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.
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 piñatas, 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/
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.