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We have dedicated a review every month for our Patreons to pick a game of their choice, and this month’s Strider is the first of those picks.

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Monthly Game Spotlight: La-Mulana

The monthly game spotlight for March is La-Mulana. If you find yourself stuck at home this month for one reason or another, then you may have a need for a gaming experience that will really suck you in. La-Mulana demands full immersion in its world to even solve its puzzles and complete it, and if you’re not using a guide it will keep you busy enough to fill a full work week. So if you have the time, I highly recommend trying out this cult classic for yourself. And of course if you still have the time, its sequel will deliver even more riddle solving shenanigans.

Check out our full review here!

April Review and Article Schedule

The Review Schedule for 2020 has been updated for April’s final plan. You can easily access this schedule by visiting our Other Resources page form the side menu.

We apologize that there will not be a Top 10 this month due the timing of our usual scheduled day in combination with other factors. We plan on resuming that feature starting again in June. If you have any requests for a top 10 you want to see, please leave a comment either on this article or by contacting us.

Disclaimer – While we work very hard to keep our schedule exactly as we’ve announced it, technical difficulties or surprise high priority review requests can require us to adjust the schedule accordingly. We will try to post an announcement any time this happens.

Below are the games we will be looking at this month.

AM2R – Another Metroid 2 Remake – April 6
Three months in a row of Metroid 2 games is worth it when they’re this high quality. AM2R is a phenomenal interpretation of what the Gameboy Metroid II might look like it if it was updated to be more like Metroid Zero Mission. While it’s hard to get a hold of anymore, it’s definitely worth the effort for any Metroid Fan. Our full review will be this Monday.

MindSeizeApril 13
For unknown reasons, your daughter mind has been stolen by an evil organization, and it’s up to you to discover why and to get her back. You’re equipped a the start with a machine gun and a laser sword, giving this game a bit of a Mega Man Zero vibe, but it’s a true Metroidvania in the sense that Exploration is a primary focus – at least from what we’ve played so far.

Strider (2014) – April 20
Strider has been with Capcom since the 1980s, where the Game studio was collaborating with a Manga studio to create an Arcade, Famicom release, and Manga tie-in as an attempt to create an all new IP. The original arcade was fairly linear – following the usual arcade traditions at the time – but they had to get clever with the NES version since they couldn’t rely so much on the visuals. The result was a Metroidvania-like game, and that’s the direction Capcom took 25 years later when they tried to revive the IP with the reimagining we’ll be looking at this month.

Cathedral – April 27
With its tight controls, clever level design, and excellent nostalgic 8-bit music and graphics, it’s a surprise to me that Cathedral seems to have slipped under the public radar. This is an injustice that we hope to help resolve by covering it this month.