Sunday, 1 July 2018

HexTrains - a new take on Tower Defence

What can you do to revamp the tower defence genre a little, but not too much?

Why it's simple - you add trains!  Destroy colored cargo containers that are transported by trains while building turrets that match the respective colors.  Sounds simple enough, but I bet once you've got a lot going on at once, it gets pretty demanding!

HexTrains is a new release by indiedev Stephan Weiss and is available on Steam.



Friday, 22 June 2018

New release - The Blobs Fight

The Blobs Fight is a silly, local multiplayer, arena party game about creatures of blob like nature. Run around as a blob attacking other players to knock pieces of them off, if you collect those pieces, you get bigger. The bigger you are, the more damage you can endure, but the slower you move.

Check it out - released today on Steam!




Top 5 Cool & Interesting io Games

Have you ever played (or heard about) Agar.io or Slither.io? If you did, you know these are fun, easy-to-play games that can be extremely useful if you’re trapped in a bus/plane/train for a few hours with nothing better to do.

The games known under the general moniker io games are nothing else but online games registered to the .io domain. These are free to play and quite interesting, which is why the extension (which was first registered in 1997) is so popular nowadays. In reality, most people see this domain as being reserved for gamers.

So, if you’ve never ventured to play or even browse through an io game, I recommend catching up as soon as possible – you won’t be sorry! Also, to get you started, here are five of the most enticing online games registered to the io domain.

Agar.io                                                                                    


The game is extremely simple and highly addictive, which is why since it was launched in 2015, it became more and more popular among gamers everywhere.  The game only has one main rule: eat or be eaten.

The gameplay is as basic as it goes as you have to guide a blob through a series of colored cells, which your blob will eat. However, you can’t eat blobs that are bigger than you and you have to consume a certain number of cells in order to grow. Furthermore, there are other players that can eat you and viruses that can split your blob into smaller pieces.

While the description of Agar.io may not be that interesting, the action is addictive to say the least, so you should try it!

Slither.io


Did you ever play Snake when you were a child? Or maybe as an adult on an early model Nokia phone? Well, Slither.io is a modern version of the old Snake game, with a better interface, some new rules, and an interesting gameplay that once it gets you hooked, it will keep you going for hours.

The idea is the same: navigate the surroundings and eat as many tiny dots as possible in order to get big. However, in Slither.io, you also have to face other players and dodge their attacks.

Overall, the game is simple and fun which is what makes it a fantastic way to kill some time.


Slope


The Slope game first impresses with the Tron-like graphics and music, but it keeps you hooked with the adventure of driving a ball on all sorts of slippery slopes. The game tests your reflexes and keeps users on their toes at all times, with all sorts of obstacles that make moving forward more challenging.

While it may be a bit frustrating at first, in time you’ll learn to think ahead and assess the situation before anything could damage your ball.


Flaap.io


I’m sure you’re already thinking about the notorious Flappy Bird game, and this one is just like that, but with some improvements. For instance, you’re not alone in the game – you get to see others fail miserably at guiding the disobedient bird through pipes (the game is online and allows multiplayer mode). 

Another cool thing is that you can challenge some friends to a round of flying badly, and finally, the bird changes through levels, becoming more erratic towards the end. Overall, the experience is fun, but it can also be frustrating.


Mope.io


The last game on our list (but not the least interesting), is a depiction of the food chain evolution. Each player has to start small (a mouse for instance) and learn how to grow by searching for food and staying away from predators. If you’re clever and cunning enough, you might just end up as a huge, fire-breathing dragon!



Written by Katie Green


MindSeize - a 2D Action-Adventure - on Kickstarter


MindSeize is a 2D Action-Adventure game set in a futuristic universe, in which you must explore untamed planets and fight powerful enemies. The game is a “Metroidvania”, inspired by series like Metroid and Castlevania, as well as Mega Man X. Exploration is key to success! 

MindSeize is currently being developed for PC-platorms, but developers Kamina Dimension are looking into porting the game to consoles as well.

Check out the Kickstarter Campaign Page for more info.



Thursday, 21 June 2018

Scooter Flight: Freestyle in the worlds best skatepark - your imagination!

In Scooter Flight you create your own track and ride it with your scooter as you wish.   It's free for PC, Android and iOS - the video below gives you an idea, it's a little difficult to put into words just what this is!



Available for PC on Itch and GameJolt.
Also available for iOS and Android.

Premium game Peter Rabbit: Let's Go! out now

Editor's note - I don't think my kids would forgive me for not posting about this particular game, so...


20th June 2018, London, England – Independent game developer No Yetis Allowed today announced that its new mobile game Peter Rabbit: Let’s Go! is now available for download on The App Store and Google Play. Based on the popular Peter Rabbit global animated TV series, Peter Rabbit: Let’s Go! brings the Beatrix Potter favourite and his friends to life using vibrant 3D graphics and will surprise and delight young fans of the TV series. Packed with features, the game enables parents and children to spend time together exploring and interacting with the magical world of Peter Rabbit and his friends. Developer No Yetis Allowed also developed smash hit Pocket Shrek that had over 6.5 million downloads.

The app has been developed in association with Penguin Ventures (part of Penguin Random House), brand owners for Peter Rabbit and brokered by Silvergate Media, licensing agent for Peter Rabbit animation on behalf of Penguin Ventures.

Thomas Merrington, Creative Director for Penguin Ventures (part of Penguin Random House) said “In Peter Rabbit: Let’s Go! No Yetis Allowed have enabled fans of Peter Rabbit and his friends to engage with these much-loved characters in an entirely new way.  We’re thrilled with the innovation and incredible 3D graphics which combined, will offer our young audience a brilliantly immersive experience.”

In the game, children join Peter and his friends Benjamin and Lily in their search for the pages of Peter’s dad’s lost journal. Along the way, children can explore a multitude of iconic landmarks and locations including Mr McGregor’s Garden, Mr Tod’s house, and Peter Rabbit’s home. Interactive activities include fun spelling games, music tasks, number challenges and creative picture colouring for hours of endless entertainment. Games include:
  • Vegetable raids in Mr McGregor’s garden
  • Pinecone bowling at the Squirrel Camp
  • Ladybird hunting (watch out for the bees!)
  • Strawberry raids at Mr Tod’s house
  • Shape-matching games outside Peter Rabbit’s home
  • Jeremy Fisher’s musical game
  • Lift, bounce and throw blocks around Peter Rabbit’s home
  • Balloon bouncing and bursting fun up in the secret treehouse
  • Have fun with a toy train in Peter Rabbit’s bedroom
Peter Rabbit: Let’s Go! aims to give fans of the Peter Rabbit TV series the most authentic experience possible. This includes the use of lifelike animations and stunning high-quality 3D graphics that mirror the art style of the hit TV show, as well as the use of the original voice talent, bringing the personality of each character to life. Players can also tap and swipe characters to trigger dialogue options and animations – or tickle them just for fun!

Peter Rabbit: Let’s Go! features no in-app purchases or adverts, meaning parents can let their child play without the fear of additional payments. Plenty of additional content is planned post-launch, including mini-games such as Mr Bouncer’s target practice and more.

Download Peter Rabbit: Let’s Go! from the App Store

Download Peter Rabbit: Let’s Go! from the Google Play Store




Saturday, 9 June 2018

New Release - "Master Pyrox Wizard Smackdown"

Master Pyrox Wizard Smackdown is a fast-paced arcade-style multiplayer game for up to 8 players. Avoid the fireballs, knock your opponents down, collect power-ups and cast spells. The game offers single player, competitive and cooperative game modes and a built-in level editor.

Released today by our friends at Dropped Monacle GamesCheck it out on SteamIt's 10% off during launch week.






Friday, 1 June 2018

Final Equinox: The Arrival - on Kickstarter


Final Equinox: The Arrival is a Sci-Fi RPG for the computer that combines deep and reactive dialogue with turn-based ship combat.  It's coming to PC, Mac and Linux, and the Kickstarter campaign has just gone live.

"Experience combat like never before. In Final Equinox: The Arrival you are the admiral of your fleet and it is up to you to protect your crew and vanquish your enemies. Use different strategies to outmaneuver and flank your opponents as you gain the upper hand. Different classes of ships will require different tactics. Can you lead your fleet to victory?"




Guard Duty - new trailer and Steam page

A nice shiny new trailer for you:


It's also got a shiny new Steam page in which you can wishlist this awesome looking pointandclick!

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:

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Steamboat Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan (Kickstarter)

Most succinctly described as The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker meets Pokémon, Steamboat Billy is a singleplayer adventure-RPG set in a classic Disney-like universe in which you must defeat and capture strange monsters while sailing the dark seas, in order to rebuild and bring back color to the world you once knew!

As the developers are fans of classic American cartoons of the 1930s, Steamboat Billy's art style is very much an homage to that era, albeit with a few differences. We've added some anime flair to our characters and we aren't afraid of mixing in modern animation techniques and visual effects

Check out the Kickstarter Campaign.




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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Dystopic Sci-fi Thriller ManMade's Playable Demo is Out

Istanbul - May 09, 2018 - Indie developer, CBILAB VR Studios is proud to announce the playable demo of the debut title ManMadeManMade is a story-driven VR adventure game set in an AI-ruled 2050’s dystopian world. Kaan, the leading man in the story, is the father of the most advanced AI in the world. He was a devoted advocate for its use, but an accident changed the course of his life. He saw the real face of AI; now, aware of the truth, he’s the greatest enemy of the system.

ManMade has received an attention from gamers since CBILAB VR Studios launched the official cinematic trailer and has quickly collected more than 3000 signups for the Kickstarter waiting list.   

Check out the Official Website for full details.



VR Focus calls ManMade ‘already looks the part, somewhere between Blade Runner and The Matrix.’ and Gameranx says ‘A dystopian sci-fi that echoes the haunting futurism of Quantic Dream’s Detroit: Become Human. 

Heavily Narrative Focused Gameplay Style
There are two different playable characters, Anika and Kaan, available in ManMade. The players can experience the world from two different people who have different backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs. As a detective-like experience, you’ll need to keep your eye out for clues along the way. Exploring the scenes will provide more information to use later in the game for overcoming tough situations, unraveling the truth, and persuading people. Every detail matters, every interaction shapes the future, every decision could ruin everything.
ManMade is unique in its narrative focused gameplay that utilizes, actors' performances to elevate player experience in an immersive world were decisions are bound to everlasting consequences. CBILAB VR Studios used IKinema motion capture and FaceWare technology for capturing these performances for action sequences and other game animations.
Talking about ManMade, Bora Helvacioglu, Art Director of CBILAB VR Studios says “We hope to deliver a cinematic experience of what life could be like in a dystopian AI ruled future. To do that, we used real actors through 3D digital scanning. The goal is to make the game feel like an epic movie experience that you are a part of.”

Hack the server, avoid being caught, act fast, decide faster!
The gameplay demo place you inside a server room. Kaan is still unable to find the perpetrators of the incident that marked his future and failed to obtain answers to questions in his head. A message from an unknown number reveals to Kaan that the company he works with is responsible for these events. Kaan can't bear to think that the people who are decimating his whole life are working in his company. He decides to enter the server room where the message points. This server login attempt, which he believes will be done smoothly, will prove to be though feat to conquer and way more dangerous than you probably expected.

On the release of the playable demo, Yiğit Bekir Kaya, CEO, and Co-founder of CBILAB VR Studios says, "Gameplay has been one of our focal points in ManMade. We believed that we should share with you how passionate we are about this element before our Kickstarter campaign starts. The gameplay demo is still a work in progress, undergoing constant development and tweaking to reach our desired expectations. We have the capability to expand and refine our current gameplay experience to reach those expectations, process which is tied to constraints like funding and time, which are our main reasons to start a crowdfunding campaign."

ManMade will be available on Kickstarter on 31st May 2018. Launching is planned for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PC, PlayStation and PlayStation VR.

About CBILAB VR Studios
CBILAB VR Studios is a team of developers and creative individuals building story-driven VR games. Established in Istanbul, Turkey in 2016, the studio was founded by a passionate team with the sole goal of creating story-rich games. For more information go to the official website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.


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Saturday, 12 May 2018

Coffee Crisis!

Invading aliens are here to steal our three most valuable resources:  Coffee, Wifi & Metal music!

Coffee Crisis is an neo-rogue brawler that puts you in the shoes of the only baristas on Earth with enough heavy metal in their veins to fend off an alien assault. Play solo or join up with a friend to fight across eight unique locations ranging from your Coffee House HQ to the far reaches of outer space.






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Inside Adventure Gaming - Season One, Episode One - "AntVentor"

The first ever episode of what will hopefully be a long-running series of videos looking at upcoming adventure games is out, and narrated by yours truly (so I hope you find the narration okay!!)  This debut episode looks at "Antventor", which is a lovely looking point and click featuring the trials and tribulations of the insect world.  An entomological pointandclick, no less!

The video was made by IndieGameNews.com collaborator GameWalker.  Enjoy!


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Celestial Crusaders - on Kickstarter

Celestial Crusaders is an action packed 2-D horizontal bullet hell that offers an exciting and challenging gaming experience!  take 6 mighty warriors through an epic Story mode or take on the challenging Arcade mode.

Check out the Kickstarter Campaign and the Free Demo.





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Friday, 27 April 2018

Backbone — pixel art detective adventure inspired by noir

Backbone is a pixel art cinematic adventure with stealth and action elements. As private investigator Howard Lotor, you are set to solve detective cases, interrogate witnesses, explore the intriguing and dangerous world around you, and sneak your way to safety using smell-based stealth mechanics. 

Backbone combines the visual and social contrasts of film noir with anthropomorphic animals, retrofuturistic technologies, and dystopian fiction. Crawl through the dark alleys of pixelated Vancouver, and experience the impactful storyline focused on themes of power and prejudice.

A rich, living and breathing world waiting to be explored. Backbone takes place in dystopian Vancouver, BC, featuring real locations and breathtaking pixel landscapes.

Find out more (and of course consider pledging) at the Backbone Kickstarter Page.





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Steampunk Co-op (and Solo) Adventure Game '39 Days to Mars' Out Now


April 25th, 2018 -- Indie developer It's Anecdotal is proud to announce its co-op steampunk puzzle-adventure game 39 Days to Mars is now available for $14.99 (on sale for $13.49 during launch week) on SteamHumble Store and itch.io!

39 Days to Mars is a 1-2 player co-operative adventure game set in an alternate reality some 150 years in the past. You play as Sir Albert Wickes and The Right Honourable Clarence Baxter, two 19th century explorers who are piloting the HMS Fearful -- a masterpiece of unreliable engineering -- on its maiden voyage to Mars. Single-player adventuring and puzzle-solving can be had as well, with the ship's computer-controlled cat there to keep you company.


When the steam engine runs out of coal, the ship's aforementioned cat shreds the navigation chart, and the tea gets cold, it becomes clear that interstellar transportation isn't a walk in the park. It will take the talents of two working together on a mix of puzzles and action sequences to get to Mars in one piece (let alone in 39 days).

39 Days to Mars is available on Windows, Mac and Linux platforms. A console release is also in the works for later this year.

To find out more, visit: http://www.itsanecdotal.com/

About It's Anecdotal
It’s Anecdotal is the one-person indie development studio of Philip Buchanan. Having previously worked on titles such as Lara Croft GO and Hitman GO, Philip is now focused on bringing small indie titles to life. Working out of Montreal, Canada; and Christchurch, New Zealand, his aim is to produce concise games that give memorable experiences and have strong atmosphere.




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Monday, 26 March 2018

Toki Tori - Nintendo Switch Trailer



Toki Tori is coming to Nintendo Switch on 30th March 2018.

I reviewed the PC version here.


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Sunday, 25 March 2018

AGS Awards 2017 - Results

Obviously happy with 3 wins for Captain Disaster in: Death Has A Million Stomping Boots, here are the full results - lots of great games and the votes really spread out rather than just one game winning everything in sight, which is good (would I have preferred my own game to win everything in sight rather than have a good spread though?  Erm... anyway that didn't happen, so happy about good spread it it!! :-D).

It was also nice to be asked for the first time to present a couple of awards - I had the honour of presenting Best Demo and Best Short Game.  The awards ceremony itself was a blast and you can see it all here as fellow award nominee and winner SilverSpook Games streamed the proceedings.  



Here are the winners:



Best Programming
Last & Furious

Best Short Game
I Want Out!

Best Non Adventure Game Created with AGS
Last & Furious

Best Demo
Jorry [Demo]

Best Voice Work
Captain Disaster in: Death Has A Million Stomping Boots

Best Music & Sound
Neofeud

Best Animation
Terror of the Vampire!

Best Character Art
Terror of the Vampire!

Best Background Art
I Want Out!

Best Puzzles
I Want Out!
Black Morph
Captain Disaster in: Death Has A Million Stomping Boots

Best Gameplay
Black Morph

Best Character
"Captain Disaster" from Captain Disaster in: Death Has A Million Stomping Boots

Best Writing
Terror of the Vampire!

Best Freeware Game Created with AGS
Terror of the Vampire!

Best Game Created with AGS
A Tale of Two Kingdoms: Deluxe Edition

Lifetime Achievement Award
Slasher

Best Innovation Award
monkey0506
for his work to help AGS games reach the widest possible audience - through popular distribution platforms (Steam, Galaxy) as well as other operating systems (Android, Linux).





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