EightyEight Games 10,000,000 was a surprisingly lovely and silly combination of match-3 and endless running gaming, and entirely won us over. It’s sequel, You Must Build A Boat [official site], is out any moment now, and here’s wot I think:
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You Must Build A Boat [official site] is the sequel to 10,000,000, the 14th best puzzle game of all time. 10,000,000 combined match-3 mechanics with a fantasy fighting endless runner and YMBAB adds more layers to the confection, in the form of a monster recruitment system, and the construction and management of the Necessary Vessel. I loved 10,000,000 and the sequel should fix my two main complaints by adding a more meaningful sense of progression and having a title that isn’t Google-proof (the title isn’t Google-proof – ed). Release date is June 4th and you can see the sea in the trailer below.
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If one thing has become clear to me over the last couple of years, it’s that Those Who Game need even more ways to spend their cash on discounted games. In the lull between digital sales events that are engineered with more precision than Black Friday’s SWAT support, wallets are exposed to a paltry forty two thousand bundles and Steam has not yet incorporated second-long flash sales into its infrastructure.
Good news arrives in the form of Indie Piñata, a collection of games selected by developers. They’re all on Steam and if you own one, you qualify for discounts on the rest. I’m not particularly interested in the discounts (too common), but I am intrigued by the idea of dev-curated collections. Particularly now that keeping track of ‘new’ releases on Steam has become rather difficult.
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So, it’s fairly widely believed that King, creators of Candy Crush Saga, don’t seem a very lovely lot. In fact, last week brought news of some alleged actions that are deeply unsavoury (geddit?), as the creator of CandySwipe revealed the extent to which King are apparently going to make his game – made in tribute to his late mother – go away. A game that, while not a match-3, happens to have a lot in common with Candy Crush Saga, only it came out two years before King’s own. This follows unpleasant behaviour toward Stoic and The Banner Saga, and their attempts to trademark basic English words and use this to legally threaten other developers. So, all in all, yeah, possibly not a company you’d want over for dinner.
Bearing all this in mind, it would seem rather nice if an enormous number of people were to stop playing their games, if you ask me. But of course, a lot of CCS players aren’t going to be RPS readers, but rather your mum or dad, cousin, colleague or friend, and maybe they’d be less keen to play if they knew who made it. Maybe you are too. So, with this in mind, below are my suggestions for games to play instead.
Hey kids, remember April 2008? Remember You Have To Burn The Rope? Remember how we laughed? Well, You Must Build A Boat has absolutely nothing to do with that. A new game with an imperative in its title just sent me all nostalgic. Look at the stuff we were banging on about back then. Blueberry Garden! Demigod! Jetpack Brontosaurus! Possible Deus Ex 3 concept art!
Man. Man. No, no, I’m fine, I’m just… sniff. I SAID I’M FINE. It’s just been raining on my face.
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After a few months of making people happy on iPhone/Pad, EightyEight Games’ lo-fi match-3/RPG mash-up 10,000,000 arrived on PC a couple of weeks back, for a low, low price and not a lot of fanfare. I quite fancied a go. So I had one. Then I wrote this about it.
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I have a habit of downloading games on my iPhone at four o’clock in the morning whenever insomnia has taken a firm grip on my life. Sometimes I’m surprised to see the icon the next day because many of them don’t linger long in the memory. I downloaded 10000000 before a train journey though and played it all the way to London, then continued playing it as I drank an overpriced espresso and then played it again on the way home. If this little match-3 RPG was a snack, it’d be the sort that makes a slender man like myself into the portly and jovial fellow I’ll become after approximately another six months of hard-hitting, arse-sitting games journalism. Today, 10000000 comes to Steam. The video explains.