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Paperbound is a very fun local co-op multiplayer combat game using primarily paper craft based literary figures and maps, along with a plethora of cameo’s from well known gaming franchises, combat occurs using melee combat, throwing (knives) scissors, and paint bombs to blot out the enemy and remove them from the pages of history. Combat occurs in a variety of game modes including capture the flag variations and king of the hill along with regular elimination being the first to a score, however there is a variation to this where upon reaching the target score you must also escape through a tear in the page to win and combat becomes a defense of that spot.

The game is very fun and very recommended. Get paperbound on steam now

Teslagrad is a 2D puzzle platformer where the story unfolds through slideshows you find throughout the game as you solve the puzzles and traverse the pitfalls of the game.

You begin by simply outrunning enemies over some platforms before you soon gain the ability to influence magnetizable surfaces to solve puzzles with red and blue arua’s which like magnets are repelled by themselves and attracted to their opposite and essentially all of the puzzles of the game revolve around this, with some enemies which have the ability to influence surfaces, some which are designed to chase you down and injure you, as well as the plethora of pits, electric traps and spikes for you to navigate and avoid.

In traditional puzzle style there will be progress gates which require you to have additional powers which you gain later, such as a rush shift ability you can use to pass through small walls and over pits, as well as a cloak ability which allows you to become red or blue charged as you require in order to navigate further through the game.

The design is clever laid out in a tower which as you climb and gain more abilities opens up previous area’s you may have already solved for further exploration to find hidden secrets and area’s you may have previously been unable to reach.

There are bosses in the game each with their own unique mechanics which once solved become a simple matter of keeping to the routine, but until then can be quite difficult to figure out.

The artwork is very cute and colourful in it’s 2D style and the puzzles do vary up reasonably fast so it doesn’t feel like you’re doing the same puzzles over and over and is a fun experience for any puzzle gamer.

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Hammerfight is one of those indie gems that stand out from the crowd, where every movement of your ship is physically matched by the movements of your mouse, not only piloting your ship but also aiming your guns and gaining momentum on your weapons to swing with force to destroy the enemy.

Although this is primarily a mouse game using joy2key you can rebind the mouse controls to your analogue stick giving the greatest responsiveness for those use to control pad gaming.

The game takes place in historical times beginning with monks protecting their home and branching out based around the decisions you make and how well you perform. You would be mistaken if the game was simply combat oriented, and although there are plenty of varieties to the combat forms ranging from simple and small beasts through equal machines to large and rampaging overpowered bosses which can be a challenge to take down. Instead other game modes unlock as you are challenged to them, with a variation of bomb football, rock tossing tournaments, destroy the objects without crossing the lines, team based hunts and more.

Although the game has local multiplayer it can be hard getting your pc to recognize mice as separate entities to be able to use this in game which is unfortunate because a lot of the game modes would be very fun as multiplayer experiences.

Have a look at my playlist and see for yourself as I think this is a game everyone should play as the mechanics and feel of the game are just right even if the game becomes very difficult and challenging later on you will get hours of enjoyment getting up to and perhaps even past my point in the game.

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Black and white bushido on the face of it is essentially a very simplistic multiplayer action combat game with one hit kills and a few game modes. Don’t confuse this with being a bad thing however as with a fast paced action brawl game like this simple is often better.

The game stands out from others in the fact that everything is two tone, either black or white from the background and platforms to your character themselves, and this adds to the strategy for the game, do you hunt down your enemy in territory where you’re highly visible or hide in the shadows and wait for a more stealthy kill.

Initially it can take a bit of time to get use to the spawn mechanics and figuring out where you are located but once you’ve got a handle on things, and being able to see your enemy while they hide in the shade things become a lot more fun.

The mechanics aren’t just as simple as this, as there are grenades and throwing stars, and also the scenery which changes either by the capturing of flags or through domination as often when you’re on the side which is overpowered you will lose all shelter in the dark as the entire screen becomes your colour.

So if you’re looking for something a little different with your multiplayer brawl action you should check out black and white bushido for yourself.

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Sublevel zero is a space shooter where you have full freedom of movement over all 6 axis and you’ll need it as the game can be very difficult, staying out of range of enemies while sniping them off at a distance is definitely recommended.

Inspired by the 90′s game descent you can see the influences worn on it’s sleeve, the game is fun and unforgiving, you will need to strategise and take care as one mistake can cost your run, with permadeath that means you have to start all over again looking for new weapons and trying once again to reach the final level.

Variations from descent come in the form of crafting weapons you find together to build more powerful weapons along with the smoothness and polish of more powerful systems and the freedom to use a keyboard and mouse to control perhaps easier than sometimes it would be on a controller.

The challenge steps up each level you complete with further enemy varieties and the boss room gaining further potential to end your run abruptly this game will not be something you will complete first go and be done, you will have to master it in order to be able to get anywhere, but don’t confuse that with this being an unfair game, it will punish you for rushing in or making mistakes but as long as you take your time and don’t allow enemies to get the drop on you the tides should be in your favour.

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The mommy’s best games action pack contains 4 games: Explosionade, Shoot 1up, weapon of choice and game type, all available to purchase individually however as a pack you can save over 50% meaning if you like 2 games your best option is to purchase the lot.

Explosionade is a combat arena blaster game where you pilot an experimental mech through some infested sewers clearing out each floor as quickly and efficiently as possible before progressing to the next, aimed at short sharp screens of fast and hectic shoot em up action. Whether you choose to go it alone or in the two player co-op this makes for a fun quick blaster game if you want a casual experience at any time without needing to set out a schedule to play.

Game Type recreates the xbox indie game live experience through steam, also known as media ball the actual game is hidden within the menu’s of a simulated xbox market place, once you find the game itself you’re provided with an achievement as well as one of those trippy bullet hell stay alive games that came way before flappy bird, where rather than dodge through holes you have to shoot and dodge your way through a plethora of crazy cats and internet meme’s, can make for a fun shooter and some interesting experiences, which as the saying goes can be better shared with a friend (2 player)

Shoot 1up is a traditional top down scrolling shooter game with an interesting twist, every 1up you gain is on screen at all times, wether you absorb all of your ships into one which makes dodging the incoming bullets easier, or seperate them out to a wide net you’re rewarded based upon your risk level, your bullets will remain small and ineffective with the dodge level at maximum, however if you spread out over the entire screen you will not only shoot from each individual ship but they will also draw power from each other to shoot out a powerful central lazer beam which can obliterate enemy waves with greater ease. This however does remain a rather challenging game, and with the usual mommy’s best games slightly adult natures you might wish to take greater care than simply spreading far and wide to obliterate everything.

Weapon of choice is an exploration shooter with the twist where each character has one hit and one life essentially, each with their own weapon and jump skill losing a really good ally could make things rather difficult. As the most expensive game in the pack it is the most premium, there are a number of different branching paths and a lot of enemy variety. Under the guise of the Chull weapon mass breeding everything with everything you end up with some very unusual creations, dick ripping apes clearly being twitch chat mixed with apes, titty centipedes and jizzing coke bottles give you the impression of how adult some of the humour can be with mommy’s best games. Regardless of the fun and silly enemy types the game is a very fun game and the mechanics don’t stop there, you might think staying alive is impossible however when near death you “feather” or Rim death and time slows down matrix style allowing you to possibly avoid the deadly situation and remain alive, and should you die any re-enforcements you bring into the field are able to carry one ally on their shoulders, wether your fallen ally or an MIA discovered in the field bringing them through the level allows you to select them in your roster in future levels and games where those fallen are lost until rescued. There are branching paths with different endings, each possibly taking 20 minutes to complete the game may be short and sharp but remains a lot of fun.

All in all whatever type of shooter action game you’re into there are a variety in this pack and there should be something you will enjoy, and considering the price of the pack being very low you should never have to worry too much about the price, you will get your enjoyment out of the games and the value of your purchase.

Mommy’s best arcade game action shooter pack.

This is my playthrough of lumini, an exploration game where you have to keep your lumini creatures alive while the world around you changes, with ever evolving enemies who wish to eat or otherwise harm you as well as environmental factors which may cause you to lose even more lumini.

I am attempting to keep the purple lumini alive right through to the end and see as much of the world I can while gathering hopefully all of the “pollen” spores to create more lumini and restore life to the world around us. Can this be done?

Get lumini on steam now and explore for yourself, choose pacifism or aggression, whether to mutate or not and your own priorities in life.

Onikira demon killer is a fast and frantic action platform game set in feudal japan, you take the role of a samurai who has been bought up with an absent father trained in the arts of the sword. The land suddenly gets ravaged by an unknown demon and your story begins.

The game itself is very fast paced and frantic, perhaps starting out rather tough with no healing ability until after you defeat the first boss but rapidly checkpointed so death is meaningless allowing you to take on the tutorial waves with a stronger start, however you soon rescue a dragon spirit who enables health to drop from defeated enemies and the game opens up, with more skills to master if you choose or you can freely button mash and jump around to victory.

Your capabilities are scored upon how well you defeat enemies without getting damaged yourself so mastering the skills and enemy behaviors will help you to achieve the higher ranks to clear the levels, but this isn’t essential for progress so you can have fun mashing away at your own pace.

There are four weapons available to use each with their own play style so finding the one which suits you, or even the enemy you’re facing off against is often the choice you have to make.

It all comes down to whether you’re a fan of side scrolling action platformers, having grown up with these games I do enjoy this play style and the game does have a good art style and bosses with their own mechanics (with the usual weakpoint to discover and take advantage of in order to kill the demons) and a fun little plot behind the game to keep you going forward.

As is expected of a game like this there are secrets to discover too, with hidden powerups for those who wish to explore or exploit the scenery and their own powers which can help make some of the later bosses and levels easier.

All in all the point of a game is to have fun and this is a very fun game which you can take at your own pace, while it would be nice to be able to save mid level should you require and continue later starting fresh on a level isn’t such a bad thing as long as you have the time it will fly by before you know it because you’re having so much fun, and with games like this growing up the case often was that you had to begin the whole game fresh every time you loaded so starting a level over isn’t too much of a downside.

Check out onikira demon killer for yourself on steam

Ninja pizza girl is a speed based platformer/runner game with a few variations but for the most part is a race against the clock to get to the finish, with obstacles and enemies to “demotivate” you and impede your path to make it a challenge to complete the levels.

Boosts are gained by performing skillfully and collecting powerups ultimately resulting in dubstep ninja mode, where the music kicks in with the world more colourful and the result makes your character run faster and respond quicker.

Some minor complaints come in the form of the game being clearly developed for tablets or phones with very simplistic controls, with a single button being both the jump and dive mechanics, and if you’re using the modifiers you can unlock such as double jump this can make the effectiveness of the ability difficult, and even without this there are times you want to divekick but as there are no enemies present you will not be able to perform this action and have to resort to waiting in place to land, or at other times when you initiate a divekick to hit an enemy missing his head can result in you shooting down a hole that means certain failure due to the time limit of the level to get back out.

The levels can be quite monotone if you’re struggling to keep together your combo or neglect to go shopping to cheer up your character between levels as this has an influence on your starting speed and essentially your life bar before you get demotivated and break down crying in the streets, and the theme and artwork are styled after comic books and humourous which makes the game suitable for everyone.

Other than these few quibbles the game remains a fun and fast paced platformer good for short bursts of action, with high scores and increased difficulty modes which can be very challenging to complete and keep you coming back for more, sure I would like to be able to reprogram the controls so I can divekick whenever I desire for not only the increased flexibility of control but also effectively control my jumps and dives to truly ninja run around the levels but this is not something which breaks the game.

Check out ninja pizza girl for yourself, and have some fun frantic fast paced pizza deliveries with a humorous plot and nice comic book stylings.

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Human resource machine is the latest game from the tomorrow corporation, best known for world of goo and little inferno both games I own and as a result I had to get involved in showing off and seeing their latest title for myself.

Human resource machine has the recognizable art style of their other titles and possibly even the mom corporation and dystopian themes, with gameplay revolving around puzzle based systems involving programming what your character has to perform in order to complete the requested task

Obviously the task isn’t quite so simple, there are additional bonus conditions to be met on each floor if you wish to fully complete the levels, also “programming” is a simplified version of stacking tasks and using looping, copy and add systems which aren’t too cold as to take away from having an actual game with welcoming gameplay aspects

As a result the game can entirely be played without ever considering the programming parallels and still remain a fun game, but if you wish to learn from the game you can look into the programming aspects which are essentially used in the most basic senses.

If you wish to get human resource machine for yourself it is out now on steam, and I would recommend playing for yourself and not looking up solutions or spoiling the game too much for yourself but if you wish to look into the game and see how it plays definitely watch the gameplay included.

Available now on Windows and Mac on Steam, GOG, Humble Store, and the Tomorrow Corporation website, with a Wii-U version launching a few weeks later, TBD.