Monday, 30 November 2015

RELEASED: The unprintable MAGENTA

Deep in the night, when evil is most rampant, who's going to stand up against crime?


Witness the birth of a superhero.

Help her embrace her power and tackle the evil of this world.

With might, wit and a sharp tongue.



Mostly because her superpower is pretty lame.



WHILE ON YOUR QUEST, YOU WILL:

- look at everything till you get a pink eye
- touch stuff -- if only to see just how lame your superpower is
- talk to people - mostly to get yourself out of a sticky situation
- try to get used to the sound of flip-flops
- learn more about comics than you'd like to
- make the headlines
- and last but not least: FIGHT CRIME!!!



THE GAME FEATURES

- a deceitfully young-looking, charming heroine
- action and danger!
- a slew of handsome men to flirt with
- a whole band of supers with equally lame abilities
- long-lost twin sibblings?
- surprising, astounding, scary and/or disgusting facts comics and other nerdy stuff
- astonishing graphics in 16K (that's right, siksteen kolors!)








Friday, 27 November 2015

Stable Orbit - build the next great space station!

NIJMEGEN, November 24, 2015 – Codalyn has announced its debut game, “Stable Orbit,” for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
It’s 2034, five years after the demise of the famed International Space Station, and you are tasked with building and managing its successor. As the components of your new station are lifted up and the first crew shuttles in, your worries begin: is there onboard air supply up to scratch? Too little air and your crew will surely suffocate; too much and the mounting pressure might cause some of the airlock seals to burst. Those ninety meals in storage will feed your crew of three for another month. But what if the next supply shuttle misses its launch window? Keeping the station up and running requires that you maintain the edge-of-a-knife balance between life and death in space at all times.
Seven years into the mission, things start to become a little easier. Research you have done through the years has enabled bigger and better modules, faster shuttles and more reliable components. Harponics technology has allowed you to grow food and plants in space, with a steady supply of breathable air for your crew as an added bonus. And yet, with every passing day, your mission becomes more difficult too. No longer are the people content with a simple space station – now they want you to build an orbiting city.

Stable Orbit casts you, the player, into the role of commander in charge of a new generation of space stations. The ISS ended up lasting 31 years, far beyond the original mission parameters. How long will your station last?
Availability and system requirements: Stable Orbit is available for pre-order now, with immediate access to the early access builds, and a planned release in Q3 2016. Stable Orbit will require Windows 7/8/10, Mac OS X 10.9 or a recent Linux distribution; a 2 GHz dual core processor; 2 GB system memory; a Direct3D 9.0c compatible 3D card with 512MB video memory; and 500 MB hard-disk space.
Find out more about Stable Orbit at http://stableorbitgame.com

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About Codalyn

Codalyn is a one-man strong independent game studio based in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Founder Jim Offerman has over a decade of professional industry experience with credits in Deus Ex: Human Revolution (2011), Tomb Raider (2013) and Thief (2014). Learn more at https://codalyn.com


Key Features:
  • Intuitive 3D space station building
  • A hardcore simulation grounded in real science
  • A sandbox mode for unlimited fun
  • 10 different resources to balance
  • More than 40 different modules
Release Date: Q3 2016
Price: $16.50 (pre-orders are 25% off, $12.37)
Platforms: Windows, Mac OS X and Linux
Available for pre-order at https://codalyn.com/games/stable-orbit/buy/




Thursday, 26 November 2015

Chef Solitaire: USA


Open your very own diner and make it a scrumptious success.  Enjoy solitaire to your heart's content, bring your hamburger making skills to perfection, and fulfill all achievements.   The stars you earn will open up new opportunities all around the USA.   Cook up a solitaire feast with Chef Solitaire: USA today!



  • Build a solitaire fueled restaurant empire in the USA
  • Buy useful kitchen helpers with your well-deserved solitaire dollars
  • Collect exclusive chef hats to fulfill all achievements
  • Play finger-licking fun mini-games and solitaire variations
  • Relaxing music with a few upbeat tracks thrown in
  • Travel across 48 states to complete 480 services 
  • Great graphics and full voice-over


Release Date: September 2015
Platforms: Windows and Mac
Distribution: Directly through website, casual game portals such as Big Fish Games and Gamehouse






Solitaire fans may also want to check out Regency Solitaire.




Wednesday, 25 November 2015

The Unprintable MAGENTA - teaser trailer

There's just a very, very subtle retro vibe to this trailer.  I wonder if you can spot it? :-D




3 quick Android indie game reviews

3 Android indies I've quickly checked out recently...

Super Office Dance Revolution by Boogie Down Games


This simple game is a really good tea-break game.  Dance when your boss isn't near enough to see you, get back to work when he isn't - with a couple of extra features thrown in, cool retro graphics, a funky soundtrack and gamelay that gets progressively more frenetic - it's one of those maddeningly addictive games where you're always convinced that just one more go and you'll beat your high score.  Boogie on down!

Playstore link




Kids Puzzles by Micri-M 



Unfortuntately my kids are both slightly the wrong age for this.  My oldest is almost 5 and while she enjoys the game, she finds it extremely easy.  You youngest isn't 2 yet and doesn't quite understand what to do most of the time.  It's nicely presented and there's quite a bit of variety in the puzzles, if you have a 3 or 4 year old they will get a lot of enjoyment from it along with learning some basics along with hand-eye coordination.


Playstore link




Mikura Going Home by Rvbar



This nice arcade puzzle game takes a little getting to grips with, and whilst it seems to be aimed at a younger audience, the learning curve seems quite steep for young players.  It's nicely presented with bright, cartoony graphics, and the gameplay is surprisingly deep.  More for slightly older players who like casual games, this one's enjoyable and the dev promises a free update every month as well.









Wednesday, 18 November 2015

A Night That Wouldn't End

A Night That Wouldn't End is a short and sweet adventure game with a decidedly minimalist (yet somehow hauntingly beautiful) graphics style, by one of my fairly frequent MAGS competition collaborators (see A Landlord's Dream and Fanbots), Chris Sacchi.  This game is in fact an updated version of a MAGS game that he did without my help (not that I really help him much anyway! :-o), remade in Unity with Adventure Creator (see my Interview with Chris Burton, the adventurous creator of Adventure Creator).  This "Enhanced Edition" release was brought to you by Leafdog Games, made up of Chris and his brother (occasionally, two brothers).



Far in the North, where nighttime can last for months, a researcher is left alone with his boredom and an important research close to completion. Then, apower shortage gets in the middle.
  • Short, yet authentic point and click fun!
  • Chunky pixel-art, just because!
  • Debatable science!
  • Pseudo-random soundtrack!
  • Some John Conway's Game of Life inspired graphics!

A Night That Wouldn't End is available on Itch.io.  It's available for PC, Mac and Linux.



The Big Indie Stream

The idea of the Big Indie Stream was set up because the organisers saw a lot of indie games not getting the attention they deserve. Also with so many indie games and streamers it's hard for both to choose which way to go. So, they decided to join forces and kick off the Big Indie Stream event with streamers and developers for game enthusiasts.

After the first edition of the Big Indie Stream, they received positive reactions from the community. With that they decided to host another Big Indie Stream on Twitch. The second edition will take place on Friday November 27th at 19:00 (UTC). During the stream they will be featuring multiple indie games from developers around the world with the help of twitch streamers. Besides showing indie games, there will also be a Q&A during the stream.


Date: Friday 27th November  2015
Time: 19:00 – 23:00 (UTC)
Where: http://www.twitch.tv/thebigindiestream



Mikura Going Home

Mikura Going Home is a new free Android game by Brazilian indie studio Quadro a Quadro studio.  It's about a friendly jellyfish who lives on the moon and accidentally falls to earth, then has to defeat enemies, dodge obstacles and the like.  It also promises a new, free content update every month!

Check out the trailer below.  You can get it from the GooglePlay Store.





Monday, 16 November 2015

Amazing Loot Grind

Amazing Loot Grind by Michael T. Astolfi is an experiment/ loving send-up of the end-game loot-focused grind of games like World of Warcraft and Destiny.  The game is pretty simple: the player opens a chest, gets a piece of loot, and if it’s better than what they have, they keep it and sell their old piece of gear.  If not, they just sell the new piece, and open another chest.  Players continue opening chests until they have the best gear.



The game attempts to strip down the loot mechanic of the RPG genre to its core, while still creating an engaging and enjoyable gameplay experience.  At the same time, by presenting the mechanic in such a bare-bones manner, the developer is hoping to get players to ask themselves whether they really to be spending their valuable gaming time on simulated loot slot machines.  

He love games like WoW and Destiny, but he's hoping to raise the question of wonder if it isn’t time for our industry to start pushing beyond random loot as the core of our best games’ end-game experiences.


At the same time, he thinks random drops are a lot of fun, and it fills the need of something to play on the subway!



Check out the trailer:


Amazing Loot Grind is available for iOS and Android.



Thursday, 12 November 2015

"Kids Puzzles" brings various puzzle types to pre-schoolers.

"Kids Puzzles" by Bulgarian indie dev Milan Kirkov contains 18 fruits and vegetables puzzles, mini game “Drag and drop Shapes” (3 levels), mini game “Drag and drop Numbers” (3 levels), and 12 jigsaw puzzles. The app is made for ages five and under.  I'll try to get my kids to have a look and report back!




  • Kids Preschool Puzzles (IOS) is available for free for a limited time!! (Nov 11th – Nov 18th) 2015.
  • Kids Preschool Puzzles (Android) is available for $0.99! (Nov 11th – Nov 18th) 2015.
  • After this date the app will be available for $1.99 USD on the App Store and Google Play.







Monday, 9 November 2015

Coming to Steam: a simple, elegant, real time strategy game.

Tenshu General will be released on Steam on December 1st and will feature extra content in celebration of making it through Steam Greenlight.  It's being developed by SmartArt Gamestudio from Groningen, the Netherlands.

About Tenshu General
Tenshu General, is a simple, elegant, Real Time Strategy (RTS) game for those who favor short play sessions over long sessions. Quick casual game play combined with the challenge of continuously adapting enemies allow for a surprisingly challenging exercise in strategy. It is a cross breed between a board game and a classic RTS. If you like Risk or 8 Minute Empire, Tenshu General is your game.


Set in medieval Japan, you will take on the role of a Tenshu General tasked with defending your Tenshu castle against invaders while expanding your own territory. Can you conquer all other Tenshu?




Features
  • Easy to play, hard to master concept
  • Campaign mode, to help you teach the fundamentals
  • 10 different maps to allow you a wide variety of battlefields
  • Smart enemies make different choices in each new game
  • Terrain influences your movement and battle outcome
  • Map Editor (for advanced users): Create your own maps
  • Steam achievements and Steam gamecards 
  • Available for WindowsMac and Linux




Spot the Difference

This is just a simple little game I'm making for my young kids, but I'll release is publicly as other young kids might enjoy it and maybe even some older kids!

An early demo is available on GameJolt.  Agent Tan, the Trolls, Captain Disaster and other characters from my other games will feature in some of the pictures.






Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Bertram Fiddle - ALMOST THERE!

The Kickstarter for Episode 2 of the  quirky Victorian adventure game Bertram Fiddle has a shade under 3 days to go, and has just under £4K more to reach its funding target.  For details of the first game click here.


"Bertram Fiddle, leading Victorian Explorator needs your help to fund his next adventure and finally discover the true identity of Geoff the Murderer. A comedy 2D Point and Click Adventure Game for PC, Mac, iOS and Android. "


Don't forget to visit the Kickstarter Page!!




Midnight at the Celestial Palace: The Point-and-Click Musical.

Trying something new...