Wednesday, November 17, 2010

...But That Was [Yesterday]

OneMrBean's latest game ...But That Was [Yesterday] was released...just yesterday, and it's well worth checking out. The game can be hard to describe. It's a platformer, most of the time, with a strong narrative about learning from the past without letting oneself be consumed by it. There's a dog, and a giant bubbling wall that I ran into while jumping off a cliff.

To not spoil anything, I'll just state you should see it for yourself. You can play the game RIGHT HERE.

There were some things I really loved about this game, but I might talk about those in a longer, non-news-ish post.

[UPDATE: Oh look, I did]

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

XBLA New Releases: The Undergarden Rises to the Top

There are three new games which just popped up onto XBLA: Faery: Legends of Avalon, The Undergarden, and Guwange.

Guwange is an XBLA release of an old CAVE shooter so advertising that seems like a waste of time. If you love CAVE shooters you should have already grabbed it by now.

Faery: Legends of Avalon is a turn-based RPG in a high fantasy setting where you are trying to save the fey world. I played the demo through and found it a bit lacking in heart. Flying around as a fairy seemed a bit clunky and stiff and the dialog choices played out like uninspired Mass Effect knock-offs. The customization through leveling in the game seemed pretty cool, though everything else felt a little mediocre.

The Undergarden is the star of this weeks show. What little I played of that game through the demo was fantastic. You tour through an underwater labyrinth leaving a trail of glowing plant life across the once plain, black rocks. The visuals are simply lovely and the music is great, especially the little band you can gather together. The demo is pleasantly relaxing, and a tad hard to put into words. Being hard to define is rarely a negative quality though, so definitely check it out and see if you like it too.

Wildlife: Forest Survive

EA just announced an upcoming downloadable title for Xbox 360 and PS3 called Wildlife: Forest Survival and it sounds pretty dern interesting. The player takes control of one of four forest dwellers (fox, rabbit, alligator, and hawk) each with their own advantages and disadvantages to play across a variety of maps with online multiplayer.

This seems like a perfect downloadable title, one easily accessible to niche audiences especially if given a reasonable price, which it most likely will. I calls dibs on the bunny.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Ghosts 'N Goblins Online?

Perhaps one of the strangest (and most random) concepts to ever see light, South Korean developer Seed9 is creating a Ghosts 'N Goblins MMO. There's a gameplay video above which is likely as close as any of us will come to playing the game. This doesn't seem like it will see life outside of South Korea, although I would love to get my hands on it. There's something intriguing about this game...perhaps the very nature of its existence.

Mushihimesama Bug Panic Release Date

Mushihimesama Bug Panic, the off-beat, dual-stick CAVE shooter for iPhone and iPad has a release date and a price! The game will go on sale November 18th at the low, low price $3.99 for the first four days. After that it will go to it's regular price of $4.99 (which doesn't seem like much more). At very least the game looks fascinatingly cute, so keep an ear to the ground for this one.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

BIT.TRIP BEAT: Now on Steam and iPhone

Gaijin Games' minimalistic BIT.TRIP series has alluded me during its run. Since it's on the Wii, and since I lack a Wii (the things that sound so strange when you say them aloud...) I hadn't had the opportunity to ever get a hold of them myself to see what all the fuss was about. Well now all of us in the Wii free zone can finally see for ourselves!

BIT.TRIP BEAT, the first of the series, has been released both on Steam and in the App Store. Now one can play it on a television, computer, or on the go! The experience is that of a pong rhythm/music game, an odd combination but full of energy and a lot of fun. Definitely check this out if you haven't been able to in the past.

It's $1.99 for the iPhone version and $9.99 (currently 10% off) for the Steam version.

Today I Die Again

It seems like an eternity since Daniel Benmergui announced his game Today I Die was coming to the iPhone. It was the pinnacle piece of his Moon Stories collection (which also included Storyteller and I Wish I Were Your Moon). But now it has finally been released to the iPhone and other iOS systems called Today I Die Again, and it is just as wonderful as one could hope.

The game features a few changes from its original incarnation and the touch screen gameplay feels absolutely natural. Once you complete the game you can play a simple poetry writing game, that can be pretty entertaining, but it adds little to the overall game, which alone is well worth the 99 cent asking price.

There's no reason to avoid supporting this developer, especially at such a reasonable price. However, you could also get a freeware version of the game at HIS OFFICIAL SITE! So anyone with an iPod Touch or iPhone and half a brain could consider the purchase a neat little gift along with a small donation.

A House in California

Jake Elliott seems like a new face this year and already his games have been spectacularly interesting and impressive. There is not a single release by him that I can't enthusiastically recommend to anyone, and the best part is his games are all completely free.

His latest game A House in California is a point-and-click adventure game based on his siblings with some very "old school" graphics used extremely well. Like his previous works I can't encourage you to play this game enough. It's divided into four characters, each with its own creative use of the controls and the same similar settings, each bringing out the special personality of these people the creator obviously cares deeply about.

You can download the game HERE. Enjoy!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Tale of Tales' Day of the Dead Sale

Tale of Tales is having a pay what you want sale from now until November 2nd! You can pay from a minimum of 3 dollars (that's one dollar per game) to whatever you feel like...I would suggest more than 3 dollars. People who pay $50 or more will be receiving a "special surprise!" And what will you be getting for your donation? The Path, The Graveyard, and Fatale. At ten dollars this deal would be a great bargain, so the pay-what-you-want format is practically a steal.

All proceeds will go to fund their upcoming game The Book of 8. So if you've already bought one or all of the games consider repurchasing the games as a donation.

Jason Rohrer Games Coming to DSi

A collection of three Jason Rohrer games called Alt-Play is coming to DSiWare sometime in the near future and the above trailer has been released advertising this. The games are Passage, Between, and Gravitation. If you've never played them you could right now for free on your PC. But if you're a fan (with a DSi) and would like to support the creator and have some portable versions of some great PC games then you definitely will want to jump on this.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Xbox Live Releases

Three games you should definitely be checking out right now are Team Meat's Super Meat Boy, Double Fine's Costume Quest, and radiangames' Fluid. For me, personally, I've completely ignored all major "AAA" releases recently in lieu of these, and it might be worth your hard earned love to do the same.

Here's a little info on each:

Super Meat Boy is an insanely challenging platformer with an SNES aesthetic, but the difficulty comes with a forgiving death system. Each level is ridiculously short (BUT HARD) and death results in an instant respawn. After finishing a level you can watch every meat boy you used run through the game together, seeing how each died and the lucky run, all at the same time. The narrative is cute and charming, while still being fairly morbid. Right now it's 10 dollars on the Xbox 360 (that price will go up to 15 soon so hurry).

Costume Quest is a lovable JRPG/adventure comedy game by the creators of Psychonauts. The goal is to rescue your twin brother or sister from an evil, candy mad witch. The game world is enthralling. Everything is Halloween themed and when entering combat you transform into an over-the-top cool version of your costume. The gameplay floats between exploration and JRPG turn-based combat (in the style of Super Mario RPG). I just beat it today (it'll run you abbout 6 hours) and found it to be a giant pile of delicious, sugar coated fun. Costume Quest is out for both XBLA and PSN.

I just download radiangames Fluid and am basing this recommendation on the developers beautifully minimalistic track record. It's only a dollar on the Xbox Live Indie Games, so there's no reason you should be pinching your pennies so hard not to try it out. The goal is to collect all the orbs in an area, but as you do so brown jellies appear to chase after you. Definitely watch the trailer of this. It may really be worth your time.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Dinner Date

In five weeks and two days (November 17th) you will have the chance to do something you probably hadn't thought you'd want to do: be stood up.

Dinner Date is is the upcoming title by Stout Games where the player takes control of a man's subconscious while he unsuccessfully waits around his apartment for his date to show up. You can see more in the video above. Upon release the game will cost $12.45 but if you're really interested you can pre-order for a discount price of $9.95.

Check out the official website for more information.

Sack Flower

The above video shows off a little bit of the incredible things you could do with LittleBigPlanet 2. For example, you could play a version of the PSN's Flower. Clearly not an original concept to apply to the game, it does show off the vastness of possibilities the sequel will be able to provide. It makes me curious to see what original gameplay ideas people come up with once it is released into the public's hands.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

New Spelunky Screenshots

Spelunky is a wonderful freeware game where the player travels through randomly generated labyrinths in search of treasure. But in the future there will be an XBLA version of the game, leading one to wonder "why pay for something I can get for free." Well, the first answer to that is simple, Spelunky is such a great game it is simply worth paying for. And the second answer is, because based on these new screenshots posted by creator Derek Yu, the new Spelunky is simply gorgeous.

Check out more screenshots at this forum.

Arthur in Marvel vs. Capcom 3

I have a soft spot for fighting games. Probably the thing I love most about them are the wacky, off-beat characters. For me to enjoy the game my character has to look as entertaining as it plays. This philosophy has cemented my love for Soulcalibur's Voldo and Yoshimitsu, Street Fighter's E. Honda and Blanka, and MvC2's Servbot.

Over the last couple days four new characters have been announced for Marvel vs. Capcom 3: the Bionic Commando, Magneto, M.O.D.O.K, and Arthur from Ghosts 'n Goblins. When this game comes out I'm pretty sure Arthur (along side Amaterasu and Tron Bonne) is going to make it into my regular line-up.

Looking forward to the future.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Prinny 2 Announcement

Prinny 2: Dawn of Operation Panties, Dood! has been announced as coming to the US. Prinny has always been one of the most alluring parts of the Disgaea series, with his cute/bizarre appearance and mannerisms. His quirky 2D platformer for the PSP was received with mixed emotions by critics, but has apparently earned the title enough love to see a sequel state-side.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Bubble Bobble Bonanza

Two announcements popped up this morning concerning Taito's Bubble Bobble games. The first is for (unsurprisingly) the 3DS. Square Enix will be releasing the arcade classic Puzzle Bobble for 3DS, and a few screen shots have for the upcoming soap and dragon title have been shown off in the link below.

The second is Bubble Bobble Double for the iPhone and iPod Touch which may be the strangest looking Bubble Bobble game I've ever witnessed (and isn't that saying somethin'...). You can see gameplay in the video directly above.

There's no word on a release date for either of these games yet, but I'm fascinated by how fun they potentially could be. Bubble Bobble Double especially doesn't look like anything I've played before.

3DS Releases

Nintendo has been releasing quite a ton of information on upcoming 3DS games this morning, whilst I slept. I just wanted to point to a few games that look interesting, like Chocobo Racing and Super Monkey Ball. These quirky franchises will also be joined by classic and big numbers series' like Metal Gear Solid, Resident Evil, Street Fighter, Dead or Alive, and Animal Crossing (and other games I don't really care about).

As a whole, the line-up in the video above alone makes the 3DS appear to be the best supported system on release I can remember.

Prices were also announced this morning. The 3DS should cost about $300 and will be reaching US and European shores in March of '11.

Fun news all 'round.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

8BITS: A Brilliant Short Film

8BITS is a short film by directors Valere Amirault, Sarah Laufer, Jean Delaunay, and Benjamin Mattern depicting conflict between the 2D and 3D realms in video games. It's filled with some cute and action packed sequences that will leave anyone who grew up playing games with fond nostalgia.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Graveyard Graveyard Revolution

If you've ever played Tale of Tales' The Graveyard then you have to experience the brilliance that is Graveyard Graveyard Revolution, a browser-bound parody of the brief, monochrome game. Created for Klik of the Month in just two hours by Terry Cavanagh of VVVVVV fame, the game is as hilarious as it is mind blowingly clever.

You can play the game for free RIGHT HERE!

And if you like that and have never heard of VVVVVV you should definitely check it out. NOW ON STEAM!!!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sadness...Not Cancelled?...Maybe...

In the wake of vaporware Duke Nukem Forever's resurrection at the hand of Gearbox Studios we may be seeing another come-back of a game we had all thought dead. Sadness was a vaporware title that took an ungodly long amount of time to never come out, and it was confirmed as cancelled. But recently due to a post at an official youtube account we might not have heard the last of Sadness:

Greeting, significant progress is being made on our Flagship title, Sadness. Expect update by holiday 2010.

That's about all there is to know. Let's not get hysterical, but there may be reason to keep our ears perked.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Tokyo Jungle Trailer

The Tokyo Game Show is perhaps the perfect place for Sony to be showing off its first trailer for its dystopic new game "Tokyo Jungle." Wild animals from Pomeranians to Tyrannosauruses fight for survival in the overgrown city of Tokyo (hence the name Tokyo Jungle). Looks pretty cool, but I'm worried for the puppy in the trailer.

Disgaea 4 Revealed

Nippon Ichi's Disgaea 4, the fourth title in a very odd series, has been revealed at this official teaser site. Aside from the trailer above all we know is a February 24th release date (likely just for Japan) and it's for PS3. The site won't be fully open until September 7th. Until then we get to fold our hands and sit patiently.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

New Last Guardian Trailer

The Last Guardian has reached the Tokyo Game Show along with the HD ports of Team Ico's Shadow of the Colossus and Ico. You may also have noticed the new trailer for The Last Guardian directly above these wordy things. Proceed to ignore the wordy things and watch that if you haven't already.

And if that's not enough there is another trailer for the already amazing Ico and Shadow of the Colossus games for PS3 right below.

Muramasa and Odin Sphere May Be Going HD

A rumor has risen over at; they've been hearing from multiple sources that Muramasa: The Demon Blade and Odin Sphere will be getting ported to HD consoles in Japan. Both are beautiful games with lovingly hand-draw visuals.

It would be nice to see these two games reach a larger audience than they originally had gained isolated away on one console each.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

New Catherine Trailer

Atlus' upcoming game Catherine got a new trailer today. This one features a few previously unknown little bits of information, like Vincent's girlfriend Katherine (notice the K) and some of the most bizarre sexual horrors one might imagine.

It's hard not to get more and more excited for this game. It's a wholly unique game in a disturbingly unique world with potentially intelligent adult themes. We'll probably here more about it during TGS. So here's hoping.

Haiku Hero

A discovery through, as many of mine are, Haiku Hero is a fantastic way to work your brain through our beloved video game medium. You are given a certain time limit (in two out of three of the given settings) to come up with as many haikus as you can while following the game's instructions. These can be something simple like "use P as much as possible" or as challenging as "use only two syllable words."

A recommendation is that you don't only try to follow the 5-7-5 formula but also relate the whatever your haiku is about to nature. This extra restriction feels a little more "haiku" than just making sentences and can help you invent some hilarious and/or profound (and/or profoundly stupid) fo-Zen thoughts.

You can play the game for free online at Kongregate through THIS LINK.

My Garden - EA's First 3DS Game

What may be unfairly dubbed as shovelware, EA's first game announced for the 3DS is "My Garden." The gardening sim will use the "beauty and complexity of the natural world" as you manage your garden and share it with others. It was announced to be one of the 3DS launch titles as the still unknown release date approaches.

While the game looks simple and relaxing I have the sneaking suspicion that any Zen experience had will be tempered by fighting off ladybugs and constant watering. It might be a lot of fun... or it could just end up shovelware. Either way early screenshots look lovely.

Shadows of the Damned Announced

For the Tokyo Game Show EA is showing off its latest title by both Suda51 (No More Heroes) and Shinji Makami (Resident Evil 4) with music from Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill series) called Shadows of the Damned. It appears to be a mix of Rodriguez style action and Lovecraftian horror based on the trailer provided above. More news of the game should pop up during TGS, so we can just sit on our hands until then. Though personally I'm feeling a little underwhelmed at the moment, the shear status of its creators would hopefully imply a great game to come.