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Battle Princess Madelyn review – PC (Steam)

December 6, 2018

Game blurb, aka how the game is described on Steam and the Causal Bits BPM web page:
“You’re the princess! Battle Princess Madelyn to be precise, in this pixel perfect retro side-scroller, as you set off to defeat evil with your ghostly canine companion, Fritzy. Do you have what it takes to save your family, avenge your furry friend and become the ultimate battle princess?” “10 levels, each of which include up to 5 stages – including 1 or 2 branching hidden stages.”

What is it?
Battle Princess Madelyn is 2018’s indirect, unofficial descendant of Capcom’s thirty-year-old hard-as-nails scrolling platformer, Ghouls ‘n Ghosts and its even older ancestor, Ghosts ‘n Goblins. Unlike those games, or any of their five later incarnations, the protagonist of BPM is Madelyn The (kind of) Princess instead of Arthur the knight. There are two modes: story and arcade. In story mode, a short cutscene sets up the premise that Madelyn needs/wants to go fight a bunch of bad guys and you’re almost immediately dropped into the action after some standard ‘talk to people in village to hear about the bad guys and the profit to be made and items to be gained from their wholesale slaughter’ conversations. The arcade mode just has the “Oh no, they killed my dog!” scene, which replaces the “Oh no, they stole the Princess!” scene from most of the classic side-scrolling undead-fighting platformers mentioned above.

What does it look like?
BPM is full-on retro pixel art and proud of it. I could probably witter on for several paragraphs about the satisfyingly lo-res homage to 80’s arcade games, but you can see for yourself from the screen images in this review. If you hadn’t seen this game but you heard it described as a modern take on Ghouls ‘n Ghosts with retro pixel art graphics, this is how you would probably imagine it looking. Bosses are big (see pic of first boss below), nicely drawn and animated, and take a lot of pummelling.

Is it worth turning the sound up?
Sort of. The music is great, and there’s an option to select an ‘orchestral’ or ‘arcade’ soundtrack. Sadly, the sound effects are very quiet (at least as far as I could tell on my system) and there’s no option to adjust the music/effects volumes independently.

How are the controls?
Keyboard works okay, you pretty much just have directional controls, jump and attack, however you can’t change the allocated keys. I played mostly using an XBox 360 gamepad plugged into the PC and it was fine, although the inventory button is only assigned to a PC key (Tab) which seems a bit weird because there are plenty of spare buttons on a gamepad for this. Response to input is consistent and immediate – I never felt like I was dying or falling to my doom due to controller issues.

Final opinion
I’m old, I played Ghouls ‘n Ghosts when it was in the arcades, and I played Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts on a SNES way back when that was new and exciting, and laggy as heck of course. A modern spin on the side-scrolling action platformer, as well as being a game I would really want to try out, is always going to be facing some serious competition from my (arguably rose-tinted) memories of those original games. Battle Princess Madelyn gets it mostly right. While I play the game, I keep running through a list in my head of what I’d like different, or better. I prefer the arcade mode over the story mode, but that’s just something irredeemably screwed up in my gamer DNA due to living through the Golden Age – I love high scores. And, of course, there’s no high-score table in this game, so I have to mark it down for that. Other things that irritated me included the quick-travel which doesn’t seem to include the hub village as a travel option – I honestly can’t figure out how to get back there to cash in quests, find the dude who offers upgrades, etc.

 

Other details, like the inability to change key mappings, or separately adjust music and volume controls make this feel just a tiny bit unpolished.

The core gameplay is spot on, the game looks really nice and controls work well. I’ll keep going back to play it long after this review has been published, but it would be great to have some of these issues sorted out – they honestly would not be difficult to fix.

Scores – because we love scores.
Dem retro graphics – 9
Music – 8.5
Sound FX – 4 (make ’em louder or give us a volume control)
Controls – 9
Gameplay (difficulty) – 8
Gameplay (fun) – 7.5
Menu options / customisation – 4

Overall score – 8 (I rounded it up with some rose-tinted memories)

This review was written on a dasKeyboard Model S Professional.
I also write novels – JW Tapper website
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Battle Princess Madelyn – Release Date 06 December 2018

November 13, 2018

Battle Princess Madelyn – Releases December 6th 2018 on Nintendo Switch, XB1, PS4 & Windows PC

 

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Crimzon Clover – On sale, must buy!

November 25, 2015

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Steam link: http://store.steampowered.com/app/285440/

Crimzon Clover is a highly rated, critically acclaimed bullet hell shooter. It looks great and it plays even better than it looks. It’s currently on sale for £1.74 on the Steam store. I suggest that you go and buy it right now.

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Steam Store blurb…
Prepare yourself for an insatiable rain of bullets, bombs, and beams in Crimzon Clover. From Japanese indie developer Yotsubane, this retro top-down shooter is a wild ride you won’t want to miss out on.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (584 reviews)
Release Date: 6 Jun, 2014

 

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Finding Teddy 2 review (PC)

April 2, 2015

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10 word description: 2D Adventure / Action game with a Pixel Art Retro finish. (Official game description)

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10 word review: Entertainingly familiar; a nice addition to the platform adventure genre. 

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You will like this if you enjoy: Platform adventure games. Metroidvania game style.

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The good news: Looks nice, in a retro homage way. Straightforward keyboard controls with several gamepad options. Familiar platform adventure gameplay is as enjoyable as it always was. Good variety of environments. Big bosses.

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The bad news: Doesn’t really do anything original with the genre, but that’s kind of the whole point. 

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Arcadelife verdict: Finding Teddy 2 is a decent platform adventure game that does what it intends to do, and does it in a familiar, visually appealing way. I like this kind of game, therefore I like this competent example of the genre.

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Arcadelife rating

Presentation – 8.5/10
Visuals – 8/10
Controls – 9/10
Content – 8/10
Fun – 8/10
Final rating – 8.5/10

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Rating categories explained here.
STEAM STORE LINK
website link: www.lookatmygame.com
Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
My PC (of course).
This review was typed on a Das Keyboard Model S mechanical keyboard – check them out, they’re really rather groovy.
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Finding Teddy 2 – PC (no, it’s not a review yet)

March 24, 2015

Look what I found:

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This is how they describe it:

Finding Teddy 2 is a 2D Adventure / Action game with a Pixel Art Retro finish. Help Tarrant in a quest, in which you will have to fight, use your sense of direction and hearing to accomplish your mission.
•Very long playing time, over 20 hours for the main quest. Dozens of hours for the secondary quests!
•Beautiful Pixel Art Finish that takes us back to the 8-16 bit era, with modern effects.
•Unique use of music with the Musicom.
•A high level challenge and difficulty that all Gamers will love.
•An Action / Adventure type game which is all too rare nowadays.

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Reflector review (iOS Airplay receiver) – PC/Mac

July 4, 2014

If you are trying to find a simple-to-use, relatively inexpensive method of recording your iOS device or displaying it on your computer screen, you will want to know about the Reflector app from airsquirrels.com.

Official blurb to save me writing it: “Reflector is an AirPlay receiver that allows you to wirelessly display your iPad or iPhone on your computer. Mirror your device on a big screen without wires or complicated setups. Play games, watch movies, demo apps or present on the big screen from your iPhone or iPad. With Reflector, everything you do on your mobile device is wirelessly streamed to your computer in real time.”

This is a short montage of recordings I made recently using Reflector:

It really is very simple to use, with no additional app required on your iOS device.
– Install the small PC/Mac application (under 20mb installed).
– Turn on AirPlay on your compatible iOS device.
– Watch the iOS screen being displayed (vision + sound) on your computer.
– To start or stop recording, press ALT-R (that’s the PC default anyway).

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The results are very good, although this would depend on whether or not you have a fast, reliable wi-fi connection between your iOS device and your computer.

Summary
Very simple to set up and use
Reasonably priced
No wires or other extra bits and pieces needed
Compatible with iOS devices from iPad 2 and iPhone 4S
Very good results when recording

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This application comes fully recommended by Arcadelife. Hopefully they will use that epic endorsement on their website!

Version reviewed – 1.3.4
Website link (again) – http://www.airsquirrels.com/reflector/

This review was typed on a Das Keyboard Model S mechanical keyboard – check them out, they’re really rather groovy.

 

 

 

 

 

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Toki Tori 2+ (PC / Steam) on sale

February 13, 2014

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The original Toki Tori is a classic puzzle platformer, released on multiple platforms and it’s one of my favourite genre games. The sequel is currently on sale on Steam (PC). Here’s a link to the game on the Steam store: http://store.steampowered.com/app/201420/?snr=1_7_15__13

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The game has a whopping 75% price reduction, dropping it to just under 3 quid. At the time of writing, you still have almost two whole days to take advantage of this sale.

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It’s gorgeous looking, has great controls and a very cute style that takes everything that was cool and fun about the original and expands or improves on it. The individual levels are gone, replaced with a huge map with large zones linked by portals.

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It’s a whole load of fun and it’s currently very cheap. These days, those are good things. I can’t do anything else; I’ve told you about it, now it’s up to you. Here’s the official description and another picture…

Toki Tori 2+ is a Metroidvania style puzzle adventure. There are no tutorials, there’s no hand-holding, no-one tells you what to do in Toki Tori 2+. The fun is in exploring and overcoming the obstacles of the lush forest island on your own merit.

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