I normally don’t seek out trading card games, but when Eminence: Xander’s Tales was brought to my attention, something about it got me interested. Was it the cute art style? Was it the classic RPG aesthetic? Was it the concept of an MMORPG in which the battle system isn’t summed up as “watch the action go by and sometimes furiously mash the function keys”? Here, maybe watch the trailer first. …

Like trading card games, or maybe just looking for something fun for your iPhone? Check out the Kickstarter for Eminence: Xander’s Tales!

I normally don’t seek out trading card games, but when Eminence: Xander’s Tales was brought to my attention, something about it got me interested. Was it the cute art style? Was it the classic RPG aesthetic? Was it the concept of an MMORPG in which the battle system isn’t summed up as “watch the action go by and sometimes furiously mash the function keys”? Here, maybe watch the trailer first. …

Like trading card games, or maybe just looking for something fun for your iPhone? Check out the Kickstarter for Eminence: Xander’s Tales!


It’s time for the grand finale to the adventure that is Operation Titanic! The Hardy Boys arrive on the ship, just in time to save Nancy’s life and identify an international terrorist! Afterwards, there is a three-way fight as Nancy stops villains from killing the captain, Frank tackles a monologuing mastermind, and Joe has a showdown in a submersible. …

And now, the EXCITING conclusion OF… Operation Titanic!

It’s time for the grand finale to the adventure that is Operation Titanic! The Hardy Boys arrive on the ship, just in time to save Nancy’s life and identify an international terrorist! Afterwards, there is a three-way fight as Nancy stops villains from killing the captain, Frank tackles a monologuing mastermind, and Joe has a showdown in a submersible. …

And now, the EXCITING conclusion OF… Operation Titanic!


This week’s Latest Additions page was flooded with Ludum Dare submissions—but, luckily, most of those were posted as free games and I was able to scroll and scroll and scroll past them. Don’t worry, though! I did the work so that you don’t have to. This edition of “Scratching the Itch.io” brings you six more indie games to check out!

Six more indie games coming your way!

This week’s Latest Additions page was flooded with Ludum Dare submissions—but, luckily, most of those were posted as free games and I was able to scroll and scroll and scroll past them. Don’t worry, though! I did the work so that you don’t have to. This edition of “Scratching the Itch.io” brings you six more indie games to check out!

Six more indie games coming your way!


The GameCola Faithful may recall that I mentioned this game on a previous edition of “Scratching the Itch.io“. You may also recall that I had certain misgivings about the price of episodic games. Let me start the review off by saying that the game is well worth the $5 asking price, and that I’m glad I gave it a shot. …

Jeddy continues his indie game review streak with Catmouth Island, a low-poly point-and-click adventure.

The GameCola Faithful may recall that I mentioned this game on a previous edition of “Scratching the Itch.io“. You may also recall that I had certain misgivings about the price of episodic games. Let me start the review off by saying that the game is well worth the $5 asking price, and that I’m glad I gave it a shot. …

Jeddy continues his indie game review streak with Catmouth Island, a low-poly point-and-click adventure.


Once again, I’ve proven to be wildly famous beyond imagination, receiving copies of indie games to review and preview. Today’s game is Rush to Adventure, an interesting take on the platformer-with-RPG-elements genre. The game is currently in the alpha stages, so I’m not going to do a full review, but I did want to talk about the game a bit. …

Jeddy previews the indie game Rush to Adventure, an action-RPG platformer. Don’t miss out on the free alpha!

Once again, I’ve proven to be wildly famous beyond imagination, receiving copies of indie games to review and preview. Today’s game is Rush to Adventure, an interesting take on the platformer-with-RPG-elements genre. The game is currently in the alpha stages, so I’m not going to do a full review, but I did want to talk about the game a bit. …

Jeddy previews the indie game Rush to Adventure, an action-RPG platformer. Don’t miss out on the free alpha!


We’re in for some Titanic-sized fun, as Operation Titanic continues! Join GameCola staff members Diana Gray, Michael Gray and Joseph Martin, as they play as teenage sleuths who are solving a super mystery!

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys encounter some TITANIC problems while trying to solve a mystery!

We’re in for some Titanic-sized fun, as Operation Titanic continues! Join GameCola staff members Diana Gray, Michael Gray and Joseph Martin, as they play as teenage sleuths who are solving a super mystery!

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys encounter some TITANIC problems while trying to solve a mystery!


After a slow couple weeks for decent indie game releases, “Scratching the Itch.io” is back again with six more games for you to check out!

Jeddy brings you six more indie games to check out!

After a slow couple weeks for decent indie game releases, “Scratching the Itch.io” is back again with six more games for you to check out!

Jeddy brings you six more indie games to check out!


It is human nature to want. And let’s face it, most of us here want more games! Good games, to be specific. What we want, we seek for, and are willing to sacrifice our cold hard cash to obtain. Sometimes what we find was a big waste of time and money. But when we do find something great…we want to share our experience with others. I can happily say that this is one of those times. …

GameCola superfan No Lynch returns for another review, this time of HarmoKnight for the 3DS!

It is human nature to want. And let’s face it, most of us here want more games! Good games, to be specific. What we want, we seek for, and are willing to sacrifice our cold hard cash to obtain. Sometimes what we find was a big waste of time and money. But when we do find something great…we want to share our experience with others. I can happily say that this is one of those times. …

GameCola superfan No Lynch returns for another review, this time of HarmoKnight for the 3DS!


… On the surface, Rondo (I’ll call it Rondo, rather than RoB, to avoid confusion with Dracula’s other curse) is your typical classic-style (read: nothing like Metroid) Castlevania game. As Richter Belmont, descendant of whichever Belmont it was who passed down his hereditary robot legs, you’ll take on a resurrected Dracula and his army of monsters—gargoyles, bats, ghosts, golems, harpies, a minotaur, a sea serpent, even Death himself—who are terrorizing the populace out of contractual obligation. There is a castle. There might even be a vania somewhere. It’s hard to tell when the game is inconsiderate enough to speak a language not everyone on the planet can understand. The game’s not really named Castlevania: Rondo of Blood; that’s just what we call it in parts of the world where we can’t pronounce Akumajou Dracula X: Chi no Rondo (literally, “The Mojo of Dracula 10: Rondo of Chi”). …

Today, Nathaniel reviews Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, better known in the West as “The One Referenced at the Beginning of Symphony of the Night”. You can read the full review on GameCola.

… On the surface, Rondo (I’ll call it Rondo, rather than RoB, to avoid confusion with Dracula’s other curse) is your typical classic-style (read: nothing like Metroid) Castlevania game. As Richter Belmont, descendant of whichever Belmont it was who passed down his hereditary robot legs, you’ll take on a resurrected Dracula and his army of monsters—gargoyles, bats, ghosts, golems, harpies, a minotaur, a sea serpent, even Death himself—who are terrorizing the populace out of contractual obligation. There is a castle. There might even be a vania somewhere. It’s hard to tell when the game is inconsiderate enough to speak a language not everyone on the planet can understand. The game’s not really named Castlevania: Rondo of Blood; that’s just what we call it in parts of the world where we can’t pronounce Akumajou Dracula X: Chi no Rondo (literally, “The Mojo of Dracula 10: Rondo of Chi”). …

Today, Nathaniel reviews Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, better known in the West as “The One Referenced at the Beginning of Symphony of the Night”. You can read the full review on GameCola.


The GameCola RPGcast has returned, this time with a game based on the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Super Mystery: Operation Titanic. The crew play the intrepid teenage sleuths who find themselves involved in multiple mysteries when the Titanic is raised from the ocean floor. …

Are you ready for adventure? The RPGCast crew apparently weren’t when they started their latest journey. Listen to the first part on GameCola.

The GameCola RPGcast has returned, this time with a game based on the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Super Mystery: Operation Titanic. The crew play the intrepid teenage sleuths who find themselves involved in multiple mysteries when the Titanic is raised from the ocean floor. …

Are you ready for adventure? The RPGCast crew apparently weren’t when they started their latest journey. Listen to the first part on GameCola.


… Yacht Club’s inaugural title, then, is up against it from the start. NES-style graphics! Yeah, seen ‘em. Chiptunes! Uh-huh, tell us another. The shock of the old is gone. 8-bit platformers have resurged. The freshness is gone, and the old-school has been buried once more.

With style, grace, and loving care, Shovel Knight takes up his namesake gardening tool, penetrates the earth, and exhumes a genre. …

People seem to love Shovel Knight, but does it really live up to the hype? Stu Gipp reviews the game on GameCola.

… Yacht Club’s inaugural title, then, is up against it from the start. NES-style graphics! Yeah, seen ‘em. Chiptunes! Uh-huh, tell us another. The shock of the old is gone. 8-bit platformers have resurged. The freshness is gone, and the old-school has been buried once more.

With style, grace, and loving care, Shovel Knight takes up his namesake gardening tool, penetrates the earth, and exhumes a genre. …

People seem to love Shovel Knight, but does it really live up to the hype? Stu Gipp reviews the game on GameCola.


If you’ve followed my recent articles about Japanese dating sims, you know that I’m struggling with the battle system in these games. That’s mainly because the battle system was invented to stop players from progressing in the game without paying money.

The battle system comes with a social aspect. That is, if I convince my Facebook friends to play the game, the battles will be slightly easier! As an added bonus, half of the people on Facebook will unfriend me, because they are sick of getting game requests. …

Michael Gray continues his journey with Japanese mobile dating sims.

If you’ve followed my recent articles about Japanese dating sims, you know that I’m struggling with the battle system in these games. That’s mainly because the battle system was invented to stop players from progressing in the game without paying money.

The battle system comes with a social aspect. That is, if I convince my Facebook friends to play the game, the battles will be slightly easier! As an added bonus, half of the people on Facebook will unfriend me, because they are sick of getting game requests. …

Michael Gray continues his journey with Japanese mobile dating sims.


In a surprise move, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies was released on the App Store with no warning whatsoever! Go check it out! …

Did really Capcom just release Dual Destinies for iOS?! Read the full article for all the details!

In a surprise move, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies was released on the App Store with no warning whatsoever! Go check it out! …

Did really Capcom just release Dual Destinies for iOS?! Read the full article for all the details!


Yikes! Looks like we missed a week, here at “Scratching the Itch.io”. I’m not really sure if it counts as “missing a week” when it’s not officially a weekly column, and I still had trouble picking six games out of two weeks’ worth of releases…but, here we are—another week, another six games. Are you ready for some indie games?! Here we go! …

After a brief hiatus, Jeddy returns with six more indie games! He then promptly jumps on his soap box about Steam Greenlight. Read the full article on GameCola.

Yikes! Looks like we missed a week, here at “Scratching the Itch.io”. I’m not really sure if it counts as “missing a week” when it’s not officially a weekly column, and I still had trouble picking six games out of two weeks’ worth of releases…but, here we are—another week, another six games. Are you ready for some indie games?! Here we go! …

After a brief hiatus, Jeddy returns with six more indie games! He then promptly jumps on his soap box about Steam Greenlight. Read the full article on GameCola.


Ever wondered who would win in a fight between Mario and Sonic? Princess Peach and Princess Zelda? Mega Man and Phoenix Wright? Every month, DCW pits videogame character against videogame character in the only truly legitimate means of athletic competition—professional wrestling—to see who truly a winner is.

In case you forgot: GameCola used to have a monthly column in which videogame characters would battle it out in the wrestling ring!

Ever wondered who would win in a fight between Mario and Sonic? Princess Peach and Princess Zelda? Mega Man and Phoenix Wright? Every month, DCW pits videogame character against videogame character in the only truly legitimate means of athletic competition—professional wrestling—to see who truly a winner is.

In case you forgot: GameCola used to have a monthly column in which videogame characters would battle it out in the wrestling ring!