30 November 2011

Bonesaw: The Game

Gaming Genres: Platformer, Action, Beat 'em Up
Story Genres: Adventure
Graphical Styles: 2D, Pixel Art
Platforms: Windows
Pricing Model: Free
Developer(s): Kyle Pulver
Publisher(s): Kyle Pulver
Initial Release Date: February 14, 2008
Website(s): Homepage
Bonesaw: The Game is an independent 2D side-scrolling game that mixes elements from puzzle, beat-em-up, and platforming genres. The game's central theme revolves around Clarkson University, and the University's hockey team The Golden Knights.

The game does not take place at Clarkson, nor will you see levels that are taken from campus. Although these ideas came to mind, I felt that the game would be more widely accepted if the game wasn't tied down with endless inside jokes that only a handful of people would appreciate.

The player takes on the role of a lone Golden Knight who must save the rest of the team from an evil Referee who has taken them hostage in his interdimensional penalty box... in space. With over 30 levels, a ton of collectables, and some side things to do, this game will be pretty big.

What first becomes obvious is that a lot of inspiration has been taken from Super Mario World and it plays like a Super Mario World with pure 2D beat 'em up style combat. Overall, its does Super Mario World justice with loads of secrets and alternatives routes but if I was going to complain about one thing it would be the combat. It feels a little dated and while all of the upgrades are combat related they all seem more then a little overpowered.

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