Mantis Burn Racing (PS4, Xbox One)

Mantis Burn Racing (PS4, Xbox One)

Top-down racing games seem to have become a bit passé, these days. The genre that defined competitive play in the 8-bit and 16-bit eras – including titles like Super Sprint and Micro Machines – has naturally made way for 3D racers more befitting of modern consoles. That said, there’s something uniquely attractive about the playful, toy-like style of top-down driving.

Oceanhorn: Monster Of Uncharted Seas (PS4, Xbox One)

Oceanhorn: Monster Of Uncharted Seas (PS4, Xbox One)

Zeldamania Running Wild! Developers Cornfox & Bros. clearly love Zelda, and they want you to love Zelda too. They made a Zelda clone. They’ve got the horn. The Oceanhorn! Originally released as an iOS title in 2013, Oceanhorn was later ported to the PC in 2015 and now it sails onto PS4 and Xbox One. I suppose the big questions are…is it a bad Zelda knock off, or can it sail on its own across the high seas? The respective answers are: yes, and kind of.