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Gamescom’s best of the rest: the coolest indies round up

This would not be RPS if I didn't return from Gamescom and write minimally about the triple A-xtravaganzas and maximumly about smaller, weirder things wot I saw. So here, have at it: my favourite of the independently made games I saw at this year's show. I flatter myself that the selection is broad enough that it covers genres to suit every taste. Strategy games! Card…

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The Eternal Cylinder seems powerfully weird, and therefore worth your time

Back in 2015, we posted about a prototype called The Endless Cylinder, from ACE Team, in which a small long-nosed animal wanders around a surreal planet. This prototype has now reemerged as The Eternal Cylinder, and is a proper game and everything. Although it's all more polished, not a whole lot has changed from that original proof of concept (showing that it was probably a…

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ACE Team’s The Eternal Cylinder looks so wonderfully strange

On a distant alien planet, a vast cylinder is rolling across the surface and crushing everything in its path. Were this Earth, we'd welcome our redeemer. But in The Eternal Cylinder, we'll play a wee critter fleeing the roller, gobbling up plants and beasties to gain abilities aiding our escape. Also, it's so gloriously strange-looking, just as I'd expect from ACE Team, the Chilean studio…

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SolSeraph descends from the heavens but may not have stuck the landing

It got a little lost in last week's flurry of activity, but SolSeraph -- ACE Team's tribute to genre-blending SNES gem ActRaiser -- is out, though sadly not heralded by a celestial chorus. Staying close to its inspirations, it's half hack n' slash platformer, half real-time strategy about a god reclaiming their land from monsters and demons in the name of their human followers. I've not had…

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Have You Played… The Deadly Tower of Monsters?

You know that age-old idea that games should be more like FILMS because films are ART, and games should be like ART too? Well, I think there's a very good reason games shouldn't be more like films, because then we'd have more games like The Deadly Tower of Monsters on our hands, which, frankly - *record scratch* Sorry, everyone, Katharine from the future here, taking…

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SolSeraph is a platformer RTS hybrid by the Zeno Clash crew due July 10th

Ace Team, the loons behind Zeno Clash and Rock Of Ages, have just announced their secret project and it's just weeks away. Out on July 10th, SolSeraph is a hybrid platformer and tower defence RTS that they call "a homage to some inspiring titles from the 16 bit era". I'd guess that's a lawyer-dodging way of saying that they've gone and made a spiritual successor to…

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Rock of Ages 2 boulders onto Steam

Rock of Ages was a mad, brilliant game about rolling a boulder through historic scenery, bashing down turrets and avoiding cannon fire until you careered into your enemy's base. Rock of Ages 2: Bigger and Boulder [official site] – which came out this week – is a more extravagant take on the same formula. Its new boulders have special traits (one glows red hot and then explodes, for example), the…

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Rock of Ages 2 rolling out later this month

"I wanna rock!" sang Twisted Sister. Rock of Ages 2: Bigger and Boulder [official site] will deliver the rocks that Dee Snider so desires. Queen will have their own interest, having sung "O Rock of Ages, do not crumble, love is breathing still". But they will be less pleased by ACE Team's game, where players roll huge buildings down gorgeous obstacle courses, smashing through defenses,…

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The Deadly Tower of Monsters Gets Survival Mode

The Deadly Tower of Monsters [official site] features a hero named Dick Starspeed, so that's one reason you should know it's received a new Survival mode. ACE Team's top-down action shooter is all about B-movie glitz from head to toe, so it shouldn't come as any surprise that its new free mode borrows from that universe as well. You also might not be surprised to…

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Rock Of Ages 2: Bigger & Boulder Rolls Out This Year

It's quite nice when a videogame comes along with a pun smack bang in the middle of its title - it makes crafting a witty/cringy/puntastic headline that wee bit easier. It's also quite nice when that game is a sequel to boulder-rolling comedy action-puzzle-strategy sort-of tower defence 'em up Rock of Ages. Five years on from the release of its forerunner, Rock of Ages 2:…

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ACE Team’s “Dick Starspeed” vs B-Movie Monsters

Unofficial RPS award: Zeno Clash devs ACE Team get the 'least predictable developer' gong. They've gone surrealistic boxing, historical art-boulders, transforming ARPGs and, soon, apocalyptic wax cylinders, but next up is perhaps their most overt mainstream play yet, The Deadly Tower of Monsters [official site]. But even though it's got some familiar shooty-jumpy mechanics, it's still a cavalcade of madly inventive visual ideas. It's out…

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ACE Team’s Deadly Tower Of Monsters Due In January

I adore the stuttering, frame-stepping animation on the giant gorilla and pterosaurs in The Deadly Tower of Monsters [official site], like stop-motion clay figures brought into an otherwise-smooth 3D video game. That's the point, see: developers ACE Team (them lot behind Zeno Clash, Rock of Ages, and Abyss Odyssey) are framing their shooter as a cheesy old sci-fi movie, so you'll also fight monsters which…

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ACE Team’s Astonishing Prototype: The Endless Cylinder

ACE Team, creators of unusual and extraordinary beat 'em ups Zeno Clash and Abyss Odyssey, have released a video showing a work in progress project. It's the work of Carlos Bordeu, one of the studio co-founders, and it's one of the most interesting things I've seen this year. Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg by way of Philip José Farmer, Icepick Lodge and Hieronymus Bosch,…

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ACE Team’s The Deadly Tower Of Monsters Announced

I like that I can never guess what ACE Team's next game will even be, let alone look like. What might the folks behind Zeno Clash, and Abyss Odyssey, and Rock of Ages make next? A clip art second-person murder mystery. A monster movie fight up a vast tower with hokey physical special effects. A pixel art Batman FPS. Ooh! The middle one! It's the…

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Wombo Combos With My Wallet: Abyss Odyssey Released

Got them post-EVO blues? Don't worry, the perfect solution has arrived. Abyss Odyssey is the latest offering of ACE Team, the Zeno Clash fellas and fellettes, and it's a 2D combo of roguelike, platformer and fighting game. The most interesting of those is the last, with everything from move-cancelling to combo systems and character selection integrated into its campaign. Absorbing slain enemies' souls will allow…

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Ruddy Women! Watch 7 Minutes Of Abyss Odyssey

"This is no place for a woman! Get outta here!" a soldier cries in the opening seconds of Abyss Odyssey. Really, a hellish abyss opened up in 19th century Chile is no place for anyone, and she certainly fares better than all those poor chaps. So begins Zeno Clash chaps ACE Team's procedurally-generated punchy platformer, as shown off in a new seven-minute gameplay video. Or…

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Likeable Roguelike-like: Abyss Odyssey Begins On July 15

I do have a soft spot for studios who started in modding, but I look forward to ACE Team's games for more reasons than Batman Doom. From the first-person face-punching of Zeno Clash to Rock of Ages' competitive tower defence/demolition, their games have been weird and interesting and fun and ambitious and surprising and attractive. So I'm pretty pleased to hear that Abyss Odyssey is…

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Getting Hype With Abyss Odyssey

I hadn't heard of Abyss Odyssey before today. ACE Team's previous titles, the Zeno Clash series, hold a place in my heart as some of the most weirdly beautiful games I've ever seen. They've got similar roots in fighting game brilliance to this, which favours a 2D platforming perspective for something a bit more standard. The main draw is being able to switch form into…

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Zeno Clash Dev On Abyss Odyssey’s Procedural Insanity

You certainly can't knock Zeno Clash and Rock of Ages developer ACE Team for a lack of ambition. Their previous titles' massive scope and rampant, otherworldly weirdness demonstrated that in spades. So how do you follow that? Why, by jutting off in an entirely different direction, of course. Abyss Odyssey is a procedurally generated, Street Fighter and Super Smash Bros-inspired roguelike-like (but not quite) um...…

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