Impressions: Pushmo & NightSky

Two puzzle games for your 3DS: Pushmo and NightSky.

Pushmo

Developed by Intelligent Systems, Pushmo represented one of Nintendo’s early pioneering efforts to make the Nintendo 3DS eShop a name for itself. Released at a time when the 3DS was struggling to find itself a place in the market, the game – combined with big retail releases like Super Mario 3D World and Mario Kart 7 – helped kick start system sales that holiday season and give the fledgling console the momentum it needed to push forward and be the success it is today. Since then, the 3DS eShop has transformed itself into a beast of its own, giving new life to indie titles that might have otherwise been forgotten.

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Impressions: Little Inferno & Knytt Underground

Two very strange Wii U indie titles that may surprise you.

Little Inferno

Little Inferno is the brainchild of three wandering video game developers who were also responsible for games as World of Goo and Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure. It is an eccentric puzzle game that takes place almost exclusively in front of a fireplace where the player burns the various products he purchases online. The game seems to be set in the middle of a nuclear winter, which is why the fireplace (called the Little Inferno) exists in the first place.

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Impressions: Cloudberry Kingdom & Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams

Two side-scrolling platformers for the Wii U.

Cloudberry Kingdom

When I first took a look at Cloudberry Kingdom back in 2012 and again in 2013, both times I could not help but feel impressed by how developers Pwnee Studios managed to find a new and innovative way to deliver the 2D platform game experience while retaining what makes the genre so great in the first place. Best described as Super Mario Brothers meets WarioWare, Cloudberry Kingdom is a procedurally generated action platformer that adapts to the user play style in order to deliver a fun and entertaining experience that can last for hours on end.

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Impressions: Cave Story & VVVVVV

Two classic independent games for the Nintendo 3DS.

Cave Story

Cave Story is often seen as one of the landmark titles of the early indie gaming scene. Developed by one man (Daisuke “Pixel” Amaya) during his free time, Cave Story was first released on personal computers as a freeware title in 2004. Over the years, it has found its way onto many different gaming platforms, most notably on Wii in 2010 and later on Nintendo 3DS in 2012. It follows the story of a young boyish character named Quote as he explores the titular cave and discovers the warring conflict between its native Mimiga creatures and the mysterious individual known only as “the Doctor.”

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