Check This Out at PAX East!: Dive Kick

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Check This Out at PAX East!: Dive Kick

**Every night this weekend I showcased an indie game I demoed while at PAX East. Friday night I talked about Swimsanity. Saturday night I talked about Slam Bolt Scrappers**

“Everyone loves fighting games right? No! Why? Cause there’s all this bullshit you have to get through to get to the awesome part of a fighting game,” said Dave Lang as he explained Dive Kick at the Giant Bomb panel. Continue reading “Check This Out at PAX East!: Dive Kick”

Check This Out at PAX East!: Slam Bolt Scrappers

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Check This Out at PAX East!: Slam Bolt Scrappers

**Every night this weekend I showcased an indie game I demoed while at PAX East. Friday night I talked about Swimsanity. Sunday night I talked about Dive Kick**

Take Puzzle Fighter, mix it with Super Smash Brothers and you have Slam Bolt Scrappers. Continue reading “Check This Out at PAX East!: Slam Bolt Scrappers”

Check This Out at PAX East!: Swimsanity

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Check This Out at PAX East!: Swimsanity

**Every night this weekend I showcased an indie game I demoed while at PAX East. Saturday night I talked about Slam Bolt Scrappers. Sunday night I talked about Dive Kick**

Swimsanity is a new multiplayer underwater twin stick shooter being produced by Decoy Games. It’s a back to basics shooter that although might feel familiar is an excellent execution of the genre. Continue reading “Check This Out at PAX East!: Swimsanity”

FREE STUFF: Street Fighter x Megaman v2

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FREE STUFF: Street Fighter x Megaman V2

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This time without gems!

Street Fighter x Megaman v2 is an update to is an update to a fan made game Capcom released to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Megaman and Street Fighter. The game features classic Megaman gameplay but with Street Fighter characters serving as bosses instead of an assortment of robot masters. Continue reading “FREE STUFF: Street Fighter x Megaman v2”

FREE STUFF: Argument Champion

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Free Stuff: Argument Champion

It will be no surprise to people that know me that I like this game. I have a reputation among my friends for being argumentative (I try to keep it in check, honest!). My coursework in college as a philosophy major was basically studying arguments. I enjoy the act of reasoning, the freedom and openness of drawing from a lifetime of experiences and coming up with clever twists of logic to support or undercut an idea. Bigblueboo Labs took this essential and prevalent aspect of life and turned it into a game mechanic with their experimental browser game Argument Champion.

In Argument Champion you connect ideas that the audience likes with the topic you’re defending and connect ideas the audience hates to the idea your opponent is defending. Helping you do this is an argument demon named Corax that reveals to you what ideas the audience views negatively and what ideas they love (is it any surprise that lawyers and rhetoricians are aided by dark forces?) Once you pick which two ideas to link, you have to show they are connected through a free association of connected ideas. So if you wanted to prove that dolphins and the moon are pretty much the same thing and that if you hate dolphins then you should hate the moon you might say something like:

Dolphins are linked to the ocean, the ocean can not exist with out the planet Earth, the planet Earth is inextricably connected to the solar system, the solar system is also connected to the moon, ergo dolphins = the moon.

It can be a bit silly sometimes but it’s fun. In actual gameplay terms once you select an idea to connect, other words associated with that idea appear around it. When you click an associated word, more words appear around the one you just clicked on which will reveal more associations in turn when clicked. You keep doing this until you finally manage to associate a word with the idea you were originally trying to connect with or the timer runs out.

As you progress through the rounds you’re given more options. It’s a short game and the 2 player mode hasn’t been implemented yet but it’s an interesting diversion and what words are associated with each other are randomized so it’s still interesting on subsequent playthroughs.

Argument Champion can be found at: www.argumentchampion.com

Check This Out!: Awesomenauts

 

Check This Out!: Awesomenauts

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Super League of Legends Two Turbo HD Remix Electric Boogaloo

Do you enjoy MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) games like League of Legends, DOTA, and Super Monday Night Combat but sometimes wished that they were 2d and had platforms? Neither did I until I found out  Awesomenauts existed. MOBA games are one of the cores of modern competitive gaming with millions of players feeding and ganking every day. In a MOBA game, you try to level up a hero with a unique set of skills by killing computer controlled bots and other players until you’re team is powerful enough to break through your opponents’ turrets and destroy their base. Each character plays a certain role on the team such as the carry (damage dealer + finisher,) tank(distracts and absorbs damage for the others,) or support(buffs and debuffs.) Teamwork is essential. To be successful, teams need to cover every role and avoid dying needlessly as it is easy for a single opponent to level up to the point that he can steamroll the entire team if a player keeps carelessly getting killed by him over and over. Consequently, the community of MOBA gamers is notorious for its hostility towards new players as one bad player can single-handedly lose the game for his team. Still the community has come a long way; a peer review system and experience based matchmaking has gone a long way towards defanging the trolls and it’s easier than ever for new players to get into the addictive MOBA madness.

Awesomenauts is of particular interest because it takes the familiar MOBA gameplay and turns it into a 2d platformer. It is also one of the few MOBA games available to console gamers. I haven’t tried but it looks very interesting.

What the critics are saying:

“It’s so enjoyable” – TotalBiscuit

“It will give you its love.” – Joystiq

You can get Awesomenauts on steam, xbox live, or the playstation network for $10. If you get it for PC though I would suggest buying it through the developer’s website here so that the money can go directly to them without the digital distribution services taking a cut. http://www.awesomenauts.com/

Check This Out: FTL Faster Than Light

Check This Out: FTL Faster Than Light

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FTL Feel The Love

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Have you ever dreamed of captaining your own starship?  Have you ever wanted to scream at your crew “Reroute power from the forward thrusters, I want the shields at full power!” or “Security team to the engineering deck, we’re being boarded!”?  If you have, then you might want to check out Faster Than Light.

Faster Than Light is one of the first Kickstarter funded games that has actually come to fruition and the results are promising.  The game itself is a starship captain simulator rogue-like.  The game has you leading a starship crew in ship to ship battles and exploring strange new worlds.  You must also make decisions through text based encounters that greatly affect your mission.  What makes Faster Than Light special though is the amount of detail in which it simulates being a starship captain.  You have to carefully balance the power distribution amongst the ships various systems and order your crew around the ship repairing various necessary systems or operating different stations in the ship.  You also have to handle things like leaks in the hull or fires starting on the ship in the middle of a battle.

The game also has many rogue-like elements.  The game is designed to be played through in a few hours, with a new galaxy and set of encounters being randomly generated each time you start the game.  This allows each play through to feel like a fresh new experience.  You also start a new character each time you play that develops differently depending on what resources are spawned nearby on the new map.  The game, keeping in the rogue-like tradition, is also supposed to be very hard and has a permadeath system that doesn’t allow you to reload your save file if you die.

The premise of playing as a starship captain is criminally underused in games.  The only main stream game I can think of at the moment that does this is Mass Effect and even that is a bit of a stretch.  For $10, you should definitely check out Faster Than Light.  You can either buy it on their website at http://www.ftlgame.com/ or on steam.

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What the Critics are Saying:

 

“Don’t ignore FTL because the art is simplistic or because it looks like it’s essentially ‘spreadsheet gaming.’ It’s one of the best indie games in years, and easily one of the most rewarding strategy games in recent memory. You’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t punish yourself with FTL. ” -Gamesradar

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“Time spent in Faster Than Light does not equal the time passing in the world outside. What felt like a quick 30-minute game before going to bed turns out to have been an epic four-hour session that has left you cold and alone in the early hours of the morning.” -Eurogamer

Check This Out!: Intrusion 2

 

Check This Out!: Intrusion 2

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What Happens When Physics Intrudes on a Perfectly Fine Game of Contra.

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Intrusion 2 is a retro-style side scrolling shooter that spices up the traditional genre with its use of physics.  Enemies ragdoll, bridges wobble, ropes dip when you hang from them but the biggest contribution the physics add to the game is that it results in a very interesting animation style.  Every character moves with a noticeable weight that at first seems off putting but quickly becomes endearing.

The game recently released on steam and has a demo available.  The demo didn’t immediately hook me and the controls for the dire wolves(!) were a little frustrating (why can’t wolves walk backwards?! I don’t care if it would make the game too easy! [ok, I care a little bit]. )  But the encounters quickly ramped up and before I knew it was I was shooting airdropped sand worms while snowboarding down a mountain side and battling flying, punching(!) troop transports.  The much touted boss fights proved their salt and by the end of the demo I was hooked and craving more.

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A few quotes from critics

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“It is a meeting point between old game design and new, with every other moment punctuated with some of the most thrilling level and boss design to grace the genre. As improbable as it may sound, this game made by one guy not only stands up to the classics, it is every bit as good as Gunstar Heroes and Contra.”

Destructoid 9/10

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“I have to tell you about Intrusion 2, because it’s like a game from my stupid dreams about games that couldn’t exist.”

PCGamer

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Intrusion 2 is on sale now for $10 on steam but if you buy it you should consider purchasing it for the same price direct from the one man developer DRM-free at his website http://www.intrusion2.com/ so he personally gets all of the profit.  A demo is available on the website and on steam. Controller pad enabled.