Posts Tagged ‘Devolver’

Wot I Think: Broforce

We’ve written about the brilliance at the muscular heart of Broforce [official site] before. It’s a run and gun platform-shooter in which tiny action heroes blow everything to pieces, using machine guns, dynamite, knives, shotguns, rocket launchers, rocket legs, rocket packs, grenades, airstrikes and flamethrowers. The fully destructible levels and agile player characters are the core of a perfectly pitched action game, hiding behind a title and theme that might suggest little more than a miserable pile of memes.

Broforce is excellent.

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Wot I Think: Downwell

In Downwell [official site], there’s only one way to go. Equipped with a pair of gunboots, you’re making your way right down to the bottom of a well, blasting objects, terrain and monsters that block your path. You shoot straight from the soles and there are various powerups that change the spread or strength of your pedal-projectiles. I’ve been plumbing the depths for a couple of days and here’s wot I think.

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[A Joke About Wangs]: Shadow Warrior 2

Shadow Warrior 2: Wang Harder. 2 Wang 2 Warrior. Shadow Warrior: The Secret of the Wang. Shadow Warrior And The Last Wang/Raiders of the Lost Wang/Kingdom of the Crystal Wang/Wang of Doom. Judgement Wang. Shadow Warrior VII: The Wang Awakens. Shadow Warrior: The Wang of Ultron.

Wang World.

Evidence points toward an official Shadow Warrior 2 [official site] announcement in the near future (and, hey, isn’t E3 in the near future?). I have collected the evidence in a small pile, along with some lint and pistachio shells.

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Wot I Think: Titan Souls

Repetition and gruelling difficulty aside, Titan Souls [official site] has little in common with the From Software series that the second part of that title nods toward. It’s slightly closer, in form and feel, to Shadow of the Colossus, the beautifully crafted boss battle bonanza from Team Ico. While I was scrapping my way through this often-splendid game, I was also reminded of Towerfall, Zelda and Smash TV, and yet the whole package is not quite like anything else. Here’s wot I think.

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Freeware Garden: Fork Parker’s Holiday Profit Hike

Fork Parker’s Holiday Profit Hike┬ámay just be one of the best known freeware games recently┬áreleased, being a little something by indie mega label Devolver. It’s also, yes, a holiday-themed game, but that’s okay – I’m pretty certain there’s a blizzard waiting to happen somewhere in the coming months. It’s too good to ignore, anyway.

Fork Parker’s platformer is built around Devolver’s balding CFO mascot’s attempts to climb a snowy and rather festive mountain of money in a cunning bid to help raise his company’s revenue. Among the lovely pixelated graphics, happy enemies and spiky spikes, Mr. Parker will try to collect wads of cash and avoid any falls that might lead to ludicrous medical bills.

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Top-Down Terror: Noct, Teleglitch And Darkwood

Noct [official site] is a top-down horror game in the tradition of Teleglitch and Alien Breed. It’s grainy, thermal-imaged satellite-view is the antithesis of a sedate bird’s-eye-view, stripping away tactical oversight and contemplation. Noct is one of several recent games to create a tense and claustrophobic experience by twisting a typically expansive, liberating and distancing viewpoint. We covered it when it arrived on Kickstarter and since then it’s been picked up by Devolver and is preparing to enter Early Access. It looks splendid, as you can see for yourself in the embedded footage and teaser trailer below.

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Take The Road To Gehenna With Talos Principle Expansion

Uriel disapproves of your aqueduct.

Listen up, fans of robot philosophy puzzlers: The Talos Principle [official site] is getting an expansion called Road To Gehenna.

Or, as Alice’s first draft for this news story put it, “Talos Principle, that game about lasers and jumping, is getting more lasers and jumping.”

The four-episode expansion is set in the same world as The Talos Principle but…


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Wot I Think: Hotline Miami 2 – Wrong Number

Live. Die. Repeat.

Live. Kill. Kill. Kill. Kill. Kill. Kill. Kill. Kill. Kill. Die. Repeat.

Hotline Miami 2 [official site] is wonderful.

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Free-lude: The Talos Principle – Sigils Of Elohim

‘Free-lude’ – a terrible term never to be used again in reference to a prelude given away for free. Sigils of Elohim is just such a thing, being a puzzle game that you can download and play right now without spending a penny. The video below does a good job of explaining the format of the puzzles, which seem easy enough but will undoubtedly cause me to pummel my keyboard with my fists as they become increasingly complex. I’ve got about as much spatial awareness as this chap. Success with the sigils will “unlock helpful items and relics within The Talos Principle“, which is the philosophical first-person puzzler due from Croteam later this year. Crap at puzzles I may be, but I’ll be playing for the writing of Tom Jubert and Jonas Kyratzes, and hoping to blunder through.

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Skate Or Dinosaur: OlliOlli Grinding PC Next Week

I will call him Barney

OlliOlli is a skating game in which you can grind a dinosaur. And a tank in wartime. And a Japanese mech’s beam saber. And… well, you get the idea. The soundtrack also contains liberal helpings of jazz, apparently. Or maybe that’s just a joke on the game’s Steam page. I don’t know. Point is, OlliOlli looks zany as all get-out, which is exactly what I want from my raditudeitastic wheelboarding adventures. It’s doing a 360 laserspin pop shove-it, skin it, put it in a saute pan for 10 minutes, add spices as needed, cough on it until your natural juices have corrupted the meat, and let sit for a couple minutes afterward to cool onto PC next week. Do something sick (like a great jump or vomiting) past the break for a trailer.

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