Category Archives: Gaming

Chill Puzzle Game “Arctictopia” Now on Steam PC

Publisher Gravity Game Arise has announced that new puzzle title Arctictopia is now available on Steam PC. Developed by Taiwan-based indie developer Gamtropy, Arctictopia is a game intended to focus more on helping you chill out rather than intensely test your skillz. Here’s the official breakdown of Arctictopia from Gravity Game Arise: Arctictopia is a puzzle game set in the

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Retro Game Review: “Thunder Force II” (SEGA Genesis, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of everything 80s. Derp. Despite being primarily famous as a 90s console the SEGA Genesis (aka Mega Drive) was actually released in 1989, so the launch games and other early titles can still lay claim to being entertainment artifacts of the 80s. One such launch game is Thunder Force II. I know what

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Taito’s “Gun & Frontier” Joins the Arcade Archives on PS4, Nintendo Switch

Publisher Hamster has announced that vertical shooter Gun & Frontier is now available on Nintendo Switch and PS4 as part of the digital Arcade Archives series. Originally released in arcades by Taito in 1990, Gun & Frontier puts one or two players behind the stick of the Desperado, “earth’s latest fighter plane.” Your mission: strike and destroy the vicious cabal

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Horror MMORPG “Requiem Online” Open for Pre-Registration

Gravity Interactive recently announced that their horror MMORPG Requiem Online is now open for pre-registration. The game is expected to go live on 25 August. Set in a bleak, nightmarish world teeming with monsters, Requiem Online is actually being “relaunched” following a number of improvements and other changes (which may not be improvements, depending on your point of view). Here’s

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Retro Game Review: “Chack’N Pop” (Taito, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the chicken laid the first egg… or, wait… Today we’re going to look at Chack’ N Pop, an arcade puzzle platformer released by Taito in 1983. A horde of monsters has stolen all of Mr. and Mrs. Pac-Man Chack’n’s hearts, so now they don’t love each other, or something

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Lighthearted Sci-Fi Cloning Adventure “Overloop” Coming Soon to Consoles, PC

On Wednesday, indie game publisher Digerati announced plans to release the futuristic sci-fi puzzle-platformer Overloop on PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbone, and SeXbox. Developed by Charge Games, Overloop is described as “a light-hearted adventure set in a dark future where big brain scientists create a cloning gun.” The game begins when this weapon is mass produced and made commercially

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Retro Game Review: “Ninja JaJaMaru-kun” (Nintendo Famicom, 80s August Special)

Konichiwa! Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the development of opposable thumbs. Today, we’re going to take a look at Ninja JaJaMaru-kun, an arcade style 2D action game developed by Jaleco and released for the Nintendo Famicom in 1985.  Ninja JaJaMaru-kun is technically a spin-off, as the game stars the little brother of Ninja-kun from Ninja-Kid. Princess Sakura has

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Free Prologue for “Space Tail: Every Journey Leads Home” Coming to Steam PC

The 2.5D platformer Space Tail: Every Journey Leads Home is slated for a release this Fall for both Nintendo Switch and Steam PC. However, for those who are eager to try the game out, there will be a free demo available exclusively on Steam titled Space Tail: Lost in The Sands. In Space Tail, players take control of Bea, a

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Vector5Games’ “Jungle Joe” Now Available for Commodore 64

Earlier this week, Vector5Games released Jungle Joe, a brand new Commodore 64 game four decades after the system’s heyday. For those out of the know, there is a fairly healthy C64 indie/homebrew scene. She why have I decided to to highlight Jungle Joe? One word: Alliteration! As for Jungle Joe, it’s a puzzle-adventure game where players must build a ladder

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The Sci-Fi Horrors of “Cryospace” Coming to Steam PC in 2023

Publisher Games Operators recently announced that the futuristic horror game Cryospace is coming next year to Steam PC. Developed by Kuklam Studios, Cryospace takes place in “a world inspired by the science fiction books of the 50s and 60s and the original Alien movies.” Here’s the official breakdown of Cryospace from Games Operators: Whether you call it a stroke of

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Arcade-Style Shooter “After Wave: Downfall” Now on Xbox; Coming Soon to PlayStation, Switch

Indie game developer and publisher 7 Raven Studios recently announced that After Wave: Downfall is now available on Xbone and SeXbox, is coming soon to Nintendo Switch on 4 August, and finally to PS4 and PS5 on 5 August. After Wave: Downfall is a vertically scrolling, arcade-style shooter set in a sci-fi world decimated by a great flood. One or

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Repel Vampire Hunters and Choose the Perfect Red Drapes in “Dracula’s Castle”

Have you ever played a Castlevania game and thought, “I wonder who is Dracula’s decorator?” Thanks to developer Astirian-Rae Games and publisher Gameparic, it could be you! Okay, it’s more complicated than that, but Dracula’s Castle is coming soon to Steam PC, nonetheless. Dracula’s Castle gives players the chance to recruit underlings, defend your home from pitchfork-wielding mobs, and of

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Bullet-Time Metroidvania “REDSHOT” Now on Steam PC

On Tuesday, independent game developer Brian Lynch released his first game REDSHOT via Steam PC. Developed by Lynch as a one-man development team, REDSHOT blends bullet-time mechanics into the Metroidvania formula (“Metroidvania” being gamer speak for a non-linear action adventure game. Sorta). Here’s the official breakdown of REDSHOT from Lynch: REDSHOT is a bullet-time Metroidvania where everything is deadly, but

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Extraction Shooter “Zero Sievert” Coming to Steam PC; Free Demo Now Available

Game publisher Modern Wolf recently announced that it will publish Zero Sievert, a procedurally generated, top-down extraction shooter developed by new independent developer Cabo Studio. Inspired by games like Escape from Tarkov and S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Zero Sievert is set in the “tense and ruthless atmosphere” of a post apocalyptic world. Players must traverse procedurally-generated maps, loot gear, and explore the devastated

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Risqué Retro Arcade Game “Spy Bros. (Pipi&Bibi’s DX)” Coming to Nintendo Switch, Steam PC

RAWRLAB Games and TATSUJIN recently announced that Pipi & Bibi’s will be coming to the Nintendo Switch and Steam PC later this year as Spy Bros. (Pipi&Bibi’s DX). Originally developed in 1991 by TOAPLAN (creators of Snow Bros.), the Pipi & Bibi’s arcade game went mostly under the radar due to most arcades choosing not to license it. Why? Not

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Retro Game Review: “RoboCop” (NES, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the breakup of Pangea! Since the original RoboCop film was released in July 1987, that makes this year an anniversary of sorts. To celebrate, we’re going to pick apart RoboCop for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Published by Data East in 1989, RoboCop is for NES

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“Ray’z Arcade Chronology” and “RayStorm x RayCrisis HD Collection” Confirmed for Western Release

Publisher ININ Games recently confirmed that both Ray’z Arcade Chronology and RayStorm x RayCrisis HD Collection will be receiving a western release on both Nintendo Switch and PS4. While Ray’z Arcade Chronology is planned to launch on 23 March 2023 in Japan, there is no set release date for the western versions. All of the games are being developed by

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Fantasy RPG “Gale of Windoria” Coming to PC, Consoles in August

On Thursday, KEMCO announced that Gale of Windoria is planned to release for Steam PC, Nintendo Switch and Playstation consoles on 4 August, and Xbox consoles on 3 August. Originally released on mobile platforms, Gale of Windoria is a turn-based fantasy RPG with a retro-inspired pixel art aesthetic. Here’s the breakdown of Gale of Windoria from KEMCO, followed by the

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“RimWorld Console Edition” Available Today on Playstation, Xbox

Game developer and publisher Double Eleven has announced that RimWorld Console Edition is now available (as of Friday, 29 July) for Playstation and Xbox consoles. Originally developed by Ludeon Studios, RimWorld Console Edition is a simulation game that puts players in control of the lives of three colonists. The game plays out differently depending on which of three AI story

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Nichibutsu’s “Roller Jammer” Now on Nintendo Switch, PS4 Via the Arcade Archives

Publisher Hamster has announced that roller derby game Roller Jammer is now available on Nintendo Switch and PS4 as part of the digital Arcade Archives series. Originally released in arcades by Nichibutsu in 1984, Roller Jammer puts players in the shoes- erm, skates- of an aspiring roller skater hoping to become the ultimate roller skating champion. However, speed and tight

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Retro-Inspired Stealth Game “Boney’s Research on Humans!” Coming to Steam PC on 17 August

On Wednesday, independent developer CarlosMakesGames announced that Boney’s Research On Humans! is planned to release on 17 August via Steam PC. Boney’s Research On Humans! is a retro-inspired stealth game that emphasizes collecting data over action. Playing as the titular non-living journalist Boney, players will take photographs and collect research to bring back to Monsternett, thereby proving the existence of

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Puzzle Platformer “A Tale of Paper: Refolded” Coming to Xbox, PC in August

On Wednesday, publisher Digerati announced that A Tale of Paper: Refolded is planned for release on 19 August for Xbone, SeXbox and PC (via Steam, Epic, GOG and other storefronts). Both a PS5 and Nintendo Switch version are expected to launch later in 2022. Developed by Open House Games, A Tale of Paper is a puzzle platformer that was originally

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Game Review: “Avenging Spirit” (Nintendo Switch)

Upon first hearing about Avenging Spirit, I immediately thought of an old GameCube game called Geist. Ever play that one? Well, the gist is, you play as a ghost who possesses enemies and then uses their individual abilities to progress. Definitely a similar concept to Avenging Spirit, but after playing through it, I am more reminded of the old SEGA Genesis game, Kid Chameleon.

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QUByte Brings the “Thunderbolt Collection” to Consoles on 4 August

Earlier this week, QUByte Interactive and PIKO Interactive announced that classic shoot ‘em up compilation QUByte Classics: Thunderbolt Collection will be coming to Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbone, and SeXbox on 4 August. Originally developed by PIKO, the Thunderbolt titles are vertical scrolling 2D space shooters akin to Raiden and Truxton. Here’s the official breakdown of QUByte Classics: Thunderbolt Collection,

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Classic Arcade-Inspired “Smoothcade” Coming to Steam PC, Consoles Later This Year

2Awesome Studio recently announced plans announces they will publish Smoothcade later this year for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox and Steam PC. Developed by Joseph J., Smoothcade is a multiplayer puzzle-platformer inspired by classic “clear the screen” arcade games like Bubble Bobble, Snow Bros., and Dig Dug. Here’s the official breakdown of Smoothcade from 2AS, followed by the announcement trailer: Smoothcade

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Taito’s “Chack’n Pop” Joins the Arcade Archives on Nintendo Switch, PS4

Game publisher Hamster has announced that puzzle platformer Chack’n Pop is now available on Nintendo Switch and PS4 as part of the digital Arcade Archives series. Originally released in arcades by Taito in 1983, Chack’n Pop puts players in control of Chack’n, a birdlike blob who must quickly traverse underground labyrinths and retrieve the hearts that have been stolen by

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Narrative Adventure “Alfred Hitchcock – Vertigo” Coming to Consoles this Fall

On Wednesday, Microids announced the release dates for the console versions of Alfred Hitchcock – Vertigo. 27 September in Europe & 4 October in North America. Boom. Developed by Pendulo Studios, Alfred Hitchcock – Vertigo is a narrative adventure game loosely based on the classic Hitchcock movie. The game is described as “a disturbing investigation inside the human mind.” Neat!

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