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Posts tagged “17-BIT studios”

Roguelite Shmup Galak-Z Coming To PC On Oct 29th

I'm not great fan of shmups, but I've enjoyed what I've played of Galak-Z [official site]. It's an arcade shooter in which you control an anime-inspired spaceship or mech, but it goes further by having procedurally-generated space hulks to pilot your way through and an ecosystem of fauna and flora that's fun to manipulate. After a brief stint in consoleland, it's headed to PC on…

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Feature: PEW PEW PEW!

Hands On: Galak-Z, The Roguelite Arcade Shooter

Galak-Z is to top-down space shooters as Spelunky is to side-scrolling platformers. It takes the simple kinetic pleasures of dodging missiles, firing lasers and boosting a spaceship around asteroids and space debris, then pairs them with procedurally generated levels and objectives, and a set of simple, readable AI behaviours that allow you to approach each challenge thoughtfully. And then it layers on top inspiration from…

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Worth The Weight: Skulls Of The Shogun Out

Working in the fast-moving field of electronic gaming journalism can be dangerous. If I'm not watching the latest trailer for Gunface Organ-Splatter: Uncensored Edition, I'm likely to be quivering in a corner because the latest trailer for Gunface Organ-Splatter: Uncensored Edition contained one too many close-ups of quivering viscera. Such things are not ideal viewing through the hazy veil of an insomniac's hangover. Today, I…

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Feature: "I would like to go back in time and kick myself in the balls"

The Sorry Saga Of Skulls Of The Shogun & Windows 8

"When people call Microsoft 'evil', it's kind of an undeserved compliment. To be evil, you have to have vision, you have to have communication, execution..." Rewind three years, to the Eurogamer Expo, London, October 2010. The staff of Rock, Paper, Shotgun are discussing which game from the Indie Arcade we would decree to be our game of the show. Messhof's sadly still-private swordfighting micro-epic Nidhogg…

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Skulls Of The Shogun Escapes Windows 8 Tyranny

I'm going to have a full interview about the strange, sad tale of how/why excellent TBS Skulls of the Shogun so bewilderingly ended up as a Windows 8 exclusive, and how it all went so, so wrong, up on the site tomorrow. Meantime, let's share the good news - this ace, very funny and tight undead Samurai battler is now free from its Microsoftian chains,…

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Feature: Pocket XCOM

Skulls Of The Shogun review

Undead ancient Japanese warrior-themed. indie strategy game Skulls of the Shogun has been in development for four million years, and was finally released yesterday for PC, Xbox and Windows tellingbone. Well, only for Windows 8 PCs. Yeah, controversy/insanity. But what about the turn-based strategy at the heart of it? I've only gone and played it so I can tell you.

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Samuright: Skulls Of The Shogun Adds Cross-Platform MP

Skulls of the Shogun may have tickled your angry bone when 17-Bit announced that the turn-based battler will be a Windows 8 exclusive, but there are some benefits to that decision. Foremost, as the developer told us, it means getting to launch simultaneously on PC and Xbox. And now, another rather nice silver lining has made its way out from behind all the rage clouds: Skulls of the…

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Follow-Up: Skulls of The Shogun’s Win 8 Debate

Today's Big Noisy Fight is the matter of appealing zombie-samurai TBS Skulls of the Shogun controversially restricting its PC version to Windows 8. Following the (probably inevitable) unhappiness in comments, Borut Pfiefer of dev 17-BIT Studios followed-up on his reasoning for exclusively tying Skulls' flag to Microsoft's latest mast. Specifically, that it's apparently to do with getting at least some kind of PC version out…

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Feature: Hobson's choice

No 7 Samurai: Skulls of The Shogun Goes Win 8-Only

Having seen/played it back on PC at the Eurogamer Expo two years ago, I had become fearful that undead samurai-starring turn-based strategy game Skulls of the Shogun's increasing assocation with Xbox meant it might never find its way onto IBM Compatibles. At E3, it wound up back on the promotional circuit, confirming a release on XBLA, Windows Phone and... Windows 8. Wait. What? Windows 8…

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