Eight Days In Convoke developer, Swanactive Studios, are working on their next PC title intended for a release this year – Fulmination is a Cold War era inspired real time strategy and the first gameplay has just been released.
If you were around during the Cold War era, playing games in the 70s and/or 80s in particular, then Fulmination will make a bit more sense to you. The game has you in charge of the defenses of a Soviet island which has become victim to number of incoming US missiles. The most interesting aspect of the game is the interface which rips out an old 80s style computer with basically just radar capabilities.
You’ll see the missiles incoming, at which point you’ll want to move your mouse to find out the co-ordinates for your anti-ballistic missiles and dummies to defend from the attack. To actually make any commands you’ll have to type them into the monitor which is what you’ll see the developer doing in the gameplay in the bottom left corner. It’s a simple premise with a simple story to fit, but the gameplay itself harks back a few decades to provide a challenge and something that will probably will quite retro-fresh.
Fulmination is still early in development but the developer is confident that it will be released this year for PC.
You can keep yourself updated on Fulmination by checking out its IndieDB page.
Phil Hassey has released a trailer for his upcoming 2D, alien blow-up-a-thon, Dynamite Jack – apparently, guns don’t kill aliens, bombs do. Aye aye sir!
It’s funny how things work out isn’t it? I remember a time when developers/publishers would boast having “glorious 3D” in their games, keen to run away from the ‘restrictions’ of 2D games. Now, the trailer for Dynamite Jack boasts that the game comes in “glorious 2D”. This is such a strange industry. Anyway, creator of many a 2D “awesomeness”, Phil Hassey is bringing an explosion-filled experience to out PC and Macs in May with Dynamite Jack.
Upon watching the trailer you may initially think, “oh my, another space marine game?” – but wait you fool, said marine is captured, chucked in jail and then you don’t join until he is escaping. So, forget the usual space marine antics and instead think Bomberman. Yes, Bomberman – you’ll be navigating the mines of this facility armed with just bombs and laying them around the place so as to kill your pursuers…and aliens of course.
Don’t believe it? Well, just check out the trailer then:
More information on Dynamite Jack can be found on the game’s official website.
Misfits Attic are having a little celebration after having released their action-puzzler, A Virus Named TOM, on to Desura this week in beta state, so they’ve released the game’s intro video and it’s rather cool. It is.
Co-op action-puzzle games are not something you come across too often and certainly not to the calibre that A Virus Named TOM is boasting. We’ve written about the game before, but to re-cap – A Virus Named TOM has you playing as a computer virus inside a mainframe. Your objective is to spread yourself around as much as possible, dodging all of the anti-virus measures as you go. You’ll need to get your thinking cap on for this one as well as train your mind and fingers to react fast. The game supports up to four players with any combination of controllers and keyboards you can think of and has both co-op and competitive game modes.
A Virus Named TOM will be released on Steam and OnLive as well as Desura where it is currently available at 50% off while it’s in its beta stage. You can also grab a pre-order from the developers themselves.
Now that A Virus Named TOM is available on Desura, Misfits Attic have released the game’s intro video in which we learn a bit about the back story. The video below is just that and it explains how the maniacal genius Doctor X became a pariah in the very city he helped engineer. Seeking vengeance, Doctor X creates a virus he calls TOM and sets it loose to destroy the infrastructure of the city that betrayed him.
More information on A Virus Named TOM can be found on the game’s official website.
Digital Bacon have announced their debut title, Bearstronauts: Bear Astronauts…no, seriously. They’re also looking for funding if you’re sold on the idea. Well it’s that or prepare for a mauling.
Oh internet, whatever next? Digital Bacon are a new development studio and they plan on making a game called Bearstronauts. What is this crazy game all about – you may ask. Well, quite simply, during the space race, the Russians not only sent dogs into space but also bears…according to the developers that is. Said bears are now back and they’re a little bit pissed and attempting to conquer the world by turning everyone into Bearstronauts. Don’t think about it, don’t question it, just accept it.
So, you’ll be playing as the only one immune to their ways – the only American Bearstronaut who goes by the name of John Hunt. Using guns, stealth and the bear necessities you’ll be going up against the space bears alone in a 2D sidescrolling action game intended for PC and Mac.
Alongside announcing the game, Digital Bacon have also launched an Indie GoGo project in order to fund Bearstronauts. As you might expect, if you cough up the cash then you’ll get yourself a copy of the game when it’s finished as well as a whole bunch of other goodies you can have a gander at.
If first impressions are anything to go by, old could very well meet new in By the Gods: Cast of the Seven Godsends, the recently announced run-and-gun platformer from the Italian Raven Travel Studios.
The game’s first teaser trailer, embedded below, indicates that the game will adopt a fast-paced approach to running, jumping and good old scrapping as players pit their wits against demons, ghouls and a whole host of other fantastical odds and sods.
By the Gods is currently slated for release on PC and Xbox 360 later this year, with a more specific release window yet to be announced.
Games are no stranger to epic space adventures but Salvation Prophecy, considering it’s the work of one man and various artists, looks absolutely stunning.
I’d happily gush a million over-excited words about Salvation Prophecy right now but I know not to. Why? Simply because the game is ludicrously ambitious. It’s the work of one man going by the name of Firedance Games, with a number of artists contributing from all over the globe. Salvation Prophecy is an epic space-based action-RPG and it reeks of ambition and quality too.
There’s four playable factions which offer different playstyles. There’s space battles aboard your very own upgradeable ships which you’ll have to navigate through wormholes and explore random galaxies. You can also land on planets and duke it out in terrestrial combat in something that resembles Battlefront-sized battles. We’re very excited about seeing this project continue and just hope that it’s as good as it looks – check out the trailer below!
More information on Salvation Prophecy can be found on the game’s official website.
2 Dawn have released a teaser trailer for their upcoming post-apocalyptic online multiplayer FPS, Ravaged. There are gyrocopters and that’s all that needs to be said.
Disappointed by RAGE? Or just by FPS’ in general? While Ravaged may not offer an alternative as such it certainly looks pretty fun and the developers behind it have the experience to deliver a strong title. 2 Dawn are a new studio which set-up back in 2009, since then they have been working on Ravaged. The team took the indie route after years working on AAA titles such as Desert Combat, Battlefield 2 and Frontlines. Now they’re hoping to bring a solid FPS online mulitplayer experience to players once again and to a concept of their own making.
Ravaged is set in a future in which the Earth has been devastated by a series of natural disasters. The result is a sandy landscape in which ‘Scavangers’ and the ‘Resistance’ battle it out territory, resources and survival in general. It is here that Ravaged places its experience, amidst this struggle, offering players a fast-paced FPS battle with each other on-foot and with vehicles. Speaking of which, there are buggies and cars to traverse the vast sandy lands, but the game also takes a cue from Mad Max 2 (obviously) and features gyrocopters too!
You can check it all out and more in the new teaser trailer for Ravaged below:
New indie studio, Parallel//Worlds, have announced their multi-genre debut title, Garden of Enders, with a teaser trailer. Oh, and space farmers!
Garden of Enders is the debut title from Parallel//Worlds and even though it’s a tower defense game at it’s core, there is a whole lot more going on in this title that ensures it’s not just “another tower defense game”. Playing as a futuristic space farmer or “Ender” as they’re known by the colonists, your task is to plant seeds and ensure the plants grow to their most full so you can sell them. There are little aliens who will attack your crops though so you’ll need to set up defensive perimeters too.
This is where Garden of Enders leaves tower defense behind though and journeys into different genres entirely. The little aliens that attack your plants can actually be captured and trained to fight in monster arena battles, aka Pokemon. Then in another turn, Garden of Enders also features character specific quests with dialogue which requires the players to make many decisions that will affect events and the story, during this there are even point and click adventure style parts.
As you can see, there’s a lot more to Garden of Enders than just a tower defense game. We’d love to be able to share more about the game but the developers have only just announced it with the teaser trailer below. Enjoy!
Garden of Enders will be released on PC some time during the summer of 2012, more information on the game can be found on the official website.
Robot Entertainment have announced Orcs Must Die 2, which is of course the sequel to their rather stellar title of the same name…minus the 2.
Tower defense titles are not really something we’re lacking at the moment but exceptions can be made, perhaps, for Robot Entertainment who have just announced their latest project, Orcs Must Die 2. The original Orcs Must Die was a game that came with a high approval from us, as read in our review, so we find ourselves wondering how the developers aim to improve upon that experience. For the uninitiated, Orcs Must Die is an action strategy title which combines classic and challenging tower defense with a third person shooter – the result is a gory, action-packed romp.
Robot Entertainment’s plan of action, like many sequels, is to just make Orcs Must Die 2 consists of more of just about everything. The game is set just days after the first with the War Mage thrust into battle with the orc armies once again. This time, however, he is joined by a powerful Sorceress who is responsible for the destruction of the Order.
As you may have guessed, this new companion means that Orcs Must Die 2 comes in single player and co-op servings; the lack of co-op in the first being the biggest complaint. Alongside that there are more enemies, more traps and a whole new upgrade system, but it’s still the same highly enjoyable gameplay. Orcs Must Die 2 is expected to release as a “digital download” this summer. The game will also be on show at PAX East this coming weekend (April 6-8th) at Booth 1172.
More information on Orcs Must Die 2 can be found on the game’s official website.
A new teaser trailer for sci-fi horror adventure game, STASIS, has been released that is sure to give you some chills.
The development team led by Chris Bischoff who are currently working hard on a little game called STASIS, proudly present a brand new teaser trailer. There’s no real gameplay shown in this one as there has been previously, but that is certainly made up by the tension contained within that gave us goosebumps.
STASIS is an isometric horror, adventure game set within the dark confines of an abandoned research facility. You play as John Maracheck and your mission is to find your family, though these kinds of things are never that simple. STASIS is intended as a “classic” adventure game with those good old mechanics we know and love; there’ll be plenty of puzzles to solve, lots of exploration to be had and many items to be found and used.
Ultimately, STASIS asks the question “trapped in a place where humanity’s horrors come out to play, how far would you go to protect your family?”
More information on STASIS can be fond on the official website.