Tucson, Ariz. (KGUN) – Here’s a look at the recently released slate of game releases:
DoubleHit Games’ stylish take on the Orpheus and Eurydice myth is the game of a thinking person. It is a slow-burning meditation on longing, sacrifice, and death.
Playing as a young tribal Tibi who questions to save the love of his life, this silent, low-energy adventure manages to grab your attention as you move from one grim, depressing scene to the next. . The 2D puzzle-platformer requires a lot of trial and error to endure, but the story is well worth the effort.
The dev team takes many cues from the likes of Playdead (“Limbo,” “Inside”). The narrative has you shifting between dimensions to take advantage of environmental differences that allow you to avoid treacherous puzzles and obstacles.
Firegirl Hack ‘n Splash Rescue
Thunderful and Djima join forces to create a clever and exciting platformer that lets you break down buildings, save people, and even fight monsters.
Constantly upgrading your abilities through a tech tree, you use jetpacks to blast your way through vertical environments and equipment to hack your way through walls and debris.
Timed missions make speed of the essence, high-pressure runs spoiled by subtle missteps. The goal is to use what you’ve learned and gained to help you avoid failure on a future footing.
With an evil disposition, “Firegirl: Hack ‘n Splash” is a tense and hectic firefighting sim with a playful nature at its core.
KLONOA FANTASY REVERIE
Originally released in 1997 and 2001, two “Klonoa” games – “Door to Phantomile” and “Lunatia’s Well” – return in a remastered package that makes the aging game significantly more user-friendly and manageable.
Adjustable difficulty settings, a co-op mode, and massively upgraded graphics prepare the side-scrolling platform for the modern audience.
The joyful art style, bubbly animations, and hard yet rewarding platforming and exploration challenges hold up well. Those who have never played through the “Klonoa” games are in for a treat.
Those looking for an increased challenge can opt for a one-time workout, which sends you back to square one after a single stroke.
long live the Queen
The 2012 PC title gets a console-minded revamp. Retalica Games brings its choice-driven visual novel to current standards.
You play as a 14-year-old queen who has ascended the throne amid a jealous court and a kingdom filled with contempt.
Although you are still mourning the death of your mother, you must play Game of Thrones to survive. Hone your skills, form alliances and take out the forces trying to overthrow you, the object of the game is to survive long enough to take your crown.
Although perhaps too dry for some tastes, the compelling writing and engaging visuals make “Long Live the Queen” worthy of its throne.
Publishers provided review codes.
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