Wednesday, 18 January 2017

The Sun and Moon coming to Xbox One January 27

Digerati is thrilled to announce the Ludum Dare 29 winning game, The Sun and Moon, developed by Daniel Linssen, will be available on Xbox One from January 27th, priced $6.99/€6.99/£5.59. The game is available to pre-order now from the Xbox Store with a 10% discount.

About the game
The Sun and Moon, the winner of the 29th Ludum Dare game jam, is a platformer with a unique mechanic: you can dive into the ground. Momentum is conserved but gravity is reversed, letting you fling yourself high into the air or deep beneath the surface. The goal is always straightforward - collect the three orbs in the level and jump into the wormhole - but spikes, endless drops and impossible heights make this more and more difficult.

The Sun and Moon's creator, Daniel Linssen, recently celebrated winning Ludum Dare for a second time, with his online chatroom platformer, Walkie Talkie.

Key Features

  • Dive into the ground - This unique mechanic preserves your momentum, letting you use the level itself to overcome a huge range of challenges.
  • Conquer over 150 levels - Run, jump and dive your way through levels spanning from easy to brutally difficult. You'll need to both master the controls as well as think outside the box.
  • Non-linear level unlock system - Explore the game in whatever order best suits you.
  • Achieve time goals - Three tiers of medals provide an additional challenge for even the easiest levels
  • Minimalistic graphics - Straight-to-the-point graphics help you focus on the gameplay.
  • Music by Dubmood - A killer track that grows as you progress.

Bus Simulator 16: Trailer and release date Mercedes-Benz Citaro DLC

Are there any fans of this sort of game reading this blog?  It's a very niche sort of game, but I guess there are fans of the genre!

Bus Simulator 16 for PC and Mac OS is available for 24.99 EUR/26.99 USD/18.99 GBP (RRP) in retail and as digital download. The expansion pack Bus Simulator 16: Mercedes-Benz Citaro DLC will be released on January 25th, 2017 for 5.99 EUR/5.99 USD/4.49 GBP (RRP) on Steam™.
Bus Simulator 16 on Steam

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Semispheres Set For Release on Sony PlayStation 4 and PC this February

Calgary, Canada - January 17th, 2017 - Independent developer Vivid Helix today announced that Semispheres will launch on Sony PlayStation 4 and for PC on Steam this February. Semispheres is a beautiful, 2D puzzle game with a gorgeous, synth-led soundtrack by Sid Barnhoorn, composer of Antichamber and The Stanley Parable, that places dual realities at the heart of its challenge. Featuring a bichromatic art style comprised of warm blues and oranges, it’s a game that seeks to reunite two parallel worlds.

"Semispheres was initially conceived in August 2014 at the Ludum Dare 30 game jam, around the theme of connected worlds. The first prototype already contained the idea of overlapping realities, but constrained each character to their own world", said Radu Muresan, designer of Semispheres. "While that early version of the game was fun, it wasn’t until I introduced ideas like portals, side-swapping and teleports that opened up the possibility space, offering new depth and scope to the puzzles."

In Semispheres, each analogue stick controls a different avatar in environments that might initially appear identical but reveal profound differences crucial to progression. Portals allow the avatars to enter each other's reality, creating fiendishly complex inter-dimensional puzzles, with success reliant on methodical planning and skilful execution. It’s not all esoteric brain workouts, though. Tension is introduced through the sentries that guard these worlds, whose fields of vision you must evade in order to find safe passage and the eventual resynchronisation of the worlds.

Never less than a joy to spend time with, Semispheres’ synaptical environments soothe and challenge in equal measure, leaving you to ponder its parallel puzzles long after you’ve left the game world. Semispheres will launch on PC via Steam and for PlayStation 4 on the PlayStation Store in February 2017. Additional platform releases will follow in 2017.

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About Vivid Helix
Vivid Helix an independent studio located in Calgary, Canada that was founded by Radu Muresan in 2010. After a series of successful mobile releases for children and in the puzzle genre,Semispheres in the studio’s debut console and PC release.