Monday, 29 February 2016

"Number Rescue" released

Number Rescue is a little pet project of mine, partly to teach myself AGS scripting, and partly to make something that would challenge my little girl's maths abilities while being a fun game to play.  It also introduces a few very basic point and click adventure game elements to very young players.  My estimate is that it is best suited for 6-8 years old, although older players may have fun with the pop culture references and my terrible singing (I included a couple of snippets after first bursting into song in an adventure game in Fanbots!).  The game is fully voiced, albeit I voiced every character myself.

I have aimed (very approximately) for the graphical style of the Mr Men books and the writing / voice acting style of Danger Mouse.  Maybe if I do a sequel I can get Alexander Armstrong and Stephen Fry to voice some characters, just as Ali managed to get Tom Baker on board for Nelly Cootalot 2?!!  (Or... maybe not.)

Anyway, hopefully it's a bit of good educational fun.  You can get it on GameJolt.






Introducing VRDB.com

Melbourne - February 29, 2016 - 2016 is the year that VR becomes available to the masses, and VRDB will be there from the moment the first headsets arrive. But this new medium is a complex beast; its pioneers exploring uncharted territory. VRDB will serve as a guide: what hardware to buy; what games to play; what's in store for the future of VR.

Not only will this be accomplished with dedicated editorial comprising news, reviews, interviews, and features, but by allowing developers to directly contribute their own content. VRDB isn't just a site to be read; it is an open platform, a database of knowledge that tracks and highlights the most important developments in virtual reality. It's a place for both VR enthusiasts and VR creators alike.

Australian-made but with a global reach, VRDB.com is the newest addition to the DBolical Network, which already sees over 6 million monthly visitors across existing sitesIndieDB.com and ModDB.com.

NORTH

"Apply for asylum in a city filled with strange creatures."

With the strange description comes Outland Games' new release, "NORTH".  It's a short game (20-40 minutes) - if you're looking for a bite-sized game that's out of the norm, looks like this one could be for you!

Get it from Itch.io (Donationware).




Sunday, 28 February 2016

Space Dweebs 2

Boogie Down Games LLC, creators of Super Office Dance Revolution. have released a new game - Space Dweebs 2.  It's a memory game akin to Simon, but they've added challenge with the implementation of items which provide just enough distraction to turn an innocent looking game into one that is deceptively mind-numbing!





The Soccer Player Manager 2016

Football gamers of a certain age - basically, around my age, which is too old to even contemplate for young folk, will definitely know and love the Kick Off games, and perhaps slightly less likely also remember Dino Dini and Steve Screech's other creation of sheer genius, Player Manager.  This was basically the Kick Off game engine with a simple football management built around it.  The result was a game that I played over and over again, taking my little town of Harlington into Division One (yes, it's that old, pre-Premier League!) and winning league after league, cup after cup, and snapping up all the best 18 year-old players in the first week of each season.  It was grand.

Now, thanks to the efforts of the Kick Off World team, that grandness can be relived on multiple formats.  There seem to be some tweaks from what I remember, the graphics and sound are based on the Amiga port (good decision!) and the match day engine seems to be built on the Kick Off 2 engine, and European games are included.  But despite the updates, this is an incredibly authentic recreation of Player Manager. 

Check it out The Soccer Player Manager 2016 at http://www.kickoffworld.net/

Supported formats include PC, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android.

I tried it on the Android but found the virtual joystick controls just too fiddly.  Still had fun watching dots chase each other round in the Fast version of playing the game when I played only as manager.  Did rather better on PC but naturally controlling by keyboard is no match for joystick or gamepad.

Haha... 4-0 down at Wigan, not my finest hour... to be fair all my best players were out injured.

Playing a struggling 3rd division outfit against Arsenal in the Cup... this was only going to end one way.   Took this screenshot before the goals came flooding in!

Every team should have at least one player called Garfunkel.

Just to prove that I actually had some better matches! :-D

Ouch... at least it wasn't on the icy part of the pitch though.

Friday, 26 February 2016

Sci-Fi open world RPG Xcylin is now on Steam Greenlight


MUNICH, GERMANY – February 26, 2016Moebiusgames launches Greenlight campaign on Steam for its new upcoming title “Xcylin”, a story-driven Sci-Fi open world RPG available for Windows and Linux.


Experience the immersive adventure of this all new Sci-Fi open world RPG. Xcylin takes you to a vast planet hidden in the outer reaches of space. Use lasers to dig your way through the world and jetpacks to overcome high obstacles. A whole planet is waiting for you to discover its secrets. Do you have what it takes to find your way back home to Earth? Or will you fall prey to the aggressive aliens that have captured this world? Countless items that you’ll find on your way will help you on your mission - if you are up for the task.


Xcylin features a procedurally generated planet with a multitude of dungeons. A strong storyline and natural barriers challenge the player to explore the planet. Check out the most recent screenshots and videos onhttp://xcylin.com.

Game features:
* Fully randomly generated planet to roam around freely
* Multitude of procedurally generated dungeons to explore
* A strong storyline to guide the player through the game
* Hundreds of ancient items to find on the planet
* Fully destructable/buildable terrain
* A vast amount of different block types awaits you, each with different attributes and abilities
* A multitude of different weapons
* Fully moddable engine allows players to build their own world and to share it with other players

Game infos:
* Platform: PC (Windows and Linux)
* Release of alpha version planned for Q3/2016
* Pre-ordering already possible (http://xcylin.com)


ABOUT Moebiusgames

Moebiusgames UG is an independent game studio located in Munich, Germany, that develops games with love and passion for desktop and mobile platforms. The studio was founded in 2014 by Florian Frankenberger, a game developer who also worked on the successful indie title “Towns”, among other projects. Visit http://moebiusgames.com/press for more information.


"Wondershot" now available for PC, PS4 and Xbox One



PARIS, FRANCE – February 26, 2016 – French indie game developer Leikir Studio announced today that Wondershot is available now for Xbox One via ID@Xbox, PlayStation®4 and PC via Steam. Featuring intuitive controls, multiple unique modes, four different weapons and multiplayer for up to four players, Wondershot guarantees a fun time for all! 

“Our aim in developing Wondershot was to create a great multiplayer game that everyone can truly enjoy and I believe we achieved that,” said Aurelien Loos, co-founder of Leikir Studio. “My best gaming memories were playing competitive video games against buddies on the couch and our hope is that we bring that type of fun experience to gamers today with Wondershot.” 






Wondershot Key Features Include:

·         Multiplayer Fun: Whether it’s intense competitive four-player matches or cooperative play against an endless wave of baddies, Wondershot is all about multiplayer fun
·         Intuitive Controls: Responsive controls and play mechanics enable gamers to focus on the multiplayer mayhem
·         Choose Your Weapon Wisely: Players choose from four different weapons, each with their own strengths and special abilities:
o   Arrow: Select from basic slow homing arrow or lightning-fast straight shot
o   Boomerang: Quick-firing weapon with special “hover” ability use for strategic sneakiness
o   Hammer: Powerful melee weapon with the special ability to fly through obstacles
o   Slingshot: Use the wall bounce ability to shoot big, slow, small or fast bullets
·         Unique Maps and Obstacles: Players must deal with shifting obstacles, mud that slows down movement, quick map portals, and much more
·         Challenge Mode: Learn the basic, master advanced tactics, and challenge each of the 45 challenge stages to get the top ranking

Winner of multiple indie awards including Indie Prize’s Best Multiplayer Game 2016, Wondershot is a top-down, multiplayer focused game with a strong emphasis on family-friendly party play. Players will take control of different characters in intense “one shot and you’re down” rounds in different map environments. Learn to use the bow, boomerang, hammer, and slingshot to master the special abilities of each weapon. 

Wondershot also encourages cooperative play as gamers can join together to take on waves of wicked enemies in environments that constantly change. Simple controls, quick pace of play, and surprising intensity make Wondershot an amazing multiplayer experience for all ages. 

Wondershot will be available for PlayStation®4, Xbox One via the ID@Xbox self-publishing program and PC on Steam. For more on Leikir Studio and Wondershot follow them on Twitter, “Like” the game on Facebook and visit the official website.
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ABOUT LEIKIR STUDIO
Based near to Paris, France, Leikir Studio is a young independent video game developer with a focus on fun and unique game design. The studio’s first game, Isbarah, combines fun platforming, bullet hell action, and constant, insane boss fights in 2D. Wondershot, a multiplayer party game made to be played with couch buddies, is the studio’s debut title for video game consoles. 

Blue Rider

C√≥rdoba, Argentina. February 22nd, 2016. - A horde of ferocious robots, commanded by Evil MasterMind, is causing havoc in planet Helmech. But there’s still room for hope: a rebel that will fight against the wicked without recoiling. His name is Blue Rider: a lone wolf willing to do what it takes to stop them, on board his loyal ship.

Are you ready for this hectic adventure? Before you say “yes”… take a look at the trailer and think twice!



Argentinian developer Ravegan is proud to announce Blue Rider, a shoot-em-up arcade in the classic line of the genre. It’s high-level action. Easy to play, hard to master; a challenge for oldschool gamers… and for everyone who wants to feel an adrenaline rush.

In September 2015, Blue Rider was Greenlit in Steam, in just 8 days. The PC and Windows 10 versions of the game will be released on the 3rd of March, and PS4 / Xbox One versions are expected to be released in May. 

Discover the Mystery of THE SOLUS PROJECT Today on Xbox One Game Preview

Prague/Uppsala, 26 February 2016. The Solus Project, the narrative-driven, sci-fi-styled, survival-adventure game by Teotl Studios and GRIP Digital, launches today on Xbox One Game Preview today.

With the human race on the brink of destruction, The Solus Project strands players on a distant unknown planet and challenges them to survive harsh, volatile environments while seeking the answer of how to save the mankind. With natural and unnatural dangers lurking around every corner, gamers will have to unravel the alien secrets of some seemingly deserted civilization. Are you really alone…?

The Solus Project is not only one of the very few narrative-driven survival games, but also one of the first games of its kind being released via the Xbox One Game Preview in the same launch window as its Steam counterpart. All the upcoming updates leading to spring 2016 full version release will launch on Xbox One and Steam simultaneously, ensuring content parity for players on both platforms.” says Jakub Mikyska, CEO of GRIP Digital. 

The Solus Project will have regular episodic content updates on Xbox Game Preview, offering a new region of the complex alien world to explore with every release, completing the puzzle with the final release  this spring
Let the project begin.



About GRIP Digital
GRIP Digital s.r.o. is a privately-owned developer and publisher of games for consoles and high-end portable devices, based in Prague, Czech Republic. The company was started by industry veterans who worked on games across all major platforms. GRIP is working with the top independent developers to bring their games to console platforms. For more information, please visit www.grip-digital.com

About Teotl Studios
Based in Uppsala, Sweden, Teotl Studios is a small independent studio focused on creating high quality and immersive single-player experiences. The studio released the award-winning games 'The Ball' (2010) and 'Unmechanical' (2012/13), and are veterans with the Unreal Engine. With 'The Solus Project' the studio has been able to continue its love for unique and atmosphere rich indie experiences – www.teotlstudios.com



Rocket League Unveils New Batmobile DLC



SAN DIEGO, CA – February 25, 2016 – Independent video game developer and publisher, Psyonix, and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, are pleased to announce that fans of Rocket League will soon take control of the world-famous and iconic Batmobile from the highly anticipated Warner Bros. Pictures film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Available March 8, the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Car Pack will put players behind the wheel of the renowned crime-fighting vehicle, which has been faithfully recreated in Rocket League, to mirror Batman's ride in the upcoming film. In addition to the Batmobile itself, the Car Pack will also include three exclusive Antenna Flags that allow players to show their allegiance to World's Finest trinity: Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.

Priced at $1.99 USD (or regional equivalent), the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Car Pack is licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and will release on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and Windows PC via Steam.

Winner or nominee of more than 100 game of the year awards, Rocket League is one of the most critically-acclaimed games of 2015. Boasting a community of more than 11 million players, Rocket League is a high-powered hybrid of arcade-style soccer and vehicular mayhem that offers easy-to-understand controls and fluid, physics-driven competition. Available digitally on Xbox One, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and Windows PC via Steam, Rocket League includes more than 100 billion possible customization combinations, a fully-featured offline season mode, multiple game types, casual and competitive online matches, and special "Mutators" that let you change the rules entirely.

To learn more about Rocket League, please visit www.RocketLeagueGame.com,

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Game Tycoon 2 Major Update


Game Tycoon 2 originally launched on Steam's Early Access programme in October 2015 and has subsequently received multiple updates.  Since the last update in January 16, Kiss Ltd and Sunlight Games have expanded the game, been busy collating community feedback, looking into issues reported by players and generally finding ways to improve the game.
 
“Our latest update now allows players to play some 85% of the the game. It includes totally new features, delivers significant graphical enhancements and fixes a whole series of player reported bugs. It is envisioned that this will be the final significant update for the game before it leaves the Early Access program and moves to a full launch. If everything goes to plan, the full launch will be in March 2016”, commented Marco Sowa, CEO at Sunlight Games.
 
The 0.5.0 update includes:

  • An increase in the game content to about 85% of the final build.
  • Key new features including:
    • Marketing/PR (give interviews)
    • Online-games
    • Game Shop (see top-charts, see awards)
    • Shopping mall (buy status symbols)
    • Home (rest, use status symbols)
    • Start beta test
    • New help-system
    • Tutorial (until Release Update)
  • Multiple game performance improvements
  • Bugs fixes

For a complete list of updates for Game Tycoon 2, please visit the official website.


Just as the video games industry has evolved, so has Game Tycoon. In Game Tycoon 2, choose from one of three development studios and develop the video game hits of tomorrow for PC, console, handhelds, smartphones and other platforms. Experience the thrill and fascination of game development through the eyes of a development studio. Uses technologies and follows industry trends from 1980 right up until 2030.

Will you become a Game Tycoon?

More information about Game Tycoon 2 can be found here:




Puzzle the Picture: Free multiplayer puzzle game


If you like jigsaw puzzles and have a competitive nature, this could be for you...



Puzzle the Picture is a free fun and addictive iPhone multiplayer game. The goal is to put together an image from a stack of tiles in the shortest amount of time. You can challenge your friends, play against random opponents, or play in single-player mode.

If you love jigsaw puzzles and can't get enough of them, then give this app a try. A simple game at first, this app brings the world of puzzle fixing and completion to your device.


Play with random participants or friends you get to choose.

- Invite users through Facebook and Email; or find a random user to play with.
- There is also a single player mode
- Be the fastest puzzler and get recognized in the leaderboard.

Three levels of difficulty - Easy, Medium, and Hard.

- You choose the challenge, Puzzle the Picture will serve it up.
- ‘Hints’ can help you in solving.
- Skip the puzzle, if you find it really difficult.

Offers up a variety of images

- Just about any type of image you can think of.
- There are over 20 categories of images, each containing 50 images.
- With so many images to work on, you will never be able to put the app down.


With an easy to use interface and fairly straightforward operations, this game can get addicting, fast. Check out Puzzle the Picture and see if you can meet whatever challenge you put forth on your friends, fellow puzzle fixers or just yourself.


Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.





Medieval Steampunk Tactical Turn-Based RPG Acaratus Secures Funding to Launch in Steam Early Access


Ronneby, Sweden – February 25th, 2016 - Swedish indie developer Nodbrim Interactive today announced that Acaratus, its medieval steampunk tactical turn-based RPG, has launched on the Early Access stage and is now available through Steam for Windows PC. In Acaratus players build mechanized battle suits and fight to free an enslaved population. After winning Sweden’s Game Concept Challenge for independent developers, Nodbrim Interactive have secured funding to kick-start the development of Acaratus, where players’ strategic skills are put to the test in a beautiful, alternative Steampunk universe.


“Winning the Game Concept Challenge to make Acaratus a reality means so much to us as a team”, said Martin Kupski, Creative Director at Nodbrim Interactive. “We’ll continue to listen to what our steadily growing community wants in order to give them the truly unique strategy experience they deserve”.

Acaratus challenges players with multiple layers of strategy, urging them to plan a few steps ahead. Players have to construct their own mecha units from highly customizable modular attachments and decide between ranged, melee, boosters and defensive parts. Weapons range from war hammers to longer ranged projectile-based weapons, such as cannons. Ability card decks are also used by players as attack, defence or skill boosts to support their unique play styles and help them succeed in deep tactical turn-based gameplay. Combat takes place in a beautiful medieval steampunk setting with randomised maps, and players can also fight each other in the battle arenas.


Early Access will support both single and multiplayer modes. While single player mode will be limited only to skirmish, tutorial and a campaign teaser during Early Access, the full game launch will include an extensive campaign mode with a rich story and many more features that will be announced closer to the release date.

Acaratus is now available through Steam Early Access, priced at $24.99/£17.99/€20.99. Stay tuned for future updates at the Nodbrim Interactive dev blog: http://nodbrim.tumblr.com

Watch Acaratus Early Access Trailer here: https://youtu.be/e-F-Dea9664
Watch Acaratus Cinematic Trailer here: https://youtu.be/srxXxAK8KSY


About Nodbrm Interactive
Nodbrim Interactive is a small company based in Sweden with big dreams founded by two friends. They used creative ways to fund their project and participated  in a business incubator, winning an indie game competition called GCC (Game Concept Challenge) and received a government grant. The company has a trusted group of freelancers working internationally via the web. The ultimate goal of the team is to put out quality niche titles for PC and develop interesting games that make players ruminate.

About Acaratus
Acaratus is a tactical turn-based RPG set in a medieval steampunk world where players build their own mecha units (aka battle suits). They can customize these units to fit their play style by adding attachments and building a deck of ability cards and then explore the vast randomized world map and fight it out on grid-based battles. Essentially the game presents a mashup between Heroes of Might and Magic and Hearthstone.



Super Circle Jump - almost impossible action-arcade game launches next week (Mar 4) on iOS and Android

Fast Reaction Is Essential to Master Almost Impossible Super Circle Jump


VIENNA – Feb. 25, 2016 -- Phat beats, dynamic visuals and your reflexes at the limit, that's Super Circle Jump -- the challenging indie game by one-man team pixelclash launches next week (Mar. 4) on iOS and Android.

Super Circle Jump is a fast-paced action-arcade game with easy to learn controls but crazy hard gameplay.


Single taps allow players to jump from rotating circles to others. There is only little space for the perfect jump—but with the right portion of reaction and concentration Super Circle Jump is beatable. Timing is crucial and fast reflexes are key to succeed. Finally, the soundtrack punches above its weight with powerful beats combined with nice visuals.

“I decided to create Super Circle Jump to bring back the spirit of good old arcade games—in such hard to master games it's all about skills.“ says Wolfgang Knecht, founder of pixelclash. “Challenging friends -- which is possible in Super Circle Jump -- is a fun way to compare your skills directly with others.“ he concludes.

Key Features

·         highly addictive fast paced action-arcade game
·         easy to learn, hard to master
·         connect with your friends and challenge them directly
·         powerful music and dynamic visuals
·         online leaderboard
·         plenty of achievements
·         no In-App Purchases except the possibility to remove ads


Super Circle Jump is free. Ads can be removed for $1.99.


Screeps, the world's first MMO RTS for programmers, open-sources its game engine and releases on Steam Greenlight


Screeps Team announces the release of its MMO RTS sandbox game on Steam Greenlight and start of the work on open-sourcing the game engine. A crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo has just been launched to fund the development of the game server that anyone can run.

Live browser demo (no registration required): https://screeps.com/a/#!/sim


Screeps is an indie MMO RTS sandbox game for programmers, wherein the core mechanic is programming units AI. With all the attributes of a real strategy game, the player controls his colony by merely writing JavaScripts which operate 24/7 in the single persistent world filled by other players.

Screeps is developed for people with programming skills. Unlike some other RTS games, units in Screeps can react to events without the player's participation – provided that he has programmed them properly. And, unlike other MMO, one do not has to play Screeps constantly to play well. It is quite enough just to check once in a while to see if everything goes well.


Features:

* You play by writing JavaScript AI which controls your units 24/7 even while you're offline.
* All players coexist in the same real-time persistent world.
* Units, base, mining resources, territory control, economy, manufacturing, transporting, logistics, trading – all the attributes of a real strategy game which you need to program.
* Open source game server engine.
* An option to create your own local world and play with friends.

The MMO part of the game is subscription-based with a flat monthly fee. The Steam version will allow to connect either to the MMO world or to your own local world.



"Faily Brakes" released - Hilarious, physics based driving and crashing game


Aussie studio Spunge Games has just released free driving and crashing game, Faily Brakes, on the App Store.



While cruising through the mountains, retired crash test dummy and car enthusiast Phil Faily suddenly experiences a complete brake failure, plunging him over the edge of a steep embankment.

In this realistic physics based game you must maneuver an endless mountainside dodging hazardous terrain such as trees, rocks, traffic and trains resulting in some fun and hilarious near misses and crashes.

The inbuilt rag doll physics creates some fun and hilarious crashes which can be recorded and shared to Youtube or Facebook via ReplayKit and slowed down or sped up for amusement.


Features:
  • Realistic physics
  • Unlock vehicles
  • Compete on the leaderboards
  • Stylized low-poly graphics
  • Dodge tree’s, rocks, traffic and trains
  • Record and share gameplay
  • Endless gameplay
  • Endless crashes
  • Endless fun!


Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Epistory Arrives on PC March 30

Mons, Belgium - Feb. 24, 2016 - Epistory's atmospheric adventure will come to Windows, Mac and Linux on March 30, 2016 when Fishing Cactus releases the game onto Steam. 


Inspired by origami, the Japanese art of folding paper, Epistory's narrative-driven gameplay begins in a blank paper-white world.  Players assumes the role of a narrator, telling the story of a young girl riding a majestic fox. As the heroine explores the world around her, more of the map opens up, literally unfolding into a magical land tinged with darkness. 

The aesthetic approach to presentation earned Epistory an IGF honorable mention for Excellence in Visual Art as well as the Innovation Award at the Belgian Game Awards.

Every action the player takes, from controlling the heroine to navigating menus, is completed through intuitive keyboard controls. Foes are vanquished and puzzles are solved by typing a word, or string of words, associated with them. As the game progresses new mechanics are introduced such as entering words in a specific order or at certain speeds.

Spells provide the heroine with the ability to access areas of the world which would otherwise be inaccessible and can be used in combat, giving an edge in particularly difficult fights. Fire spells burns away the next word needed to type for a foe. Ice spells freeze enemies in their place.


Epistory has two game modes. The core of the game, Story Mode, allows players to explore the expanding world with the heroine and her fox. Arena mode provides competitive players a way to compete for the top score on the leaderboards by testing their talents against an endless onslaught of enemies.

"Epistory's beautiful origami inspired aesthetic and innovative approach to controls makes it stand out," says Bruno Urbain, CEO, Fishing Cactus. "but the moving metastory and dramatic conclusion will make Epistory one of 2016's hits."

Epistory is currently available in early access on Steam for $12.99 USD.  The first half of the game is playable with the second half coming at launch.

More information about Epistory can be found at http://www.epistorygame.com/

About Fishing Cactus
Fishing Cactus is an indie developer composed of 30 individuals. Based in Belgium, the company's name is to signify their originality and ability to thrive it in a nation without many game development studios.
To learn more about Fishing Cactus please visit  http://www.fishingcactus.com/