Hyper light look #9

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.


Bannermen is a Medieval RTS developed by Pathos Interactive. It was released during the tale end of February and places you in the central role of a lovely little town, leaving you to build up your armies and then mercilessly conquer your enemies.

My first experience with Bannermen unfortunately didn’t leave much of a lasting impression. As Bannermen borrows very heavily from past RTS’s, in an attempt to simplify and Re-invent the original formula. Be it the Hero units from Warcraft III, or the medevil graphics and stylized units reminiscent of age of empires 2. Bannermen fails to succeed in ether department it has borrowed from however, as it focuses on attempting to streamline the game, to create epic looking battles, rather then allow for deep ways to obtain victory.

At the end of the day Bannermen is an RTS that feels more at home as a beginners title, rather then a Genre defining experience.

Score: 5/10

Our thanks goes to Pathos Interactive for providing a copy for the purposes of this review.


Anodyne is a top down style adventure game inspired by the likes of Zelda links awakening and is developed by Sean Han Tani & Marina Kittaka. With Anodyne 2 scheduled for release in mid 2019, we had to take a look at what started it all.

What Sets Anodyne apart from it’s original zelda inspiration however, is the clearly visible light parody on the typical hero’s tropes. Each jab at the traditional formula fitting seamlessly into the games story driven moments. Armed with a broom and some jumping shoes you’ll traverse the games sprawling environments to the impressive soundtrack keeping you engaged in this somewhat 4th wall breaking and humorous adventure.

Anodyne has been one of those games I’ve found steals more hours then you anticipate. At the Price of $14.50 Aud on steam, it’s worth a look if your a fan of the dungeon dwelling genre, as it shows off a rather well made hand crafted experience.

Score: 8.6/10

Thanks goes to Sean Han Tani & Marina Kittaka, for providing us with a broom and a copy of Anodyne for this review. I’ve been thurrely swept away by the result

Assault Android Cactus +

Assault Android Cactus+ is an arena style arcade twin-stick shooter by Witch Beam. Putting you in the combat boots of 9 different hero’s as they struggle against the robot infestation plaguing their ship.

Assault Android Cactus+ is very much like it’s original adaptation released back in 2015. Being a nice time waster, with meaty feeling guns and large hordes of enemies to sink your bullets into. It’s new Update this year has breathed some life back into the game to be prep it for being added to the Nintendo switch. Adding a new Campaign for you and 3 mates to battle through on the go.

Assault on Android Cactus is a great visually distinct warm up title, for the start of a gaming session, rather it’s main event however. As the game can feel repetitive after a while even with the stage changing environments trying to elevate this issue.

Score: 6.5/10

Thanks goes to Witch Beam for providing us with a copy and 8 other hero’s for this review.


If you’ve ever wanted to experience the horror of being stranded on a hostile alien planet, Beacon is here to oblige, created by the bacta tank that is Monothetic LLC. The Game places you in the horrifying position of a stranded individual atop an unknown planet.

Your not completely helpless however as your able to augment yourself through a rogue-like style progression system. Slowly absorbing other monsters DNA until you become the monster they fear.

Beacon is a faster paced and upbeat twin-stick rogue like. It’s unique choice of style and progression will help keep things interesting and fresh throughout it’s subsequent playthroughs.

Score: 6.7/10

Thanks goes to Monothetic LLC for providing us with a copy for this review.
If you’d like to check out our live stream of beacon you can see it below
(Disclaimer: No Hyper Light Up employees were devoured for DNA during this Live Stream)

Our Beacon Live Stream hosted by ClaireBere

If you’d like to check out more from ClaireBere you can visit her twitch channel here.

~ Aaron Nicholls

You may also like...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.