As with most old-school gamers, I love a challenge so here are 5 recent single player games that'll thoroughly test your thumbs and brain.
Samurai Bringer Review PlayStation 4 ★★★★☆
Here's a fun hack and slash adventure with an intricate customization component so sharpen your blade and let's play Samurai Bringer. v1d30chumz 34-231-247-88
Samurai Bringer is one of those games that I expected to be fun but I didn't think it would be as great as it is. At its core, you simply run, jump, dash, and attack within 3D stages in order to clear out enemies and reach the goal. This is all handled exceptionally well on its own but things get interesting when you consider how much customization you can implement to really expand your little samurai's repertoire. On top of equipping new gear, you can also assign collected abilities to buttons as well as attributes for those skills and even chain them one after the other. For example, you can equip slice, reverse-slice, and thrust to a button then unleash a satisfying 3-hit combo. Or, why not add a wave effect to a sweep attack for some extra oomph? The possibilities are endless and more importantly; the fun is, too!
When it comes to hack and slash action, Samurai Bringer is sure to delight with its customizable gameplay and rewarding challenge.Samurai Bringer gameplay video →
Super Mega Zero Review Switch ★★★★☆
2D platformers implement challenge in interesting ways and in Super Mega Zero's case; it all boils down to restricting your jumps.
That's right; Super Mega Zero is a game that restricts you to provide challenge but it does so in a brilliant way. You basically control a 0 that turns into numbers upon collecting them then that number depletes every time you jump or air-dash. This concept sounds pretty simple on paper but when you really dive in and start to make significant progress, you'll be amazed at how many gameplay elements get added to the equation. From vertical shoot 'em up segments to springboards and gravity-flipping to crumbling platforms; there's a lot to keep things interesting. On top of that, there are collectibles scattered around many levels and you can complete stages in as little time as possible for even more replay value. It's a tough game but a heck of a lot of fun so definitely check it out. 😄
At first, Super Mega Zero was pretty cool but as I played it, I continually became more and more impressed with its sense of variety.Super Mega Zero gameplay video → More 2D Switch Games
Loot River Review Xbox Series X ★★★☆☆
Loot River promises to combine Tetris and Dark Souls in an interesting roguelike formula but does it succeed? Let's give it a go and see.
Before releasing, Loot River caught my attention by being a combination of 2 of my favourite gaming formulas. However, after playing it for quite a long time, I must say that I'm kind of disappointed as it doesn't quite feel as fleshed out as I was hoping. For starters, the character and enemy models are blobs of pixels which makes combat feel disconnected as if you're simply flailing a weapon around and hoping for the best. You can parry and dodge, too, but in order to do so, you'll really need to squint so you can work out what's what. On the plus side, I loved flinging the platforms around with the right stick as I ran around the environments. This puzzle element makes exploration a treat so it's just too bad that the combat is as clumsy as it is thanks to the convoluted visuals.
If it featured more deliberate combat and less ambiguous visuals, Loot River would have been an awesome game due to its uniqueness.Loot River gameplay video →
Lumote: The Mastermote Chronicles Review PlayStation 4 ★★★★☆
3D puzzle platformers aren't common at all so here's the strikingly neon and atmospheric Lumote: The Mastermote Chronicles.
Right off the bat, let me just say that I loved my time with Lumote: The Mastermote Chronicles but I imagine that not everyone will appreciate it as much as I did. The main aspects that I enjoyed were its quirky atmosphere complete with an immersive audioscape, hard-to-spot hidden collectibles, and that its puzzles are abstract and require experimentation in order to solve. For example, pushing a button may allow you to control a creature or extend platforms and you won't know what does what until you try things out for yourself. As you progress, the environment transforms from a reddish-purple colour to blue which I think looks stunning and adds a layer of satisfaction to progression but the graphics are definitely one-note and may get tiresome after a while. It's still a great game to chill with, though.
I absolutely loved playing Lumote: The Mastermote Chronicles. It may not be for everyone but those who enjoy it will enjoy it a lot.Lumote: The Mastermote Chronicles gameplay video →
RESEARCH and DESTROY Review Xbox Series X ★★★☆☆
If a blend of turn-based strategy and real-time shooting sounds appealing to you then here's the very clever RESEARCH and DESTROY.
First, let me say that RESEARCH and DESTROY can be played cooperatively but I'm reviewing the single player experience as this is a round-up of single player challenges after all. Anyway, RESEARCH and DESTROY has you control a collection of 3 scientists within missions where you try to collect data while dealing with supernatural forces such as ghosts and zombies. In these missions, you'll control each party member one at a time as you freely run around within a certain distance only to stop and try to shoot enemies or pick up items. Once every scientist has made their move, the enemies will attack so you better have done as much damage as you can!
Picking up items and shooting depletes time so you really have to act as efficiently as possible which is great. What's not so great are the clunky controls that I constantly struggled with as well as plenty of irritating surprise moments that made me get a game over before I even knew what was going on. For these reasons, RESEARCH and DESTROY feels like a beta demo in its current state but it's still an exciting premise for sure so I'm hoping that it gets more refined over time and perhaps a sequel will release that irons out its issues.
Even though I enjoyed my time with RESEARCH and DESTROY and its distinct tactical missions, it's still a rather clunky experience.RESEARCH and DESTROY gameplay video →