Greetings, fellow travelers! The Weekend Wizard Inn is open for business, so grab a seat and discuss what’s in your gaming quest log for the next few days. Maybe even do so over a piping bowl of ogre blood stew, a roasted giant’s toe, or a cool mug of our freshest male snail ale! There’s a great spot over near the fire with some of your fellow mages, and it appears a purple-robed fella with a… mask of sorts… is waving you over!
Hey, folks! I’m Trash, a fellow mage (and somehow always the first to arrive), and every Friday evening I’ll be here at The Weekend Wizard Inn to help get the conversation started.
On deck for me this weekend, we have…
1: GRIS (Switch)
I’ve seen a lot of buzz on GRIS via social media, but the only thing I knew about it beforehand was that it featured a distinguished art style and some of the best animation I’ve seen in a video game.
It turns out that GRIS is a puzzle platformer, which isn’t usually up my alley, but as a fan of all the other artsy-fartsy games, I’m willing to give it a fair shake. Apparently, you control a girl who can unlock the ability to transform into blocks, fly, and more, but the trailer seems to focus more on the visual flair.
I still don’t know what to expect and won’t jump into it until tomorrow, most likely. Here’s hoping I share the majority’s sentiments!
2: Aaero: Complete Edition (Switch)
Aaero is a line-riding music game that combines the gameplay of my favorite Sega Saturn game, Panzer Dragoon, and… riding… lines. You control a little ship with the objective of tracing lines while the music thumps through your speakers. Between line-rides, you’ll have to fend off baddies with a Panzer-esque lock-on-and-fire mechanic that makes me pretty giddy. Man, I miss those two games.
I had a chance to check out its original launch on Xbox One, but the Complete Edition is on its way to the Nintendo Switch and the developer was kind enough to grant me early access. I’m stoked to dive back in after what feels like two years. If you’re a fan of music-heavy games and electronica, check out the trailer above. It’s a rad game that comes with new ship skins and musical tracks bundled in.
3: Desert Child (Switch)
Desert Child looks like a pixellated Cowboy Bebop meets Akira, but reimagined as an old-school, self-proclaimed “hoverbike racer shooter.”
You play as a poor hoverbike racer who desperately wants to leave Earth for a better life on Mars. The problem, however, is that ticket prices are about to skyrocket in two weeks. You’ll have to race, deliver pizza, blow leads, and upgrade your hoverbike (while blowing stuff up) between town exploration and traditional narrative beats — going by the game description, of course.
From the little I’ve played, I’m not too great at the racing segments, but the story is interesting and the look and sounds of Desert Child are on a whole different level. The pixels are wonderful! The music is a super rad array of hip-hop and chiptunes, thanks to the likes of Mega Ran, Girlfriend Material, and developer Oscar Brittain.
4: Rain World (Switch)
Rain World is a game I slept on when it initially released in March last year, but it just made a stealth landing on the Nintendo Switch yesterday without much in the way of promotion. Everything is more interesting on the Switch for me, so of course, I bit.
Videocult’s pixely survival platformer puts you underneath the skin of a weird slug-cat creature and drops you into a randomized environment where common debris is used as a weapon. According to the Wikipedia page (the proper source for all information!), the game purposefully fails to tutorial the player on survival tactics, so it sounds like a bunch of trial and error.
I’ve heard mixed things about Rain World, with some finding it way to difficult or open-ended, while others praised the graphical touch and soundtrack. I guess I’ll find out this weekend.
What about you, folks? What’s on the ol’ gaming quest log this weekend? Sound off down in the comments while I indulge in The Weekend Wizard Inn’s world famous goblin gut pie!
Trash is the Middle-age Horror Mage here at TWRM, an irregular co-host on The Unlikely Herocast podcast for CA! Radio, and sole contributor for his own games-related website, Cheap Boss Attack. Follow him on Twitter @Trashlevania!
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