Reviews by key2112
Awesome platformerkey2112 | Sept. 28, 2014 | Review of Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams
I never considered myself a platfomer fan, because I just never played them a lot. Mario was never my thing. But on PC one sees a lot of good platformers lately. Since Super Meat Boy to Limbo, the genre is really spawning some classic titles. And I have no reason to believe Giana Sisters is any less.
The game is really addictive and polished. It keeps the formula simple, by giving you an interesting premise and works on that. You can change the whole world, between a pretty and fairy tale-ish one, and a grim and dark one. The thing is, your character also changes between worlds and it has different abilities. One is more aggressive and the other one is more passive. The game keeps this idea simple, so you don't have to have a lot of things on your mind. And it works wonderfully exactly for that. The game is fun, and keeps it simple.
On the other regards, visual and music, the game is just amazing. Its music is really something else and it totally gets you on the mood. The same with the graphics. The whole world changing feature is helped by some awesome graphics. With a 2.5D style, the game looks beautiful, more than most platformers.
So, with that said, if you're a fan of platformers, just go get this. And if you're not, then you might as well start.
Unexpectedly fun game.key2112 | Aug. 22, 2014 | Review of T.E.C. 3001
Ok, so T.E.C 3001. What's this game about? To what genre does it belong?
I'm not so sure. I guess those run and jump games you usually found in android? Or, like that one game, Pepsi-man, back in the PSX?
I'd guess so. It's not important. Let's just jump in the game itself.
T.E.C 3001 is a game about running. You play your futuristic looking robot through futuristic looking stages and jump, dodge and slide through a lot of obstacles. With a few tutorial levels that explains how it works nicely, the game doesn't get unnecessary difficult.
There are over 40 levels, some of them pretty long, and they're all really fun. The music of the game is nice, the graphics aren't amazing but they work perfectly, but what really makes this game such a nice game, it's the fun.
There are 3 types of levels. One in which you run in a straight line, trying to not miss a button when you run over a platform in the floor, one that it's pretty similar to Temple Run and these kind of games, with three "rails" in which you can move, and then there's the real deal. The juice of the game, the real fun comes in in the kind of levels where you can run freely. It's just so fun to run without any restriction, jump from one platform to another, take different paths, sometimes going way too fast and doing some impossible jump and dying because there was just no way. And it keeps being fun, even if you lose a thousand times in one level because you're just messing around.
The game is highly addictive. Also, it has a splitscreen multiplayer mode, an endless mode, it's pretty long, so what are you waiting for? Just buy it. This game is cheap, and I assure you you'll have fun.
Solid puzzle gamekey2112 | Aug. 22, 2014 | Review of Safecracker
This game is pretty simple. The premise is, at least. You're in a house and have to solve puzzles and open doors to get a will and hopefully, a lot of money.
Now, the gameplay isn't that different to a lot of "escape the room" flash games. In fact, it's pretty much the same. So, what would I buy this, you ask me?
Well, first, it's long. Not extremely long, and that depends directly on how much time do you spend in the puzzles. But you can easily spend the whole day playing, and for it's low price, that's ok.
Next, there are PLENTY of puzzles. If you're someone who loves these kind of puzzles like me, you may know a lot of 'em. They're classic. But that doesn't make them any easier, that's for sure. More than one took me a while. You really need to have pen and some paper, for some of the puzzles are a lot more challenging than what you might think at first glance.
Ok so, it's long, and hard. What else? Well, the art is really nice. The game looks really nice. And, this is someone you can't say of a lot of games like these, all the puzzles are LOGICAL. No pixel hunting, and gosh, that's nice. The voice acting is pretty nice, too, though you don't hear much of it.
So, all in all, for its price, the game delivers pretty well. It's well done, it's fun. I would only recommend this to the kind of people who like to be hours in front of the screen, with a pen and some paper, trying to crack the puzzles.
On the off hand, some people have some problems with stuttering. There are some ways to fix it (I did it), but some people aren't that lucky, from what I read.
Even so, I recommend it. A really nice game.
Really solid fighting experience.key2112 | Aug. 8, 2014 | Review of Skullgirls
I never was a fighting game enthusiast. In fact, this one was the first fighting game I bought. Even then, I can say I'm not disappointed. Here's why:
The visuals, oh god, the visuals. The visuals are just incredible. It's really awesome how great the girls look. Plus, the swiftness of the animations and the detail on the sprites is just amazing. All the effects and whatnot are great too. If this game does something right, is being visually impressive.
And then the gameplay. Like I said, I never really played a fighting game before, and I didn't play this one that much yet. Even so, I think I can safely say the game is solid and has a great learning curve. Ever heard about a lot of technical terms you never fully understood in fighting games? Well, this game has a nice tutorial that will ensure you know what you're doing when you're fighting for real. The difficulty is nicely adjusted, too. It can be VERY hard but also pretty accesible for people who don't have a lot of experience.
Those two points explained, there isn't really a lot more to say. One might argue that there's not a lot of characters, but more are coming via dlc (and free). And even so, each character is perfectly adjusted, so I like it this way. It has a story mode and a great online where you can play.
So, yeah, considering this is an indie game, it's just amazing. The lobby online can have a few problems, sometimes, and that's about all the problems I can point at. Seriously, even if you're not into fighting games, buy it.
One of the best games of the decadekey2112 | Aug. 8, 2014 | Review of The Binding of Isaac
One might argue that calling this the "best game of the decade" is way too much, and that it doesn't deserve a 100 rating. But, hell, I say it's not. There's so much to this game, so much to say and at the same time so little, because the game is simple, more than anything.
The gameplay is simple. You play as Isaac, the main character, and move through different rooms killing enemies, getting upgrades, coins and keys. When you reach the boss room, you fight a powerful boss and if you manage to destroy it, you can get to the next floor (level).
That's the premise, is simple for anyone to understand it. But the game is really complex. The simple fact that a game so "simple" (And short, one might argue) can give you hundreds and hundreds of hours of game proves my point. The game is just MASSIVE. All the items, powerups, you can get, it's enough to make every run feel like a different one (The game is randomly generated, so this is actually true).
And the game is hard. It really is. It'll take you a lot of tries only to finish the game and defeat Mom for the first time, and when that happens, that's just the beggining, for there are more floors, more bosses, a lot of secrets and well, I don't wanna spoil it. If you didn't play this yet, then make you a favor and just spend 5 dollars. The game is worth it.