Good Game Friday – Butcher

Welcome to the second installment of Good Game Friday, my attempt at a weekly spotlight on games that aren’t front and center in people’s minds.

Today, I want to talk about Butcher.

Butcher is, at its core, a 2D de-make of Doom. It’s just as fast, and a gory. The 3D corridors have been replaced with 2D platforms. There’s still key cards, and secrets. Many of the weapons are translations of staples from the Doom franchise. It’s not to say that Butcher doesn’t have any of its own ideas. Since it is a platformer, rather than a first person shooter, there’s more liberal use of hazards like lava and giant blades on chains.

Admittedly, I’m sort of at a loss on how to describe the game outside of what I’ve said, so here’s a gif. Enjoy.

Butcher is available on Steam, Switch, Xbox One, and PS4, and retails for $9.99USD

 

Good Game Friday – Tumbleseed

With the recent flood of games coming to the Nintendo Switch, I want to shine some light on the games that are quickly being buried in the eShop. These aren’t reviews, and I’m going to try do this weekly, hence the title. Pls bare with me, and I figure out a format.

Tumbleseed is a rather unique take on the rogue-like genre, being more comparable to something like Marble Madness than the typical fare in the genre. It has many of the staples, like perma-death , and challenging combat. The game uses twin stick controls, which is also common in a lot of top down rogue-likes, however the difference is that you don’t actually control your character, just the bar that they roll on. The goal is to use the bar to roll back and forth, evading objects, collecting “gems” and (obviously) progressing through the maps.

As with any rogue-like, Tumbleseed is difficult. So much so that the developers revisited the game via patch to lower the difficulty, and make the game more approachable to a wider audience. Patch was likely a little late for a lot of people, who’d moved on to other releases, which is why I thought it would be a good first game to write about.

The minimalist aesthetic looks nice, and the music fits the mood of the game. This isn’t the high tension, action packed experience that you’d get with something like Binding of Isaac, or Enter the Gungeon. Tumbleseed is designed to be more relaxing, and for what it’s worth, I think it accomplishes that goal.

Tumbleseed is available on Steam, Switch and PS4, and retails for $14.99 USD.