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Underwater gem

Nov/27/2016  

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English Ver. Sacrifice Girl -The Curse of Demon Snake- +Mini illust collection package
FoxEye
$2.85 / 324 JPY | 30pt (Point 10%)
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Underwater Horror Escape action game with illustration collection! Can she survive this cursed ocean area?
Doujin GameAction Executable File with Voicewith Musicwith Trial Version
  • Release: Feb/06/2013
  • DL: 141
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An underwater exploration, action, and horror game, more preoccupied by its atmosphere.

The labyrinthine caves, despite having some intended order, as you need to find items to delve further into the depths, are very open and heavily encourage exploration. Furthermore, the level design is pretty nontraditional, which isn't a problem; the solutions of the many puzzles are very elaborate and clever, enemies actually pose quite a threat on numerous occasions, and as oxygen is a constant issue, the air pockets and save points are laid out so that you're often on your last breath. The game's pronounced difficulty and lack of support make every discoveries feel rewarding.

But perhaps its best asset is its atmosphere. Whether you're swimming in the gloomy depths or being chased by the Demon Snake, the game is oozing with a strong sense of tension, which is rarely done so well, making it more of a timeless gem.

I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and I'll be looking forward replaying it sometime in the future. The whole game can be played for free through the trial, but the Mini illustration set is a nice addition, and serves as another incentive to support the creator.

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Devilishly clever puzzle game

Nov/07/2016  

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SILKROAD
SPRITE
$2.85 / 324 JPY | 30pt (Point 10%)
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Eat all the fruit and clear the stage! An enjoyable action puzzle game.
Doujin GamePuzzle Executable File with Music
  • Release: Jul/25/2010
  • DL: 10
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Short and budget-friendly puzzle platformer, which seems to have a lot of history behind it (1995 shareware?).

The game is divided into three modes, the last being unlockable. Each of the levels has you eat every pieces of fruit while sparingly & comically digging your way with vomit. Despite its cute allure though, the stages are rather evil.

The Puzzle levels has you eat fruits in a very specific pattern, accounting your scarce amount of gastric acid and making sure platforms remain accessible. They are laid out in such a bizarre, but clever manner, that the more far-fetched route would work; it really got me thinking, which is how puzzle games are at their best.

Action stages are more about dexterity, such as using enemies as footing. They are definitely as well thought-out, but I found that a handful of the latter levels were extremely hard; you'd have to time VERY well your jumps through tight spikes and falling enemies, the latter having odd hitboxes.

The game also saves replays of your best performances on every level, if you fancy getting the best times.

The whole experience was worth it, the Puzzle levels alone were what made the game for me. Definitely pick this up for a good brain twister.

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Short, but fun & unique puzzle game

Sep/30/2016  

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Genius Scientist: Bioruru
Kanagawa Electrotechnics Laboratory
$14.27 / 1,620 JPY | 150pt (Point 10%)
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Move the various "elements" into a beaker to create a mixture preparation. A fun puzzle game.
Doujin GamePuzzle Executable File
  • Release: Dec/06/2010
  • DL: 2
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GS:B is a puzzle game that uses a very fascinating mechanic, the power of chemistry. You handle various elements spewing out of taps, each with their own physics, and you draw to make chutes to lead the particles, making boxes to mix two types and producing new chemical compounds, and filling every beakers with a specific color; it's all self-explanatory.

Part of the challenge is that you have to combine colors in a certain order, using elements sparingly, be wary of unwanted particles, and you should keep in mind the way you're going to draw, as elements you would put in a reserve might get in the way later. Also worth noting that you can use a bigger brush, and pull out a stick that moves the particles a bit, so to speed up the process.

It felt like I was a scientist, connecting all the beakers and making concoctions, it was a really unique and fun experience.

However, since there's no time limit, there's a lack of challenge sometimes, and there wasn't much variety in the hazards and tools; there were only portals and the red glass. Puzzle games are at their best when they use their limited assets in inventive ways, and when the gameplay gets frantic.

There's only 25 levels, which are solved way too fast. I was hoping that they were just some lengthy tutorials and that the real game would start, and then, it ended after about 1h30, it felt like it was a prototype for a much bigger product.

Despite that, the game does have good level design to stay fresh, such as shoving yellows through tight pipes and up empty pockets to separate them from the reds, and the way the elements are laid out has you take caution in your playstyle.

Regardless of the few issues I have, this game is in such of a good standing that I'd be looking forward its sequel. Genius Scientist: Bioruru is a very interesting game, worth trying by anyone who look for new subgenres of puzzle games.

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