April 13, 2015 8:10 AM | Lena LeRay
I'm too sick to think of anything witty to write here, so instead, I will simply encourage you to enjoy this week's trailer offerings.
Bunker: The Underground Game
Windows, Mac, Linux | $TBA | Sometime 2015
From a very official/standard-looking press release: "Jam-packed with impertinent dialog, humorous humor, strange characters, mind-bogglingly absurd puzzles, pixel art at its finest... and do I seriously have to rattle off the entire list? Can't we just stick with the truth and leave out all that marketing gobbledygook and tell those pesky press representatives that Bunker is simply dope? I mean, it simply kicks ass. No? Yes? Well then let us also say that it takes its cue from those old adventure games... you know, those Lucas Farts. And of course it also contains pixel art, hipster gags, and takes place in a far out Soviet-era setting. And you're already rearing to go, aren't you? See, that's what I'm talking about! Oh... damn. Hey there, boys and girls from the press! Erm. Yeah. Well. Uh. We didn't know you were still listening. Right. Whatever the case: Bunker is epic." I feel confident that this one will be rife with funny moments.
From the developer, an undergraduate student: "Circa Infinity is an action-arcade platformer that blends twitch gameplay with puzzle elements. Navigate through 32 mind-bending levels set in a visually-striking dreamscape as you strive the reach the depths of this spectral maze."
iOS, Android | $TBA | Summer 2015
The simplicity of this idea really appeals to me. The game doesn't currently have any acreage on their web site, but they've made a few other games, puzzle games, that you could check out while waiting for more news to appear.
Windows, Mac, Linux | $TBA | Mid 2015
Memoranda is to be a point and click adventure inspired by the works of Japanese author Haruki Murakami.
A Marble Madness/Super Monkey Ball inspired game with a low-poly aesthetic. The developers are designing it with experienced players in mind, starting easy but with an "increasingly punishing" difficulty curve. They're looking for $10,000 on Kickstarter to add polish to the game.
A shoot 'em up with a prism in the middle. Shooting into the prism refracts the bullets to have spreadfire and can allow the player to shoot at some fun and useful angles. "Easy to understand, hard to master." I'm surprised it isn't Greenlit already.
If you enjoy games like Homeworld and Nexus: The Jupiter Incident, give this video a look. It's a bit long and the footage at the beginning isn't the best-chosen, but the footage and accompanying explanations later in the video do a great job of showing off what they're planning. The $30 price point includes both early access and full, final release. The game has also already been Greenlit.
Stars Beyond Reach
Windows, Mac, Linux | $TBA | June 5, 2015
This one is to be a 4X strategy game with no moving units at all. Everything, even combat, will be done via buildings.
This game's name is an unfortunate casualty of the developers' native language being Korean; it doesn't actually have anything to do with the Thanksgiving holiday. That aside, it looks like this game about being god to one person, tasked with keeping them straight, will be interesting.
An action platformer/tower defense hybrid. The GIF at the head of the article is from Violent Little Things.