Lament Review

Lament Review

Radical Upgrades Generally, when a game promises to be “NES Hard”, it’s not a good sign. The action-platformers of the NES era were  hard not so much because of good design or genuine challenge, but more due to cheap kills and frustrating platforming, mostly...
Don Bradman Cricket ’17 Review

Don Bradman Cricket ’17 Review

Hey Batter, Batter I have been wanting to review this game since we started Steam Shovelers. Being thoroughly American, Cricket is something that I was only exposed to in a throw-away line in the live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies. Going into this game, I...
Beat Cop Review

Beat Cop Review

Brooklyn Vice Cop shows in the 80s were pretty nasty, weren’t they? Not necessarily because of the content, mind you – although some of the subject matter could be a bit gnarly. No, they were nasty because of their sardonic, cynical take on humanity. To the writers of...
Rain World Review

Rain World Review

The Many Gruesome Deaths Of An Adorable Slugcat Look at that soft, adorable slugcut. Those inquisitive eyes. That chubby little body and tiny, grasping hands as it leads through the air. It’s no wonder they made a cute little plushie of it, right? Thing is,...
Aliens Go Home Run Review

Aliens Go Home Run Review

Independence Day meets A League of Their Own It’s all too common and all too easy for those writing about games to describe them as “A meets B and C”, or “the X of Y”. Video game criticism has still not matured to the point where we are...
Alwa’s Awakening Review

Alwa’s Awakening Review

NEStalgia Much like the constant hype machine that is Shovel Knight, Alwa’s Awakening is a retro/NES-inspired Metroidvania that is unapologetically old school, for better or for worse. That said, I quite like Alwa’s Awakening, even more so than Shovel...