Friday, 31 July 2015

BOMB, who let the dogfight

What happens when you mix Crimson Skies' fast-paced aerial combat with the humor and stylings of animated classics like TaleSpin and Porco Rosso? You get La Moustache Studio's game, "BOMB: who let the dogfight?". The game combines the pleasures of arcade and simulation, easy to handle for everyone; it also has very convincing flight dynamics. Up to 16 players can compete in multi-player modes.

For its official release, BOMB will be available on Steam at a discounted rate of € 11.99 (-20%).


Vortex - local multiplayer bullet hell

"Vortex is a retro styled physics driven local multiplayer top down shooter where the goal is to fly around in neat looking spaceships and kill your opponents by making their lives miserable."

This game is local multiplayer only with split-screen graphics, so bear that in mind before you buy the game.  I'm sure there are still people out there who enjoy the local multiplayer experience! - but be aware that currently there is no single-player or online multiplayer mode.  Check it out on Steam.


Lifeless Planet Premier Edition Out Now on PC/Mac


The Premier Edition of the atmospheric sci-fi adventure Lifeless Planet is now available on PC and Mac. This remastered edition brings new content and improved graphics to the desktop versions of the game. The Premier Edition is a free update to existing owners of Lifeless Planet through Steam, Humble and other platforms.

The Premier Edition includes new original music from acclaimed Lifeless Planet composer Rich Douglass. In addition, there's also a number of visual upgrades throughout, most notably the addition of normal-mapped terrains. The game also contains previously unreleased content in the form of new audio and text logs. The Premier Edition includes additional new Russian language voice acting, adding further richness to the already immersive experience.


 

INSPIRED BY CLASSIC SCIENCE FICTION


While seeking life on a distant planet, an astronaut discovers an abandoned Russian town. He suspects his mission is a hoax until a mysterious young woman saves him from a strange and deadly phenomenon...

Lifeless Planet is a third-person action-adventure that features an old-school sci-fi story and spectacular environments in the spirit of classic action-adventures.

After a hard landing on the planet, the astronaut discovers the planet that was reported to be rich with life is instead a barren wasteland. When he goes searching for his crew, he makes a more startling discovery: evidence that humans have already been to this planet years ago! When he comes upon a deserted Soviet-era Russian town, he struggles to make sense of his mission. Did his light-speed travel to the planet send him back in time? Or is this all some strange Cold War hoax?


Along the way, the astronaut meets a Russian woman, Aelita, who is somehow able to survive the hostile atmosphere of the planet. Through an unusual natural phenomenon, her skin causes the soil to glow green under her feet. The player must use these glowing tracks as a guide across the planet past treacherous and deadly threats. Is she leading him to safety... or an untimely death?

Lifeless Planet was inspired by Cold War era science fiction stories, posing questions about humankind's desire for space travel. What if you journeyed across the galaxy to another planet, only to find humans had already been there? What kind of person would sign up for a one-way mission, leaving behind planet Earth and everyone they've ever known and loved... to go in search of an Earth-like planet?

Equipped with a limited-use jet-pack and a mobile robotic arm, the player must use wits and skill to solve puzzles, unravel the mystery, and survive the Lifeless Planet!
 

KEY FEATURES:

  • Explore 20 unique and atmospheric environments on a vast and treacherous planet.
  • Follow a mysterious young woman as she guides you past dangerous terrain and deadly life-forms.
  • Investigate the startling discovery of an abandoned Russian town.
  • Experience an exciting and intriguing story through rich graphics and cinematic cut-scenes.


 

DESIGNED & DEVELOPED IN ALASKA


Lifeless Planet was created by David Board of Stage 2 Studios while he lived in Alaska. His inspiration for the game stems from a love of classic 1950’s and 60’s sci-fi movies and TV shows. Coupled with a love for video games (and frankly not much else to do during those long dark Alaskan winter nights!) he has turned this passion into something unique and original. Lifeless Planet was one of the first games to be successfully funded on Kickstarter. David also looked to the Kickstarter community to find talent for music, voice acting, testing and many other aspects of the project. Alaska-based programmer and game developer Jazon Burnell lead the effort to build the Premier Edition of Lifeless Planet.

 http://www.lifelessplanet.com 

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Armello - PS4, PC Release Date, Two New Characters

MELBOURNE, VICTORIA - July 27, 2015 - League of Geeks has revealed two additional characters for their fantasy board game come to life, Armello, which will release on September 1, 2015 for PlayStation 4, Windows, Mac and Linux. 


The final build of the game, including Zosha the female rat and Barnaby the male rabbit, will be playable for the first time at PAX Prime. PC gamers who can't wait until launch to play have up to July 31 to purchase the game on Steam Early Access, after which the title will not be available until the official release. 

The second hero from the Rat Clan, Zosha, the Whisper, takes advantage of the cover of night and goes into Stealth every sunset. While hidden from sight Zosha can outmaneuver her competition, avoiding aggressive heroes while also sneaking up on those who least expect it. Her low body stat means she must be careful to pick the right battles, but her unusually strong fight makes her a tough competitor to defend against, especially when her opponent can't see her coming.

Barnaby, Screwloose, from the Rabbit Clan is an impressive tinkerer allowing him to swap items in and out of his inventory depending on what any given situation calls for, making him highly adaptable to multiple strategies. His self-made armor grants him a very high body stat allowing him to take several heavy blows from other characters, while a respectable fight score means he can also deliver tough strikes of his own.

Armello takes players to a vibrant magical world tinged with darkness and throws them into a struggle for power against other players and the mad lion king who is being slowly corrupted by a mysterious dark force called the Rot. After choosing a character from one of four animal clans, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, players fight for their chance to ascend the throne as the lion king terrorizes his subjects and sinks further into insanity. 

There are no safe havens in the world of Armello. Gamers must watch out for the king's loyal guards, evil banes spawned by the Rot and other power-hungry characters as they move, fight and quest across the board to claim the crown and rule the land.

"The public have had access to the first four heroes of Armello for a while now, but these characters bring all new levels of complexity, variety and replayability to Armello's gameplay," said Trent Kusters, founder and director, League of Geeks. "Playing a game knowing that Zosha could be lurking on any tile at night or Barnaby is likely to have the perfect tool for every situation, are game changers. It's another way we're delivering on the simple depth all great board tabletop experiences possess." 

The Early Access build of Armello is available for Windows, Mac and Linux on Steam for $24.99 until July 31. After that date, gamers must wait until Armello's official release on September 1 to download the title.

More information about Armello can be found at: http://armello.com/ 

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Busan Indie Connect: An International Indie Game Festival in Korea

July 28th, 2015.  Busan, Korea.

Busan Indie Connect (BIC) Festival is a celebration of the best Korean and international indie game talent.  It will be held from September 10th to 12th at the Busan Cultural Content Complex near the beautiful Haeundae Beach in Busan, Korea.

BIC Fest is co-organized by the Busan IT Industry Promotion Agency, Korea Mobile Games Association, and the Indie Ra game developer community.  Under the theme of "Build, Inspire, Connect," developers from Korea and around the world have the opportunity to compare experiences and inspire one another.

The main exhibition showcases 100 indie games across mobile, PC, console, VR, board game platforms.  Exhibitor applications are open now and until August 7th.  Exhibition is free and accommodation for exhibitors is provided during the festival.  During the expo, fun activities will motivate attendees to play games, meet developers, and offer feedback.  The best games will receive awards in various categories during the BIC Award ceremony.



In addition to the exhibition, the festival includes unique networking events for developers.  The "After Dark" welcome party is set outdoors alongside the scenic Suyoung River and features large-screen multiplayer games.  The next night, the “Indie Heaven” mixer brings together developers, publishers, and press to meet, relax, and enjoy local Korean cuisine.

The festival includes a conference with prominent figures from the global game industry.  Kelly Wallick, the CEO of Indie MEGABOOTH, will present her company's initiative to bring indie games into the heart of conferences previously dominated by AAA budgets.  YoungChae Kim, CEO of OddOne Games, will share his development experience and the exceptional success of the MMORPG "Tree of Life."

For more information regarding sponsorship, exhibition applications, and schedule, please visit the BIC Festival website: http://eng.bicfest.org


"Guide Me" - Gameplay Trailer release

Guide Me is a unique experimental action, puzzle game about finding path in dark world. It is 2D game that will be released on Android on 1st August.  To give an idea of what the game will be like, the dev has released a gameplay trailer.

A Little Less Desperation is a little less desperate!!

Blink and you'll have missed it - indie comedy sci-fi game A Little Less Desperation has already been Greenlit!

If you also want to hear a bit about the game-making process, see the video below:


Monday, 27 July 2015

The Fuzzies are in trouble - and only you can help!

Fuzzy Flip is a new, free puzzle game for iOS (with in-app purchases available).  Get it from iTunes.

Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Tsioque - not as difficult to pronounce as you might think!

OhNoo Studios, creators of Tormentum, have launched a Kickstarter campaign for their latest adventure game, Tsioque.  I'm getting kind of Torin's Passage vibes from it, but anyway it looks cool  Check it out!


Thursday, 23 July 2015

Sokoban style game "The Nodus" released for Android


The Nodus is a logic puzzler with JRPG style graphics for Android.




Features:

  • Exercises your brain
  • Improves your ability to visualise, plan ahead and think laterally
  • Over 30 sliding block puzzles
  • Relaxing music
  • Hours of game play
  • Retro pixel art



Trailer:

A Little Less Desperation - Greenlight Campaign

"You know how it is, you take a walk in the forest in the middle of the night, next moment you get abducted by aliens." 

Comedy sci-fi point and click adventure game A Little Less Desperation is now running a Steam Greenlight Campaign.




Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Bitcoin Gaming Alternative HYPER Added to MMORPG Dragon Knights of Valeria - HYPER Roadmap Document Released

LOS ANGELES, July 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The HYPER project runs over 10 HYPER enabled game servers including CSGO, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Rust, space strategy games, and much more. The official HYPER strategy and roadmap document was also recently released, and outlines what HYPER has achieved in its first year of existence, and where the project is heading.

Over a year old, HYPER is pleased to announce that it has been fully integrated into MMORPG Dragon Knights of Valeria. Anyone can now deposit and withdraw HYPER; trading it for other in-game resources as players build up their kingdom.

Dragon Knights of Valeria is a popular MMORPG game with over 500 players. Players can earn HYPER, GoldPieces and Dragon Points (DP) as they play the game which can then be traded for up to 7 different cryptocurrencies and withdrawn in-game. The creator, Anarchist of Crypto Database, is also responsible for curating a CC library that catalogs over 1,300 different coins and supplies information for each one.

As the admin Anarchist says about Dragon Knights of Valeria game play:

"Once inside the world of Dragon Knights of Valeria players can explore the map in search of new towns, fight monsters for rewards and DP, and do quests that also award DP for each part completed. Each town offers its own set of equipment, pets, quests, exchanges, gambling, banks, clans, and assorted other options.

Towns also offer a gateway into their very own Kingdom where they can build villages, purchase more land, gather resources such as wood and fish, upgrade their fishing and woodcutting levels to increase the amounts gained, and train their own army once they reach level 10. You can send your soldiers to attack other players kingdoms in the hopes of taking more land, gold, and DP from your opponent."

As well as HYPER, Dragon Knights of Valeria has also integrated online RPG gaming digital currency GoldPieces (GP) into the in-game free market trading platform. GP had no premine, and is a currency designed for online RPG gaming specifically.

HYPER and Goldpieces are the only currencies with this level of integration in Dragon Knights of Valeria, and HYPER remains the top sponsor of the innovative online MMORPG.
Dragon Knights of Valeria also has an in-game tip bot, where anyone can be tipped free HYPER and GP simply for playing, and contributing to the community in chat.
The Dragon Knights of Valeria Bitcointalk thread is where the latest game updates are posted: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=984042.0

Recently celebrating its first birthday, the HYPER project has also released the official HYPER roadmap and strategy document. The document outlines the unprecedented cryptocurrency gaming ecosystem HYPER has established in its first year of existence, and where the project is heading.

The HYPER development team states that the ultimate vision of HYPER is for:

"HYPER to be known and used by all serious gamers worldwide. HYPER is the ultimate disruptive gaming digital currency with hundreds of online games and servers that utilize HYPER as the in-game currency. HYPER has a diverse and unprecedented ecosystem, that provides many unique opportunities for gaming, trading and profit.

In some ways HYPER has already achieved a part of this vision. It is the most widely known gaming digital currency with the most extensive ecosystem. The next step is to have HYPER break into the multi-billion dollar industry of mainstream gaming. And of course to have a lot of fun while we are doing it."

HYPER currently runs over 10 game servers with full HYPER integration including CSGO, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Rust, HYPER Wars Space Strategy, Hyperzanda, RPGs and much more.

Releasing the new HYPER Strategy and Roadmap document, and with HYPER integration in MMORPG Dragon Knights of Valeria - HYPER continues to cement its position as the leading gaming cryptocurrency.


Rocket League released for PS4 and PC

SAN DIEGO, CA – July 7, 2015 – Global independent developer and publisher, Psyonix, announced today that Rocket League – one of the few PlayStation games in history to offer PS4™/ PC cross-platform play – is now available digitally on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system via the PlayStation®Network, and on PC via Steam. With a PS4™-exclusive cameo from Sweet Tooth, the iconic ice cream truck of Twisted Metal® fameRocket League brings gamers a high-powered hybrid of arcade-style soccer and vehicular mayhem. Offering easy-to-understand controls and deep, fluid physics-driven competition for 1-8 players, Rocket League boasts more than 10 billion possible customizations, giving players the opportunity to distinguish their Battle-Cars in either local or online play, while showing them off in a broadcast-quality replay viewer that perfectly complements the video-editing capabilities of  SHAREfactory™.

The multiplayer-focused successor to 2008's Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-CarsRocket League uses an advanced physics system to simulate realistic interactions, relying on mass and momentum to give players a complete sense of intuitive control in an unbelievable, high-octane re-imaging of association football. Players can breeze through the tutorial and play solo in the all-new Season Mode or vie against the AI in multiple team formations and difficulty settings. Up to four people can compete in two-to-four-player splitscreen action as well, with up to eight total players battling it out online (in Ranked, Unranked, or Private Matches) on dedicated servers located all over the world.


Rocket League Key Features Include:

  • Physics-driven Gameplay: Select one of nearly a dozen, rocket-equipped vehicles capable of performing impossible aerials, amazing passes, and dramatic goals. Drive on the walls, ceilings, or right through your opponents at intense supersonic speeds!
  • Total Customization: Explore more than 10 billion possible Battle-Car combinations with unlockable paint types, decals, wheels, rocket boosts, and more.
  • Gameplay Variety: Test your mettle in 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, and 4v4 match-ups across multiple stadiums, or try Unfair Mode in a "one against many" handicap match.
  • All-New Season Mode: Create your team and compete against multiple, uniquely-themed football clubs as you drive your way to the play-offs and championship.
  • Local, Online, and Splitscreen Multiplayer: Play co-op or competitive in any combination of 2-, 3-, or 4-player splitscreen, or take your friends online for intense 8-player action against individuals or other splitscreen players.
  • Matchmaking for Everyone: Enjoy Ranked, Unranked, or Private matches powered by a proprietary skill-based matchmaking and party system.
  • PS4/PC Crossplay: Break barriers and enjoy optional cross-platform matchmaking for PlayStation®4 and Steam PC users.
  • Dedicated Servers: Super-smooth online technology ensures an even better Rocket-Powered Battle-Car experience.
  • Broadcast-Quality Replay Viewer: Import entire, full-length games and fast forward, rewind, or view the action from anywhere in the arena.
  • PS4-Exclusive Sweet Tooth: Hit the pitch as the world's most famous ice cream truck from the legendary Twisted Metal™ series!


To learn more about Rocket League, please visit www.rocketleaguegame.com, ‘Like’ it on Facebook, and follow it on Twitter @RocketLeague for all the latest developer updates and news.

Priced at US $19.99 on both PS4™ and Steam, Rocket League is also available for free to all PlayStation®Plus subscribers starting July 7 through August 3. The game's official soundtrack can be purchased on iTunes, Amazon MP3, the Google Music Store, and other participating storefronts for US $9.99.

The first Rocket League downloadable add-on pack, "Supersonic Fury," which includes new Battle-Cars, Rocket Boosts, Decals, Wheels, and more, will be available for purchase later this month simultaneously with a FREE new DLC Map inspired by the classic SARPBC arena, Utopia.

Cricket Captain 2015 launches today!

Cricket Captain is back for this year with a massive list of improvements!

The game is available on an introductory special offer price from Steam.

Also check out my review of last year's Cricket Captain.


With the Australians in to town to take on England, one day international records falling daily and the launch of the all-new Cricket Captain 2015, this is set to be one of the most exciting cricket seasons for a decade.

Cricket Captain has long been hailed as the best cricket simulation game ever created and the upcoming launch of Cricket Captain 2015 will take the experience to an all-new level.  The game now includes Indian domestic teams, updated and expanded stats, a new and improved interface, updated 3D graphics and a stack of other additions and improvements. In short, Cricket Captain 2015 is THE complete cricket management experience!
 

New and improved for Cricket Captain 2015:
  • Indian Domestic Teams: play as any one of 27 teams in all three formats.
  • Improved Australian Contracts: bidding between states and reserve overseas players.
  • Versus International Stats: career stats for each player against each country.
  • Enhanced Coaching: new fielding and wicket keeping coaching system.
  • Pitch Map and Beehive: additional graphical stats displays, giving you more information than ever on player performances.
  • Improved Match Engine: includes player aggression and changes to 1-day and first class games.
  • New Stadiums: five Australian and eight English international grounds.
  • Classic England v’s Australia Scenarios: six series home or away.
  • Improved Fonts and Interface: refreshed interface and sharper graphics on all displays.
  • Improved 3D graphics: new rendering and lighting system, including depth of field, shadows and animated crowds.
  • Complete Statistical Update: including every current player and new ‘all-time-greats’.
  • Sort by Column & Name Search in Player Records and Squad Views:including multiple sorts e.g. batting average and strike rate.
  • Save/Load for International Squads: Automatic saving and loading of International Squads for each match type make squad selection seamless.
  • 2nd Team Data: separate 3 day, 1 day and 20 over team data to help you choose bespoke teams to best suit the format.
  • Batting Aggression Column: Personal and combined views now display batting aggression ratings making decisions even easier.
  • Keyboard Control System: including batting keyboard controls.
  • Additional Achievements and Leader-Boards.
  • Cloud-save: cross platform integration of Dropbox enables you to pick up any save from where you left off on any CC2015 enabled device.
  • Stay On-Line: accept on-line challenges while in single player mode.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Indies VS Gamers - Game Jam with PewDiePie, Markiplier, Jacksepticeye

From our friends at GameJolt:



Greetings from Game Jolt! Remember that game jam that we did with PewDiePie? It resulted in almost a thousand new indie games and over 1.5 million plays/downloads, plus tons of publicity for developers.

We're doing it again, but this time, PewDiePie is joined by his fellow Let's Players Markiplier and Jacksepticeye. We call it:


  • Developers will have 72 hours to make a game with a scoreboard in it.
  • Gamers will have a week to play and rate games. Everyone's invited to judge.
  • PewDiePie, Markiplier, and Jacksepticeye will each play the 5 top-rated games on their channels!

We'll announce a winning game every day for 5 days. Every announcement will kick off a 24 hour competition among gamers for high scores, ending with the next day's announcement. The 10 highest scores in each game will be enshrined on the jam homepage!

The jam runs from July 17 to July 20. Judging ends on July 27. A theme will be announced at the start of the jam.

Details are on the Indies VS Gamers website: http://jams.gamejolt.io/indiesvsgamers

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Late Last Nite: A free retro point-and-click adventure

It's a #pointandclick adventure game; it's retro, and it's free. 

Seriously, what's not to love?!  (Okay, apart from the misspelling of night... :-D)


Late Last Nite was created during the recent 14-day AdventureJam, and it was selected as one of three judge's picks when the competition ended. Version 1.2 represents our effort to cram all the content into the game that was initially sacrificed to meet the 14-day deadline.


Players will join our protagonist Morgan as she stumbles through a series of bizarre fantasy settings -- a mer-pirate lagoon, a junk food forest, and a steampunk vampire nightclub -- in search of three missing relics. Essentially, it's a surreal comedy that blurs the lines between reality and drunken fantasy.



Version 1.2 adds new characters, new puzzles, tons of new interactions, a remastered soundtrack, and improved animations.



Late Last Nite is available for free download (PC and Mac) at http://latelastnite.net/

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Charlotte, still dreaming after two decades, and about to wake up with a (Kick) start!

Indie dev Robert Guiscard got in touch with me today and his story really resonated with me, since my own situation in developing Captain Disaster is quite similar.  Here's what he said:



"Charlotte's Dream, a love letter to classic adventure games. This is a game I started working on when I was only 12 years old, but I could never finish it. Now 20 years later, I am now an experienced game designer, and I'm committed to finishing it.


Charlotte's Dream will not only be a tribute to the classic point and click puzzle games of old, but it also seeks to overturn the problems of the genre. It also introduces modern game mechanics, such as a leveling system and a crafting system. So the game can best be described as part puzzle game, part role playing game."




Check out the Kickstarter Page.

Treasures of Arcania - Kickstarter and Greenlight campaigns launched

 Treasures of Arcania is a 2D Sidescrolling RPG with Pixel Art graphics.

Hack, slash, explore, quest and craft your way across the beautiful world of Arcania as 1 of the 4 Gem Alignments (classes) - The Artisan, The Champion, The Mercenary or The Thaumaturge - each of which has an array of different abilities, equipment and more. 
With a strong focus on both combat and crafting, the need to craft all of your own equipment, at least 6 unique biomes to explore, and a packed quest log you should never find yourself without something to do in Arcania.

Every biome has it's own unique quest-line, set of mobs and loot, and music score to keep you busy and immersed. 
At the center of the world you will find The Core. This area is a huge cave system reaching all the way to the core of the planet and contains the most dangerous mobs and bosses - all of which must be defeated before progressing to the next area - but also the most lucrative and sought after loot!
Check out the newly-launched Kickstarter and Greenlight campaigns!

Released on Steam - "The Last Dogma"

The Last Dogma is a dark comedy exploration adventure game set in the year 1999 of an alternate reality world, where US actively campaigns for world domination after being disappointed with the results of the Cold War. It's also a rebake of Sacred Line Genesis, horror text adventure game for Sega Genesis which got an official cartridge release in February 2015. 


Features 
- Unpredictable, surreal and dark story which features two different storylines with their own endings 
- Original soundtrack featuring epic orchestral music, melodic instrumental rock, ambient and shamisen dance electro 
- Professionally recorded voice acting from the actors of Stasis, Kholat, Dust: An Elysian Tail, Strike Vector, Huntsman: The Orphanage and Deadstar 
- Atmospheric environments open for exploration 
- Adventure-like system with the use of “Look,” “Investigate”, “Talk” and "Take" commands 
- Lots of well-hidden secrets, including “Secret World” campaign where you’ll meet the Narrator 


This game looks like something rather different to most - if you like the sound of it, check it out on Steam.