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Watch the history of horror video games in 3 minutes

22 Nov

history of horror video games

Are you rady to re-live a brief history of horror video games in the next 3 minutes or so? Because young film-maker Anthony Carpendale is looking for some funds on Kickstarter, in order to complete his project of a full-lenght documentary on horror video games Playing With Fear. So, the video you’re going to watch is some sort of trailer for his campaign, but still pretty impressive! Enjoy!

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Hyper Light Drifter is you next big Kickstarter project

27 Sep

Hyper Light Drifter

Hyper Light Drifter is a 2D Action RPG in the vein of the best 8-bit and 16-bit classics, with modernized mechanics and designs on a much grander scale. The creators wanted it to be as beautiful as possible, forging color with the dark and eerie wastes and intimidating landscapes. They say it plays like the best parts of A Link to the Past and Diablo, evolved with lightning fast combat, more mobility, an array of tactical options, more numerous and intelligent enemies, and a larger world with a twisted past to do it all in.

Here the Kickstarter trailer!

It definitely looks awesome and we want to put our hands on it as soon as possible. But here are more screens/gifs.

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But what it’s exacly about?

  • Rip through enemies with responsive, fun combat; engaging and brutal. Upgrade weapons, discover new equipment and trek deeper than ever.
  • Traverse a dark, detailed and interconnected world with alternate paths and secret loot. Miyazaki films have taught me that beautiful animation and design add life to a world. From characters to background elements, everything is lovingly crafted while I hum show-tunes and squint suspiciously at the flickering pixels until they perform as intended.
  • A challenge – The game is accessible and easy to pick up, but difficult to master and complete; enemies and hazards become more vicious and numerous, so players must use clever tactics to avoid death. (Some yell hurtful phrases at players simply to bring tears to the cereal bowl below.)

It’s also doing pretty well on Kickstarter, reaching  more than $300k (over a $27k goal) in just a couple of weeks. Here are the stretch goals.

Hyper Light Drifter

Mighty No. 9 documentary

27 Sep

mighty no.9Just four days till the end of the very popular Kickstarter project (almost 3 million dollars), Keiji Infune‘s Comcept Studio has released a Mighty No. 9 documentary, let’s say a sort of Making Of episode 0. It totally worths the 30 minutes, so enjoy!

Mighty No. 9 is the new project from the creator of Mega Man

4 Sep

Mighty No. 9Annoyed by the fact that Capcom let the Mega Man franchise die? Don’t worry folks because if we’re lucky enough Keiji Inafune himself is gonna give us a new game, that indeed is the spiritual successor to Mega Man. The game is called Mighty No. 9 and is currently under development at Comcept, former Head of R&D at Capcom Keiji Inafune’s new studio, and it’s seeking your help on Kickstarter.

Wondering what the game is about? Here’s the description from the Kickstarter prokect:

  • Mighty No. 9 is an all-new Japanese side-scrolling action game that takes thebest aspects of the 8- and 16-bit era classics you know and love, and transforms them with modern tech, fresh mechanics, and fan input into something fresh and amazing!

  • You play as Beck, the 9th in a line of powerful robots, and the only one not infected by a mysterious computer virus that has caused mechanized creatures the world over to go berserk. Run, jump, blast, and transform your way through six stages (or more, via stretch goals) you can tackle in any order you choose, using weapons and abilities stolen from your enemies to take down your fellow Mighty Number robots and confront the final evil that threatens the planet!

The initial goal for the project was $900k, but now just three days have passed and the amount of funds reached so far is an astonishing $1.5m! This is huge success opened the road for a console release and for other great stuff! Let’s see what’s next. Stay tuned (even if the release date is set for Spring 2015).

Mighty No. 9

 

AdventureOS will create levels based on your computer’s files

26 Aug

AdventureOS

Yep, you read the title right. AdvertureOS is an 2.5D RPG/Metroidvania adventure based game that is entirely auto-generated by the content (folders and files) of your computer. Each room, object, enemy, puzzle, key, treasure and boss. It’s actually an interpretation of the files you can find on the computer where the game is running, making each adventure as exciting as unique for each user.

But let the developer, Evelend Games from Spain, better explain how the game really works with this video.

A PC, Mac and Linux release is planned if they reach their goal. You can find the project on Indiegogo at the following link, where you can find also more info about the gameplay and everything.

(Don’t worry, your porn’s gonna be fine)

Hot Tin Roof is the new 3D noir cat-filled game from Glass Bottom

26 Aug

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Do you remember Glass Bottom Games? The guys (actually more gals) that made Jones on Fire? Well, they’re back, and this time to bring us  Hot Tin Roof: The Cat That Wore A Fedora. It’s a noir 3D side-scrolling platformer (currently) for PC, Mac and Linux where players have to explore and uncover clues, with the usual bit of cats here and there.

You’re Emma Jones, a two bit girl in an 8-bit world, and you’re the private investigator on a string of grisly murders.  You’ll run, jump and climb through a massive 3D city, sleuthing up clues and tracking down the killer. Enjoy the trailer.

We had the luck to try a beta version in advance (but ssshh, that’s a secret!) and it looks gorgeous! Definitely something we want to see finished! You all be able to try it too at next PAX.

Hot Tin Roof is currently on Kickstarter (throw them some money here) and on Steam Greenlight (vote it here).

Still uncertain if backing the game or not? Here are some features you might want consider:

    • Noir as fuck.
    • Tons of platforming and exploring, hunting for clues.
    • Cats, but not JUST cats. Pigeons too, and rats!
    • Metroidvania-esque – just more of the Metroid, less of the vania.

That’s all, we can just hope all the luck to Glass Bottom Games for their new project, hoping it’ll be able to see the light of day.

Here’s Tangiers, the Dalì of video games

8 Aug

tangiers

The discussion about video games being a form of art is always a good point to start when we find gems like this one. Tangiers appears to be the most surrealist video game you will ever play, let’s say the Dalì of gaming.

The game is an indie project by a two man studio called Andalusian, and based in Bristol, and it’s looking for funds on Kickstarter.

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Following the words of Alex Harvey, one of the two men behind the project, Tangiers is where stealth gameplay meets the darker avant-garde of the 20th century, defining his creation as a dark, uneasy game, but also as an exploration of broken cities and landscapes.

You still don’t see the art? Here’s what Alex said regarding the artistic inspirations for the game:

“Writers such as Burroughs and Ballard, artists within the Dada movement and the music and textures of Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire and David Lynch all drive us. They are our motivations – often oblique, sometimes in open reference.”

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The game is currently on Kickstarter, and if you think it could be your next piece of art, here’s the link to give them some money. Note the the project still need $4k, but the countdown is still on six days to go.

Want more? Enjoy the two trailers.

Massive Chalice is a massive success

6 Jun

massive chaliceWell, you got any doubt about it? Like almost every Double Fine project, Massive Chalice kickstarter backing was (and still is) a total success! In fact the game presented by the well-known indie developer has been funded in just a couple of days, exceeding the initial goal of $725.000.

Now Double Fine guys are thinking about some sort of stretch goal, here’s the official update:

A lot of people have asked us about stretch goals. MASSIVE CHALICE is still in the pre-production phase of development. We’ve got a TON of ideas around Double Fine HQ that sound awesome, but as with every game, not every idea can make it through production. And now that we’ve announced the game and shared the idea with you guys, we have another TON of ideas! So that’s two tons of ideas we’re trying to fit into a modest budget!

The exciting thing about taking the game to you guys at this early stage is that some of your ideas are even better than ours. As we go through pre-production into production, some of these ideas are going to trump ours, leading to a game that’s more in line with what our community wants! That’s amazing and we love having you involved in the process!

Ultimately it’s about making the best game possible with the total amount we receive. We’ll be using any amount of extra funding to add new features and iterate on the ideas generated not just by us, but by you—the community!

 

Double Fine is back and they’re asking your help to make Massive Chalice real

30 May

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Yep, Double Fine is back with a new Kickstarter project! This time is about turn-based tactics and feudal fantasy, in the brand new RPG called Massive Chalice.

The guys at Double Fine stated that the game, if backed, will be inspired by classic tactical strategy games like X-COM, Final Fantasy Tactics, and Fire Emblem, as well as Game of Thrones’ array of noble families. With these influences in mind they promise to create an epic, replayable turn-based tactics game where you train generations of heroes to repel a demonic invasion.

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massive chalice double fine kickstarter

Any more detail? Massive Chalice is a single player turn-based tactics game within a multi-generational strategy campaign built for replayability.

As an immortal King or Queen, you must unite your kingdom under a powerful dynasty, eliminate the demonic threat, and reforge the so-called Massive Chalice!

The game is structured into two main layers: strategy and tactics. In the strategy layer, you oversee your kingdom, arrange royal marriages, conduct research, and make the far-reaching decisions that will determine the fate of your legacy. In the tactics layer, you fight brutal turn-based battles to defend your kingdom using small squads of customizable heroes.

Permadeath is inevitable: your heroes will grow, age, and eventually die. You’ll have to choose between keeping your favorite heroes on the battlefield or retiring them from combat to foster a new generation of warriors.

Each playthrough begins with a random assortment of male and female heroes from various bloodlines, guaranteeing that each game is unique. Your knowledge and skill will increase over multiple playthroughs, but the details of every game will change based on your decisions and the whims of fate.

The Kickstarter campaign has started today, it will last for 28 more days, and the final goal is $725k (as we’re writing this, they’ve raised more than $30k so far). As usual, if you feel positive about the project, here’s the Kickstarter page to throw your money at!

Get the Humble Double Fine Bundle and help children

7 May

The Humble Double Fine bundle

Double Fine Productions is back with a brand new Humble Double Fine Bundle! As usual the rules are the following: Pay what you want. Support charity. Get cross-platform, DRM-free games.

So we’re in, but what’s in the pack? Pay what you want and get the beloved and hilarious platformer Psychonauts; the matryoshka doll epic adventure Stacking; and the adorable adventure/RPG Costume Quest. If you pay over the average, you’ll get the heavy metal action/adventure/RTS rocker Brütal Legend. You’ll also become a slacker backer of Double Fine’s Kickstarter point-and-click adventure game, Broken Age, with a purchase of $35 or more and receive the finished game and bonus content that comes with it! And if you pay $70 or more you’ll receive a limited edition Double Fine T-shirt (choose from two color options) in addition to everything else! Additionally, this bundle includes tons of soundtracks that will have your ears jumping for joy!

The cool thing is that YOU can decide how divide your contribution among Double Fine, the Humble Bundle Inc. and the two charity foundations involved in the project, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child’s Play.

So, this all sounds amazing…you’re going to get hours of absolutely crazy fun with all those games and also you will give your help to children in need. What the hell are you waiting for? Here’s the link to get this!