Andy Naylor with three titles to help see us through the summer gaming lull…
The summer lull of big releases is upon us. E3, with its plethora of trailers, is almost a forgotten memory and after last weeks “heat wave” the rain has returned. Perhaps summer is already over? Regardless, we gamers are stuck for new releases, or at least new releases of any significant quality. Never fear! I have complied a list of a few little games, that are relatively cheap, that may have gone unnoticed and slipped through the sphere of common knowledge that could keep gamers happy during the rainy summer days.
PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate:
Unlike most people I generally shudder when people compare something to a retro game by an indie developer, or something along those lines. It’s usually cheap trash ported over from some dreadful mobile game. PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate is a modern old school retro game. But it is good. Very good. Filled with challenging levels, fun quirky puzzles all fitted around an interesting rescue based narrative. It can be incredibly frustrating but when once a troublesome puzzle has been solved then that rush of satisfaction coursing through your veins is worth the growls of annoyance that preceded it.
Pretty much everyone has heard of Minecraft. A strangely addictive game, where most people ignore the thin narrative of the game and instead build impressive and complicated structures in a blocky world. It’s a phenomena. Well Terraria is its 2D cousin. It could actually be better but it hasn’t received the coverage or praise that it deserves. You can build and create just as much in Terraria as you can in Minecraft, but of course limited to the 2D plane, and there’s also a huge array of weapons and armour to build – all of them filled with references to modern pop culture (lightsabers and the Buster Sword!). The narrative is much stronger than Minecraft and encourages teamwork, as progressing solo is immensely difficult without some online buddies to back you up.
Like those above, Trials Fusion is another game that game be picked up to kill 10 minutes or it’s possible to suddenly lose an hour trying to shave 0.01 seconds off a time. It’s extremely difficult to master the further you progress and, much like PixelJunk, certain levels will send your blood pressure through the roof until you hit that sweet high of relief at finally moving on. Stunningly simple, stunningly addictive.