Hyper Light Look #7

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 new series of feature articles where we take a quick look at some new indie games.


CaveBlazers is an intriguing alternative to the popular splunky. It’s pixelated graphics might not be as impressive but it’s choice of style allows creators Deadpan Games, to have much more creative freedom, when designing levels. This spawns a large variety of monsters, bosses and environments, that makes each delve into the depths a new experience.

If you’d like a fresh take on the spelunking formula CaveBlazers is your next stop on the way down to the depths.

Score: 6.5/10

Thanks goes to Deadpan Games for sending us a copy and a survival manual for this review.

CaveBlazers is available on steam for 14.99 AUD or your regional equivalent here.

Desert Child

Desert child is an extremely stylized hover bike racer created Oscar Brittain. Clearly inspired heavily by the likes of cowboy bebop and RedLine (2009 film). The catchy soundtrack and cyberpunk undertones easily drew me in initially to try it out. At first the high octane races combined with the rush of pin point accuracy kept me engaged with each and every hover bike race.

The cracks however start to appear the longer you play Desert child. The hard work and dedication that went into the project is on display in the visuals and soundtrack but the gameplay itself falls short letting the overall project down. The lack of variety in races, combined with few side activities and the inflated grind, quickly snuffs out desert child’s initial enjoyment in the span of a few hours.

Desert child is an enjoyable experience i want to return back to in the future but the game is like drinking overly hot tea. (Dangerous in large amounts)

Score: 6/10

Desert child is available for 14.95 AUD or your regional equivalent here.

I also encourage you to listen and possibly purchase the killer soundtrack of Desert Child here on bandcamp.


Have you ever wanted to go back? So far that it’s 1983? Well Nogalious released by LUEGOLU3GO Studios last year. Is a new 8-bit masterpiece from that forgotten era of MSX in the 80’s. Currently it’s also available on steam or switch for those of you without ancient technology or time machines.

The title takes us back to a much more simple time of spikes, water droplets of doom and pin point 2-D platforming, with bone breaking difficulty. The 5 lengthy worlds serve a bountiful start to the 3 part trilogy scheduled for this title. I for one am interested to see more once I’ve figured out how to get past the first world with all of my hair…

Score: 7.3/10

Our thanks goes to LUEGOLU3GO Studios for sending us a copy on VHS with a Git gud sticker attached for this review.

Nogalious is available on steam for 14.50 AUD or your regional equivalent here.

The Spy Who Shot Me

Speaking of Retro titles, most of you will remember the master piece that was Golden Eye on N64 and the nostalgia surrounding the title today.

The Retro Army Limited decided however that there wasn’t enough of the classic spy shooter representation in the market. Creating a new hilarious, action packed, spy spoof. With the new title The Spy Who Shot Me. The classic shooter puts you in the sharply dressed shoes of Agent 7 and his miss adventures in saving the world, from whatever dastardly target, mother decides needs stopping today.

The Spy Who Shot Me is a lovely yet well priced adventure into the 90’s with all the cringe humor of a Saturday morning cartoon

Score: 7.5/10

Our thanks goes to The Retro Army Limited, for sending us a standard issue Exploding pen, as well as a copy of The Spy Who Shot Me instructional video, so we didn’t die in the field writing this review.

The Spy Who Shot Me is available on steam for 15.50 AUD or your regional equivalent here.

~Aaron Nicholls

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