As Fishmoose Interactive continues to work away on its more ambitious project, the rogue-lite action game Immemorial, the two-man studio has launched its first commercial title Cosmic Kites, a fun helping of vintage arcade gameplay with some interesting modern amenities. Cosmic Kites is a twist […]

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  • Review: SteamWorld Dig 2

    SteamWorld Dig 2 opens with players controlling Dorothy, a robot looking for her friend Rusty, the starring robot from the first SteamWorld Dig. Dorothy meets a parade of different robotic townsfolk who live in a dusty Western mining town troubled by a recent spike of earthquakes after […]

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  • Review: Text Wormhole

    Where do your expectations lead you when you hear the term bullet hell in relation to a video game? Likely that it will involve piloting a spaceship or some other flying craft through horizontally or vertically scrolling stages, dipping and diving through a constant bombardment […]

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