The ninja figure stands 8″ tall, features an assortment of swappable magnetic masks, and costs $49.99. There are 12 Don’t Starve figures, which are available in random boxes. Each box contains the figure along with a main accessory and a second random random one. A single box is $12.99; a 3-pack is $32.99; an 8-pack is $94.99 and a retail display box with 16 figures is $184.99.
The figures were designed in collaboration with Erick Scarecrow and ESC-Toy, LTD, who worked with Klei to design the Don’t Starve plushie last year.
The figures are the only items on the digital shelves for now, but Klei is aiming to stock them with more goodies throughout the year.
Generous backers have pledged more than $200,000 worth of their hard-earned treasure to fund the La-Mulana 2 Kickstarter with 5 days to go.
The sequel to last year’s excellent retro adventure will star Lumisa Kosugi, the daughter of the original game’s treasure hunter, and developer NIGORO is planning on a December 2015 release on PC.
Even though the project has already met its goal, there are plenty of stretch goals including ports for Mac and Linux. Rewards include the game, T-shirt, a digital copy of the game, and figurines. Visit their Kickstarter page for more info or read our review of the original to whet your appetite.
Update: A playable demo is now available. You can check it out on Playism’s page.
Chasm already takes home the crown for largest amount of adjecives needed to describe it. But now, the 2D action-RPG-platformer-dugeon-crawing-Metroidvania game with procedurally-generated levels has added a new trailer to help us save some keystrokes.
The trailer focuses on our hero descending into the mines, fighting supernatural monsters, and of course, an ample supply of sharp objects just waiting to impale someone. The genre mash-up will be available from Discord Games this fall on PC, Mac and Linux for $15. You may remember it from its successful Kickstarter campaign which raised more than $190,000.
The digitally connected life is something that many currently identify with. We are in a world of ever increasing devices and platforms that make it easier and easier to remain distracted by technology. It makes one wonder about the effects that has or will have on us if we continue to become even more rooted in those systems at the current rate.
This is the theme that a trio of developers is trying to explore with a new game they are trying to Kickstart, Troubadour. Development is being spearheaded by Eric Doty, who will be the lead developer and coder; assisted by Zak Alexander for art and Dallas Stoeckel forging the sound. The “game” is considered to be more of an experience by its would-be creators, described as a “Interactive graphic novel infused with experimental music” on the Kickstarter page.
The minimum asking price if you want to receive the game for your Kickstarter contribution is $10, but of course there are more expensive options if you’re so inclined. Currently, the game is planned to be about a 30-minute affair, which may turn some folks off. Though with brief hard-hitters like Gone Home making waves with short but sweet experiences, hopefully this will be able to find a home with similar fans.
With 18 days until the Kickstarter is closed, Troubadour is currently at about $8,200 of it’s $15,000 goal. You should really check out the Kickstarter for the game’s sample images and sound. It’s got a pretty good hook.
At Armless Octopus, we occasionally like to flex our creative muscle and step back from our writing duties, and do some game development of our own. Two of our writers did just that in their recent XNA title, Shutshimi, as Wayne Kubiak handled the art while Anthony Swinnich took care of the jams.
In Shutshimi you play as a goldfish hellbent on destroying everything else in your tank. Similar to its real life counterparts, the protagonist only has a ten second memory, so each stage lasts for exactly that long. Your job is to blast everything in sight, as objects on screen scroll from right to left. Enemy diversity is all over the place too, as you’ll come across sharks with laser beams, submarines, and even……butts riding on surfboards.
The people who brought us last year’s surprise gem, Expeditions: Conquistador, are at it again, but this time, they are working on something entirely different. Clandestine, a game about international espionage in the post-Cold War 90s is a departure from the turn-based strategy RPG genre. Here, players are given the opportunity of playing alone as the spy, but if you venture into co-op, one of you can play as Mission Control. Right now, all we have is a trailer and some screens, so it’s unclear what each player is capable of, but my interest is definitely piqued. Stealth is one of my favorite genres, and this is one of the few instances where I’m extremely intrigued by the co-op.
Side scrolling real time strategy games aren’t super common outside of the mobile gaming market, but two ex-LucasArts developers calling themselves Seacliff Interactive seek to extend the genre further into PC, Mac, Linux and Ouya territory with Super Roman Conquest. On top of this they look to expand the strategy of the genre and reducing the mundane nature of simply making tons of units to mash into each other by adding additional planes in the third dimension.
The plane system gives off some reminders of earlier SNK fighters or Guardian Heroes in concept but utilizes it to offer branching paths, choke points, and create more in depth strategies from what the video portrays. When finished, Super Roman Conquest will also offer branching story paths, unit upgrade and management, and some sort of community interaction model which they claim to “recreate the intrigue and power of the Senate in the Roman Republic.”
Seacliff Interactive aims to fund further development, sound designers, improved art assets, and add extra polish through their Kickstarter than you can find here. You can also keep tabs on the progress of Super Roman Conquest development over at the website.
Years ago, industry visionary Peter Molyneux promised a means to interact with digital avatars using speech. Despite our high hopes, the experience never came to fruition, although another studio hasn’t lost hope. North Side Inc., out of Montreal Canada, has done away with the typical way of responding to AI by selecting dialogue trees on screen, and instead relies on the user’s voice to guide the action. The development team currently has quite a bit in place in terms of content, and is looking to release content in an episodic manner — although the full prologue for the first episode will be made accessible to all backers, and won’t be available after sales start. The first two episodes are already underway, but the team has a target of 12 total.
The tech powering the game, “natural language understanding (NLU) technology – deep Artificial Intelligence, which the company began researching in 2001,” seems promising, based on the trailer. Northside claims “Currently, the software understands English well enough to enable a player to complete game levels, as long as they don’t veer too much off topic.” Set on a South Pacific set of island in the year 2021, the world faces decline due to excess population, poverty stricken denizens, and withering resources.
Similar to Isaac Asimov’s critically acclaimed novel iRobot, our automaton creations seem to be the only solution to dig humans out of the hole we’ve created. Today is the first of the team’s Kickstarter, with a goal of 100,00 CAD.