April showers bring retro gaming. The releases have hit a bit of a lull, allowing one such as myself some time to catch up and breathe (when allergies and stormy downpours aren’t thinking otherwise). What better excuse to hit up some smaller titles that remind me of the days in my parents’ basement in front of a TV that was neither flat nor high-definition. Don’t get me wrong, I’d go insane if I had to return to that barbaric way of life! I just want the good nostalgic feeling! Pour yourself a bowl of sugar cereal like it’s Saturday morning and enjoy some Radio Waves.
Tracks and field
The first BIT.TRIP Runner game wrapped me up for a while with its plucky tunes, simple controls and my frustrating desire for a perfect run through any given level. Commander Video returned this February in BIT.TRIP presents RUNNER 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien, a refined sequel that maintained the awesomeness and kicked the fun (and accessibility) up a notch. Fresh off my time with HarmoKnight, I found myself craving more musical jogging action and finally made this purchase thanks to a random coupon Steam bestowed upon me (twice). I’ve only played a handful of levels so far, but my fix is surely to be satisfied.
Surprise, Kickstarters are still totally a thing! That’s good though, since it helped bring the gaming world this doozy of a gem by the title of Shovel Knight. Seemingly an homage to old-school favorites like Mega Man and challenging affairs like the infamous Dark Souls, Yacht Club Games, a team of former WayForward devs, is looking to bring that feel-good retro flavor back in spades (heh). You can grab your own shovel this winter when the game hits on Steam, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. Those interested in helping post-Kickstarter can locate their Paypal link here, along with all the necessary details about the project itself.
Blendoku – The Sudoku explosion wasn’t all that long ago, but it almost feels like forever now. Enter Blendoku, an iOS game less about number placement and more about sorting out colors that accurate depict the blends found between two extremes. Fun and free.
As always, I’ll be keeping my ears open to the world of gaming and you should too.
Radio Waves is a segment where Aaron aka BGRadio takes some time out of his video gaming schedule to reveal his latest game fix, favorite gaming story and mention a taste of what’s over the game horizon in general. It can be whatever you want it to be, except that it’s actually about what I want it to be. That cool? So put on your robe and your favorite fuzzy slippers, let’s chill and talk about what’s currently on the weekly radio.
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