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Gameplay Video: Orc Attack (Casual Brothers)

June 8, 2012 10:00 AM | Danny Cowan

Casual Brothers Games released a teaser video for its upcoming multiplayer brawler Orc Attack, coming to Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and PC platforms.

Casual Brothers compares Orc Attack's beat-'em-up gameplay to The Behemoth's XBLA hit Castle Crashers, noting that both games feature multiple playable characters and upgradable weapons and abilities.

Orc Attack, however, seems to feature much more burping and farting ("flatulent group attacks" are promised), along with characters named "Lord Poop" and "Doc Turd." Can their scatological powers compete with the crapping deer from Castle Crashers? We will have to wait and see.

Casual Brothers plans to publish Orc Attack "at the end of this year or the beginning of next year."

Get a job: Infinity Ward and others hiring now on the Gamasutra jobs board

June 8, 2012 12:00 AM | Eric Caoili

In the latest postings over the last seven days, Gamasutra's jobs board plays host to roles in every major discipline, including opportunities at Infinity Ward, Wizards of the Coast, LucasArts, and others.

Each position posted by employers will appear on the main Gamasutra job board, and appear in the site's daily and weekly newsletters, reaching our readers directly.

It will also be cross-posted for free across Gamasutra's network of submarket sites, which includes content sites focused on independent games and more.

Some of the notable jobs posted this week include:

Wizards of the Coast: Creative Manager, Magic:
"The Wizards story is an epic tale of a tiny game company which started in Peter Adkison’s basement in 1990 and grew to be a leader in the hobby gaming business and a part of the global Hasbro family. From those humble beginnings arose fantastic new worlds, stories, brands and entirely new types of play experiences that entertain communities of players through games, novels, comics, TV series, apparel and more."

LucasArts: Graphics Engineer (Action/ Adventure Title):
"LucasArts, a Lucasfilm Ltd. company, is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software worldwide for video game console systems, computers and the Internet. Based in San Francisco, Calif., as well as on the Internet, LucasArts was created in 1982 by George Lucas to provide an interactive element to his vision of a state-of-the-art, multifaceted entertainment company."

Side-Scrolling 'Build A Sword Fit For A King' XBLIG Title Brand Now On The PC

June 6, 2012 6:00 PM | Cassandra Khaw



Currently available on XBLIG, Brand is a simple 2.5D game that is built on the spine of a simple idea: to build a sword for a king. That's it. No epic mission, no darkness to destroy, nothing except you and your attempt to turn a 'pathetic sword' into something vastly greater. You're not alone in this endeavor either. Along the way, you'll acquire help from a Chemist, a Mage and a Smith. They'll be the ones responsible for turning the reagents you gather into upgrades that will change your subsequent gaming experience.

Curious? Check out the official website here.

E3: Runner 2, Chasing Aurora Part of First Wii U Digital Lineup

June 5, 2012 6:00 PM | John Polson

wii u.jpgAfter Nintendo's E3 press briefing, the company listed all announced Wii U games, which Nintendo Everything printed. Five of those thirty five represent the first digital offerings, including games from And Yet It Moves developer Broken Rules and Bit.Trip developer Gaijin Games, scheduled for a holiday release.

To put initial console digital offerings in perspective, I found 14 XBLA titles launched with the Xbox 360 between November and December 2005 (with only two indie developers, PomPom Games and NinjaBee, making two games). The Wii took over a year and a half to get original content via WiiWare on its digital service. The Wii Shop Channel launched in November of 2006, but the first WiiWare titles released globally between March and May of 2008.

While Nintendo outdoing itself in terms of a launch window digital library was an easy feat, it has actually secured five promising titles. The list of Wii U's digital games is after the jump:

Won't You Take Me To Funkmasonry's The Groov Cosmos?

June 5, 2012 1:00 AM | John Polson

The Groov Cosmos may be the funky Tomorrowland ride my eyes and ears have always dreamed of. A spiritual successor to XBLIG title Groov, Funkmasrony's work-in-progress is an "action-adventure set in a parallel universe in which musical energy is the ultimate source of power," describes sole developer Julian Kantor. As Odysseus Funk, players travel the non-linear game cosmos, facing several musically infused puzzles and combat scenarios to overcome.

While this trailer isn't exactly fresh, Kantor has recently uploaded a tech demo or two to show he's still working on it. Progress has stalled slightly, but Kantor tells IndieGames it will resume. He is quitting his day job at the end of this month and attending USC's IMD graduate program, where he hopes to make a lot of progress. He better.

Sound Shapes Announced For PlayStation 3

June 4, 2012 11:00 PM | Danny Cowan

Queasy Games announced that a PlayStation 3 version of its rhythm-infused platformer Sound Shapes will launch alongside the previously announced PlayStation Vita edition in August.

Players who buy Sound Shapes will receive both the PS3 and PS Vita versions, and will be able to sync save data between console and portable. User-generated content will be cross-compatible, and can be created and shared between both platforms.

In other exciting news, the video above reveals that Sound Shapes includes exclusive sound samples created by one of Jim Guthrie's cats! Also included: a four-track concept album from Guthrie himself.

Sound Shapes will premiere as a PlayStation Network download on August 7th, and will be priced at $14.99.

[via Joystiq]

Dust: An Elysian Tail Premiering As Part Of Fifth Annual Summer Of Arcade

June 4, 2012 9:00 PM | Danny Cowan

Humble Hearts' anticipated platformer Dust: An Elysian Tail will be featured in this year's Xbox 360 "Summer of Arcade" promotion, Microsoft's Major Nelson announced today.

The yearly Summer of Arcade event spotlights high-profile digital releases hitting the Xbox Live Arcade platform during the summer months. Previous featured titles include indie standouts like Braid, Limbo, and Bastion.

This year's Summer of Arcade lineup also includes Tequila Works' survival horror platformer Deadlight, 5th Cell's third-person shooter Hybrid, Robomodo's extreme sports remake Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD, and Iron Galaxy Studios' Kinect-enabled destruction title Wreckateer. Release dates have not yet been announced.

University Of Utah Students Launch Heroes Of Hat For XBLIG

June 4, 2012 10:00 AM | Danny Cowan

A group of students enrolled in the entertainment arts and engineering program at the University of Utah released Heroes of Hat, a multiplayer platformer for the Xbox Live Indie Games service.

Similar in premise to Nintendo's New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Heroes of Hat allows up to four players to team up and tackle the game's many side-scrolling levels. Players can collect hats that grant new abilities and power-ups, and if it's anything like its inspiration, there should be plenty of opportunities to screw over your friends at will. Note: don't play this if your teammates are jerks.

Heroes of Hat is priced at 80 Microsoft points ($1).

XBLIG Release: College Lacrosse 2012 (Carlo Sunseri)

June 1, 2012 10:00 AM | Danny Cowan

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Following up on his top-rated Xbox Live Indie Games hit College Lacrosse 2011, Carlo Sunseri has released a sequel title boasting updated graphics and gameplay.

Sunseri, who has developed multiple XBLIG lacrosse sims, notes that his latest release features improved player movement, shooting, passing, and defensive stick checks, along with upgraded online play. College Lacrosse 2012 supports up to four players in offline, online, and system link multiplayer modes.

College Lacrosse 2012 is priced at 400 Microsoft points ($5).

E3 2fer: Guacamelee and Snapshot coming to PS3 and Vita (and still PC)

June 1, 2012 2:00 AM | John Polson

The PlayStation Blog revealed two E3-playable indie titles heading to Sony's PS3 and Vita consoles: Drinkbox Studios' Guacamelee and Retro Affect's Snapshot. The above trailer shows off the aforementioned Mexican-themed co-op dimension-swapping Metroidvania beat-em-up platformer, which has a tentative early 2013 release through the PlayStation Pub Fund program.

DrinkBox is currently testing Mutant Blobs Attack!!! for Windows on Steam, so hopefully Guacamelee will follow. I've reached out to Graham Smith of DrinkBox for clarification. [Edit: Smith said the team is targeting mid-2013 for a PC/Steam release.]

Next up is Retro Affect's 2D puzzle platformer, Snapshot, which is finally coming home this fall. Players control the robot Pic, who carries a camera that can capture and replace objects and parts of the environment to solve physics-based puzzles. Interestingly, when the image is replaced, the momentum of any moving object is replaced, as well.

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