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.
For some time now, I’ve had pent up anger and have been eagerly seeking an outlet for this rage (not really). Fortunately, one developer, Projector Games has provided an outlet for this misguided vexation in the form Truck Stop.
Their previous titles includedSteam Heroes on XBLIG, Bitstream, and FortressCraft, the voxel-based sandbox game which would go on to become one of the highest grossing titles on the platform.
Projector Games is taking a unique approach towards selling this title: A single level is available on IndieCity for $5 right now, and for ever 1,000 copies of the title sold, additional content will be released. ‘”Hopefully the ‘Groupon’ effect will help, with people getting their friends to buy the game, so that we have the motivation and reason to add in more and more content for a long time to come,” studio head Adam Sawkins stated.
So if you enjoy destroying cities from the cab of an 18-wheeler, then perhaps you’ll be obliged to visit the developer’s Greenlight page as well. At some point in the trailer I saw something about aliens attacking from Mars as well. Oh, and zombies, too. So if for no other reason, you can at least help to keep the impending zombie infestation to a minimum.
If you’re a fan of platformers, there’s no reason to skip out on Electronic Super Joy. The full game isn’t available yet, but the beta release is now available on Steam. It’s already a pretty polished product that offers a ton of variety, so if you’ve been looking to hop from ledge to ledge while avoiding missiles, or you’ve been looking to crash the Pope’s spaceship, look no further. This game has you covered. Read more
Let us say you have no plans for this weekend and are looking forward to a slew of new indie games looking to get into your hands via Steam Greenlight. Then say there was a livestream called The Greenlight SuperShow going on that day going on showcasing a pile of indie games with “tons of gameplay, special guests, Q&A’s, game giveaways, sneak peaks, cake*, and possibly even rap battles!” Now imagine this is a real 13+ hour livestream hosted by Alix of Robot Loves Kitty (Legend of Dungeon) whom already has a greenlit game and wishes to share the love to other developers.
Well it is real and it is coming to us this upcoming Saturday, June 29th at 10:30am and will bring us showcases of over 25 games including Tower of Guns, Syder Arcade, McDroid, Ray’s the Dead, Paranautical Activity, Forced, Castaway Paradise, Rollers of the Realm, Retrobooster, BroForce, Dukes and Dirigibles, Girls Like Robots, and more. If you wish to join in on the fun stop by The Greenlight SuperShow page for a full game listing and schedule or just swing by the RobotLovesKitty Twitch.tv channel anytime on Saturday.
Make no mistake about it: Electronic Super Joy will wipe the floor with you. That said, if you’re looking forward to this game or the trailer above appeals to you in any way, this isn’t a bad thing. It’s a platformer that taxes your skills heavily, but don’t take my word for it. Pre-orders now come with access to a beta version of the game, allowing you to put your abilities to the test. Read more
A Jolly Corpse has revealed a release date for their long-in-development puzzle-platformer, Wyv and Keep. The co-op treasure-hunting game is coming to Desura (for Windows, Mac and Linux) on June 14 for $9.99 (or two licenses for $15). If you’re feeling impatient, you can nab the beta version right now, and it will automatically update to the full release on June 14. An Xbox Live Indie Games version will be available on or around June 14 (depending on the peer review process).
A team has also released a new trailer to celebrate the final release date. Take a minute (or three) to check out the various nouns and verbs that comprise Wyv and Keep in über dramatic fashion. You can also vote for it on Project Greenlight if you want to someday search for treasure on Steam.
After four years of development, Facepalm Games’ eerie clone-creating game, The Swapper, is arriving on Steam on May 30. You can witness the game’s unique clay-based stop-motion visuals in the new trailer, or check out our preview from PAX East.