‘Valkyria Chronicles 4’ is the Perfect Balance of Old and New – Review

If you listen to Geeks of Color’s gaming podcast, Gameboys of Color, you’re well aware that I’m a huge fan of the anime-tactics game Fire Emblem. From the rewarding feeling of finally clearing a map after several desperate attempts to save my favorite character to the almost inconsequential yet endearing dialogue exchanges that take place … Continue reading ‘Valkyria Chronicles 4’ is the Perfect Balance of Old and New – Review

‘The Messenger’ Review: Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

The first time I warped from an 8 to 16-bit world while gliding through The Messenger, I couldn’t help but be overcome by my grin as the game the game seamlessly leapt through time. This was during my demo at E3, and even with my embarrassment from failing to clear platforming segments or recognizing boss … Continue reading ‘The Messenger’ Review: Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

‘The Banner Saga’ Review: A Pleasant Blending of Genres

The Banner Saga immediately drew my attention with its stunning hand-drawn animations, then quickly captivated me with its surprisingly engaging mechanics. Although I'm no rookie to the top-down, grid-based, tactical genre, Banner Saga spoke to me in an entirely unique way, combing a Fire Emblem-like combat system with the traveling mechanics of Oregon Trail. Following … Continue reading ‘The Banner Saga’ Review: A Pleasant Blending of Genres

How the Competitive Dating Sim ‘Monster Prom’ Broke My Heart

"You're asking me to go to prom with you? Have you seen yourself in a mirror? Your face is a crime against humanity." Wow, I can't believe the writers over at Beautiful Glitch interviewed my high school crush when writing their script for Monster Prom. Available now on Steam, Monster Prom is a fresh take … Continue reading How the Competitive Dating Sim ‘Monster Prom’ Broke My Heart

The Swords of Ditto Review: An Adorable Adventure That Helped Me Appreciate Roguelites

The Swords of Ditto is a painfully adorable roguelite adventure that thrives on its charming art style, and a delightful cast of characters you can’t help but love. Initially, when I heard the term “roguelite” I shied away, worried the vibrant look of the game, was a mere front for what would turn out to … Continue reading The Swords of Ditto Review: An Adorable Adventure That Helped Me Appreciate Roguelites

It’s Dangerous to Go Alone: Review for The Nintendo Switch Release of ‘Owlboy’

Originally published in November of 2016, Owlboy has finally nested on console with its release on the Nintendo Switch. Continuing the trend of astounding Nindies, D-Pad Studio's pixelated open-world adventure has exceeded my expectations for the already highly-anticipated title. Owlboy's story puts us in the cloak of Otus, a young apprentice of the once highly … Continue reading It’s Dangerous to Go Alone: Review for The Nintendo Switch Release of ‘Owlboy’

Growing Up is Hard and No One Understands: A Spoiler-Free ‘Night in the Woods’ Review

For a while, I’ve been a big advocate for the value of the Nintendo Switch. The Switch has a ton of great games on it, but Night in the Woods gave me a lasting moment of reflection and introspection that I haven’t gotten from other great games like Breath of the Wild or Super Mario … Continue reading Growing Up is Hard and No One Understands: A Spoiler-Free ‘Night in the Woods’ Review