Aeterna Noctis: Challenge =/= Entertainment

Aeterna Noctis is an absolutely gorgeous Metroidvania with some of the most unique areas I’ve ever explored in a game of its type. In addition to that, it has a gripping story with some fun ideas and twists built into it. It’s also a relentlessly difficult game with stiff controls that don’t quite work asContinue reading “Aeterna Noctis: Challenge =/= Entertainment”

F.I.S.T: Forged in Shadow Torch

This is a slightly above average Metroidvania game that wasted some of its potential. The games that are around average are often quite tricky to write about. When a game is good and/or enjoyable, then I can easily rhapsodize about how it’s an incredible game that people should seek out. If it’s particularly good, IContinue reading “F.I.S.T: Forged in Shadow Torch”

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night – Nostalgia and Emotion While We Play

Bloodstained is another of those with an interesting back story. It’s well known as a Kickstarter project that played to gamers’ nostalgia. Koji Igarashi is moderately well known as the developer of several Castlevania games, most noticeably Symphony of the Night and Aria of Sorrow. He’d stated that he’d make a new game in thatContinue reading “Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night – Nostalgia and Emotion While We Play”


I’m starting to seriously wonder if it’s worth it to play these indie Metroidvania games close to their release dates. Moonscars is the second one this year where glitches have nearly destroyed my desire to finish the game, and have brought down what was already a mostly average experience. The beginning hours of Moonscars areContinue reading “Moonscars”

Death’s Gambit: Afterlife

Where the heck was this game hiding? How did I manage to miss a Metroidvania with stellar sprite based graphics, that whole Dark Souls inspired setup, an engaging story, and polished gameplay? I have heard that Death’s Gambit had a bit of a false start, and that it was a more recent update that gotContinue reading “Death’s Gambit: Afterlife”

Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth

And the award for the longest, most awkward title I’ve seen in some time is… Seriously though, Wonder Labyrinth here is a pretty good game, though obviously it’s drawing some inspiration from the classic anime that’s directly placed in the title. The game follows the titular Deedlit, who finds herself in the titular Wonder Labyrinth,Continue reading “Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth”

8Doors: Arum’s Afterlife Adventure

I did not complete 8Doors. I’m a huge fan of metroidvanias, as anyone who regularly reads these reviews knows. I may have gotten into them a bit late, just a few years ago with Bloodstained, but since then I’ve made a concentrated effort to play just about every metroidvania that gets at least some attention,Continue reading “8Doors: Arum’s Afterlife Adventure”