Lonely Mountains: Downhill
Think of it as a mash-up of a Trials-style two wheeled technical exercise combined with an arcade rally game, as you tackle a selection of twisting, plunging mountain trails on your pedal bike. What’s really unexpected about Downhill is its frequent moments of serene bliss, as you coast through patches of nature with nothing but the whir of your tires and the chirp of birdsong as a soundtrack.
The Wonderful 101: Remastered
Melding fast-paced arcade action with Pikmin-style strategy, The Wonderful 101 has you corralling a small army of heroes and setting them to a number of tasks – which generally involves pounding on bad guys. There’s really nothing quite like this hyperactive tribute to the Japanese sci-fi serials of yesteryear.
Yes, it’s that Minecraft – the very same craft-’em-up that seems to be catnip for kids. But whether you’re a fan of the IP or not, Minecraft Dungeons has enough intuitive knock-about charm to make it well worth a play. It’s very multiplayer friendly too (local and online), which should appeal during lockdown.
What The Golf?
If you haven’t encountered it before, What The Golf? Is a golf game only in the loosest sense. It takes the basic premise of hitting a thing into a target and plays around with all the specifics. So, the ball gets swapped out for buildings, people, animals, and abstract concepts. It’s essentially a giant gag machine, but the hit rate is surprisingly high.
The game will have you tackling a bunch of procedurally generated spaceships, looting components, upgrading your gear, and mowing down freakish enemies. You’ll die repeatedly, of course, but each successive run will make you that little bit stronger, increasing your chances of progressing a tad further.
It’s not a pure exercise in nostalgia, though, with massively souped up performance and ample concessions to modern game design standards. For all that, though, it’s still about unloading endless bullets into waves of stooges. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.