Cheeky Charlatans: Sans

By now, I doubt anyone hasn’t heard of the incredibly popular indie game Undertale.  One of the most notable aspects of the game is the ability to complete it without killing a single enemy.  While you also have the option to do the complete opposite (AKA the Genocide Route), I don’t think I’d ever have…

Cheeky Charlatans: Laylee

If you’re a lifelong fan of Banjo-Kazooie like we all are here at Virtual Bastion, then odds are you’ll also be familiar with its spiritual successor, Yooka-Laylee.  The most important and most notable feature is the titular buddy duo, Yooka and Laylee, who serve as the replacements for Banjo and Kazooie, respectively.  While a chameleon…

Cheeky Charlatans: Swaine

I’ve actually written about Swaine before on my own blog, but when we decided on the topic of “playfully mischievous characters” for the month of April, I couldn’t help but revisit my favorite character from Ni no Kuni, the snarky thief Swaine.  Funnily enough, my original feelings for Swaine were actually far from positive because,…

Revisiting Yooka-Laylee Four Years Later

Years ago, I wrote a review for the original Yooka-Laylee, which I had played shortly after its release. Looking back, I’m surprised at how kind I was because…my true opinion of the game was a lot harsher than what was seen in that review. I think I felt bad complaining about the game too much…

Getting My Butt Kicked in Celeste

Over the years, I’ve been slowly catching up on a whole bunch of popular indie games.  Undertale, Cuphead, Hollow Knight, and most recently, Celeste.  Like Cuphead, I went into Celeste with a mixture of excitement and trepidation because I had heard that this game was brutally difficult.  On the surface, the game follows Madeline as…

The Last Campfire: A Serene and Engaging Puzzle Game

Always on the hunt for interesting indie games, The Last Campfire is one of the newest additions to my digital library.  Aside from watching a trailer at one point that I now no longer remember, I went into this game knowing almost nothing about it aside from the fact that it involved solving puzzles.  While…

Dinosaur Planet: The Cancelled Predecessor to Star Fox Adventures

Those familiar with Star Fox Adventures for the GameCube should be well aware that this was not your traditional Star Fox game. In fact, it was much more akin to a Zelda game than a series revolving around animal pilots flying about in the vacuum of space. Well, that’s because Star Fox Adventures was never…

What’s the Scariest Little Nightmares Monster?

Now that Little Nightmares 2 has been released, I thought it might be fun to rank every monster from the first and second games in order of least frightening to most nightmare-inducing (with a number next to their name to signify from which game they originate).  This list will include the Secrets of the Maw…

Little Nightmares 2 is Back for More Gruesome Goodness

The long-awaited Little Nightmares 2 is finally here, folks!  And though I was a bit hesitant about setting my expectations too high (I’ve been let down by too many sequels, you see), I can safely say this game does not disappoint!  This time around, we play as a boy named Mono, though it isn’t long…

Ratchet & Clank: Life of Pie Animated Short

Just a few days ago, completely without warning, a 23-minute Ratchet & Clank short aired on Crave, a streaming service in Canada.  Created by the same company who made the 2016 movie, Mainframe Studios, it follows Ratchet and Clank as they stop Dr. Nefarious’ newest scheme, which involves a gun called a Portalizer that can…