As someone who’s reviewed every incarnation of Aqua Kitty there has been, the unique blend of Defender and Gradius has been so joyous to experience time and time again. When I heard Astro Aqua Kitty was dropping the arcade aspect and adding RPG mechanics like multiple characters, experience points, quests, and loot – it was exactly the follow-up I didn’t know I wanted. This is a game that will have you hooked for at least a dozen hours, per character. Tikipod does it again; with its irresistible charm, gorgeous visuals, and effortless gameplay, Astro Aqua Kitty is the cat’s meow.
Iron Crypticle is the enhanced and entirely overhauled version of Confused Pelican’s Iron Fisticle that released in 2014. Iron Fisticle was a game I very much enjoyed, but it was also hard as nails. Iron Crypticle eases up on that difficulty, just ever so slightly to be more accessible and enjoyable. While Iron Fisticle was limited to Steam for its release, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 owners get to experience the game now known as Iron Crypticle. The game doubles down on local co-op, lightens up on difficulty, and allows you to gorge on its music and visuals as you work your way through it.
Aqua Kitty – Milk Mine Defender DX is not much different than the Steam release, sans the “DX” in the title. But it does include features from that version and more for the PlayStation systems, where the PS4 version benefits the most, but the PSVita is great as well. This Defender clone is in a league all its own, 30,000 leagues even.