Backlog Busting Project: Shovel Knight, Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Kirby's Epic Yarn

On this episode of the Backlog Busting Project, Wes Harrington and Randy Isbelle discuss three different kinds of platformers. Both guys discuss the old school joy of Shovel Knight. Exploring Why Yachtclub Games ode to the Metroidvania fits right in with the games that came before it. How Shovel Knight holds up as a character, and how it’s brought back the retro aesthetic for games.

Randy talks the Nintendo Wii creation, Kirby’s Epic Yarn. He discusses how the game is a perfect example of what made the Wii special. Is it really one of the better Kirby games ever? And how is it from a child’s perspective?

Wes talks about one of the greatest games of all-time, and perhaps one of the prime examples of THE “Metroidvania” Konami‘s Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

Backlog Busting Project: Shovel Knight, Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

About Backlog Busting Project

This biweekly podcast, run by Wes Harrington and Randy Isbelle chronicles their ongoing battle against the forces of Bak’laag — or to put it in laymen’s terms, their video game backlogs.

So what exactly is the Backlog Busting Project? Biweekly, Wes and Randy get together talk about some of the latest things in the gaming community, then dive right in to talking about their experiences with three different games:

1. A game that Wes is playing but Randy is not
2. A game that Randy is playing but Wes is not
3. A game that both are playing.

It is a new adventure on each episode, so be sure to check out the description to see if they cover your favorite game.

Randy Isbelle

Randy Isbelle is a fan of platformers and sports games mostly, but enjoys games from almost every genre. He’s also a life long New York Jets fan as well. Randy has a history of writing reviews for various websites, and has a collection of over 2,000 video games. The dude knows his stuff. When he’s not writing or playing games, he’s spending time with his girlfriend and two children.

Wes Harrington

Wes Harrington is a lifelong geek with a penchant for RPGs and a burning hatred for Hotline Miami. He’s also a lifelong Seattle sports fan, and has been since before the Seahawks were anything more than mediocre. Wes does Video Game Reviews and hosts the Backlog Busting Project for

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