Fight of Steel: Infinity Warrior – Review

Fight of Steel: Infinity Warrior is a great indie fighting game which does almost everything right. With huge amounts of replayability, customization options, and snappy gameplay, it’s a must buy in the current scene, especially for its budget price—less than 13USD. Its flaws can be overlooked quite easily, the online modes work reasonably well and the UI, while obnoxious, isn’t a huge barrier to enjoying the game. This game feels like a huge step forward for the Digital Crafter formula and shines as an example of what a good indie fighting game should aspire to be.

2D Fighter Maker 2002 — Eulogy to a dinosaur engine that refuses to die

Making a fighting game is not easy, for a variety of reasons that range from making them completely deterministic, to underestimating their complexity, to the amount of graphical assets needed, to the balancing and fine tuning required to produce something worth playing. So, it’s natural that we would all be grateful if there existed some engines that could ease the pain and allow for starting development with the smallest overhead possible.
On this side of the pond, in the late ’90s, M.U.G.E.N. made the rounds and became the go to tool for creative fighting game makers. In Japan, however, another engine stole its spot, a program published in 2001 by a company that is mostly known for creating RPG Maker: ladies and gentlemen, say welcome to 2D Fighter Maker 2002, published by Enterbrain!

HYPERFIGHT — or how I learned to stop blocking and love a frog

HYPERFIGHT is an atypical fighting game. As every hit which connects with the opponent is an instant round win, you could call it “dive kick on steroids”, and you wouldn’t be too far from the truth. Except, you would be, but for all the wrong reasons. Join this deep dive into this bizarre pixel art fighter and learn how to survive among time stops, drunken Japanese employees and frogs in a lab coat!

Input Chaos – a twin stick ragdoll neon nightmare

Non-conventional fighting games are uncharted territory, but something very much worth exploring. After all, after having concluded that the car is a shoto in “Buck Up and Drive!” and that one can make an engaging turn-based fighting game, I have become open to analyze every game that has the spirit of a fighting game, if not the letter.

Thus, when I have randomly stumbled upon Input Chaos my curiosity was immediately piqued. Neon vibes? Check. Tron lines? Check. De-rezzed robotic enemies and physics-based movement? Check!

Get ready for a brutal twin stick, ragdoll physics based action!

Deep Doujin Dive – Phantom Breaker: Omnia (Demo)

Finally, a new article for the Deep Doujin Dive series, in which we delve into obscure, rare, non-mainstream or not very well known Japanese fighting games and review their mechanics, aesthetic, and appeal. This time, we are talking about a limited time demo of an upcoming remake, Phantom Breaker: Omnia, developed by MAGES Inc. and published by Rocket Panda Games!

Now on Kickstarter! Blazing Worldstars and Drag Her!

Crowdfunding is a harsh mistress, and many projects come and go without being able to see the light of the day. However, developers are rightfully trying to get their ideas out, sometimes giving us some rough alpha versions worth checking out. This week we talk about not one, but two demos, fresh out of a rocky Kickstarter campaign: the drag queen antics of the crazy “Drag Her!” and the ambitious “Blazing Worldstars”!

Two Strikes — samurai, honor and death

Ready your katana, polish your kunais, because we are riding to feudal Japan to meet our fate at the hand of one of six different assassins: Welcome to the merciless world of Two Strikes, a game made by the three-men development studio Retro Reactor and currently available in early access on Steam!

Etehfowr Against – a charming, simultaneous 2v2 chaos

In my boundless trip to the darkest depths of indie fighting game development (which culminated in some pretty cursed discoveries, like the infamous Chinese bootleg arcade machine), I tend to stumble upon games that are almost unplayable, games whose development was abandoned after a first tech demo, and games that — despite suffering from glaring issues — show a great deal of originality and make me wonder “what if the developer had more time/money/resources to materialize their vision”? This week’s game belongs to this last category. While playing it, I constantly asked myself what this game could have become, if there had been more interest around it. Because, let me put it straight: Etehfowr Against answers the question “what if you could control two characters at the same time while juggling your resources?”

Fighting Game Mysteries – D██t███rg█

It’s hard to talk about D██t███rg█ or to find any precise information about it on the internet. This game has been called “vaporwave” or “a scam” or even an “urban legend”, due its cryptic history. There are people enthusiastically saying that this game doesn’t even exist, while other would swear they have seen a copy of it on a shady ███████ eBay account registered as [NAME EXPUNGED], only for said account to disappear into nothingness one day before the end of the auction. However, despite all rumors, I can offer you evidence that not only D██t███rg█ exists, but it is also — somewhat — playable. Buck up and get ready to sate your curiosity, thanks to this deep dive into a game so cursed that I cannot even write its name without facing repercussions!

Footsies with cars – Buck up and Drive!

Okay, first, before we start: No, I have not lost my mind, and yes, I am covering a game which isn’t strictly a fighting game… except it is — borrowing the wise words of Obi Wan Kenobi — from a certain point of view. Thus, after buying it during the Black Friday sales, I decided that this surprise topic would have been perfect for a short article! So, ladies and gentlecars, directly from itch.io, featured on the Yoyo Games blog, it’s time to cover this addictive arcade marvel called “Buck Up and Drive!”!