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28 Apr 2017

Review: “Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap” (Switch)

TITLE: “Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap” DEVELOPER: Lizardcube PUBLISHER: DotEmu GENRE: 2D Action-RPG PLATFORM: Nintendo Switch ALSO ON: PlayStation 4, XBox One, & PC (June 2017) RELEASE DATE: April 18, 2017 PRICE: $19.99 (eShop) Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap and I have an interesting history together. I first encountered the game at a kid’s club at a hotel

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18 Sep 2016

Item Hunting & More in “Zelda: ALTTP” Episode 2!

The second episode here of my retro playthrough of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is a good bit shorter than the first one because it’s essentially a bridge between dungeons. Last time, we left off with having completed the Eastern Palace dungeon and receiving the Pegasus Boots from

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10 Sep 2016

“Mega Man Sunrise” Offers Game Boy Nostalgia!

When it comes to fan-game design, DJ Coco is a person of many talents. In the past, I’ve enjoyed Coco’s Super Mario Country and Paper Mario 3D Land, and so when I discovered that they took a crack at making their own Mega Man title I was very excited. What also made this

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31 Aug 2016

“Zelda: A Link to the Past” Brings Fond Memories

It should be no surprise that the Zelda franchise was one of my absolute favorites growing up. When I first got my hands on The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past one fine Christmas morning, I could hardly wait to run downstairs (the game consoles were plugged in to a

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15 Jun 2016

Playing Habits In The Face Of Retro Remakes and Endless Indies

Long ago now I fully submerged myself in the world of Indie gaming, but I didn’t forget the larger gaming cosmos. My go-to daily source for gaming is indie, while I flirt with classics and major titles that strike my fancy. Does this sound like you? When I ate, slept

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02 Jun 2016

“Brave Battle Saga” — An Unknown Chinese JRPG!

Brave Battle Saga is likely one of those games you might know about only if you do some heavy research on RPGs for various consoles. In fact, that’s pretty much how I found out about it. Some years ago, out of curiosity, I did a deep search to see what other

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30 May 2016

“Defenders of Oasis” is a Sega JRPG Classic!

Until recently, I had no idea that this game existed at all, but when I saw it mentioned in an article on Hardcore Gaming 101 about Beyond Oasis, I assumed, just as they did, that the game was related in some way to the more well-known Sega Genesis title. However, my

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24 May 2016

Duskers Asks You To Isolate Yourself In Its Dead Universe

Duskers utilizes slow, methodical exploration with sudden moments of poignant anxiety. Your alone in a seemingly dead universe, bouncing from one derelict spaceship to the next. You have limited supplies and limited fuel pushing you to explore dead ships with malfunctioning drones to find anything useful and discover why the

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18 May 2016

Salt and Sanctuary: The Knee-Jerk Reaction

Aesthetically Salt and Sanctuary is moving a hand-drawn, paper cut-out through a 2-Dimensional, side-scrolling world made out of paper cut-outs with foreground and back-drops that statically move by as you explore. It’s a moody and dark, Emo Southpark. Gameplay immediately feels like level design and enemy placement were taken into

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16 May 2016

“Beyond Oasis” Yields a Classic Arabian Adventure!

Technically, no, Beyond Oasis isn’t an “Arabian adventure,” but the story draws so heavily off of Middle Eastern lore of several different types (including the name the characters, like the titular Prince Ali) that it seems like a lost tale out of the world of Aladdin (or 1001 Arabian Nights if you prefer). No matter

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