Gaming

Brighter Day Brings Vibrant, Cheery Horror to Itch.io

Brighter Day‘s unusually bright, colorful terror (which I spoke about a few weeks ago) has released, unleashing a torrent of unflinching eyes on Itch.io. Why are you in this place? Why do the eyes follow you everywhere you go? Where can you get a copy of that cute bunny tarot deck? All of these questions may or may not be answered in this release. All we know is that you don’t want one of those eye to catch up with you, and short of blinding them with some bright light, they will never, ever give up. And they’re everywhere, watching, unblinking. But don’t worry! It’s only daytime, and nothing creepy ever happens in the daytime!

Right?

Brighter Day is available for $2.99 on Itch.io. For more information on the game and The Loneliest Pixel, you can head to the developer’s site or follow them on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. You can also vote for the game on Steam Greenlight.

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Games You May Have Overlooked: Parallax

Games You May Have Overlooked focuses on providing a brief description of games that I found to be unique and innovative, but may not have gained a large audience. Parallax is definitely one such game. A first-person puzzler that features worlds of black and white that overlap to create the game’s levels, Parallax charmed me with the unique mechanics and it’s interesting visual aesthetic, which definitely make it a top contender for a game that you may have overlooked.

Depending on the level of challenge, a puzzle game can often deter potential players by providing puzzles that are either too easy or too difficult to solve. One of the things that Parallax did so well was to provide challenges that were definitely solvable with the use of moderate logic, but also maintained a good degree of challenge. Solving the puzzles provided that perfect sense of satisfaction that all puzzle games require in order to be successful. To be fair, however, there was a bit of an issue with the slow scaling of difficulty in the game, but it wasn’t all that much of a bother during my playthrough.

In terms of its …read more


The TouchArcade Show – 205 – Obnoxiously Checking the Time

Now that both Jared and I have our Apple Watches, we start the show by talking a bit about some of the things covered in my review. We’re both hopeful for the future, and hoping for Mike to even get an iOS update that would allow him to connect an Apple watch were he to buy one. From there, we move on to some brief game discussion before diving into the drama of the week… Which, this week, seems to be everyone and their brother announcing that they’re diving head-first in to mobile from AAA.

Don’t forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to podcast@toucharcade.com. We read ’em all, and love decoding messages written entirely in emoji. As always, you can listen to us with the links below… And if you like what you hear, please subscribe and/or drop us a review in iTunes. Much appreciated!

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Direct Link: TouchArcadeShow-205.mp3, 61.9MB

Oh also, if you’ve got a new game, a great update, just like supporting what we …read more


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TouchArcade Game of the Week: ‘Heroes and Castles 2’

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn’t necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable “best” thing. Instead, it’s more just us picking out the single game out of the week’s releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one.

These picks might be controversial, and that’s OK. If you disagree with what we’ve chosen, let’s try to use the comments of these articles to have conversations about what game is your game of the week and why.

Without further ado…

Heroes and Castles 2

We’ve been fans of Foursaken Media’s games for years, practically since the beginning of the App Store. They are masters of taking multiple genres and blending them into one cohesive package, and they’ve always strived to bring that “console-like” experience …read more


Best iPhone and iPad Games – 5/15/15 – ‘Legend of Grimrock’, ‘The Enchanted Cave 2’, ‘Kindo’, ‘Seek: Find Your Friends’ and ‘Fearless Fantasy’

It’s awesome when a game you’ve been looking forward to forever comes out and it’s even better than you were hoping it’d be. That was the case with Legend of Grimrock, anyway. It’s a supremely awesome game that you need to check out, but this week also had loads of rad stuff get released so next week’s best games roundup is likely going to be even crazier.


Legend of Grimrock, $4.99
[Review] – Legend of Grimrock[$4.99 (HD)] just landed on the app store. Almost Human decided it was time, and I couldn’t agree more. For those of you who are familiar, this port doesn’t disappoint. I never got the chance to play the PC version, but I am convinced I have lost nothing in the translation. If you only play one dungeon delving game this summer, I feel bad for you, but it had better be Grimrock.


The Enchanted Cave 2, $2.99
[Review] – Enter the dungeon, go as far as you can, gather some loot, get some experience, and get out before you get killed. Go back in, get a little farther, …read more




Your REAL Guide To The Witcher 3’s Characters

The grand
scale
and superb
review scores
for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt are attracting more new players
to the series than ever before. Yesterday, Kim wrote her own character primer to get newbie witchers up to speed, and – considering the fact that she reviewed the game for us – it’s pretty good. However, it doesn’t tell you everything that you need to know – that’s where my decades of professional analysis and patented method for Keeping It Real come into play. Once you’re done learning from my stunning insight, you’ll be witching with the best of them. You’re welcome!

If you’re worried about spoilers, don’t; I haven’t played
any of The Witcher 3, so I can’t possibly spoil what I don’t know. In fact, I
haven’t played any of the Witcher
games. That didn’t stop me from providing a brilliant analysis of The
Witcher 2’s characters
, though, which you could say is the most insightful thing
any critic has ever written about the series…until now. So let’s get to it!

Name: Geraldo Rivera Geralt of Rivia
Occupation: Witcher
Analysis: Our hero of The
Witcher series is back, and even though “witcher” still sounds like a lame
occupation, the fact that he’s been …read more


‘Out There’ Developer’s New Project is Cyberpunk Point-and-Click ‘Void & Meddler’

A trio of independent studios in France are teaming up to release Void & Meddler, a sickly neon point-and-click adventure full of recreational hormone supplements, synthetic memories, and screech owl people. You’ll play as a girl named Fyn, “wandering in an uncertain era, in an undefined city,” as the blurb explains.

If Void & Meddler‘s cyberpunk trappings seem too familiar, it’s because the game wears its influences on its sleeve. Rookie developers NO cvt aren’t shy about drawing from the works and worlds of Phillip K. Dick, William Gibson, and David Cronenberg. You’ll see what I mean in the trailer below:

As mentioned, there are least three different studios working on Void & Meddler in some capacity. The freshly-minted NO cvt is doing the bulk of the design and development, and the two-person team at Blackmuffin Studio is contributing some environmental art. It’s early days for Void & Meddler, so there’s not much to mull over besides Blackmuffin’s dramatic angles and evocative color palette. Their site is full of interesting projects, too.

Michaël Peiffert, lastly, is the founder of Mi-Clos Studio and designer of Out There [$3.99], easily one of the best iOS games of 2014. He’s signed …read more