Wednesday, 23 May 2018

A detective, an assassin, and a spy walk into a bar...

Cross Purposes by Stand Off Software is one of the entries to Adventure Jam 2018.  I'm highlighting it here not only because it looks rather good, but because Vance (the game's creator) was good enough to let me voice a character in it.  Also it's a multiplayer adventure with 3 simultaneous players - not quite sure how that will work out!  Anyway give it a try, it's available on GameJolt.




Adventure Jam 2018 - all entries

67 magnificent entries in this year's adventure jam!

They're all available here.


Monday, 21 May 2018

Shadows of Adam is coming to the Nintendo Switch

18th May 2018 - CIRCLE Entertainment and Something Classic Games are delighted to confirm that the classically-styled RPG Shadows of Adam is coming to the Nintendo Switch.
Previously released on PC, Mac and Linux, this will be the console debut of the highly regarded RPG. A game that brings classic JRPGs to mind, it features a compelling story, a unique fast-paced battle system and modernized visuals for a beloved genre.
Check out some game details below:
Tucked away from the outside world by the impenetrable haze of the Misty Woods, the village of Adam has mostly lived in peace since the days of the Wraith War. Magic, the dark power that fueled that war has vanished. But darkness is descending once more and Adam's legendary hero, Orazio, is no more.
10 years ago he left without explanation and never returned, leaving his son and adopted daughter to wrestle with the dark secret he left behind—a secret that must now be revealed if the children hope to save both Adam and their departed father, though its revelation could unhinge the world.
Features:
  • Compelling Character Driven Story: Shadows of Adam’s story is one with a deep narrative and an interesting plot. The story revolves around 4 main characters: Asrael, Kellan, Curtis and Talon.
  • A Strategic AP Management Battle System: AP is restored between each round of battle automatically and through defeating enemies. This allows a unique attrition system that encourages skill use and fast combat.
  • Beautiful Visuals: Shadows of Adam features beautifully modernized visuals inspired by classic JRPGs of the SNES-era.
  • Original Soundtrack With Over 44 Tracks: An original soundtrack by Tyler Mire that’s inspired by music from the genre's greatest games. This soundtrack includes unique themes for each area and character and has an emphasis on strong melodies and an emotional connection.

If you're interested in the Switch version of this game, you may want to check out our review of the PC version.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Introducing mod.io

Melbourne, Australia: May 15, 2018 - Today, DBolical, a leading network of game development communities including ModDB and IndieDB, announces the launch of mod.io, the first cross-platform mod API that gives developers a new tool to support modding in-game.
Designed to work behind the scenes, mod.io does the heavy lifting, enabling creators to make and share engaging new content.
"For too long there has been a lack of tools that help developers support creators in an agnostic manner, restricting modding to a small percentage of tech-savvy users. mod.io removes that barrier, enabling creation, curation and sharing, providing a way for developers to interact directly with their community," said CEO and co-creator Scott Reismanis.
Founded in 2002 and with 267 million mods downloaded to date, ModDB was one of the earliest and most active supporters of user-generated content in games, and believe mod.io is the next evolution in empowering developers to take control of the potential for growth and player retention.
"User-generated content is key to the longevity and creativity within games. Half-Life, ARMA, and Warcraft are proof that a single mod can spawn entire new genres and experiences," added Scott Reismanis.
Launching with mod.io are the titles 0 A.D, ECO, and Sinespace. Partnerships with these titles were sought to demonstrate mod.io's flexibility to tackle unique challenges not supported by existing solutions in the marketplace. "We are excited to work with foundation partners doing something different. In the case of 0 A.D, it is working with the open source community. In ECO, mods are purely server-side and Sinespace is a virtual world that treats mods as templates that are there to be built and modded themselves," said Scott Reismanis.
In the current climate, consumers are pushing back on loot crates, governments are scrutinizing their use, while demand for content is ever growing. mod.io focuses on cultivating new approaches to driving development and community goodwill.
"We believe mods are the solution to win back consumer trust, and deliver deeply personalised, amazing new gameplay experiences," said Scott Reismanis.
Developers and gamers can find out more at mod.io. A whitelabel solution for large studios that require an in-house product is available to discuss on request.

Coming soon: "Nogalious"

Nogalious, Mirilla and Dragorieta, is the trilogy that tells the story of how Marieta, the daughter of Nogalious, is captured by the evil Darama. In Nogalious, the first game in the trilogy, you'll have to complete the quests and fight courageously against the enemies fighting alongside Darama to prevent Nogalious from recovering his daughter. Nogalious is a 2D adventure with 5 universes created pixel by pixel, a vintage adventure inspired by the golden era of 8-bit video games.

It's already been successfully Kickstarted, and is coming to PC soon.  There's also a playable demo available.


Also check out the Teaser Trailer: