Posts Tagged ‘PC Games’


Crimzon Clover – On sale, must buy!

November 25, 2015


Steam link:

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.




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



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


Rating categories explained here.
website link:
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.

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.



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

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).


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.

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

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) –

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







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:


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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Dark Souls II – Again and again I come back…

December 15, 2013

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No confirmed date for the PC release yet, but it certainly won’t be before March next year. I don’t have a console (or time for epic games like this, really) but I’ll be making room in my life for the PC version as soon as it appears.

That last video is my favourite, because of the music, which is track 10 on this album, Industrial Complex by Nitzer Ebb.

And here are some pictures…

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Volgarr the Viking (PC)

December 12, 2013

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This has been out for a few months, but I only recently spotted it on Steam while I was browsing for platform games. It’s retro hard with a distinct lack (or scarcity, I haven’t figured that out yet) of checkpoints and a combination of level design and enemy placement that is frequently nasty.

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It reminds me of Rygar but it has a bit more variety, particularly with the spears that can be used as a ranged weapon, charged up to deal more damage or cut down multiple enemies, or be thrown at vertical walls to form a makeshift ladder.

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The lack of checkpoints and abundance of death opportunities mean it will have quite limited appeal but, if you’re after a modern take on the brutally hard action platformer genre, you’re probbaly going to enjoy this as much as I do.


To find out more and see some videos of it in action, here’s the Steam store link:

Official description: “Remember when games were tough? Return to the Golden Age of arcades with an all-NEW hardcore action experience that pulls no punches. Volgarr the Viking possesses all the hallmarks of the true classics – simple controls, high challenge, and meticulous design – combined with hand-made pixel animation, an epic soundtrack, and buckets of…”