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.

140 (Xbox One)

140 (Xbox One)

A test of your musical aptitude and patience across an old school platformer, 140 makes its way onto almost as many platforms as the name suggests. Described as minimalistic by developers Abstraction Games,  this is a title from the gameplay director of Limbo, Jeppe Carlsen. No wonder, then.

Binaries (Xbox One)

Binaries (Xbox One)

  Do you find platformers too easy? Do you have the ultimate patience in terms of gaming? Are you ready for a real test in navigation between two platformers at the same time? If the answer is yes to all three questions, developers Ground Shatter Ltd have produced a highly challenging puzzle platformer available on Xbox One and Playstation 4 in the form of Binaries.

The Witness (Xbox One)

The Witness (Xbox One)

Observe, think and learn. That’s not too hard, is it? Although The Witness is presented in its marketing as the story of a man marooned, the experience is as pure a distillation of its gameplay ideas as I can remember. Unencumbered by the shackles of narrative motivations, this first person puzzle game gives you an island to explore in whichever way you like, provided you can solve its myriad conundrums.