Saturday, 25 April 2015

Inquisitor’s Heartbeat Extended Play: the innovative Audiogame for blind players

Inquisitor’s Heartbeat is an innovative Audiogame which doesn’t discriminate blind and sighted users, and the developers Rising Pixel are going to release a brand new Extended Version next June.

The title was positively praised by the critics, as it manages to offer a full experience to anyone. We didn’t adjust the game to make it accessible, but it was specifically designed for blind users: only audio feedbacks can help you to mind your surroundings. 


The Extended Play (EP) version is the result of everything we learned thanks to all the suggestions and feedbacks received from our players. We decided to take all this data to enhance the whole game experience for everyone. Here’s a list for you:
  • enhanced player > environment interaction
  • More game mechanics, maps and dialogues
  • You wanted to fight. So bad. Now you can!
  • enhanced social experience with Online score charts and social network sharing
  • enhanced accessibility for sighted users (new menu design and graphics)

Inquisitor's Heartbeat EP will be released during 2015 for Windows Phone, iOS, Pc and Mac.


Friday, 24 April 2015

RPG Maker 2003, First Time in English and on Steam!

RPG Maker 2003 Now Officially Available on Steam in English
Do you have an interest in retro RPGs? Have you ever wanted to create your own?
 
April 24th2015 - The much-anticipated official release of RPG Maker 2003, one of the most celebrated role-playing game development engines ever, is finally here! This staple of the RPG Maker series requires no programming knowledge and is highly affordable, allowing virtually anyone to create their ideal RPG for both commercial and noncommercial use. Find out more information on Steam athttp://store.steampowered.com/app/362870 or on the RPG Maker website athttp://www.rpgmakerweb.com/products/programs/rpg-maker-2003.
 

RPG Maker 2003 revolutionized the series last decade by incorporating a sideview battle system similar to the classic RPGs of the 1990s. Combined with a charming 16-bit visual presentation and a straightforward user interface, RPG Maker 2003 has been on the wishlist of many retro RPG enthusiasts for years. Hundreds of aspiring game developers have petitioned for its official release, which has finally arrived.
 
Sharing a game with friends is easy: developers simply have to use the built-in exporter, which creates an easily transferable .exe file. Plus, games made with RPG Maker 2003 can be sold as long as the creator holds the appropriate rights and permissions!


RPG Maker 2003 released on April 24th and is available on Steam for only $19.99, making it the most affordable engine in the series available in English. Unleash your passion for retro RPGs and forge your dream game with RPG Maker 2003! Find out more on Steam at http://store.steampowered.com/app/362870 or on the RPG Maker website at http://www.rpgmakerweb.com/products/programs/rpg-maker-2003.


Now on Kickstarter: “The Intergalactic Trashman”

I posted about this game a few days ago, and it's now on Kickstarter.  Check out the Kickstarter Campaign - and also the trailer below.  Gotta love that wibbly-wobbly music! :-D  The devs are also looking for support on Steam Greenlight.

Finnish Game Industry Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary in Awarding the Best Talent in the Industry – Legend of Grimrock Captures the Game of the Year Award


Helsinki, Finland – April 22nd, 2015 – On April 21st the Finnish game industry celebrated its 20th anniversary in a gala evening held in Helsinki. The Finnish Game Awards gathered together over 250 of Finland’s top game industry influencers from studios all over the country. The thriving Finnish games industry, which currently employs 2500 people in 260 active game developer studios all over Finland, also joined national politicians in the celebrations on Tuesday evening.

“In these twenty years, and especially during the last few, we have seen a huge transformation and growth in the Finnish game industry,” Koopee Hiltunen, Director of Neogames Finland Association, Finnish non-profit game industry organization, explains. “I’m extremely happy to see this enthusiastic attitude and so many new talented players continuously emerging in the market.”

The Finnish Game Awards gala was organized by the Finnish game developer studios association and Neogames Finland association. In addition to the traditional Game Awards (best Finnish Game, best Finnish Big Screen Game, best Finnish Mobile Game), the organizers also awarded the Rookie of the Year 2014, Sensation of the Year and Power Player of the Year 2014 in Finland. Sponsors of the gala evening include Colossal Order, Rovio Entertainment, RedLynx and Supercell, among many others.

“We feel it is important to award the best developers yearly and bring people together to celebrate the industry,” says Elina Arponen, Chairman of the board of the Finnish game developer studios association.

“It was exciting to celebrate together with so many fellow game developers. Finland is a great country to develop games in”, Damien Morello, Senior programmer from game studio Colossal Order says. “Finnish game studios openly share information on their games and help each other as much as they can in all issues related to the games business – I’ve never seen anything quite as open as this in any other industry that I’ve worked in before.”

A photo stream of the gala can be seen at http://www.neogames.fi/gaala.

Winners:

Best Finnish Game of the Year 2014: Legend of Grimrock 2.
The second part continues in the footsteps of the first part, as the Legend of Grimrock (1) was selected as the Best Finnish Game of the Year in 2012.


Rookie of the Year 2014: Seriously, Ltd. 
Seriously Entertainment was founded in 2013 and has, since it’s beginning, already secured investments worth over $10 million and published its successful mobile title Best Fiends, launched in 2014. Seriously is a great example of the so called ‘second round’ studios, which further strengthen the Finnish game industry.

Power Player of the Year 2014: Juho Kuorikoski.
Juho Kuorikoski’s book "Finnish Video games: A History and Catalog" contains the history of the Finnish game industry, presenting over 600 games and history. The publication is available in Finnish and in English and will be available internationally in the Amazon store in August


Best Big Screen Game of the Year 2014: Legend of Grimrock 2 by Almost Human
The predecessor was already a notable success and the second part follows the same path with remarkable sales and reviews. The old school dungeons and dragons seem to have a lot of appeal.

Best Small Screen Game of the Year 2014: Best Fiends by Seriously
Best Fiends is Seriously’s first-ever published game, which became a major success. The game is a visual and addictive adventure game suitable for everyone, and it has been designed as an extensive entertainment brand from the beginning, similarly to Angry Birds.

Sensation of the Year 2014: Finnish Game Jam association
The roots of the Finnish game industry are deep down in the early game enthusiast scene and in people to whom developing games has first been a hobby and later a profession. The Finnish Game Jam has arranged industry meet-ups since 2010 and the year 2014 was a record-breaking year in terms of the number of participants and event venues around Finland. The active scene and events are essential for the industry development and it is necessary to support the activities in all ways possible.

The Game Industry of Finland – Report 2014 by Neogames: http://www.neogames.fi/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Neogames_report2015_full.pdf