Saturday, 31 January 2015

Amphora

Amphora is a peculiar puzzle game that mixes story elements and physics. Amphora presents you with an unfamiliar world with a striking visual style inspired by all the shadow theatre traditions and colors of the world.

Looks kooky and interesting!  Check out the Official Website, where the game is available direct from indie studio Moonchild for $13,99.  Unfortunately I couldn't see that a demo is available at this time.





Review - "Neige"

If you have a free ten minutes today (go on, you know you can squeeze it in!) I would heartily recommend checking out the latest release from freeware developer Noah van Nostrand, entitled ‘Neige’.

Noah describes his creation as an ‘abstract and ambient exploration game’ – and it certainly brings the atmosphere to the fore. Featuring lovely lo-fi pixel art graphics, you are thrown into watching your character shoot someone before being flung into some sort of portal to another dimension – a snowy wasteland featuring a suitably grim soundtrack. Here you must make your way back by finding another portal, but be wary, there are dangers! Your spacebar may get a good work out, as reflexes are required – but I won’t spoil anything. There aren’t really any puzzles as such, but you will need to engage your brain to survive.

If you are a fan of these lovely little experiences, download it and it give it a try – it’s free! (Although if you are impressed, do consider contributing to Noah’s itch.io page)

And don’t say I didn’t warn you about the reflexes needed… always remember the ending is worth any frustration you may encounter along the way!


Review by Shaun Aitcheson of Cloak and Dagger Games



Friday, 30 January 2015

Steam Heroes - Out Today

Kiss Ltd and Projector Games are pleased to announce that Steam Heroes, the action packed puzzle strategy game launches on Steam and other leading digital download stores today.

Combining strategy and skill help three brave adventurers on their quest to stop the diabolical Baron Von Smog and his army of minions from conquering Steam Land.

In this classic Match-3 style gameplay, matching colours generates coloured steam.  Your character then utilise the steam to heal, attack and defend your party.  Unlike many other Match-3 games, not every match is a good one. Think ahead and plan carefully.  Make sure your characters use their special combo attacks to defeat the bosses!

The game includes:
  • 12 action-packed stages,
  • A full soundtrack
  • Competitive online play
  • Achievements
  • An advanced mode for expert gamers.
  • Stunning 720p HD graphics

System Specs
  • Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or newer.
  • Video card supporting shader model 2 or newer
  • 512Mb ram
  • 1.2ghz Intel compatible CPU or better
  • 1Gb free HDD space
Steam Heroes is available to download via PC digital download stores today (Friday 30 January 2015), with an SRP of $5.99 / €5.49 / £4.99.  Look out for special launch promotions.

Solar Storm Studio has announced its first independent game “DarkBase 01” for Windows Desktop PCs


January 23, 2015 - Watertown, MA - Solar Storm Studio has announced its first independent game “DarkBase 01” for Windows Desktop PCs.

Do you have what it takes … to survive? You are Lieutenant Jason Phoenix, Military Science Officer. You’ve been sent to a classified military science facility named only as DarkBase 01 for reasons that are not known to you. You need to find out who exactly is responsible for sending you to this place - and why.

You are all alone in this dark and foreboding military installation. Trapped and surrounded by hundreds of disturbing creatures that are all too eager to kill you, you must find a way to cancel the quarantine lockdown and escape this hellish place.

You can find keycards to access various sections of the base and learn about the types of unauthorized experiments that have been going on here. These creatures cannot leave this facility, and with only your personal sidearm at your side, it is your job to ensure that these experiments go no further - or die trying. Your only defense is your personal Pulse Blaster and your only mission is to survive.

DarkBase 01 is scheduled for release in January 2015. You can check out gameplay videos and screenshot images of the game at DarkBase01.com



Troll Song: Verse One released!

We have finally released the freeware game Troll Song: Verse One - Completely Stoned.  It's a short game in its own right, though it really replaces the existing demo which no longer represents the quality of the full game.

The full game is planned for release in 2015 and you can follow its progress on the Dev Blog.

Troll Song: Verse One - Completely Stoned can be downloaded from Gamejolt.  Further download mirrors will be added later.  A native Linux build is on its way (although the PC build will work fine under WINE anyway).



Thursday, 29 January 2015

New Poll - Which Was Your Favourite Broken Sword Game?

Wanted to do a poll on this for a while so I decided to go ahead... but since the Blogger poll is often buggy or simply doesn't work at all, I'm hosting it on my G+ account.  You can get to it here.  Which of Revolution's 5 Broken Sword games is your favourite?


(I've classified Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse as one game despite it being released in 2 parts.)


For the record, if anyone's interested, my own favourite is still 2: The Smoking Mirror.  It doesn't seem to get as much love as the first or possibly the fifth game, and apparently some people hated the puzzles at the end (which strangely enough I loved!).  I did enjoy 5 but for me 2 still pips it.  I enjoyed 3 and even didn't hate the crate-pushing puzzles (well, not too much, anyway), was disappointed with 4, enjoyed 5 but felt it didn't really get going until near the end of the first half.  I did love the first of course, though mainly for the storyline.

Anyway, head over to this page and cast your vote, and / or leave a comment on your preference.  Or don't.  (Be like that, just see if I care!  ... ... ... *sob*).



Supreme League of Patriots, Hilarious Superhero Comedy Adventure, Available Now

St. Louis, MO – January 29, 2015 – Evil-doers beware, Phoenix Online Publishing and No Bull Intentions today announced the release of Supreme League of Patriots for PC, Mac and Linux! Don your cape and hit the streets of New York City in this hilarious superhero comedy adventure! All three issues of Supreme League are available on Steam, GOG.com, the Humble Store, and the Phoenix Online Store (store.POStudios.com) for $14.99 as a season pass, and $5.99 individually. 



Poking fun at pop culture, politics, reality TV and more, Supreme League of Patriots combines classic point-and-click gameplay with a modern, satirical and irreverent sense of humor. Join Kyle Keever in his politically incorrect quest to win a spot on the newest hit reality TV show, America's Got Superpowers. When a freak accident turns Kyle's alter-ego, the Purple Patriot, into his main ego and triggers real superpowers at the cost of his sanity (and good taste), Kyle's got a new mission to become the hero New York deserves, and definitely not the one it wants. Navigating a twisted world of vigilantes and villains with his cheeky and sarcastic sidekick Mel, Kyle's got a lot to learn about the world of superheroes!



Key Features
  • Three episodes of fully-voiced satirical superhero antics
  • Discover, befriend and declare your enemies from the city’s zany and colorful cast of superheroes and archenemies
  •  Two playable characters: Kyle Keever aka The Purple Patriot and his sarcastic sidekick Mel
  • Tiered hint system to make the game as challenging as you want it to be
  • Fantastic original soundtrack composed by Jake "Virt" Kaufman
  • Fight for something resembling justice from the sewers of New York to the theatres of Broadway!
“Supreme League has a great, smart sense of humor that has a great time poking fun at just about everything in pop culture,” says Katie Hallahan, PR Director for Phoenix Online Publishing. “Phil’s written a fun adventure and brought it to life with the colorful art and some hilarious animations, and Kyle and Mel are a hilarious duo."

"I don't think there's ever been a video game character like The Purple Patriot before," said Creative Director Phil Ings. "He's a force of nature. You can love him or hate him but you can't ignore him."

For more information, visit www.POStudios.com.




About Phoenix Online Publishing – Every Game Has a Story™
Created by adventure game fans for adventure game fans, Phoenix Online Studios is an award-winning game development studio that seeks to put create compelling games where story and character come first. Formed in 2004, Phoenix began as fans seeking to bring back their favorite genre with the King’s Quest fangame The Silver Lining, they’ve followed up with the award-winning Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller, Jane Jensen’s Moebius: Empire Rising, and the remake of her classic hit game Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers. Phoenix also opened a publishing branch in 2014, putting indie games includingQuest for InfamyMoebius: Empire Rising, Lost Civilization, The Last Door: Collector’s Edition and more. More information can be found on the company's website, www.POStudios.com.

About No Bull Intentions
No Bull Intentions is an independent game developer in the South of England. Founded in 2013 by Creative Director Philip Ings, No Bull is dedicated to making character-focused, story-driven games for PC, Mac, Linux, mobiles, consoles and handhelds. The debut title, Supreme League of Patriots showcases the studio's snarky sense of humour as it lampoons superheroes, politics and modern culture. The company believes that repressive DRM, micro-transactions and "Freemium monetization models" hurt the industry, and offers customers a "No Bull" commitment against such practices. More information about No Bull Intentions and Supreme League of Patriots can be found on the company's website, http://www.supremeleagueofpatriots.com.


Even more Old vs New! Rogue State

We seem to have had a little splurge of redone backgrounds recently - first Space Commander, then Epoch, and now Rogue State.  Little Red Dog's game's looks sure have gone up in the world!

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Precipice - A Short Cyberpunk Detective Game

Precipice is a short point and click cyberpunk adventure game set in rain-slick Caracus. You take control of Detective Alex Traeger on his journey to discover a synthetic's final secret.

This game has been released on a Pay If You Want basis.  You can get it here.



Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Pox Nora Gets an Epic Expansion, Ronin, from Desert Owl Games


TUCSON, Arizona - January 28, 2015 - New adventures are coming in the latest expansion to Pox Nora, the tactical turn-based strategy game with elements of collectible card games and fantasy RPGs, from Desert Owl Games. In Roninplayers will battle with and against powerful new champions, embark on an epic new PvE quest and explore uncharted lands.

Ronin is the first expansion released by Desert Owl Games since the development team purchased Pox Nora from Sony Online Entertainment (SOE). Originally created by Octopi, the developers sold Pox Nora to SOE in 2009. Many of the original members of the Octopi team formed Desert Owl Games in 2011 and reacquired the game in 2014. Since then, Pox Nora has been completely rebalanced due to demands of the media, players and to return the game to the designers' initial vision.

"There have been more than 20 million play sessions of Pox Nora in its eight and a half years of existence. Many of our players have grown up with the game and still login daily," said Arthur Griffith, CEO, Desert Owl Games. "Our 24th expansion, Ronin, builds upon the strategic gameplay and high-fantasy lore our passionate players love while still remaining accessible to someone trying the game for the first time."

Features of Ronin Include:

* A PvE campaign

* Maps for PvE and PvP

* 60 runes (Cards that represent champions, spells and equipment)

* 40 abilities (Special behaviors, powers and effects that champions have)

* More than 50 champions

* Themes and updates to existing ones, including yeti, witches and cyclops

Pox Nora is free on Steam. The game features optional microtransactions for virtual currency that allows players to purchase rune packs and boxes immediately, but runes can be acquired without spending any real-world money.
For more details visit https://www.poxnora.com/index.do
To learn more about Desert Owl Games, please visithttp://www.desertowlgames.com/
About Desert Owl Games
Founded in 2011 by Arthur Griffith and Justin Felker, two of the three original creators of Pox Nora, Desert Owl Games' goal is to design turn-based strategy games in persistent worlds that meet the needs of their passionate player base. In early 2014 Desert Owl Games acquired the rights of Pox Nora from SOE.



More Screenshots from Skylight Freerange 2: Gachduine

Check out the first set of screenshots 







Screenshots from Skylight Freerange 2: Gachduine







Tuesday, 27 January 2015

No Firewood - Closed Alpha v0.9

If survival horror games are your thing, and in particular if you had been keeping an eye on the development of No Firewood, you will be pleased to know that a closed alpha version is available which features 2 of the maps and 3 of the game modes from the full game, albeit without cut scenes and obviously in alpha state.


Check out the Kickstarter (at time of posting this, 10 days to go): https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nemico/no-firewood-survival-horror-fps


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8BitMMO Officially Launches After Fourteen Years of Development

SEATTLE, WA - January 26, 2015 - Archive Entertainment is excited to announce that 8BitMMO has concluded its Early Access phase and has now reached its 1.0 Full Release.

Development on 8BitMMO originally began in 2001, when solo indie developer Robby Zinchak began working in his spare time on a sandbox game where all players could help build the world together. The game went through many iterations and several rewrites. Finally, a publicly playable build was ready in June of 2011. It was well received, and later that year Zinchak began working on the title full-time. 8BitMMO continued to be improved as time went on and a community built up around it. It was selected for Steam Early Access and launched there on December 13, 2013.

The title has grown immensely over the past few years, with now over 650,000 registered users and a user-built world that is larger than the combined landmass of the United Kingdom. The fan community is small, but fervent, with some users writing novels-worth of fanfiction, creating a 3d-printed model of their character, or in one case even getting a tattoo of the game.


Zinchak has added many new features in the past year based on feedback received from players. One major new feature recently added is a new competitive PvP/PvE game mode called Transponders that allows players to build a base and then summon a raid consisting of monsters and other players. Enemies spawn in increasingly difficult waves, and the winning side is awarded gold for their victory.

The game has won several awards, including Best Technological Game at Tokyo Game Show's Sense of Wonder Night, Winner of the Seattle Independent Game Competition, and Director's Choice at the Indie Prize Showcase in San Francisco.

Even though this is the official launch, the game will continue to be updated with new content even after this release.

Players can get the game now via Steam for free, or at http://8bitmmo.net.


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About 8BitMMO:
8BitMMO is a free online videogame where players can shape the world block by block. The game's engine allows for a wide variety of player made buildings.  Players can build solo, or group up and create their own towns with friends for cooperative building projects.  In either case, a grief protection system protects the player's creations from unwanted interference. The game is humorous in tone, with amusing quests and unusual enemies.  There is also Player vs Player and Player vs Environment combat. It is fully playable on the project's website or via Steam. Additional updates to the game are planned to introduce more features and content.


About Archive Entertainment:
Archive Entertainment is a one-man indie developer, Robby Zinchak. Previously a Producer at Microsoft, he has also led game creation at Capcom and Midway, producing titles such as Final Fight: Double Impact, and FLOCK!. He is now working on 8BitMMO from Seattle. Robby has a long history with games: he wrote his first one at age ten on a cutting edge 16-color PC. Since then, he has continued to create games while retaining that same pioneering spirit.




The Bionic Steam Bundle

Bionic Marine Command Online - currently in early Alpha - is now on Steam Greenlight.


In the wake of a massive plague that swiftly wiped out the entire adult population, it is up to a generation of orphans to rebuild society and fend for themselves against an impending legion of drones hellbent on the total extermination of the outer planetary colonies. BMCO is a Open World Sci-Fi RPG and Mech MOBA that fosters creativity through community crowdsourcing and storytelling.

Core features of BMCO include:
  • Multiple forms of gameplay through a traditional RPG experience, competitive MOBA, and an Expansive Crafting System
  • Single-Player and Multiplayer with a full breadth of customization options.
  • Open-World Community Events and Stories
  • Engaging Space Opera Narrative
  • Player Housing through Border Moons Expansion
  • Fully-Customizable Mech and Space Ship Piloting to be included in a later content patch.


Bionic Marine Command Online is bundled with another game called Utherous. It’s similar to BMCO but has a steampunk and fantasy theme, and made by a partner studio..

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Sunday, 25 January 2015

New visual novel released - "Princess of Ruin"

Story

In the past, criminals were put in the Cleansing Circle to be cleansed of ill will. This magic was lost for fifty years until one young man resurrects this lost art, releasing prisoners who were left behind.

The prisoners learn that they are cleansed of more than just ill will. They've also lost their memories and feel programmed to perform specific tasks.

Join Raissa as she tries to find out why she was a prisoner, reverse the effects of the circle, and maybe fall in love...

About

This is an otome visual novel where the main character develops a romantic relationship with one of the male characters.

This visual novel also features an interactive story where player choices determine the ending of the story.

Features:

· 6 obtainable guys
· 24 unique endings
· 85+ unique CGs
· Just over 315,000 words
· Approximately 7-9 hours per route
· 22 original tracks

Other Info:

· Genre: Visual Novel, Otome, Fantasy
· Rating: 14+
· Platform: PC, Mac, and Linux



Freaking Meatbags - Screenshots

For more information about Freaking Meatbags, check out this post.









Freaking Meatbags emerges from Steam Early Access with a huge release update

JANUARY 23, 2015 - Greetings once again, fleshy life forms! WildFactor is proud to announce its futuristic real time strategy game Freaking Meatbags has defeated Steam Early Access and is now a full-fledged game! To celebrate the milestone, the team is pushing out a massive update that adds tons of new features, including a totally revamped DNA mixing systema new boss, and new equipments for meatbags to use. The update is so groundbreaking it's called "Philae", named after the little robot currently sitting on a comet in outer space.



Freaking Meatbags throws players into a futuristic world where robots have jobs, cephalopods aren't confined to a single dimension, and humans just stand around talking to themselves. As a lowly cleaning robot, your task is to gather precious materials from each world before the solar system goes kaboom. During the day you scramble to gather resources, build structures and keep your base in good repair. When it gets dark, get ready to fight. Helping you in your daily chores are fleshy, unintelligent life forms known as "humans". They're pretty fragile and need your protection, but if you augment them with a brain slug here, some DNA splicing there, they might turn out to be useful!



New features:
Revamped DNA system with hundreds of alien/human combinations.
Seven new genes to get all splice-happy with.
- Equip meatbags with jetpackshoverboards and... ROCKET LAUNCHERS!
Stick humans in towers to power-up the buildings. Because of science.
Overclocking ability lets you see the world in slow-mo.
Brand new boss that jumps around a lot. Shhh, that's all we can say!
Hidden zombie planet. Go ahead, try to find it.
Over 50 gameplay, sound and interface improvements.
- An extra bullet point item, for FREE!

Information:
Release date:  February 4th, 2015
Price:               USD $9.99, EUR €9.59, GBP £7.99
Support:          PC / Mac (new!) / Linux (new!)
Freaking Meatbags is currently available via Steam.