Posts Tagged ‘arcade’

Impressions: Flying Tigers – Shadows Over China

One of my favourite games ever is 2007’s Attack On Pearl Harbor. It was an arcade WW2 dogfighting game, that managed to cunningly strip away all the technical complexity of flying a plane, and just have it be pure shooty fun. I’d love to recommend you play it too, but it has entirely vanished from existence. Once on Steam but there no longer (due to “various legal and business reasons” I was once told), I’ve deliberately kept it installed on my PC so it cannot disappear from my account. I am one of very few people who can play this game, and that’s a crying shame.

So it was with buoyant heart that I noticed developer Björn Larsson, then of Legendo Entertainment, now of Ace Maddox, has returned to the genre with the Early Access release of Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China [official site]. It was last year, but I just noticed. Well, he only just told me. It’s his fault.

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Hands On: RymdResa

It’s tough to pin down exactly what sort of game RymdResa [official site] is going to be when it comes out next month, not least because it keeps changing as you go through. Split into three chapters, each slightly varying on the last, it’s a 2D space exploration/thruster-based arcade game, with poetry. You know the sort. I’ve had my hands on some code.

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Freeware Garden: Insatia

Be the nasty critter!

Professor Pokrovsky, with the invaluable help of his lab assistant Bob and secretary Pinny, delights in breeding new species of worms, colourful little insects and disgusting, hungry little critters. Happily, you too can now play Insatia and get to experience a short and agonizing life as one of the good doctor’s test subjects.

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Freeware Garden: The Beat, The Step, And The Cowboys

She's right, you know.

Ah, yes, a cowboy duel on a virtual tabletop complete with beats and a step sequencer. It’s what we never knew we wanted and what Team Pyros divined we all needed and wonderfully wrapped up in the excellent The Beat, The Step, and The Cowboys.

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Freeware Garden: Game Jam

An honest look at game development.

Everybody loves a game jam. It is after all “probably the most healthy scene of videogame creativity,” as Locomalito, brilliant creator of some of the best freeware games, put it before releasing the aptly named Game Jam mini-game. It is a cute take on games about making games ever conceived and executed.

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Freeware Garden: Sky Dawgz

I’ll just ignore the way Sky Dawgz is spelled for a moment and focus on the fact that it’s the great looking little arcade game I’ve been returning to for the past month instead. I’ll also ignore how it’s all about a cringe-worthy thing called dawgfighting and wisely pretend it’s all about dogfighting during the epic sky battles of the second World War.

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Freeware Garden: Vectagon

It’s called Vectagon and it’s a fast paced, procedurally generated, psychedelic runner that has, according to its developer, been inspired by Rez, Dyad and F-Zero. That makes Vectagon a jaw-dropping, infinite avoid-’em-up where lasting for a minute should be considered a huge accomplishment. A game with glorious neon visuals and a purely arcade heart.

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Freeware Garden: RADE

The authenticity is palpable.

RADE, the Radically Authentic Dogfighting Experience, is most assuredly not the most realistic flight sim I have ever played. Then again and despite appearances it isn’t much of rail-shooter either. It’s simply exhilarating, action packed and brilliantly fun.

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Biological Warfare: P-3 Biotic Is A Twin Stick Fun Time

Whenever I see the phrase “twin-stick shooter” I can be sure of two things. One – I want to play it. Two – I will suck so badly at it that if anyone I knew saw me playing I’d throw the controller in their face and then just run and run until I was in a different country where I’d hide in a hole with a bin lid on top. That’s why I work alone. In my underpants. And so it was that seeing BatCat Games’ P-3 Biotic has come from consoles to PC, via IndieCity and IndieVania for $4/£2.50, I once again demonstrated my own trouserless uselessness to myself and no one else.

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Smash & Brag: BustNRush Demo

Oh, if only it had anti-aliasing.

Coo, some simple arcade charging around. BustNRush is a Unity-made pseudo-3D smashing stuff game from Techtonic Games, in which you run very, very fast through a stone corridor of obstacles (in the first set of levels, at least). You need to be sprinting to smash through the blue blocks, jumping or dodging to avoid the red blocks, and leaping over ravines. At what eventually becomes great speed. If you fancy trying the demo, be warned that the tutorial levels build up slowly, until you’re dodging, jumping and sprinting so frantically that your brain will finally announce, “Ah, I get it!”

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Sined, Sealed, Delivered: Waves Released

Someone in the middle of that, I'm most likely about to die

UDK-powered twin-stick shooter Waves is now available for purchase. I played it at the Eurogamer Expo and had a grand old time even though I clearly need plenty of practice to even scrape the bottom of any kind of leaderboards. There are a variety of game modes, one of which you can try in the demo, and the colourful chaos is somehow balanced while unpredictable. It’s also quite spectacular to behold. Buy DRM-free direct from the developer for £5.94, or from Gamersgate with a current discount of 15% to £5.91. Will be on Steam by 6PM GMT but buying direct supplies a Steam code anyhow so that would seem the ideal option.

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Aw, It’s Twins(tick) Shooter: Waves Demo

Geometry can't get a break.

Rob Hale’s bemusingly frantic Waves has just released a demo. It’s a three minute burst of the Crunch Time mode, which you can get from Squid In A Box’s main site, here. The full game is out soon, and will be $10 either from Squid (DRM free) or via Steam. But in the meantime, you can finally get your hands on the explody colour confusion.

Avalanche Go To The Arcades: Renegade Ops

Imagine it's a screenshot!

RENEGADE OPS! That’s how I’m going to be pronouncing that game’s name. Shouted, every time. It’s a name that needs bellowing. But before you put on your haughty trousers, there’s likely to be a touch of irony about such a bombastic name, since this is coming from Just Cause developers, Avalanche. It’s described as a “twin stick vehicle shooter”, according to Eurogamer, planned to be released as a download-only, arcade-style, top-down shoot-them-up. Phew.

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Gridrunner Revolution: Now With High Score

Getting shots of Minter games is always a bit tricky.

Yet more splendid geek-sense. I finally get around to finishing reading the History of Llamasoft – and I’ll save a story about how Jeff Minter and chums did sound-effects back in the pre-Vic-20-days for the next podcast – only to hear news of a significant upgrade for the already released Gridrunner Revolution. Basically, it’s had online-score-tables added to it – whose absence was my main criticism. Even better, both it and the gloriously vicious Space Giraffe are now available for ten dollars a shot – or fifteen dollars for the pair in a one-two good-cop-bad-cop combo. They’re two of the best arcade games of the last few years, both sharing an aesthetic but absolutely individual games (“Good Cop/Bad Cop” isn’t a bad way of personifying their appeals, really). You can play it on trial by downloading Gridrunner Revolution here. More Gridrunner stuff? FOLLOW BELOW…
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Not Just Astrotraining: Astro Tripper PC

Hullo! Me again. I’m still lolling around Kieron’s room, taking a break from gnawing. I see the last game Kieron played before passing, and starting to pass through my guts, was something called Astro Tripper. There’s some notes which I can just about read through the blood stains:
“After Gridrunner Revolution, a fine time for premium PC shootage”, “Early-00s Edge-beloved classic, rebooted”, “Derived from Defender-Derived Braybook classic Uridium”, “No demo yet, but original Space Tripper demo still out there“, “Why am I so lonely?”, “brutally punnishing” and “£9/$15“. Oh – look! There’s a video here of it.
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