Time for a few more quick reviews of Steam games!
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EM: Shader Attack
|Where's the cool futuristic warrior from the Header image??|
EM: Shader Attack, developed by Live Jumb DT and published by Dagestan Technology on September 29th, 2016, is no different in that regard. Actually, it’s about as simple as Arkanoid-type games can get. Ten levels, with a possibility of 150 different map designs for bricks. No story, no concept out of the ordinary. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
|Breaking bricks, all the time!|
|Let's break some words.|
The last improvement made on the formula is that, instead of having to destroy every brick, a bar fills at the bottom with each broken cube and you move to the next level when it’s full. It was always one of the greatest weaknesses of brick breakers, frequently you had to break every last brick, making each level longer and more boring than it needed to be, when you were down to a handful of bricks sparsed around the area.
|It's even better when all the things go kablooey.|
If only I could find that old game I played, long ago, that was a brick breaker with gnomes…
Monster Loves You!
|"You must choose... but choose wisely."|
|At least the housing's nice in Monster Town.|
|On my first game, I fled into the wilderness.|
Dunno what that says about me.
|How can we mess with the Little Red Riding Hood?|
|Woo! Respect! That's probably important.|
Not sure whether I should call this one a walking simulator, as it feels more like a puzzle game, but all you do half the time is move around and interact with objects. Oh well.
|Follow the arrows on the ground.|
|Ah, finally some lighting.|
|There isn't a single other person here.|
Why is there a pot boiling over a fire?
|The world is looking a little pale.|
I wasn’t wowed by this one, in case my description didn’t make that clear. I mean, it’s not terrible, I’ve seen far worse, and as far as puzzle games go, it’s pretty decent and forces the player to look around and find solutions. It’s also quite stylish. However, I’m still not sure clicking arrows to move around was such a good idea, and I keep feeling like most of the stuff here has been done before. It’s alright at best. Passing grade, I suppose. You can purchase it on Steam for about 5$.
Just run from left to right. Keep running, and jump to avoid the obstacles. Sounds easy enough.
|Just a pup on its morning stroll.|
This is an arcade game in the purest sense of the term. The pixelated aesthetic and the chiptune music are clear indications of that, but also, it’s ungodly difficult. If this game required a quarter after every death, you would quickly get through ten bucks. Of note, the level is randomly generated, so you can never quite prepare for what’s coming next. Get good, that’s all I can say! Learn the timing, jump in time, avoid the spikes, survive as long as possible!
|Still got three pups to collect. I got kitten pup, pumpkin pup...|
Super pup, Christmas pup... Oh! Antarctic pup!
|Welp - Antarctic pup sucks.|
As you play, you might unlock new skins or characters – there are puppies and kittens that don’t do anything all that different from the main pug, but there are others with abilities. Do you want a Super Pug that can double jump? Perhaps you’d like a pug with a rainbow coming out of its ass? No wait! Penguin is where it’s at! (The penguin can barely jump and is terribly slow. It’s a joke option.) How about a cat that can hover?
It’s said that deceptively simple games like this one can become stupidly addictive. This one didn’t quite hook me, but it is okay for a few minutes at a time. It has a nice retro aesthetic and feels very much like the sort of game you can play for a moment or two. However, if you want to get good at it, you’ll have to train for a while! The game only costs roughly 1$.
See you next time with another Steam Pack.