Author Archives: Blake Worrell

Greatest Levels in Gaming: “Alex Kidd in Miracle World” (SEGA Master System, Attack Helicopter Week Special)

Since Alex Kidd is oddly relevant this year, today we’re going back to an Attack Helicopter Week of years past to look at one of the most innovative stages from SEGA’ flagship title for the Master System, Alex Kidd in Miracle World. In the mid to late 80s, the SEGA Master System was the underdog in a sales race with

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Retro-Inspired Platformer “Metaloid: Origin” Comes to PS4 on Tuesday

Publisher Eastasiasoft has announced that retro-inspired action platformer Metaloid: Origin will be available on PS4 starting Tuesday, 13 July (that’s tomorrow, at the time of this writing). Developed by Retro Revolution and ported by 7 Raven Studios, Metaloid: Origin is actually the sequel to a run-and-gun action title METAGAL. And while the name “Metaloid” might suggest an inspiration from Nintendo’s

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Fighting Game-Inspired Combatants Hit the Comic Book Page in Tyler Kirkham’s “Final Boss”

Over the weekend, veteran comic book creator Tyler Kirkham launched a crowdfunding campaign for Final Boss, an all new 40+ page high-octane graphic novel. At the time of this writing, the campaign is well beyond funded, so now all that is left to worry about is stretch goals and fulfillment, right? Returning to the book… Created, written and illustrated by

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Throwback Platformer “Within the Blade” Coming to Consoles on 16 July

Publisher Ratalaika Games has announced that Ametist Studio’s 2D action-platformer Within the Blade is coming next week to PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. Blending ninja action, stealth, and RPG gameplay elements with a throwback pixelated art style, Within the Blade looks to be designed for hardcore platformer fans, whether they are nostalgic for the punishing, retro games of the

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Sleeveless Comics’ “Englewood” Book 2 Now on Indiegogo (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

Earlier in July, independent comic book creator and Sleeveless Comics founder Micah Curtis launched a crowdfunding campaign for Englewood: Book 2, the 66-page follow up to the first issue that was successfully crowdfunded in 2019. Written by Curtis and featuring illustrations by Brian Martinez and colors by Armand Strange, Englewood is a street-level superhero story set on the crime-ridden streets

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Taito’s “Sea Fighter Poseidon” Joins the Arcade Archives on PS4, Nintendo Switch

Game publisher Hamster has announced that Sea Fighter Poseidon, the classic underwater action arcade game, is now available on PS4 and Nintendo Switch as part of the digital Arcade Archives series. Originally released by Taito in 1984, Sea Fighter Poseidon has only previously been available to play at home via a Japan-only release on PS2. In Sea Fighter Poseidon, players

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Splatto Comics Launches First Jawbreakers Solo Adventure with “Knife-Hand: Blindspot”

On Wednesday, independent comic book creator and Splatto Comics founder Richard C. Meyer launched a crowdfunding campaign for Knife-Hand: Blindspot, a 48+ page book set in the Jawbreakers universe. Written by Meyer (Iron Sights, 499) and illustrated by Kenneth Loh (G.I. Joe), Blindspot is a solo adventure featuring the titular Knife-Hand as he jumps into action to rescue the rest

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Koch Media to Publish “The King of Fighters XV”

Earlier this week, Koch Media announced that they will be publishing The King of Fighters XV, the next installment of SNK Corp.’s long-running, one-on-one team fighting franchise, which is coming soon to PS5, PS4, SeXBox, and Steam PC. Coming six years after KoF XIV, this latest KoF game continues the series’ tradition of pitting teams of martial artists against each

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ALL CAPS Comics’ CyberFrog Toy Line is Live

Over the holiday weekend, renowned comic book creator and ALL CAPS Comics founder Ethan Van Sciver launched a crowdfunding campaign for the first wave of action figures based on his popular CyberFrog comic book series. Here’s the official pitch taken from the Indiegogo campaign page: At last! CYBERFROG ACTION FIGURES are GO! We’ve been on a nice winning streak with

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An Old School SEGA Fan Celebrates the “Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX” Physical Edition

Today I received the physical edition of Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX for Nintendo Switch, and it has a lot to offer if you’re an old-school SEGA fan. And I do mean REALLY old school (like me). To see how the package stacks up to the original SEGA Master System version, check out the video below. Thanks for watching

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“The Adventures of Tail-less in Outer Space” Blasts Off on Indiegogo (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

Independent comic book creator Aria Black recently launched a crowdfunding campaign for The Adventures of Tail-less in Outer Space, a sci-fi anthology collecting issues 1-5 of the Tail-less mini comics and the Tail-less / Not Daredevil Ashcan. The project is already fully funded, so now all that remains to worry about are those sweet stretch goals… plus printing and fulfillment,

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“Batbarian: Testament of the Primordials” Coming Soon to PS4, Xbox One

On Thursday, publisher DANGEN Entertainment announced that Batbarian: Testament of the Primordials will be coming to both PS4 and Xbox One on 15 July. Released on Steam PC and Nintendo Switch in October 2020, Batbarian: Testament of the Primordials is described as a “metroidvania” (or a nonlinear, 2D action adventure game for those who hate the metroidvania term). The game’s

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Psychological Horror “Dark Fracture” Coming to PC, Consoles in 2022

Game publisher Feardemic recently announced an agreement to publish Twisted II Studio’s first-person horror title Dark Fracture for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, SeXbox and Nintendo Switch. The game is tentatively scheduled for a late 2022 release, to include physical editions. Taking its horrific inspiration from Zdzisław Beksiński and H.R. Giger and featuring an Eternal Darkness-esque sanity meter, Dark Fracture

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“Arcade Archives Raiden” Available Today for Nintendo Switch and PS4

Hamster has announced that Raiden, the classic arcade shoot-em-up (or as we called it back in its day, a “shooter”), is available today (1 July) on PS4 and Nintendo Switch as part of the digital Arcade Archives series. Originally released by Seibu Kaihatsu in 1990, Raiden was the first game in the long-standing sci-fi shooter franchise. It was ported to

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Per Berg’s “Earthbound” Part 2 Blasts Off to Instant Success on Day One

On Thursday, independent comic book creator Per Berg (aka Narwhal) launched acrowdfunding campaign for Earthbound part 2, the long-awaited follow-up to 2019’s action/sci-fi epic.* The campaign has already blown well past its initial funding goal, having raised more than $8 thousand at the time of this writing. Written and illustrated by Berg, Earthbound part 2 promises to conclude the story

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Comics Du Nord’s “Guardians of Erloth” Returns to Indiegogo for Volume 3

Comics Du Nord recently launched a crowdfunding campaign for Guardians of Erloth Volume 3 part 1, the latest entry in the four-part graphic novel series. Written by Chael Roberts and featuring illustrations by Ryan Best and lettering by the prolific Eric Weathers, Guardians of Erloth Volume 3 is a 30-page epic fantasy tale of humans versus lizard people. Okay, so

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Minimalist Platformer “Flatland Vol. 2” Now Available for Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One

Publisher QUByte Interactive has announced that the confusingly titled third installment of Minimol Games’ FLATLAND series is now available digitally for Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One and SeXBox. FLATLAND Vol.2 is a 2D platformer featuring colorful yet minimalist visuals. Here’s the official breakdown of FLATLAND Vol. 2 from QUByte: The third sequel in the FLATLAND series brings the most challenging

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The Supernatural Heroes of Eric Ninaltowski’s “Shadow Sentry” Return in “Belly of the Beast”

Overnight, independent comic book creator Eric Ninaltowski launched a crowdfunding campaign for Shadow Sentry Book 2: Belly of the Beast, a supernatural action adventure book inspired by the high-octane comics of the 1990s. Written and illustrated by Ninaltowski, Belly of the Beast picks up immediately after the first Shadow Sentry book left off. Here’s the official pitch taken from the

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A Rookie Cop Tackles Crime and Corruption in Star Cross Comics’ “The Relentless Tin Soldier”

On Monday, aspiring comic book creator Nicholas Geer launched a crowdfunding campaign for The Relentless Tin Soldier, a new superhero adventure book that will be published by Star Cross Comics. Created and written by Geer and featuring illustrations by Sika Murti, colors by Walter Pereyra and lettering by the ever-prolific Eric Weathers, The Relentless Tin Soldier looks to be inspired

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Retro-Inspired Shoot-Em Up “Endocrisis” Now Available on Steam

Late last week, retro-inspired space shoot-em up Endocrisis launched for PC via Steam. Developed by a one-man team (namely Arturo Buschmann), Endocrisis is intended for fans of R-Type, Gradius or Ikaruga. The game’s unique mechanic is that enemy bullets can’t harm you when your own ship isn’t firing. Here’s the official breakdown of Endocrisis from the developer: Block and absorb

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“Cotton Reboot!” Releasing 20 July for Nintendo Switch, PS4

On Thursday, ININ Games announced that Cotton Reboot! will be released both digitally and physically on the PS4 and Nintendo Switch on 20 July in Europe, North America and Australasia (It’s been available in Japan since February). Developed by BEEP, Cotton Reboot! is a reimagining of the 2-D shoot-em-up originally released in arcades and later on the TurboGraphx CD and

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“Shingen Samurai-Fighter” Joins the Arcade Archives on PS4 and Nintendo Switch

Hamster has announced that lesser-known arcade beat-em-up (slice-n-dice?) Shingen Samurai-Fighter is available today (24 June) on PS4 and Nintendo Switch as part of the digital Arcade Archives series. Originally released by Jaleco in 1988, Shingen Samurai-Fighter was later ported to the PC Engine (that’s the TurboGrafx-16 for us Western chaps). In Shingen Samurai-Fighter, 1-2 players take control of a pair

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Physical Release of Survival Horror RPG “Chernobylite” Coming to PS4

Video game publishers All in! Games and Perp Games recently announced that the upcoming sci-fi horror RPG Chernobylite will be getting a physical release on PS4. The physical version is set to launch simultaneously with the digital releases for both PS4 and Xbox One is slated for later this summer. The PC version is also currently on Steam Early Access

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Lovecraftian Party Game “Sacrifice Your Friends” Coming to Switch, Xbox Platforms this Year

Publisher RedDeer.Games recently announced that the H.P. Lovecraft-inspired party game Sacrifice Your Friends is coming to Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and SeXbox later this year. Developed by Astrolabe Interactive and successfully crowdfunded in 2019, Sacrifice Your Friends is a comedic horror brawler for 1-4 players. The game is already available for PC via Steam early access, and when the Switch

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Moraes Games’ “Arcade Space Shooter 2 in 1” Now Available on Nintendo Switch

On Thursday, publisher QUByte Interactive released Arcade Space Shooter 2 in 1 on the Nintendo Switch eShop. Developed by Moraes Games, Arcade Space Shooter includes two games (namely Space War Infinity and Space Smash), both of which are modernized love letters to classics of the golden age of arcades (namely Asteroids and Space Invaders). Here’s the full breakdown of Arcade

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Cyberpunk Survival Horror Sequel “SENSE/s: Midnight” Coming to Steam this Fall

SUZAKU Games recently revealed that their upcoming 3D survival horror game SENSE/s: Midnight is coming to PC in fall 2021 and is now available to add to your wishlist on Steam. SENSE/s: Midnight is the first of multiple planned anthology style sequels to 2020’s Sense: A Cyberpunk Ghost Story, which was released for both PC and Nintendo Switch. Inspired by

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Issue 5 of Urban Fantasy Noir “Le Fay” Now on Indiegogo (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

No Sleep Press recently launched a crowdfunding campaign campaign for issue 5 of Le Fay, the latest 32-page installment of the supernatural adventure series featuring the sorceress of Arthurian legend. Written and created by Joshua Metzger and featuring illustrations by Miguel Angel Ruiz and colors by Vittorio Astone, Le Fay is described as an “urban fantasy noir” strictly intended for

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Jason Orfalas’ “Octopus Cowboy” has Eight Arms to Kill You (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

Independent comic book creator Jason Orfalas recently launched a crowdfunding campaign for Octopus Cowboy #1, a 100+ page graphic novel intended to be the first installment of an ongoing series. Written and illustrated by Orfalas, Octopus Cowboy tells the story of an unconventional Wild West adventure featuring an octopedal invertebrate protagonist. Here’s the official plot synopsis taken from the Octopus

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CAVE’s Fantasy Bullet Hell Shooter “Mushihimesama” Now Available on Nintendo Switch

During this year’s Nintendo Direct at E3, publisher Live Wire announced that CAVE Interactive’s stylish bullet hell shooter Mushihimesama is now available for the Nintendo Switch. Originally released in 2004, Mushihimesama (meaning “Bug Princess”) has since been ported to the PS2, Xbox 360 and even iOS. Here’s the official breakdown of Mushihimesama from Live Wire: Reco, a human princess, protects

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