Gintendo Namer Review: Nihilumbra (Wii U eShop)

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Two years in the making, BeautiFun’s Wii U port of its stylish puzzle-platformer arrived last week, following mobile, PC and PS Vita versions of the game. As Gintendo Namer‘s Luke Summerhayes points out in his review, the game holds up well with the addition of physical controls and high-definition graphics.

“Look at the screenshots and you can see the gorgeous hand drawn backgrounds and characters but there’s a lot more to it than that. The animation, the music, even the narration creates an incredible atmosphere all the way from the first time you press start until the final credits roll.”

Read the full Gintendo Namer review of Nihilumbra here.

Emily Rogers discusses the challenges faced by Yooka-Laylee devs, Playtonic Games

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Yooka-Laylee’s immediate Kickstarter success must have come as a surprise to the guys at Playtonic Games, raising over £1 million in less than twenty-four hours.

Having smashed its funding goals, the UK-based studio now faces further challenges as it strives to deliver on the early promises – as Emily Rogers argues over on her blog Continue reading

Gintendo Namer Review: Affordable Space Adventures (Wii U eShop)

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Nicklas “Nifflas” Nygren and Knapnok Games have teamed up for an exclusive Wii U eShop title, combining the two developers’ trademark approaches to game design. Affordable Space Adventures is the end result, and Gintendo Namer‘s Simon “Zero” Ball delivers his verdict at the link below:

Affordable Space Adventures review | Gintendo Namer

“It’s a one-of-a-kind experience, which kind of automatically makes it worth the entry fee. All in all, we’re looking at something approaching a classic.”

Frozenbyte confirms Trine 3 is heading to PC later this year

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If you think back to 2012, Trine 2: Director’s Cut was one of the more impressive Wii U launch titles, despite being an eShop-exclusive from a small independent studio.

Having gone back and updated the original Trine with an Enchanted Edition – which us Wii U owners are still waiting for! – Frozenbyte’s started work on a third game in the series: Trine 3: The Artifacts Power. Continue reading

PSA: Get the entire Bit.Trip series on 3DS for less than a fiver

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If you’ve somehow missed out on the genre-hopping BIT.TRIP series from Gaijin Games – be it the WiiWare originals, or the series’ many PC and mobile ports – there’s never been a better time to catch up.

BIT.TRIP SAGA was a retail compilation that launched on 3DS back in 2012, and it’s currently available via the Nintendo eShop for a mere £4.49. That’s six unique retro-inspired games, updated with new content and 3D visuals, for less than each game’s original launch price on the Wii Shop Channel.

For me, a portable copy of BIT.TRIP RUNNER is worth the asking price alone.

For you retro fanatics, Curve Digital’s 3DS port of Titan Attacks! arrived earlier today, too. We posted a review this morning.

Review: Titan Attacks! (3DS eShop)

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If Titan Attacks! launched forty years earlier, this very review may well have been published on a site called Nintendo Titan. Almost every aspect of Puppy Games’ modern arcade-style shooter is built upon Atari’s Space Invaders – but a plethora of additions and modernisations keep Titan Attacks! relevant on 3DS, even though it wasn’t designed for Nintendo’s hardware.

Developer: Puppy Games
Publisher: Curve Studios
Review Platform: 3DS eShop
Also Available on: PC, PS3, PS4 & PS Vita
Price: £7.99 | €9.99
3DS Release Date: 26/02/15
Genre: Arcade shooter
File Size: 241 blocks

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Review: Rune Factory 4 (3DS eShop)

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Rune Factory 4 is an open ended RPG/simulator, the ‘open’ and ‘ended’ parts being a product of its Harvest Moon origins. You’ll spend in-game time crafting and cooking, farming and fishing, all while advancing a central plot from which its RPG elements lie.

Developer: Neverland
Publisher: XSEED Games
Review Platform: 3DS eShop
Also Available on: N/A
EU Release Date: 11/12/14
NA Release Date: 01/11/13
Players: 1
Price: £24.99

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Review: Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones (Wii U eShop)

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When I first heard that Stealth Inc. 2 was a Wii U exclusive, I was puzzled. As somebody that thoroughly enjoyed its predecessor, I was excited to hear that a sequel was on the way – but why Wii U? Having now played this sequel, it becomes clear that Curve Studios still had a lot more ideas to play with – in terms of both gameplay, and with regards to how the Wii U’s GamePad controller could be used to expand on the original’s mechanics.

Developer: Curve Studios
Publisher: Curve Studios
Review Platform: Wii U eShop
Also Available on: N/A
Price: £12.99
Release Date (EU & NA): 30/10/14
Genre: Puzzle/platformer
Players: 1-2 (local co-op)
File Size: 304MB
PEGI: 12

While the core game remains largely unchanged, new elements have been built around what made the original Stealth Inc. so enjoyable, resulting in a much more complete – and challenging – experience. Continue reading

Review: Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut (Wii U eShop)

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Does your favourite video game genre fall under one of the following categories: platformer, survival horror, or a good old point-and-click? If so, then you should enjoy Lone Survivor. I say ‘should’ because it takes a lot of cues from titles in these genres – but often not in the way you’d expect.

Developer: Jasper Byrne
Publisher: Curve Studios
Review Platform: Wii U eShop
Also Available on: PC, PS3, PS4, PS Vita
Price: £9.99 | €11.99
Wii U Release Date (EU & NA): 16/10/14
Genre: Survival horror
Players: 1
PEGI: 3
File-Size: 208MB

As a 2D side-scroller, there’s no platform-based action; as an adventure with a keen focus on your decisions, the choices you can make are often insignificant to how the game plays out. And as a survival horror game, it dishes out supplies whenever you need, while combat is slow and often clunky. Continue reading