Hello out there. Today is Tuesday, September 26th, and there were quite a few more releases than there were yesterday. Let’s take a look at a few that I think might be worth checking out.
Crayder Studios’ brawler/fighter hybrid Wishmere left Early Access today. The game allows up to four players to either competitively or cooperatively play take part in fast-paced, time-bending brawler combat. It boasts seven characters, both a local versus mode and a challenge mode with more than 30 levels. It also features an “easy to play, hard to master” combat system that utilizes “easy inputs.” This is all wrapped in a rather nice retro pixel art style.
I’m glad that more fighting games are working to be more accessible. The genre has long been one that is dominated exclusively by those who can learn and execute complex input combos. Games like Fantasy Strike and Wishmere give those who find the learning curve to be insurmountable a chance to be competitive.
Wishmere is now available on Steam for $11.99, temporarily discounted to $10.79 for the week of release.
Torchlight developer Runic Games’ beautiful action-adventure Hob was released today. The game tasks players with repairing the world of Hob as they explore its open world, battle enemies, and solve puzzles. Its narrative is completely wordless, told instead through interactions with the world around you.
Hob’s art style is simply stunning, another case for why style is more valuable than realism. The combat and traversal mechanics based on the player character’s “mechanical glove-arm” also seem rather fun.
GameCrafterTeam’s fast-paced mech action game Project Nimbus has officially left Early Access with the release of Mission 23. I’m a huge fan of mechs and Project Nimbus looks to be an insanely fast-paced, fun entry in the genre, which hasn’t seen a lot of entries in recent times. Steam reviews are positive and I am very much looking forward to darting around the sky and launching volleys of missiles at my opponents when I get a chance to check the game out.
Project Nimbus is now available on Steam for $14.99, temporarily discounted to $11.24 for the week of release.
Teletower Studios’ EVE Online-like post-apocalyptic MMORPG Road Dogs was released on Steam Early Access today. I’ve been waiting for this game for quite some time. I could never get into EVE, but I have found some of its clones more enticing. I sailed through the skies of LuckCatchers for hours at a time, eventually quitting due to changes that were made over the course of Early Access. Road Dogs looks to be a unique take on that style of game, offering open-world sandbox gameplay, a player run economy, “massive PvP battles,” caravans that you have to defend as they move between settlements, stealth mechanics, a karma system, and more. It also boasts a unique, mostly-green style that is meant to represent the panels that you look at while inside your vehicle.
Road Dogs is now available on Steam Early Access as a free-to-play game.
I don’t think that I’ve ever played a game directed by Luc Bernard that I thought was great, let alone one that I could wholeheartedly recommend, but I can’t deny that the art in all of them is largely great, even if I am not fond of the tiles in his latest game, Mecho Tales. All of his games have a distinctive style to them and this one is no different. It lets up to four players play through more than 20 levels of old-school platforming in the world of his previous game Mecho Wars. They can also collect any of eight weapons to use against enemies that are scattered throughout the game’s levels.
Mecho Tales is now available on the PlayStation Store; you can find the PlayStation 4 version here and the PlayStation Vita version, which was released last week, here. PC and Nintendo Switch versions are planned, but their release dates have yet to be announced. According to SteamDB, a September 28th release date was originally listed for the PC version, but it has since been removed.
Midnight Scenes: The Highway
Midnight Scenes is a new series of short games created by The Curious Expedition and Thimbleweed Park artist Octavi Navarro. The first game, The Highway, was released earlier today. It looks rather great, mixing an eerie black and white art style with the mystery of a telephone line that is blocking the path of player character Claire Barnes as she is driving down a deserted road, but I’ve not yet had a chance to play through it myself.
Midnight Scenes: The Highway is now available on itch.io for free.