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Quick-fire September 2021, Part Two

Doctor Who: The Lonely Assassins
Kaigan Games’ Doctor Who: The Lonely Assassins was already released on Steam on the 19th of March this year, but only came to consoles on the 12th of August. It is available for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Uncover the dark secrets of Wester Drumlins and confront a new evil in a thrilling found-phone mystery from the award-winning creators of Sara Is Missing and SIMULACRA.

I have never watched Doctor Who, so I first need to apologize for that, but the game picks up where the episode Blink left off. Which I, of course, have no idea what it is about. Anyway, the Weeping Angels are back to unleash terror once again. Doctor Who: The Lonely Assassins is an original Doctor Who story, that follows ex-UNIT scientist Petronella Osgood in uncovering hidden clues and solving cryptic puzzles. You will investigate mysterious events alongside the mentioned character, which is played by Ingrid Oliver. The game also features Finlay Robertson as Larry Nightingale and Jodie Whittaker as the voice of the Doctor. It is a narrative-driven adventure that transports you into a series of sinister events occurring at Wester Drumlins. You will help searching through messages, emails, videos, photographs and more to uncover clues, solve puzzles and reveal the truth behind a terrifying menace. Even though I am not familiar with the TV show, I enjoyed this game a lot. Its gameplay is great and it pulls you in for a long run. The voice-over work and sound effects that it serves manage to build an eerie atmosphere. It offers around three hours of gameplay, give or take thirty minutes, with multiple endings (from what I can tell?), which do well for game’s replayability factor. I not just recommend the game to Doctor Who fans, but also to anyone who enjoys intriguing mystery games.

Greak: Memories of Azur
Greak: Memories of Azur was developed by Navegante Entertainment and published by Team17 on the 17th of August 2021. It is available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, Steam, and GOG. Greak: Memories of Azur is a beautiful single-player puzzle platformer adventure. You will take the role of three siblings: Greak, Adara and Raydel to guide them through the lands of Azur. Alternate control between them and use their unique abilities to escape from the Urlag invasion.

It is a side-scrolling single-player game that features hand-drawn animations. In it, you will alternate control over three characters – Greak, Adara and Raydel – and guide them through the landscapes of Azur. Each of the characters has unique abilities, so you will have to switch between them to get away from an invasion. Game borrows the name from the smallest brother, which is also the main character. He and his two siblings belong to a magical race the Courines. His mission in the game is to reunite with his brother and sister and escape by building an airship. You will find siblings in their own scenarios, and after that they will join Greak’s adventure and help to progress through Memories of Azur. The hand-drawn graphics of the game are very nice. Story is about family and their home, and the importance of sticking together during rough times that affect them. Gameplay is unique by alternating between three characters and also features some puzzles through which you will find pieces for your airship. You will combat against different types of opponents and try to rescue your race from an impending invasion. The soundtrack is great as well – it is an atmospheric live orchestra score that was created solely for this adventure game. Greak: Memories of Azur will pull you in as soon as you start playing it, as you will want them to succeed in building an airship and successfully escaping. The game costs 19,99 €, but if you will throw in five bucks more, you can get the Deluxe Edition, which features the amazing soundtrack and a digital artbook.

Rogue Explorer
Developed by Zoo Corporation and published by eastasiasoft (on consoles), Rogue Explorer got released on Steam on the 12th of March this year, followed by a release on consoles on the 18th of August. It is available for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Switch. Pixel Art Hack & Slash Roguelike Action! Do you dare to discover what awaits you deep in the abyss? Explore randomly generated dungeons in a roguelike action experience. Hack and slash enemies, acquire loot, and obtain enhancements to your existing equipment. Start your exploration now!

Rogue Explorer is an action roguelike role-playing game that will take you on an adventure. You will explore procedurally generated dungeons where you will hack and slash enemies and acquire loot. You will also search your surroundings by performing jumps, wall jumps and rolling. Deeper explorations will feature randomly generated stages that will change every time you will endure them and they will offer a harder challenge. There are different weapons available and you will acquire them by opening treasure chests. They will be available to get upgraded with materials that you will get with completing stages. The game starts at a hub town from where you will go to different dungeons, one more dangerous than the other. There are more than ten dungeon types and each offers a different level of challenge. When failing, your character retains all the gear, but loses stat boosts and special skills you have unlocked on your last journey. Rogue Explorer is fun, simple, easy to learn but hard to master. The challenge is definitely present. Its affordable price is just one more reason to get it and try it for yourself.

The Innsmouth Case
The Innsmouth Case was developed by RobotPumpkin Games and published by Assemble Entertainment firstly on Steam on the 23rd of June 2020, and got released for PlayStation and Xbox consoles on the 22nd of July this year. The Innsmouth Case is a text adventure game inspired by H.P. Lovecraft and the very first text-based adventure to combine horror and comedy in a fit and proper way.

The game is a detective adventure styled as an interactive book. It is inspired by works of H.P. Lovecraft, so you can expect it to be a tad horror-ish. It has a unique mixture of horror and humour and in it every decision you make counts, since there are many ways to solve the case or fail while doing it. You will need to solve the disappearance of Tabitha Marsh, so you will be taken to a fishing village of Innsmouth to undertake your mysterious assignment. As said, every decision has a lasting effect on the story, so this interactive book will pull you in, especially with its blend of humour and classic horror. The fate that awaits you is completely up to you, as there is a total of 27 different endings to uncover. While solving the mystery you will also talk with over thirty animated characters. Even if simple, The Innsmouth Case is a joy to look at and listen to. It is full of humour with references to Lovecraft, and there is a hell lot of choices to make and endings to reach. That makes it replayable more than once, which is a good thing and adds to the value of it. The storyline is done well, so you will not feel bored at anytime and the visuals are great as well. I recommend it to everyone who do not mind a bit of reading, and are in search of an interesting detective story.