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Jalopy

7 months ago

Feature: Game dev is hell

The problem with building a car in Jalopy

This is The Mechanic, where Alex Wiltshire invites developers to discuss the difficult journeys they’ve taken to make their games. This time, Jalopy [official site]. ”A lot of people have made the correlation between game development being a janky mess and the car in the game being a janky mess,” says Greg Pryjmachuk, the sole developer of Jalopy, a game about driving a Laika 601…

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8 months ago

Wobbly road trip adventure Jalopy leaves Early Access

It's been a long, bumpy road, but Jalopy has finally completed its pilgrimage through the plains of Early Access, and has officially launched. It's one of those games so distinct and original, it's no surprise that it's held our attention for years; a low-budget (and low-fi) road trip adventure from Germany, across eastern Europe on a course for Turkey. All the way, driving a crumbling…

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Jalopy completes its early access journey next week

The Eastern European road trip Jalopy has almost completed its journey through early access, after nearly two years, and will properly launch next Wednesday, March 28th. You know, Jalopy, the game set in the 90s about driving your uncle from Germany to Turkey in a scrappy Trabant 601. Lots of things to pick up and fiddle with. That one. I enjoyed packing my car and…

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1 year ago

Jalopy’s Turkey update adds backstory via licence plates!

I'l admit I entirely forgot that Jalopy [official site] getting a Turkey update meant the country and not, e.g. the bird. I was conjuring up all kinds of adventures I could take a turkey on while we played the roadtrip 'n' car maintenance adventure. Just me and my feathery friend, the wind in our wings, the radio set to some bangin' choons, the turkey in…

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2 years ago

Parp parp! Roadtrip ’em up Jalopy rolls into Bulgaria

As Jalopy [official site] continues to trundle on through early access, the roguelikelike roadtrip 'em up has added Bulgaria in an opt-in beta. It's not perfect but if you fancy pootling over the holidays, it should see you right. Along with adding the twisty and hilly new land, the update adds different road conditions and different tyres to go with them, plus new hazards like…

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Feature: Trend of an era

The 10 most intriguing PC gaming trends of 2016

As December approaches like a runaway sled and we prepare to say our goodbyes to 2016, it's natural to reflect on the year as a whole. Those reflections could easily take the form of laments but we're keeping our focus firmly on the world of PC games, where we've identified ten trends that may not have defined 2016, but have certainly helped to shape it.…

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Feature: Olen pelkuri

Premature Evaluation: My Summer Car

Every Monday we abandon Brendan in an empty shack in the countryside with only disassembled bits and pieces of an early access game to entertain himself with. This week, the brake lights and hubcaps of My Summer Car [official site]. I’ve woken up in the toilet again. It’s pitch black outside and I am almost starving. I fumble around in the dark of the house,…

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Jalopy Adds The-Artist-Formerly-Known-As-Yugoslavia

Having failed to even make it out of Germany and then becoming trapped in a sausage shop (not a euphemism) I am probably not the best person to talk to about Jalopy [official site] adding new territories for Early Access players to explore. Yet here we are, about to talk about the appearance of the artist formerly known as Yugoslavia in Minskworks' Eastern bloc car…

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Feature: Good Trips

The Perfect Roadtrip Game

I've played a few games about roadtrips recently. It wasn't intentional, though I do love the idea of games about journeys, they all just happened to land in my lap at the same time. First up was Overland, a turn-based tactical post-apocalyptic game about travelling across a bug-infested America. Then there was The Crew, in which I competed with Brendan in a race. That also…

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Jalopy: Back Seat Driving And The Remains Of Uncle

Alice isn't here to remind me what "news" is so I'm going to tell you about something which I find infinitely entertaining about Jalopy [official site]. It's nothing to do with the game itself and everything to do with the ongoing development Q&A Greg from MinskWorks is running in relation to the game. It's the back seat. The back seat has been the focus of…

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Jalopy: Trapped In The Sausage Shop

Something that happens every now and again is I try to play Jalopy [official site]. It's the driving game where you're tasked with keeping a dilapidated old car roadworthy as you go on trips across the former Eastern bloc. I really like Jalopy, but I don't think the game and I are a natural fit because terrible - or at least non-great - things seem…

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Toot Toot! Jalopy Rolls Into Hungary With New Update

Fancy a little weekend getaway? Get off Teletext and turn to Jalopy [official site], the roadtrip simulator formerly known as Hac. The latest update on Jalopy's journey through Early Access has added a whole new country, Hungary. The full journey across Europe is still a good few countries short but you can also now keep yourself busy by repainting your dinky little car and raiding…

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3 years ago

Road Trip ‘Em Up Jalopy Screeches Into Early Access

Road trip game Jalopy [official site] has launched onto Steam Early Access, ready to pootle around a portion of Europe. We've been cooing and making kissy faces at it since since it was called Hac, winking and waggling our eyebrows as developer Minskworks showed off minute first-person interactions like packing supplies, cleaning the car, shopping, and refuelling. So naturally I entirely missed that Jalopy's Early…

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Procedural Road Trip Sim Jalopy Drives On Greenlight

I can't remember the last time I was so excited about a game that damn near no one else has heard of. RPS has been doing its best to rev your engines. Over the course of Jalopy's [official site] (née Hac) development so far, we've written four posts about the procedurally generated road trip, Alice and I racing one another to share the latest GIFs…

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