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

Review: Angry Bunnies: Colossal Carrot Crusade (Wii U eShop)

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With the success of the mobile giant Angry Birds series, it’s no surprise that countless developers have since tried to replicate the popularity of Rovio’s flagship series. Originally released on the 3DS over a year ago, Cypronia has ported the game over to Wii U as the newly-subtitled ‘Colossal Carrot Crusade’. But is it really worth flinging your money at, or just another shameless cash-grab?

Developer: Cypronia
Publisher: Cypronia
Review Platform: Wii U eShop
Also Available on: 3DS eShop
Price: £5.99, $8.99 €6.99
EU/NA Release Date: 25/09/14
Genre: Action, Puzzle
Players: 1 Player
File-Size: 183.1MB
PEGI: 3

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Thomas Was Alone making the leap to next-gen consoles soon

As confirmed in the fictitious trailer above, Thomas Was Alone will be coming to Wii U, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One next month. It’s being ported over by the team at Curve Studios, where it’ll join Lone Survivor: Director’s Cut and Stealth Inc. 2 in its Nintendo eShop line-up for the remainder of 2014.

Review: Tappingo 2 (3DS eShop)

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Tappingo 2 isn’t very deep. There aren’t any unlockables, no stats to raise or levels to gain. It’s just a simple puzzle game that gets more difficult, bit by bit, as you progress. And it’s unnaturally fun.

Developer: Goodbye Galaxy Games
Publisher: Goodbye Galaxy Games
Review Platform: 3DS eShop
Also Available on: N/A
Price: $2.99
NA Release Date: 04/09/14
Genre: Puzzle
Players: 1
PEGI: 3

Your objective in Tappingo 2, exactly like its predecessor, is to fill in various pixel art with your stylus. Imagine Picross, except that when you drag your stylus, your line doesn’t stop until it hits something. At a basic level, that may seem… boring. But for some reason, Tappingo 2 has its own way of keeping you playing. Maybe it’s the minimal amount of time you can spend playing. Maybe it’s catering to the “completionist” lifestyle. In any case, finishing puzzles just feels good, and that’s the best thing Tappingo 2 has going for itself.

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Image & Form announces SteamWorld Heist for a Spring 2015 release

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Indie game studio Image & Form has just announced the third game in its SteamWorld series – sub-titled Heist. Having tackled the tower defence genre on DSiWare, and more recently explored the depths of vertical platforming in the critically acclaimed SteamWorld Dig, SteamWorld Heist is a turn-based strategy game based in space. Continue reading