PICNIC PANIC

Imagine just having a peaceful picnic with your friends or schoolmates or family members, when suddenly, a bear shows up out of nowhere. This bear isn’t interested in what you’re eating at all, and looks like it wants human meat. Well, if ever that happens, you’ll do the only logical thing left to do: RUN!

Picnic Panic is an endless runner with visuals matching those of the indie console games due to it being made using the Unity ending. Your main goal is to run away as far as you can and keep running so that the bear doesn’t catch up to you. There’ll be obstacles along the way that’ll slow you down (including people that the bear will actually eat while chasing you and their bones and flesh will fly out – if these hit you, you will be slowed down) so steer clear of them to avoid getting eaten. It’s a pretty straight forward game – you run and stay alive – so there’s really not much to learn about it. The only button you’ll ever need is the space bar. This lets you jump, and holding it after a jump will let you glide using a little wedgie animation (gross and painful, but pretty hilarious). The glide is limited and has a bar, but it’ll restore itself as you run along, so make sure to use it sparingly, but don’t save it too much – let it save you. Once the bear reaches you, it’s game over and you’ll have to start again. The game is devoid of any type of upgrades or powerups that makes your character run faster or jump higher or whatever, giving the game very low replay value.

Although it’s a very short game, Picnic Panic is anything but boring. Although there are no upgrades or anything, I still played the game for around an hour to unlock everything. If you’re looking for a fun game where you don’t need to commit a huge amount of time to learn, play, and have fun, then Picnic Panic is definitely the best game for you to play

LEARN TO FLY 3

Penguins are one of the groups of more unfortunate birds. Why is that? Well, imagine being called a bird and not having the ability to fly. I mean, they even has these stubby little wings, but can’t use it to even float. It’s not surprising to see them want to get off from the ground and take flight – and to some, it’s their destiny to do so!

Learn to Fly 3 is a launch game that puts you in control of a group of penguins in a lab somewhere in Antarctica. Some other birds come in and suddenly call them fat – which is why they can’t fly. They get triggered immensely and vow that they’ll fly so high they’ll reach the moon. That’s the whole reason for the research lab. You’ll be using a lot of different technology like rockets, boosters, and a whole lot of other things that’ll let you fly high up in the sky and stay there.

The game is best played without skipping the tutorials as you’ll learn all of the stuff you’ll actually need to do there. You’ll start off with a simple spring launcher to fly up. Each attempt will give you a score, and depending on that score, you’ll be given a certain amount of money. You’ll then use that money to upgrade your equipment to help you reach better heights. Your launcher can be upgraded, and you can also buy stuff your penguin will wear to make you more aero dynamic, making you lighter to launch higher as well as giving your less air resistance. You’ll also be able to buy supplements for your flight like little rocket boosters that you’ll use after launch, as well as different “stages” like that of a real rocket where one thing comes off to help you get higher.

Learn to Fly 3 is a very simple game, but it’s very addicting and can suck in a lot of your time without you even knowing. It’s really easy to forget everything around you when you’re trying to compete with yourself, and the payoff rewards are instant. If you’re looking for a game that’s not too stressful, but is fun to play and easy to get in to, the you just found your game in Learn to Fly 3.

SCRAP METAL 3: INFERNAL TRAP

Driving is so much fun that there’s a lot of different genres of games created around it including racing, simulation, open world, and a few more here and there. There’re only a few games though that’ll give you just the thrill of driving around a little sandbox without any consequence. That’s where Scrap Metal 3: Infernal Trap comes in.

Scrap Metal 3: Infernal Trap is a driving simulation game that lets you drive a few different vehicles in an almost literal sandbox with no goals or consequences or whatever, just the fun of driving. The game was created using the Unity engine, and because of this, the game is such a virtual eye candy. The music is lacking though, and the only sound you’ll be hearing the whole game is the sounds your car make. It can get boring very quickly since the game really doesn’t have goals or anything, just lets you drive around. It’s alright though, you’ll forget about doing anything anyway since the visuals and the physics are good and is the actual fun you’ll have. The game controls using the mouse and keyboard. You’ll use the W, A, S, and D keys to steer. The mouse will be used to change any settings in the game, including your current vehicle. You’ll have a few choices when it comes to cars, like SUVs or trucks. By the way, one of the best features of this game is the track editor. This lets you put in any type of available obstacles anywhere you’d like. This gives the game a bit more of replayablity and removes some of the boredom of the blank track – anything that adds instant fun to a game is cool by me.

If you’re looking for a game where there’s no stress of competition, or goals to hinder you from doing what you want, or just something that lets you test drive some vehicles, then you’re in for a treat. Scrap Metal 3: Infernal Trap is just the game for you, and it’d be a waste to not try this game out.

BACON MAY DIE

Action games have been very successful in the past few years. Think games like Bayonetta or Nier: Automata, but in this new game, you’re not controlling an all-powerful son of a demon, or a witch with sadistic tendencies, or not even a blindfolded mini-skirted robot. You play as a cute little pig out to save the world from other evil pigs. Welcome to Bacon May Die.

Bacon May Die is a side scrolling action game that lets you play as piggy that has the sword and weapons skills to save the world from all the other pigs wanting to take over it. You’ll be using your arrow keys both to move around and to attack everyone in sight. Pressing or tapping your left or right arrow keys will attack with a single swipe using your equipped weapon (you’ll be able to equip different weapons aside from your default sword later on) or hold the buttons down to shoot in that direction. The down key will let you roll towards wherever you’re facing, giving you a good way to not only move forward but also avoid enemy attacks. The up button will let you jump which is also another means to avoid enemy attacks, but also changes your attack’s properties – some of your attacks while jumping will help you do combos and kill enemies easier. Each pig killed will drop money which you’ll be able to use during intermissions (there’ll be a lot in each level) to buy equipment and clothing for your cute little pig. Every few levels and intervals, you’ll get to see new enemies and they’ll become tougher and tougher, so it’s a good idea to practice fighting while the fights are still easy early on.

Bacon May Die is one of the cutest action games we’ve ever set our eyes upon, and we don’t really easily say that. It’s a good game with a good aesthetic feel, and almost everything feels like it was created with fun in mind. Don’t miss out on this one, it’s one hell of a fun game!

EPIC WAR 3

Wars have always been part of our history, and it will continue to be part of it until everyone is satisfied with what they have (which will never happen). Everyone will always want more control. In Epic War 3, that’s exactly what you do. You’ll go through battle over battle to gain more land and more control over everyone and everything.

Epic War 3 is a war simulator with real-time strategy elements and a whole lot of depth, not only because there’s a lot of characters, but also because of the great story and addictive gameplay. You start the game off by choosing between 6 characters, each with their own story and their own specific units to command (you’ll start off with 2 units and one spell, we’ll go on to that later). They all have different reasons, but they all have one goal, and that’s to take over all of the land. Once you’ve chosen your hero/villain, you’ll be taken to a world map with flags on each land that can be taken over. You’ll go against the remaining 5 characters, and each of you will start off with a set number of land – this counts as your lives/tries. You can only take over land that is directly next to your land, so make sure to plan ahead. When you’re on the world map, you’ll also be given time to prepare your troops – to choose between whoever you have available and to level them up as you see fit using the experience you get after every fight. Some fights will give you additional units and spells to help you in your fight to liberate the land. Units and spells can be equipped as long as you have CP. Right now, everything I’ve said may sound a bit complicated, but no need to worry. Although the game is kind of complicated as you start, the game won’t leave you without letting you know what to do in each turn until you master the game.

The game is mostly controlled by your mouse, but in battle, your keyboard is available to use for shortcuts. For example, at the bottom of the screen, you’ll see your units and you can click their portraits to choose them, but you’ll also be able to press the key that’ll display under them to do the same. Spells work the same way, too. You’ll get used to it, and you’ll be the best of the best!

If you’re looking for a game that you‘ll be playing for hours on end without noticing, then Epic War 3 is a great choice. The story, the music, and the feel of the game is just perfect. New Game+ will let you play the game again after finishing it, but with the same number of units you’ve already had on your previous playthrough, adding even more replayability. Give it a go, you won’t regret it.

UNFAIR MARIO

Mario is a name that is recognized by everyone that has ever touched a controller to play a game. “Isn’t that the Italian guy that jumps and collects coins?” Yes, that’s the guy. He’s known for games that everyone can just pick up and play because his games are always both for beginners and pros to enjoy. Unfair Mario, though, is a whole different situation, the title itself should let you know what you’re in for, so we hope you’re ready.

Unfair Mario is a re-skinned Mario 3 – so it’s the same game – an action platformer filled with traps and enmies, but 99% of the time, you should be more worried about the traps as they’ll kill you unless you know where they’re placed. Sometimes these traps decides to be unfair and will activate even when you’re not on them (the first floating platform would be a good example of this, the moment you touch it even from the side, you’ll fall and die). The game relies on a lot of memorization if you’d like to beat it. There’s not too many levels, but because of how the game is designed (unfairly), it’ll take a lot of time before each level can be done. The game is controlled entirely by your keyboard’s arrow keys. You’ll press the left and right arrow key to go left and right, while up will make you jump. Once you’ve tried the controls out (and died a few times along the way), you’ll get the hang of things and will start the memorization thing, that is if you’d like to beat it.

Is getting frustrated with a hard game something you’d call a fun time? If it is, then you’ll have a lot of fun with this game. Although the game itself is totally unfair, it’s got its own merits and can still be enjoyed. The satisfaction of finishing a stage in a very unfair game like Unfair Mario is something you’ll never get in any other game, so give it a go and get ready to throw that keyboard out of frustration with Unfair Mario!

THE ELECTRIC SHOCKTOPUS

An octopus isn’t too cute to look at, but when it’s made in a style that looks like it was grabbed off of an anime, then you know you’re in for one cute little game. Let the Electric Shocktopus take you on a ride as you go through multiple levels filled with mind boggling puzzles using a power that only an octopus with an affinity to electricity can use.

The Electric Shocktopus is a platforming puzzle game that lets you control a little octopus with a power a little different from what you’d expect (except if you read the title of the game). This octopus can control its body’s electricity and can conjur up magnetic forces at will. You’ll use this to move around each stage to get to the end and finish it. You can also collect the starfishes scattered all over the stage, but it’s optional, more of a bragging right for those that can’t do so. You’re given a bunch of abilities you’ll use including wall grabs and wall jumps and the ability to build up a charge to either repel or attract yourself to electric charges on each stage. This’ll come in handy in solving multiple platform puzzles. The game is controlled with only your keyboard, mainly with your arrow keys. If you’re ready to get your mind melted, then start loading the game now!

The Electric Shocktopus may not seem much at first glance, but it’s a deep puzzle game with such a good mechanic and solid controls. The concept it fresh and new, and everything you do should be calculated. If you’re looking for a puzzler to keep you on your toes, then you came to the right place.

WHACK YOUR EX

Not all breakups are good, and sometimes, you just want to bash your ex’s head in. If that ever happens to you, then do we have the game for you. Instead of actually destroying your ex (don’t do that, it’s a crime and we don’t want you in jail), Whack Your Ex should give you the same satisfaction without having the police come over to your place.

Whack Your Ex is a killing simulation game where you don’t really play the game, you watch as your ex dies in any way available of your choosing. You’ll be given a choice on what to use on your ex, but it’s actually kind of fixed (bummer) and each item will be specifically used on either the male or female ex. Each of the items you’re given have unique animations and some of them are pretty fun watching, some of them super gross, and some of them really bloody, so depending on your definition of fun, you’ll find some satisfaction in some of the animations. To be honest, this game is a little short and rough around the edges, with zero replay value. It doesn’t have too much of a story and it’s all about fun with slapstick. You’d have to be a bit sick to enjoy some of the animations, but that doesn’t really take from the funny game that this is. The game is played entirely with your mouse, so no complicated controls to figure out here. All you need to do is click the items you’d like to use as they’re displayed at the bottom of the screen. That’s all there is to it in playing this game.

Despite the game not being really a game and more of a “movie”, it’s one that gives you a choice between what happens, so it’s still something playable. Though I kind of made this game sound bad, it’s actually an ok game with very good animations (some I rewatched, yes, I am sick). If you want a game where you don’t really need to think but still have fun, then this game is for you.

 

ENIGMA STATION

There are a lot of developers out there with ideas just pouring over, and Enigma Station the fruit of one of those devs hard labor. It’s a game that doesn’t really have anything yet, but in time, it’ll be something that people will be talking about (if the dev/devs would continue work on it, but seeing the changelogs, it looks like that’s something we don’t need to worry about anytime in the near future).

Enigma Station is a game that’s still in very, very early development. There’s not much to do, but you’re able to test out a few abilities that are currently available to you. The game doesn’t really have a tutorial right now, too, but you’ll be using your keyboard to move around and navigate through what looks like a little test area to try out your guns and moves.  The test area has platforms for you to jump on and just move around with. The game is planned to be a metroidvania type of game, and already has a story drafted, but it’s not final yet and may change along the way, but basically it’s about a war being fought in space. Unknown to many, though, a virus has been spreading in a station (the Enigma Station) and it’s taking the lives of those inside the station. It’s up to you to save anyone else that’s still alive and destroy the virus before it can get out and destroy everything else in the universe.

I’d have to be honest, there isn’t really much of a game here, but it shows a lot of promise and would be nice if people could play the game and let the devs know how awesome it is and would be. We suggest keeping an eye out for Enigma Station as we can tell that this one is gonna be awesome once it’s done!

IRON HEART

Take an anime that’s weirdly popular because of its cuteness and its way of being relatable through its characters and add it to a game medium that fits the anime genre perfectly, and you get Iron Heart. If you’re not familiar with the Hetalia anime, then you might not understand a lot of what’s happening in this game, so we suggest watching it if you’d like to play Iron Heart, believe me, you won’t regret it.

Iron Heart is a visual novel about Hetalia, an anime that revolves around characters that are named as countries all around the world. These characters represent these countries not only by name, but also their culture, the way they move, and the stuff they like – it’s kind of how Japan looks at the stereotypes of these countries. Iron Heart is a kind of like a fan fiction about the anime and gives you more freedom, of course, instead of just watching what’s happening on the screen. You play as Lithuania and will be interacting with a lot of different characters like German, Prussia, and America. All you’ll really do is read through the game, which is why it’s called a visual novel. As you read, there’ll be times when you’ll be given a choice on what to say or do, and it will affect the future interactions with other characters as well as the ending, so this game has a lot of replay value because of all the different choices. The game can be played with just your mouse. Using your left mouse button lets you interact with the game. You’ll use this button to skip text and make choices. There’s not much to explain in this game since it’s very easy to pick up, play, and understand as long as you can read.

Iron Heart is just a demo right now and doesn’t have all the endings and paths completed yet, but give it some love by downloading the game. This game is very good and the writing is alright (it’s got a bit of a western style to it instead of just the Japanese style of writing scripts). If you want to play a visual novel, this would be a good start, especially if you know the Hetalia lore.