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Quick-fire March 2021, Part Two

Beach Buggy Racing 2: Island Adventure
Developed and published by Vector Unit, Beach Buggy Racing 2: Island Adventure released on the 10th of March on Steam and the 17th on consoles. It is a mayhem-filled kart-racer with an emphasis on split screen fun and game rule customization. Customize and save your own zany race rules for epic contests with up to 8 local players.

Match your kart racing skills against a rag-tag crew of rivals as you explore a mysterious island packed with ancient temples, dragon-infested castles, and post apocalyptic ice cream stands. Unlock and upgrade moon buggies, monster trucks and more. Collect and master over forty unique powerups in an epic race for the ultimate trophy.

The game was first released as an Early Access title on the 27th of February 2020, and we can say that this is Early Access done right. The developers listened to the ideas of the players and created a very smooth and fun kart-racer. There is a plethora of game modes available, from the main story mode called Adventure, where you travel through a massive map unlocking stars, new drivers, powerups and buggy upgrades, to weekly online tournaments where you compete with other players for the leaderboards. Championships, which are a multi-race trophy events, and other quick trophy events such as Race, Time Trial, Last Car Standing, Drift Attack and Firework Fury are also available. Besides racing you unlock and collect cars, there are forty of them, drivers (thirteen different ones), and powerups – 44 available in total. Loading times are next to none, and the game runs very smoothly without any apparent hiccups or glitches of any kind. Beach Buggy Racing 2: Island Adventure is easy to play for all skill levels, but pretty hard to master, especially on the Very Hard difficulty. Pick it up if you want to treat yourself with a fun arcade kart-racer that ranks high up with similar racing games.

Horned Knight
Horned Knight was developed by a sole developer Josep Monzonis Hernandez and published by 2Awesome Studio on the 26th of February this year. It is a challenging 2D action-platformer where you must overcome all fears, enemies, and traps as the Hero Knight.

Horned Knight reintroduces the Golden Age of arcade gaming in a hardcore, retro-styled 2D action platformer that pulls no punches. Play as the hero knight, and use your sword to rid the castle of ghouls and undead lurking in the dark. Fitted with multiple levels, responsive controls, and puzzle-like combat, Horned Knight emboldens the player to conquer unique pixel art obstacles with the support of generous checkpoints and an invigorating soundtrack.

Horned Knight is an action platformer with a simple control scheme – you jump and air-dash through obstacles while attacking enemies that come to you. The game is simple but not the easiest in any way – it is easy to play but hard to master. Calculated movement is needed and you need to be fast enough through your endeavours in all of the four chapters and eight levels each. The design of the levels is similar in all of them, so there is no right feeling of progressing while you slash through your way. There are many checkpoints in levels, and when you lose all your hearts, you continue from the last checkpoint you have reached. There are not very many various enemies you encounter, there are snakes, snakes that shoot fireballs, skeletons, skeletons that shoot fireballs and so on. In the last level of every chapter a boss awaits you and you need to plan your tactics to defeat them. The sound effects are pretty bland and repetitive while the music is pretty forgettable and boring. Horned Knight is not the worst, but I think it could be a lot better by adding different visuals, more monsters and especially more sounds to it.

Sanity of Morris
Sanity of Morris is a psychological horror adventure game developed by Alterego Games and published by StickyLock Studios on the 23rd of March 2021.

After years of next to no contact, Johnathan Morris arrives in the isolated town of Greenlake to check up on the mental state of his father. Nothing is as he expected it to be. There are deadly forces at work that don’t want John snooping around. Equipped with nothing more than a flashlight and a notebook, it is up to you to step into the shoes of Johnathan and tell fact from fiction.

Sanity of Morris is a psychological horror detective game by Alterego Games, who not long ago brought us a completely different game with stuffed animals called Woven. Their new effort is an enjoyable story-driven stealth and puzzle horror that does not overstay its welcome with being too lengthy and can be completed in about five hours. It has a great atmosphere and it grabs you quickly, then keeps you interested throughout your whole playthrough. In it, you will need to find and gather clues to what is going on in a mysterious town named Greenlake. The voice acting and story are well done, and the graphics are polished and very good to look at. If you are a fan of psychological adventure games with elements of horror, you need to grab this, especially with its wallet-friendly price.

Sir Lovelot
Sir Lovelot was developed and published by pixel.lu on the 3rd of March this year.

Sir Lovelot is on a quest to find the love of his life. Join him in this wacky tight platformer, where impressing cheeky damsels is harder than a heart of stone!

Sir Lovelot is a great precision platformer in the vein of Super Meat Boy. You have to traverse through levels full of hazards to get a collection of gifts and give them to a damsel – that is how you complete a level. The game gets pretty difficult at times, but with perseverance you can get through more than forty levels that Sir Lovelot has to offer. Spanning through four different worlds, the game is not very long, but it is long enough to grant you pleasures while travelling from castle to castle and “loving a lot”. Besides platforming, you will also be wall sliding, rope climbing, double jumping and water diving. You are also able to shoot nasties that roam the land and want you dead. Sir Lovelot is simple to play, but be prepared to die a lot, especially when you are in a hurry to complete the level. With persistence and probably some rage moments here and there, you are in for a platforming treat. It is comprised of cute pixel art, and the levels are well designed, plus the soundtrack is not tedious and you will enjoy listening to it. As said, it does not have a lot of playtime, but the replayability is pretty high, if you want to complete levels with less deaths, better time or get a higher score in general. Recommended!