Hack, Slash & Backstab is an independent student project that recently hit the Steam and Xbox One marketplaces. Students at Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Media Arts Games Interaction and Creativity also known as MGIC Spell Studios, the developer and publisher behind stealth puzzle Tron knock-off A.V., tries their hand at capturing the nostalgia of couch co-op titles like Gauntlet and Dungeon Seige at a discounted title. But this title has a catch that can threaten your friendship status forever: Only one person can leave the dungeon with all the riches. That said, is this one even worth the couple bucks to own, or is it best left sitting in the corner ignored?
Base Squad 49, also known as Base Square 49 on its Steam Greenlight page, is a newly released budget title on Steam from developer/publisher Arthur Kariev, his debut creation. The trailer for this latest Unity lane defense style action game didn’t quite make it appear anything all that engaging to the player, speaking more to those looking for some quick achievements and trading cards for resale or badge purposes. That said, it could still be a fun little romp if the execution is done well. So, does this one do just that and make itself worth of that dollar, or is it better left sitting in the digital budget garbage bin?
If you’ve grown tired of crappy endless runners hitting the Steam marketplace, well, rejoice, as there’s now one centered around feces. Where’s My Mommy? is the tale of young Poopey in search of his mother after a terrible “earthquake” pulls the two apart. In his quest he travels through the colon in hopes of rescuing her before passing through the hole that no life has ever been seen from once it passes through, all the while avoiding a plethora of obstacles and memes along the way. But is this title worth the nearly six dollars US currency, or does it’s Binding of Isaac/Newgrounds style of artwork in the trailer stand as the only aspect of the game worth noting?
Bonsai is a good idea in theory, but it’s developer (and publisher) Rooted Concepts has put very little effort into it, not to mention doesn’t quite know what the concept of a “bonsai plant” is or what one looks like. This title immediately comes off like the most basic of Unity clicker assets, the kind you see accompanying Clicker Heroes knock-offs on various mobile stores, crossed with Viridi except with a price tag and none of that free title’s charm. What’s worse is the Steam community voted for this dreck to be on the Steam marketplace.
What’s Under Your Blanket?! is the debut Steam outing for One Game Studio, a development team or one-man operation I can’t find anything else about on-line anywhere. It was slapped on the Steam Greenlight program, and received enough votes to be released on that digital marketplace surprisingly quick. However, much like the recently released Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015: Do You Still Shower With Your Dad title, this one also comes with a decent amount of controversy, ranging between how this service is allowing this type of game to exist to how sexualized the content is and how it can be observed by both children and those easily offended by it. But is there really anything more to this one than just a one-joke gimmick about masturbation, or is there more to this title than meets the eye?
Long Beach, New York’s independent comic publishing company Terminal Press was started back in 2001 by Brian Ferrera. It’s best known for Toxic Teddies, 2008’s Candy Stripers, not to mention has worked with Nuclear Blast Records with Dimmu Borgir and Exodus. For the end of 2015, however, we are greeted with the first game release for the company: Death Goat. A throw back to the classic days of arcade shooters, the game has just released on PC through Steam, but was initially released in 2013 through Nocturnal Studio for the Xbox Live Indie Games marketplace. But does this romp through gritty metal landscapes worth checking out, or is it far from an impressive debut under the monicker?