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      CHECK MEOWT: Cotton Fantasy Review - A Fantastically Fun Game

      CHECK MEOWT: Cotton Fantasy Review - A Fantastically Fun Game

      With just under 10 days to go, I'm eating breakfast in a red wig and riding my broomstick to the office in anticipation of the next installment of the Cotton series, Cotton Fantasy.

      If you’re like me, you have an appreciation for well-crafted Japanese video games. So when I saw Cotton Fantasy coming to the Nintendo Switch, I was immediately intrigued, given the history of the franchise's retro roots. Well, it turned out to be everything I hoped it would be and more! Here’s why I love this game so much…


      Obviously, the main character is Cotton. In addition to your standard shot and bomb, she has magical attacks that take up large chunks of the screen, showering her with point bonuses. When downed, certain enemies will drop a colored crystal which will give magic attacks depending on its color when picked up. Cotton's set-up, in addition to requiring speedy, reactionary play, also entails constantly flitting around the screen to juggle priorities.

      Similar to success' delightful shooter series, Psyvariar, the player tackles this game with Ria and reaps no benefits from jewels, magical attacks, or endless showers of point items. In turn, as the bullet passes near you, your weapon levels up, and a shield is created for a brief period, in which you can use it to smash through bullet patterns or shoot enemies close up. Play through the game with Ria, and you'll need a totally different survival and scoring strategy.

      Another popular one is Fine from Success' own obscure shooter, Sanvien, which has a time system to keep you constantly on the verge of death. Then there's Luffee, which manages to boil the game down to a much more traditional shooter. You will also find the game's final boss, the antagonist, who features a new play mechanic, such as throwable projectiles, found in classic R-Type.

      If that wasn't enough variety, finishing the game with each character unlocks a fresh, console-exclusive level, depending on their abilities and themes, with every character we've defeated thus far. With Ria, for example, there is a horizontal Psyvariar, featuring enemies, patterns, and backdrops just like in the previous game. Additionally, the cotton onstage offers a modernized version of one of her past performances.

      Difficulty Level

      Cotton Rock 'n' Roll is high-octane and moody. Set in a cheerful gothic world, its main character, a witch, is trying to find out the secret behind the disappearance of Willow, the in-series equivalent of our world's magical candies. That sends her to a zone that exudes personality, where enemies continually fill the screen. Things move fast, and thanks to superb varieties of approaches to level design, you'll face all kinds of different challenges, from somewhat tight areas somewhat reminiscent of R-Type's core gameplay to battles with level-sized flying fortresses, as well as vertically scrolling horizontal sections and races tearing through ever-tightening gaps. Finish a shmup from start to finish and you'll experience the feast of an entirely different genre.

      Graphics & Sound

      And one of Cotton Rock 'n' Roll's strongest features is its level design. It is dynamic, detailed, and contains sweeping set-pieces and elegant shifts around the player characters. Polygonal visuals are used and can bring style and class to a game set in a 2D playfield. Mixed media stages can make you look twice at times, but Cotton Fantasy blends them nicely, and continues to be a treat for the eyes.  

      With bosses full of character, they also have attacks with a variety of different effects, catering to every style of play. Playing at the default 'Normal' difficulty, the boss battles can feel short. In most cases, the second form isn't revealed until the very end when there's just a few seconds left. Turning the difficulty up remedies that, if you're up to the challenge.



      This release lives up to Cotton's usual high quality standards. Few shoot 'em ups have as many varieties in terms of how you can play, nor such a well-designed world as what Cotton does. No matter what type of game you like, Cotton Rock 'n' Roll will offer something to please you.

      It should come as no surprise that Cotton Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy manages to pull off its total execution beautifully. Action sequences in the game are absolutely incredible, and the fun is easy to find.

      Weekly Dose of Gaming News: Despot's Game, Solar Ash and The Last Friend

      Weekly Dose of Gaming News: Despot's Game, Solar Ash and The Last Friend

      Hey, guys Alex Sy here for your weekly dose of gaming news from Mega Cat Studios. 

      We're easing into mid-october with some indie classic/best upcoming games first on the list we have Despot’s Game: Dystopian Army Builder early access it's roguelike tactics coupled with supercharged battles where you build a team to later sacrifice them to advance on the field they came up with a perfect elevator pitch for it actually a group of people that wake up in a strange post-apocalyptic labyrinth with no memories and a bunch of weapons so choose your loot and turn your squad into wizards ninjas and all kinds of heroes basically building your army you can survive the labyrinth and if you do you'll meet the end game builds of other players this war is to the death and only one team will be spared this game is much heavier on tactical smarts rather than reflexes especially when commencing in indirect combat you'll have food throwers a mythical stale pretzel thrower and even fridge movers to equip your front liners while you sit back and watch the riot afterwards so if you're ready to feel the satisfaction of watching a bunch of vivid colored pixelated stick figures rush into the heat of battle make sure you get around to playing this game. 



      Next on this list is the second game from the creators of the RPG hyper light drifter this one's called Solar Ash the pixel art on this is just gorgeous it's a single-player where you become Rey, a void runner you'll be skating leaping soaring, and even gliding through a kaleidoscope universe however this particular universe is on limited time because it's being consumed by a black hole the void is calling and rather than focusing on just combat there is greater weight on the fluidity of your movement as ray traverses between environments and even floating landscapes to get to the bottom of things in addition to the combat and fluidity is speed timing is everything and in Rey's universe the success when facing enemy encounters relies on striking at the precise moment solar ash will be released on October 26th. 


      Now if you're tired of the typical brawler or tower defense plot this next game should give you that bite you're looking for. The last friend will set you on a mission to save all the doggos. Doggos around the world are disappearing and you come in as alpha who at an early age lost your fur best friend now in your travels on the wastelands alpha crossed paths with mutants who dognapped a lost puppy it's not long after your battles that you realize you have the ability to understand what the pup T1 can say together with T1 in your dog-friendly upgradeable RV you rescue pooches across the wasteland freeing these pups means adding them to your team and unlocking combat abilities for you or towers to defend your RV you'll have the pick of the litter when it comes to offensive and defensive options to protect your yard it's a dog eat dog rolled out there so best to bring all paws out.



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      Weekly Dose of Gaming News - Yoyo's Great Adventure

      Weekly Dose of Gaming News - Yoyo's Great Adventure is at it again, sharing the upcoming new retro games. This time, with Yoyo's Great Adventure.

      The adorable adventure game transports you to ancient Poland, as Yoyo, a cute little creature that's completely original. Yoyo's Great Adventure was created as an entry to the Yandex programming contest, and now we can't wait to play it. However, you need the classic ZX Spectrum from 1982 to run such a game. offers us some great insights into the game saying, "The story and gameplay however is inspired by the mechanics of a puzzle platformer that resembles 'Dizzy' games, except with a completely different story, character, locations, and more you'll just have to experience for yourself."

      Is Yoyo's Great Adventure an adventure you'd like to go on?