Thursday, May 15, 2014

Big News... Greenlight Limbo!

Black Ice
Black Ice is a procedurally generated HACK n Slash (emphasis on hack).  I played a bit of the alpha, and while my hardware is too weak for it to run decently, it was still fun.

Expander
It took me a few plays to finally fully understand what I'm doing in Expander. Yes I'm aware there is help, no I did not read it. Challenging and fun, I recommend it to all.

Fancy Skulls
Fancy Skulls is a fun "minimalistic" roguelite shooter. Just try it. And why isn't it Greenlit already?
God of Blades
God of blades turned out to be more fun than I initially worried. The game is easy once you get the timing down, but never the less I feel requires a spot in any 70's fantasy novel lover's library.

Jetpack 2
Honestly surprised I haven't posted this one before. I'm an avid fan of the original Jetpack, and even am a maintainer for a version on IndieDB (Linux version obviously.) The sequel needs just as much love.

Vulture for Nethack
Nethack already has enough devotees, but let's get some more!

Zenzizenzic
Zenzizenic is fun to say, and fun to play. I actually "competed" with them for funding awhile back, and their game deserves it more than mine does. So give em a thumbs up.

That's all for this one folks. Give these guys some love.

Big News... Zigfrak!

Zigfrak is a space-based action RPG, featuring missions, exploration, and crafting. With an emphasis on loot and over-the-top items, it's not a traditional space sim. Enemy ships explode like loot piƱatas, spewing forth useful pickups.

Where should I begin with this? Let's get my personal opinion out of the way. I love Zigfrak. It's just plain fun. There. Zigfrak starts you off in the middle of a war torn galaxy, where you are a major factor in the final results.

I have yet to finish the game, but I have played enough to go over the details. First, the game is varying in difficulty from "that was too easy" to "WHY!!!??!?!?!". This can be frustrating at times, but it's overall balanced pretty well.

Being a Unity game, I didn't have any installation issues, so that's a plus. It also runs great on my machine, which I should do a tech post sometime about. There is an outstanding bug for the Linux version however. Cursor Lock. It says it right in the options that this is a bug in Unity that can lead to crashes, jerky controls, etc. The developer has been kind enough to post a link at which you can upvote to get them to fix the issue.

I look forward to what else we'll see from the developer, but that bug is big enough to where I can only give them a toast rating. I know it isn't their fault, but still.

Zigfrak can be purchashed from multiple locations, all of which are listed on their site, where a demo can also be obtained:
http://www.zigfrak.com/

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Big News... Greenlight Limbo!



Welcome to another Greenlight Limbo. For my newcomers, I post a few games that are on Greenlight and I feel need to be Greenlit. Some of these have been there awhile, while others are fresh. So without much more ado, lets begin. (Note: There is only one order here, alphabetical.)

8-bit Commando

8-Bit Commando is a 2D sidescroller in the style of NES games. It has an awesome soundtrack and is very well done. It also has decent controller support.

Goscurry

Goscurry I've touched on before. I love this game. It's addicting, fun and hard. And I wanted a musical game for this post and it's musical enough.

Inescapable

Another retrostyle: Inescapable. It's a Metroidvania, and actually plays nicely. Please, help out these developers.

Monsters!

Like twinstick shooters? (If your answer is no, read the next few games.) Also, even if you don't, try this. It's quirky. Sometimes that's all we need.

QbQbQb

QbQbQb. Let me start by saying I have no idea how the heck you pronounce that. It's a fun "tetris" like puzzle game. Awesome soundtrack (WHICH IS FREE!!!1!) and just fun visuals. It gets addicting fast.

Retrobooster

Cave flyers are fun. This one is fun and fantastically graphical. Let's all play it!

Smiles HD

Did someone say match 3? Yes, I did. Anyway, Smiles HD puts a nice spin on it with cutesy graphics, ambient music and fun match 3ness. I only own the Android version, and would love to pick up the PC as well.

Specter

Specter is an action platformer. Looks fun. It's currently invite only, but I can't wait for the release.

Telepath Tactics
Telepath Tactics comes from the developer of Telepath RPG. It's a strategy game and does require some thought, but from what I've seen so far, it rivals Fire Emblem.

Three Dead Zed
Arcade platformer with polymorphism and zombies. Also cats. Tinfoil hat wearing cats. All I need to say I hope.

That concludes this Greenlight Limbo. For those who will criticize me for not being professional, I'm not. This is for fun and to show my support to these developers. I post games I like and want you to like them too.

Monday, November 4, 2013

HUGE NEWS!!! All the World

"A single bullet can change everything...A shot in the dark leads to the other side. Sometimes, though, it can lead to something more..."
--Mishizune


Hello, and welcome. Before today, all I have posted on here is opinion pieces. I can't really call them articles or editorials as they really are not. Today however, I am posting something important. 

Today, we are announcing our first commercial game. As the post suggests, it is entitled "All the World" and is a visual novel built in Ren'Py. Wait! Come back, I'm serious!

Look, I know Ren'Py games aren't generally impressive, but the point is to tell a story. That's what we intend to do. *SPOILER ALERT* We will not reveal any of the story before release. 

I haven't written one of these before, so please excuse the erm, lax nature of it. All I can say about All the World is the following:

  • We are customizing the GUI in a slightly different way than normally seen (as can be seen at the bottom)
  • We are working on integrating an ACPI feature for mobile devices (Laptops/Android). This will enable us to put a low battery warning when playing the game.
  • It is our first full work. We want criticism on it (but please don't tell us to kill ourselves). 
  • It will be released on Windows, Mac, Linux and Android
  • Android version will be a lighter one as it cannot do movie playback.
  • 720p quality

Thank you all for looking and reading. Later this week, we will start sending out builds to those who already volunteered for testing. I hope this turns into something you all love.

A small piece of the GUI (excuse the Lorem Ipsum. Again, as it's a heavy story game, we are trying to avoid spoilers.)


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Small News... Greenlight #2

I know it's been awhile since I did a post. Let's fix that. It's time for my Greenlight coverage #2!!!!!!!!! (And thus no one will care.)

Let's first start with some good news:

Both Delver and Megabyte Punch have been greenlit! A round of applause for the developers! Now onto a new batch of games that I feel we all should vote for. (And one previous game, each article will have one at random.)

Let us begin now:

3089:





3089 is a futuristic randomly generated first person shooter from the developer who brought us 3079. It is finally on greenlight, and if it does well, maybe can pave the way for his other titles to be put up on Steam too. I know not everyone cares, but Steam really is one of the best forms of income for indies.
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=173802719


Goscurry:





Take Swift*Stich (super fast movement on 90 degree angles) and add techno and modern graphics. You heard me. I referenced a completely different game. Do it now.
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=141742170

Mos Speedrun:






Bumblebee speedrunning. Enough said.
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=92931967

Particulars:






This is a fun one. It's still in development, but a fun puzzle game none the less. I give it 1.5 thumbs up. Sorry, still playing.
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=160936704

There you have it. These are the games I think need to get out of Greenlight Limbo. Thanks for reading. Now to get ready for work.

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Oh, wait. You're still here? Alright, here is my throwback to the last post and which game I think deserves the mention again the most:

The Real Texas:





I chose this game based on one fact: I beat it twice and put it down for awhile, then went back anyway. Support Calvin "psysal" French. Do it.
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=92933186

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Huge News... Humble Bundle with Android 6

A little information first. This is not going to be like my normal reviews. These are mostly first thoughts as I haven't "beaten" every game yet. So sit back and enjoy my en masse followup to the HIBwA6. (Thanks to footisimo for a key.)

Aquaria

Aquaria is a wonderfully built commercial open source game (COSS from now on). Originally closed off, the game went open source after the first Humble Bundle. It still needs the commercial files to run, only the engine is open source.

Anyway, let's look at the game itself. In essence, you play as a mermaid who uses songs to control things around her (welcome to the 60's). You go through the game, solve many puzzles, and yeah, not going to spoil the ending here. I personally enjoyed the game, and if I were actually going to review it it would definitely score high.

Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars (Director's Cut)

I personally have next to nothing nice to say about this game. As many of you know, I'm not a fan of Point and Click adventure games, but this one takes the cake. It is filled with cliche after cliche, and it never stops. Just watching the introduction for the first time was painful. Yes, this game is well made, but the story hurts to be honest. It's begging for a rewrite by someone that isn't Dan Brown. (Yes, I'm aware the original came out before Dan Brown's books, but I'm still saying it.)

Fractal: Make Blooms not War

Cipher Prime is no "newbie" to the HIB scene. Fractal is among the latest to join it, and doesn't disappoint when it comes to their game style. While it's not a game for me, even I can appreciate the amount of work put into it.

Frozen Synapse: Fake Subtitle added

Frozen Synapse first appeared back in the Humble Frozen Synapse bundle (the irony being I bought it the day before on Steam.) I already vowed to review this game at a future date, so I won't say much here, but if you enjoy tactical gameplay, pick it up. You won't be disappointed.

McPixel

So, who wants to save the world from random bombs (half of which shouldn't do much damage in the first place)? This game is for you then! Yes, I already expressed my general detestment towards Point n Click adventures, and this one does annoy me. My biggest annoyance being having to play EVERY level several times. But it makes up for it by making me laugh. A lot. Stoner alien. Need I say more?

Nightsky

Another ambient title in the bundle (along with Fractal). This one appeared back in HIB4, and was a delight to obtain. Just roll along, and enjoy the atmosphere of this jazzy rolling ball... Yeah. Nifflas Nygren is a delightful developer. (Oh and be sure to watch for Knytt Underground: Coming soon)

Organ Trail: Director's Cut

This was one I didn't quite enjoy much either. I understand people like zombies, they like Oregan Trail, but in the end... For me this wasn't a great mashup. That and somehow my wagon was able to continue on with ME dead. That doesn't make sense when I'm the leader. Still though, if you enjoy both zombies and Oregan Trail, try this slingshot game.

Pulse

Cipher Prime needs to stop being good. Anyway, Pulse, yes it's android only, but for good reason. Play it. It won't work well on a desktop. (Though my solution is make it a typing game, still not great) However, it is very well made, and played flawlessly on the device i tested on. They did a fantastic job making a Drum Hero game.

Stealth Bastard Deluxe

While I wash my mouth out with soap for swearing, play this. That's all I can say about it is play it. I'm still 50/50 on it. Parts of it I love, others I don't.

Waking Mars

Last but not least, Waking Mars. This is a wonderful Sci-fi game set on, you guessed it, Mars. Breed plant-like creatures (that are more fungus like to me) and make Marse habitable. Find a girl and marry her. Save the farm! Oops, slipped Harvest Moon in there. Still, try the game, I loved it. So will any Sci-fi game lovers out there. Admittedly, I kept expecting to die any minute my first time playing.



Thank you for reading. I know it's not my best work, but again, I said it was my thoughts, not reviews. Thank you footisimo for the key and some of these will have full reviews in the future.

Humble Bundle with Android 6 is obtainable until 6 PM EST on July 2nd at http://www.humblebundle.com.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

More News... Leadwerks

Hey everyone, avarisclari here with more stuff of importance. We all know that there are plenty of engines on Linux, 99% of which (about) are open source. But there are little to no full editors. Leadwerks is working to change that.

From a consumer point of view, this is a good thing. It means that more games can be developed easier for Linux and have fewer bugs out right. If it's developed on the Platform its released for, you'll see some bugs much quicker than you would otherwise.

From a developer's point of view, it is also ideal. Having it available on a platform you plan on supporting means less time transferring data to the testing machine, making you able to test your changes faster and get the build out to testers. This also would make a fantastic addition to Linux and improve the already growing community.

I know some of you have already seen the Kickstarter and think that some of the rewards are pricey, but look at some. The 200 dollar tier is the same as buying the license for the engine outright from the main website. Even then, it's a discount after Kickstarter and Amazon fees. Please, support it. I know we have.