September 2015


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‘Frank the Dillo’ is Like the Lovechild of ‘Marble Madness’ and Mini Golf

When I think back to some of the fondest memories of gaming in my youth, Marble Madness is a game that sticks out. Sure it was excruciatingly difficult and to this day I don’t think I’ve ever gotten past the fourth or fifth stage, but that sure didn’t stop me from playing it all the time. Oh, I also like mini-golf, both the real life and video game varieties. Wouldn’t it be cool if someone came along and combined those two amazing things? Enter developer Cownado and their upcoming game Frank the Dillo. Based on its trailer, it very much looks like a mashup of Marble Madness and mini-golf, along with all sorts of other wacky stuff thrown in for good measure. Check it out.

Frank the Dillo is set for release at some point in October. It looks really cool, but the only bummer so far is that at least for now the game appears to only be coming to iPads and Android tablets. I typically trust a developer when they make a game tablet-only that it truly needs the larger screen real estate, but we’ve also seen plenty of tablet-only games move to the …read more


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Jotun Review

In my very first moments of Jotun, I was immediately overtaken by the wondrous mood of Thunder Lotus Games’ impressive world. This journey through the legends of Norse mythology is supported by utterly beautiful hand-drawn animation and a rousing soundtrack that all comes together to create a place steeped in mysticism and reverence.

As Thora, the battle-hardened viking warrior who unceremoniously drowns one stormy night at sea, you’re given a second chance to prove your courage to the gods. And even while the larger story of a battle against elemental giants called Jotuns unfolds, Thora’s backstory and stoic personality shine through in her narration, fantastically delivered in her strong voice and native language.

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Jotun Review

Thunder Lotus Games’ mystical journey through Norse mythology is a gorgeous storybook punctuated by hectic fights against titanic foes. …read more


General Assembly Raises $70 Million, Closing In On 25,000 Alumni Worldwide

Today, educational startup General Assembly announced a series D round of funding of $70M.
Here’s what CEO Jake Schwartz had to say about the news, including the addition of a new board member:
Today we are announcing a new round of funding for General Assembly, representing over $70 million in capital from a group of leading investors. Our new investors are Advance Publications and… Read More …read more


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‘Sentinel’ Developer Origin8 Unveils Time Travel Adventure Game ‘Future Sense’

The fine folks at Origin8, developers of the Sentinel tower defense franchise, have announced their newest game, called Future Sense. Yes, it’s about time travel. No, we don’t know much more beyond that, though Origin8 is promising that it is “an episodic adventure/puzzle with a time travel twist” and that “your past is sure to catch up with you.” Sounds curious! Here’s a teaser:

And here’s the trailer for the Steam Greenlight campaign:

I’m a big fan of time-travel games – Sonic CD [$2.99] is still one of the few games to really implement it in a cool way, and I’m always hopeful that a game with time travel will live up to what that game did. We’ll see how Future Sense plays with time travel. Origin8 is near submission of the first episode, so we’ll hopefully get to see just what this is for ourselves, quite soon. Keep an eye on the forum thread for more.

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‘VainGlory’ Version 1.9 Update Now Available: Skins, Phinns, Costumes and Characters

The VainGlory [Free] version 1.9 update is out now, and boy howdy new character Phinn looks like a killer. This aquatic maniac is going to be their first hero with a pull mechanic. Much like Pudge in Dota or Blitzcrank in League of Legends, Phinn is going to be the guy who drags his enemies back into the fray.

The big deal about Phinn is that rather than a single target hook, his hook can grab an entire team if they are bunched up. Oh, he also has an AoE vacuum. Oh, he also has a line snare that upgrades into a line stun. Oh, his passive makes him basically immune to CC. Oh. WOW.

Now we don’t have specifics on damage numbers but this is a COMPLETELY unprecedented amount of suction/CC on any moba character I have ever seen. If you want to run away from a Phinn, good luck cause you are going to need it.

Now the patch notes have a few other goodies outside of the unflappable Phinn. Just in time for the Halloween season we get our first look at the Celeste and Petal limited time skins. If history has taught us anything, it’s that …read more


Upcoming Strategy/Diplomacy Game ‘Subterfuge’ Releases October 15th

Back in May, I wrote a preview about the strategy/diplomacy game Subterfuge, a very entertaining week-long strategy game that’s all about either stabbing people in the back or allying with them (or doing both, of course). Briefly, this multiplayer game is all about capturing bases, building drillers, and taking over other players’ bases with the ultimate goal of being the last one standing. After more than three years in development, Subterfuge will finally attack the App Store and Google Play Store October 15th. The game will be free to download but won’t be F2P; instead, a one-time $9.99 IAP will unlock the full game that will allow you to play multiple games simultaneously, create private games, keep private notes on other players, and play in rated games.

Recently, the game’s developers revealed Subterfuge’s latest feature made possible by iOS 9. In their attempt to find a way for players to share their experiences with the game, they’ve decided to use ReplayKit so players can share either whole games or fun moments on Youtube, Facebook, etc. Apparently it was extremely easy to implement this, which is good news for developers. Sometime between now and …read more


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RollerCoaster Tycoon World Release Date Revealed

RollerCoaster Tycoon World will release for PC on December 10, 2015, Atari has announced.

In a post on the game’s official blog, the publisher also revealed that pre-orders for this new entry in its popular park-building series are now open on Steam.

RollerCoaster Tycoon will be available in two versions, with the standard option retailing for $50 USD and the Deluxe Edition priced at $60 USD. Those who opt for for the latter will get a few extras, including two additional building maps, a digital art book, and more.

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Beyond: Requiem for a Vita

An official comment from Sony puts another nail in the Vita’s metaphorical coffin, so we reflect on what the little system did right, what it did wrong, and what approaches might’ve worked better. Beyond that we also discuss the last-gen Uncharted Trilogy’s flying leap onto PS4 with The Nathan Drake collection, Max’s love for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and Black Ops III’s tone-deaf Twitter publicity stunt. Podcast Beyond is Max Scoville, Marty Sliva, Brian Altano, and Andrew Goldfarb..Oh, and we also talk about whether or not Pinocchio drank wine while he was inside of that weird old whale’s belly.

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