Velocity 2X – Surprisingly Complex

velocity 2xMy love for platformers and classic video games has increased with the awesome injection of indie titles like Ori and the Blind Forest, Tembo the Badass Elephant, and now Velocity 2X. While I was largely disappointed with Tembo due to control issues, Ori is still on my top games list for this year, and Velocity 2X has quickly earned a spot on that list. It has been available for a while on PC and PS4, but it recently launched on the XBOX One. I spent an entire stream on the launch day playing it, and even had some of the kind folks from FuturLab in my stream to give me tips and listen to my feedback. I thoroughly enjoyed the game for a variety of reasons. Continue reading

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Binding of Isaac – From Skeptic to Addict

The-Binding-of-IsaacFans of Binding of Isaac can now play the disgustingly charming indie game on the XBOX One. Early in my days of streaming, a regular viewer in my channel recommended the game. At first glance I was somewhat baffled at the popularity of the game, but kept an open mind given it comes from the same brilliant mind that brought us Super Meat Boy. The more details I got about the game, however, the more skeptical I became about the odds of me enjoying it. Dying and having to completely start over has never been that appealing to me, not since Mario on the NES. After just four days with the game I’m ready to admit I was totally wrong in my skepticism. Continue reading

Tembo The Bad Ass Elephant review

tembo the badass elephantAfter playing and beating Ori and The Blind forest, my appetite for indie platformer games was reignited. From the very first screenshots and gameplay of Tembo The Bad Ass Elephant I was very interested in playing it. This week the game is on sale for Xbox Gold Members for $13.50 but the regular price is $15. You will want to read my whole review before making a decision to buy, because I’m going to try to be measured about where it shines and where it falls short. I manage to beat the entire game after about 6 and half hours of play, which is pretty good for $15 and is a bit more bang for your buck when compared to the $7 Batgirl DLC ($10 is bought separately) that took me under two hours. Continue reading

Ori and the Blind Forest Review

Ori and the blind forestThe side-scrolling platformer is a video game genre that seems as transcendent as video games themselves. No matter how many times I sit down to one, the subversive nostalgia is immersive and instantly accessible. With the indie title landscape rapidly filling with creative titles like Guacamelee, Shiftlings, and Ori and the Blind Forest, those who enjoy this style of game have plenty to choose from. Fans of classic platformers like Metroid and even a newer title like Rayman Legends will gladly find a rich and innovative home in Ori and the Blind Forest. Continue reading