Posts Tagged ‘Kalypso Media’

Racing Aeroplanes Over The Sea: SkyDrift

By Adam Smith on December 1st, 2011.

But for now we are young, let us lay in the sun, and count every beautiful thing we can see

SkyDrift is Burnout with Mario Kart powerups, or Pilotwings with more racing and shooting. The fact that it’s about planes rather than cars does take away the possibility of nudging competitors into oncoming traffic or sending them spinning out of control, which is disappointing. Powerups take the place of collisions and although shooting opponents down with missiles hardly seems sporting, no one seems to mind. Perhaps it’s because the settings are so idyllic and tranquil. There’s a demo available on Steam, which I took for a quick test flight. Thoughts follow, like a bogey on your six.

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Sky Budgets: Airline Tycoon 2 Demo

By John Walker on October 12th, 2011.

I am scared of these people.

It’s never been my dream to run an airline. But then again it’s never been my dream to shoot thousands of aliens in the face with an improbably large gun, and I do that in games all the time. You can now find out if simulating the running of plane-o-businesses is your sort of thing with the demo for Airline Tycoon 2. It offers three campaigns from the game’s single player mode, allowing you to plan routes around the world, meddle with four of the game’s planes, and, er, manage the finances. See, I never have to do the accounts when I play Mans-Shooter VII: Shoot Them In The Necks. You can get the demo from here and here. If you’ve ever run an airline, tell us how realistic it is below.

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Wot I Think: Tropico 4

By Rob Zacny on September 8th, 2011.

Cake but not much death.
To my great disappointment, I am a benevolent dictator. The people of Tropico 4‘s do not fear the tread of the jackboot, but are instead smothered under the heavy yoke of first-rate entertainment options and lucrative employment opportunities. Even the communists and intellectuals have been yielded to the bourgeois hellscape I have created. There will be no revolution to televise.
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Flies Like A 4X: Legends Of Pegasus

By Jim Rossignol on August 12th, 2011.

Spaceships! Better get the most out of pretend spaceships now that we cancelled the real ones, eh?
Kalypso send word that they are going to be publishing a 4X space game by Novacore Studios in Q1 of next year. The description of it makes Legends Of Pegasus sound like every 4X game ever made: “The 4X space simulation will put players in control of the last surviving humans, as they explore space in a quest to expand their galactic empire. Players will conquer and explore an incredibly detailed 3D universe as they use economic, diplomatic and scientific means to expand their empires. Through a deep technology tree, players will unlock new technologies to customize their ships and prepare their fleets for the next alien encounter…” No winged horses to be seen, so far.

But I suppose it might have something neat going on that we don’t know about just yet. Novacore themselves are some kind of German academic spin off from University Duisburg-Essen, so they’ve no previous history of games for us to infer anything from. Feature list below!
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Despotic Ruler On Trial: Tropico 4 Demo

By John Walker on August 9th, 2011.

Man, I wish I were a fascist dictator.

Banana el presidente despot republic. I have just summed up every opening line ever written about the Tropico series. Also I’ve probably done something clever regarding SEO witchcraft. We will be number one! But are there bananas in Tropico? Really? You can now find out for yourself, as the Tropico 4 demo has been released. It’s 1.7GB (you know what – that’s 116 Peggles), which you can pick up from here or here, or even here. In there you’ve got four tutorial missions, and one campaign mission, which should give you a fair idea if it’s something you want to buy. Something you’ll be able to do on the 1st September.

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Dungeons – The Dark Lord Conjures Footage

By Jim Rossignol on August 4th, 2011.

The Dark Logo.
EDIT: Alternative trailer.

Kalypso have sent word that their follow-up to dungeon management game Dungeons is closing in. Dungeons – The Dark Lord will land on 23rd September, bringing with it a new single-player campaign set in an “ice-crystal” cavern, and multiplayer. Kalypso report: “Three multiplayer modes for up to four players: Deathmatch, King of the Hill and Survival,” which represents a big change for the game.

Needless to say, there’s a trailer chained up in the dungeon below.
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Port Royale 3 On The Horizon

By Jim Rossignol on August 3rd, 2011.

Too ship to be square.
Kalypso have announced that the third instalment of their 17-century Caribbean swashbuckling naval management game is set to appear in “Q2 2012″. As in other Port Royale games, you will be set with naval victory, but have economic and military options at your disposal. Kalypso have explained that this consists in two quite different paths: “Following the path of the adventurer will lead the player on a naval conquest where they must gain notoriety through raids, piracy, bounty hunting, plundering and conquering cities as they strive to build their new Caribbean empire. The route of the trader sees the player using their economic know-how to become the most powerful trading tycoon in the New World by setting up trade routes, building production facilities and developing cites.” The game will also feature multiplayer, so players can use these toolsets to go up against each other on the high seas.

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Sunshine & Tyranny: Tropico 4

By Alec Meer on July 29th, 2011.

'Our power stations require only 3182 babies per day to achieve maximum efficiency'

Tropico games seem to be arriving just a little too quickly all of a sudden, but no matter. Amidst the torrent of free to play MMOs and grimdark shooters, a dose of sun, tyranny of economy management is really very appealing. So it’s good to hear that Tropico 4 has an exact release date – and one that’s pretty much exactly a year on from its announcement, so we’re hardly in any kind of dark about how long it’s been in development for.
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Take Dictation: Tropico 4 Screenshot Gallery

By John Walker on July 20th, 2011.

When I'm a fascist dictator my luxury cruisers will be three times this big.

From the glint in your eye, I think you’re after some pictures of Tropico 4. I’m right, aren’t I? There are ten new ones bestowed upon the world today, which you can almost certainly look at below. Other sites may be boasting twelve new ones soon. I deemed two of them too boring. ROCK PAPER SHOTGUN WILL DO THAT SORT OF THING. The publishing industry lives in fear of our ways.

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Cel And Back: First Templar Celian Trailer

By Quintin Smith on April 21st, 2011.

See, this is why hoods are impractical. No peripheral vision.

Last week we had a look at Roland, playable character #1 in upcoming co-operative swordstravaganza The First Templar. This week it’s the turn of Celian, who I think I prefer for much the same reasons as I liked Isaac in the first Dead Space; a grim kind of practicality. Celian seems to spend as much time stabbing people as he does kicking them, grabbing them, pushing them over or just belting them with his shield. If he just had a move where he picked up a nearby stone and chucked it at their eye I’d be in love. See what I mean after the jump.
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The First Templar’s Roland Says Hi

By Jim Rossignol on April 14th, 2011.

Roland is a lovely name for a knight. Or a cat.
And he says hi by completely STABBING YOU IN THE NECK. The First Templar is due in May, and as previously noted, it sits well within the current trend for sword action that appears to be taking place in gaming. Roland is one of The First Templar’s playable characters, and he likes a bit of melee violence, as you can see from his very own trailer, which is below. As I understand it he’s just playable in the prologue, before the lady is unlocked, which suggests he might turn out to be the villain or something. Hmm! He does seem a bit fire and brimstone, eh?
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A Stab At It: The First Templar

By Jim Rossignol on March 24th, 2011.

Dudes totally get stabbed, you know
Wandering the streets of San Francisco the other week I happened to stumble on a hotel where Kalypso Media were showing off The First Templar. Lucky for me, I thought, because I’d actually been meaning to find out a bit about the game. Turns out it’s a ferocious co-op melee game, with elements of Tomb Raider. As Kalypso themselves admitted, they aren’t really taking on the Assassin’s Creeds of this world in terms of visuals or feature set, but the game nevertheless has some appealling elements: customisation of your character’s combat skills, some co-op puzzles (which you solve by swapping between the characters in single-player) and some large scale brawls across medieval environs. The game is looking suitably violent, and I think it could do well if it comes out at a lower price point. It’s coming out on May 10th, and I’ve posted the trailer which accompanies that announcement below.
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Devilish Download: Dungeons Demo

By John Walker on February 8th, 2011.

This is in fact a photo of the RPS offices.

Alec was pleasantly surprised last week by Dungeons – a German reinvention of Dungeon Keeper themes, with enough of its own twists and turns to make it a worthwhile game in its own right. But until this very day there was no English demo to check out. Thank the ears of Horace, that’s all now changed, with Kalypso releasing three single-player levels, and a survival mode map for freeeeee. You can get this morsel here, here, or perhaps here. Go, be villainous.

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