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Arcen Games

4 years ago

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Have You Played… Skyward Collapse?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Nick Cave once murmur-sang about his lack of belief in an interventionist god. Not a Populous man, then, Mr Cave. All those pillars of flame and the constant terraforming are sure signs of direct interference by celestial pests. Perhaps he'd be more comfortable…

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Have You Played… Bionic Dues?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Bionic Dues [official site] is yet another Arcen game that I initially bounced off so hard it might as well have been a trampoline attached to a giant spring riding a pogo stick. It's a...roguelike mech game? No. It's a puzzle game? No.…

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7 years ago

A Valley With A New Look In A Valley Without Wind 2

Arcen Games' side-scrolling random-o-action game A Valley Without Wind continues to divide opinion, mostly due to its unusual appearance, but perhaps the warring tribes of Like and Don't Like may be united by the sequel. It sports a new look, a bunch of new features such as building and it's going to cost the princely sum of no-pennies to anywho who bought AVWW The First.

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A Valley Without Wind Proceeds…Procedurally

Before A Valley Without Wind was released I excitedly emailed Jim to demand we discuss the game verdict-style after he'd told everyone wot he thought. I was bewitched by the idea of exploring the worlds it built and was even determined to be that guy, the one who actually liked the graphics. Once I read Jim's words and played for a while myself I realised…

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A Valley With A Demo Version

We mentioned just yesterday that Arcen's open-world side-scroller had appeared on the digital distributions, but since then they've also put out a hefty demo. It's a big old chunk of the game for you to try, with these limitations: "You cannot craft spells higher than tier 2, and you cannot leave the first continent." I'd definitely recommend trying this - from my time with the…

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The Final Draft: A Valley Without Wind

Upon a gentle breeze I hear the celebratory cheer of a multitude of beta testers, for it is they who have helped Arcen Games to bring A Valley Without Wind to the verge of release. The procedurally generated sidescrolling explorathon with graphics more divisive than an actual valley, or even a yawning chasm, has been updated and altered a huge amount since Jim ventured into…

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8 years ago

A Valley With Multiplayer Co-Op Testing

Side-scrolling procedurally-generated post-apocalyptic magical adventure thing A Valley Without Wind has entered a multiplayer testing phase, which is available to pre-ordering types. Arcen say: "For those interested in opting into co-operative play in the same server/world with up to a few dozen other players (perhaps even more), head over to the AVWW multiplayer wiki and check out the FAQ section along with other related notes,…

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A Valley Without Wind Demo And Beta Launch

Jim has already been playing A Valley Without Wind and shared the experience here but now you can all have a go for yourselves. There’s a free demo available and you can play the full current version for a mere $10, which is half the price it’ll cost you if you buy it when it’s finished. The game is still at a relatively early stage…

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Feature: Blowing Away The Cobwebs

Hands On: A Valley Without Wind

I've just had my first taste of Arcen's ambitious side-scrolling exploration game (with crafting, base-building, and perma-death), A Valley Without Wind. The game is still at a very early, unreleased stage, but I've spent enough time with it to talk a little about what it is and where Arcen are going with it. You can see my attempts at trying to describe it accurately below.

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Later This Month: A Valley Without Wind Beta

Arcen Games have been busy tinkering away with their experimental procedural explore-and-survive 'em up A Valley Without Wind, and they've got news for us. Last month they teased us with footage, flaunting its newly reinvented sidescrolling makeover. This month Chris Park of Arcen games has taken to his blog, to unveil a whole host of new details about the game's design, and features that they…

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Time To Go: A Valley Without Wind

There's no looking back for A Valley Without Wind now - its new, side-scrolling look is signed and sealed, as the below humungo-chunk (17 minutes!) of in-game footage proves. Also now on show from this time-straddling exploration and survival game are brand new character models, plus assorted armour for them to find, craft and wear. I'm still not entirely sure what to think about the…

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Radical Changes For A Valley Without Wind

Arcen send word that their procedurally-generated adventure game, A Valley Without Wind, is taking a new direction, as you can see in the video I've posted below. Rather than being top-down, it's now a side-scroller. Developer Chris Park explained that the changed had been discussed for some time, and really came about after seeing previews of the game in a top-down perspective, and the reactions…

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Gaze Into A Valley Without Wind

Arcen have revealed a bit more about their procedurally-generated survive 'em up, A Valley Without Wind. There'a video of the lighting process below, and that also includes indoor environments, lava, and deserts, as well as just showing you a bit more of the character navigating about in the world. All this stuff gets explained in more detail by Chris Park over here. Getting serious 16-bit…

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Arcen Talk A Valley Without Wind, Part 1

Arcen Games, famed for AI War, financial troubles, and causing a shortage of iron, have announced their new game: A Valley Without Wind. It's quite the concept: survival in a procedurally generated world, exploration, magic, and... perma-death? Interesting. Read on to find out more. (So much more, that there's another instalment tomorrow.)

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AI War Hits v5.0, Light Of The Spire Released

Today, Arcen Games wants you to get in spire(d). Light of the Spire is the biggest expansion for AI War to date, and with its release today it brings with it the series' first story-driven campaign, a new Defender mode that should take "minutes instead of hours" to play, new AI types, new factions, new music and 180 new ships, which is great, as I…

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Tidalis Lite Is Not Tidalis, Say Arcen Games

All aboard the good news Zeppelin! Come, come! Quickly! You too! Yes, and you! No, not you. Sorry. The good news Zeppelin is full now. You should have been faster. Arcen games has released both another update for Tidalis, their excellent & colourful block puzzler, as well as a new, 'Lite' version. A unity-powered browser game, Tidalis Lite was inspired by business models on the…

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9 years ago

Bargain Basket: Arcen games for the cheap

It's Saturday, so that means it's time for another.....Hang on, it's not Saturday! Never mind. The lovely folk over at Arcen games have just sent word that they are lopping off an entire 60% off all of their games. Not only does buying DRM-free direct from the developers come with a free warm fuzzy feeling deep in your belly, but in this instance you can…

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