It’s Finnished: Driftmoon Out Tomorrow

Charming-looking top-down RPG Driftmoon, which has been in development by Finnish dev team Instant Kingdom for quite some time now (we first reported on it back in 2011), arrives tomorrow. The Instant Kingdoms have put out a trailer of the game, which you can see below, in which players explore dungeons, look at spiders, and stroll on a beach. All good RPGing things.

Also, 15% of proceeds from the sale of the game go to the Red Cross.
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Explore A Planet In Planet Explorers

Planet Explorers has one of my favourite premises for a game, which is: you’ve crashed-landed on an alien planet, now go off and explore and survive. The way you do this is by engaging in a game that is somewhere half way between Minecraft and an MMO. (You start off getting a mission from someone with an ! above their head, and that mission is to hit a tree so that you can gather materials to build stuff.) It’s in alpha right now, but it’s on its way to being a big builder’s sandbox, complete with a voxel landscape that you can deform, or at least run around in digging holes with a shovel, as I did for the first half hour. It’s a world filled with alien plants, alien beasts, and towering robot things. The game is in early alpha right now, so it’s very much a work in progress, but it’s a (currently) free game that already does do what it’s says on the tin. There’s a trailer below showing off some of the delights of the latest build.

You can play it for free, just here.
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Patton The Head: Legends Of War

Legends of War has a peculiar trailer. At just over thirty seconds long, I hoped it would be a video of a computer-generated General Patton flexing and chewing bullets. ‘LEGEND OF WAR’, the title would be written in explosions, and then Old Blood and Guts would drive a tank out of the screen and start doing wheelies all around my flat. Instead, the video denigrates the machines of war, as shell casings tumble from the sky, flaccid and spent. Then, after showing two tanks having a fight, the trailer celebrates the men of war as rigid bullets spurt from side to side. Patton is the player character in Legends of War (you can level him up!), which combines “high-level strategic management (with RPG elements) and a tactical turn-based mode”. From what I can gather it’s a port of a PSP game.

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Cat’s Out Of The Bag: Mew-Genics

Bits and pieces of genetically modified cats have been spilling out of Team Meat’s web-gullet for a few months now but the most recent hairball of information catapulted onto the blog contains the clearest description of the game to date. It’s a “Cat Lady Sim”, with a cut-away of a house crawling with felines, each of which has a unique appearance, set of stats and personality. I’d imagine quite a few of them have catastrophic diseases of one sort or another as well.

I think most would describe Mew-Genics as a cross between The Sims and Pokemon with a sprinkling of Animal Crossing and a dash of Tamagotchi , but at its core the game really isn’t like anything we’ve seen before.

The retelling of a session with the game explains more.

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Feed The Trolls: Ithaka Of The Clouds Crowdfunding

Jonas and Verena Kyratzes have been opening windows onto their Lands of Dream for several years now, with a trilogy of free releases followed by the duo’s first commercial adventure, The Sea Will Claim Everything. For Ithaka of the Clouds, their largest game to date, they have turned to Indiegogo. Backers have already pledged more than half of the $12,000 total and with 28 days left, success is likely. If you haven’t played any of the previous games, you can find them here. I usually feel like I’m missing something – or something is missing me – when I wander in the Land of Dreams, although I do enjoy being in the company of such strong and unusual voices. Thematic details below.

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Cardboard Children: The Last Temptation Of Cardboard

Hello youse.

When you want to initiate someone you like into the great hobby we call PLAYING BOARD GAMES AND DRINKING AND EATING AND TALKING you have to make some very special preparations. You get one shot at this, and one shot alone. It goes without saying that the first thing you do is make sure that Carcassonne is not involved in the process at any point, because this bland, unsexy game will kill your attempt immediately. Once you’re sure of avoiding that mistake, you can move onto my tips for seducing your friends and lovers with cardboard
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A Little More Conversation: Wasteland 2

The first footage of Wasteland 2 caused the internet to grumble, even though the game hadn’t inadvertently become a third-person cover shooter. The concerned comments mostly swarmed around the keyword dialogue system and there was sense to the criticism. The keyword system remains but hovering over an available choice will now cause a preview sentence to appear, providing context before a choice is made. inXile have also clarified details about the camera system and HUD.

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Verge Game Studio On The Tribulations Of MaK

Few failed Kickstarters have filled us with much sadness, but one that did was the incredible-looking gravity-bending physics and construction, MaK. Craig talked the the team behind it, Verge Game Studio, and asked them about what lies ahead for a project after a failure to the secure the funds they needed, and what their success on Greenlight means for the fate of the game as a whole.
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Carface: FlatOut Developers Announce Next Car Game

Next Car Game may well be a working title, but that hasn’t stopped Bugbear from setting up camp at The video, below, is “all in-game footage” and it looks like a rock ‘em sock ‘em destruction derby. Hurrah! The developers FlatOut games aren’t entirely about crashing cars but it’s an activity that is very much encouraged. The vehicles in Bugbear’s racer aren’t the delicate flowers of the Burnout series, which need to reset after all but the gentlest of collisions, the FlatOut rustbuckets fight, scraping, grinding and running each other off the road. Hopefully we’ll know more about the studio’s next car game, Next Car Game, soon.

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Loading (Wind)Screen: Disney Infinity Shows Cars Things

Cars might have ruined the visual comprehension of cartoon cars for a generation of kids, but there’s no denying its popularity with tiny humans. A wise choice, therefore, to make it one of the first unveils for Disney’s new game universe online thing. Disney Infinity is a hybird digital and real-world toy system, with different toy sets unlocking stuff in the ‘Toy Box’ area in-game. Cars, as you can see below, is one such set. And hey, it actually looks pretty good. Take a look.

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