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The unspeakable and rather Steamy Consuming Shadow of Yahtzee

November 23, 2015 7:45 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

consuming1.jpgPeople may have noticed me complaining about rogue-likes lately. Even more so when the stars are either wrong or even slightly confused and it honestly doesn't all have to do with me getting older. Oh, no. It's got everything to do with the rogue-like formula being ridiculously overused and occasionally ruining some mighty fine games.

Happily and, dare I say, almost unexpectedly this is not the case with Yahtzee's The Consuming Shadow: Insanity Edition. It is a mighty fine game that just couldn't have been anything but a rogue-like.

Towerclimb - A Very Long Fall for a Very Tiny Person

November 23, 2015 6:00 AM | Joel Couture


Not that falling is something you want to do. You want to go UP. It's just that up is filled with treacherous leaps, huge pits, weird cat-monsters, spikes, and lots of other things that are either going to kill you or send you back down again. Way, way back down. It's a good thing that everyone who's attempting the climb has ridiculous upper body strength and can cling to any wall or ceiling they come in contact with, otherwise this would be a very short journey for many. Except that it's still going to be a real short trip for you most of the time, as the generated towers of Davioware's Towerclimb are always satisfyingly challenging. You know, in a masochistic way.

Masasuke Yasumoto on creating an immersive archery experience

November 21, 2015 1:05 AM | Lena LeRay

ss01.jpgOne of the games I got to play at Tokyo Game Show this year was Shadow Shooter, an alternate reality game using a real bow with a projector mounted to its front as a controller. It didn't quite have enough space to work with, but creator Masasuke Yasumoto made do. The back of the booth was black, the perfect color for a game meant to be played in the dark, and when players were down to seeking out their last few targets to shoot and had to look behind them, Yasumoto would hold up a piece of paper for them to project the game onto, following their bow sights. As someone who enjoys archery, being able to use my (admittedly rusty) bowmanship skills to take down target after target in rapid succession was incredibly satisfying.

Douglas Circumstance - Monster Extermination Company (In The Works)

November 20, 2015 11:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

Anyone can do an 8-bit inspired platformer these days, but not many can aim as high as Jay Tholen of Dropsy fame and Wyv and Keep studio A Jolly Corpse are aiming with the delicious looking Douglas Circumstance - Monster Extermination Company. A brief glimpse at the Kickstarter video will reveal this particular platformer to be made of stunning pixel-art, ludicrously imaginative enemies, infesting monsters, top-down labyrinths, beat-'em-up-like sections, secrets, a slightly modified NES palette, platforms, platform-like structures, outrageous weapons and dollops of love.

World of Tanks PS4 Open Beta Weekend Announced

November 19, 2015 2:15 PM | John Bridgman

worldOfTanks0.png is bringing their multiplayer tank combat game, World of Tanks, to the PS4, and to prepare for that they have announced that there will be an Open Beta of the game on the weekend of December 4th through 6th. Stating that no signups will be required, it will be a chance for Playstation 4 owners to sample what is to come when the hit free to play title launches later on.

Survive the beautiful, minimal, space voyage of Last Horizon

November 19, 2015 2:00 PM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

LastHorizon.pngLast Horizon was an utterly unexpected surprise. It came out of the blue and is just beautiful. It's Lunar Lander enriched and turned into a magical, minimalist, physics-driven space exploration game. It's an elegant, excellently paced, procedurally generated journey of survival by the developers of the frantic Dino Run DX. It's an arcade game at heart that tells an epic sci-fi story and it definitely is a distant and slightly older cousin to Atari ST classic Oids. Oh, and, yes, it's highly recommended too.

Battle Princess Madelyn - Little Girls N' Ghouls N' Ghosts (N' Dogs)

November 18, 2015 9:30 AM | Joel Couture


The evil wizard in Battle Princess Madelyn starts right off by killing Madelyn's dog, Fritzy, instantly making me hate him more than pretty much any other villain in games. Oh yeah, and he kidnaps her family or something, too. Whatever. Madelyn may only be a knight in training, but that doesn't stop her from strapping some armor on and storming the wizard's fortress, using throwing spears, knives, and anything else she can get her hands on as she fights the skeletons, knights, and other ghouls that get in her way. Fritzy isn't real keen on being dead, either, and will help Madelyn on her journey in her own ghostly ways in the newest game from Causal Bit Games, developers of Insanity's Blade.

Odallus: The Dark Call's New Veteran Mode to Bring Players to Their Knees

November 18, 2015 6:00 AM | Joel Couture


I liked Odallus: The Dark Call quite a bit when I played it a few months ago. I wished there was more. Now I'm cursing myself for that wish, as the game's new, free Veteran Mode is giving me a real pounding. Joymasher have shuffled around all of the relic hiding places in this mode, so good luck finding the tools that may have helped you get through. They've also added entirely new enemies that are just out-of-control, and will rip careless players to shreds. Still, if you can somehow beat this mode, you get a special new skin for Haggis. I'm very excited to see it. I'm less excited for the damage I will cause my controller to earn it.

If you can't earn the super special skin, you can always buy yourself one of the neat new DLC skins, though. Maybe looking like Arthur from Super Ghouls N' Ghosts will soothe your broken spirit. Maybe?

Hit virtual pieces and roll digital dice with Backgammon Blitz

November 18, 2015 5:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

backgammonblitz.pngIndie developers Nomad Games have a thing for porting board games to our very digital medium, though I have to admit that after Games Workshop's RPG-esque Talisman I definitely wasn't expecting them to tackle backgammon. Yet, they did, and Backgammon Blitz is out now on Steam for PCs the world over.

Blacksea Odyssey: Kickstarting A Space Hunt

November 17, 2015 1:10 PM | John Bridgman

Space is great. I think that's a pretty common opinion, as there's quite a fair bit you can do with a space setting. That said, I didn't expect to see a game about harpooning giant space sea monsters while riding on rockets. That's where Blacksea Odyssey, an overhead twin-stick shooter title which is now on Kickstarter, comes in. It's got a playable alpha demo and so far I am extremely impressed.

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