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Three games for ya today, two of which have entered Early Access and we can expect more from them in the coming months.

Fizzy Corp is pushing their agenda on us, trying to get us to take their pills and watch 'contestants' (or dudes as they like to call them) fight mutants for the peoples' enjoyment. Well, I for one am not having it! Turn up that killer soundtrack and let's blow the top off this joint. The revolution starts here with Freakout: Calamity TV Show!

Two hugely different games entering Early Acces but both excellent at what they do. A successful Kickstarter campaign under their belt, we've got A.N.N.E. Lovable, charming story about the unbreakable love between two robots and how no one will get in the way of that. Explore a planet where these poor bots are decommissioned and dismantled, flay a spaceship, learn to make a box and ultimately save your one true love.
On the other side of the coin, we have It Stares Back. The very name itself denotes something unnerving and odd. There's nothing lovable here, just a cruel world with haunting sounds and hauntingly beautiful art. It's said the world was colourful once... That would be nice to see again.

Check them out below and tell me what you think. Any of these grab your attention like it did mine?





Freakout: Calamity TV Show (https://twitter.com/immaterialstu)
Genre: Action, Dual-Stick Shooter
Price: $11.89/£8.91 (15% off till July 9)
Developer: Immaterial Studio
Publisher: Immaterial Studio, Plug In Digital
Release Date: 24th June 2019
Available on PC
Steam Store

Freakout: Calamity TV Show is a juicy Top-Down-Dual-Stick-Shooter inspired by old school arcade games and more recent Die & Retry shooters.
In a disturbing dystopia filled with mutants and killing machines, you’re the star of a reality show which might get a bit too real. Fight your way through the deadly enemy waves, join the revolution, and try to take down the evil Fizzy Corp.

There isn't much going for the game, if you've played Dual-Stick shooters before, this one isn't much different from the norm. It doesn't bring anything new and its not graphically outstanding, but what it does excel in is the soundtrack. I kept on the game for a while, all because I really dig that music, just sitting here, bopping away while casually shooting and dodging mutants on a game show.

It's worth a try if you have time to kill and spare cash. By no means is it a bad game, I enjoyed it... but I wasn't impressed.





A.N.N.E. (https://www.gamesbymo.com/)
Genre: Metroidvania, Action, RPG
Price: $14.99/£11.39
Developer: Gamesbymo Inc
Publisher: Gamesbymo Inc
Release Date: 24th June 2019
Available on PC
Steam Store

In this world, robots live amongst humans. They are programmed to serve and follow strict laws…One of these laws states that robots infected with the love virus must be decommissioned. To prevent further spread of the virus they are disposed of on planet Gomi, a remote frozen world, where they are dismantled by the Federation guards, powerful robots that will let nothing stand in their way.
After chasing them for many years you are finally within striking distance of the Federation space fleet. A violent asteroid shower threatens the federation fleet. This might just be the perfect time for a rescue attempt...
Your mission is simple: retrieve A.N.N.E and escape.

Who knew robot love could be so adorable. Can't we all just get along? In case you couldn't tell, I am loving this premise and it's got me wanting to play it more and more. Taking the very much loved and common genre of Metroidvania, they have added onto it with the use of your ship. This trusty little vehicle can move heavy objects for you as well as flying around shooting enemies while dodging asteroids in a shooter like game-style.

The world is large and many of the characters are interesting and charmingly designed. For an Early Access game, I gotta say it ticks my boxes and definitely worth grabbing. Even if it's to only fight for robots freedom to love!

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The Early Access version cannot be cleared yet. Content has been gated and as we release major updates and unlock additional areas and content the A.N.N.E sale price will go up.

These are the current main points that we are still improving on:

  • Areas 4 and 5 and ending will be unlocked in upcoming updates.
  • Additional game balancing
  • Additional Level design adjustments
  • Additional Art and tilework polish
  • Additional enemy variations
  • Missing sounds will be added
  • More stable, 99.01% bug-free
  • Additional mode(s) if time permits”





It Stares Back (http://lightarcstudio.com/)
Genre: Real-Time Strategy, RPG, Adventure, 4X
Price: $5.99/£4.79
Developer: Light Arc Studio
Publisher: Light Arc Studio
Release Date: 24th June 2019
Available on PC
Steam Store

Enter The Great Tapestry: Once a candy-colored realm of dreams and fantasy, now a corrupted death-scape of perilous ruin. Will you gaze into the void to learn the fate of this tattered land? Be wary, traveler… 


Play as the Noble Guide, a fabled commander with the power to conjure lost spirits that might join the ranks of your undead army. Explore the Four Kingdoms to discover new heroes, armor, soldiers, and structures much needed in your campaign to restore the Great Tapestry to its former brilliance.

An ambitious game wearing many hats, but from what I've seen, the fusion is pretty seamless. Taking the mechanics from each that serve the purpose of the story. RTS and 4X already go hand in hand pretty easily. When there is a need to Explore, Exploit, Expand and Exterminate... an army of mindless minions works pretty darn well.

What's blown me away and many can echo my feelings, are the sound and visuals. Fully voice acted from what I've seen so far with brilliant performances and standout music that will haunt and chill you with its atmospheric melodies. The art is a bit trippy, but the handpainted character designs are amazing and really give life to the personalities shown in the voices. Perfect match.

The only thing that is more chilling the art and sound, may well be the story. From the intro scene cut of someone being disturbingly taken over by 'The Player' and the premise that this horror-scape that you're traveling was once a 'candy-coloured realm of dreams and fantasy'. I mean what the hell? I need answers, and to get them, I guess I gotta play the game.

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

  • “All Four Kingdom chapters added to the core game narrative.
  • Campfire system for hero, weapon, and armor selection to customize your army.
  • Looming Tower Leveling system.
  • Dynamic world map.
  • New game-play level types and features.”



Stay tuned for more New Releases and Early Access picks later tomorrow.


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