I’m currently very happy that we’ve escaped the clutches of winter (at least in the northern hemisphere), and I’m generally untrusting of my friends who claim to like the colder months. They would, I’m sure, be very good at the sneaky backstabbing in the blizzards of Project Winter, which launched this week. Here’s the launch trailer, showing off the subtle approaches you might like to take to murder your fellow campers, like “bear” or “landmine.” Developers Other Ocean Interactive have put together a roadmap for continued updates to the game. Their top priority is “player toxicity management,” which by the looks of a few Steam reviews involves players teaming up outside of the game in order to cheat their way to victory. I’m not sure how you fix that sort of thing as a developer, but it’s a good priority to try regardless. They’re also considering everything from improving their emotes, which makes … [Read more...] about Project Winter snowballs out of early access
A cat in a little mech makes a lot of sense to me, from what I understand about cats and their love of all things cramped and enclosed. Our intrepid hero Kiki, then, is probably having the time of their life in Gato Roboto, getting to switch between all kinds of armoured suits. Though they might just wish they could take up residence in the cardboard boxes they came in. Here they are going on an adventure to fetch us the game’s release date in the latest trailer. Much of this trailer appears to take place underwater, a place cats famously dislike, so Kiki must be very dedicated to saving her owner, the captain of their crashed spaceship. Still, I expect that if most kitties had their own personal submarines, they’d be more happy to dip their paws in. Or, you know, if they were accustomed to space travel. Dave played Gato Roboto at EGX Rezzed and put it among his favourites from the show. He says the opening will be nice and familiar for those who have played Super Metroid, … [Read more...] about Meowtroidvania Gato Roboto pounces into stores next week
Photo modes are an excellent addition to any game, but when the photo mode is the game, it’s even better. And when all of your subjects are adorable dogs, like in Pupperazzi, well, you might just have hit the jackpot. I’ll get out of your way now so that you can see these good babies in the trailer below. “Will you hound celebrities in public, or would you rather be taken seriously as an artist? Perhaps you just want to show your friends the cute dog you saw while you were out?” asks the game’s Steam page. “It’s your choice which direction your career goes, don’t screw up!” I would strongly argue there’s no way to screw up taking a picture of a dog. There are so many little things to love about this game. It uses the (prescriptively) correct ‘paparazzo’ for a single celeb photographer. Its first feature is “lots ‘n lots of dogs.” Said dogs can have hats and sunglasses and little boots. And you … [Read more...] about The world is a canine photo shoot in upcoming Pupperazzi
Well? It seems unlikely that we’re starting yet another three-day weekend but I am assured that I’m not fired if I don’t come in on Monday. So I do trust that it’s a three-day weekend. Probably. Unless that’s a trap? But wouldn’t that be entrapment? We’ll see after I/we take Monday off and return in full force on Tuesday. You know what, the only surefire way to get fired that I know is not telling me what you’re playing. What are you playing this long weekend? Here’s what we’re clicking on! Alice Bee This weekend I will be playing Observation, because I was super excited by the preview I played a while back. I’ve been raring to pretend to be a computer all week. Alice L This weekend I’m hopefully going to get my hands on the new Campus DLC for Cities Skylines, and also play a little more of Hellblade. Which I’m loving, and also dreading. It’s A Lot, isn’t it? All those voices swimming … [Read more...] about What are we all playing this long weekend?
Who here remembers Realm Of The Mad God, the free-to-play shmup MMO? Well, co-developers Spry Fox (Alphabear, Triple Town, etc) just launched their next shot at the genre – Steambirds Alliance – into open beta today, with servers running until Monday. Take your common-or-garden variety twin-stick shooter, cram sixty players into each battlefield and commence the looting and shooting. There’s some light RPG elements, but mostly a lot of bullet dodging, and perma-death for your fighter (but not pilot, who levels up) if you catch too many shots. Jump into the beta here, and see my initial thoughts (plus a trailer) below. My first impression is that Steambirds Alliance feels more solid and more coherent than Realm Of The Mad God. As all the units in the game are flying, polygonal objects, they’ve got distinct facings, which means larger enemy ships can have blind spots, weak points, shielded areas and gun turrets. Enemy bullet patterns are surprisingly intricate … [Read more...] about Steambirds Alliance barrel-rolls into free open beta