Like any child of the 80s, I have a soft spot in my heart for brawlers that can only be filled with a punch to the face of a velociraptor. I’ve cleared the raging streets, finished the fight, and cleared out the sewers so many times that the city gave me my own waste removal truck. I also happen to have a ridiculous soft spot for Get Rich or Die Gaming, an outrageous adventure game with horrid voice acting, sleazy sex appeal, and tons of kitsch. So, naturally I was a bit pimped pumped when I heard that Baller Industries’ follow-up to Get Rich would be a brawler. So how did I feel after I got my hands on this bizarre monstrosity?
The story, characters, cut scenes, and dialogue are exactly what I would expect from Baller Industries. Characters act in extreme fashions, experience 180-degree mood swings for no apparent reason, and enjoy shouting profanity. It’s absolutely insane, but in all the best ways like the He-Man Christmas Special. The plot follows a main character who has been sober for 10 years, but somehow keeps finding new ways to get stoned, drunk, or otherwise intoxicated during what has to be the worst day ever experienced by an auditor. I can kind of see why he’d want to stay clean, because apparently the slightest narcotic in his system causes him to flip out and kick the tar out of everyone like Scrappy Doo on speed.
Two thousand and eleven was a bittersweet year for Xbox Live Indie Games in many ways, featuring a ratings scandal that divided the community and several prominent developers leaving the platform for greener pastures and an ambition to actually make money for their hard work. Their successes are a validation of the innovative ideas that the community fosters and a testament to the potential that lies within the platform, even if it winds up as a breeding ground for talent. There were 728 Xbox Live Indie Games released this year. That’s a hell of a lot of games to sift through to find that talent, but once in a while you come across something that is not quite like anything else out there. Those unique games are what this list is about. You won’t find any spurious Minecraft rip-offs or something that is impressive merely because it’s like some other game, only not nearly as cool. This list represents everything that is distinctive about Xbox Live Indie games.
Like Cursed Loot, Cursed Cosmos will feature a randomly-generated seamless world.
Players will be able to mine and sell ore between various planets.
Sidequests can be taken in different star systems.
There will be boss battles.
Players will also be able to repair and purchase upgrades for their ship.
Eyehook Games stated there might be different classes of ships with different upgrade sets and bonuses. The ship upgrades could range from cargo improvements, thruster speed, increase of onboard seeker missiles, enhanced mining, and more.
While the game is still in development, the developer said is “still a few months off.” However many months that means, we’ll keep our eyes open for this one.
Christmas has come and gone, and while that may mean we have to wait another full year before we get to play more Santa sims, there is still plenty of time to enjoy other winter-themed masterpieces, such as Zombie Snowmen. At least it shouldn’t be too challenging to decapitate them.
Armless Octopus Bloody Stump Award for Indie of the Week
If you’re one of the 11 people on the planet who doesn’t have an iOS device and missed out on the Tiny Wings phenomenon like me, Rainbow Rapture should give you a pretty good approximation of the fowl-flinging experience. Swap out the bird for a rainbow and this looks to be basically a carbon copy of the iOS hit. That’s not totally a bad thing, since the original was (apparently) quite a lot of fun and this one seems to capture the essence. But, it does lack the online leaderboards that made Tiny Wings so captivating. Read more
Still playing Skyrim? Yeah, we thought so. But, doctors recommend that you take a break from slaying dragons every 100 hours, so maybe you should stretch those legs, re-hydrate with some beer, and download some indie games.
Armless Octopus Bloody Stump Award for the Indie of the Week
This is a really fun racer. The aesthetics and menus are nothing to write home about, but beneath that is a really deep game. You can tinker with dozens of options, to the point where it feels far more advanced than most triple-A racers. I can see this being a blast at parties as well, as you can greatly simplify the game for a simple drop-in / drop-out experience. Definitely try this. Read more
Our favorite fruit-headed hero might not return until 2012, but My Owl Software just unpacked slew of new pics of Apple Jack’s Great Escape to keep your appetites whetted. The new screens show off one of the new boss fights, a combo system that should look familiar to fans of the first game, and enough pandas to scarf down an entire bamboo forest in an afternoon. We’ll let you know when we learn more details surrounding Jack’s return to XBLIG.
If I were evaluating Invasion based on how much I wanted to like it, I would give it fifteen out of ten smoking laser rifles. A heavily Contra-inspired shooter that demolishes the fourth wall so thoroughly that it practically serves as a demo for another game? What could go wrong? Sadly, quite a bit, but not nearly enough to completely sour the experience. It might be a bit awkward at times, but damn do I love shooting aliens, and Invasion manages to keep the experience feeling fresh and fun for the whole ride.
Invasions’ individual elements aren’t always solid, but it succeeds in spite of them thanks to a great sense of personality and constant shifts in the game that prevent it from feeling dull. This is actually the prequel to Heart Attack Machine’s prior release, Parasitus: Ninja Zero, a game that had more in common with the hack ‘n slash ways of The Dishwasherthan old school shooters. This time around, you play as Stockton, a cocky soldier looking to escape the city as it’s being overrun by aliens. The fragmented shooting sequences are broken up by dialogue sequences as Stockton chatters on his comm device with his commander who provides directions on how to heroically run for your life.