August 12 - August 18


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Welcome folks, and happy “120th anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock’s birth” week! You may all celebrate his lasting influence on entertainment by playing Angry Birds.

It’s a quiet week. Take a breath in the dog days of summer (or, if you live in the Grouse Southern Hemisphere, the cat days of winter) before the release schedule ramps up again.

The only two all-platform releases are Exception, which burned off my retinas within seconds of seeing it, and Vasara Collection. It’s a remake of the classic Japanese arcade shmups from 2000 and 2001. For me, when I think “Arcades,” I think shmups. They are so connected in my brain that to this day, I cannot play a shmup sitting down. Vasara was big in Japan, but had not made it to Western markets before. Thematically, it’s all over the shop, mixing fantasy and sci-fi in a technological, feudal Japan. The graphics have been spruced up to look more 3D, and they’ve tweaked the gameplay to account for wider screens. If you’re a fan of shmups, this is like getting the Criterion Collection version of a couple of classics.

Bus Simulator chugs its way onto consoles this week, for the mundane sim fans. It’s a port of Bus SImulator 18, so in addition to the bus driving, it’s got the multiplayer mode where you can get together with a couple of pals and run your own bus company.

Ancestors Legacy is a port of a medieval RTS. When it was released on PC in 2018, its distinguishing feature seemed to be its utter averageness – I’ve never seen a game be so consistently scored at 7/10.

Genesis is a new MOBA, but that about does it for the PC list filled with more dross than usual. There’s not much I’m excited about this week. If you can’t dredge something up from your Pile, I’ll give a cursory GOTW to Vesara Collection for being a highly-regarded entrant in the shmup genre.

Here's the list, now in release-date order!


  • 08-13

  • Exception
  • Never Give Up
  • Vasara Collection
  • Dicey Dungeons
  • Rebel Galaxy Outlaw
  • Emberlight
  • Vicious Circle
  • Eslander
  • Gobligeddon
  • Bulletorium
  • Block Tuner
  • CULT
  • Gravity Control
  • Jailbreak Simulator
  • Inner
  • Legends
  • Warhead Destined
  • Brutal Sports - Football
  • 08-14

  • The Great Perhaps
  • Misadventures of Laura Silver: Chapter I
  • Senran Kagura: Peach Ball
  • Cthulhu's Catharsis
  • Mystic Mayhem Unleashed
  • Sad :')
  • Make War
  • Aura Shift
  • Engineer Arena
  • Crawling Of The Dead
  • The Lost Strings
  • 8 Eyes
  • Dragon of Hongkong
  • 08-15

  • DARQ
  • Overpass (Studio Bean)
  • Space Warfare
  • Gear City Against Chaos
  • Another Dawn
  • MonsterCastle
  • Zeus Begins
  • Shinobi Spirits S: Legend of Heroes
  • FlowScape
  • Devellage
  • Saturday of Piercing Screams
  • Chaos of black loong
  • Eggness
  • Rogue Rocks
  • Paper Plane
  • PPDD
  • Flashlight Man
  • Cyber OutRun
  • Magic Ganglia
  • XENOS Defense
  • Time Break 2121
  • Tiger Fighter 1931 Sunset
  • 08-16

  • Caretaker
  • Return Home
  • Within the Cosmos
  • ACardShooter
  • A Sceptic's Guide to Magic
  • Demolition
  • The Lost
  • Planet Invasion
  • Tanks and Guns : Bad Death
  • Supaplex 3D
  • Fateline
  • Korona:Nemesis
  • Lost Memories 3: The dream of four-leaf clover
  • EMMA: Lost in Memories
  • The Adventures of Sullivan
  • Escape From Earth
  • Coloring Game: Little City
  • Lab3D
  • The Pilgrim
  • Ephemeral Unnatural Balance
  • Moira: Fated Twins
  • 08-17

  • Xeno Time Inception
  • Hidden Objects - The Mystery House
  • 08-18

  • Adventure Cop 2


  • 08-13

  • Exception
  • Stellaris: Console Edition - Utopia
  • Genesis
  • Ancestors Legacy
  • Vasara Collection
  • 08-14

  • Bus Simulator

Xbox One

  • 08-13

  • Ancestors Legacy
  • Stellaris: Utopia
  • Exception
  • 08-14

  • Vasara Collection
  • Slay the Spire
  • 08-16

  • Aritana and the Twin Masks


  • 08-13

  • Friday The 13th: The Game - Ultimate Slasher Switch Edition 65
  • Never Give Up
  • Exception
  • 08-14

  • Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark
  • 08-15

  • Rogue Singularity
  • Vasara Collection
  • Ittle Dew
  • Cryogear
  • 08-16

  • Grandia HD Collection
  • Escape from the Universe
  • 08-18

  • FAR: Lone Sails


Rebel Galaxy Outlaw is everything this week

Stele wrote:

Rebel Galaxy Outlaw is everything this week

Agree. Between that and the Beyond update for No Man's Sky (VR wooo!) on Wednesday, my sorry excuse for a social life is effectively over.

Wow, how in the heck did Rebel Galaxy Outlaw not even get a mention, while a bloody bus simulator did? Presumably it's an effort to see it's possible to make Veloxi have a stroke over the internet.

Coldstream wrote:

Wow, how in the heck did Rebel Galaxy Outlaw not even get a mention, while a bloody bus simulator did? Presumably it's an effort to see it's possible to make Veloxi have a stroke over the internet.

GWJ’s transition to the Mundane Side is nearly complete!