If you're in the mood for a platformer set in a fantasy world that will challenge your thumb control, offer unique twin stick gameplay, and satisfy the trophy hunter in us all, then Embers of Mirrim is for you. However, the environments will feel run of the mill and “samey” and the puzzles won’t take much thought to solve.
Unique gameplay mashups and twists are great at hooking a prospective player, but if the game doesn’t evolve past that initial gameplay, they won’t play for long. Lethal League’s unique qualities like the gameplay and the arcade feel don’t compensate for a game that has very little depth and repetitious gameplay. It would have been worth three or four quarters back in my arcade days, but then I would have moved on to a different game. Don’t get sucked in by this magic trick; and for goodness sake, put your wallet on a chain.
If you grew up in the arcades of the 80’s and 90’s or have not yet experienced the old school fun of a game like Galaga, this game is for you. If you can’t sleep until you have the high score on a particular game so that it can be lorded over family and friends, this game is for you. If you enjoy hectic and immersive gameplay and virtual reality, this game is for you. If you believe gameplay comes before story in a game and don’t mind playing the same level repeatedly, this game is for you. If you answered no to any of the previous questions then this game might not be for you; and if you answered no to all of the previous questions, then I don’t know if we can be friends anymore.
Fated: The Silent Oath allowed me to live out a childhood fantasy of being Indiana Jones and offered solid graphics with an interesting art style. Even the required non-verbal interaction with NPC’s is a unique gameplay feature that works really well at making the player care for the other characters in the story. However, the narrative is weak, the story ends abruptly, and the “puzzles” are nothing more than a game of mimicry. It is by no means a poorly made game, but it feels like an under developed one.
Waddle Home is a game designed for smart phones, but released on the PSVR. The interesting attributes like multiple moving characters, traps, and floors don’t counter balance an extremely short game with frustrating controls and small maps that players will accidentally solve. If you have a Samsung Gear VR then it's a fun puzzle game that is probably worth your time. If you have a PSVR, wait for a better puzzle game to come along.