A listing of what we plan on reviewing and streaming this upcoming month of August!

On the first of each month or the last day of the previous month, we report on what we are doing to achieve our goal to review every Metroidvania game. This announcement includes our schedule of reviews and articles for the upcoming month, as well as any planned site adjustments or other important announcements.

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Monthly Game Spotlight: Destroy Space Aliens

The monthly game spotlight for August is Destroy Space Aliens. This is one of the most surprising games that I’ve played for the Metroidvania Review Project, and I will always bring it up when talking about hidden gems. It has a really rough start, but if you can get past that you’re in for a fantastic homage to the genre as a whole. We will be streaming a start to finish playthrough starting on August 8th, so if our review isn’t enough to make you curious, you can check out a demonstration either on Twitch or our YouTube channel at that time.

Check out our full review here!

August Review and Article Schedule

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

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 post an announcement any time this happens.

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

Metroid: Other M – August 3
We wrap up the Metroid saga with the divisive direct sequel to Super Metroid. This whole year I’ve been playing these games in chronological order, so technically I should have done this game last month instead of Metroid Fusion. Predictably though I have a lot to say on this one, so it’s probably best I saved it for last. Review coming in two days!

Intrepid IzzyAugust 10
A beat-em-up platformer that has you changing outfits to allow access to new areas and combat abilities. Its cute presentation is sure to provide a child-like sense of wonder to anyone who plays it.

UnEpic – August 17
An average dude suddenly finds himself living out the fantasies he used to role-play. We’ve already played @unepic_fran’s other game Ghost 1.0, so I’ve got a pretty good idea what to expect from UnEpic’s parody humor, and I look forward to it.

Super Daryl Deluxe – August 24
At long last we’ve finally finished a Co-op Metroidvania game this year. It’s one of the dumbest games I’ve ever played, but that dumbness may be its most appealing draw. It starts out pretty zany, but it still manages to top itself all the way until its ludicrous ending. The insanity is what keeps it fun.

Lyle in Cube Sector – August 31
Way back when the internet was still fresh there were a lot of indie freeware games that you only heard about by word of mouth. Some games like La-Mulana and Cave Story made it big, while others like Lyle in Cube Sector live on as hidden gems for niche audiences like us Metroidvania fans. Hopefully we can give it the exposure it may deserve.

The Metroidvania Review Twitch Schedule

We are broadcasting on Twitch once a week for 60-90 minutes at 9:00 AM PST every Saturday. Tune in live if you want to ask us questions. You can also view the Archive from our Twitch page or our YouTube Let’s Play channel.

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Below is our Stream schedule for August:

August 1 (Today!) – Bone Appetit – Link to YouTube version

August 8 – Destroy Space Aliens Part 1

August 15 – Destroy Space Aliens Part 2

August 22 – Destroy Space Aliens Part 3/ Break Week

August 27 – Destroy Space Aliens Part 4/ Break Week

If we complete Destroy Space Aliens before August 27th, we may be starting Vision Soft Reset at that time. Stay tuned to our weekly news post for updates.

During the break week, we will be playing Weapon Hacker and/or A Robot Named Fight based on our recent poll for what games you wanted to see as short one-session streams.

Other Site Progress

We are still working on that database we announced earlier this year. World circumstances have slowed our progress, but rest assured it will come. We are also working on other YouTube content, so stay tuned!