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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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Feature: Super Smash Bros + Street Fighter = Roguelike?

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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After The Zeno Clash: Abyss Odyssey

With Zeno Clash developers ACE Team at the helm, Abyss Odyssey will no doubt take place in quite an odd world, but it definitely won't take place in Oddworld, even if the title does look a bit like Abe's Oddysee. The newly announced game is a side-scroller like Oddworld's first, but ACE Team are sticking to their principles by concentrating on creatures engaging in fisticuffs.…

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Feature: The Zenozoik Era

Zenomorph: The Art And Evolution Of Zeno Clash

This is the first in a weekly series of features about the art and art technology of PC games, in association with website Dead End Thrills. More from Zeno Clash II can be found here. Click the images below for biggies. Punch me in my Salvador Dali and tell me I'm not dreaming. Did just fifteen people really make Zeno Clash II? Of course they…

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Feature: Punched Out

Zeno Clash 2 review

Zeno Clash 2 is the sequel I always wished would come to fruition, but never dared hope for. I mean, if you look at the Call of Duties or even Grand Theft Autos of the world, there's no real intrigue amongst all the announcement glitz and glamour. We already know roughly what we're in for. But the original Zeno Clash opened this swirling, cream-colored Pandora's…

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Ernst And Jung: Zeno Clash 2

Zeno Clash 2 will most likely contain many remarkable sights but the latest video, showing six minutes of the game's opening section, isn't particularly potent. There's mention of larger areas, more freedom of movement and side quests, but it looks more like the beginning of a Let's Play series than a trailer. Maybe that makes it the polar opposite of a live action trailer, in…

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Yessss: Zeno Clash II’s Trailer Looks Crazier Than Ever

In Zeno Clash II, there is punching and uppercutting and kicking and kneeing and winged lion people and juggle combos and bird men and claw guns and cities that look like the industrial age as imagined by a sentient piece of chewing gum and a case of severe underbite that probably wasn't fixed because dentists rarely work with those wooden things people put paint on…

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