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
Charlie Murder dares to ask “Why just shoot or stab a zombie when you can rip its arms off and use them to slap other zombies in the face?” Well played, Charlie Murder. Well played. Castle Crashers and Scott Pilgrim proved there is still an audience for the quarter-munching brawlers of the 90s, but those games exist in a world of innocent, prancing unicorns that piss rainbows with kaleidoscopic landscapes straight from a Saturday morning cartoon. Charlie Murder rips the head off that unicorn, scrapes out its brains, and eats cereal from the hollowed skull.
It’s not exactly subtle, but damn, does it ever have style. Loud, angry, style.
Charlie Murder takes the punk rock, monster-movie style of The Dishwasher series and brings it to the brawler stage. Imagine if Streets of Rage took place inside Night of the Living Dead, and then crashed a White Zombie video. It’s full of outlandish, gory violence that is just cartoony enough to maintain a solid sense of humor. Film grain muddies up the visuals, the soundtrack sounds like punk rock from hell, and eyeballs have the nasty habit of being propelled from their sockets at a high velocity in slow motion. Oh, and you can definitely rip out hearts and eat them. Because hearts are yummy.
Immersion is a key element in board games and is what allows players to escape their own reality to that of the game designer’s mind. Fortunately, Shadowrun does an incredible job of this through excellent writing, stunning visuals, and intriguing characters. These three elements are where the title really shines, in particular with the distinct, hand-drawn neo-Dystopian environments of the greater Seattle area.
I frequently found myself with my face against the screen as I tried to take in Hairbrained Schemes’ detailed view of the future. Moreover, the story line was engaging and I was always keenly aware of my task at hand. The development team did a great job of dangling the carrot in front of my face, because after each successful missions I was always contemplating in the back of my mind, “just one more…just one more…”
The stark lighting is reminiscent of Blade Runner’s take on the near future
One of the joys of the indie game market is that every now and again, we get a game that appeals to our nostalgia for older types of gameplay. Face Noir is Italian developer, Mad Orange’s, attempt to scratch that itch for good point-and-click puzzle solving while wrapping it in the skin of a post-war detective drama. In some ways, it is successful, but it brings with it remnants gamers were happy to leave behind a few eras ago.
The story focuses on Jack Del Nero, a former cop turned private dick, who goes to investigate a tip from a mysterious phone call and ends up being accused of murdering someone once very close to him. The premise is not atypical in the least, but the game smartly adds fantastical and unexpected plot elements that make this case anything but something out of L.A. Noire. Although the antagonists and their motivations become a tad confusing by the ending, the plot is satisfying. There is also one moment where a character makes a comment on the unfolded events that serves as an excellent observation about the basic nature of interwoven character stories, such as this one. Read more
Minority Media presented gamers with serious subject matter in Papo & Yo, which focused on Vander Caballero’s childhood living with an alcoholic father. However, they’re not done telling personal stories through gaming. Silent Enemy is their next announced game, though it is still rather early in development, and the subject this time around will be bullying.
In Silent Enemy, the player controls a character in snowy land of north Quebec, an as-of-yet untouched environment in gaming which is home to the Cree native Americans. The winter is never-ending, and the goal is to bring back the spring to rejuvenate the land. Although the player character will be able to gain experience and use spiritual powers of nature to achieve goals, your progress will be impeded by crows, the bullies, who cannot be confronted head on through physical force. Silent Enemy is not a game about becoming more and more powerful.
Personally, I’m really excited to see what they will do with the what is such a hot topic in media today, particularly in the video game world where harassment runs rampant in forums, on voice chat, and on the Internet as a whole. Also, the perspective will be from two different members of the Minority Media team: Ruben Farrus, who grew up in Spain, and Ernest Webb, who grew up on a Cree reservation. Papo & Yo, despite its flaws, touched many players around the world, and I have no doubt that the team can pull it off again. For now, we know it is being developed for mobile platforms and PC, but not much else.
You can watch the teaser trailer below and get an idea of just how rampant bullying is.
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