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By Stark Wyvern On 17 Nov, 2017 At 11:51 AM | Categorized As Nintendo Switch, Reviews | With 0 Comments

No GravatarOctodad is a weird and hilarious game about a proverbial Wolf in Sheep’s clothing but in whole different way. In this zany game, the player controls an Octopus, who is dressed in a suit, and is somehow married to an average human woman.

This woman for some reason has no idea that this cephalpod is not a human. That is where the game really lives. You play as this strange character and are forced to go through life, trying to make sure no one notices that you are not a human.

How, no one can tell a yellow octopus isn’t a human is beyond me, but it is a funny premise. This game is truly a marriage of a bizzare type of stealth plus living in a normal world.

While, this game has in fact been on other systems, there is something about the Switch that just works. Playing on the Switch, you have to controllers and thus really feel like you are controlling the character.

It is certainly far more intuitive then say using a keyboard or like a Playstation controller. If you are feeling up to a little couch co-op you can even play with a friend. This adds another layer as you can really see how hard it is to not have all the control of the character. This was actually, probably the most fun I’ve had with the game. I played a few levels with my sister and not playing much with her anymore, it was a challenge, but also was just the epitome of fun. 

The game itself is rather challenging as you need to work to avoid a certain chef who is out to eat you. He is the only one who seems to know right off the bat that you are an octopus and thus is your biggest demon.

The game slowly continues to bring you into more dangerous circumstances. The more people see you, wander about with less skill, the more they will begin to wonder. This will of course lead the chef to find you quicker. Though really, it does push you into dangerous territory a little quicker than I thought was reasonable.

Every moment, you can mess things up. Picking up items is hard because you don’t have hands. You aren’t able to just pick things up, you need to be able to do things right. When moving you walk by slowly lifting and dropping your legs. This is also awkward and can add difficulty to the game.

Octodad, is a game all about humor, and you can always find something to laugh about while playing it. You might learn how to beat the levels quicker, but there is certainly something in this game that just makes it too fun to put down. Try playing it with someone who hasn’t played it and let them figure it out. This is one of those games, that might make some people throw a controller, and others make others wonder at video games. It is a game that laughs at its own premise, and with that notion makes you laugh too. Just imagine seeing an Octopus in a suit trying to pick up a christmas tree! This game lends itself to the players imagination even when not playing, and that is magical.

Octodad: Dadliest Catch is out now on Steam and Switch along with other systems. Come try out this weird and wacky game, if being an octopus in a suit doesn’t persuade you, than I don’t know what will.

By Stark Wyvern On 29 Sep, 2017 At 02:55 PM | Categorized As Featured, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Steam World Dig 2 is an amazing game and sequel to the the 2013 hit Steam World Dig. Following the first game directly, this game takes place with Rusty’s friend Dorothy coming to find him. In this game Rusty is now seen as a villainous figure, or at least that is what it seems. Jumping right into this game, you  will need to mine downward and discover a solid mining world to explore where you get more tools as you go on, and find greater treasure.

Selling this treasure is important because that is the only way to get more upgrades and perks. Dorothy is a strong little robot and she really can take out enemies rather speedily with her pickax in tow. Picking up other special weapons and items along the way, she will get stronger and stronger. These weapons will certainly, aid in digging deeper and surviving longer in order to gather more money. All the money you accrue is good as you can use it to upgrade all your gear.

Steam World Dig 2 has plenty earth to explore and you never know what you will come across next. With teleporters to get back to the surface, sometimes you have to know when to return. By returning you do also heal up, which is also necessary. There are also bosses in the game which change up the game flow and can actually be quite devastating.Steam World Dig 2 is certainly just a great game and playing it is always fun. The sheer mystery of heading into the earth with just a pickax to start makes for such a great adventure. With new enemies appearing and more expensive jewels appearing the deeper you go, it is always fun heading deeper.

I would highly reccommend this game to anyone who enjoys platformers. This game is filled with platforming and you definitely will get partially stuck at points. I’m usually terrible at platformers but the ability to adjust the world with different tools makes for easier platforming. A cool thing, at least to me is that wall jumping is super easy. This makes returning to higher areas just a bit easier as you can quickly manuever yourself and head upwards.

Steam World Dig 2 is certainly a game not to be missed, with an amazing story and great characters it will keep you entertained. This world is vast and digging through it is always interesting. Dorothy really is a great character and her little fiery friend make for a great pair. Help her find Rusty and enjoy an amazing subterranean world! Steam World Dig 2 is out now on the Nintendo Switch, so get digging!

No GravatarFlinthook by Tribute Games is a ridiculously addictive, even more ridiculously difficult action/platformer/roguelike in space pirate ships! Armed with your plasma pistol, hookshot and chronobelt you’ll be blasting away enemies and platforming through insane trap-filled rooms, battling waves of crazy enemies and taking out countless randomly-generated ships in search of four particularly notorious foes.

Title: Flinthook
Developed By: Tribute Games
Available For: PS4 (reviewed), Xbox One, Win/Mac/Linux (Steam)

My first taste of Flinthook was seeing @flinthook tweet a few gifs and screenshots on Twitter. When I saw the one above I was hooked and immediately added it to the list of games I had to try. Just look at that incredible animation, the crazy bullet-hell-ish dodging, smooth hook shot work and use of slowing down time! I’m so glad my gut was right – Flinthook is a BLAST!

After a brief training level, you’re given your first bounty and thrown into the meat of Flinthook – working to find and defeat your first boss. To find Bad Billy Bullseye you must first feed your compass three ghost gems, with one being found aboard each of Bad Billy Bullseye’s ships. Each “level” presents you with three ship options, each with random modifiers that can be good or bad. Higher difficulty ships have lots of modifiers (one may have fog on the ship, lots of shops, lots of treasure rooms and tougher enemy rooms) and lower difficulty ones may have as low as one. Right off the bat you’re introduced to the risk/reward balance that a good roguelike has – treasure rooms are often extra dangerous but can give you boosts for your current run or loads of gold to buy boosts or health, or one ship may be a higher difficulty overall but have better modifiers than the rest. If you can survive long enough to find the boss you’ll head to their ship and take them on in an epic battle! The game has four main bosses, each with a wild fight and the later bosses require more gems to find. Should you die, you’ll lose your progress toward your current boss and have to find all of their gems once again.

Like any good roguelike, you’re going to die a lot, and that’s not a bad thing. Each time you die you’ll gain experience and work toward purchasing permanent upgrades. You can upgrade and unlock all sorts of things, such as increasing the amount of experience you get each run, adding to your max HP, unlocking additional sub weapons or adding to your total number of perk points. Each time you level up you’ll earn a booster pack that has a random card (or cards) that can be equipped, and these can modify your game in all sorts of ways. You can make your pistol more powerful, shoot further and/or change the way it fires, add additional HP, make it so you find extra gold and pretty much anything else you can think of. As you unlock more of them you can really line up some cool combos – you can make it so you get lots of extra gold from everything and then set it so your pistol does extra damage depending on how much gold you have, you can equip loads of experience boosters for grinding, or you can equip loads of perks for your chronobelt to make it last longer and slow time even more if you love the slo-mo. The tricky bit is that there are dozens and dozens of potential upgrades to equip and you’ll never be able to equip more than 13 at a time (and most take more than one perk point!), so you must choose wisely.

When I was developing games I heard a quote about the importance of fun and movement in games. I can’t remember who said it or even what game it was but the gist of it was this – the developer(s) had made a movement system that was so fun that it was a blast just jumping and running around. With such a fun movement system, it was clear the game itself would be fun when placed on top of it. I feel like that sums up the main feeling I have about Flinthook: the movement in the game is just so fun and solid that it eradicates any flaws the game may have had otherwise.

In addition to the fantastic movement system, one of the things that stuck out to me the moment I started Flinthook was the terrific music. I’ve played video games for over 30 years and can count the number of game soundtracks I would buy on both hands, but Flinthook’s music is so terrific it competes with games like Final Fantasy! It’s full of adventure, it’s inspiring and it’s action-packed! From the second I hit the title screen I was amped up and ready to go. The sound effects are great too, and the art is gorgeous.


Flinthook
is a very difficult game, so difficult in fact that I was only able to defeat one of the game’s four bosses so far, not including all of the secrets and additional things the game includes! To get a solid feel for what the game had in store, later on, I watched some YouTube videos, and it’s incredible just how much more there is to the game! Not only do the levels and bosses get ridiculously harder (the final boss requires 12 ghost gems!), there are all sorts of secrets you can uncover by pulling off crazy things like not getting hurt on an entire ship.

Despite the difficulty the game’s brilliant grappling system, addictive leveling, a slew of secrets, amazing music and incredibly deep customization system kept me coming back, and I’ll definitely be playing much, much more of Flinthook in the future as well!

Note: I received a copy of the game from the developer in exchange for an honest review.