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Browser Game Pick: Unicorrida (Alcapa)

December 3, 2012 1:00 AM | John Polson

unicorrida.pngAlcapa Games teamed up with Joshua Skelton's awesome pixels for the TIGS sports entry Unicorrida an arcade fighter that requires fast reaction and strategy to keep your matador alive. The seven deadly unicorns you must slay have different fighting styles, too. Some will charge at you relentlessly and others will have magical, screen-wrapping powers to sneak up on you.

The player starts without any attack (really?); however, the ground quickly yields capes and banderillas to inflict damage on your equestrian opposition and allow you to escape damage. Instead of blood, the unicorns shed rainbows, which you can exchange to level up your matador's strength, life, and speed.

I can't recall too many famous video game matadors, but Lawrence Blood from Fatal Fury came to mind. My attacks here felt like fighting game parries with follow-through. I got a gold star on each unicorn, but I couldn't find multi-star conditions that led to a real ending. Still, great fun! ¡Olé!

Kickstarter Projects: Meriwether - An American Epic

December 2, 2012 9:00 PM | Cassandra Khaw

I've got a soft spot for historical games, and Meriwether: An American Epic definitely hits all the right notes. In this nascent title, you'll be able to take the role of Captain Lewis, a man who must survive an arduous mission that will span North America and 28-months of life in the untamed wilderness. With nothing but the Corps of Discovery at your side, Meriwether: An American Epic will have players engaged in a title that is equal parts role-playing game, resource management, survival, exploration, discovery and diplomacy. There's also going to be a pretty unique-looking dialogue interface, Mass Effect-inspired Codex of sorts, historical accuracy and more. All in all, it sounds like an expansive project that will probably devour the attention of thousands should it succeed in being created.

Here's the official Kickstarter page.

Freeware Game Pick: Cheering Works! (The Brathering)

December 2, 2012 4:30 PM | John Polson

Cheering Works.pngMade for the TIGSource Sports competition, Cheering Works is a silly mix of WarioWare and Track & Field. Players must mash the left-click button to cheer the runner on the screen; the voraciousness of cheering directly improves the runner's speed.

But that's only one small part of the game. Possibly dozens of different mini-game commercials serve as interludes to the track and field race, and they require all sorts of different point and click combinations. Players prevent two children from ripping a stuffed animal, help a football-player build woman muscle her way through a crowd, and more. Three playthroughs, and I am still finding new minigames.

Cheering Works! for Windows is a bizarre blast. I'd love for a sequel, Booing Works!, to illustrate how equally effective it is to yell, curse, or even throw things violently when your favorite team is losing.

Playable Prototype: Perennial (Badspot)

December 2, 2012 12:30 PM | John Polson

The Windows prototype of Perennial is a decent chunk of a minimalist metroidvania with great music and noisy sound effects. "The intention is to have smooth technical operation combined with a pure aesthetic that isn't gummed up by standard video game tropes like words," developer Badspot says on the Steam Greenlight page.

Two buttons and directional arrows allow the player to jump, dash, dig dirt, punch walls, and head-bash blocks below or above. Though common in a metroidvania, I didn't find any totally invisible walls in my playthrough. However, I did crawl through some conspicuously jagged walls that really opened up the game world.

Release: Drox Operative (Soldak Entertainment)

December 2, 2012 8:00 AM | Danny Cowan

Soldak Entertainment has released Drox Operative for Windows and Mac, a sci-fi action-RPG with an emphasis on interstellar combat.

Describing the experience as "a starship action RPG with warring alien races, fierce space battles, a dynamic, evolving galaxy, and co-op multiplayer," developer Soldak Entertainment distances Drox Operative from similar strategy-oriented titles, assuring that the game focuses on action.

"In the new space race, the major races are scouting, colonizing, and expanding, trying to take over the galaxy by diplomacy, technology, war, or any other means their scheming minds can contemplate," Soldak notes. "As a Drox Operative it's NOT your job to manage all of those annoying people, build thousands of buildings, play nice with your enemies, or balance the budget."

Soldak continues: "It IS your job to pick the winning side and maybe even help them conquer the galaxy if you're being nice, more importantly though is to rake in as many credits as possible, well that and build the coolest, deadliest ship in the known universe."

Drox Operative is priced at $19.99. A free demo version is also available.

Browser Game Pick: Monster Detective (Pastel Games)

December 1, 2012 9:00 PM | Cassandra Khaw

monsterdetective.jpg What's better than your average browser-based, point & click title? One that involves an investigative specialist who is armed with a fedora, a trench coat and a good attitude towards things that go bump in the night. Monster Detective is Pastel Games' latest point & click romp will have you running about in an attempt to discover what happened to a missing girl. Though I do love the noir-like atmosphere, the art style in this one can make routine pixel-hunting a little harder than normal.

Play the game here.

Binding of Isaac: Rebirth Coming to PC, Console; Dev Polls New Visuals

December 1, 2012 12:00 PM | John Polson

bindingisaac16.jpgEdmund McMillen has shared this week a bevy of details on a Binding of Isaac remake for PC and consoles, subtitled Rebirth. Producing and developing the remake is Nicalis, who has handled console ports and remakes of Cave Story and VVVVVV.

Rebirth will be a totally remade game based on the Flash version of Isaac plus its Wrath of the Lamb expansion. On top of all that content, Rebirth will feature another "Wrath-sized expansion" with a "new final chapter, ending, 2 new playable characters and tons more items, rooms, enemies, bosses and the like." Rebirth will also feature local 2-player co-op but no online play.

GameMaker DRM goes berserk, defaces dev work

December 1, 2012 12:00 AM | Staff

gamemaker.pngA number of developers using the GameMaker tools from YoYo Games found parts of their work covered in skull and crossbones symbols over the weekend, as the DRM built into the tools went haywire.

As the symbol began to appear permanently across sprites, GameMaker users took to the YoYo Games forums to complain. The company's head of development Mike Dailly soon showed up to explain that DRM checks appeared to be failing, labelling legitimate copies of the software as pirated.

"I totally understand that those who have paid for GameMaker and are getting this are feeling very upset by the whole matter, and I can only apologise for the problems," he noted.

But he argued that these sorts of measures were necessary if the company was to continue developing the tools.

"GameMaker has traditionally been one of the most pirated programs around, and it's simply not right that some pay good money for it, while others simply pirate it," he noted. "We try hard to make it as smooth an experience as possible for paying users, but are constantly fighting pirates understanding of the protection systems."

More Pre-Alpha Footage of Festival of Magic

November 30, 2012 10:00 PM | Cassandra Khaw



Battle alongside Pokemon-like creatures! Harvest ammunition from a well-tended garden! Beat up unfortunate yet highly adorable monstrosities! We first took a look at Festival of Magic back in October and it had seemed rad then. It still seems rad now. An adventure-RPG that has been described as a 'Norse take on an Eastern genre', Festival of Magic will have you solving puzzles, collecting rare items and, in general, doing all those things we've come to expect with the genre.

Official website here.

F*ck This Pick: Love Interest (Roshirai)

November 30, 2012 8:00 PM | Cassandra Khaw

loveinterest.jpg

Love Interest is yet another smile-inducing title from the recent Fuck This Jam. The wayward child of a dating simulation and a Facebook game, Love Interest will have you juggling mission assignments and seduction. Yeap. Love is very much a part of the end goal with this one. It's a simplistic title and one that won't take you more than twenty minutes to complete. However, it's definitely worth the dalliance - the writing is guaranteed to draw a giggle or two.

Play the game here.
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