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  1. AI War 2: A Distraction-Inducing Indie for Passionate Gamers Are you a gamer who loves indie games? If so, then AI War 2 is a game you need to check out! This incredible indie game has been captivating gamers with its unique gameplay, immersive graphics, and challenging missions. In this blog post, we will dive into the world of AI War 2 and explore why it is a distraction-inducing indie game that will keep you hooked for hours on end. So, grab your controller and get ready for an adventure like no other! The Intriguing World of AI War 2 The Allure of Artificial Intelligence One of the key aspects that sets AI War 2 apart from other indie games is its captivating depiction of artificial intelligence. As you immerse yourself in this game, you'll find yourself entangled in a battle against powerful AI adversaries who are constantly learning and evolving. The dynamic nature of the AI in AI War 2 ensures that each playthrough offers a unique and challenging experience. Get ready to engage your strategic thinking and outsmart the AI opponents in an ever-changing battlefield. Endless Possibilities and Replayability AI War 2 offers a vast array of possibilities, ensuring that no two playthroughs are the same. With multiple factions, various ships and units, and customizable strategies, the game allows you to experiment and adapt to different situations. Whether you prefer a stealthy approach or an all-out assault, AI War 2 caters to your preferred play style. This level of flexibility guarantees endless replayability, keeping you engaged and entertained long after your first victory. Immersive Graphics and Sound Design Indie games are known for their unique art styles that often transcend traditional boundaries. AI War 2 is no exception. Its visually stunning graphics will transport you to a futuristic universe teeming with life and detail. From the intricately designed spaceships to the breathtaking interstellar vistas, every aspect of the game is crafted with precision and care. The immersive sound design further enhances the gaming experience, enveloping you in a world brought to life by a symphony of futuristic sounds. Conclusion AI War 2 is a captivating indie game that offers gamers an unforgettable experience. With its intriguing portrayal of artificial intelligence, endless possibilities for gameplay, and immersive graphics and sound design, AI War 2 is sure to keep you hooked for hours on end. Whether you're a seasoned gamer or new to the indie scene, this game will provide you with the challenge and excitement you crave. So, gear up and immerse yourself in the world of AI War 2 - an indie game that promises to be a distraction-inducing masterpiece!
  2. Bad North is a charming but brutal real-time tactics roguelite. Defend your idyllic island kingdom against a horde of Viking invaders, as you lead the desperate exodus of your people. Command your loyal subjects to take full tactical advantage of the unique shape of each island.
  3. Are you looking for a unique and entertaining game that will challenge your mind and provide hours of fun? Look no further than Aviary Attorney! This charming game is a murder mystery like no other, set in the late 1800s Paris, France, with a cast of colorful characters and a captivating storyline. I recently had the pleasure of trying out Aviary Attorney, and I must say, it exceeded my expectations. The game offers a refreshing change of pace from the usual RPGs and first-person shooters that dominate the gaming industry. With its focus on puzzle-solving and critical thinking, Aviary Attorney provides a welcome break from the fast-paced action of modern games. One of the standout features of Aviary Attorney is its beautiful visuals. The game's graphics are reminiscent of traditional lithographs and have a distinct charm that sets it apart from other titles. The attention to detail in each character's design and animation adds depth and personality to the game's world. But it's not just the visuals that make Aviary Attorney special - the gameplay is equally impressive. As a player, you take on the role of a detective tasked with solving a series of murders. Through careful observation and deduction, you must piece together clues and interview suspects to uncover the truth behind each crime. The game's dialogue is witty and engaging, making the interrogation process feel more like a conversation with a friend than a dry Q&A session. Another aspect that sets Aviary Attorney apart is its inclusion of classical music as ambient sound effects. The game's score perfectly complements its Victorian-era setting, immersing players in the era's opulence and sophistication. At $15, Aviary Attorney is a fantastic value for the amount of content available. With multiple cases to solve and a richly detailed world to explore, this game promises hours of entertainment for anyone who loves a good mystery. And, with its gentle learning curve, Aviary Attorney is accessible to gamers of all skill
  4. JoshB

    911 Operator

    As a gamer, few things capture your attention like surprises, especially when your expectations are set low. When first installing 911 Operator, I had a vision of a simplistic game lacking in depth and control. I am pleased to report that this game defied my initial assumptions, offering an immersive experience like no other. The game introduces itself with a selection window prompting which monitor you'd like to use for display – a quirk I was not expecting. While this feature may seem insignificant, these small details contribute to the overall authenticity and immersive nature of the game. On the downside, the ad sell screen, showcasing thumbnails of the developer's games and downloadable content (DLC) options, feels a bit intrusive. But let's not dwell over a few initial hiccups; once they are dealt with, the real fun begins. After breezing through the tutorial, which is succinct yet valuable, I found myself becoming increasingly engaged in navigating the game during a typical round. The audio aspect is particularly striking – you are enveloped in the background filled with the radio chatter of emergency units, a feature that adds a significant touch of realism. The game doesn't chase hyper-realistic graphics; instead, it adopts a simple visual design that efficiently serves its purpose. This works in the game's favor as the attention is not on hyper visuals but on the task at hand - managing emergency situations. The various emergency units available are easily spotted on the detailed map, the main platform you interact with throughout the game. Unlocking new maps is dependent on your reputation, a feature that adds a layer of intrigue and challenge. Furthermore, with a starting budget of just $5,000, your resource management skills will be put to the test. Rest assured, there are ways to increase your cash flow by dealing with incoming calls and alerts. Playing 911 Operator is as thrilling as it is challenging. Navigating through the game, especially on hard mode, was like being a real-life 911 Operator, dispatching units all over the map. Despite the stress and adrenaline rush, I found the game immensely enjoyable - a perfect pastime fitting comfortably in short breaks or extended gaming sessions. Of course, I had some frustrations, like not knowing the best way to use a health flight helicopter, and the game could have done a better job guiding me through these new units. But these are minor gripes in an otherwise fantastic game. As for replayability, new emergency units and missions are introduced through various DLCs, adding more variety to gameplay and keeping the experience fresh. With a graphics rating of 3.5 out of 5 and an equally commendable audio rating, the 911 Operator proved to be one of those hidden gems in the gaming world that you'll be glad you stumbled upon. In a nutshell, 911 Operator offers a gripping window into the high-stakes world of emergency services, making you appreciate the grit it takes to perform under such demanding circumstances. Whether you're a seasoned gamer or someone just starting out, it's a journey worth undertaking. You might begin playing the game with a casual mindset, but you'll soon be hooked, knee-deep in the fascinating world of 911 operations.
  5. Hello, dear reader! Let's take a scenic journey down the captivating narrative that's Autonauts, a brilliantly designed game that remarkably transcends the boundaries of your usual gaming experience. Autonauts taps into the charm of long multi-hour gaming sessions, seamlessly expanding and layering more advanced items, with no particular stakes or goals to achieve in its creative mode. The game takes on a delicate rhythm, resembling a soothing, harmonious dance that requires you to learn each step, and each movement before you can embrace its full beauty. Let's dissect its unique features in detail. Learning Curve and Game Mechanics Autonauts start simple. It introduces itself – just like a polite acquaintance would. The first two hours of gameplay are intriguing, like a first date, where you get familiarized with the depths and edges of the game, including the concepts of simple coding and programming of bots. You mold a systematic approach, setting up storage and carrying out tasks in sequence: tree-cutting, log-gathering, storage, repeat. Gradually, you unravel how to delegate tasks to your bots, each assigned to specific duties: picking up logs, cooking, delivering food, ensuring everything flows in sync, and building an assembly line. Graphics and Audio The graphics don't lure you in with ultra-realistic views; instead, they follow a simplistic approach. Everything is what it seems, adding an honest appeal to the game. The audio, with its unique sounds for each action and engaging background music, complements this simplicity rather well. Immersion and Automation But, there's much more to Autonauts beyond its gameplay. It's more of an experience; it's automation. You set up your workbenches, manufacture your bots, and direct them on what they should be doing, thereby instituting a self-sufficient system. The game allows you to break free from monotony with world events and a day-night cycle, making the game immersive and fun. Throw in elements like potential tool upgrades, maintaining your land, and ensuring your bot team is efficient, and Autonauts takes everyday gaming to a new level. Price and Similar Games So, what's the price tag of this immersive experience? Autonauts is currently available for $20. It may not be groundbreaking or introduce something entirely new into the gaming world. Still, it certainly takes existing processes and adds an engaging twist by incorporating elements of automation. If you enjoy games such as Automachef, Overcooked, or Animal Crossing, Autonauts is bound to capture your attention with its refreshing concept. To sum it up, Autonauts is a cozy, enjoyable game, perfect for those who would love to create automated systems and delve into simplistic, yet strategic gameplay. Hours can pass while you remain engrossed, building, automating, and expanding your game world. To stay updated on the games we delve into every week, make sure to visit www.thisindiecreator.com. We'll be breaking down the first two hours of a new game each week. Next week, we'll be introducing an old-school RPG-style dungeon crawler game, Avernum 3. Till then, Enjoy your gaming, and remember to let the bots do the work! Happy Gaming!
  6. Coming into the game you get that feeling of an 80's movie. There's the sweeping camera pans and the music is pretty spot on. 198X actually gives you that immersion of watching/playing a game set within the 1980's. Was actually getting into the game and its storytelling when a huge brick wall made itself known. The core of 198X is that the main character finds this arcade and begins their journey of finding themself. The problem is that what I will refer to as minigames, actively block your progress. I'm fine with incorporating these mechanics into your game and I have no problem with it. My problem is that I am forced as the player to go through the minigame. As someone who has played arcade games like this in the past, that's fine but, give me as the player to walk away from the arcade cabinet and continue the journey of the main game. I never had that option for my character to leave the game and find another to play. As I found that during the game you do get unlimited "coins" but that doesn't help in the feeling of having to finish that particular game in order to move on.
  7. If you're a fan of puzzle simulation games that stimulate your strategic thinking and planning abilities, look no further than Automachef. In my most recent First 2 Hours stream, this clever title offered an unexpected and thoroughly engaging blend of culinary craftsmanship, industrial engineering, and resource management. Automachef presents you with the unenviable task of running an increasingly busy restaurant, along with a twist – all the chefs are robots that you have to optimize. Instead of sweating over a hot stove, your main concern is the efficient positioning and programming of these robotic chefs. With a set of objectives to fulfill and various constraints to work within, every gaming session transforms into an intriguing test of your problem-solving skills. Right off the bat, I found Automachef to be a unique brain-teasing delight. The gameplay primarily revolves around figuring out how to automate your kitchen to prepare increasingly complex menu items. Deciding to keep the grills energy-efficient and adjusting the speed of the busy robot assemblers depending on the complexity of items turned out to be clever strategies. The game also offers challenges and bonuses as you progress, including interacting with cool gadgets like lasers! Difficulty gradually ascends, with each new level introducing more complex recipes and orders. This complexity encourages you to consistently reevaluate and adjust your kitchen setup for peak efficiency – an exercise that can be both intellectually rewarding and slightly stressful. Nevertheless, the fun in playing comes from the satisfaction of watching your programmed kitchen run smoothly. In terms of graphics and audio, Automachef is surprisingly on-point. You won't require an RTX supercomputer to enjoy the game. The visuals are simple yet engaging, bringing to life each robotic chef and grill without the need for hyper-realistic, groundbreaking graphics. The sounds of sizzling meat and robotic motions provide the perfect background as you deep-dive into the gameplay, offering just enough immersion without being overwhelming. As for playability, Automachef maintains a fine balance. It's easy to understand at first glance, yet it can be a bit confusing while trying to figure out the positioning and direction of the robotic arms. This added layer of challenge contributes to the overall fun and enjoyment. Figuring out the best strategies to optimize the restaurant's operations can be an exhilarating test of one's strategic thinking and problem-solving prowess. Automachef is a fantastic puzzle simulator for everyone from seasoned gamers to casual players looking to engage their minds for a few hours. The graphics, music, and gameplay all contribute to an overall enjoyable and satisfying gaming experience. If you're interested in checking out Automachef, you can find it on Steam for $15. A significant amount of entertainment for a reasonable price. Worth giving two thumbs up!
  8. The feeling of the art animation and style is very reminiscent of that of a dream. Where the world and characters have this fuzzy look about them. I think that this was a design choice for immersion of the player experiencing the game and brings you a little bit more into the story. Speaking of the story it was interesting to see how the choices you make for both Harry and Kurt affect the story as it continues. Harry's story starts as this wide-eyed wonder with some sense of wanting to become a hero going on this new adventure while Kurt's point of view is one of a father enlisting into the army in order to find his son. As we move through the months of these two characters, they're experience of the war changes their world views and even their own views. Don't really have much to say in regards to the audio side in that the celebrity voice acting was pretty cool. Of course, the tone and story wouldn't have changed if they had used actual voice actors to bring a voice to Harry and Kurt. The background music was in my opinion not in your face and distracting, in fact, I would say that it kind of blended into the background. Mechanic the game is at its core a walking simulator that incorporates some easy puzzles that you have to do in order to continue the story. There were a few things that had me confused, especially at the beginning. One scene with Harry had me wondering if the game had broken. I wasn't able to move the camera view with the mouse, only able to move the character around via the keyboard controls. Had realized that this was a design choice but as the player I had no idea that this was the case. This happened a few times later but by this time, I knew that this was the case. Overall the game is very compelling in telling a story and is something that I can say I will continue playing and even retry different decisions in order to see how those decisions will change the story.
  9. Welcome to Automachef, a resource management puzzler where you design kitchens, program machinery and watch your genius come to life! It’s time to engineer tomorrow’s kitchen, today!
  10. In this blog post, I've shared my insights on the game, "Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey". While the game's unique spin on our evolutionary journey and immersive graphics were fascinating, it fell short when it came to user-friendly gameplay and ongoing maintenance. Unresolved bugs were a recurring issue. I'd give the game a 6.5 out of 10, with points deducted largely due to these flaws and its steep learning curve. Despite the hiccups, if you appreciate one-of-a-kind concepts and can overlook a few technical glitches, this game could be an exciting venture for you. I'd recommend looking for it on sale platforms like Steam or Epic Games Store for a discounted purchase. https://www.theindiebasement.com/ancestors-the-humankind-odyssey-chasing-the-evolutionary-dream/
  11. In my gaming segment, 'The First 2 Hours,' I explored and reviewed Ancestors Legacy, an immersive real-time strategy game set in the Middle Ages. Although the game didn't offer tutorials outside of its campaign mode, I was quite impressed by the highly engaging gameplay, visually striking graphic novel-style artwork, and captivating music. I appreciated the game so much that I ended up rating it 8/10, acknowledging its superb replayability and the value it offers for its price. I'm eagerly suggesting all gamers try it out. Stay tuned as I delve into "Ancestor - The Humankind Odyssey" in our upcoming episode. https://www.theindiebasement.com/
  12. Ancestors Legacy is a squad-based real-time strategy with a strong focus on tactics. Inspired by medieval European history, it brings to life four different nations and their conflicts, usually solved by war. https://twitch.tv/2tonwaffle
  13. Survive your evolution in Neogene Africa starting 10 million years ago. Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is a third-person open-world survival game where you Explore, Expand, and Evolve to advance your clan to the next generation in the exciting new adventure from Panache Digital Games. https://twitch.tv.2tonwaffle
  14. As the intro music plays in the background, I want to thank you all again for stopping by for the first two hours of the night. This is normally when I would choose a game completely random from my Steam library collection and play it blind for you guys since these titles usually have zero hours played. We'll critique it, review it, and have some fun in the process. At the end of the two hours, I'll give my overall thoughts - is it worth replaying? Absolute garbage? Just what I think after experiencing it. Tonight, we're taking a look at American Fugitive. It's described as an indie action-adventure game with top-down overhead gameplay. You play Will Riley, who has been framed for his father's murder. The story follows your escape from prison and attempts to clear your name while evading the police. Before starting, let's check out the options menu. I've already had a brief look around before, but nothing too extensive. As you can see, resolution is limited when not running in fullscreen mode, which is pretty common but still annoying. You also have control customization, audio options, and various game settings. Alright, let's actually load into a new game and get this review underway! story intro text plays Right off the bat it's putting us in some tense situations. Looks like I have a choice to make here about waking my wife… let's try not to disturb her rest any further for now. The gameplay shifts to a top-down perspective as we arrive at my father's house. Hmm, something seems off already though - that's not his car parked outside! breaks a window and finds a murder scene Welp, there goes the neighborhood! And just like that, I'm a wanted man. After a sketchy trial, I find myself calling my contact from inside the prison. At least the back-and-forth had some humorous moments, like when he's antagonizing another inmate. And then plot hook - he's spotted the suspicious vehicle! Time to bust out of here and investigate. Escaping the prison grounds was pretty amusing at first. I started by just roaming around until I came across a crowbar in order to escape via the storm drain. From there it was a lot of wandering around in just my tighty-whities trying to find something to cover up with. I picked up the first item I came across which happened to be a bright pink dress. The townsfolk must be loving the free show! Eventually, I stumbled across a locked shed with - you guessed it - a crowbar inside. With that in hand, I was finally able to make some progress. The open world is very typical top-down small-town style, with houses, shops, garages, and more to explore. The graphics are decent for what they are going for. Mechanically, it plays like the old GTA games so far. WASD to move, inventory system, basic actions mapped to keys. Driving and shooting would likely feel better with a controller too. Location-based objectives help guide you around the perimeter. My contact Dwayne tipped me off to the whereabouts of that suspicious vehicle I saw at my father's death. Of course, by the time I arrive, it's already vanished again. More dead ends so far in trying to clear my name. I did get a new change of clothes though - that pink dress was not a good disguise! From there, it was onto assisting Dwayne with various criminal side-missions to hopefully earn clues. Things like stealing valuables from houses to fence at the pawn shop, crushing abandoned cars for scrap, and delivering beatdowns to rival gang members. The latter understandably got the police vigorously pursuing me. Evading the wanted levels provided some tense moments, with the sirens blaring as I desperately tried to outmaneuver roadblocks and patrol cars. It captured that fun risk/reward feeling of classic top-down crime games. Graphics held up well during the hectic chases too. Around this time, I also started to appreciate some of the role-playing elements under the hood. Things like upgrading my character's carry weight and health through a skill tree with money earned from jobs. quietly sneaking into areas versus boldly barging in. It added meaningful progression beyond just the main story. Those side activities helped flesh out the world beyond just being a tested fugitive. Learning more about the criminal underbelly through allied contacts, and the sociopolitical tensions fueling gang violence in this downtrodden town. It painted a believable setting for an unlikely everyman thrust into dangerous circles. After laying low for a bit to let the heat die down, I rendezvoused with my mysterious benefactor at her home. She provided some intriguing insights into deeper forces at play behind my family's tragedy, hinting at corruption in high places. Her enigmatic nature kept me guessing as to ulterior motives too. With the two-hour review period nearly up, I think American Fugitive shows promise for an indie title doing its take on the “wrong man on the run” genre. Mechanically it takes inspiration from classic top-down crime games of old while carving out its small-scale narrative and town to get lost in. For around $20, fans of those older sandbox staples should find fun and replay value here - especially if played in shorter bursts versus marathon sessions. The police AI could stand to be less eager to frame you for every neighbor's demise though. Overall an enjoyable sleeper hit so far. That wraps things up for tonight's first look at American Fugitive. As always, thanks for tuning in and joining me for these gaming expeditions into the unknown. Feel free to join the discord to continue chatting, and I'll be back again next week to review another mystery title from my catalog. Until then, later taters! Title: American Fugitive Developer: Fallen Tree Games Release Date: May 21, 2019 Supported Platforms: Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Genre: Action, Adventure Single-player, Co-op Description: You play Will Riley, who was framed for the murder of his father. You must escape from prison and uncover the real killer while evading the police. Key Features: Open-world top-down gameplay in a small American town Customize your character with upgrades like health, strength, etc. Steal cars, complete missions to earn money, and build your reputation Discover hidden areas, complete challenges like time trials Evade the police by outdriving or outwitting them Craft weapons and use melee combat against enemies Price: $19.99 USD So in summary, it provides an open world top-down GTA-style experience where you escape prison and try to clear your name as a fugitive while upgrading your character and evading the police. Available on multiple platforms including Switch for around $20.
  15. We've all experienced the soul-crushing fear that comes with a looming doomsday scenario. Whether it's through movies, books, or real-world events, the threat of total annihilation can throw our humanity into sharp relief. In 60 Parsecs, developers Mortewolt throw the player into just such a situation - hurled helplessly through space as a nuclear weapon bears down with destructive intent. However, instead of inducing panic, 60 Parsecs uses its high-stakes premise to explore what truly makes us human. With whimsical graphics, dark humor, and meaningful moral decisions, it finds moments of light even in our darkest hours. The game begins by thrusting you into chaos. As the last remaining crew member of a doomed space station, you rush to collect supplies and rescue your comrades before the missiles hit. However, the frantic opening scene is just the catalyst for an ongoing survival drama that evolves with each new challenge. Escaping to an escape pod with three others, you now must carefully ration resources, make difficult choices, and keep your fragile community intact. With limited food, medical supplies, and oxygen, every decision carries life-or-death consequences. What sets 60 Parsecs apart is its tone. Where other survival games induce stress, this one finds moments of levity. Its colorful, cartoon-like art gives an absurd quality to even the direst of situations. For instance, one crewmember develops a serious coffee addiction, constantly demanding their fix. This adds tense humor as caffeine withdrawals threaten group stability. Elsewhere, seemingly mundane events like encountering an injured alien force decision with a philosophical bent. Do you let another starve to help an outsider? In each scenario, 60 Parsecs uses dark comedy to cut through heavy subject matter. The gameplay reinforces this balance of survival mechanics and absurdist storytelling. Spending the majority of time managing resources and relationships within the cramped escape pod, strategic choice-making, and chance keep gameplay engaging throughout multiple runs. Randomized events mean no two playthroughs are alike, exploring new narrative possibilities each time. While randomized, all scenarios stem logically from crew needs and circumstances, maintaining verisimilitude. And with multiple crewmember types influencing gameplay, replay value remains high as new strategies emerge. Visually, 60 Parsecs embraces its cartoon aesthetic wholeheartedly. From the escape pod’s whimsical interface to the kooky aliens, creatures, and artifacts encountered, its stylized graphics lend an irreverent charm. Rather than photo-realism, the hand-drawn visuals enhance the absurd yet meaningful tone. They perfectly capture the mood of finding momentary humor even in humanity’s darkest of places. Likewise, sparse but effective sound design and voice work support the unusual yet engrossing world without unnecessary bells and whistles. For those seeking more than just a mechanics-driven experience, 60 Parsecs offers profound insights into human nature itself. Placing the player in control of dwindling resources and difficult choices exemplifies how community and compassion can transcend even the greatest of hardships. Dark humor acts as a release valve for heavy subject matter, highlighting our ability to find light in darkness. Most importantly, it reflects on what truly connects us - our shared capacity for reason, empathy, and hope, even in humanity’s darkest hours. For gamers wanting gameplay with genuine philosophical substance, 60 Parsecs delivers a timely and thought-provoking narrative well worth exploring.
  16. JoshB


    Coming into 198X, you immediately get that feeling of being immersed in an 80s movie. Sweeping camera pans introduce the scenes and settings while the synth-heavy soundtrack perfectly captures the vibe of that era. Within just a few minutes of starting a new game, I was effectively transported back to the 1980s just by the aesthetics and attention to authentic detail. The core story focuses on our main character, an unnamed teenager, who discovers an abandoned arcade one day and begins using it as an escape from their everyday struggles. As they play more and more games, they start to learn lessons about who they are through the challenges and experiences within each cabinet. It's a clever narrative device that allows the gameplay to directly inform the progression of the character. When I first started engaging with the "minigames" as part of advancing the story, I was actually quite drawn in. Games like Bump 'n' Jump, Space Rockets, and Cyber Empires were fun, retro-style experiences that stayed true to the arcade classics of the 80s. Succeeding or failing felt impactful as I watched how it affected my character's personal journey unfolding on the screen between levels. The arcade setting was the perfect vehicle to deliver this coming-of-age tale and keep me invested in seeing where the character would end up. However, it wasn't long before I hit a massive roadblock - the inability to walk away from a game I was struggling with. As someone mentioned in the narrative, while the storyline presents the arcade as an escape, I never truly had the option for my character to leave one cabinet and try a different game if things weren't going my way. I was forced to keep playing the same frustrating level over and over until I eventually succeeded or got so stuck that I needed to look up a guide. This is where the otherwise immersive experience began to fall flat for me. As someone who has spent many quarters in actual classic arcades, part of the fun was having the freedom to switch to a new game easily if one wasn't clicking. 198X removed that agency and replaced it with a structure that feels more like a series of disconnected, standalone games rather than a cohesive narrative experience. According to the Steam page for 198X: "198X is a retro-inspired adventure game where you play through levels based on classic arcade cabinets from the 80s. Guide a nameless teenager through their formative years as they confront challenges, discover who they are, and figure out where they belong." It goes on to list some of the key gameplay elements as: Discover minigames inspired by classic cabinets from the golden age of arcades Develop your skills through challenging action, puzzles, and more Progress through a coming-of-age story presented between game sessions Experience beautifully rendered pixel art paying homage to 80s visuals An emotive synth-wave soundtrack that enhances the atmosphere Based on this description, the developer's intent seems to have been crafting a narrative-focused game where nostalgic arcade mechanics served to propel the plot and character development forward in an engaging way. For the most part, it succeeds admirably in recreating that retro arcade vibe. However, where it falls short for me is in the rigid structure that doesn't allow any respite from particularly difficult minigames. Being forced to play the same level over and over removed my ability to shape the experience and feel truly in control of the character's journey. It broke the immersion of the arcade setting when I supposedly had unlimited tokens but still wasn't given a choice to walk away. This small compromise of player agency could have kept the overall experience from becoming a frustrating grind in some spots. Maybe designing the games to have multiple difficulty settings or ways to earn extra lives/continues might have alleviated the issue without disrupting the flow of the narrative too much. As it stands, getting repeatedly stuck on one cabinet distracted me from the otherwise engaging story. In the end, 198X had all the right ingredients to transport me back to the golden age of arcades. The graphics, music and overall attention to period detail created a really compelling setting and atmosphere. Where it falls a bit short is maintaining that sense of lively, interactive fun when the gameplay loop becomes too restrictive and punishing due to the inability to switch games. With some adjustments to player options on the difficult minigames, it could have achieved its narrative and nostalgic goals while keeping the experience consistently enjoyable. As is, it remains an impressive technical achievement that's worthwhile for fans of pixel art and 80s aesthetics, but one held back from true greatness by its lack of provision for frustration.
  17. The feeling of the art animation and style is very reminiscent of that of a dream. Where the world and characters have this fuzzy look about them. I think that this was a design choice for immersion of the player experiencing the game and brings you a little bit more into the story. Speaking of the story it was interesting in seeing how the choices you make for both Harry and Kurt effect the story as it continues. Harry's story starts as this wide-eyed wonder with some sense of wanting to become a hero going on this new adventure while Kurt's point of view is one of a father enlisting into the army in order to find his son. As we move through the months of these two characters, they're experience of the war changes their world views and even their own views. Don't really have much to say in regards to the audio side in that the celebrity voice acting was pretty cool. Of course, the tone and story wouldn't have changed if they had used actual voice actors to bring a voice to Harry and Kurt. The background music was in my opinion not in your face and distracting, in fact, I would say that it kind of blended into the background. Mechanically the game is at its core a walking simulator that incorporates some easy puzzles that you have to do in order to continue the story. There were a few things that had me confused, especially at the beginning. One scene with Harry had me wondering if the game had broken. I wasn't able to move the camera view with the mouse, only able to move the character around via the keyboard controls. Had realized in that this was a design choice but as the player I had no idea that this was the case. This happened a few times later but by this time, I knew that this was the case. Overall the game is very compelling in telling a story and is something that I can say I will continue playing and even retry different decisions in order to see how those decisions will change the story.
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