Tag: Ratalaika Games
Mini Review Save Room (PS5) - RE4 Delight Turned Full Game
What're ya sorting?
Considering just how beloved the inventory management of Resident Evil 4 was, it's insane to think it's taken this long for someone to spin it out into a full game. 17 years later, Save Room is a completely faithful recreation of the enjoyable Tetris-like mechanic that works as a neat distraction for an hour or two. This is the...
News Resident Evil 4's Inventory Influences PS5, PS4 Puzzler Save Room
You'll get attache(d) to it
Resident Evil 4’s iconic inventory management minigame is being riffed on in Save Room, an upcoming PS5 and PS4 puzzler which challenges you with, well, saving room. You’ll be tasked with squeezing a range of equipment into a briefcase, combining items and reloading weapons in order to maximise the open slots you have...
Mini Review Voyage (PS5) - A Nice Palate Cleanser
Considering the number of big games that release one after another nowadays — particularly during the holiday season — palette cleansers have become almost essential in order to keep things fresh. Voyage, a beautiful 2D title about the journey rather than demanding gameplay mechanics, plays that role perfectly. In a two-hour quest...
News Journey Through a Pastel World in Voyage, Available Now on PS5 and PS4
Alone, or with a friend
Voyage is a cinematic adventure game which can be played alone or cooperatively, with a gorgeous pastel aesthetic, and is available now on PS5 and PS4. In Voyage, you play as two survivors trying to find their way home, in a story that is presented in a wordless manner; there is no written or spoken dialogue, and its central...
Mini Review Gynoug (PS5) - Another Ratalaika 16-Bit Shmup with Two Easy Platinums
He's not the Masaya, he's a very Wor-ty boy
A distinctive art style can elevate a retro game into becoming engraved in our memories, for example many shoot-'em-up fans vividly remember the visual design of the Bydo Empire, with its biomechanical theme, and bosses like Dobkeratops as a defining part of R-Type. In 1991 magazines, like Issue 113 of...
Mini Review Gleylancer (PS5) - Solid 1992 Mega Drive Shmup Shines Again
Bust out the Busterhawk for two easy Platinums
From its July 1992 release, Masaya's Gleylancer didn't initially shine as a single player shoot-'em-up. It received a mixed reception, with Issue 2 of Mean Machines SEGA magazine describing it as unoriginal and tedious in a 48/100 scoring review. For years Gleylancer was more renowned for its reputation...
News Trophy Hunters Rejoice! Ratalaika Has Arrived on PS5
May the Platinums pop aplenty
Trophy hunters will already be familiar with the work of Ratalaika Games, no doubt. The port house has built a pretty compelling business model out of converting small indie titles to Sony’s platforms and populating them with relatively easy Platinum Trophies. While not every single one of its published titles is...
Mini Review Concept Destruction - Destruction Derby with Cardboard Cars
Concept Destruction’s name tells you much of what you need to know about this pen-and-paper PlayStation 4 racer. It’s a combat game inspired by PS1’s legendary Destruction Derby, and it’s effectively a proof of concept. In many ways this feels like half a game, as you smash your way through Drawn to Death-esque arenas,...
Mini Review Thy Sword - Thou Shalt Enjoyeth This Roguelike
Live by thy sword
Roguelikes are dime a dozen on PlayStation Store, but Thy Sword appeals in spite of the genre’s ubiquity. This single-screen side-scroller sees you clearing out enemies in different locations to progress to different levels, many environments culminating in larger-than-life boss fights. There’s a casual mode which makes the...
News Ratings Changes Could End PS Vita Support from Handheld's Biggest Supporter
The end nears
We posted recently about how the PS Vita remains relevant in 2020 against all odds, but support from one of the handheld’s most prominent publishers is in jeopardy. Ratalaika revealed today that changes to European ratings board PEGI’s system could result in significantly higher fees for its titles, meaning they will “lose...
Mini Review Gun Crazy - Super Nintendo-Esque Shooter with a Short Shelf Life
Crazy in guns
Gun Crazy has modest ambitions, meaning you should calibrate your expectations appropriately before giving it a spin. This is a Super Nintendo-esque side-scrolling shooter, in which you commandeer a blue-haired bad ass through a breakneck 30 minute-ish campaign against a variety of tyrannical robots and green blobs. It features all of...
Mini Review Random Heroes: Gold Edition - A Side-Scroller with a Massive Cast
Not-so random really
For a game being sold on its eclectic cast of characters, Random Heroes: Gold Edition really doesn’t do anywhere near enough with its heroes. This is a 16-bit style side-scrolling shooter where you take control of, well, pretty much anyone. There’s a cyborg, a clown, a truck driver, a man in a suit… You pretty much get the...
Mini Review Super Destronaut: Land Wars - All Style, No Substance
Super Destronaut: Land Wars is developed by a team named Petite Games, and anyone who understands French should take that as an indicator of what to expect. This is probably the most simplistic first-person shooter you’ll find on the PlayStation 4, as you sprint around neon environments shooting gigantic Space Invaders-inspired...
Mini Review Rush Rover - Simple Roguelike Shooter Is Fun Timewaster
A kind of rush
You’ve already played a game like Rush Rover, but that doesn’t mean this little timewaster should be ignored. A dualstick roguelike, the shooter borrows liberally from various recent releases, delivering a wholly unoriginal yet generally well-executed experience. Playing as a mining machine, your role is to clean up randomly...
News Mekorama Is a Cute Puzzle Platformer Keeping the PS Vita Going in 2020
Coming to PS4 too, of course
Sure, it might be a port of a mobile game, but Mekorama looks like an adorable and enjoyable puzzler. It has you exploring mechanical dioramas (hence the name) with B, a little robot who needs your help completing each stage. You'll be solving some pretty simple puzzles throughout the game's 50 stages, but it looks like...
News Ratalaika Games Announces Seven Visual Novels for PS4, PS Vita
Are you ready?
Ratalaika Games is almost single-handedly responsible for keeping the PS Vita alive in 2020, and its support isn’t stopping any time soon. The port house, which specialises in converting indie titles to Sony’s systems, has announced seven new visual novels for the PlayStation 4 and a couple for the aforementioned portable...
Mini Review Ganbare! Super Strikers - Tactical Take on the Beautiful Game
You'll get a kick out of it
Think of Ganbare! Super Strikers not as a sports game, but as a strategy campaign a little bit like Advance Wars or XCOM. That’s how this fusion of football and tactics works, adopting a turn-based format where you need to move your players into position, pass the ball, and, fingers crossed, score some goals. There’s...
Mini Review Knightin'+ - Zelda-Lite Is Too Simplistic with Just Dungeons
Are we witnessing the origins of an all-new genre? Knightin’+ started life on itch.io and bills itself as a Zelda-lite. The gameplay is easy to describe: it’s Zelda in dungeon form only. This means that there’s no hub-world to explore, just a maze of rooms with keys to find, puzzles to solve, and bosses to beat. You’ll also happen...
News Soccer Strategy Ganbare! Super Strikers Scores PS4, PS Vita Release Date
Financial fair play
Strategy-themed soccer title Ganbare! Super Strikers will dribble its way to the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita on 25th February, following a successful Steam launch a couple of years ago. “Win matches to level up and earn new equipment that will allow you to learn special abilities, boost your players’ stats, or protect yourself...
Mini Review Zero Zero Zero Zero - Hellish Monochrome Platforming
From zero to hero
Zero Zero Zero Zero reminds us of Sound Shapes – although the latter undoubtedly has a better name. Do you remember those dastardly single-screen stages in the aforementioned PlayStation exclusive outing? This monochrome platformer is like 100 of those, each rotating randomly every time you die. And you will die – again and...
Mini Review Milo's Quest - Pixelated Puppy Stars in Simple Adventure Game
Oh my dog
Milo’s Quest could carry the subtitle ‘My First Adventure Game’ and it would all make sense. This straightforward isometric outing sees you take control of a lovingly animated pooch, and sees you embark on an adventure across a colourful landscape filled with marshmallow-shaped ghouls and bricks to push. It’s probably the most...
News Ganbare! Super Strikers Pairs Soccer with Strategy on PS4, PS Vita
Sports simulations are obviously entertaining enough, but we’ve been disappointed with the number of arcade adaptations this generation. Ganbare! Super Strikers sounds like a great alternative to FIFA, fortunately, providing a strategy-based soccer experience where you need to level up your team and unlock new equipment leading to special...
Mini Review FoxyLand 2 - A Bright and Bushy Side-Scroller
No fox given
Where the fox have you been? This is indie developer BUG-Studio’s second crack at its foxy FoxyLand series, with the previous edition carefully marshalled onto the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita by the ever-industrious Ratalaika Games. A vibrant side-scrolling platformer, this version boasts over 40 levels and co-operative play – though...
Review Red Bow - Pixel Art Horror That Will Tie You in Knots
Pixel art horror has been all the rage ever since platforms such as the PlayStation Store ushered the industry into something of an indie boom. Red Bow is effectively a Japanese horror movie in Super Nintendo-style 16-bit form, putting you in the place of the immaculately dressed Roh as she explores a nightmare world filled with...
News Jump into Bed with Promiscuous Adventure Game One Night Stand on PS4
One Night Stand poses the question: what would you do if you woke up in bed next to a complete stranger? This curious adventure game arrived on PC several years ago, but as announced at E3 2019, it's cheating on its long-term platform with PlayStation 4. The game is available now. This narrative adventure about the morning after...
News Cybarian: The Time Traveling Warrior Looks Like an Entertaining Action Romp on PS4 and Vita
Yes, that's right -- it's a brand new game coming to PS Vita. Cybarian: The Time Traveling Warrior might not look like the greatest action game of all time, but it has a cool retro aesthetic and some fun-looking combat. Check out the trailer above. It comes from Ratalaika Games, a studio with a reputation for straightforward games...
E3 2019 Rotoscoped Visual Novel One Night Stand Gets Freaky on PS4
One Night Stand sees you wake naked in a stranger’s bed, and it’s down to you to figure out how you got there. Could we, perhaps, make a couple of suggestions? Oh, that’s age inappropriate? You’ll have to wait for the full game, then. On-the-nose premise aside, this rotoscoped indie from publisher Ratalaika Games and developer...
News I Am the Hero Is a Stylish Beat-'Em-Up Arriving Today on PS4 and PS Vita
Beat 'em up, beat' em down
There are a good few examples of the humble beat-'em-up on PS4, but more are always welcome in our book. Until DotEmu finishes up work on Streets of Rage 4, we can whet our appetites for 2D brawling with I Am the Hero, which lands on PS4 and Vita today in North America and tomorrow in Europe. This indie effort looks like...