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!