Who hasn’t dreamt, at some point, of filling a pool full of jello and swimming in it? The Floor is Jelly is an excerpt of minimalism. Each area of the world produces a new set of..
Carnegie Mellon University student startup Pillow Castle released their first public tech demo this week. “The Museum of Simulation Technology” is an 8 minute demo of a potential first-person puzzle game. Using perspective as a..
If that headline made you do a double take, just imagine what my email inbox is like. Anyway, developer Fir&Flams is hard at work on an updated version of their debut title CATDAMMIT! which, as..
A new update for the arcade-style shoot ‘em up Syder Arcade is now live, bringing with it a number of notable features. Included in the game’s first major update is a new playable starship, as..
Gaijin Games, developer of the popular Commander Video series of games, such as BIT.TRIP RUNNER and BIT.TRIP BEAT are currently celebrating their 5th anniversary. To mark the occasion the developer has put every game in..
Dungeon of the Endless is now available as an Early-Access purchase on Steam, developer Amplitude Studios has announced.
Coming from the same minds that released excellent 4X strategy game Endless Space last year and who are also currently beavering away on upcoming fantasy-based 4X strategy Endless Legend, Dungeon of the Endless takes a slight departure from the strategy genre, featuring rogue-like gameplay pitting you and the crew of your downed ship against waves of monsters seeking to destroy your generator, all while attempting to explore a large dungeon, discover the secrets of the planet that you’ve crash-landed on and attempt to escape with your lives intact. You’ll also need to balance the needs and demands of the Guards and hardened criminals that make up your not-so-merry band, research new technology and gather resources to power the various rooms back at your base.
The game features some attractive pixel art and while many of the gameplay features and mechanics have yet to be implemented, to looks to offer plenty of dungeon-crawling fun when it finally reaches its official release sometime next year.
Hack’n slash fans may want to pay attention, because there’s a new Kickstarter project on the block that could just be worthwhile. 3 Sprockets, the developers behind the Cubemen series, have taken to the popular crowdfunding site with an idea for what they’ve dubbed a 3D Mini Action-RPG (MARPG) known as Fight the Dragon. In hopes of reaching the proposed goal of $50,000 AUD, the team has created the following video proposal:
Fight the Dragon boasts a number of features, including both local drop-in split-screen co-op and online drop-in multiplayer, as well as a baked-in Adventure Construction Kit (read: map editor.) The video linked above offers a brief rundown of just how quickly players can put together a customized dungeon layout before sharing it with friends. What really makes Fight the Dragon unique though, is an emphasis on quicker play sessions via shortened adventures. According to the Kickstarter page, “10-15 minute adventures in a non-linear format allows players to jump in for a quick fix, or play multiple adventures over longer play sessions.” These adventures result in the earning of tickets, which can then be cashed in for a chance to “Fight the Dragon” in a battle arena. At the time of this post, Fight the Dragon has received just over $2,300 in the few short hours the campaign has been live. The game is scheduled to release on Steam for Windows, OSX, and Linux, with a DRM-free version supported via the Humble Store.
Wakeskater Studio has just released the first substantial update for their action tower defense title called SBX: Invasion. For those who just did a double take looking at that genre subcategory, Invasion backs its claim by offering fast-paced action and the unique ability to construct units almost anywhere on the map without designated build locations. Other features include a custom map creator complete with share functionality, multiple enemy types with adaptive intelligence allowing them to modify their behavior based on your defenses, and a 10-level campaign that includes 3 major boss encounters.
For those who picked up Invasion when it released November, update 1.1 brings new sound effects, some bug fixes, graphical tweaks, and improved functionality overall. According to game designer and Wakeskater Studio founder Jason Carter, the update also eases the entry barrier for newcomers, facilitating the Easy and Medium difficulty settings for a less stressful experience. SBX: Invasion is available now on PC and can be purchased through Desura, Indie Game Stand, Fireflower Games, or through the Wakeskater website.
Many years ago now, almost 14 actually Firaxis and EA released a turn-based strategy game that departed from the traditional Sid Meier’s Civilization franchise and embraced the new horizons of space just in time for the millennium in Alpha Centauri.
Despite how well Alpha Centauri was received back in the late nineties there has been no sequel or even talk of one from EA or Firaxis, yet again another EA title lost in the ether…until now.
Just last week independent development studio Proxy Studio released their latest game Pandora: First Contact the first true spiritual successor to Alpha Centauri.
Set in the distant future, many factions have risen bringing with them their own ideologies and governments. After years of conflict, the search for a new home began. The planet, Pandora, turns out to be a suitable host.
On Pandora players must guide their faction to power either through conquest or diplomacy as the struggle to survive on the alien planet pans out.
On this new world players decide the fate of their colonies as they found new cities, forge alliances, and work in harmony with nature or use nature’s bounty solely to further their cause as an industrial powerhouse.
Along the way, players can expect to find all manner of alien artifacts to further assist their cause while experiencing a deep technology tree coupled with city management tools, all allowing the player to build up their galactic empire.
Pandora: First Contact can be purchased digitally or as a boxed game for $29.99 (digital) or $44.99 (boxed+download) from the Slitherine site.
Last year’s ground-breaking roguelike FTL is gearing up for an all new free expansion that will coincide with its jump to the iPad next year.
FTL is a roguelike set in the depths of space and has players piloting a ship of hopeful explores to the end of the universe to bring down the corporation which is hunting the player across the expanses of space.
FTL is one of those games that can be picked up and played time and time again, with the levels being procedurally generated this means every mission holds a new and exciting outcome. I reviewed it last year and loved every minute of it so this new update (which is free I might add) is just another reason to reinstall the game.
The update coming next year FTL: Advanced Edition will add a huge array of new elements to the game, including:
- Mind control systems – who doesn’t hate a boarding party, well no you can turn your foes into friends with the all new mind control systems!
- Hacking systems – now you can hack into the enemy’s ship and alter how each system affects the ship. Each system will be hacked in a unique manner giving even more variety.
- New sectors and events – the single biggest element in the game which shaped each run through these new events and sectors will breathe a whole new lease of life into the game.
- New weapons and effects – a whole host of new and exciting weapons will be introduced along with the ability to overcharge, stun, freeze, etc. Basically a ton of new weapons to sink your teeth into.
Alongside these there will be numerous bug fixes and overall streamlining throughout the game. Although the biggest announcement has to be the iPad version, as the game lends itself so perfectly to the tablet system.
Expect the update and iPad launch sometime next year. You can find out more on the official FTL site.