Toki Tori 2+ (Steam)

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Toki Tori 2+ is a puzzle platformer from mostly-Indie developer Two Tribes.  A sequel to a remake of a Game Boy Color game from 2001,  it’s available as a downloadable title for the Wii U console, and off Steam for PC and Mac systems (Linux specs are listed, but apparently not supported).  You can also pick it up on your iPhone.  It’s regular price on Steam is $14.99, and I would assume the Wii U version is comparable.  I was able to pick it up as part of a recent Humble Bundle and paid… significantly less.

In the game, you play as a yellow flightless birdlike blob that tries to sing and stomp its way home before its whole world rips apart.  At least, that’s what I think is happening.  It’s hard to say, because there’s not really any explanation for what’s going on.  Along the way lots of other cute little creatures help and hinder your progress.  The only reason I started playing it was because I thought it was something cute and easy Charlotte and I could run through.

Well… it starts out that way, anyway.  Turns out, the game is actually a giant “Shut The Fuck Up” letter addressed to my entire whiny generation of aging gamers.

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Metroid: Zero Mission (Game Boy Advance)

Metroid_--_Zero_Mission_(box_art)Metroid has been around for almost 27 years.  The original game was released in Japan in 1986, and it got a North American release around the same time the next year.

The original game features a space bounty hunter in a high powered suit named Samus Aran.  Samus has come to the planet Zebes to stop a group of Space Pirates from exploiting an alien species, Metroids, in a bid to rule the galaxy.  The game was incredibly successful, influential and ground breaking.  It’s exploratory gameplay was among the first of its kind.  An incredibly eerie atmosphere, created by fantastic music, level and creature design marks it–arguably–as the invention of the Survival Horror genre of video games.  It’s practically like playing a video game of Alien.  And, of course, Samus Aran is the world’s first (recognized by Guinness Book of World Records) Playable Female Protagonist in a mainstream title, what’s more, is that the discovery of Samus’ gender comes as a surprise ending (Unless you know Justin Bailey…)

So, what happens almost 20 years later when you’ve created one of the most successful franchises of all time?  That’s right, kids… it’s time for a remake/reboot combo.  Enter:  Zero Mission.

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