Yesterday, I was checking out random games on my Vita and decided to buy Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery: Episode 1. It’s a great little puzzle game. Reminds me of Layton.
Occasionally, a certain type of game will come around. The type of game that is perfectly suited to its platform. One where everything comes together to form a beautiful package; where the gameplay complements the graphics which complement the sound which complements the level design. One where it’s so damn perfect, criticising it is almost impossible.
OlliOlli is that type of game.
This one went from a complete unknown to the top of my purchase list.
Everyone keeps on telling me how Hotline Miami’s aesthetics and music are brilliant. For me, though, that’s not a major attraction. It’s the fact that the game is a perfect example of something that is mechanically extremely simple yet full of depth. Easy to pick up and play, difficult to master. In that sense, it feels like an 8- or 16-bit title.
I never thought I’d be interested in a chess game, let alone award it high marks. But Pure Chess is beautiful, challenging and — most importantly — has a comprehensive tutorial section that teaches you how to become better at the game of kings.