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.
  • 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


Melbourne, Australia: May 15, 2018 - Today, DBolical, a leading network of game development communities including ModDB and IndieDB, announces the launch of, the first cross-platform mod API that gives developers a new tool to support modding in-game.
Designed to work behind the scenes, 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. 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 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 are the titles 0 A.D, ECO, and Sinespace. Partnerships with these titles were sought to demonstrate'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. 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 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 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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