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Hoa: A Beautiful and Relaxing Platformer

Hoa (pronounced “hwa”) is Vietnamese for “flower” and also the name of a lovely indie game and said game’s titular character, a tiny fairy-like creature the size of a bug.  This relaxing game features stunning hand-painted artwork, a beautiful soundtrack, and a peaceful atmosphere where the focus is solely on platforming and minor puzzling.  This game only took me about two hours to complete, but it was a delight from start to finish.  And I likely would have never given it a chance if it wasn’t recommended to us on Youtube by one of our commenters, Ramona Q.

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Joe & Mac: A Prehistoric Blast from the Past

When I was a duckling, my parents were responsible for buying all the games for the SNES.  After all, my dad actually got it as some sort of gift from his workplace, and for some inexplicable reason, I was too “afraid” to play any of the games when I was especially young, meaning my parents got the most use out of our first family console.  As such, Joe & Mac was just one of a hearty collection of games my parents had accumulated over the years.  This game stars the titular cavemen (Mac is only available in two-player), who fight and jump their way through 12 stages swarming with dinosaurs and Neanderthals, each level ending with a climactic battle against some huge prehistoric baddy.

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Disgaea 4 Complete: Demo Review

Though I’ve played a decent number of RPGs over the years, one subset of the genre in which I have little experience is tactical RPGs.  I was first introduced to them during a short span of time spent playing the Shining Force games on this Sega Genesis Collection I have for the XBox 360, though I didn’t really play much beyond the first half hour or so of each game.  My most recent dive into the rather confusing world of tactical RPGs was the demo for Disgaea 4 Complete, the PS4 release of a 2011 PS3 game.

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Yoku’s Island Express: Demo Review

When I read that Yoku’s Island Express was described as an “open-world pinball adventure”, I had my doubts.  I don’t mind pinball in short bursts, but I couldn’t believe they could actually make an engaging “adventure” out of it.  But seeing as this was a free demo, I had nothing to lose but time.

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Song of the Deep: An Undersea Metroidvania

Song of the Deep had been on my radar for a long time, largely because it was made by Insomniac, the creators of one of my favorite gaming franchises, Ratchet & Clank.  The game is an underwater Metroidvania where you control a submarine built by a girl named Merryn who makes it her goal to find her father, who went missing at sea.  In true Metroidvania fashion, the game is a labyrinth of underwater passages, your means of progression tied to finding new upgrades for your submarine.

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Immortals Fenyx Rising: Demo Review

I recently had the pleasure of trying out the demo for Immortals Fenyx Rising, an open-world game made by Ubisoft where you play as the new demigod Fenyx.  Having studied a decent amount of Greek mythology in school, I can really appreciate this aspect of the game and was rather pleased whenever the game made references that not everyone will understand.  (Sure, we all know who Zeus is, but how many people have heard of the Greek god of volcanoes and blacksmithing, Hephaestus?)  The game also had an entertaining sense of humor and was frequently narrated by Zeus and Prometheus, which had me laughing at their banter multiple times.

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps: A Worthy Sequel

I often approach sequels with a bit of trepidation.  A fair number have either been a disappointment in their own right or fell short due to overly high expectations.  Fortunately, Ori and the Will of the Wisps is one of those happy cases where the sequel is just as good as, if not better, than the original.  The story follows right after the first game, Ori and the Blind Forest, where Ori, Naru, and Gumo are taking care of Kuro’s (the villain from the first game) baby, a little owl named Ku.  At first, Ku struggles to fly until they attach her mother’s feather to her bad wing.  At this point, Ku makes no delay in taking Ori on a flight, though the happy moment leads to disaster when they are separated in a storm and end up split up in a new land called Niwen, which is not only falling to Decay after the death of the Sprit Willow, but is also being terrorized by a nasty owl by the name of Shriek.

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Miitopia: Demo Review

Miitopia is one of those surprising games that I never really expected to like.  I originally watched a partial playthrough of the original 3DS version on Youtube as part of Peanut Butter Gamer’s old PB&Jeff series.  Seeing as I never really liked the Mii characters that Nintendo had been pushing since the Wii days, I was initially skeptical.  But it wasn’t long before I had fallen in love with this silly RPG’s charms.  So when the game was remastered for the Switch, I jumped at the chance to download the demo and try it for myself.

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Awesome Pea: Demo Review

Awesome Pea is a retro-styled platformer where you control a supposedly greedy pea who enjoys collecting money. The game clearly wants to be reminiscent of old-school games, with green-tinged graphics and an unforgiving nature, sending you back to the start of each level whenever you mess up. The demo consists of the first three stages of the game, which took me roughly 10 minutes to complete.

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Ty the Tasmanian Tiger: Another Platformer from a Bygone Era

There was something truly special about the platformers released during the late 90’s and early 2000’s.  Banjo-Kazooie, Jak and Daxter, and Sly Cooper were just a few series that were absolutely spectacular, but which, unfortunately, didn’t really survive beyond that golden age of platforming goodness.  Considering my love for these types of games, a friend had recommended I play Ty the Tasmanian Tiger a while back, another platforming franchise from that same time period.  Admittedly, I didn’t take his advice until fairly recently when I realized that the first game had an HD remaster available on modern consoles.

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