Posts Tagged ‘Devolver Digital’

Games Journo Sim: Always Sometimes Monsters Demo

By Alice O'Connor on August 18th, 2014.

For all the jokes about Doritos, the slider is actually the official snack of games journos.

“Brilliant but flawed” is how Ben described Always Sometimes Monsters, an RPG which sprawls and branches and reacts in squillions of ways depending on who and how you play. You’re a struggling writer making one desperate lunge at life, out of money, kicked out your apartment, and pining for a lost love. It’s perhaps a hard sell, so last week developers Vagabond Dog released a demo with an extra framing narrative to perfectly fit that horrible loser theme: you play a games journo who goes to the launch event, plays Always Sometimes Monsters, then writes a review.

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Gods Will Be Patching: The Mercy Update

By Graham Smith on August 11th, 2014.

Mercy mercy, mercy me, this game is a cage but with this patch you're free.

Gods Will Be Watching seemed to promise a beautiful, pixel art science fiction story, with a heavily branching narrative that pivoted around life-and-death decisions for its ensemble cast. The reality was disappointing: a resource management game, where your resources were opaque, success was ill-defined, and failure meant restarting scenes over and over.

I don’t know if Gods were watching, but the developers certainly were. They’ve now released a patch for the game that adjusts the game’s difficulty by adding two new game modes.

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Crossbrover: The Expendabros Out Now For Free

By Alice O'Connor on August 6th, 2014.

This... makes sense. Huh.

Look, I don’t know how to say this: someone has made an advergame for a movie and it feels… not awful? Not something made to fund other games its developers actually care about? Perhaps its creators’ wildest dreams come true? I don’t know what to make of this topsy-turvy world any more.

See, Broforce is a game all about nostalgia for action movie heroes of the ’80s and ’90s, and The Expendables is a movie series all about nostalgia for action movie heroes of the ’80s and ’90s. And now they’re combined. Developers Free Lives yesterday released The Expendabros, a free short standalone version of Broforce starring The Expendables 3 characters. They must be dead chuffed.

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Pump Up The (Super Game) Jam: Episodes 2 and 3 Out Now

By Graham Smith on July 28th, 2014.

It takes at least two hoodies to make a game.

The concept is thus: take two game makers, one artist and one programmer, and challenge them to make a game in 48 hours. Film the process and release the result as a bundle including the documentary and the resulting game. It’s called Super Game Jam, the first episode was released two months ago, and episodes two and three just launched simultaneously late last week. That’s the news, but there are trailers and witterings below.

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Wot I Think: Gods Will Be Watching

By John Walker on July 24th, 2014.

Deconstructeam’s Ludum Dare entry Gods Will Be Watching is now a fully-realised game, released by oh-so-impish publishers Devolver Digital. Described as a “point and click thriller”, it’s, well, not that. It’s something else. Something… well, here’s wot I think:

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Gods Will Be Watching On Its Release Date: July 24th

By Graham Smith on July 3rd, 2014.

The beautiful pixel art in Gods Will Be Watching is a trick, designed to lull you into the false assumption that its point and click story will be about comical pirate japes or wacky bipedal dogs solving off-beat crimes. In reality, it’s about doing awful, seemingly necessary things to people who don’t deserve it for the sake of the greater good. If Jack Bauer read a lot of Robert Heinlein novels and became a videogame designer, this is what he’d make.

It’s due out on July 24th and there’s a new, grisly, bloody, maybe-NSFW trailer below.

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Platonic Puzzler: The Talos Principle

By Adam Smith on June 11th, 2014.

The Talos Principle is an attractive first-person puzzler from Croteam. The short trailer contains lasers bouncing off mirrors, crates being shifted around and Tetris blocks locking togeter in a pictureless jigsaw. These are the puzzle game equivalents of zombies, terrorists and Nazis. It really is a handsome thing though and there are two intriguing writers on board. Tom Jubert, of The Swapper and FTL, and Jonas Kyratzes, whose Lands of Dream games have been occupying a unique space in gaming for years. They’re writing “a metaphysical parable about intelligence and meaning in an inevitably doomed world” so I guess there might be a conversational potato?

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Sugar And Vice: Hotline Miami 2

By Adam Smith on June 10th, 2014.

GO BIG OR GO HOME. That’s the E3 motto that I just made up but I imagine it’s fairly close to the instructions that studios receive from their lords and masters. A trailer is delivered and returned. “Make it louder. Make it faster. Add hyperbole. Add buzzwords. Make it bigger or go home. Also, please note that your home has been reposessed until such time as you go bigger.”

Hotline Miami 2 could have spewed a hallucinogenic cocktail of violence, music and neon onto screens and into our eyes, but that would be too obvious. Instead, Miami turns up the heat by makings its E3 trailer about something entirely unexpected.

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HARDER FASTER PIGEONIER: Hatoful Boyfriend Remake

By Alec Meer on June 6th, 2014.

You didn’t play Hatoful Boyfriend? You didn’t? Look above these words. Behold your tragic error.

Whether the playing-it-straight pigeon-based high school dating sim/ visual novel needs a remake I don’t know. It was funny the first time and all that. But hell, better this than 90% of the kill-crazy bobbins that we’re going to see pumped down the vid-tubes for most of next week.
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Life Simulator 2014: Always Sometimes Monsters Released

By Alice O'Connor on May 22nd, 2014.

Merry role-playing action!

We’re directionless in life. Lost, drifting from day to day, doing the same thing over and over, not really working towards any clear goal. Why oh why would I want to play a ‘real-life’ RPG when every day is grinding misery? Oh! But Always Sometimes Monsters actually has a clear goal, to somehow get across the United States within 30 days to break up the wedding of “your one true love.” So now we can all experience life as a colossal clueless selfish jerk–but one with a goal–as Vagabond Dog’s RPG launched last night.

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Six Shots: Heavy Bullets Is A Roguelike-like FPS

By Alice O'Connor on May 16th, 2014.

Look at this gorgeous video game

The revolver’s an ideal weapon for a roguelike-like: high damage, low capacity, slow to reload, and awfully cool. Three attributes that make it dovetail nicely with the caution, conservation, and permadeath one expects from the genre, plus a little radness as a treat. Heavy Bullets gives you a chunky revolver and six bullets–and only six. They’re special bullets you can collect and reuse, granted, but that’s little comfort when something’s between you and the five you sprayed in panic.

The roguelike-like FPS arrived on Steam Early Access and the Humble Store yesterday, and seems pretty fun from what I’ve played.

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Hotline Miami 2 Trailer Phones A Friend

By Alice O'Connor on April 9th, 2014.

Best buds

If murder is a merry lark then why, surely it’s even better with a chum! Hotline Miami is mostly a dark journey into the night alone without anyone to hold your hand but hey, shhh shhh shhh, it’s all okay in the sequel Wrong Number. A new trailer shows your murderman sometimes has a little heavily-armed help, though I couldn’t say for certain whether they’re an AI buddy (which they appear to be), a co-op pal, or a figment of your imagination.

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Broforce Explodes Onto Steam Early Access

By Alice O'Connor on April 7th, 2014.

Even if you're doing something ironically, you're still doing it.

Hey bro, wanna bro out with some video games? Like any real bro, I love my VGs and I love them even more when I can get my bro on with my bros! The lesson here is: even if you’re doing something ironically, you are still doing it and should feel bad (I certainly do). So look, Broforce really is named Broforce and it does star 1980s and ’90s action heroes with bro-ised names like MacBrover, B.A. Broracus, and Brobocop.

If references to popular culture from when you were younger sets you off into fits of giggles, you’ll adore it. However, if you can get past the questionable bro spin, it is some pretty pleasant shooty platformer fun, and something you may wish to cast an eye over now it’s on Steam Early Access.

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