Thursday, 14 December 2017

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Trailmakers Zooms onto PC January 31

Trailmakers Zooms onto PC

Coming to Steam Early Access on January 31 after open testing January 11-14

COPENHAGEN - Dec. 13, 2017 - Trailmakers, the vehicle-building adventure from the Press Play, Rare, and IO Interactive veterans at Flashbulb Games, will speed to Steam Early Access on Jan. 31 ahead of its full release on PC next year. A free open beta weekend, taking place Jan. 11-14, will give gamers the chance to experience Trailmakers before the Early Access release.

Daring adventurers are flocking to an abandoned planet that was once a holiday paradise. Now, harsh weather and dangerous wildlife scourge the land. But silly things like "hazards" and "unsafe terrain" just need ramps, checkpoints, and goal posts to become a bona-fide off-world rally expedition! Intrepid explorers require only courage, curiosity, and creativity to participate.

Two distinct single-player modes will be available in Steam Early Access: Creative and Expedition. Creative Mode provides infinite resources so tinkerers can construct the craziest vehicles they envision. In Expedition Mode, a challenging campaign tasks explorers with charting this alien planet and reaching the other end of a giant island. Finding the ultimate destination is the easy part; getting there, however, is a different matter entirely. Both modes will expand in the coming months so friends can play together.

Dethroned Mode, an entertaining fusion of capture-the-flag and king-of-the-hill, will be available upon Steam Early Access release. Making use of Flashbulb's "Physics-Over-Network" technology, Trailmakers' multiplayer allows up to four daring adventurers to build and crash intricately-built vehicles into one another and watch the parts fly everywhere, all synchronized perfectly between players.

Starting with just the basics for making a vehicle -- a frame, wheels, a seat, and an engine -- players are given the tools and an intuitive interface to build their very first car. The only limit is a finite amount of resources that can only be bolstered through exploration. Roadblocks occur naturally in this world. The next checkpoint might be atop a steep hill, or across a large jump. Maybe it's time to strap six different engines on to the body of the vehicle? Or maybe the solution is adding wings?

There's never only one way to solve a problem. With more than 40 vehicle parts, including helicopter blades and suspension for off-roading, if players can dream it, they can build it.  A transformer part even enables vehicles to convert into other forms. Vehicle blueprints can be drafted and shared with friends, and Trailmakers is built to support player-made content at full release. Early Access is just the beginning -- new skins, vehicle parts, and multiplayer modes are already in the pipeline and will continue to debut as robust, frequent post-launch support.
"With Trailmakers, we aimed to create an experience evoking the nostalgia and wonder of building with LEGO," said Mikkel Thorsted, creative director, Flashbulb Games. "It captures the childlike capacity to be curious and creative, bringing us back to a time in our lives when we were encouraged to experiment endlessly on our own terms."

Trailmakers will be available in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Danish, and Polish for $19.99 / €19.99 / £14.99 on Jan. 31, 2018.

For more information, please explore the Trailmakers official site.




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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Heart of Crown PC now on Steam

WILMINGTON, Del. – December 12, 2017 Culture Select announced today the international release of Heart of Crown PC on Steam! The digital edition of the popular Princess-themed deck building card game Heart of Crown by Japanese illustration circle FLIPFLOPs, it was developed by illuCalab and released in conjunction with Japanime Games and MangaGamer.com.


Brought to life by a Kickstarter campaign in March 2016, the international release of Heart of Crown PC represents the culmination of multinational partnership and community support in the card game, visual novel and anime hobbyist spheres. Through a combined physical card game and digital release, the Heart of Crown franchise will now be able to reach the widest possible audience. A physical card game bundle through MangaGamer.com is currently being discussed as well.

Heart of Crown PC is available now on Steam at http://store.steampowered.com/app/476420/. Regularly priced at $24.99, during release week a 20% discount ($19.99) will apply. Culture Select has started a community server for the game, which you can access at https://discord.gg/PPVeN8R via discord.

What is Heart of Crown PC?
The Emperor has suddenly passed away, leaving seven heirs to the royal throne. Which princess will you promote in this battle of succession? Who will save the land from chaos and a war for the Crown!? Heart of Crown PC is both a careful one-to-one re-creation of the physical “Heart of Crown”, and a step above and beyond, taking advantage of all the opportunities that a digital medium has to offer.

At its core, Heart of Crown PC is a deck-building card game in which players use their power, resources and influence to build stronger decks. A player's ultimate objective is to meet the victory conditions before their opponents and lead their Princess to the throne.

Heart of Crown PC Features
  • “Deck-Building” card game: Show off your skills on a level playing field!
  • 7 unique Princesses to adapt to any playstyle!
  • Online play: Battle up to 4 human or CPU opponents at a time!
  • Ranked Matching lets you fight for your place on the online leaderboards!
  • Earn points to unlock campaign stories and delve deeper into the world of Heart of Crown!
  • Visual and Audio effects enhance the gameplay experience in ways that just wouldn’t be possible with the physical card game!
  • Steam Trading Cards, exclusive to the Steam Edition!

Heart of Crown PC is easy to pick up but difficult to master. Sharpen your skills, dominate your opponents, and make sure your princess succeeds to the throne!


About Culture Select
Culture Select is a Delaware, USA based publishing and localization start-up crewed by a tight-knit international team. Empowered by fans and developers around the world, they seek to bring both established and undiscovered titles to brand new markets and fresh new audiences. Interested in the latest updates or just want to shoot the breeze? Follow Culture Select's Twitter account at www.twitter.com/culture_select and like Culture Select’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CultureSelect.

About Japanime Games (https://www.japanimegames.com/)
Japanime Games is dedicated to bringing you the finest games from Japan and beyond! It's Japanime Games’ goal to import and translate the best of the best games from Asia to bring those great games to a wider audience. Their games feature some of the finest art that can be found along with engaging game play and quality components. For more information about Japanime Games, see www.japanimegames.com.

About MangaGamer.com (www.mangagamer.com)
MangaGamer.com is the world's first legal download site for English translated Visual Novels. Since its launch in July 2008, it has offered services where fans can download and enjoy popular Visual Novels such as minori's ef -a fairy tale of two and OVERDRIVE's Dengeki Stryker right from their home.
About FLIPFLOPs
A Japanese entertainment production team who have been creating manga and games since 2006, consisting of two members: ginko (ぎんこ) and Yuki Takahata (高畑ゆき). Known for works including Everyday Tales of a Cat God, and as the artists for Etrian Odyssey II: The girl of six flowers.

About illuCalab
An indie video game circle making both original games and franchised games, they have done everything from single player action games to online match card games. Some of their other projects include Raiko the Beast and Illusionary Sky Drift.


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Friday, 8 December 2017

Indie Game Review - Crashday: Redline Edition

Crashday: Redline Edition is a highly entertaining driving game - you'll notice I didn't call it a racing game, because racing is only a small part of it.  There are seven main game modes - Wrecking Match, Stunt Show, Hold the Flag, Race, Pass the Bomb, Bomb Run and Test Drive.  Each of these is highly individual and, as you might imagine, some get the blood pumping more than others.  They're all good - although in all honesty I find the checkpoints on the Race mode rather finickity (I like to be able to go off-road a bit without being penalised too much).  Wrecking Match is a blast (quite literally), Hold the Flag and Pass the Bomb are two sides of the same coin and both good run, Bomb Run is what it sounds like and Test Drive lets you do pretty much what you want.

Stunt Show is where the game really shines for me - my kids also love it, both playing and watching - it's one of things you can have a great time doing whether you're good at it or not.  My 6 year-old got the hang of looping the loop quite quickly and it's always fun to hold down the turbo boost and fly off a ramp.  All good stuff.  

Then there are the mini games - Long Jump (like the ski jump but, er, without skis, and in a car),Vehicle Blast and Checkpoint Chase modes.  Also there's a career mode which is well voice-acted and gives you a good set of different challenges, as well as the option to earn money and upgrade your car or buy new ones.

Oh, of course, there is online multiplayer too, a built-in track editor, and everything is fully moddable with what seems like quite a busy community...

So, it's a quality game with lots of content, and while you may not love every game mode, there's sure to be at least a couple that really engage you.  I would also like to give Crashday: Redline Edition a shout-out for being one of a very small number of my games on Steam that actually fully support my game controller (possibly it being a cheap and cheerful one doesn't help, but Crashday has no problems with it at all, which is more than I can say for the vast majority of my games).

If you like driving games with a lot of variety to them, you can't go wrong with this one.  Available on Steam for £8.99.

(A rather similar game - better in terms of pure racing action but with less variety and missing the stunt tracks - is Gas Guzzlers Extreme.)


I've made quite a few videos of this particular game so here they are below:


The first Career Mode challenge:


I was finally careful enough to win an actual race...


Messing about on a Stunt Track:


STILL Messing about on a Stunt Track:


Capture the Flag mode:


The Long Jump (I found out later that I should have used the Boost whilst in midair too):



Last but by no means least, in Test Drive mode I saw some chimney stacks - so of course I had to see if I could drive up the inside and out the top!


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