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Quick-fire May 2021, Part Three

Retro Machina
Retro Machina was developed by Orbit Studio and published by Super.com on the 12th of May 2021. It is a single-player action and exploration game set in a retro-futuristic universe. Experience the journey of a little robot as they solve intricate puzzles and begin unravelling the mysteries of a world long forgotten.

Retro Machina is an indie puzzle adventure done in isometric graphics. Its story takes place in the future where humans do not prevail in numbers any more, but instead of them robots inhabit the world in majority. Or better said they inhabit a city called Endeavour, as it is the only one that still exists on the planet. You take control of a self-aware robot who sets off to explore this forgotten place. The art style of the game is beautiful and based off illustrations from science fiction books from the last century. Environments are consistent in design and greatly present a retro-futuristic world. Levels are designed well and are complex with a lot of secret areas you will find, and the story is also interesting and intriguing at times. Retro Machina’s gameplay consists of already mentioned puzzle solving, exploration and, of course, combat. The numbers of different enemies are quite low, not counting the reskinned ones, lower than we had expected. There are also boss encounters that are nothing special in our book. Having said that, the game excels at puzzle solving platforming and it takes pretty long to complete, which makes it basically a steal at this price. We are reviewing the PlayStation 4 version, which is priced at 19,99€, but you can get it even cheaper, if you decide to buy it on Steam, where it will cost you only 14,99€.

ScourgeBringer
ScourgeBringer was already released on Steam, Switch and Xbox One on the 21st of October last year, but was brought to PlayStation 4 and PS Vita on the 22nd of April 2021. Developed by Flying Oak Games and published by Dear Villagers, ScourgeBringer is a fast-paced free-moving roguelite platformer. Help Kyhra to explore the unknown and slash her way through ancient machines guarding the seal of her past, and maybe the redemption of humanity.

Set in a post-apocalyptic world where a mysterious entity wreaked havoc on all humanity, ScourgeBringer puts you in the shoes of the deadliest warrior of her clan: Kyhra. Help her to explore the unknown and slash her way through ancient machines guarding the seal of her past, and maybe the redemption of humanity.

ScourgeBringer is a release from the same developers that brought us NeuroVoider, so we kind of know what we are getting ourselves into. It is a fast-paced roguelite platformer, where you will shoot and slash your way through what is a very fluid gameplay. It can be described as a mix of platforming with hack ‘n’ slash elements heavily present. The game feels great for awhile, but it just feeds us the same things on and on. On the other hand, ScourgeBringer is a well designed title and the development quality shows. It is stylish and it looks great on screen, the devastation is present on every level you play. The game is not the easiest and can prove quite challenging, so endure it only if you have good nerves. It might be difficult, but is also very rewarding, so there is that. Grab the game if you are a fan of games like Nuclear Throne and The Binding of Isaac.