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3.0
POSTED: Mar 22, 21 @ 9:33 PM
Everything that is not a platform means death. Trying to stick a landing on that far-away small platform and getting enough bounce to reach the next, even smaller, platform. Trying again and again because you know you can make it… That’s fun! Glyph is relaxing and challenging, easy to pick-up and play, with outstanding physics, vibrant graphics, a soothing soundtrack, and a ton of platforms. The game starts with a thorough tutorial for players to learn the game mechanics and unlock all available power-ups. There is a story behind the game; an ancient civilization used to inhabit the land and is now gone, all that is left are ruins to be explored. Glyph, the main character, is a morphing bio-mechanical ball that can roll, jump, double-jump, jump-climb walls, and glide by morphing into a winged bug. Traversing the world is simple and satisfying, as satisfying as using the morph-ball in Metroid Prime. The controls are very responsive and the physics are superb. It just feels great rolling around and jumping and bouncing and gliding to reach hard-to-reach platforms and explore in levels. Gameplay: _________ Everything that is not a platform means death. Trying to stick a landing on that far-away small platform and getting enough bounce to reach the next, even smaller, platform. Trying again and again because you know you can make it… That’s fun! Some levels can be outright frustrating but exiting a level without collecting ALL collectibles is not acceptable, right…. Right! There are three main collectibles in each level coins, diamonds, and relics. Diamonds are used to unlock new areas in the hub world and coins and relics are used to unlock levels within those areas. There are also keys in each level that must be collected to unlock the exit portal and secrets to unlock cosmetics. There are two game modes adventure and time-trial. Adventure mode levels have all collectible types, are grand and expansive, and the player has full freedom in how to explore. Time-trial levels award players with up to three diamonds depending on how fast the level is completed. And you know it is unacceptable to continue past a level without collecting all three diamonds, right…. Right! The game’s length will vary depending on how acceptable/unacceptable players find to move on from levels without all collectibles. Personally, this game will take some time to beat and that makes me happy! Graphics: ________ The graphics in this game are simplistic but sharp with vibrant colors and beautiful landscapes. Nothing groundbreaking but pleasing to the eye. Kind of the perfect fit for the Nintendo Switch. Performance: ___________ Feels perfectly smooth with no slowdowns. Image quality is constant throughout gameplay. Conclusion: __________ Glyph is a lovely game that can be as relaxing as it can be frustrating but always a fun time. It’s easy to get into and spend an hour on a couple of levels. This game is definitely easy to recommend even at the indie premium price of $20. Fun Fact: This game was released as a VR game on Steam in 2018… which makes so much sense.
 

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3.0
POSTED: Sep 17, 20 @ 1:00 AM
At it's core, Endurance - space action, is a twin-stick dungeon crawler with RPG elements. The Story: You are a scientist in a space ship where various science experiments are taking place, the Endurance. A group of crew members and security bots are attacking everyone in their path. Your goal is to make it out of the ship alive, and while at it, try to find out what really happened that drove everyone mad. Gameplay: ========= You start with no weapons, bare knuckle swinging at enemies whom are attacking you and everyone who hasn't turned. It being a dungeon crawler, you go around the space ship from room to room killing baddies and looting crates and lockers for health, shields, stat upgrades, credits, and weapons. Eventually you find a weapon... and the enemies do too. Initially, levels are smaller with few rooms to explore. As the game progresses, levels become more complex with more rooms to explore and harder enemies to kill. Each level has an exit that may required unlocking a door or completing a task to reach it. Some levels also have a "boss" battle. Weapons: ======== This game has a large variety of weapons (pistols, machine guns, ray guns, rocket launchers, a flame thrower and more...) You find weapons in loot crates and lockers. Once you find a weapon, it becomes available in the weapons shop. Weapons in this game have unlimited ammo and a health bar. As you use them their health decreases. If the health bar goes all the way down the weapon breaks and you lose it. Otherwise, all weapons carry over from level to level. This adds a layer to strategy to the combat. You can find weapon repair kits and fire-rate buffs from looting. These buffs are temporary and reset each level. RPG Element: =========== When starting a new game, you get to select your hero from 6 characters with different stats. Available stats are speed, health regeneration, shield regeneration, and trap detection. You can find stat upgrades from looting or you can upgrade your stats by manually using credits earned from killing enemies or found in loot. Stat upgrades increase a specific stat by 5% while it takes 200 credits to upgrade a stat by 1%. .Each stat can be increased up to 101%. It is wise to start upgrading stats earlier in the game to prevent being under powered in later levels. The Good: ======== The game's difficulty curve is very gradual, giving players a chance to getting used to gameplay, options, and forming a strategy for approaching exploration and combat. Loot is very abundant throughout levels and exploration feels rewarding and is encouraged to keep up with the game's difficulty increase. I never felt like I didn't have enough weapons or health to survive. There is a good variety of enemies and enemy engagement feels natural. The main hero and NPC's have funny dialog lines, giving the game a little comic relief. Never felt boring. The Bad: ======= Even though there are many weapons to choose from, I found myself using the same weapons over and over because of their effectiveness. It's sometime hard to know which option is selected on menus. Combat music sometimes has a delay from the time an enemy is encountered, not really a bad, just something that is noticeable and can put-off some players. Conclusion: ========= Endurance - space action is not a perfect game, but it is a fun pick up and play game, with funny dialog and an entertaining game loop that doesn't feel overwhelming. It is a game that players of any skill level can conquer!
 

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3.0
POSTED: Sep 3, 20 @ 2:14 PM
The premise is simple, you lost your pirate ship to a Kraken, now you must assemble a crew and build a ship good enough to defeat the Kraken. You start with a small crew, a small ship, and needing help. When you arrive at the first port looking for a friend, you are given your first quest, “find your friend’s brother at a nearby island”. That’s the first of a long list of main-story and side quests that are given as you go from port to port. But this game is much more than just completing quests. The world of Under the Jolly Rogen has resource management, factions, magic, battles, and a leveling system for your crew, your ship, and you (the captain). Traversing the map is a big part of this game and you’ll spend quite some time traveling from port to port trading goods and completing quests. You have the option to travel the open seas or quick travel using the map view. As you traverse through the three world areas you will uncover new areas on the map and you will encounter ships, pirate raids, or quest missions that you can choose to battle or ignore. I really like this mechanic since you don’t have to get into a battle if you’re not ready for it. And you can make trading runs safely. Resource Management: __________________ The two(2) main resources are crew members and weaponry. Crew members: You have a set number of sailors that can be in your crew at a time. You assign your crew to man the sails, guns deck, and as fighters. The efficiency of these areas is in part determined by the crew members manning them. As you get into battles, crew members become injured or die and the stats for the areas will go down. So, it is important to manage crew members as you get into battles. You can recruit new crew members from taverns at different ports. Crew members can also level up. Weaponry: There are many types of cannon ammunition that will damage different parts of the ships that you attack with different damage rates. Just make sure you have enough ammo to get into a fight! Factions: _______ There are eight(8) factions that own different lands and roam the seas. The way you interact with each faction over time determines their attitude towards you. The more you attack and destroy a faction’s ship, the more they dislike you and will become your enemies. You can also buy faction flags that will make that faction’s ships your allies on battles. Magic: Magic is part of your battle strategy. You can equip magic gems to your ship for attacks or defense power-ups. Once you get magic stones is when you really start shredding your enemies in battles! Battles: ______ Battles are the meat and potatoes of this game and are super fun. Initially, while you’re still building up your ship, sinking a single ship can take some time. But once you have built up your crew and have attached some power-ups to your ship, you can easily take on three or four enemy ships by yourself at once. When battling other ships, if you destroy their sails, the ship can no longer move, and you can board the ship with your crew of fighters and battle their sailors in third-person combat and loot their cargo. Battles are fun and strategic and to me what really makes this game so addictive. Leveling System: _____________ You can level up crew members, the higher the sailor level, the better they are at their job. Buy better ships and buy upgrades for sails, cannons, magic stones. You can also level up your character skills with scrolls that you find when destroying enemy ships. The Bad: _______ The game crashes from time to time, at least twice in 10hrs of gameplay. I wish the tutorial was required since it gives you good tips on how to go about playing the game and it could be off-putting when you don’t know how to proceed or what all the options mean when playing the game for the first time. The graphics are not cutting edge, but most important, sea animation is good and pleasant. Third-person battles are a little clunky and sometimes you miss a hit when you feel it should have connected. Conclusion: _________ I’m really enjoying playing this game. It is not perfect but it is enjoyable and somewhat addictive. If you like strategy, RPG, open-world games you may like this one!
 

 
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