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Solstice outshines Cinders as the jewel of visual novels

February 14, 2016 5:25 AM | Lena LeRay

screen_sol2.pngSolstice is a new visual novel from MoaCube, the makers of Cinders. It has many things in common with Cinders in terms of beauty, polish, and quality of writing and character building. Where Cinders was a great new take on the classic Cinderella story, however, Solstice is a 100% original story and is a mystery to boot. And it's really good.

The Cold Wars Gets Infused With Red-Hot Action in Reagan Gorbachev

February 13, 2016 2:00 AM | Joel Couture

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Although enemies in the past, when Cold War leaders Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev find themselves captured by militant extremists, they must team to save the world! Winners don't use nukes!

Brought to you by Team2Bit, developers of Fist Puncher, Reagan Gorbachev puts players in charge of the sword-wielding Reagan or CRT hacker Gorbachev. Not that either of them are above grabbing a rocket launcher and blasting away at the destructible environments as they fight their way to freedom. Mixing a ridiculous concept with some top-down, Hotline Miami-inspired action, you'll want to grab a local co-op friend and get to work keeping 1986 from Armageddon!

Arcadian Atlas Trailers Asks Players to Sharpen Their Swords and Strategies

February 9, 2016 6:30 AM | Joel Couture

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Arcadian Atlas has been dropping screenshots for a little while, hinting at the various jobs and roles its characters will play during its tactical, turn-based combat. What is that racoon bandit's role in a fight, anyway? Now, Twin Otter Studios has released a new trailer to showcase a bit of the story that will be driving the game (AND some of the combat and battle roles). Love can be troublesome out in video game land, can't it?

Still, if a dangerous romance can lead to the intricate job system, deep storyline, and challenging, thought-provoking fights that the developers are promising, then tonight is just right for love.

Trailer Roundup for February 9, 2016

February 9, 2016 2:10 AM | Lena LeRay

cots.gifToday's trailer roundup has only one game that's out, with three more due out in the next few weeks. Although a lot of these are a long way out, I hope you'll agree that there's a lot to look forward to here.

Kwaan: Grow Flowers, Befriend Animals, and Save the World

February 8, 2016 12:30 PM | Joel Couture

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You won't be going on dangerous adventures with the tiny creatures of MMO Kwaan. You won't be felling monstrous beasts or hoarding treasure. Instead, it's up to you and the other players to protect the ecosystem, grow flowers, and tend to the environmental needs of the World Tree. It's not about fighting, but about helping each other make the world a better, nicer place.

Because if you fail, the world ends. You keep your character growth, but the world is destroyed in a shower of World Tree tears. So, get to work making plant life (which you can do yourself using its pixel editor), search for secrets beneath the soil, and find animal friends on your quest to keep the world's ecosystem going. Will smack talk find a way to work itself into a world where helping out is the only way to play? Only time will tell.

Global Game Jam 2016 - A Kid's Postmortem

February 8, 2016 11:23 AM | Tim

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It's the annual Global Game Jam, and this is the first year that I participated in the event. Global Game Jam requires you to be at a jam site to participate, and this year Dwi Emas International School, the sister school of Sri Emas International School where I am studying for my IGCSE, is one of them, so why not join? As the GGJ is an international event, a simple search gives a lot of information on it, and you can easily find jam sites around your area.

My entry is a real-time strategy game called NAVIGATOR (http://akirassasin.itch.io/navigator), where you had to manoeuvre multiple ships in a small area to where they want to go without crashing.

Titan Souls Developer Wants You to Keep Those Buckets Safe in Telepaint

February 4, 2016 7:30 AM | Joel Couture

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Paint cans are dumb. Have you ever tried talking to one? Why would you do that? Paint cans can't talk. Because they're dumb, which you can also see in Acid Nerve's new game, Telepaint. While a far cry from toppling titans, the game's puzzles are still looking to challenge you. Based on a jam game made years ago, players will work to guide the lemming-like cans of paint through teleporters that will help them reach their paintbrush buddies. They mindlessly walk along any path, so it's up to the player to make sure their route is safe.

Spilling paint is expensive, but doing so in a game shouldn't be so bad when the game releases on iOS soon.

Aggelos - Keep Moving and Keep Fighting in its Demo

February 4, 2016 6:30 AM | Joel Couture

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Missing princess. Lords that need beating. Magical Macguffin needed to defeat one and save the other. The story may seem familiar, but Wonderboy Bobi sure makes the journey look action-packed and fun in Aggelos. Focusing on smooth attacks that let the character move in interesting ways, the hero can fight with a dash, downward thrust, and a teleporting move, just from what you can see from the trailer. It seems to be built around keeping up momentum, always allowing the player an option to strike no matter what position they are in relation to the enemy. The finished product looks like it will be a speedrunner's dream.

A demo is up on Itch.io if you wanna throw down against hostile wildlife in your efforts to defeat the evil princess and woo Lord Vammer with those essences. Or something like that.

Trailer Roundup for February 3, 2016

February 3, 2016 4:40 AM | Lena LeRay

springagain.pngThis roundup is a couple of days late, but it doesn't lack for interesting things. Wacky, mundane, strategic, exploratory... this roundup has you covered.

Embark to the Dread Woods and Deadly Cities of Sorcery! on your PC Today

February 2, 2016 8:00 PM | Joel Couture

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If you think arcade and NES games were hard, Steve Jackson's Sorcery! books will seem outright impossible. Filled with traps that hinge on a single poor decision and hundreds of foul monsters, all drawn in lavish, unsettling dark lines, death comes constantly. inkle has curbed this a bit with their faithful interpretations of the Sorcery! books The Shamutanti Hills and Kharé, Cityport of Thieves (Traps), softening the high difficulty of these abusive books while still preserving the writing and story.

Previously released on iOS and Android, you can now play both of these interactive fiction works on PC as Sorcery! Parts 1 and 2 has released on Steam today. They're fascinating works of interactive fiction, bridging the gap between book and game, and with dozens of available paths to take and mistake to make, they will provide hours of dark fantasy to read and play through. Also, your PC is probably harder to throw than your phone when a skunkbear kills you in the woods. So that's a nice bonus.

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