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  1. Coming in today with a Full Released game and an Early Access game. Big cannons, jet-propelled feet, some awesome riffs playing in your speakers and cheesy as hell English subtitles. This is an anime mecha game, Hardcore Mecha. You get to feel the weight of controlling a huge giant robot with cannons, the recoil and animation are on point for combat and cut scenes that flash on every now and then. Although released as a finished game, the devs are still working tirelessly to bring in more content and game modes for all you lovely people. Crawling robots are beginning to normalise how we feel about creepy crawlies, or is it just me? Creepy crawl along the walls, ceilings and pretty much any surface as you sneak your way around the levels. In Code S-44, you play as... Code S-44, searching for his best friend S-12. Be warned though, this is only Episode 1 and you may not get closure at the end of it. Check them out below and tell me what you think. Any of these grab your attention like it did mine? HARDCORE MECHA (http://www.rocketpunchgames.com/) Genre: Action, Dual-Stick Shooter, Mecha Price: $16.99/£13.16 (15% off till July 9) Developer: RocketPunch Games Publisher: RocketPunch Games Release Date: 26th June 2019 Available on PC and PS4 ►Steam Store The Campaign mode offers rich gameplay and seamless in-game cut-scenes for an immersive experience. As a professional mercenary, you are gradually caught in between a conspiracy of insurgency during the missions. In the face of the enemy with all intentions and the continuous battles, you start to think about what you are fighting for in this overwhelming warfare. It's like playing an anime, a Mecha Anime. The designs and animation for this are top-notch, compliments all around for an awesome job. Can you imagine having each one of these mechs as a figurine on your desk? Your little army would be the envy of all. I'm not here to talk figurines though, let's move onto the game. Combat is fluid and fun to play with each of the mechs having different strategies and styles of play. It's mainly a dual-stick shooter with varied movement as you can walk, dash and fly making Boss fights incredibly fun and almost play out like a brawler. Utilize all your different attacks and sharp reflexes to win the fight. This game contains several modes (a few still in development, but I'll get round to that). Right now the two biggest and most important modes are available. Campaign and Local/Online Multiplayer. The campaign is pretty rich and gives several nods to the anime community with well-known tropes and cliches, but it works because we love it. The over the top reactions and cheesy lines, brilliant. Between mission you are given the opportunity to spend points on new parts and skills, developing your character the way you want to fight. Up until recently, there have been a few (just a few) bad reviews concerning missing content. This is mostly coming from those that have been along the journey since Kickstarter and remember what was promised. Well with patience, we have gotten an update and the developers have not forgotten, in fact, they have been working tirelessly everyday including weekends to get all this content available to create the game they are so passionate about. I commend you for your hard work and communication. Don't break your backs, you already have an amazingly detailed game that is great to play, I for one can be patient to get all the extra content you are creating. EARLY ACCESS Code S-44: Episode 1 (https://twitter.com/Code_S44) Genre: Adventure, Puzzle Price: FREE TO PLAY Developer: Little Bot Studio Publisher: Little Bot Studio Release Date: 26th June 2019 Available on PC ►Steam Store You are S-44, a pretty cool spider-bot able to climb everything. Sneak your way from the deepest slums to the highest heavily guarded buildings in order to save your best friend in the fantastic but dangerous town of New Bot City. You know a game is good when it can be challenging but still fun. What makes this game work so well is the use of stealth and puzzle-solving to create levels that give you a big sense of achievement when you complete them. The art style is beautiful, a sort of cell-shaded comic book style that is becoming popular these days and music that will keep the atmosphere tense as you sneak around the environment. Now it's not a very long game, but as the title says, it is just Episode 1. There is a story that runs through and I look forward to finding out more in coming episodes and how they expand on these mechanics. This game may work well for a short first episode, but I'll need to see more if I am to keep coming back in future episodes. How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version? “There will be new cinematics, polished levels and, if possible, a whole new level that would work as an introduction to Episode 2.” Stay tuned for more New Releases and Early Access picks later tomorrow.
  2. TOP 3 NEW INDIEGAMES JULY 15TH-21ST I will be posting once a week with my Top 3 New Releases every Monday and my Top 3 Early Access games every Tuesday. Meet a carpenter wolf, large giants, and stags with bling, Summer Catchers is a very interesting runner game with an adventure to 'catch the sun' as the title suggests. Its crowning achievement has to be the adorable and charming art style. Probably my favorite of these three is Horace, the story has so much heart and it has left me with a mile-long smile. He is an astonishing character that I've grown to love and the world Horace lives in is one I want to learn more about, the characters he meets I want to meet. Come explore this world through the eyes of a robot that wants to clean the world. I've waited a long time Nowhere Prophet, the art style and theme of Desert Punk or Sand Punk or any other variation of punk (or diesel?) that has been thrown around. It's unique and different, the only thing left that the game needs is a brilliant card mechanic. It's almost there. So close. Check them out below and tell me what you think. Any of these grab your attention like it did mine? Summer Catchers (http://summercatchers.com/) Genre: Action, Adventure, Racing Price: $10.19/£7.89 (-15% until July 23) Developer: FaceIT Publisher: Noodlecake Studios Release Date: 16th June 2019 Available on PC ►Steam Store Steam Bio "Take control of Chu, a young girl who lives in the frozen north and has never seen summer, the ocean or anything but the snowy forest. With her trusty wooden car, you must travel to distant lands full of mystery and strange creatures who ready to both help and stop you from completing your quest of finally seeing summer. The journey won't be easy though. On your way through shadowy forests, dark swamps, vast valleys, and underground cities you will encounter obstacles and larger than life situations you will need your trusty travel bag to help overcome. By equipping the right tools at the right time, you can work your way through these uncharted lands and just like in real life, find a few friends and secrets along the way." Review The first character you meet is a wolf in a sweater doing a bit of carpentry. If that strikes you as odd, just you wait to see what else this game has in store for you. So it starts off with the wolf building you a cool little buggy and taking you through a short tutorial to teach you to jump, smash and boost. Sounds simple, you can buy these between runs at the store with... well, mushrooms. Now here comes the little kicker, the wolf has swindled you, for you can buy as many items as you'd like, but beware the tricksy RNG. Mr wolf never told me about the RNG (Random-Numerical-Generator). Lots of fun still had on this game, more interesting characters met such as a crystal disco stag and a rude yeti that would not leave me alone. It's only the start of the game and I believe there is lots more to be enjoyed and experienced. The music and pixel art blow me away, the colour palette is gorgeous and I really really do want to see more... but this RNG, it makes it tiring. Playing a game should not be tiring or a chore, it should be fun. Looking at other reviews of the game it seems to be a common observation from bad as well as good reviews. I'm conflicted. I do really like the game and enjoy it... but can I recommend it when an aspect (a big aspect) of the game is bringing it down? Horace (https://twitter.com/horacedev) Genre: Action, Adventure, Platformer Price: $14.99/£10.99 Developer: Paul Helman, Sean Scaplehorn Publisher: 505 Games Release Date: 18th July 2019 Available on PC ►Steam Store Steam Bio "Learn how to master your strongest robot abilities and reunite Horace with his long-lost family. Adventure across the world - and time and space - to save mankind from total destruction. Run and jump your way through a comical but touching story told by the charming robot protagonist and use your wits to overcome classic 2D platforming challenges, all whilst cleaning up the mess left behind from the Robot War! Experience tons of variety along the way with parodies of classic mini-games ranging from rhythm action to FPS." Review I was expecting a standard platformer, similar to many others that I have played, but after several deaths and my unwavering determination to push forward, I soon realized its almost morning and I have been playing for too long. It grabbed me, it has that perfect just one more feeling and tickles my need for tidiness as Horace (the robot) is striving for his life long mission to clean 1 million items. A herculean task that will surely keep you playing for a long time. Anyone out there a completionist like me? The story is brilliantly written with characters I adore, from the Old Man to grumpy Dent and the mischievious Silton. Obviously cannot forget the charming daughter Heather. There are twists and turns and plenty more interesting characters along the journey with hilarious British humour and pop culture references that had me pointing with nostalgic glee. Running through all this is something much darker though, the world changing and a war that had started while you were 'asleep'. This mystery kept me intrigued and searching for more clues to what happened. As a platformer, you have to do more than the standard run and jump and the mechanics introduced in here are really well done. The antigrav shoes make for really good puzzles (and dizzying runs... don't play when sleep-deprived, you've been warned), they were challenging but not impossible and although I got frustrated, I never felt like giving up, especially when it gave me extra lives for dying so many times. Finally the music, ooooh the music. It's gorgeous. You know that face he makes when Horace plays games for the first time? Oh right you haven't played it yet, you're reading this first. My face people, when the music dropped for the first time. Mozart but played in retro chiptune, it was a whole new symphony to my ears and fit the aesthetic of the game perfectly. So go buy the game, trust me, it is worth every penny. You'll be playing for hours... Just don't blame me if you lose sleep. Nowhere Prophet (http://www.nowhereprophet.com/) Genre: Strategy, Card-Based, Rogue-Lite Price: $22.49/£17.54 (-10% till July 26) Developer: Sharkbomb Studios Publisher: No More Robots Release Date: 19th July 2019 Available on PC ►Steam Store Steam Bio "Take on the role of a powerful leader and mystic. Empowered with the gifts of technopathy, the ability to sense and affect electrical currents. You are the last hope to a band of outcasts and refugees. Lead them across the randomly generated wastelands. Pick fights with greedy slavers and crazy machines using the turn-based card combat. Can you survive long enough to reach the mysterious Crypt?" Review It's good being a powerful prophetic leader, especially when the world has been reduced to a wasteland. So as I traveled with my entourage of followers, seeking out justice for myself, it became a constant thirst for more power. You would guess correctly if you assumed my playthrough was the opposite of altruistic. Now it may be that I haven't played enough of the game to learn more, but the story isn't so deep yet. The little mission dialogues are cool and give a sense of a harsh world, but they haven't given me signs of a grand scheme. The lore of the world expands and yet I am a wandering man with followers foolish enough to join me. Maybe I'll get more story as I move forward in the game. So the FTL aspect of the game works and is enjoyable, the navigation is smooth and the UI is very readable and easy to follow. However, there is one game mechanic that falls short and it's a big one... The deck building and the combat AI. It's not terrible, but it could do with a lot of improvement. Let us start with deck-building. You need to be able to create a deck to suit your strategy with cards that synergize and this isn't always the case. There are over 300 cards to pick and yet the most effective deck is an agro deck, its worked for me many times almost too easily. Getting the battle over quick is better than suffering repeated damage chipping away at my health, so throw away those long strategies just brute force it instead. Which brings me to the combat AI, their choices seem to be at times really bad or pretty good. It's a constant see-saw that confuses me and makes it seem incredibly random, and with this randomness, you'll be lucky to face an enemy that knows the meaning of strategy as no moves seem to be thought ahead. This puts me in a predicament. I love the game and have had hours of fun, its addictive and I want to keep playing it, but I'm not sure why. The art style and music is really awesome, maybe that is what's keeping me playing... I'm not sure. I'll cautiously recommend the game in the hopes that some changes will come to the Enemy AI and maybe even changes to how the deck is built. It has huge potential and I'm not sure it's there yet. Check back every Monday for my Top 3 New Releases. Thank you and till next time.
  3. TOP 3 NEW INDIEGAMES JULY 8TH-14TH So as the title suggests, I am doing things a little different from before. Instead of posting most days about releases as they come, I will be posting once a week with my Top 3 New Releases and my Top 3 Early Access games every Monday. Short, sweet and gorgeous. Atma is a game to be enjoyed at a leisurely pace with a casting mechanic to truly make you feel the magical abilities running through your veins. Life is breathed into the whole environment leading to your final choice... to save the village or to save your most loved. Far into the stars, we have a different story, less love and more death at the jaws of cute cuddly creatures with sharp teeth, its Professor Lupo and his Horrible Creatures to be precise. You're not even meant to be there, you hate this job, but alas the intern has no say and must follow instructions... until things went horribly wrong and now your top priority is your survival. Use your knowledge of the creatures to solve the puzzles and escape. I'm not sure what I am doing in this game every time I load it up, but I find myself constantly looking between two items in my hand and mashing them together to see if it does something. Or play around with air filtrations or drugs. Streets of Rogue can get pretty crazy, I've seen giants trample houses and werewolves maul someone to death, whilst not too much later I started a block party with my boombox. Like I said... I don't know what's going on, but I like it. Check them out below and tell me what you think. Any of these grab your attention like it did mine? Atma (https://twitter.com/atmagame) Genre: Action, Adventure, Puzzle Price: Name Your Price Developer: Team Atma Publisher: Rubika Supinfogames Release Date: 10th June 2019 Available on PC ►Itchio Store ►Steam Store In a world where spirits and humans coexist, Shaya, guardian of the unseen, keeps the safe balance between the living and its spiritual entities. She once was Atma’s eternal love, but as he passed away, she became the next Guardian. As she communes with herself at her beloved's tomb, Atma tries to reach out to her through her powers. He never met the spirit world and has been oscillating between life and death ever since, where he couldn't find peace. He asks one last thing from her: recollect his fragments of memory he shared with his relatives... But, In order to offer him the chance to return among the living, Shaya will have to make dangerous decisions. Here begins her desperate quest for resurrection. Will she betray her vows as a guardian to be reunited with the one she loves? Vibrant colours and gorgeous world designs coupled with lovely atmospheric sounds and music, all this makes for a recipe for a beautiful experience. Exploring this world and meeting the most interesting characters was a joy. Everywhere you go there is life breathed into the environment. Well placed light rays, wildlife just going about their business and leaves blowing in the wind. Truly remarkable. I'll have to also mention there was some familiarity with the art and that's when I remembered Aube and discovered they share devs (https://pataya.itch.io/aube). I could gush more about the art and music but let's move on to the gameplay. It's primarily a puzzle adventure game with very little in the way of combat (except for an awesome boss fight). You solve puzzles and traverse the environment by using different Mantras, this mechanic is so well done. You hold a button down to focus and then draw your mantra to cast spells. It may seem convoluted but the more I did it the more it felt right... like if I really was concentrating and casting spells like the character himself, adding visual interaction to immerse you. Loved the game and hope to see more. Seriously I want more, half an hour of this wasn't enough for me, you gave me a slice of the cake and now I want the rest... pleeeaase. Professor Lupo and his Horrible Pets (https://www.professorlupo.com/) Genre: Puzzle, Adventure Price: $12.74/£11.46 (-16% till July 18) Developer: BeautiFun Games Publisher: BeautiFun Games Release Date: 11th June 2019 Available on PC and SWITCH ►Steam Store Professor Lupo is a space scientist who’s been traveling around the galaxy on the Aurora Space Station, gathering the most impressive collection of aliens: his Horrible Pets. Adorable and harmless at first sight, these aliens turn into nasty, lethal creatures once they sense a human being close by. The Professor is on his way back to the Earth to sell them to the highest bidder for weaponization. But something has gone terribly wrong, the Aurora Space Station is under attack by unknown forces, and now the aliens are roaming free! Your job as the Professor’s Intern has always been to act as bait for these creepy critters. Now, you will have to add a new task to your to-do list: find a way to escape, or become the aliens’ dinner! On your way, you’ll unravel the secrets hidden deep inside the Aurora Space Station, and if you’re lucky, maybe even learn something about your own past as well. I'll be honest, the creature designs are what brought me to the game and made me fall in love with it. Not just the detail in the art but the detail in the creature bios, this kind of attention is amazing and shows me the developers had a lot of fun creating them and a lot of passion and love. Playing as the disposable intern you now have to escape this space station full of cute but oh so deadly critters. With each alien type having it's own attack pattern and personality, it adds a nice layer to the puzzle solving. Most of the gameplay consists of opening and closing doors but behind every door is a surprise and challenge to handle. It may sound simple, but trust me, you'll die a few times before the eureka moment hits you. Being a puzzle game, that eureka moment is important. You don't want it to easy and yet it needs to be attainable. The developers have given a great balance to this making many of us feel smort when completing a level. All dialogue is fully voiced and the story seems to take as many turns as the corridors you navigate. This is one space adventure you'll want to be a participant of. Streets of Rogue (http://streetsofrogue.com/) Genre: Action, Adventure, Rogue-Lite Price: $19.99/£15.49 Developer: Matt Dabrowski Publisher: tinyBuild Release Date: 12th June 2019 Available on PC, PS4, XBOX1, and SWITCH ►Steam Store Streets of Rogue is a rogue-lite about player choice, freedom, and anarchic fun. The game takes inspiration from fast-paced top-down rogue-lites like Binding of Isaac and Nuclear Throne, and adds free-form, experimentation-driven, emergent gameplay elements of RPGs like Deus Ex. Rather than taking place in a dungeon, the game is set in a functioning, procedurally generated city, where complex AI informs denizens from all walks of life, who are just trying to get by in their daily activities. In order to progress, the player will need to accomplish specific mission goals in any way they see fit through the use of their special character traits, items, and the environment. I can not play this game too much for fear of being sucked in. It has that addictive just one more vibe to it and my curiosity at how crazy the game can get. The procedural creation of each level is brilliantly done with great attention to detail in the tasks created and the levels populated. It never feels the same and each NPC is completely different from the last. What truly blows my mind is the amount of space given to be creative, discovering things like combining drugs with a watergun, or sticking cigarettes into an air filtration system. When the limit is your imagination, then the game is really onto something. The humour only adding to the incredible fun I've had and I could honestly play this forever. Just as fun as playing it, is reading about other peoples playthroughs, the insane adventures they have gone through. This game is nuts and I love it. Check back every Monday for my Top 3 New Releases. Thank you and till next time.
  4. Closing off June with some nice casual games, just slowing it down after all those crazy fast-paced shooters we've been bombarded with lately. Slip into the past and lead your clan in taking over Japan. A Turn-Based strategy called Shoguns Empire: Hex Commander. Destroying your enemies armies one turn at a time and gaining honor in battle. 15 Clans are at war, but only one will be left at the end. Not every hero has a sword at hand to use, sometimes, you just have to grab the nearest thing and start swinging. Ponds, bookshelves, trees, corpses... anything in The World Is Your Weapon... is your weapon. Heck, you can even step outside your own house and pick it up to swing around. You'd think someone with that kind of strength wouldn't need a weapon right? Check them out below and tell me what you think. Any of these grab your attention like it did mine? Shogun's Empire: Hex Commander (https://www.homenetgames.com/) Genre: Historical, Turn-Based Strategy Price: $9.99/£6.99 Developer: Home Net Games Publisher: Home Net Games Release Date: 27th June 2019 Available on PC ►Steam Store The Empire of Japan is tearing itself apart. Fights are constantly breaking out between its provinces. The reign of your clan begins — become Shogun, the ultimate ruler of Medieval Japan. Shogun’s Empire: Hex Commander is a turn-based strategy game from the creator of Earth 21XX series. I'll start by saying that if you're looking for a deep and complex strategy game, this is not it. Think Total War Lite, you have the historical setting and 15 different clans to choose from. The combat is turn-based with different units acting in a sort of Rock-Paper-Scissors style strategy. I've yet to see any unique unit abilities to add variety. The economy is pretty simplified as there are only two resources to keep an eye on. Diplomacy is merely an afterthought, as creating an alliance will more often than not lead to betrayal. Now there is a reason for it's stripped down mechanics, having been brought over from the world of mobile gaming. If I was reviewing this as a mobile, I would be pretty impressed with what's on offer, but as a PC game, it needs an upgrade. I'm not saying it has to be as complex as Total War or Civilizations, but it needs more oomph. Like I mentioned before, combat needs to be more interesting and diplomacy has to be expanded a bit too. The base game is there and I can see the potential for it to be a great casual game to play, but right now? It's too casual for me. The World is Your Weapon Genre: Action, RPG Price: $9.99/£7.19 Developer: Kagaya Publisher: DWANGO Co Release Date: 28th June 2019 Available on PC ►Steam Store Wells, pitfalls, houses, villagers, monsters (!?), anything around you can be a weapon! An action RPG that you've never seen before, you can fight with all the objects you see in the game. There are more than 300 kinds of weapons. Aim to complete the weapon gallery! All I had to see to be sold on this game is the character swinging a fridge at a monsters head. This game takes it's namesake literally as everything can be used as a weapon. That bookshelf? yup, That house right there? Yup. The innocent bystander? Yuuuupp. You get the idea and with that in mind, this isn't a game to take seriously, its a really fun light-hearted story with great anime-style art and clean UI. Anyone looking for some casual fun, this is a great game to pick up. It doesn't cost much and you'll be entertained for many hours. Just poked my head into the reviews, it seems some have felt bad about accidentally picking up 2 children and their father, then swinging them... Make what you will and go get all 300 'weapons'! Stay tuned for more New Releases and Early Access picks every weekend.
  5. A trio of games very different from each other, but all good fun and worth having a look at. Dive into your childhood memories, the happy ones, and the bad ones. Un Pas Fragile is just that, The sweetest art taking us through a story of struggle and how dance helped our frogerrina stay strong and come out on top. With no spoken words, it's truly a visual story that can be understood internationally. Or if a story isn't your thing and you would much rather hack and slash your way through a Rogue-Lite game, Zengeon is probably what you'll want to grab. Over 6 characters to choose from, each with their own style. The game doesn't cut too deep, but it's a fun little romp. Ok, I get it, not interested in the story? The game doesn't have to be complicated at all, you just want to mess around, see how far the game can be pushed? Or maybe annoy a friend who thinks Ragdoll Games need to be taken seriously? Totally Reliable Delivery Service is the adventure you need, whether solo or in co-op, you can be the best delivery man or woman... by any means necessary. Check them out below and tell me what you think. Any of these grab your attention like it did mine? Un Pas Fragile (http://opalgames.fr/) Genre: Casual, Adventure Price: $1.99/£1.69 Developer: Un Pas Fragile Team Publisher: Opal Games Release Date: 24th June 2019 Available on PC, Android, and IOS ►Steam Store Follow the journey of Camille, a frog who dreams of becoming a ballet dancer! "Un Pas Fragile" is a short interactive experience. This narrative game is designed for all ages (no text) and features slices of life chaining in an unexpected way. For a game that is only 10minutes long, there has been a lot of praise heaped in its direction and its not hard to see why. The simple hand drawn art has a sweet innocence to compliment the little frogerrinas young memories, while at the same time acting as a sharp contrast to the hardships she had to overcome as the story progressed. Fitting perfectly with all this is the music, all in unison giving you a great game. It's 10 minutes worth playing, guaranteed to put a smile on your face. 神明在上(Zengeon) Genre: Action, Adventure, Anime, Rogue-Lite Price: $8.09/£5.57 (10% off till July 9) Developer: IndieLeague Studio Publisher: 2PGames Release Date: 24th June 2019 Available on PC ►Steam Store Master, feel free to give us any suggestions and we love to make some progress. A blessed land, a Celestial place where masters live. For centuries, Celestial Academy guarded the enhancement for protecting human away from Dark Emptiness. But, every story has the end.. When lunar eclipse, the sky-fire strike through the enhancement. Now, Dark Emptiness come to earth and bring the Demon God back alive… You, One of the students of the Celestial College start your journey bringing the anima and fix the crack in the Blessed land! I'll be honest, the story wasn't what captivated me into having a look at this game, it was purely visuals and action that had baited and pulled me in. Very much an anime game through and through, so if that's not for you then you might want to give this one a miss. However, if you stay for the ride, you'll get an action-packed rogue-lite game that quite a few reviews have compared it to an Anime Risk of Rain. I'm not sure if it is worthy of that comparison, so I'll let you be the judge of that. Totally Reliable Delivery Service [BETA] (https://www.trdsgame.com/) Genre: Action, Multiplayer, Ragdoll Price: FREE TO PLAY Developer: We're Five Games Publisher: tinyBuild Release Date: 24th June 2019 Available on PC ►Steam Store Buckle up your back brace and fire up the delivery truck, it's time to deliver! Join up to four friends and haphazardly get the job done in an interactive sandbox world. Delivery attempted, that's a Totally Reliable Delivery Service guarantee! Well to start off, this is a FREE BETA, whether you agree with me or not, no harm in trying it out yourself. Grab your buddies, these games always get extra fun and crazy when you're attempting to help (or sabotage) each other. The idea is to deliver goods and sometimes people through any means necessary. I take it there are no fragile boxes or anything? Some methods include but not limited to Helicopters, Vans (duh), canons (huh), boats, treadmills and... fire extinguisher. Still here? Well, go on then. I said FREE and people canons, right? Stay tuned for more New Releases and Early Access picks all on this website.
  6. 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. EARLY ACCESS 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” EARLY ACCESS 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… IT STARES BACK 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.
  7. What a busy day, I have six games here to show you, all of them brilliant and all Full Releases. Most of these will be either digging up fond memories of the past or leaving you scratching your head. Let us go back to 1980 something. Synthwaves, leather jackets and the much-missed arcade scene of our youth (or is that just me?). 198X embodies this and plays as a commentary on what life was like. Although short, it is Part 1 of a series I very much hope gets completed, so I can enjoy it to the fullest. Pixel art at its finest and a kick-ass soundtrack. Skip forward a decade and we've got My Friend is Pedro... well the old flash version at least. Today the talking banana continues to be a bad influence by manipulating you into causing mass murder on a scale that would make Deadpool cry bravo with enthusiasm. Roll, dive, climb or skate through the ballet of violence. When Pedro says shoot, you shoot, no questions asked. I feel like my game choices are getting darker and darker. In Amid Evil, another world needs you as their champion to fight evil and push back the darkness. The main draw of this game is the retro appeal. Many reliving their days of Doom and Heretic with a fast-paced, run and gun gameplay. Total darkness now, visually and thematically. Super Pig X basically forces you to send pigs to the slaughter in order to see where you're going. That... is pretty dark and messed up, but makes for a very interesting gameplay mechanic I haven't seen before. Expect to die more times than Dark Souls, but you know, on purpose this time. What does this do? Oh, what happens if I press this? That's odd, Whoops. These will be common phrases for all who play VICCP where you're given an incomplete manual for a complicated computer. I'm sure nothing can go wrong in that situation. Probably the happiest game on my radar this day is BonVoyage. No killing, moody lights or evil, just nice casual puzzles to have fun with. Slide islands around to create a path for the Knights while drinking a nice tea and relaxing on the sofa, or wherever you enjoy relaxing. Check them out below and tell me what you think. Any of these grab your attention like it did mine? 198X (https://198xthegame.com/) Genre: Retro, Adventure, Racing, Shooting, Beat'em up Price: $9.99/£8.99 Developer: H-Bit Studios Publisher: H-Bit Studios Release Date: 20th June 2019 Available on PC (Coming to PS4, XBOX1 and SWITCH ►Steam Store Welcome to Suburbia, just outside the City, sometime in 198X. This is the journey of Kid, a teenager stuck between the limitations of innocent youth and the obligations of inevitable adulthood. The story unfolds when Kid discovers the local arcade – finding new worlds, and new meaning, in video games. For every visit to the arcade – every game uncovered, every move mastered, every demon defeated – Kid grows stronger. And the lines between game and reality starts to blur… PART 1. I'll repeat again, this is a PART 1 of a game series. Something that has been lost on a few people despite the devs transparency on their steam page. It's also not a very long game. A player making no mistakes or continues would probably find they can finish the game with an hour. Another aspect of the game that might deter others is the extreme linearity. This is in all its form, an interactive fiction with different vertical slices of games from the 80s, some of which work better than others. It may seem like I've listed many negatives about the game, but I still found myself enjoying it. There is a big nostalgic element pulling at me with the retro graphics, fond memories of the games they parodied and even the story about the arcade scene and what it meant for people. So ye, I enjoyed the game and thoroughly recommend it. But I recommend with caution as I feel it may not be for everyone. The few bad reviews I read commented on this linearity and in my opinion this isn't a fault of the game, it is a fault partly on how it was sold or promoted to people. So get the game, but be aware of what kind of game it is... also the price may be a little high... just a smidge. My Friend Pedro (http://www.deadtoast.com/) Genre: Action, Shooter, Parkour Price: $16.99/£13.17 (15% off till July 9) Developer: DeadToast Entertainment Publisher: Devolver Digital Release Date: 20th June 2019 Available on PC and SWITCH ►Steam Store My Friend Pedro is a violent ballet about friendship, imagination, and one man’s struggle to obliterate anyone in his path at the behest of a sentient banana. The strategic use of split aiming, slow motion, and the ol’ stylish window breach create one sensational action sequence after another in an explosive battle through the violent underworld. Not many would know (including myself till recently) that this game started as a free to play flash game, way back we had nothing better to do than mess around on the computer during class. It was much the same, a talking banana telling you to kill people but it only lasted for 20minutes. Fast forward to today and we have a much meatier experience with improved parkour animation and bullet-time mechanics. The gameplay can be repetitive, a lot of the weapons are very similar and you are literally shooting and jumping for the whole game. Although a very pretty game, it doesn't really live up to the hype for me. I see this as a more casual game to enjoy, as I did have a lot of fun, but I kept sideglancing at some of the other games waiting for me to enjoy. Sidenote... one of the most kickass trailers I have seen in a long time. Would absolutely be behind a tv series or movie based on this idea and animation. Amid Evil (https://newblood.games/) Genre: Action, FPS, Horror Price: $16.00/£12.39 (20% off till June 27) Developer: New Blood Interactive Publisher: New Blood Interactive Release Date: 20th June 2019 Available on PC ►Steam Store A retro FPS for the ages! Once branded a HERETIC. Now YOU have been chosen as our champion! Reclaim our sacred weapons. Take back our ancient lands. If you can stand... AMID EVIL. This is pure retro shooting in the vein of Doom, Hexen, and Heretic. Echoing the brutal and fast gunplay action of old. I won't comment too much on the story, as there isn't much of one and to be honest if you're playing this game, you are more interested in shooting (very well designed) enemies in the face. Like a lot of the games it is taking inspiration from, they have gone as far as adding secret rooms, unforgiving traps and a cheat menu for when you're not feeling particularly honest and just want to revel in the mayhem and gore. To quote Conan on what is best in life. "To crush your enemies and see them driven before you" VICCP (http://quasardeep.com/) Genre: Casual, Simulation, Puzzle Price: $8.49/£6.11 (15% off till June 27) Developer: Quaserdeep Publisher: Quaserdeep Release Date: 20th June 2019 Available on PC ►Steam Store VICCP is a Very Important Central Control Panel. Brainstorming / Puzzle / Quest / Point Click. You are using a mysterious remote panel that you can control. Find out how it works, make decisions, solve puzzles. The game has a lot of endings that you have to find yourself. When you're told not to press the button but you still do, this game is for all of ya. Boasting multiple endings where your choices have consequences brings fond memories of several other classics that achieved cult status amongst many. Games like Papers Please and Please Don't Touch Anything. There's definitely a pattern here, of games that prey on our idle minds and curiosity, then punish us in hilarious different consequences. Most people I've watched on Youtube (and I'm a victim too) have gotten one of the endings within a minute of playing. That's the first taste of what's to come and it hooks you immediately. Highly recommend the game for those easily tempted by shiny buttons and those with stronger willpower... are you sure you don't want to press the buttons? Super Pig X (http://superpigx.com/) Genre: Puzzle, Platformer, Gore Price: $4.79/£3.83 (20% off till June 27) Developer: Sos Sosowski Publisher: Sos Sosowski Release Date: 20th June 2019 Available on PC ►Steam Store Super Pig X is a platformer about a pig stuck in total darkness. The only way to see the level is to die and let blood cover the playfield. Avoid spikes and dangers and maneuver your way through the levels to get to the other pig before you lose all your lives to win! Easier said than done! This game will make you swear, sweat, and want to flip your desk. Not seeing the level is not the only setback as the game is packed with traps, mazes, and puzzles that you will never see coming. Make your way through dark levels so hard, that sometimes they even make you exploit in-game glitches. Extremely bloody content would be an understatement. The very fact you have to die and platter your guts everywhere to even SEE the level, pretty much sums up what you are getting yourself into. Besides the gore, the game actually presents some really fun and challenging puzzles with every level completed giving you that 'just one more' feeling that many games strive to achieve. For those of us with a more conscientious thought, or you just don't like the sight of huge amounts of blood, you can play in 'Vegan Mode' as Super Falafel, same game but with no pigs harmed in the process. BonVoyage Genre: Casual, Puzzle Price: $4.49/£3.59 (10% off till June 27) Developer: Boris Zapotocky Publisher: Boris Zapotocky Release Date: 20th June 2019 Available on PC ►Steam Store BonVoyage! is a drag tile puzzle game variation where you need to drag tiles to reconstruct path for stranded knights in levels varying in gameplay rules and complexity. Engage in a beautiful cartoonish style and beat the best scores. Help lost heroes find their way home! I love seeing solo developers go from strength to strength. Coming from their last game Car Puzzler, there have been many improvements graphically and in the puzzle designs. In this game, he has taken a very commonly known tile puzzle game where you slide pieces to make an image and created something new and interesting. The art design and music is lighthearted and compliments how relaxing it is to play this little gem. Over 70 levels to enjoy, with more promised to come and if that still isn't enough, there is a level generator to keep you happy for hours to come. Nice casual game, definitely worth its price. Slide into the steam store and grab your copy. Stay tuned for more New Releases and Early Access picks all on this website.
  8. Very eagerly anticipated releases for the 18th all from varying genres. Hitting like a freight train when first released onto Early Access, everyone talking about the challenging gameplay and that one zombie that always managed to slip past to where your tents are. We've got They Are Billions. Now we're hit with the 1.0 and a new Campaign mode, but the reception isn't quite what it was before as the community is a very even 50/50 divide on the review board. Coming out of the shadows after almost 5 years in development, the second biggest funded video game of all time on Kickstarter, it's Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. If there's anyone who knows how to make a spiritual successor to Castlevania it's Koji (one of the directors of the acclaimed Symphony of the Night). The release has been amazing with fans happy they put their money into it. Quickly, this is becoming as popular if not better than... dare I say... Symphony of the Night. Time to bring the mood up, away from the death and blood and darkness. Let's splash bright colours and put a smile on for Citizens of Space. Light-hearted and fun RPG where the huge planet Earth has gone missing and it is your job to find it. Hopefully, it's not going to be an embarrassing case of "did you check behind the moon?" Come one, we've all been there. Our Early Access game of the day is Littlewood, on the surface, it would appear to be like many other generic farming sim games, but the premise on this one is intriguing. Good has prevailed, the evil wizard has lost. Not a story about triumph but about the aftermath. Trouble is you've lost your memory and need to get it back. (Maybe along the way, you'll find Earth too) Check them out below and tell me what you think. Any of these grab your attention like it did mine? They Are Billions (http://www.numantiangames.com/theyarebillions/) Genre: Strategy, Base-Building, Survival Price: $26.99/£21.59 (10% off till June 25) Developer: Numantian Games Publisher: Numantian Games Release Date: 18th June 2019 Available on PC ►Steam Store They Are Billions is a strategy game in a distant future about building and managing human colonies after a zombie apocalypse destroyed almost all of human-kind. Now there are only a few thousand humans left alive that must struggle to survive under the threat of the infection. Billions of infected roam around the world in massive swarms seeking the last living human colonies. Does this game need an introduction? I mean it's been hyped and played by some of the biggest content creators and streamers already. Well, let's talk about something new in the final release. The hotly debated Campaign mode dividing players between what's difficult and what is game-breaking. I can see both sides of the discussion with equally valuable points. It IS a game famously known for its challenging aspect, its unforgiving survival in a hopeless world, so its no wonder one side is confused at the negative reviews concerning the difficulty. However, looking at opposing argument for the campaign, there is a discussion on an underwhelming story with repetitive missions that look all too similar to each other. Now me personally, I agree, the campaign could do with some improvement, but I am one of the many who greatly enjoyed and praised the game during Early Access, to reward extra FREE content with negative reviews would be a bit backward of me. The game hasn't gotten worse, and to judge it on the campaign instead of the game as a whole is unfair. The most important thing I have taken away from this is that the devs HAVE listened to both sides and have tried their best to balance the issues with a speedy update. This commitment and interaction with the community are amazing and I for one respect them for it and look forward to further updates that have been promised. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (https://505games.com/games/bloodstained/) Genre: Metroidvania, Action, RPG Price: $35.99/£31.49 (10% off till June 28) Developer: ArtPlay Publisher: 505 Games Release Date: 18th June 2019 Available on PC, PS4, and XBOX1 (SWITCH June 25) ►Steam Store Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is an exploration-focused, side-scroller action RPG by Koji Igarashi. Play as Miriam, an orphan scarred by an alchemist’s curse which slowly crystallizes her body. In order to save herself, and indeed, all of humanity, she must battle her way through a demon-infested castle summoned by Gebel, her old friend whose body and mind has become more crystal than flesh. The road to completing this game has a story in itself. We've got Koji Igarashi, an original director to what many claims to be the best Castlevania game ever made, "Symphony of the Night", even appearing on many lists all over the place of The Greatest Games Ever Made. This kind of talent and reverence lead to a record-breaking Kickstarter, raising $5.5million, the most ever raised for a video game (until a few months later when Shenmue 3 raised $6.3million). Can you see how much of a hype train this game running on? Steam is billowing everywhere. What makes all of this even more amazing is that even with the hype and the high expectations from loyal and long-standing fans... it still impresses. People are still blown away with what has been achieved and has called this a true spiritual successor to the Castlevania name. Citizens of Space (http://games.sega.com/citizensofspace/) Genre: TurnBased RPG Price: $14.99/£11.99 Developer: Eden Industries Publisher: SEGA Release Date: 18th June 2019 Available on PC, PS4, XBOX1, and SWITCH ►Steam Store "Representatives of the Galactic Federation, thank you for having me here tonight to celebrate Earth's acceptance into this noble organization! It is an absolute honor to act as the Ambassador of Earth, a most honorable role, and... what's that? Earth is... missing!? And it's up to me to find the missing pieces? And I can recruit citizens of space to do battle for me?" You pretty much get what you expect from a game about solving the galactic mystery of "where the hell has Earth gone?" It's not like we lost some car keys or spare change, but here we are, having tonnes of fun, adventuring through a light-hearted story with a surprisingly well-designed arc. Side missions fit well with the main plot, giving extra flavour to the different citizens you can hire. The combat itself is a bit simple, but it is far from being a button masher as the abilities require you to evaluate the costs to cast against what will work better in a given situation. High praise has to go to the voice-overs and the music, which many, including myself, have found extremely enjoyable. EARLY ACCESS Littlewood (https://twitter.com/seanyoungsg?lang=en) Genre: Casual, Adventure, RPG Price: $14.99/£11.39 Developer: Sean Young Publisher: SmashGames Release Date: 18th June 2019 Available on PC ►Steam Store You defeated the Dark Wizard. The world of Solemn is finally at peace, but at what cost? You can't quite remember... The world has already been saved. Now it's time to rebuild your town along with the hearts of those around you in this peaceful and relaxing RPG. Often you get games about good triumphing over evil and dark lords or crime bosses getting their comeuppance because every story has a happy ending. You just wish you remembered what that happy ending was... or if this evil wizard is actually gone. This small quaint innocent looking game actually has a lot going for it. The list of features is long and it doesn't get less interesting as I read through it. You have some pretty standard things you would expect from this game like fishing, farming and cutting down trees. All of that resource gathering goodness. Then you find out that all the monsters that use to exist are now trapped in a friendly competitive card trading game that is played by many in the town (no millennium puzzles or blue eyes white dragons included), well that sounds like some fun. You also build the town however you'd like, but rewards are given if built to the demands requests of the townspeople. So lets recap, you gather fruit, mine for stones, cut wood, go fishing, do some farming, cook meals for the town, run a shop in the market, craft monuments and furniture for citizens, build buildings... You basically do everything because all the other townsfolk are laughing at your overly good manners. Thankfully you can kick their ass with card games, so everything evens out. How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version? “I'm aiming for the full version of Littlewood to have more Seasonal Events, more Townsfolk dialogue, the Grand Library location, and the Tarot Monster card game, with all pesky bugs, crushed! There will also be the addition of various animations and audio effects to reach the level of polish that's expected of a game out of Early Access on Steam.” Stay tuned for more New Releases and Early Access picks later tomorrow.
  9. A lot of the games today have personable attractive qualities ranging from Nostalgia to relatable fond memories. Anyone (as old as me) will remember that frustrating annoying hunting dog that snickers at you when you miss your shot on Duck Season, well now you can take your frustration out on him by shooting him in the face, but wait... why is he looking at you in that way? Something very odd about this game, but even stepping away from the console, your world still begins to take a darker turn. It's a cursed game it seems. Not this game, the game in the game is- you get the idea. Following on we have a much more charming game with humour shooting out of more places than a sinking ship full of holes. The adventures of Chooks and Sosig! (Definitely check out their other previous adventures, they are gold... Oh look at that, someone left the link here https://tookipalooki.itch.io/... Don't worry, I'll still be here when you come back). This time the cat and chicken duo are playing a tabletop game of pirate goblins. This is gonna be so much fun. Getting cuter and safer as we go down the list (or is it?), we have a young girl traveling the galaxy in an Ice Cream Truck Spaceship, collecting ingredients to sell and help Mama Bunny. Could that sentence be any cuter? Bunny Business is an adventure game full of different fun activities like fishing and bug catching, with the day ending in a big reunion party. But can you trust Mama Bunny? Check them out below and tell me what you think. Any of these grab your attention like it did mine? Duck Season PC (http://www.stresslevelzero.com/) Genre: Horror, FPS, Atmospheric Price: $8.99/£6.47 (10% off till June 24) Developer: Stress Level Zero Publisher: Stress Level Zero Release Date: 17th June 2019 Available on PC ►Steam Store Duck Season is a throwback to the golden age of 1980's gaming and movies with a hint of horror in a Spielberg-ian universe. A first-person experimental narrative uncovering a story with multiple branches. Re-live a slice of childhood as you transported to an eerily familiar memory and play out the dark story that unfolds over a single day/night as your imagination takes over. Not a completely new release as the game had already been made available 2 years ago, however, until now it had only been available in VR. If you're only playing it for the nostalgia, you will be in for a surprise when things start taking a turn for the worst. In between sessions of hunting ducks, you have a chance to explore your home and remember all things from the past such as VHS tapes and the kazoo kid... but something is very odd and you can't help but feel it has something to do with the game cartridge and no amount of blowing is going to save you. Chook & Sosig: Walk the Plank (https://armorgamesstudios.com/games/chook--sosig-walk-the-plank/) Genre: Adventure, Point and Click, Puzzle Price: $8.99/£6.47 (10% off till June 24) Developer: TookiPalooki Publisher: Armour Games Studio Release Date: 17th June 2019 Available on PC ►Steam Store Chook & Sosig: Walk the Plank is a mischievous, charming and character-driven adventure. Along with a few friends, Chook & Sosig get creative while roleplaying as pirates. When you need to hunt for fabled treasure, you need some weird pals to join your quest! Join a ghostly chicken and a wobbly spaghetti cat as they seek fabled treasures, solve puzzles, wear dashing hats, and who knows what else! Can't recommend this game enough. I just fell in love with the characters immediately. It's not just because I can relate to the roleplaying jokes, but it is genuinely a charming game that must be played. Cannot believe that this is made by just one person as it is thoroughly fun and she deserves all the support and monies to continue giving us more adventures to play. I mean the cat is called Sosig! How cute is that!? Bunny Business (https://twitter.com/TeamPutty) Genre: Adventure, Story-Rich, ShopKeeping Price: NAME YOUR PRICE Developer: Team Putty Publisher: Team Putty Release Date: 17th June 2019 Available on PC ►Itchio Store Bunny Business is an adventure shop game about traveling around the galaxy in your magical "Ice cream Truck - Space-Ship''. Look for your friends, to bring them together for a big reunion party, and at the same time earn new friends as you go. On your journey, you will get help from your Mama Bunny, as well as the people you meet. How you deal with them is up to you. Such a cute game, you can't stay mad a cute game can you? Taking a lot of influence from cel-shaded anime games in art style and gameplay brings an adventure through the galaxy, exploring planets, catching bugs, mining and fishing. All while you help this mama bunny... who I am now getting suspicious has an ulterior motive... Nah, let's stay distracted by the growing number of bunnies instead and the Ice Cream Truck space ship (what the hell?). I'm sure everything will be alright. Stay tuned for more New Releases and Early Access picks later tomorrow.
  10. It's all about your side game today. How good are you at sidescrolling adventures? Well, scroll down to discover what I have for ya. Opening this post I have Descent, a truly breathtaking game with its high contrast visuals and colour palette. How deep can you go and what dangers will you find? Hopefully nothing as scary as the movie of a similar name, instead be amazed at the visuals and keep those flares handy. Going deeper underground we have the aptly named Diggerman with its simple gameplay, colourful art style, and one super angry mole. I have no idea why he is angry or why he took your sweetheart, but hey, life kicks ya and you just gotta dig. Join on this mighty quest and watch out for spiderwebs, bats and the inevitable lava. My Early Access game today is a pretty nifty one. Orcs are always getting a bad rep from games to movies as the bad guy. But they need food, sleep and a home to live in just like the rest of us. They can't help it if one of their favourite past times is pillaging human settlements. Keeps them active. Idle minds are not good. So create the best darndest Orc Colony to rival your dads (The Orc King)... just don't do it better, he gets jealous. Check them out below and tell me what you think. Any of these grab your attention like it did mine? Descent (https://twitter.com/StuartWDesign) Genre: Casual, Platform Price: FREE TO PLAY Developer: Stuart.W.Design Publisher: Stuart.W.Design Release Date: 14th June 2019 Available on PC ►Itchio Store Descent is a platformer game about a young girl venturing downwards through a world of cold treacheries. With nothing but flares to provide light and safety, she searches for a warm and secure shelter from winter. You can see the beautiful atmosphere in that screenshot, right? Nothing compared to how it sounds and looks in motion when you play it. There are still some kinks to work out like checkpoints and certain readability, but my oh my it looks gorgeous and once those are implemented, I'll be playing the heck out of it. The way the lighting works when you chuck a flare is a great mechanic and works really well for a game where you need to fight back the darkness to see where you're going. I suggest to try it yourself and enjoy the visuals, keep an eye on it too for any updates, it's free to grab at the moment, so what have you got to lose? Diggerman (https://www.digitalmelody.eu/games/Diggerman) Genre: Action, Casual Price: $4.49/£3.59 (10% off till June 21) Developer: Digital Melody Publisher: Forever Entertainment Release Date: 14th June 2019 Available on PC, SWITCH, Android, and IOS ►Steam Store The world was beautiful some time ago. We lived together in our lovely cottage digging some mud every day. Suddenly everything has changed. HUGE ANGRY MOLE has come and kidnapped my beautiful sweetheart. Will you support me? Will you dig with me and help me saving my beloved? This reminds me of an awesome puzzle game where you had to dig deeper, but also make sure you don't dig under any boulders... For the life of me, I cannot remember the name of that game... Anyway, moving on because this game is so much more than that one. It has a loose but fun story to go along with why you're digging, some extra features like TNT, spiderwebs and different workers to hire. You'll help save his sweetheart from the evil mole right? Say you will, please? EARLY ACCESS Orc Colony (https://luzongames.itch.io/orc-colony) Genre: Action, Adventure, Strategy Price: $8.99/£6.47 (10% off till June 21) Developer: Luzon Games Publisher: Luzon Games Release Date: 14th June 2019 Available on PC ►Steam Store The Orc King has finally decided that you are ready to start your own colony. You are given a single Builder and a goblin plus some crowns and stones to get you started. There is also a working silver mine so that you can get your economy up and running. Take command of your first colony as the Orc Prince. Dig, Build and Expand your colony deeper underground. Never seen a side view builder like this before. Closest I can think of is Kingdom, but this has levels to work with and a lot more control on infrastructure. Start raiding parties with your Orc champions and wreak havoc on the human world... not too much trouble though, or the kings' armies will come for you, both the human and your pappas. I would make a few suggestions but it seems the devs already know what they are doing as one look at what they have planned in coming updates leading to its full release, answered a lot of my questions about combat and more rooms. One thing that may be of use, is a short tutorial, just to ease you into the game without killing half your colony in the process. How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version? “A more dynamic combat is needed other than the automatic system that exists right now. The map also has to be developed for the Human and Orc kingdoms to raid/conquer other regions on their own, so that the world would be ever-changing. A new combat system is needed, I'm leaning towards a turn-based Panzer General type or a JRPG side-by-side system. The champions themselves could use more fleshing out, simple perks and penalties would give them more identity. In the base-building side, a few quality of life features will be added (working on those right now). Some additional features planned include: Research rooms before you can upgrade Points of interest in the base that needs a researcher or a champion to exploit (monster lairs, ancient shrines, a hidden way to the surface, etc.) More options on reworking your base like removing elevator shafts without killing off your orcs Events that dynamically happen like an Orc King's visit, an orc who wants to change jobs, goblins want higher pay, etc.” Stay tuned for more New Releases and Early Access picks later tonight.
  11. Releases still running slow this week, but I've managed to find some gems that are worth checking. Two releases on Steam and two on Itchio with a running theme of addictive gameplay. You know the kind that leaves you wondering why you're now sitting in the dark and the clock is mysteriously wrong. One of those, just one more games, with leaderboard in the corner teasing you to get better. I have Fungi, take part in a war as old as time a battle of the survival of the fittest and become the biggest and baddest microbe under the microscope. Very simple controls, very easy to learn and hard to master. Moving for the fight for your life to another... well fight for your life in Seeds of Resilience. Survive on a deserted island with natural disasters an abundance and the occasional game with asshole inhabitants who don't want to work and eat all the food. They must be exiled (is there an exile button?) Had a big release during E3 but resulting in a small number of reviews (only 10 so far). Healers are truly a thankless job. The game I'm talking about is Looking For Heals, no I'm not looking, that's the games name. The calling shouts from falling allies that we hear all too often in MMO (or in my case, Overwatch). Probably the only game on my list here not to do with survival, or at least not wholly, is the lovely and tasty Gourmet Legacy. For a game still in Alpha, it has ambition and great plans with a lot of features already implemented. It's not just action where you hunt down ingredients, it's not just tycooning it up with your restaurant and handmade dishes and its not just an RPG where once you die, your heir takes over the shop... its all of these (mind blown). Check them out below and tell me what you think. Any of these grab your attention like it did mine? Fungi (https://twitter.com/nonlinestudios) Genre: Simulation, Strategy, Casual Price: FREE TO PLAY Developer: NONLINE Publisher: NONLINE Release Date: 11th June 2019 Available on PC ►Itchio Store fungi.game is a strategic online multiplayer game in which you battle the rest of the world. Grow from a single cell into a multicellular fungus by leeching mass from other players. Try to make it into the top 10 and immortalize your name in the hall of fame. With the right strategy even smaller fungi can be a threat, so watch out! The oldest war in history, predating humankind, is also the molecular kind. Come under the microscope with me and take a look at this deceptively challenging game, where only ruthless strategy prevails. Can you survive and swallow up the competition in this multiplayer game? Seeds of Resilience (https://seedsofresilience.com/) Genre: Simulation, Survival, Turn-Based Strategy Price: $11.19/£8.79 (20% off till June 20) Developer: Subtle Game Publisher: Goblinz Studio Release Date: 13th June 2019 Available on PC ►Steam Store Ready to start anew? Build a village from scratch in Seeds of Resilience. Learn to choose the right items, understand nature's patterns, use real life-based constructions and craft techniques in this turn-based tycoon game. Another of those addictive games that can be argued either way. As is always with survival games, the line between challenging gameplay and unfair handicaps is very thin. The reviews can be seen as an example of this with some complaining of unfair mechanics and others telling stories of their accomplishments. I believe the randomness of the island and the inhabitants you start off with is the source of the divide, with it sometimes swinging too far into the handicap. Fun game, and with more tweaking, it will bring me the same pleasure as Rimworld (but in Turn-Based... that could be interesting). EARLY ACCESS Looking For Heals (https://twitter.com/lookingforheals?lang=en) Genre: Action, Adventure, Strategy Price: $12.74/£9.68 (15% off till June 17) Developer: Blue Bomber Games Publisher: Blue Bomber Games Release Date: 11th June 2019 Available on PC ►Steam Store Command your squad of warriors while keeping them from an early grave in the only rogue-lite where the healer calls the shots. Heal, shield, and resurrect your way through a world filled with tough choices, powerful items, and elaborate boss fights inspired by MMO dungeon raids. Not big on MMO games, but I have suffered the thankless rewards from being a healer in Overwatch. You have to be everywhere at once, keeping the team together and if something goes wrong, it is your fault... But if everything goes right, Huzzah for the warrior obliterating the enemy. In this game, you'll receive the thanks you deserve and call the shots while you explore dungeons in a rogue-lite fashion. Huzzah for the healer! How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version? “Planned Features Include: 4-Player Local Co-Op: Experience a 20-person raid with your friends on one screen! Boss Fights: Put your raiding skills to the test with tactical boss fights 5 Healer Classes: Each requires a different strategy for supporting your team Over 100 support items to collect and upgrade Over 8 floor types to explore 20 enemies to master Daily Challenge Runs Leaderboards Achievements " EARLY ACCESS Gourmet Legacy (https://gourmetlegacy.games/) Genre: Action, Adventure, RPG Price: FREE TO PLAY Developer: Red Koi Box PublisherRed Koi Box Release Date: 11th June 2019 Available on PC ►Itchio Store This game is in an early stage of development - so everything you see here is in a super early pre-alpha stage. “Gourmet Legacy” is a Roguelite/ Hack-n-Slash RPG with cookery simulation-styled mini-games and restaurant management in 3D bird-eye view. In 10 words: “Hunt ingredients and cook them all in the family restaurant.” So as mentioned, it is still in super early stages, not even quite early access but I've enjoyed it enough to include on here. The action still needs a little work, but I like the abilities you can use and the combat is simple and fun. With different ingredibeasts and veggiemals to hunt down and collect, each with different attributes and attacks, it keeps the game varied. That's only the first half of the gameplay. Once you have your ingrediants, now its time to open the restaurant, create interesting menus. Every dish is taken through minigames, where you cook, cut and plate the food, resulting in countless different dishes. Plus I love me some puns, gimme some Scorpeanuts, Mawfins and Cream Camel any time! Stay tuned for more New Releases and Early Access picks later tonight.
  12. It has been a slow few days for releases, maybe slow is a poor choice of words, let me start over. With E3 eclipsing all game news, it isn't a surprise that very few games have been released. Better to avoid the busiest days of the world's gaming calendar. A few have braved it and they can be found below. Take it easy, kicks your shoes off and gather some friends and family to play Riverbond. Casual, fun shoot and slash enjoyable for all the family. With a voxel art style that is engrossing with colours that pop and different characters for every personality and nostalgia. Any who have been watching E3 this year probably has seen or heard of Devolver Digital, that crazy studio put on one of the best shows last year and have done it again this year with an intense and entertaining presentation that did not slow down. This is one of the games or bundle of games advertised as a rip off from their published library. The idea is ingenious and for 1% you can be in on the joke too. Nothing in Early Access from these past few days has caught my eye and so I hope to find something in the coming days now that E3 has come to a close. Check them out below and tell me what you think. Any of these grab your attention like it did mine? RiverBond (https://cococucumber.co/home/riverbond/) Genre: Adventure, Action, Voxel Price: $24.99/£18.99 Developer: Cococucumber Publisher: Cococucumber Release Date: 9th June 2019 Available on PC, XBOX1, PS4 ►Steam Store Riverbond is a fun and frantic couch co-op adventure game for 1 to 4 players set in a stunning voxel world. Embark on a heroic journey to complete missions, battle adorable enemies, and smash everything into tiny cubes! Will you and your friends be the legendary heroes of Riverbond? Not an award-winning game. What it is, is a fun casual game to enjoy with friends and family. Drop in, drop out and bash some things over the head. The art style is vibrant and fun, making it approachable. Not selling it yet? Well, check out the numerous skins giving tribute to other indie games loved by many such as Psychonauts, Shovel Night and Braid to name a few. Devolver Bootleg (http://devolverbootleg.com) Genre: Retro, Action, Adventure, Sports Price: $4.94/£3.95 (1% off till 16 June) Developer: Doinksoft Publisher: Devolver Digital Release Date: 10th June 2019 Available on PC ►Steam Store Devolver Bootleg contains eight original rip-offs of Devolver Digital games including: Enter The Gun Dungeon Hotline Milwaukee Ape Out Jr. Shootyboots Super Absolver Mini: Turbo Fighting Championship Catsylvania PikuBiku Ball Stars Luftrousers With a whopping 1% off right now, you better catch this collection of totally legit games. You have all the variety you could ask for from guns in dungeons, cats in armour, killing sprees and ballistic boots, plus much much more. Don't hesitate, deliberate. Add it to your basket and enjoy hours of fun, guaranteed. Stay tuned for more New Releases and Early Access picks later tomorrow.
  13. Most of my recommendations are found on steam, the great unforgiving beast that holds all our wallets hostage with their constant sales, but there are other websites that champion the indie game community and one of them is Itchio. It is not often I find something brilliant on Itchio, but thunder strikes at some point and it did yesterday with The Hour of the Rat, both wonderfully cinematic and minimalist at the same time. The lightning animations and falling cherry blossoms play the familiar strings in me whenever I watch an old samurai flick. Following from that I have 3 Early Access games that I think are worth mentioning. Heroine Anthem Zero: Scars of Memories is the second installment in a series that plays like an anime, not just the beautifully drawn and rendered scene cuts but the ability to combine cultures and create something completely new to enjoy visually and narratively. There is more anime loveliness today with another game called Eve of Souls, also in Early Access. It brings Horror, Suspension... and cuteness. Not too much cuteness, just 20%, which is all you need for a horror game I'm told. The last Early Access recommendation from me today is Barotrauma. It has been swimming along on my list for a while now, the idea of commanding the crew to control the submarine may seem convoluted, but what you call convoluted I call satisfying my need to micromanage. You control everything on the submarine, not just the thrusters. Oh and there's Jules Verne like monsters in the depths of Europa, who knew? Check them out below and tell me what you think. Any of these grab your attention like it did mine? The Hour of the Rat (https://twitter.com/sokpopco) Genre: Action, Side Scroller, Retro Price: $3 or more Developer - Sokpop Collective Publisher - Sokpop Collective Release Date - 5th June 2019 Available on PC ►Itchio Store "THE EMPEROR MUST BE KILLED... 3 NINJAS ARE SEND OUT... THE TIME IS NOW... ASSASSINATE THE EMPEROR... DURING THE HOUR OF THE RAT." The simplicity of design makes this very easy to just jump straight into the action and start having fun. As you can see above, it is quite fast paced and the minimalist art style does a great job at delivering an engrossing atmosphere, showing off cherry blossoms in the wind and the path of your sword slicing through the air, all making for a cinematic experience. EARLY ACCESS Heroine Anthem Zero 2: Scars of Memories (https://twitter.com/HeroineAnthem) Genre: Action, Adventure, RPG Price: $9.67/£7.29 (12% off till June 12) Developer - WindThunder Studio Publisher - Skywalker HK Release Date - 5th June 2019 Available on PC ►Steam Store Recommended by the developers is to play Episode 1 before this one. It can be found here: Heroine Anthem Zero Episode 1 With a faded promise to fulfill, Shama came to Uzato to find the owner of a lost amulet. The story begins with Shama waking up from a dream, and start this mysterious journey with her companion. Inspired from a mix of Siberian culture, Mermaid Folktales, and Taiwanese tribal legends. That is quite an impressive range that all meld beautifully as you can see in the Art and Story design. A love it or hate it aspect for the game would be how closely it resembles anime tendencies to overblow everything. Something that I love about it, along with the many animated scene cuts that have been lovingly created. How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version? “The completed version will have optimized storyline, a variety of in-game items, and more monsters. Feedback from early access players will be included in the game optimization.” EARLY ACCESS Barotrauma (https://barotraumagame.com/) Genre: Action, Simulation, Strategy, Co-op Price: $25.49/£18.26 (15% off till June 12) Developer - Fake Fish, Undertow Games Publisher - Daedalic Entertainment Release Date - 5th June 2019 Available on PC ►Steam Store Overcome crisis and the unrelenting pressure of a frozen ocean. In the not too distant future, where habitable places have become scarce, humanity has arrived on Jupiter’s moon. Europa with its frozen surface is a hostile environment, and life can only be found in the dark ocean beneath the ice – and the small pockets of human habitation are not the only form of life to be found there. Watching the trailer I get strong vibes of Captain Nemo swimming in his submarine and getting attacked by giant underwater creatures. The games' mechanics can be hard to adjust to at first, as you control the submarine from the inside, everything from weapons to sonar to the engines themselves need to be operated by crew members that you direct. When you can spot an enemy, swiftly swim towards it and man the guns without panicking, you know you've made it and the feeling is great. For the moment, the game is in early access, so the narrative isn't all there yet. According to the description on what's to come in the full release, there will be more content in the campaign but for the moment there seems to be a big push for multiplayer battles, which many have said is fun, but not for me... I am far more interested in what can be achieved in the campaign and how far they will take that. How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version? “The full version of Barotrauma will feature a much-improved campaign along with one of our most anticipated features: Physically playable outposts and other campaign locations, allowing us to create a seamless and deep world for both single player and coop games. The full version will also feature a lot more content as well, which means additional creatures, locations, stock submarines, and missions.” EARLY ACCESS Eve of Souls: Static Pod Genre: Adventure, RPG, Horror Price: $1.19/£1.01 (40% off till June 11) Developer - LighTea Fish Studio Publisher - SakuraGame Release Date - 5th June 2019 Available on PC ►Steam Store Eve of Souls: Static Pod is a pixel game which is made of 10% of horror element, 30% of adventure, 20% cuteness, 20% suspension, and 20% of the hard-core challenge. [The pod will break soon. Will she survive the nightmare or find the truth? I don't normally go for games made in RPG-Maker, a lot of them feel too alike, but occasionally you come across one that stands out and makes you stop. I like horror games and this one promises to deliver without cheap scares, instead it relies on a tense story to creep you out. I won't be able to say too much about this game until an English translation is ready, but some of the mechanics mentioned give this a fresh feel and I look forward to enjoying it when it's ready. How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version? “We plan to make all chapters available in the complete version and to ensure gamers' experience. We also plan to fully optimize the game to let new gamers instantly play it without any obstructions we also plan to add collectibles and achievements” Stay tuned for more New Releases and Early Access picks tomorrow.
  14. Chefs unite! My recommendations for the day are these tasty games. There are so many simulator games that get released on steam every year, some are good fun and most are "bugs as features" kind of games. Cooking Simulator (although includes a few bugs expected from Early Access) is not a simulator of the latter, which is a plus in my book. Cook like a MasterChef, or get creative with physics and unconventional recipes, all without the mess and consequences. On the other side of the cooking spectrum, we have Dungeon Munchies. Hunt, cook, build weapons and hunt again. The most fun I've had in a game for a long time and this cycle is far from repetitive. Content is filled with unique recipes and a combination of weapons that make for interesting combat and strategies. Lastly, I have Overcrowd, the Commute'em up. Ever stood in a crowded train, summer heat turning you into a smelly sardine while your face is in someone elses' armpit... I definitely have and as you may have, I also thought about how things could be better. Nows your chance to make a better metro station so your little hoomans don't have to suffer as you do. Check them out below and tell me what you think. Any of these grab your attention like it did mine? Cooking Simulator (https://twitter.com/Play_Way) Genre: Realistic, Simulation, Goof Around Price: $17.99/£13.94 (10% off till June 13) Developer - Big Cheese Studio Publisher - PlayWay SA Release Date - 6th June 2019 Available on PC ►Steam Store Become the ultimate chef! Take control of a highly polished, realistic kitchen equipped with all kinds of utensils and stands. Unlock and master over 60 recipes or use dozens of lifelike ingredients to cook everything you like. All spiced up with a dash of real-life physics! I love cooking in real life and was curious to see how well this played out. It's all physics based and the food looks nice. It got my interest... what kept my interest and had me recommending it to everyone is how incredibly fun it is to goof around in the kitchen without worrying about cleanup. Try insane combinations, create improvised cookers and become the worlds greatest chef! EARLY ACCESS Dungeon Munchies (https://www.dungeonmunchies.com/) Genre: Action, RPG, Side-Scroller Price: $12.59/£9.89 (10% off till June 12) Developer - MaJaJa Publisher - MaJaJa Release Date - 6th June 2019 Available on PC ►Steam Store Recommended by the developers is to play Episode 1 before this one. It can be found here: Heroine Anthem Zero Episode 1 Hunt down monsters to cook and eat them! You’ve been revived in a massive underground complex and you must leave this bizarre facility. Aided by the undead Necro-Chef Simmer, you must stay safe, get fed and find a way to get out. Another cooking game on the same day, but this one being the reverse of Cooking Simulator, there's nothing realistic about this one as you hunt down monsters to get your ingredients before cooking them in unique interesting recipes. It doesn't stop there, although hunting and cooking is the aim of the game, all the parts you don't eat can be used to create weapons. There is so much going for this game and the beautiful Pixel art and Humour is the icing on the cake. Also a side note, it reminds me of one of my favourite Hunter exams from the anime Hunter X Hunter. How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version? “We will be adding more story content with the goal of bringing closure to Simmer's culinary education program. Every major update will have new areas to explore, new creatures to hunt, new bosses to fight, and new foods to cook.” EARLY ACCESS Overcrowd: A Commute 'Em Up (http://overcrowd.co.uk/) Genre: Simulation, Strategy, Tycoon Price: $16.99/£12.99 Developer - SquarePlay Games Publisher - SquarePlay Games Release Date - 6th June 2019 Available on PC ►Steam Store Overcrowd is a tactical management sim set on the metro of bustling city Lubdon Town. Blending base building with pausable real-time strategy, Overcrowd offers a unique mix of spatial puzzling, strategic thinking and split-second choices. Every day, millions crowd the tube in a desperate bid to get to work. Can you build and run the perfect metro station to help them make it on time? And I am one of these millions that use the Lon- I mean Lubdon tube network. Using my first-hand experience I will make the greatest metro station this world has ever seen! Taking a dash of tycoon and a lot of base building mechanics you have what the most part of the game is about. However, considering how a tube network is built in different spatial levels, it naturally introduces some puzzle solving that brings something fresh to the genre, a new challenge that will be very interesting to tackle. How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version? “Currently the game includes a procedural campaign mode, which generates a series of increasingly difficult stations to build and manage. We have also included a sandbox free play mode, and a daily "Commute of the day" challenge. We'll be adding new features that will enable the player the manipulate their station environment with greater precision as well as introduce more commuter types, more objects, and more underlying systems. These features will build on the many already implemented and described in below (What is the current state of the Early Acces version)” Stay tuned for more New Releases and Early Access picks later tonight.
  15. Since my last post, there has been a sort of draught. Like everyone wanted to be released in May before the big giant E3 obscures us all with its lumbering weight. Thankfully, some true gems have started to show up again. Below I've got a Full Release and two Early Access games. Reventure is a game I did not see coming but I am so glad I have found, like discovering 7 ice creams in a pack of 6, my emotions went from curious, to surprised to happiness. It should be experienced by all and I'm not just saying that because the game told me to. The two Early Access games on my list have similar attributes in the sense that they both have huge amazing potential and you should DEFINITELY check them out... but, be warned (and not dissuaded) of a few tidbits. In Shattered you will find beauty in the art, music, and world that you explore. You will also find bugs, but it is day one of release and from what I see the amazing devs at Redlock Studio are communicating back and forth with players to fix these for you. Glorious Companions brings together influences from some of my favourite games and by the looks of reviews, my opinion is echoed as it is compared to Mount & Blade, Fire Emblem and X-COM. The game looks to be feature rich with huge replayability and adventures, but again, being day one of release, a lot of these features that are mentioned are not in the game yet. Baby steps. I believe in the devs and the games and will keep watching these two Early Access games as they grow and learn. Check them out below and tell me what you think. Any of these grab your attention like it did mine? Reventure (https://pixelatto.com/reventure/) Genre: Adventure, Retro, Comedy Price: $4.79/£2.99 (40% off till June 11) Developer - Pixelatto Publisher - Pixelatto Release Date - 4th June 2019 Available on PC ► Steam Store The one and only non-linear adventure with 100 different endings. You are a wannabe hero who is supposed to do hero-ish things but sometimes flips off and does crazy stuff instead. Every now and then I come across a game that exemplifies the saying "Don't judge a book by its cover" (although this cover is quite pretty to look at). Reventure may seem like a small throwaway game with nice retro graphics, maybe a dash of parody, but the rabbit hole goes deeper than that. They aren't kidding when they say 100 endings. Not just determined by the choices you make... but also how you end and start your next playthrough. The replayability is through the roof and you're guaranteed to be playing for hours with a big smile on your face. EARLY ACCESS Shattered: Tales of the Forgotten King (http://shatteredking-thegame.fr/) Genre: Action, Adventure, RPG Price: $24.99/£19.49 Developer - Redlock Studio Publisher - Redlock Studio Release Date - 4th June 2019 Available on PC ►Steam Store In the world of Hypnos, a wide continent scattered with huge fortresses and cities in ruins is yours to roam. Switch between 2.5D and 3D phases and dive into the story of a forgotten universe where fierce opponents await. To reach victory, precision in your movements and observation of your enemies will be vital. Are you ready, Wanderer? They've been through Square Enix Collective, successfully funded on Kickstarter and been in development for just over two years, the final hurdle is now the minefield that is Early Access. Now upon release, it had been bombarded with bad reviews concerning bugs, something that is to be expected from Early Access isn't? Well since that was the only complaint, I decided they are still worth giving a chance, and since then good reviews have flooded onto the page in support. Yes, there are bugs, but I can see so much potential. The art is amazing, the soundtrack beautiful and the world and lore are grand. So while they scrub away the bugs that mire this beautiful game, keep watching and support them, the devs are very good at communicating with the player base, so let's communicate back why we love the game and where these nasty bugs are. How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version? “We plan to include every area imagined for the game for the release of the game, whereas the early access will only open the doors of the few areas that are done at this stage. We also plan to add a wider variety of foes and bosses, as well as more narrative content and non playing characters that the player can meet.” EARLY ACCESS Glorious Companions (https://gloriouscompanions.com/) Genre: RPG, Open World, Strategy Price: $26.99/£21.41 (10% off till June 11) Developer - Ancient Forge Studio Publisher - Ancient Forge Studio Release Date - 4th June 2019 Available on PC ►Steam Store A turn-based tactical RPG set in an original dark fantasy world of Navaroth where you craft your own journey as a leader of a mercenary company. Aspire to become a powerful lord, solve the mystery of the Ancient Guardians or just ride around the continent building your fortune on trade. Only had to view a few images before I was sold. Strong resemblances to Mount and Blade, had grabbed me and the turn-based battles shook and threw me around. This is a marriage of genres I welcome gladly and although it is still a little barebone with some features missing and repetitive quests, the huge potential is making sure I don't leave its side. Any game where I create my own narrative through adventuring is a must play. Look forward to becoming King in the North again some day. How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version? “In the full version we plan to have the following content and features: 4 playable factions and 1 special mercenary faction Different starting story and quest line for each faction Procedurally generated world map on each play-through with different political climate 5 unit archetypes per faction and at least 3 in the mercenary faction 3 player character archetypes per faction and a character creation system Neutral groups Over 50 spells and special abilities Advanced economic system with resource and city management for later stages of the game City building system City, Village and Outpost Sieges Politics and kingdom management systems Stay tuned for more New Releases and Early Access picks tomorrow.
  16. This week has brought me a game that has kept me curious since I discovered it (Outer Wilds) On my radar for a while despite not knowing much about it is Catalyst, still unsure how good it is but it definitely has my attention and won't be long till I play that one. The last two games on my list (Missed Messages and Super Cane Magic ZERO) are new to me but very pleasant surprises and worth having a look at. Check them out below and tell me what you think. Any of these grab your attention like it did mine? Outer Wilds (http://outerwilds.com/) Genre: Story-Rich, Adventure, Exploration Price: $24.99/£19.99 Developer - Mobius Digital Release Date - 30th May 2019 Available on PC and XBOX1 ►Epic Store Welcome to the Space Program! You’re the newest recruit of Outer Wilds Ventures, a fledgling space program searching for answers in a strange, constantly evolving solar system. Mysteries of the Solar System... What lurks in the heart of the ominous Dark Bramble? Who built the alien ruins on the Moon? Can the endless time loop be stopped? Answers await you in the most dangerous reaches of space. When you think of childlike wonder, that's what I see in this game. The curiosity upon discovering new lands and alien civilisations, the majestic beauty of the sun explodi... ok ye, the world ends. But that's where the second part of this amazing game begins. Everything resets and you learn you have 20minutes till the sun explodes again. This doesn't mean you rush around like Keanu Reeves in Speed, just relax, take in the solar system and enjoy the ride. The sun will explode again, and you'll come back again and the cycle continues. Missed Messages (https://zephyo.itch.io/missed-message) Genre: Story-Rich, Casual, Simulation Price: FREE TO PLAY Developer - Angela He Release Date - 30th May 2019 Available on PC ►Steam Store ‘goth gf’s iPhone’ airdrops you - accept or decline? A love/horror story about life, death, & memes. With 15-30minutes for each playthrough and multiple endings, this is not a long game. It is a short and sweet journey through a bittersweet story. If the reviews are anything to go by, the agreement is strong that the story is beautifully written with a strong message. Catalyst (http://doubletongamestudio.com/) Genre: Narrative-Driven, Simulation, Investigation Price: $9.99/£7.19 Developer - Doubleton Game Studio Release Date - 30th May 2019 Available on PC ►Steam Store After the mysterious death of Dr. Pokorny, Dr. Novak, relatively unknown by many, takes over the illustrious psychotherapy practice. At the same time, he inherits Mrs.Ruzicka, the secretary of the deceased psychologist. In the hands of Dr.Novak, the practice is less than flourishing. One morning, Dr.Novak receives a box of audio tapes – Recorded psychotherapy sessions to be exact – and he is asked to listen to them and give his insightful analysis of its content. Sadly, things take a turn for the worst for Dr.Novak. His troubled mind seems to be getting the best of him...Or does it? Having finished Unheard recently, my thirst for super investigative games have been left dry. Then this came along, give me all the tapes and all the newspaper articles. I shall throw myself into this interactive narrative, even with the 'unsettling' tag marked in the description. Super Cane Magic ZERO (https://www.supercanemagic.com/en/home) Genre: Action, RPG, Adventure Price: $19.99/£14.99 Developer - Studio Evil Release Date - 30th May 2019 Available on PC, SWITCH, and PS4 ►Steam Store Venture the dangerous hills of Minestronya as Dude, a Baker with the power of bacon! Confront angry fire-people as Dudette, the unstoppable Plumber! Defrost the laser volcano as Dudward, the Candy-Healer-Wizard, or just be awesome as Dudorah the Influencer! Sometimes you want to turn your brain off and get into something crazy. This game... is all kinds of crazy in the most awesome of ways. Eat four types of rocks, seven belief trees full of abilities and the power of bacon. Nothing makes sense and I love it. Stay tuned for more releases tomorrow and also my Early Access picks coming up soon.
  17. Not too many releases on this day, or at least not too many that stood out for me and so I've decided to include this days' Early Access release at the end. Steamworld Quest, a game in a long-running series in which the devs constantly challenge inter-genre rules and always seem to succeed at it. Also on the list is an Early Access game Frankie's Revenge, having discovered this one a while ago and fallen enough with the humor and madness in the trailer, I am happy to say it is now available to purchase on Early Access. Now the other two games on my list were pleasant surprises for me as I had not heard of them before writing this. Moonrise Fall gives me chilling vibes in a beautiful pixel art world. Explore and investigate the strange creatures and solve the mysteries. Coming at you with more mysteries but in a smaller shorter package is Answer Knot. It may be short, but it will keep you on your toes and hold you there with its intrigue and storytelling. Check them out below and tell me what you think. Any of these grab your attention like it did mine? Moonrise Fall (https://www.moonrisefall.com/#) Genre: Adventure, Exploration, Puzzle Price: $14.99/£11.39 Developer - Made From Strings Release Date - 31st May 2019 Available on PC ► Steam Store An atmospheric exploration puzzle game about a boy who finds himself lost in a supernatural forest after losing both parents in a car crash. Armed with a clue-filled journal, a camera, and a lantern he must unravel the mysteries of the forest and photograph the strange creatures that reside They call the creatures in this forest strange, but if I saw a little lost boy with a creepy bird mask, I'd say he's strange too. With that aside, the mask actually lends itself to the art style which I find absolutely brilliant and one of the main draws for me. Reading more into the game and the exploration of this strange place was the second draw. A forest filled with creatures, riddles, and mystery. SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech (https://imageform.se/game/steamworld-quest/) Genre: Adventure, RPG, Card Game Price: $24.99/£22.49 Developer - Image & Form Games Release Date - 31st May 2019 Available on PC and SWITCH ►Steam Store Lead a party of aspiring heroes through a beautifully hand-drawn world and intense battles using only your wits and a handful of cards. Take on whatever threat comes your way by crafting your own deck choosing from over 100 unique punch-cards! Steamworld has been around for a few years now, each iteration building on the last. It first came about as a Metroidvania style Platform game, then a Turn-Based RPG and now we have the latest in the franchise, an RPG Card Game. Each time they have perfected the genre and made it their own and this one is no exception. With quirky robot designs and a fun light-hearted story, it is one worth checking out. Answer Knot (https://www.naravengames.com/) Genre: Narrative-Driven, Interactive Fiction Price: FREE TO PLAY Developer - Naraven Games Release Date - 31st May 2019 Available on PC ►Steam Store A short narrative and exploration game about Zach, June, and a strange phenomenon. You're Zach and, stuck in your home, you will do everything to keep hearing June's voice messages. What is happening out there? You know how short films are great at holding suspense and controlling the mood of the room. This does that. It may be short, but it keeps you intrigued and on your toes till the end. Also as a nice bonus, there are 31 easter eggs and references to other narrative games and studios, which is pretty cool, a sort of homage to some of the inspiration for this game. Second Hand Frankies Revenge (https://www.frankiesrevenge.com/) Genre: Action, Adventure, Twin Stick Shooter Price: $15.99/£12.99 Developer - Rikodu Release Date - 31st May 2019 Available on PC ►Steam Store Team up with friends or allies and fight your way through hordes of alien-controlled robots that have overtaken Frankie's world of machines. Assemble your bots from the most unlikely household parts and create a party that complements each other's skills to become the ultimate gear crunching machine. As seen in the trailer, one of the big gameplay mechanics is customising Frankie, your robot, to suit your playstyle. But it's deeper than that, every weapon is unique and has strengths and weaknesses. Understanding and mastering them will get you far. Or you could just hop on co-op with 3 other friends and wreak havoc on everything that moves. That's fun too. How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version? “We want to add more robot parts before releasing the final version, as well as more levels, items and a couple of additional features that will give players more challenges to pit themselves against and additional rewards. We will also be balancing the core combat parameters and robot parts based on community feedback and how we see players engaging with the game. The goal is to fine-tune the experience for both challenge and fun.” Stay tuned for more New Releases and Early Access picks tomorrow.
  18. It has been a varied release yesterday with two games I have been looking forward to (Void Bastards and Blood Will Be Spilled) and two games that I did not even know about but have blown me away (Draugen and It Lurks Below). Check them out below and tell me what you think. Any of these grab your attention like it did mine? Draugen (https://www.draugen.com/) Genre: Story-Rich, Adventure, Psychological Mystery Price: $19.99/£16.99 Developer - Red Thread Games Release Date - 29th May 2019 Available on PC (PS4 and XBOX1 at a later date) ►Steam Store The year is 1923. You play Edward Charles Harden, an American traveler who's come to Norway to find his missing sister. But you're not alone: at every step of the way, Edward's accompanied by his ward, Lissie; a gregarious, independent and enigmatic young woman. Together, you must explore this scenic coastal community — nestled amongst the fjords and mountains of rural Norway — in your search for Edward's sister, and unearth the darkness that lies beneath the picturesque surface. First Person Fjord Noir from the same creative team behind The Longest Journey. Experience the beautiful Norwegian coast as a mystery unfolds before you, but be warned, your eyes are not to be trusted as your mental state may have an impact on the scenery and weather. It Lurks Below (http://www.itlurksbelow.com/) Genre: Action, RPG, Survival Price: $19.99/£15.49 Developer - Graybeard Games Release Date - 29th May 2019 Available on PC ►Steam Store Retro-styled, 2D, action-oriented, survival RPG by David Brevik. Create a custom character and choose from several different classes to delve deep into the mysteries of what evil lurks below. Dig down and explore the randomly generated levels, find random items, and combat deadly monsters to get the answers. Those who know Brevik, may recognise his previous work on Diablo 1 and 2 and that is a cause of excitement. At first, it may feel like every other Action RPG, 8 classes to choose, dungeons full of monsters... but then you return to the surface, you build, create and realise. This is Diablo meets Terraria. How magnificent. Void Bastards (https://voidbastards.com/) Genre: Action, Strategy, FPS, Rogue-Lite Price: $29.99/£24.99 Developer - Blue Manchu Release Date - 29th May 2019 Available on PC (XBOX1 at a later date) ►Steam Store Void Bastards asks you to take charge, not just point your gun and fire. Your task is to lead the rag-tag Void Bastards out of the Sargasso Nebula. You make the decisions: where to go, what to do and who to fight. And then you must carry out that strategy in the face of strange and terrible enemies. Inspired by Bioshock and System Shock, Envelop yourself in the multi-genre rollercoaster you are about to start. A little bit of strategy, a little bit of rogue-lite and a whole load of shooting the place up to kingdom come. What I gotta love most though is the comic book style, bringing back memories of a much loved game XIII. Blood Will Be Spilled (https://www.bloodwillbespilled.com/) Genre: Action, RPG, Turn-Based Strategy Price: $14.99/£11.39 Developer - Doublequote Studio Release Date - 29th May 2019 Available on PC ►Steam Store You follow the story of Jack - a mosquito bounty hunter, on his path of revenge. Soon, however, he finds himself neck-deep in a vicious scheme that is far more than he bargained for. Heavily outgunned and outnumbered, Jack will need help from a few rather unusual allies to even the odds... And most of all shallow graves for all those who would stand in his way. Let me get this straight. You're a mosquito bounty hunter in a spaghetti western town filled with bugs... Yup, I'm in. Cue the soundtrack, beautiful hand-drawn visuals, and complete voice cast. Now, where'd I leave my Six-Shooter? Stay tuned for more releases tomorrow and also my Early Access picks coming up soon.
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