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!


My love affair with Japanese dating sims has come to a tragic end.

Fundamentally, I’m not compatible with the companies that make these games. They like to make money, but I like to play games for free. You see? It could never have worked for long. …

On today’s tender and poignant GameCola post, Michael Gray gives up his one true love: Japanese mobile dating sims—or, does he…?! Read the post to find out!

My love affair with Japanese dating sims has come to a tragic end.

Fundamentally, I’m not compatible with the companies that make these games. They like to make money, but I like to play games for free. You see? It could never have worked for long. …

On today’s tender and poignant GameCola post, Michael Gray gives up his one true love: Japanese mobile dating sims—or, does he…?! Read the post to find out!


… Reckpunk is a puzzle platformer, kind of somewhere between VVVVVV and Bit.Trip Runner…but, controlled by your mouse. Like a runner game, the character is constantly moving and it’s the player’s job to keep the character out of danger. Unlike most runners, however, you don’t control the character. Instead of jumping or sliding around obstacles, you use the mouse to destroy walls and move bridges as the character moves along. …

Read the full review of Reckpunk on GameCola.net.

… Reckpunk is a puzzle platformer, kind of somewhere between VVVVVV and Bit.Trip Runner…but, controlled by your mouse. Like a runner game, the character is constantly moving and it’s the player’s job to keep the character out of danger. Unlike most runners, however, you don’t control the character. Instead of jumping or sliding around obstacles, you use the mouse to destroy walls and move bridges as the character moves along. …

Read the full review of Reckpunk on GameCola.net.


Join the podcast crew as they talk about all of your favorite trumpets topics such as:

Help Jeddy decide on a game to give away!
Final Fantasy XIV was so bad that they had to destroy the entire world.
Is it weird for some of the main, numbered Final Fantasy games to be MMOs?
What next-gen consoles do people even own?
Did Stu Gipp really get the original development materials for Dizzy?
How did game developers actually get anything done in the ’80s?!
The wonders of the DPCM channel.
Is that the EarthBound trumpet in HAL’s Hole in One Golf?
Oh, yeah—today is was the birthday of Mother!
The stupid reason behind the name “HAL”
Did Kirby’s Dream Land 3 use the same soundfont as Arcana?
Jeddy and Joe sing a duet of the theme from Crash Man’s stage.
Videogame song mashups!
Listener mail! And, it’s not late this time!
Videogames are weird.

Trumpets aren’t all we talk about on this month’s podcast! But, we do talk a bit about trumpets. Head over to GameCola to listen to the podcast.

Join the podcast crew as they talk about all of your favorite trumpets topics such as:

  • Help Jeddy decide on a game to give away!
  • Final Fantasy XIV was so bad that they had to destroy the entire world.
  • Is it weird for some of the main, numbered Final Fantasy games to be MMOs?
  • What next-gen consoles do people even own?
  • Did Stu Gipp really get the original development materials for Dizzy?
  • How did game developers actually get anything done in the ’80s?!
  • The wonders of the DPCM channel.
  • Is that the EarthBound trumpet in HAL’s Hole in One Golf?
  • Oh, yeah—today is was the birthday of Mother!
  • The stupid reason behind the name “HAL”
  • Did Kirby’s Dream Land 3 use the same soundfont as Arcana?
  • Jeddy and Joe sing a duet of the theme from Crash Man’s stage.
  • Videogame song mashups!
  • Listener mail! And, it’s not late this time!
  • Videogames are weird.

Trumpets aren’t all we talk about on this month’s podcast! But, we do talk a bit about trumpets. Head over to GameCola to listen to the podcast.


Some civilizations have stood the test of time, while others topple like dominoes. Whether a dictatorship, democracy, monarchy, or council of robot elders, they all had something in common. There’s generally someone at the top that people can point to as being the person in charge. Sometimes, video games would depict these leaders as part of the story line. This month, Mark Freedman asks: What is your favorite real-life President/World Leader appearance in a video game?

Which real-life world leader is YOUR favorite videogame character?

Some civilizations have stood the test of time, while others topple like dominoes. Whether a dictatorship, democracy, monarchy, or council of robot elders, they all had something in common. There’s generally someone at the top that people can point to as being the person in charge. Sometimes, video games would depict these leaders as part of the story line. This month, Mark Freedman asks: What is your favorite real-life President/World Leader appearance in a video game?

Which real-life world leader is YOUR favorite videogame character?


Don’t play Line Rider 2. In any form. On anything. Ever. …

Today’s review is Line Rider 2! It’s just like the original Line Rider, except this time it has a story, and it’s not very good, and you have to pay for it.

Don’t play Line Rider 2. In any form. On anything. Ever. …

Today’s review is Line Rider 2! It’s just like the original Line Rider, except this time it has a story, and it’s not very good, and you have to pay for it.


When I was a kid, one of my dreams was to be a fashion designer. I was maybe nine at the time I decided this, so ten years later I have come to realize I know absolutely NOTHING about fashion. What people choose to wear and what trends are confuse me. I’ve since realized that dream was a bust, but I have not stopped playing my fashion design games, of which there are a good few. Imagine: Fashion Designer was one of the first games I had asked for once I got my DS. The concept of being able to design clothing on the go seemed like a lot of fun, especially since Nintendogs, my only other game, was getting a little old. …

Do you like fashion design? Do you like videogames? Maybe try an Imagine: Fashion Designer game other than this one.

When I was a kid, one of my dreams was to be a fashion designer. I was maybe nine at the time I decided this, so ten years later I have come to realize I know absolutely NOTHING about fashion. What people choose to wear and what trends are confuse me. I’ve since realized that dream was a bust, but I have not stopped playing my fashion design games, of which there are a good few. Imagine: Fashion Designer was one of the first games I had asked for once I got my DS. The concept of being able to design clothing on the go seemed like a lot of fun, especially since Nintendogs, my only other game, was getting a little old. …

Do you like fashion design? Do you like videogames? Maybe try an Imagine: Fashion Designer game other than this one.