Tag: Roguelike

Roguelike titles are a subgenre of RPG titles. They can come in various forms, such as dungeon crawlers. However, some are turn based with a grid-based movement system.

Firegirl: Hack n Splash Rescue DX- PS5 Review
PlayStation Reviews

Firegirl: Hack n Splash Rescue DX- PS5 Review

In the age of modern-day AAA games with complex storylines that can run for hundreds of hours, it's nice to return to some smaller indie titles to recharge the gaming mojo. Firegirl: Hack n Splash Rescue DX is one such title that offers some simple pick-up and play controls with a straightforward story. So let's jump into this Firegirl: Hack n Splash Rescue DX- PS5 Review Firegirl - Roguelite Firefight The Roguelite Action Platformer is developed by indie studio Dejima Games and published by Thunderful Games. Available now on PC, Xbox, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation, the PS5 version reviewed here clocks in at a tiny 489.2MB install size. Gameplay Playing as Firegirl, the rookie daughter of a firefighter who died in the line of duty, players are tasked with tackling the many mysteri...
Metal Tales: Overkill Review
PlayStation Reviews

Metal Tales: Overkill Review

Metal and video games are two of my foremost passions in life. So on the rare occasion that they do come together, I always jump at the chance to give it a go. It is a shame that this seldom happens as a lot of gamers, like myself are metalheads. My earliest recollection of metal-style riffage in games is the tune that is E1M1 - At Doom's Gate, from the 1993 classic DOOM! A style that is still consistent with the franchise today. More recent fantastic entries include Guitar Hero: Metallica and Brutal Legend. Well, I say recent, that was over 10 years ago. So, does Metal Tales: Overkill fill that metal/gaming void? Metal Tales: Overkill - Needs More Metal Metal Tales: Overkill is a roguelike twin-stick shooter developed and published by Zerouno Games. The game is out now digitally on all ...
Roguebook Review
PlayStation Reviews

Roguebook Review

Roguebook is a roguelike deck-builder from developer Abrakam, Richard Garfield (of Magic the Gathering fame) and publisher Nacon. The game expands upon Abrakam's previous game, Faeria and plays out on the pages of its Book of Lore. When first watching the trailer for Roguebook it tickled the part of my brain that fell for Hearthstone years ago. Have we been dealt a duff hand, or are we going to be flush with success? Read on to find out more! You've got to know when to hold 'em. Choose your team of two legendary heroes and enter the pages of the Roguebook. Build your deck from hundreds of cards as you play through each unique randomly generated run. Use your brushes and ink to fill in the map as you go! If you enjoy this review, why not check out my Not Tonight 2 review here. Gamepl...
B.I.O.T.A Review
PC Reviews

B.I.O.T.A Review

Developed by Small Bros and published by Retrovibe. B.I.O.T.A is a 2d Metroidvania action platformer that was released on the 12th of April 2022 for the PC. Let's bring back some good old nostalgia shall we with this B.I.O.T.A review. B.I.O.T.A - These Aliens Won't Even See It Coming When you say 8bit to gamers the first thing that will pop into their mind is Mario, Castlevania, Metroid, Sonic. Every now and then a game will surface that uses the old school 8bit graphics and give that game a modern twist. B.I.O.T.A is one of those titles so strap into for some gaming goodness. If you enjoy this review then why not check out my latest one here. You can also catch up with what the rest of the Thumb Culture team is up to on our social media. Gameplay Straight away off the bat, you'...
BPM: Bullets Per Minute Review
Xbox Reviews

BPM: Bullets Per Minute Review

Bullets Per Minute (BPM) is a 90s inspired dungeon game developed by Awe Interactive and published by Playtonic Friends. Initially released in September 2020, we take a look at the latest release for Xbox. Bullets Per Minute - "Live Fast, Die Fast!" With the main gist of the game to shoot down the hordes of demons in time with the music, we thought it best to hand it over to our in-house drummer to see what he made of it. Gameplay At its heart Bullets Per Minute is a Doom-inspired FPS rhythm game. Everything you do as a player must be in time with the music; shooting, jumping, reloading you fail to do this and your gun will jam and the hordes of demons will quickly strike you down - they also attack to the rhythm. I'll admit it took quite a long time to get used to the movement ...
Despot’s Game Early Access Preview
PC Reviews, Previews & Early Access

Despot’s Game Early Access Preview

If you're looking for a game that let's you play battles between puny humans and all sorts of strange denizens, Despot's Game may be the one for you. In development by Konfa Games (Despotism 3k) with publishing by tinyBuild (Graveyard Keeper, Hello Neighbor), Despot's Game became available for Early Access on Steam on October 14th. Though it's currently only available on Steam, it is possible that the game may eventually release on mobile and Switch as well similar to Despotism 3k. Despot's Game of Puny Human Carnage If you enjoy this review, be sure to check out my other reviews here. I haven't played Konfa Games' previous game, Despotism 3k, but just comparing screenshots to Despot's Game I'd take a wild guess that the two are related. Both seem to relate to the spurn toward hum...
Broken Blades Review
PC Reviews

Broken Blades Review

Broken Blades is the debut game from developer Pirates Game Studio and is published by Golden Eggs Studios & West Wind Games. It is a 2D rogue-like platformer set in a fantasy dungeon full of various creatures and monsters. After the tutorial, I learned the game doesn't waste time. Right away I was in control of the protagonist in a world deep underground but with no understanding of who I am and how I got there. Fighting various monsters along the way as well as dodging the various traps, I only know hopefully there is a way out. Broken Blades - The Sword Is Definitely A Fixer-Upper From my first-hand experience and the general opinion of other players, Broken Blades is very difficult so bear that in mind. You can pick the game up on PC where it is available now. Platformers aren't ...
Arboria Review
Previews & Early Access

Arboria Review

Developed by Dreamplant and published by All in! Games, Arboria is a dark fantasy rogue-lite. Entering early access on Steam in May 2020, the game will release fully September 9th 2021. Gobbok And The Evil Hat We begin our journey as a Yotun warrior birthed from the father tree with a singular purpose - to hunt down Gobbok. Gobbok is another Yotun, who's been corrupted by a cursed hat and who's fled the village against the will of the elders, descending into the Durnar. After we too become corrupted by defeating Gobbok and equipping his hat, we find ourselves back at the troll village once again being birthed a Yotun from the father tree. What do you think about a character's death being permanent? Gameplay Arboria is best described as souls-like, with elements of the game bearing r...
Dice Legacy Review
PC Reviews

Dice Legacy Review

Dice Legacy takes tabletop games in digital form to a whole new level. It uses dice-based mechanics to gather resources, defend your settlement, and expand into the unknown while also being a challenging survival city builder. It is developed by DESTINYbit (Empires Apart) and published by Ravenscourt (Redeemer, Road 96, Kona). Dice Legacy was released on September 9th, 2021 on PC via Steam, GOG, and Epic as well on Nintendo Switch. Dice Legacy is a Challenge in Strategy and Luck One of the biggest problems I find with tabletop games is that reading through the instructions for most of them seems to take forever. Even after reading them, I usually still have no idea what I'm doing and learn best by playing. Dice Legacy does just that; gives you the tips and info you need for gameplay ...
Rogue Spirit Early Access Review
PC Reviews, Previews & Early Access

Rogue Spirit Early Access Review

Rogue Spirit is a 3D rogue-lite action game now available for Early Access on Steam. The developers, Kids With Sticks, have partnered up with publisher 505 Games to bring this third-person adventure to the masses. Kids With Sticks already spent about 19 months developing the game and plan to have it be in Early Access for 7 months. Of course, this is an estimate and not set in stone. If you're a fan of roguelites such as Hades, Dead Cells, Risk of Rain 2, and the like, then Rogue Spirit will be one to add to your collection. Bounce between bodies in Rogue Spirit The aspect of possessing bodies to switch up abilities is what made Rogue Spirit catch my eye. I did not prepare myself for the challenge of playing another roguelite though. Needless to say I will be playing through my frust...