Bit of an interesting week then.
There have been three ball rolling/platforming games released on Steam this week. I have no idea why this genre is so popular but I guess I will never get it. Do any of them get featured below? Nope. Probably for the better as I’m not sure I could keep my usual snark to a minimum. I do often wonder if I’m a little too hard or snarky on games when I shouldn’t be. I did tone it down when I got questioned about it once but I think it might subtly creep back into my style when I write this series. When you’re looking through 40-70 questionable titles every blog post, it’s hard not to snark.
This post is part of a series where I feature the most interesting new releases on Valve’s Steam store. With my first impressions commentary to go along with each. Learn more about this series at this blog post.
Feature: Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy
Want to take command of a space fleet? Published by Slitherine, Star Hammer is a 3D tactical space battle game. Usually a genre of gameplay that only shows up in 4X games, seems these devs wanted to make it a full-fledged game. I’m certainly intrigued by it because a lot of 4X games don’t do this style of gameplay right. Either it’s an afterthought or it slogs down at some point. I definitely want to try it out. I’ve never heard of Slitherine before I started this Journey Through Steam series. But, they’ve been coming out with a lot of games I find interesting for the same reason I find a lot of Paradox games interesting. Hopefully I’ll give this a go in the not-too-distant future.
It wears its influences on its sleeve, pants, shirt and shoulders. This might be a pretty decent title for those wanting the Kerbal Space Program experience but on a 2D plane and on your mobile device. It’s mildly intriguing. I do wonder if it’s truly going for the simulation route or the more arcade physics route that I’ve seen a lot of games of this type. According to the reviews it’s going for the more arcade style. Ah well. It’s the first tile from this guy on Steam but not his first game by the looks of it.
When Painkiller: Black Edition (a game that came out 11 years ago) looks better than a 2015 FPS “old school shooter” game, you know you done goofed. Considering said game is the exact same price as this one…..well….the choice seems obvious. Old school doesn’t justify poorly/lazily developed games. It should be noted that this game was launched on Newgrounds five months ago to very mixed reviews on that site. I did try it out. It’s got a lot of problems. Everything from the muddied graphics, poor gun-play and unsatisfying combat. It needs a lot of help before it should ever be sold.
Side Note: Color Assembler
Odd little color/shape mixing puzzle game. Connect shapes together to get the right combination of color to finish out the level. Nice, casual little game by the looks of it with decent graphics.
Side Note: BIOS
Claiming to be “racing first person shooter” without any visible racing in the trailer or screenshots, BIOS is an odd curiosity. Oh wait, they mean time-attack levels. Where you compare your times through levels with others online. How running around against no one = racing, I’m not entirely sure. I don’t think I’m being too nit-picky about that distinction.
Most Epic Music in A Trailer: Mighty Switch Force! Hose it Down!
I dunno if you can possibly get any more pumped for a Pipe-Mania-styled game but now I want to see someone try. (I actually have the two Mighty Switch Force OSTs in my library and they are very good. Never played the games because they’re both on Nintendo systems and I don’t own either!).
What Am I Watching? Trailer: Bitweb
I…have no idea what is going on. It’s free to play so even if there wasn’t a return policy, you’ll lose nothing….but I don’t think it’s even worth the megabytes to download it.
Also, as you might have noticed, I’m showcasing some of the more interesting trailers I find on Steam. Let me know if you want to see more and whether you want me to embed the trailer or not directly into the blog post. Thanks for reading!