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Dandy & Randy DX, Lumberhill, and RiffTrax Review

3 multiplayer games for console

A.J. Maciejewski

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I've been playing a ton of indie games as usual and have recently come across 3 distinct multiplayer games so let's check them out.

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Dandy & Randy DX Review PlayStation 5 ★★★★☆

There are many retro-inspired indie games and Dandy & Randy DX is here to provide a fun co-op multiplayer take on the classics. v1d30chumz 3-239-112-140

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Randy's on vacation so it's Sally's turn to shine

Dandy & Randy DX stars Dandy the bird 🐦 and Randy the bunny 🐰. A bird and a bunny, huh? Sounds like one of the best TV shows ever: Molang. Anyway, you'll also unlock Sally the chipmunk 🐿️ and Molly the frog 🐸 as playable characters as you progress.

Once you pick your favourite characters, you and a friend traverse stages that are composed of multiple interconnected screens which makes each level feel like a Zelda dungeon. Meanwhile, the core gameplay has you pick up objects and throw them into enemies to defeat them and you'll also unlock a wealth of fun-filled gadgets such as a boomerang, running shoes, a hookshot, and a hammer that can smash rocks. Exploring each stage in search of keys is a treat thanks to the delightful music, colourful visuals, and clever puzzles. Then, facing the boss is always a delight as you'll fight an assortment of goofballs that have somewhat tricky attack patterns.

With all of that in mind, Dandy & Randy DX is a rather short game as you can easily finish it within 1 or 2 gaming sessions. However, it's so jam-packed with cuteness and co-op fun that I still highly recommend playing it, especially if you can enjoy it with someone else.

It may be short but Dandy & Randy DX is so filled to the brim with old-school entertainment that any fan of co-op games will love it.

Dandy & Randy DX gameplay video → More Retro-Inspired Indie Games

Lumberhill Review Switch ★★☆☆☆

Chopping down trees and herding animals sounds like a promising premise for a party game so sharpen your axe and let's play Lumberhill.

Lumberhill screenshot
These lumberjacks are a long way from home

I wanted to play Lumberhill with my gaming chum after we watched the trailer as it seemed like a very cool new co-op game. However, our first hurdle arrived when we couldn't figure out how to setup a local multiplayer session due to the overly complicated menus. After that, we had a bit of fun learning how to play as you simply fulfill orders by chopping down trees and carrying the resulting wood to mills as well as picking up animals and chucking them to their stables. It's all quite simple which is good for a party game.

On the downside, there are no real cooperative elements to its gameplay. Whereas games like KeyWe and Overcooked feature clever mechanics and stage designs that force you to work with other players in order to complete tasks as efficiently as possible, you essentially just do whatever you want in Lumberhill. You can even forget that you're playing a co-op game after a while. On top of that, there are many annoying glitches such as how when trees spawn, they can make you go flying off the island if you happen to be walking over one at the time. Even if these glitches didn't exist, the clunky controls are frustrating to deal with so it's a real lose-lose situation. 🙁

Even though I wanted to enjoy Lumberhill, it definitely has a very long way to go to match the quality of its co-op contemporaries.

Lumberhill gameplay video → More Multiplayer Switch Indie Games

RiffTrax: The Game Review Xbox One ★★★★☆

From the makers of last year's underrated party game What The Dub?! comes another silly dub experience with RiffTrax: The Game.

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Fun fact: ninjas enjoy eating raw meat

Just like in What The Dub?!, RiffTrax: The Game is a party game where you and your friends input missing lines of dialogue in B-movie clips then vote on whose is funniest. In fact, both games are extremely similar although they feature different movie clips as RiffTrax: The Game mostly focuses on strange science fiction flicks. It also features the folks from Mystery Science Theater 3000 who voice their own lines if you play with a computer opponent or decide to choose lines instead of write your own. Although this is nifty, I must say that these lines are rarely funny and a lot of the time, they don't even match the clip. Instead of laughing, my gaming chum and I mostly looked at each other awkwardly whenever one of these lines was said. That aside, this is still a top-notch party game so give it a go.

RiffTrax: The Game is just as fun as last year's What The Dub?! so if you're in the mood for dubbing some lines, why not get both?

RiffTrax: The Game gameplay video → What The Dub?! Review
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