Azkend 2: The World Beneath (Switch) - Ramblin' Review

Azkend 2: The World Beneath is an interesting take on the match three puzzle genre that incorporates story and hidden object elements. With it being said that this is a match three puzzle game, we can now move on to what makes Azkend 2: The World Beneath stand out from all of the rest.

First of all, Azkend 2 brings a refreshing take on a puzzle game by having a storybook like narrative. Taking place in the nineteenth century, you and your party set sail across the Atlantic Ocean from Liverpool, bound for New York. On your travels, you encounter a gigantic storm that takes your ship to an unknown land. You are then tasked with completing puzzles in a time limit. Each puzzle rewards you with a piece of the item that you are looking for that will assist you in your journey. Once you complete all of the match three puzzles in a chapter, that object acts as a new special tile with it's own unique ability. You will also be met with the occasional hidden object bonus level to help you p…

The Next Penelope: Race to Odysseus (Switch) - Ramblin' Review

The Next Penelope: Race to Odysseus is a racing game with battle elements. You play as Penelope, searching a futuristic universe for Ulysses. The game starts off with a few tutorial levels that teach you the controls for turning, boosting, and firing your weapons.

You will traverse your way across the universe tracking down your lost love, racing and fighting bosses along the way. There are various upgrades available for your ship, and the game is dripping with style. Neon abounds, and adrenaline pumping music gets you hyped up for the races at hand.

The developer paid extra attention to the integration of HD Rumble, but that's where most of the game's plusses end. The races start to feel the same pretty early on, and having an open galaxy map to explore in whichever route you choose doesn't do enough to break this up. The bosses offer a suitable challenge, but it often starts to feel cheap when you fail repeatedly, no matter how familiar you become with the controls and …

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood (Switch) - Ramblin' Review

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is actually the sequel to Max & The Magic Marker, which was a Wiiware puzzle platformer that was eventually ported to PC, Mac, PSN, and the DS. In that game, Max draws a monster to life with his magic marker, and then must use that same magic marker to draw platforms and overcome obstacles on a quest to defeat that monster.

With Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, we find Max annoyed with his little brother, Felix, whom is playing rough with Max's toys. Max looks up a spell online to get rid of his little sibling, and when he recites it out loud, a portal opens and a giant furry hand emerges and takes Felix. Knowing that this won't end well for him, Max jumps into the portal on a rescue mission.

After what amounts to a tutorial teaching us the basics of the game, we find ourselves being chased by the aforementioned furry monster. Upon escaping this, we meet up with a strange little magical person that inform us that Felix has been taken to a far o…

The Coma: Recut (Switch) - Ramblin' Review

The Coma: Recut is a sidescrolling survival horror adventure game that places you in the role of Youngho, a student undertaking his final exams at Sehwa High School. We start the game off with a small explanation of how exams are hell week for Korean students, and soon learn that one of the students has apparently attempted suicide due to the stress over doing well on these exams. We meet the new girl at school and make an awkward attempt at flirting, and after a brief encounter with the school bully, we quickly make our way to homeroom for our first exam. Here we meet Ms. Song, the resident hot teacher that Youngho has a crush on, and she asks us to meet her after class. Youngho than falls asleep during the exam, and wakes up in a darkened classroom. Youngho just figures that he crashed out during the exam and slept until night time. Upon leaving the classroom, we run into Ms. Song, or at least someone or something that looks like her.

She acts very strangely, but when she asks Youn…

Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King (Switch) - Ramblin' Review

Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King is a top down, overhead action adventure game that plays out just like the original Legend of Zelda. It blatantly wears it's "Zelda clone" badge on it's sleeve, and there's nothing at all wrong with that. It even starts off with a reference to the venerable series, which leads me to my next poorly written segue. 

Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King is a blatant Zelda clone, yes, but it differentiates itself with it's unique story, and narrative structure. A grandfather is telling his grandchildren a bedtime story, and he asks if they've heard the one about the brave elf- boy from the kingdom of H--, where he is cutoff and asked for a new story, since they've heard it a million times before. In the place of our beloved hero of Hyrule, he decides to tell the children about Princess Blossom, whom is on her way to being knighted by her father, the king, and beginning her duties.  Her first task is the all too familiar trope …

Mom Hid My Game! (Switch) - Ramblin' Review

Mom Hid My Game! Is a simple puzzle game with a unique art style. I find myself saying that a lot about indie games, but this has to be the first game that I've seen that has mimicked child's book and airplane safety manual style so very well to great effect.

The premise is simple, your mother has hidden your portable game console somewhere in the house, and you must not only find it, but also figure out which tools lying around the house you need to utilize to get to it. In addition, you must not find your mom while in search, or else you'll be busted and have to perform that day's puzzle over.

The puzzles are fun, and clever, but very simple. It usually doesn't take much thought beyond a basic assessment of how to use the objects available in your environment to get to your game console, but it's a fun trip everyday regardless. I have a feeling that was because this $4.99 budget title was designed with children in mind as it's primary audience. While I d…

Frederic: Resurrection of Music

Frederic: Resurrection of Music is a budget rhythm game that puts you in the shoes of recently resurrected composer Frederic Chopin. You are tasked with traveling the world to engage representatives from various genres of pop music in an effort to restore creativity and soul to a world of corporate produced music.

While the game has both docked and undocked modes that utilize both button presses (that can also be used for undocked mode), and touchscreen controls, the game tells you from the very beginning that it is intended as a touchscreen game. You use your fingers to hit the appropriate piano keys in time with the music, and are awarded with special moves as you go.

The game presents a fair challenge in both modes, but it is highly recommend that you start off on easy mode and using touchscreen controls until you become familiar with this particular game's ins and outs. You will have off against various generic pop stars across a wide variety of genres, and are treated to som…