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What a busy day, I have six games here to show you, all of them brilliant and all Full Releases. Most of these will be either digging up fond memories of the past or leaving you scratching your head.

Let us go back to 1980 something. Synthwaves, leather jackets and the much-missed arcade scene of our youth (or is that just me?). 198X embodies this and plays as a commentary on what life was like. Although short, it is Part 1 of a series I very much hope gets completed, so I can enjoy it to the fullest. Pixel art at its finest and a kick-ass soundtrack.
Skip forward a decade and we've got My Friend is Pedro... well the old flash version at least. Today the talking banana continues to be a bad influence by manipulating you into causing mass murder on a scale that would make Deadpool cry bravo with enthusiasm. Roll, dive, climb or skate through the ballet of violence. When Pedro says shoot, you shoot, no questions asked.
I feel like my game choices are getting darker and darker. In Amid Evil, another world needs you as their champion to fight evil and push back the darkness. The main draw of this game is the retro appeal. Many reliving their days of Doom and Heretic with a fast-paced, run and gun gameplay.
Total darkness now, visually and thematically. Super Pig X basically forces you to send pigs to the slaughter in order to see where you're going. That... is pretty dark and messed up, but makes for a very interesting gameplay mechanic I haven't seen before. Expect to die more times than Dark Souls, but you know, on purpose this time.

What does this do? Oh, what happens if I press this? That's odd, Whoops. These will be common phrases for all who play VICCP where you're given an incomplete manual for a complicated computer. I'm sure nothing can go wrong in that situation.
Probably the happiest game on my radar this day is BonVoyage. No killing, moody lights or evil, just nice casual puzzles to have fun with. Slide islands around to create a path for the Knights while drinking a nice tea and relaxing on the sofa, or wherever you enjoy relaxing.

 

Check them out below and tell me what you think. Any of these grab your attention like it did mine?

 

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198X (https://198xthegame.com/)
Genre: Retro, Adventure, Racing, Shooting, Beat'em up
Price: $9.99/£8.99
Developer: H-Bit Studios
Publisher: H-Bit Studios
Release Date: 20th June 2019
Available on PC (Coming to PS4, XBOX1 and SWITCH
Steam Store

Welcome to Suburbia, just outside the City, sometime in 198X. This is the journey of Kid, a teenager stuck between the limitations of innocent youth and the obligations of inevitable adulthood. The story unfolds when Kid discovers the local arcade – finding new worlds, and new meaning, in video games. For every visit to the arcade – every game uncovered, every move mastered, every demon defeated – Kid grows stronger. And the lines between game and reality starts to blur…

PART 1. I'll repeat again, this is a PART 1 of a game series. Something that has been lost on a few people despite the devs transparency on their steam page. It's also not a very long game. A player making no mistakes or continues would probably find they can finish the game with an hour. Another aspect of the game that might deter others is the extreme linearity. This is in all its form, an interactive fiction with different vertical slices of games from the 80s, some of which work better than others.
It may seem like I've listed many negatives about the game, but I still found myself enjoying it. There is a big nostalgic element pulling at me with the retro graphics, fond memories of the games they parodied and even the story about the arcade scene and what it meant for people.
So ye, I enjoyed the game and thoroughly recommend it. But I recommend with caution as I feel it may not be for everyone. The few bad reviews I read commented on this linearity and in my opinion this isn't a fault of the game, it is a fault partly on how it was sold or promoted to people.

So get the game, but be aware of what kind of game it is... also the price may be a little high... just a smidge.

 

 

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My Friend Pedro (http://www.deadtoast.com/)
Genre: Action, Shooter, Parkour
Price: $16.99/£13.17 (15% off till July 9)
Developer: DeadToast Entertainment
Publisher: Devolver Digital
Release Date: 20th June 2019
Available on PC and SWITCH
Steam Store

My Friend Pedro is a violent ballet about friendship, imagination, and one man’s struggle to obliterate anyone in his path at the behest of a sentient banana. The strategic use of split aiming, slow motion, and the ol’ stylish window breach create one sensational action sequence after another in an explosive battle through the violent underworld.

Not many would know (including myself till recently) that this game started as a free to play flash game, way back we had nothing better to do than mess around on the computer during class. It was much the same, a talking banana telling you to kill people but it only lasted for 20minutes. Fast forward to today and we have a much meatier experience with improved parkour animation and bullet-time mechanics. The gameplay can be repetitive, a lot of the weapons are very similar and you are literally shooting and jumping for the whole game. Although a very pretty game, it doesn't really live up to the hype for me. 
I see this as a more casual game to enjoy, as I did have a lot of fun, but I kept sideglancing at some of the other games waiting for me to enjoy.

Sidenote... one of the most kickass trailers I have seen in a long time. Would absolutely be behind a tv series or movie based on this idea and animation.

 

 

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Amid Evil (https://newblood.games/)
Genre: Action, FPS, Horror
Price: $16.00/£12.39 (20% off till June 27)
Developer: New Blood Interactive
Publisher: New Blood Interactive
Release Date: 20th June 2019
Available on PC
Steam Store

A retro FPS for the ages! Once branded a HERETIC. Now YOU have been chosen as our champion! Reclaim our sacred weapons. Take back our ancient lands. If you can stand... AMID EVIL.

This is pure retro shooting in the vein of Doom, Hexen, and Heretic. Echoing the brutal and fast gunplay action of old. I won't comment too much on the story, as there isn't much of one and to be honest if you're playing this game, you are more interested in shooting (very well designed) enemies in the face. Like a lot of the games it is taking inspiration from, they have gone as far as adding secret rooms, unforgiving traps and a cheat menu for when you're not feeling particularly honest and just want to revel in the mayhem and gore.

To quote Conan on what is best in life. "To crush your enemies and see them driven before you"

 

 

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VICCP (http://quasardeep.com/)
Genre: Casual, Simulation, Puzzle
Price: $8.49/£6.11 (15% off till June 27)
Developer: Quaserdeep
Publisher: Quaserdeep
Release Date: 20th June 2019
Available on PC
Steam Store

VICCP is a Very Important Central Control Panel. Brainstorming / Puzzle / Quest / Point Click. You are using a mysterious remote panel that you can control. Find out how it works, make decisions, solve puzzles. The game has a lot of endings that you have to find yourself.

When you're told not to press the button but you still do, this game is for all of ya. Boasting multiple endings where your choices have consequences brings fond memories of several other classics that achieved cult status amongst many. Games like Papers Please and Please Don't Touch Anything. There's definitely a pattern here, of games that prey on our idle minds and curiosity, then punish us in hilarious different consequences. Most people I've watched on Youtube (and I'm a victim too) have gotten one of the endings within a minute of playing. That's the first taste of what's to come and it hooks you immediately.

Highly recommend the game for those easily tempted by shiny buttons and those with stronger willpower... are you sure you don't want to press the buttons?

 

 

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Super Pig X (http://superpigx.com/)
Genre: Puzzle, Platformer, Gore
Price: $4.79/£3.83 (20% off till June 27)
Developer: Sos Sosowski
Publisher: Sos Sosowski
Release Date: 20th June 2019
Available on PC
Steam Store

Super Pig X is a platformer about a pig stuck in total darkness. The only way to see the level is to die and let blood cover the playfield. Avoid spikes and dangers and maneuver your way through the levels to get to the other pig before you lose all your lives to win! Easier said than done! This game will make you swear, sweat, and want to flip your desk. Not seeing the level is not the only setback as the game is packed with traps, mazes, and puzzles that you will never see coming. Make your way through dark levels so hard, that sometimes they even make you exploit in-game glitches.

Extremely bloody content would be an understatement. The very fact you have to die and platter your guts everywhere to even SEE the level, pretty much sums up what you are getting yourself into. Besides the gore, the game actually presents some really fun and challenging puzzles with every level completed giving you that 'just one more' feeling that many games strive to achieve. For those of us with a more conscientious thought, or you just don't like the sight of huge amounts of blood, you can play in 'Vegan Mode' as Super Falafel, same game but with no pigs harmed in the process.

 

 

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BonVoyage
Genre: Casual, Puzzle
Price: $4.49/£3.59 (10% off till June 27)
Developer: Boris Zapotocky
Publisher: Boris Zapotocky
Release Date: 20th June 2019
Available on PC
Steam Store

BonVoyage! is a drag tile puzzle game variation where you need to drag tiles to reconstruct path for stranded knights in levels varying in gameplay rules and complexity. Engage in a beautiful cartoonish style and beat the best scores. Help lost heroes find their way home!

I love seeing solo developers go from strength to strength. Coming from their last game Car Puzzler, there have been many improvements graphically and in the puzzle designs.
In this game, he has taken a very commonly known tile puzzle game where you slide pieces to make an image and created something new and interesting. The art design and music is lighthearted and compliments how relaxing it is to play this little gem.
Over 70 levels to enjoy, with more promised to come and if that still isn't enough, there is a level generator to keep you happy for hours to come.

Nice casual game, definitely worth its price. Slide into the steam store and grab your copy.

 

 

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