Let’s take a look at … – CMYW

CMYW is a fun little arcade shooter that fans of Asteroids and other retro-style space games will definitely appreciate. The goal is simple- shoot enemy ships, collect the resources they leave behind after exploding, and take these resources to your portal. While doing this, you must protect your portal and yourself from being hit by these enemies.

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CMYW features extremely basic and colorful graphics that are reminiscent of the old vector displays from the 70s. You command an old-school looking triangle ship that ejects a tiny little spaceman when hit. Likewise, enemies are simple polygons and the resources they leave behind after you shoot them are yet smaller polygons. Pair the graphics with a fun and high-energy soundtrack and the game is perfect for a space atmosphere.

The goal of the game is to defeat enemies, collect resources and get them to your portal safely. The farther away you get from your portal, the more the map zooms out. There is also a minimap that shows where all your enemies are and stops you getting lost in space. Some enemies carry special items that change your weapons or give you boosts, and as the game goes on the threat level increases.

CMYW offers both keyboard and controller options, both take some getting used to, but you can adapt to either with plenty of practice. I prefer the controller, and it took me awhile to get a hang of spinning, moving, and shooting efficiently without floundering around all over the map. I had the hardest time with spinning just enough to aim right where I needed to. I would prefer if we could re-bind the keys to fix my issue with choosing to move instead of shoot, but I think that’s the main challenge of the game- mastering the controls so you can rack up the highest score possible.

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 Game modes include single player, local multiplayer (up to four players), cooperative, and competitive.  Score hunters will appreciate the leader boards as well. Overall, I liked this game but grew frustrated by all the mistakes I kept making with the controls. It’s definitely gratifying blowing up all those enemies and collecting resources, and dying always causes a bunch of frustrated yelling and laughing before deciding to try one more time… one more time….

 Tl-dr I would recommend this simple but challenging game to anyone who likes arcade-style shooters, especially for the tiny $3.99 price tag.

 Rating – 8/10

 Purchase – Steam £2.79/$3.99

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Let’s take a peek at … – Courier of the Crypts

It’s your first day of work. You’re excited to start your new job as a courier, spending time delivering packages to their recipients. What will your first delivery be? The butcher? The blacksmith? Or maybe to a perilous crypt full of dark magic, angry spiders, hidden treasure, and difficult puzzles!

You might need to ask your boss for a raise when you return … IF you do.

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Guided only by your magic torch, your goal is make your way through the dark hallways and eerily-lit rooms of the crypt. With maps offering little in the way of hints and help, it’s up to you to explore the environment and work out what puzzles need to be solved in order for you to progress. For example, keys are hidden around the map, and once you’ve found a key, you then have to find the lock it belongs to! Buttons on the floor need to be held down, but with what?! 

Through exploration and solving the puzzles you find along the way, you progress through the crypt, working your way towards to the guardian. There are also multiple items such as ammunition, money, and hidden treasure to be found, so you need to be thorough in your searching.

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The main mechanic in Courier of the Crypt is the magic torch that accompanies you throughout your travels. It has limited power however, so you need to manage it carefully by deciding when to turn it on and off and by looking for fuel to bring it back to full power. If you run out of light, the darkness takes over, opening the door for evil spirits to come and kill you, forcing you to start the puzzles over from the beginning. Don’t let it run out!

You can also die from being hit a mere three times. Life can be picked up around the map, but it’s not a common find, so be extremely careful, especially around those spiders. Luckily, your trusty torch can scare some of them away, and if they get too close, the rocks you can find in the map make for good ammunition.

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Starting life as a Ludum Dare entry, Courier of the Crypts has come a long way. This early access 2D puzzle game by Emberheart Games features beautifully dark, retro-style pixelated maps, full controller support, and great ambient music. It’s not easy, that’s for sure, especially with extremely limited hints. I spent a long time even just on the first map, dying over and over again, learning more on each attempt. Once I DID figure out the puzzle, I was still killed by spiders before I could get out.

If you have a short attention span or are easily frustrated, this game will make you want to pull your hair out. However, finally figuring out the puzzle is so rewarding that you just have to try the next one … over and over and over.

*At the time of this review the game is in Early Access.*

Tl; dr –  Manage your magic torch and avoid traps and evil enemies while you make your way through an ominous crypt in this smart, challenging, retro-style puzzle game.

Rating – 7.5/10

Purchase – Steam £8.99 (or your regional equivalent)

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Let’s take a look at … – Aperion Origins

Aperion Origins is a free twin-stick space shooter from the guys over at aPriori Digital. It’s fast paced, neon, high score based goodness and is certainly worth a download. Let’s take a look.

Right off the bat Aperion Origins feels fast and arcade-like. The main menu sees you flying through a star field, the music is upbeat techno and the graphics are very bright with neon colours. It all works really well.

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One thing I always check in apps is the settings. With mobile apps, I mostly only see things like Volume checkboxes so don’t comment on them, but Aperion Origins has loads of settings! You can change the sensitive of the controls, control type, thumb stick type, HUD visibility and more. It’s great that there’s that level of customization available and everyone will be able to set the game up to best suit them.

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Moving onto gameplay, Aperion Origins is all about fast paced explosions, high scores and combos. Fight spaceships, get gems, rank up, upgrade your ship, upgrade your powerups and rinse and repeat. The more powerful your ship becomes, the more carnage you can do which stops it getting stale; it just gets more awesome! Each time I died, I never felt like putting it down, I just wanted to get right back to the action.

There’s four ships in total to unlock each with different stats. They take quite a few gems to unlock so I only have the first! There’s also 12 powerups that you can unlock and upgrade depending on your rank and the number of gems you have. After choosing your ship, and spending the gems you have on upgrades, you choose what arena you want to fight in.

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There’s 8 in the free game and 16 more that can be purchased with micro-transactions. I’m not a fan of micro-transactions in games, but given the game is awesome and free I’m fine with that. There’s gems that you can purchase which I’ll be avoiding as I don’t like to pay to win, but Aperion Origins might just be the first app that I purchase micro-transactions from as I want the other arenas!

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The final step before battle is choosing your difficulty. There are 4 in total to choose from for each arena; ‘Easy’, ‘Normal’, ‘Hard’ and ‘????’. As you can tell I haven’t unlocked the final difficulty yet, but since I often die on Normal I’m already terrified of it!

It’s time to battle. The gameplay of Aperion Origins is simple; Kill everything, don’t die and collect powerups to help you. The controls utilize twin-stick movement, so you use the left side of your screen to move, and the right to aim and fire. For the most part this works great, but I have one small gripe. The movement controls could be sharper. The game is very fast-paced, and you’ll often find yourself cornered but you can’t for example swap direction immediately. The ship will instead move on a smooth arc, which looks and feels great, but I feel it sacrifices responsiveness to achieve that.

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The graphics are one of my main reasons for loving Aperion Origins. Everything has an old-school neon aesthetic, so when you have loads of enemies chasing you, explosions everywhere and gems flying around it looks great. My main critique of the game lies here however, and that’s the general polish of the game. There’s quite a few places where text isn’t centred correctly, is the wrong size, overlaps etc. and I just think it could have had more time spent on it and tidied up. I’m sure this won’t bother most players, but it caught my eye as something that could be improved.

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Given my only critiques of the game are that I think the polish could be improved and the controls could be sharper, you can tell that I’m pretty fond of it. It will be staying on my iPad for sure, and I keep finding myself picking it up and playing a few rounds whenever I want a quick break. For a free app it’s really good, it would certainly be justified to be a paid game, so I do recommend picking it up and giving it a go.

As we always rate game out of 10 at Indie Gamers, so I’m going to give Aperion Origins a 9. It’s rated 5/5 stars on the Play Store and iTunes, and the only reason I haven’t give it a 10 is for the lack of polish in places. Awesome free app, so if you have an android or IOS device you should certainly give it a download. The links to do so are below.

Play now on IOS

Play now on Android