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After two months on the high seas, also known as Windows, the hexagonal turn-based strategy game Pirate Code is now available on Mac as well. Developed by Circuit Hive, Pirate Code depicts life on the open sea, as players assume the role of a band of mercenaries caught in the middle of a war between the most dangerous band of pirates around, and those they steal from. As if protecting your booty wasn’t challenging enough, it turns out the pirates also have plans to open a gate to the nether world and master the dark powers within. In order to thwart such mischief, the mercenaries must become pirates in their own right and turn the tide of battle against the deviant ne’er-do-wells.
Pirate Code boasts a number of seaworthy features, including 20 unique ships to unlock and 4 captains to recruit, each with the ability to teach special actions to ships. There are over 3 dozen islands to explore across a vast ocean interspersed with tons of naval combat. Circuit Hive also promises “an epic story with unexpected twists” and “custom piratey music”. Players are free to download and try the first chapter for free, but unlocking the full game costs $14.95. Pirate Code is now available for PC and Mac and can be purchased directly from the Circuit Hive website, with a Steam Greenlight campaign currently underway.
The game did very well when it sought funding on Kickstarter last year, coming in with a final total of $2,933,252 – an impressive 326% of their original goal of $900,000.
The game is only in beta at the moment, but as with all Early Access games, buyers will receive all future updates for free. The price of the final game will apparently be lower according to the developer, but for you money you do also get an updated version of the 1988 original, a copy of the original soundtrack, digital novellas and a digital concept art book to sweeten the deal, and those extras are exclusive to Early Access backers.
Set in a post-apocalyptic future version of America, the game has you and your band of Desert Rangers fighting to survive in the wilderness of South Midwestern States. Combat is tile and turn-based, pitting you against all sorts of mutants, other survivors and feral wildlife. The original is famous for being inspiration behind the popular Fallout franchise.
Watch the Early Access teaser below.
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.
On Twitter, Terraria developer Andrew Spinks announced that Terraria’s 1.2 update will go live October 1st. The update is the first following the development team claiming they were done updating the game in early 2012.
“The news you have all been waiting for… The update will be out on October 1st,” Spinks said on Twitter. “It will update through Steam for free if you already own Terraria.”
In a video posted earlier this year, fans received a sample of what the 1.2 update offers. More details are expected in the coming weeks.
Terraria originally released for Windows on May 16th, 2011, and the game saw 17,121 players online simultaneously on it’s first day. Since the game’s launch, Terraria has expanded to the PlayStation 3, iOS devices, PlayStation Vita, Xbox Live, Windows Phone, and Android devices. Current estimates put game sales at over 2 million units sold.
Check out our review of Terraria.
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