New month, new batch of cool games that may have flown under your radar this past month. I have five such games to talk about this time, some big, some small, but hopefully at least one of which catches your interest. Thanks to the publishers for sending these over to me in order to make this list possible and let’s go ahead and get right into it.
Starting off with a boomer shooter – Turbo Overkill. This is one of those super fast-paced shooters with tons of movement. It sets itself apart from the crowd though with a chainsaw mechanic – as in, your character literally has a chainsaw for a leg. Every time you crouch dash, you launch forward with this chainsaw and mow down anything in your way and the levels are designed in such a way that you can kinda skate with it – with half-pipes and other ramps scattered about to encourage this constant chainsawing.
It is very fun and even outside of that one mechanic, the shooting and enemies are great regardless, with a good amount of variety and even some upgrades available for your weapons and character. It doesn’t have a whole lot of content currently in Early Access, but definitely worth a look if you’re a genre fan.
Turbo Overkill retails for $20 USD and is available on Steam as an Early Access title.
Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters
Another month, another Warhammer game – or at least, that’s what it seems like nowadays. This one is called Dameonhunters and it’s a full-fledged tactical turn-based strategy game with all of the mechanics you would expect from such. Combat with a ton of different abilities to use, character customization including full loadout and skill set, grid-based level design that makes excellent use of verticality, and a bunch of extra stuff on top of that – like a research mechanic and ship customization.
It’s honestly a lot more than I was expecting and it’s pretty fun from what I’ve played. However, as is usual with most Warhammer releases, it is a bit janky, with stiff animations and movement and some optimization problems. Not an absolute dealbreaker, but worth a mention if this one catches your interest.
Songs of Conquest
Songs of Conquest is another neat mashup of genres. At its core, it is a turn-based strategy game. But it’s also an adventure game, an RPG, and the combat is done in a tactical manner rather than taking place in the overworld. That and the pixel graphics are really well done, with some excellent lighting and world design to match. The tactics stuff is not too in-depth compared to others I have played, but meshes well with the rest of the experience and I had a good time rolling through the first campaign.
In its current Early Access stage, there are two campaigns to play through and each has a full story and questline behind it – you can easily spend dozens of hours here and if it looks like your thing, do give it a look.
Songs of Conquest retails for $30 USD and is available on Steam as an Early Access title.
Cotton is back and finally redeems itself after the disappointing releases of Cotton 100% and Panorama Cotton. Cotton Fantasy plays a lot more like Cotton Reboot, one of my favorite shoot ‘em ups from last year. You still get the same wide range of levels, enemies, upgrades, and abilities to use, but this time in full 3D and the aesthetic kinda reminded me of G-Darius – complete with space level and all.
I still will not claim to be that good at this genre, but it’s always fun to zip around, unleash these massive attacks, rack up that score, and this Cotton game does a particularly good job with its boss fights – both visually and mechanically. Definitely worth a look for Cotton fans or really just shoot ‘em up fans in general.
Cotton Fantasy retails for $40 USD and is available on PS4 and Switch.
So here we have a cute little indie Zelda-like that honestly kinda made me feel nostalgic when playing. It’s like the exact top-down action RPGs I used to play all the time and Hatchwell in particular does a good job with its simple, yet effective level design, combat and puzzle mechanics, and bright, retro graphics with an equally laidback story to match.
No, it’s not the most involved experience, but I cannot deny that I had a good time with it and quickly found myself an hour into the experience having hardly noticed the time passing. My only complaint here is that the music can be really repetitive at times – otherwise, solid indie, worth a look if you’re into the more indie side of indie gaming.
Hatchwell retails for $10 USD and is available on Steam.
And that’s all I got for this month. A bit on the shorter side, especially compared to last month, but some neat games regardless. My personal favorite ended up being Cotton Fantasy. Anyways, I’ll be back around next month with another one of these.