Typoman Revised Review

Every once in a while, I enjoy a nice puzzle game to mix things up from the more intense games out there.  Typoman is a 2D puzzle platformer by the guys at Brainseed Factory. The goal of the game is to solve word puzzles to proceed to the next area.  Basically, you have to rearrange the letters to form new words.  These words might be commands or work as shields against things that will kill you in the game.  The words are never random, so just take some time to think about what you need to do.  For example, you might be faced with a gate, so you will need to spell out open.  Previously, the indie game had only been available digitally, so it would have never been something I would consider playing before.

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Therefore, I had never heard of Typoman before Limited Run announced that they were going to publish it, so all I had to go by was a trailer on YouTube.  I’m happy to report that Typoman was better than expected.  During the early stages of the game I wasn’t sure if I was going to like the game, but it quickly grew on me.  In hindsight most of the puzzles are not that hard; they just take some time to think them through.  I would say, once players get use to the patterns things get easier.  That’s not to say that all the puzzles are easy.  Some of the later puzzles are actually kind of hard and takes some out of the box thinking.  But, don’t be discouraged from enjoying the game.  There’s plenty of guides online if you get stuck, but I do encourage you to try them on your own first. Like I said earlier, Typoman is also a platformer so expect to be jumping, swinging and running away from enemies on top of the puzzles.  You should also be careful of spelling negative words like evil, hate and fear.  When you spell these words they morph into demons that try to kill you.  You can also spell the word lie which transforms into a little creature.  You can combine this little creature with the demons and other words to form new words.  That’s where you have to think a little outside the box.  Sometimes you will not have all the needed letters to form the word you need, so you might have to do some combining to form new letters.

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Most of the meat of the game is in the gameplay, so don’t expect a huge story.  That’s not to say that the story is completely missing, but it’s light.  Most of the story is told through visuals, music and quotes you can find throughout the game.  I liked the music for the most part, but some of the score sounded like static, which was painful to listen to.  That being said, I think that was the developers intentions.  The quotes on the other hand, were almost like in game collectibles, so it added a little more to the gameplay.  It was fun finding all the quotes and I really enjoyed reading each one.  In fact, when you put all the quotes together they formed a story.  Choosing to include quotes was an interesting choice by the developers and they helped filled in some of the gaps about the game’s plot.  It’s up to the player in the end to figure out how they want to interpret the quotes, but I think the quotes reinforce the idea that the main character is metaphorically trying to escape Hell.  But, in reality he is really escaping Nazi occupied Europe, which would be Hell.  That’s just theory, but I could be wrong.  I would be interested to learn what my readers thought of the game in the comment section.

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Overall, Typoman was a fun and challenging experience even though it was short.  If you don’t get stuck too often it will probably take you around one to two hours to complete.  Typoman gets four out of five typo stars.

Typoman is sold out from Limited Run but you can find it on eBay for $30 or less.

Top 10 Most Popular Limited Run Games Released So Far

I’ve been a fan of Limited Run Games since their second release and early last year I decided to create a Facebook group dedicated to Limited Run Games and other indie publishers who release physical version of video games.
The Limited Run Games Fan Club Facebook Group is a community of gamers who love physical released video games, especially low print and rare games. This is a list of the top 10 most popular Limited Run Games released so far according to the Limited Run Games Fan Club.
If your favorite game didn’t make this list put it down in the comments.

Oddworld: New N’ Tasty Review

There’s an entire generation that grew up playing the Oddworld games on PS1, so Oddworld: New N’ Tasty is a nostalgic trip to countless gamers.  What makes New N’ Tasty so nostalgic to so many people is that New N’ Tasty is a remake of Abe’s Oddysee from the PS1 days.  I on the other hand, had never experienced any of the Oddworld games before New N’ Tasty.  See, I was too busy playing Crash Bandicoot during the PlayStation One days, but I’m glad I finally had a chance to play an Oddworld game, because it was a ton of fun.

Story:

Just in case you have never played an Oddworld game before, it’s a platformer that takes place on an alien planet.  The goal of the game is to escape Rupture Farms and save your fellow Mudokons from the Glukkons.  AKA, the bad guys who want to eat you and your friends.  That’s pretty much the story in a nutshell, but don’t get me wrong I definitely enjoyed the story.  It even gave me a few laughs and was pretty engaging.  Overall, I’ll give the story 4/5 stars.

Gameplay:

The gameplay is what you expect from your typical platforming game, so solving puzzles and timing your jumps are important factors in successfully completing each level.  Furthermore, as you progress through the game, you will unlock new abilities, which adds some extra fun to the game.  My only objection with the gameplay was the controls didn’t always do what I wanted them to do.  Sometimes I wanted to jump to the left, but Abe jumped up instead and other times the controls were too sensitive causing Abe to go too far, which resulted in Abe stepping on a mine.  I guess that was just part of the game, so it just added to the challenge.

Considering that timing is so important, the game can get very difficult at times.  Trust me, you will die countless times.  I lost track of how many times I died, but hard games are the most rewarding when you finish them.  That being said, completing this game is going to give you a sense of accomplishment. Overall, gameplay is a solid 4.5/5 stars.

Bottom Line:

Oddworld: New N’ Tasty is a really fun game that nailed great platforming fun.  Now, whether you want to download it or buy the physical version that’s up to you.  I don’t regret buying it and I’m glad it’s in my collection.  I do on the other hand, recommend that everyone who enjoys platformers give New N’ Tasty a try, even if it’s a digital version.  New N’ Tasty gets a 4.25/5 overall rating.

 

Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee

Limited Run Games had another big release today with their physical release of Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee on PlayStation Vita.  Unfortunately, things didn’t go so well for many hopeful collectors. Limited Run had a Collector’s Edition and a Standard Edition Of the game, but neither one lasted more than a minute.

The game had a fairly decent print run, with 2,000 and 3,000 units, respectively.  The good news is that there is still a small glimmer of hope.  You can open up a support ticket and get on the publisher’s waiting list.  Now, this is a very slim chance, but it’s still a chance.

Limited Run sets a limited to how many copies each person can buy, and it looks like many people broke this limited.  It’s too bad we get some bad apples in this hobby that try to ruin it for everyone else.  I have been successful at getting myself a copy of every Limited Run release that I wanted, but this week was different.  Oh well, you can’t get them all.  But, like I said, some bad actors broke the rules so, that means that some of those copies will be back on their site for sale in the near future.  If you’re not lucky with the waiting list, your only other option is eBay.  It’s unfortunate, but when a product is both popular and limited you can’t really stop the scalpers.  It’s almost like a double edge sword.  You want a company like Limited Run to do well, but the more their popularity grows the harder it will become to secure a copy for their hotter releases.

 

PlayStation VR Headset Onsale This Week!

If you’ve been waiting for the right time to get a PlayStation VR Headset now might be the right time.  Starting today, February 18th through March 3rd Sony is discounting their headset.  I’ve experienced the PS VR and it truly puts you into another world.  Amazon is offering the PS VR Skyrim bundle for only $349.99, so that’s a $100 saving.   In this bundle you get the Headset, PS Camera, Move Controllers and Skyrim VR.

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Playstation VR Skyrim Bundle 

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Long Awaited Release: Oddworld Munch’s Oddysee HD

It has been a long time coming since a physical release from the Oddworld Inhabitants. The last time they poked their heads out was in 2014 with the release of  “Oddworld New ‘N’ Tasty”. This is a remake of their 1997 classic: ‘Oddworld Abe’s Oddysee’. It was not long ago “Oddworld Strangers Wrath HD” was released by Limited Run Games, which at the time left only one game to be released in physical format.

What game is that, you ask? Well, no other than ‘Oddworld Munch’s Oddysee’. This is the first 3D Game in the Oddworld series and was originally made for the original Xbox  back in 2001.  The good news is that this classic has been received a HD facelift, which originally dropped on the PS Vita and Play Station 3 back in 2012. The only problem was that it was released digitally!

The long wait is finally over and ‘Oddworld Munch’s Oddysee’ will be released on February 23rd in physical form through Limited Run Games!  Check it out for yourself! Here is the Oddworld Inhabitant’s Facebook post confirming the date of release.

What We Know

Our limited physical release of Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee HD retails for $29.99 and is limited to just 6,000 copies. 3,000 are standard editions with beautiful reversible artwork, 2,000 will be available as an incredible Collector’s Edition ($64.99), and 1,000 will be available as a PAX East exclusive variant.

There will be 3,000 standard edition copies released according to the Limited Run Games “New Releases” page. It has been confirmed that there will be a reversible cover-art. One side featuring the cover-art style of the original game from the North America release. The other side features two Glukkon doctors and the title stamped across two needles. Complete information about the Collector’s Edition is down below! Just click on the picture!

Features:

  • Play as a team – players use Munch and Abe cooperatively to make their way through the trials of Oddworld. Leverage both characters’ unique strengths!
  • Special psychic powers – Munch and Abe’s psychic powers can extend their reach and get others to do the dirty work!
  • Power-Ups – Every friendly character you can find becomes a fighting ally, Fuzzles, Mudokons…. Need to get somewhere quickly or get over a wall, like right now? Use Oddworld’s consumer power-ups like Expresso and Bounce to amp up Munch and Abe’s abilities to perform cool moves. For the more direct approach, possess high-caliber weapon toting enemies.
  • Oddworld, now in “new and improved 3D!” – it’s a whole new Oddworld, with lush rivers, towering mountains and hundreds of trees that bloom or die.
  • Interact with dozens of different oddball races – use GameSpeak® to get Oddworld’s Inhabitants from the heavily armed Big Bro Sligs to the cute but ferocious Fuzzles) to carry out tricky tasks or just beat the crap out of enemies.
  • “Frustration Free” gaming – Oddworld’s new intelligent cinematic camera, auto-targeting system and no-stick navigation system makes playing a breeze! Plus with easy QuikSave® and limitless lives, players have plenty of chances to take on any situation… no matter how Odd!

The MSRP will be at $29.99 USD. Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee will release on February 23rd, 2018 at 10am EST, so set your alarms and be ready to get your hands on a copy (Or two we don’t judge) of this great game! You can secure a copy on Limited Run’s website on February 23rd.

Skullgirls Review On PS4

This week I finally got my hands on Skullgirls 2nd Encore Edition, and it’s awesome!  This is the physical edition published by Limited Run Games.  I haven’t been this excited for 2D fighter in ages.  It’s developed by Lab Zero Games, and the inpressive thing about Skullgirls is that it was all drawn by hand.   I can’t help, but admire the hard work that was put into this game.

Skullgirls plays exactly how you would expect a 2D fighter to behave, which is a good thing.  The controls aren’t anything fancy, but that doesn’t matter.  There are a few combos to remember, but you can pretty much just bash a bunch of buttons together and still win.  That’s not to say that this game is easy, because it’s not.  It’s actually very challenging.

Skullgirls has a ton of features for a indie budget title, or at least more than one might expect.  You have a few options for both single and multiplayer game modes that add a ton of value and replay ability.

Gameplay:

Skullgirls’ gameplay is pretty much what you expect in a 2D fighter.  The gameplay itself is a tag team style fighter and you can either choose one super strong fighter, two medium strength fighters or three regular strength fighters.  It just depends on your gameplay style and which way works best for you.  You can also expect your basic combo attacks and button bashing, like I said earlier,  but that’s about it as far as gameplay goes.

Multiplayer Modes:

First up, Skullgirls offers a Tournmament Mode.  I haven’t had the opportunity to play this mode, because it requires an arcade stick, which I don’t own. I have listed some compatible sticks at the end of this post.

Secondly, you get your standard Local Only couch co-op type of gameplay.  This is pretty self explanatory.  Grab a friend and smack each other around.

Next, there’s Quick Mode. This is your online multiplayer match.  You simply just pick your region and hit “Find Quick Match”.  This might just be to the lack of popularity or the time I was playing, but the game set me up against the same player three times in a row.  I really do hope that more than two people play this game, because it’s actually pretty good.

Lobby Play is how you play against your friends online.  First you have to create a Lobby, then you can go about inviting your friends to join.  The good thing is that Skullgirls works across multiple platforms, so you can play against your friends on PS4, PS3 and Vita.

Single Player Modes:

There’s a few single player game modes to choose from in Skullgirls.  You have your standard Story Mode, Arcade Mode, CPU Quick Match, and Survival Mode.  These modes can be played on Sleepwalk, Easy, Normal, Hard, Ridiculous, and Nightmare.

Story & Characters:

There’s 14 characters in total and each character has their own short story mode that will take about 30 minutes to complete.  So, depending on your skill level you should be able to complete the story in about 6 to 7 hours, and maybe quicker if you’re good. The good thing about this games is that you get unlimited tries, so if you die just try again until you succeed!  The great thing about having short story modes for every character is that you get 14 different endings and 14 different perspectives.  That being said, quite a few of the characters are based off of gods and myths, but not all.  That makes for an interesting play though.  We get to play as legends like Beowolf, Samson, a Leviathan and an ancient Egyptian goddess just to name a few.

Arcade Mode:

In this mode you will face a number of challengers until you’ve reached the end.  Besides that, there’s not much more to say about the Arcade Mode.

CPU Quick Match:

If you’re just looking for a quick one and done match then this is the match you want.  All you do is choose your character(s) and fight.  After the match is over you have the option to play again, change your character(s) or quit.

Survival Mode:

Another self explanatory mode in which you play until you get knocked out.

Training:

Training Room: 

This is an area where you can practice your combos on a defenseless opponents.

Tutorials:

This mode offers a variety of lessons on everything from basic defenses to advance combo chain moves.

Challenges:

Another self explanatory mode, where you choose a challenge and try to complete it.  There’s 26 challenges in total.

Trails:

You can learn how to do combos here with each character.

Extras and Leaderboards:

Extras is where you will find the Art Gallery.  You can unlock more images as you play the game, which includes 893 character images.  Extras is also where you’ll find the credits and contributors.  Lastly, there’s a extra mode on here where you can face a pretty much impossible version of Marie called Marie 300%.  Let me know if you can beat her, because I can’t.  There’s also a leaderboard, but I don’t need to tell anyone what that is.

Art and Character Design:  

Like I said earlier, the art is amazing and there was a lot of hard work that went into hand drawing each characters.  On top of that, there’s a ton of color in this game that really catches the eye.  You can get lost from just looking at the art; it’s really well done.  If you look at the credits, you will noticed that it took a huge team of animators to make everything come alive, so that shows you how much work a game like this takes.

Soundtrack:

I have to be honest, I wasn’t expecting a good soundtrack, but I’m glad I was wrong!  Skullgirls has one of the best video game soundtracks that I’ve ever heard!  It’s not everyday that you get a good soundtrack from an indie game.  The game is full of great jazz music and it’s hard not to like it.  I don’t even particularly listen to jazz music, but I’m loving the music in this game.  It makes me want to go discover even more jazz music.  Limited Run Games sold the soundtrack with the game as a bundle, but unfortunately I missed the initial pre-order for this game.  So, I had to buy my physical copy for a premium.  The good news is that you can download the soundtrack from Amazon and iTunes.

Bottom Line:

Skullgirls gets a 4.5 out of 5 in my book.  I’m loving it and it has officially become my new favorite game published by Limited Run Games.   There’s a ton of great things that Skullgirls has going for it and the only con is there’s a limited amount of players online.  That doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun with your friends online or off, and of course you always have the Single Player Modes.

I recommend owning a physical copy, and there’s two options to do that.  You can either buy the Japanese version of the game, which has English subtitles according to Play-Asia or you can buy the Limited Run version from a third party seller.   I recommend that you join my Facebook group, Limited Run Games Fan Club and you might find someone willing to sell you a copy slightly below eBay prices.  I’m glad to report that this is a great community and I’ve had two great positive deals from sellers in this group.  So, that’s two out of two, not bad.

On Lab Zero Games website they have listed these Arcade Sticks as compatible.

  • Mad Catz
  • Hori
  • PDP
  • EightArc / Qanba

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Hori Arcade Stick (Great Reviews).  This is the arcade stick that I plan on buying.

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Aqua Kitty UDX Coming To The Nintendo Switch

YouTuber 8-Bit Eric has posted a video claiming that he has received a review copy of Aqua Kitty for the Nintendo Switch.  He has not confirmed if this is a digital review copy or physical copy, but it sounds like it’s a digital review copy.  That being said, my bet after watching his video is Aqua Kitty will eventually be published by Limited Run Games for a physical release on The Switch.  I just can’t see Limited Run passing this game up if it’s being ported over to The Switch.

Update: The developer responded to me saying, “Hi – its only digital at the moment, but if enough people are interested in a physical version we could then approach a publisher to try and do it :)”

Limited Run Games Blind Boxes

 

A while back, Limited Run Games had their Blin Box sale, so here’s what I got.  Last year, a lot of people got multiple copies of Thomas Was Alone, but things were different this year.  As long as you bought all your blind boxes in one order you very unlikely to get any duplicates.  I’m glad to report that I received three different games that I didn’t already have, so that’s a win in my book.

Odds:
Common (8 out of 10 boxes): Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Night Trap, Asdivine Hearts, Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae, Mutant Mudds Deluxe, Mutant Mudds Super Challenge, Furi, Pang, Super GunWorld 2, The Flame in the Flood, Absolute Drift, Chariot, CRAWL, Nex Machina, Nova-111, Risk of Rain, RIVE, Stealth Inc., Dear Esther, Ys Origin, Read Only Memories, and Plague Road.
Uncommon (1.9 out of 10 boxes): Caladrius Blaze, The Bunker, N++, Drive! Drive! Drive!, NeuroVoider, Lili, Runner2, River City Melee, Double Dragon IV, Bard’s Gold, One Way Heroics, and Oceanhorn.
Rare (1 out of 100 boxes): The Swindle, Lone Survivor, Saturday Morning RPG, Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, Futuridium, Shantae: Risky’s Revenge, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, Xeodrifter, Lost Sea, Firewatch, Oxenfree, and Breach & Clear: Deadline.

 

Here’s what some other people from the Limited Run Games Fan Club got in their Blind Boxes.

Top 10 Most Expensive Limited Run Games On The PlayStation Vita

This is a list of the top 10 most expensive Limited Run Games on the PlayStation Vita.  This list does not include Collector’s Editions, Kickstarter variants or soundtrack bundles.  Values change often, so if you see something that needs to be updated let us know.  As a disclaimer, these values were determined by calculating an average sold price on eBay.  Today’s date is February 12th, 2018.

Breach & Clear: $177

Oddworld New N’ Tasty: $135

Saturday Morning RPG: $75

Oceanhorn: $69

Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath: $60, Variant: $66

Mecho Tales Developer Edition: $63

Soldner X2: Final Prototype: $59

Xeodrifter: $58

Futuridium: $47

Dragon Fantasy: $45

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Thanks to Limited Run Games the PS Vita is still alive, but if you want to get into the Limited Run Vita action here’s a good deal on a New PS Vita System.