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7 months ago

We’re talking with the Gunpoint & Heat Sig dev at Rezzed

You might know Tom Francis as the designer of noir rewire-'em-up Gunpoint and the stealthy spaceship invasion of Heat Signature. You might know him as the writer of the What Works And Why column around these parts. At this year's EGX Rezzed you can know him by hearing him talk on stage with Adam about the challenges of building a procedural galaxy, his design philosophy,…

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10 months ago

Gunpoint dev’s latest pitch: Tactical Breach Wizards

Sometimes an in-joke is too good to not share. Tom Francis (of Gunpoint and Heat Signature fame) is playing around with some new concepts for his next game. One of them, Tactical Breach Wizards, is a running joke from his days as PC Gamer turned real. Four modern-day mages with kevlar-lined robes and scoped tactical wands, fighting urban crime one room at a time in XCOM inspired…

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2 years ago

Ian Gunpoint releases new game Morphblade

That's not the coder-designer of Gunpoint [official site] and Heat Signature's real name, of course. We don't honour him with his real name anymore, not since that thing with the dishwasher tablets in 2013. It is our professional duty, however, to notify you that his latest game, 'puzzle-strategy' title Morphblade [official site], is now out. It's partially inspired by all-time mobile great Hoplite, but it's…

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Heat Signature’s teleporters and a ridiculous escape

It has been many moons since we last looked at the sneaky, top-down spaceship invading of Heat Signature [official site] but work has not ceased. A new trailer shows some new looks for the different factions you’ll be encountering, as well as explaining how a few of your hero’s teleporter skills work. In the process, creator Tom Francis fails to sneak through a high-difficulty level,…

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4 years ago

Swordpoint: Turn-based Stealthjumpstabs In Ronin

The turn-based sneaking, leaping, climbing, stabbing, swinging, and sword-flinging of Ronin caught our eye last August with a free prototype, and my it's come a long way since then! A new trailer shows slick sequences of its cyberninja scaling buildings, smashing through windows, dodging bullets, and stabbing the heck out of cybermen. Tomasz Waclawek's game caught the keen eye of publishers Devolver Digital too, as…

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Gunpoints Of View: Tom Francis Teaches Gamemaker

Do YOU want to be the next indie millionaire? Well, you can't. There are far too many of the blighters already and not a lot of room for more. You could make a game though: that's pretty cool. I suspect many people reading these have thought about doing so, if they haven't already, but the question is where to start? Well, with an engine, and…

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Hijacking Hijinks: Heat Signature

Judging by the new trailer for Heat Signature, two things are essential in a Tom Francis game - manipulation of interconnected systems and comical physics. Gunpoint's infiltration often involved tapping into electrical systems and adopting a smart tactical overview, but usually ended with trouser-propulsion and instinctive defenestration. Heat Signature's procedural spaceships provide similarly fertile ground for both forward planning and farce. The video shows two…

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Procedural Plundering: Heat Signature Trailer

You can learn a lot about someone from the games they make, I'm told. Tom Francis's first game, Gunpoint, was about breaking into places, punching people out, bodging their wiring, stealing stuff, then leaving through a window. But look, his second game was a free game about gaily swinging on a grappling hook. That made the score 1-1 in Evil vs. Lovely. To settle the…

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Gun(two)point(zero): Gunpoint Gets New Engine, Mods

In a lot of ways, I feel like Gunpoint is what Watch_Dogs should've been. A game not about violence, but about getting around it using a bag of tricky tech tools, being fluid and improvisational like some kind of cyberpunk Bruce Lee. Your character is just a flimsy, doughy detective who goes flying out windows all the time. You have to be smart, not brutal.…

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5 years ago

Gunpoint Has A Demo And Pre-Orders And Yes!

Gunpoint is a game being made by PC Gamer's Tom Francis. He's a terrible human being, of course, prone to evil like no one else in history, but the game is quite good, in that side-on hacking, stealthing, gadgeting way that Tom has made his own. But you don't have to take my word for it because there's completely a demo. You can pre-order it…

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6 years ago