Video games should stop being artistic
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Video games should stop being artistic

Many of those who champion the artistic merit of their favourite hobby is among the crowd demanding that politics be excluded. So, with the recent swathe of CEOs, developers, and resident comment section bots calling for politics to be kept out of video games, isn’t it time we kept art out of our video games?…

Streets of Rage 4’s music and art are brilliant
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Streets of Rage 4’s music and art are brilliant

Streets of Rage 4 has been out for years now. While I encourage you to check out our review, in brief, the game offers a classic arcade-style experience as you move your character through a gauntlet of opponents. Blisteringly hard, the game nevertheless is captivating for what it offers. But while the gameplay is solid,…

What made Super Mario World so good?
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What made Super Mario World so good?

Let’s discuss what made Super Mario World so good. This Nintendo classic is one of the best 2D games of its generation. Despite being a game that was released in the early 1990s, it still stands as an exceptional platformer. This gem may have been a part of your childhood. Let’s understand how it might…

Twin Blades of the Three Kingdoms gets physical limited edition for Nintendo Switch at Playasia
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Twin Blades of the Three Kingdoms gets physical limited edition for Nintendo Switch at Playasia

Eastasiasoft has announced that retro RPG Twin Blades of the Three Kingdoms will receive a physical release on Nintendo Switch. Twin Blades of the Three Kingdoms is an old-school pixel art style role-playing game that combines Chinese history and mythology. The game draws inspiration from the classic novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Players can recruit more than…

Tails: The Backbone Preludes announced, playable demo at PAX West
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Tails: The Backbone Preludes announced, playable demo at PAX West

Raw Fury and indie developer Eggnut have announced Tails: The Backbone Preludes. Backbone is getting a prequel. Raw Fury just announced Tails: The Backbone Preludes today. The game’s first demo is exclusively playable at PAX West this weekend. Here’s a description of the game from Raw Fury: Tails: The Backbone Preludes is a post-noir narrative adventure…

Arsonist Heaven Review
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Arsonist Heaven Review

The pixel art action-platformer Arsonist Heaven flames out early on. My first exposure to Arsonist Heaven came during the Eastasiasoft Midsummer Showcase. It looked interesting enough to me, so I requested a review copy. Let me add a few things before diving into the game. First off, I do not enjoy ripping into indie developers,…

Timothy and the Tower of Mu is a stylish 2D action-platformer out now on Steam
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Timothy and the Tower of Mu is a stylish 2D action-platformer out now on Steam

Indie publisher Playism has announced the release of Timothy and the Tower of Mu. The hardcore 2D action-platformer Timothy and the Tower of Mu is out today on Steam. It comes from indie developer Kibou Entertainment. Players can expect a journey where you traverse more than five different biomes, each with its own unique challenge. Fight your way…

Astral Ascent Steam Early Access release date announced
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Astral Ascent Steam Early Access release date announced

Astral Ascent is getting a Steam Early Access release this month. French indie developer Hibernian Workshop announced today that their challenging pixel-art platformer rogue-lite Astral Ascent is coming to PC via Steam Early Access on April 12. The indie team behind the game previously created Dark Devotion. The game’s Kickstarter was successfully funded last year…

KB Pixel Art donating Ukraine flag NFT profits to Red Cross
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KB Pixel Art donating Ukraine flag NFT profits to Red Cross

KB Pixel Art is pledging to donate NFT profits to the International Committee of the Red Cross. As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine accelerates, KB Pixel Art is hoping to provide humanitarian aid to the Ukrainian people. Although NFTs have generated a lot of controversies, the KB Pixel Art NFTs are original and priced affordably. They…

Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi reveals canceled pixel art project
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Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi reveals canceled pixel art project

With attractive pixel art, Sakaguchi has not lost his touch. Perhaps not in contemporary times, but vintage game fans hold Hironobu Sakaguchi in high regard for his great video game masterpieces. He was in charge of establishing Final Fantasy, one of the finest series in video game history, which also saved Squaresoft from bankruptcy. The…

The Skylia Prophecy Preview: A pixel-art Metroidvania coming to consoles
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The Skylia Prophecy Preview: A pixel-art Metroidvania coming to consoles

Pixel-art games are all over the place now. From roguelike to Metroidvania, these games are gaining more ground in the video game industry. The Skylia Prophecy is just the latest example. The Skylia Prophecy is a story-driven side-scrolling ARPG that is set in a medieval fantasy world. This game has more than a dozen locations and…

Eldest Souls is also coming to PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X
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Eldest Souls is also coming to PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X

Fallen Flag Studio just announced that the boss-rush action game Eldest Souls is coming to current and last-generation platforms at launch. This is alongside the previously-announced Nintendo Switch and PC versions. In Eldest Souls, the Old Gods have broken free from imprisonment and seek vengeance on all those who defied them. The game “pairs the most intense…

Kaze and the Wild Masks coming to consoles; Xbox One demo goes live July 21
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Kaze and the Wild Masks coming to consoles; Xbox One demo goes live July 21

The ’90s-inspired platformer Kaze and the Wild Masks has been confirmed for consoles. Plus, starting July 21, a demo will be available as part of the Xbox One Summer Game Fest. According to publisher Soedesco, Kaze and the Wild Masks is coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One. The game was previously announced last year…

Kingdom Majestic physical collection launches on consoles
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Kingdom Majestic physical collection launches on consoles

The Kingdom Majestic compilation is out now on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. This is the first time the games in the series are available at physical retail. The Kingdom Majestic collection includes: Kingdom Two Crowns (released in 2018) Kingdom New Lands (released in 2016) All previously released DLC, including the new “Dead Lands” update The Kingdom franchise…

Guardian Tales launches later this month, pre-registration open now
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Guardian Tales launches later this month, pre-registration open now

The new mobile action-adventure game Guardian Tales is one step closer to a full launch. Guardian Tales is a pixel art, top-down, action-adventure game. Players “dive into dungeons as part of an epic quest. But since it is dangerous to go alone, players can also collect various helpers to assist them in combat,” Kakao Games says. Following a…

Retro-style arcade shooter Huntdown comes out May 12
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Retro-style arcade shooter Huntdown comes out May 12

There’s a new 16-bit action arcade shooter coming soon to PC and consoles called Huntdown. The ’80s action movie-inspired game releases on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on May 12. And it’s delivering more than just co-op fun and beautiful pixel art backgrounds. Here’s a description from Andreas Rehnberg, the game’s lead programmer:…

Eldest Souls is coming to Nintendo Switch this summer
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Eldest Souls is coming to Nintendo Switch this summer

During today’s Indie World Showcase, Nintendo revealed that Eldest Souls is coming to Switch this summer. The pixel-art boss rush game comes from indie developer Fallen Flag Studio. The online event exclusively revealed brand new Switch gameplay footage, showcasing zones, NPCs, and the Ancient Gods players will face in Eldest Souls. The Switch version joins the previously announced PC version,…