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itch.io Recommends: Films, Criticism, and Alien SmashTV

itch.io Recommends: Films, Criticism, and Alien SmashTV


This week is a wild one. We’ve acquired motion pictures, we’ve acquired criticism, we’ve acquired good video games, we’ve acquired (seemingly) dumb video games. More than every other week, I really feel like we’ve acquired one thing for everybody right here. What makes this week so nice? Read extra to seek out out!

Cube Escape Paradox

I’m all the time completely satisfied to advocate a brand new sport from the workforce at Rusty Lake, however this time I’m additionally recommending a brief movie. Yeah, think about this a 2-for-1 advice.

The first a part of Cube Escape Paradox is a room escape sport. Fans of the Rusty Lake/ Cube Escape franchise can be proper at dwelling with this one. The sequence’ beautiful-yet-unsettling artwork makes its return alongside the style’s finest point-and-click puzzles, however the place Cube Escape actually shines is its mysterious narrative.

And that is what brings us to the second a part of this advice: the brief movie. Now, technically whenever you dive into Cube Escape Paradox you’ve acquired 2 chapters of sport, and a half an hour lengthy movie. What makes this distinctive is that every one 3 of those items happen in the identical room, and redefine the house all through every play/viewing. The consideration to element within the movie is spectacular –and within the curiosity of avoiding spoilers– deceptively necessary. If that is attention-grabbing to you, the brief movie is embedded above, and the primary piece of the sport is accessible free of charge, so be sure that to examine them out.


This one isn’t a sport, however it’s one thing that everybody studying this could obtain. For a number of years the crew behind the zine-turned-website Kill Screen have been producing among the finest writing on video video games round. Unfortunately the positioning “refocused” and moved away from editorial content material and for some time it seemed just like the superior work completed by the Kill Screen workers for years was going to fade away into the sands of time. That is, till DED LED.

DED LED is a set of among the works that appeared on Kill Screen from 2013-2016 introduced by their authentic writers. It’s a fantastic look into among the finest writing from a bygone period, and options some genuinely insightful work. I perceive that studying this you would possibly ask your self “why would I want to read old criticism from a defunct website” however there’s an actual pleasure and thoughtfulness on this compilation that you just’d be worse off for lacking.

Galaxy Champions TV

I really like Smash TV, and have many fond reminiscences of taking part in the Running Man impressed twin-stick shooter on the Super Nintendo. There was one thing Totally Radical about competing in wild bloodsport for the possibility to win a VCR that actually appealed to my 6-year-old mind. These days, I delight myself on trying to find video games with substance and which means in them however as I came upon from Galaxy Champions TV: there’s nonetheless a big a part of me who’s all the way down to mindlessly bounce into the homicide pit.

Galaxy Champions TV doesn’t shrink back from the truth that they’re influenced by Smash TV as I counted a minimum of two references to the basic on their sport web page, however there may be far more in there than they’d lead you to consider. Sure you’re pointing a gun in 8 instructions trying to find a whole lot of enemies and naturally the sport is all about making you’re feeling Totally Radical once more however I’ll be damned if Galaxy Champions isn’t some of the satisfying shooters round. Every weapon seems like a robust reprieve from how fragile your character is when you have simply sufficient juice to gather the subsequent method to dispatch your foes. Oh, and did I point out there are random power-ups between phases? Unlike what we performed as children, there’s a lightweight roguelike development between rooms that provides much more replayability to the combo. These upgrades don’t change the core sport a lot however the pleasure of seeing your dinky base weapons change to screen-shake inducing mega-shotguns is price experiencing.

Galaxy Champions TV is a brilliantly designed expertise that tries (and fails) to persuade you that it’s simply dumb enjoyable.

What are you taking part in this week? Let us know within the feedback under.



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