Posts Tagged ‘Devolver Digital’

Premature Evaluation: Noct

As with so many horror stories, Noct takes place at night. Hence “Noct”. But this association between the hours of darkness and the supernatural or simply monstrous has always seemed slightly weird to me. I mean, I *get it*: humans aren’t terribly good at night. We’re most vulnerable then. It makes sense that we would have cultural associations between nighttime and terrors beyond our control or understanding. But it does seem peculiar that we, the apex predator species on this planet, are so ill-adapted to an environment which is afflicted by darkness 50% of the time. Shouldn’t some branch of homo-whatevers have popped up with a tapetum lucidum, the reflective layer that cats have which bounces light passing the retina back onto the eye’s photo-receptors? Or, better still, simply not have the photoreceptors positioned so they point away from the lens of the eye - an elementary vertebrate mistake! I mean, come on. Uninstall backbone, noob.

Each week Marsh Davies reluctantly edges through the grey, dead land of Early Access and comes back with any stories he can find or otherwise gets ripped apart by centipedes. This week he’s been doing quite a lot of the latter in the post-apocalyptic Noct, a creepy top-down shooter, in which you play a succession of survivors attempting to follow a plan relayed to you by a distant radio operator.

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Spooky Shooter Noct Out… In Early Access?

I’d been keenly awaiting October 21st, 2015 for a while, and not just because it was the fifth annual International Fisting Day. That special day is also when spooky-looking multiplayer survival top-down shooter Noct [official site] was supposed to launch and… well, it kinda launched. Noct arrived in Steam Early Access yesterday, rather than as the full and finished game I was expecting – which is now due in January 2016.

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RPS Verdict: Downwell

Adam returned from below yesterday with his review, but Downwell [official site] has also pulled Graham into its depths. The pair pulled on a gunboot each to discuss the down-scrolling platformer’s simplicity, its feels, and its flaws.

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Coming At You: Broforce Explodes Out Of Early Access

Broforce [official site] is not a game about shoving matches in the Bas Vegas car park. No, Broforce’s bros are kill-o-platforming commandos who may or may not bear some resemblance to action movie stars. Brobocop, Double Bro Seven, Rambro, Ellen Ripbro, Indianna Brones, Bro Dredd, The Brode… no, any similarities to fictional characters owned by large companies with expensive lawyers are probably just coincidences.

After a year and change in Early Access, the boisterous run ‘n’ gun platformer is ready to bro out and has properly launched. It’s celebrating this with an explosive cartoon:

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Lace Up Your Gunboots: Downwell Released

Bayonetta sold me wholly on gunshoes but, if Platinum’s kickwitch won’t come to PC (seems so), I’ll get my fix of kerblamky boots elsewhere. Like Downwell [official site].

The depths-plumbing platformer sees a low-fi kid with gunshoes venturing down a well to find fame and fortune, blasting monsters while collecting weapons, items, and cash. The premise caught the eye of those nice Devolver Digital folks, who’ve helped solo developer Moppin to a PC release. That’s out now, priced at only £2.

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Broforce Bursts Out Of Early Access Next Week, Celebrates With Power Ballad

When we last visited Broforce [official site], it’d just dropped a July update in time for ‘Murica’s fourth of July celebrations. At the time, Alice noted that developer Free Lives understood Independence Day the only way a studio hailing from South Africa could: with copious amounts of guns and dodgy American-cum-Australian-cum-Scottish voiceovers. South Africans discussing Americanisms can be hilarious. This power ballad-inspired trailer to mark Broforce’s full release on October 15 is pretty funny too.

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Noct: Multiplayer Survival Shooter Coming In October

Keeping your creepazoid partially concealed to sustain its scarepower is a spooking trick as old and perfect as BOO! yelling when someone least expects it. (Pretend you heard that sentence out loud to receive a spine-tingling thrill.) The makers of Noct [official site] know this. The multiplayer arcade shooter-y survival horror goes from “Oh that looks interesting” to “Oh that looks awful!” by showing everything from the eerie top-down perspective of a thermal imaging satellite. Mundane monsters become horrible pixellated amorphous masses lit up white against a grey world.

We’ll all get to die together soon, as publishers Devolver Digital have announced a release date of October 22nd. They’ve also made a nice new trailer:

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Wot I Think: Dropsy

Dropsy [official site] is a game in which kindness and love are hidden beneath smears and clots of greasepaint, and oedemic grotesqueries. It’s perhaps fitting that the game itself contains moments of strange beauty hidden in the cracks of its cumbersome design but I’m not entirely happy in its clammy embrace. Here’s wot I think.

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It’s Hug Time! Dropsy Released

Dropsy may look like a clown from your childhood nightmares, but he only wants to make people happy. From humble beginnings in a choose your own adventure comic run through the Something Awful forums, the fire-starting funster now has a game of his very own. Dropsy [official site] has the tagline “a point and click hugventure” because he’ll be giving out a lot of those as he roams an open world trying to redeem himself after accidentally burning down his circus. Oh it’s a bit dark all right, but also sweet and funny and yeah okay a bit nightmarish and surreal at times too, as its sing-a-long launch trailer shows:

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Do A Bodacious Grind In OlliOlli2, Out Today

I have never felt a greater urge to put on a pair of reading glasses and start smoking a pipe in a dressing gown than writing this. It's like I'm aging in real time. Imagine every word read out by that old blind guy from Game of Thrones.

Because I know what a rad bunch of dudes, dudettes and dudeys you are, I bring news of the release of OlliOlli 2 [official site] on PC. Fully titled ‘Welcome to Olliwood’ it’s the follow-up to 2014’s hottest PC skateboarding sim that let you kick-flip on a dinosaur’s back. This one features just as many mad locations and odd places to grind, with a bunch of new modes, options and variations as well. They’re all laid out in the below launch trailer which my decidedly uncool brain understands roughly 20% of. At most.

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