Hyper Light Look #11

Every month, hundreds of new indies enter the market. While it would be awesome if all of them could have their own, dedicated review or preview, we unfortunately do not have the time or space to do that in a timely manner. Instead, we offer you Hyper Light Look, our series of feature articles where we take a quick look at some new indie games.

Grimshade

Grimshade is a old style turn based JRPG adventure from the developers TALEROCK. Here to whisking us away to the kingdom of Brann with a tale of mystery.

The story is thus, Alister and his merry band of misfits, have been tasked with protecting the kingdom of Brann from unspeakable monsters, after several reports of attacks in the surrounding areas. However nothing ever goes according to plan…

While still in need of a bit of polish, Grimshade stands as a enjoyable deviation from the standard RPG flair. If you can work past translation mistakes, bugs and slow turn based speed, the core experience underneath is worth experiencing for yourself.

Score: 6/10

Grimshade is available on steam for $28.95 AUD or your regional equivalent here.

Thanks goes to TALEROCK for sending us a copy of Grimeshade for this review.


Bow to Blood: Last Captain Standing

What happens when you mix the high octane intensity of Jak X, with the game show announcer stereotype and throw it into the steam punk machine, of Guns of Icarus Online? Bow to Blood: Last Captain Standing! A single player steam punk captain fueled reality tv show, where your ability to make freinds and destroy your rivals in style, decides whether or not, you’ll reign as the champion of the arena for the foreseeable future.

Expectations were low originally when going into Bow to Blood, as a VR based title, making a port to traditional controllers it sounded like a recipe for disaster. However I was pleasantly surprised after several hours of flights and fancy, while managing my crew. Bow to blood had me convinced, this was the steam punk single player adventure, I’d been searching for.

As an unexpected front runner in the indie market this year, you should check out Bow to Blood if you enjoy steam punk adventures of the reality tv show kind.

Score: 7.4/10

Bow to Blood: Last Captain Standing is available on steam for $28.95 AUD or your regional equivalent here.

Special thanks goes to Tribetoy for sending us a well armed sky boat for this review.


The Mystery of Woolley Mountain

The Mystery of Wolley Mountain, is another well crafted point and click adventure created by Lightfoot Brothers, for us to delve into this month.

The Mystery of Wolley Mountain’s ascetic combined with the unique soundtrack and variety of time manipulated environments. Proved to be a treat to explore, as we went about solving the various puzzles our crew had unintentionally, creates for us. One of the best things about The Mystery of Wolley Mountain however, is it’s balancing with the dialog. The characters commonly contain, hints from Garland Vanderbilt (our protagonist) to help keep the pace and flow of the title going. A somewhat rarity I’ve found among the other puzzle title’s you’ll find in this genre.

Overall The Mystery of Wolley Mountain, is a mustache twirling quirky adventure, worth checking out. In an act to help players decide if this point and click adventure is right for them, Lightfoot Brothers, have also kindly provided a demo, atop their steam page for you here.

So there’s no reason not to give it a try for yourself!

Score: 7.2/10

The Mystery of Wolley Mountain is available on steam for $21.50 AUD or your regional equivalent here.

Special thanks to Lightfoot Brothers for sending us a copy of The Mystery of Wolley Mountain for this review.


Steel Rats™

Steel rats is a stylized post apocalyptic platformer, created by Tate Multimedia.
What makes Steel rat so unique compared to other platformers however, is that your platforming while atop a motorcycle?

Slicing through robots and speeding through junkyards at ridiculous speeds, combine to make steel rats an intense and challenging experience. As traditionally a motorcycle is typically way to clunky for finesse platforming, the steel rat team has there for implemented a few tools, to make traversing this robot invested world easier. Apart from your impressive nitrogen tank, your bike is equip with razor-sharp blades along the base of the Chassis, in an act to help injure robots and cling to surfaces. This in turn creates plenty of interesting multi surface platforming scenarios, to keep the environments diverse and fast flowing.

While it sometimes has difficulties with controller support, there’s no denying that Steel Rats, is a breath of fresh air for the platforming genre. The robot populated post apocalyptic environment, keeps you invested long after the flashbacks finish.

Score 8.1/10

Steel Rats™ is available on steam for A$ 28.95 AUD or your regional equivalent and also includes a Demo for you to try here.


~Aaron Nicholls

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