Posts Tagged ‘rezoner’

QbQbQb: Cheerful Planetary Columns-alike On Steam

By Graham Smith on November 6th, 2014.

It looks more exciting in motion.

It’s an old game design trick that things will feel good to the player if there are enormous consequences to very small actions. That’s why Peggle feels so wonderful when popping that last peg prompts slow motion, zoom, a drum roll, a rainbow, fireworks and Ode to Joy.

QbQbQb seems to have some sense of this: it’s a game about rotating a circle in order to collect coloured blocks that are falling from all sides of the screen. Stack three of the same kind and they’ll vanish, like in so many other games. But also there are light-trailing butterflies, and shooting stars maybe, and a screen that pulses in and out, and ooh it’s all lovely.

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Elitist Open World: Jameson The Pilot

By Adam Smith on September 4th, 2014.

Published by 11 Bit Studios (Anomaly, This War Of Mine) and created by ‘a mysterious one-man dev team’, Jameson The Pilot is Elite, except you’ll be looking at the life of your spacefarer from a bird’s eye view. Except the term ‘bird’s eye view’ doesn’t really make sense in space. Obviously, I’d love to see a flock of pigeons trying to guide themselves through the cosmos, or just a single vulture, but they wouldn’t be the best place to hang your camera. Jameson is a top-down space sim, in which the player can take on all manner of roles, from pirate to space-bus driver. I hope that the world is at least as robustly simulated as that in the glorious Space Rangers 2. Trailer below.

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High Five: Limbs Is Papers Please For Cyberpunk Roboticists

By Graham Smith on April 30th, 2014.

Give me a hand here, would you?

I’m an RPS reader as much as a writer, and sometimes one of our contributors writes about a game that I’ve never heard of before but which I can’t wait to play. That was the case with Limbs, a game developed for the recent Cyberpunk Game Jam which Porp picked out in a recent Live Free Play Hard column.

Limbs is like Papers Please, if Papers Please was about checking warranties, comparing barcodes and repairing robot hands. I’ve been playing it and I basically just think it deserves more attention. Maybe you don’t read RPS on Sundays? You can play it free in your browser, or if you need more convincing click below for more details of this futuristic hand job.

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Hotline Trail Is The Complete Opposite Of Hotline Miami

By Nathan Grayson on December 6th, 2013.

Who ever said the '80s went away? Because they didn't, and they're probably never going to leave.

Though the name might suggest a pulsating, acid-hazed version of Oregon Trail, that’s not quite what I had in mind when I said “opposite.” Shame, but Hotline Trail is nonetheless sublime in its simplicity. The infinite biker takes clear aesthetic inspiration from Hotline Miami (or perhaps the same sources as Hotline Miami), but its immediate vibe pulls an engine-roaring 180. Instead of ratcheting up the stakes and drowning the proceedings in schizophrenic chaos, Hotline Trail’s soothing electronic soundtrack and voiceover encourage you to find a groove and lose yourself in it.

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