Just Shapes & Beats: a pulsating journey through a vibrant geometric landscape

Just Shapes & Beats (http://www.justshapesandbeats.com/) is a bullet-hell genre title with a seemingly innocuous aesthetic: you control a small teal blue square avoiding a barrage of magenta colored obstacles, all of which move to the beat of the soundtrack. While the premise sounds insipid, the execution is layered, complex and positively gorgeous. Just Shapes &… Read More Just Shapes & Beats: a pulsating journey through a vibrant geometric landscape

Mutant Football League: an arcade football game with a healthy side of mutants/zombies

Mutant Football League  http://www.mutantfootballleague.com/ Keeping with the theme of arcade-style sports games I loved in my youth and owned on Nintendo 64 (quite specific traits to build a theme on, huh?), NFL Blitz was another series I played relentlessly. I’ve personally always preferred the quick, over-the-top style of arcade games as opposed to the more… Read More Mutant Football League: an arcade football game with a healthy side of mutants/zombies

Dunk Lords: playground basketball meets Counter-Strike

Dunk Lords http://www.dunklords.com/ During my youth, the NBA Jam series was one of my favorite things to play-I owned multiple iterations on both the Super NES and Nintendo 64 (shout to the mom for all those trips to EB games and Babbage’s to look for copies). The fast-paced, arcade-style action was something this 10-year old… Read More Dunk Lords: playground basketball meets Counter-Strike

2018 Game Preview: Just Shapes and Beats

Just Shapes and Beats (http://www.justshapesandbeats.com/) I’m a huge fan of the “bullet-hell” genre of games. Titles such as Lifeforce and Contra on the original NES were the games I cut my teeth on when I was just a youngling. Undertale‘s battle mechanic took this tried-and-true formula and injected it into an instant-classic RPG which is… Read More 2018 Game Preview: Just Shapes and Beats