Thursday, 16 August 2018

New release - Space Tunneler Deluxe


This is actually my own game, with a little help from others - it's an updated version of an old gamejam entry I made back in December 2015.  I've added some things, updated others, and although the main game itself is essentially unchanged, I think this is now a much better game than its original incarnation.

If you want to give it a go, you can download it for free here (there is an option to make a donation, and I thank you in advance if you decide to do that, but really I would much rather people only do that if they download the game and get some real enjoyment from it).

It's an arcade game with the heart of a strategy game.  Sort of.  Quick reflexes are useful but not as useful as good planning.  Most of the graphics are my own, so... don't expect to be blown away aesthetically!  But it's a good challenging game, although the "Ultra Wimpy" mode is reasonably easy (you still have to watch what you're doing though!).  I honestly haven't checked yet whether completing the game in "Ultra Hardcore" mode is actually possible...







$102 Adventure Game Challenge

The purpose of the $102 Adventure Game Challenge is to encourage and support creators of graphical adventure games. The Jam lasts two weeks from September 10 to 24 after which the games will be judged by a small panel of judges. The creator of the game the judges deem to be the best will be given $102 USD!
You can join this discord server to chat during the course of the jam: https://discord.gg/fhrERYw
This is the second year of this annual jam, you can see the games from the first year here: https://itch.io/jam/101-adventure-challenge/entries



Judges:  

  • Vance Baryn (Indie Dev)
  • Drunkerella (Twitch streamer)
  • and.... myself! :-)
Submissions open from September 9th 2018 at 10:00 PM to September 23rd 2018 at 10:00 PM

Monday, 30 July 2018

Byte Driver - on Kickstarter

Byte Driver combines a classic driving game with a bottom up shooter. Your car runs on energy. Using weapons and bumping into things will cost you energy. Energy and weapons are obtained by hacking the vehicles around you. You’ll have to stay alert, because the sharply twisting road and countless enemy vehicles will be trying to stop you from reaching your ultimate goal. Run out of energy, and you die. 

Based on a classic coin-op from way back in 1979!  Coming to PC, Mac and Linux.


Check out the Kickstarter Campaign

You can also play the demo version



Thursday, 26 July 2018

Doesn't everyone need a Helping Hand from time to time?


Now here's a novel game concept - after being injured in a car accident, the only way you are able to communicate is with your left hand.

"This game is about communicating with characters, unlocking new environments and possibly ruling the world - all with just your left hand. Throughout the game, you can use up to seven unique hand gestures to communicate with people and fiddle with your environment. Careful though, try not to anger people too much – your life could depend on it!"

Talk about high concept!!!!  Check it out, released today on Steam.



Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Top 6 Indie Racing Games (Contributed)


 Triple A racing games tend to fall into a narrow band of categories, with either arcade-style racers or serious simulators on offer. Thankfully the indie gaming scene offers a bit more variety, and here are six of the most interesting alternative titles to give you a change of pace.


Image Source: Pixabay

Madalin Stunt Cars 2

When it comes to indie racing game experiences, one of the least restrictive options out there is Madalin Stunt Cars 2. As the name suggests it’s a stunt racer which combines open, obstacle-strewn arenas with breakneck speeds and multiplayer action in a pleasing package.

Best of all you can play it for free at smartdrivinggames.com/madalin-stunt-cars-2 so you don’t need to put any of your hard earned cash on the line to see if this is the right driving game for you.

Super Indie Karts

Originally funded via Kickstarter, this eye-catching retro racer harks back to the 16 bit console era and is heavily influenced by the original Mario Kart, but with characters inspired by a range of modern indie game titles.

It’s currently still in early access on Steam, but it’s well worth snapping up at its current low price point, especially with the promise of impressive updates in the future. As well as the vintage graphics style, it boasts a host of intriguing weapons and power ups to try out, as well as colourful tracks, clever tactics and surprising depth to the gameplay.

Absolute Drift: Zen Edition

It may look simple, but Absolute Drift: Zen Edition is the definition of the phrase ‘still waters run deep’. The aim of the game is to drift cars around minimalistic tracks, avoiding obstacles and hitting the perfect line as you slew sideways through the corners.

Its good looks come not from flashy textures or impressive lighting effects, but from an appealing overall aesthetic that helps it to stay true to the indie spirit that underpins it. And for fans of drifting rather than straight-line racing, it has a lot of entertainment to offer.

Assetto Corsa

This insanely detailed simulator developed in Italy is not something that has mainstream appeal, but for players who love to obsess over the little details that impact the way virtual cars perform and handle, it will really hit the spot.

Available on both PC and console, this game is also notable for supporting virtual reality headsets, so if you’ve got the right kit then you can get a truly immersive racing experience. Don’t expect this to be a game you can just jump into and master immediately; the realism of Assetto Corsa makes it a hardcore racing title through and through.

Rocket League

This indie hit combines racing with football-like competitive gameplay in a blend that has helped it to rack up tens of millions of dollars since its release in 2015. Players compete on a pitch and attempt to use tiny RC-style cars to bash a ball into the opposing team’s net, while defending their own goal from attackers.

Simple to get into yet tricky to dominate, Rocket League is still one of the hottest multiplayer games on the scene at the moment. Regular updates help to keep it fresh and it provides a great change of pace from the usual FPS and MMORPG titles that earn the highest viewer counts on Twitch.

Road Redemption

While gamers who were around in the 1990s will remember the Road Rash series, its particular brand of vehicular combat has long since been lost to the mists of time. Yet this is something that the developers of Road Redemption have attempted to revive, with a surprising degree of success.

With critical acclaim to its name, this racer puts you in the saddle of a superbike and lets you charge around tracks at high speeds while using weapons to clobber your rivals and keep them off your back.

It’s far from being the most visually stunning indie racing game around, but it makes up for it with wacky and wild gameplay, as well as benefiting from that nostalgia hit that comes with experiencing a genre that many might have assumed would never gain traction again.



Image Source: Pixabay