Murasaki Baby Review

Murasaki Baby is a side-scrolling puzzle platformer released for the PS Vita on September 16, 2014. It was developed by Italian studio @ovosonico and published by SCE. For more info check out Muraskai Baby’s site. Screenshots taken by myself.

Murasaki Baby is a really, really weird game. I’ve played a lot of video games and I’ve never quite experienced anything like this one. It’s a couple years old but I recently played it and was struck by my experience so I thought it’d be a good one to share. Done in the style of Edward Gorey’s darkest paintings, it’s best described as gothic dark fantasy. While the touch controls can get in the way, Murasaki Baby delivers some challenging puzzles that sometimes smartly use the Vita’s two touch pads. It’s a short but memorable experience, in part due to its style rarely seen in video games and in part to its clever puzzles. Continue reading →

Severed Review

Severed is a first person, touch-based dungeon crawler released for the PlayStation Vita on April 26, 2016. It was developed and published by @DrinkBoxStudios. For more info check out the game’s gorgeous site. Screenshots taken by myself.

First person dungeon crawlers are a rare breed of game. It’s a genre that had its heydey in the late 90s and hasn’t really been heard from since. But the opportunity for immersion that comes with this sort of game is quite high if it’s done right. It’s even rarer to see a game from a high profile studio release exclusively on the slowly dying PlayStation Vita. What’s rarest of all is for one of these types of games release on the Vita AND be an incredible experience from start to finish. This recipe for success is what makes Severed a marvellous game and a must play for Vita owners and fans of the genre. Continue reading →