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Posts tagged “Atari”

THQ Nordic buy Alone In The Dark and Act Of War series, might consider sequels

Continuing to hoover up every neglected video game series that's remembered half-fondly, THQ Nordic today announced they're buying the rights to horror series Alone In The Dark and Eugen's real-time strategy 'em up Act Of War. These two had been owned by The Creature Wearing The Skin Of Atari - who largely seem poor carers for old series, while The Creature Wearing The Skin Of…

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Tempest 4000 is out now and just as Jeff Minter as ever

Jeff Minter of tiny indie outfit Llamasoft is back and hasn't changed a bit, if Tempest 4000's launch today is any indication. Take the 1981 vector-graphics arcade shooter Tempest, and pile on the psychedelic laser effects, pumping '90s techno music and weird Welsh humour until comfortably numb. It is almost excessively retro, very loud and is out now.

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Tempest 4000 set to cause sensory overload this month

Americans don't know Jeff Minter in the way he's known elsewhere. At least, that's what I've been told, and it tracks because I didn't know who Minter was either. The game creator has repeatedly butted heads with The Creature That Wears The Skin Of Atari, so it is delightful to see that some kind of common ground was reached to allow Minter to make this…

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Hearts of Iron IV dips a toe in the ocean with Man the Guns

First launched in 2016, Hearts of Iron IV is yet another of the grand strategy games to come from the great grand strategy Santa's Workshop known as Paradox Interactive. Mixing sandbox style play and real-time war simulation, the title allows you to start in 1936 or 1939 and take one control of one great power -- leading them to victory over the rest of the,…

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Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 mysteriously delisted from Steam & GOG

Back in January, zombie publisher Atari suffered the legal ire of its past-life contractor Frontier Developments over unpaid royalties for 2004's theme park sim RollerCoaster Tycoon 3. There's been no word as yet of how that particular dust - alleged by gossip site TMZ to be worth some $2.2m - settled, but I suspect many of us would raise an eyebrow or six if someone…

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In the least expected re-release of 2018, Bullet Witch is coming to Steam

Everyone loves witches. That's just like, you know, facts. Bullets? Some people are into bullets. Some people are not. But a witch that has bullets? How could that possibly go wrong? Well, three years before we were gifted with Bayonetta, developer Cavia attempted to fuse Western and Japanese sensibilities into a post-apocalyptic monster battle adventure game. Unfortunately, the reviews for the game were just brutal.…

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Feature: Pong: Sweat Edition

Have You Played… Top Spin?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. I had never seen a sweatier man. Deep into the battle that would decide his fate and the way his story lived on or dwindled to nothing, my custom-built character was part-way between solid and fluid. A jelly of a man; a moist pink marshmallow on…

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Feature: A real crowd-pleaser

Have You Played… Pit-Fighter?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. Has anyone made a fighting game more realistic than Pit-Fighter? Released in arcades in 1990 and to home computers a year later, it used actual people as the models for its characters, digitising them through some sort of sorcery and allowing them to punch and kick…

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Yup, Tempest 4000 looks like a Jeff Minter game

"EAT ELECTRIC DEATH" declares Tempest 4000 as noises and colours and particles and numbers explode all over. Yup, that's certainly what I'd expect from Jeff Minter's return to the arcade shooter series. Minter was behind Tempest 2000 and 3000, Minterised remakes for Atari of the '80s arcade game. But when he tried to make the similar TxK for himself, the creature wearing the skin of…

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Feature: Big Boss

“If you treat them as the enemy, it’s not going to be a good relationship.” Obsidian’s Feargus Urquhart on publishers

Since its foundation in 2003, Obsidian Entertainment has worked with seven different publishers. Commencing with LucasArts on Knights of the Old Republic II, Obsidian has since signed contracts with Atari, SEGA, Bethesda, Square Enix, Ubisoft and most recently, Paradox Interactive. In fact, up until Pillars of Eternity [official site], every single game Obsidian had made was funded and distributed by a different publisher. This is…

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Jeff Minter making Tempest 4000 for Atari

Jeff Minter is revisiting Tempest later this year in Tempest 4000, the creature wearing the skin of Atari announced today. This is mighty surprising, considering Minter has said the creature tried to kill his TxK, the Tempest-ish shooter he released in 2014. Their apparent reconciliation is definitely welcome news, mind. No one does loud, colourful, intense, and silly arcade action just like Minter. He was…

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Scream If You’re Confused: RollerCoaster Tycoon World Launching Day Before Planet Coaster

The creature wearing the skin of Atari has announced astonishing plans to launch RollerCoaster Tycoon World [official site] next Wednesday, November 16th. It's been on Steam early Access for seven months. The surprising part is: Frontier's theme park sim Planet Coaster comes out the very next day, Thursday the 17th. Given that Planet Coaster looks the better game by far, it's a bit silly. Perhaps…

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Rollercoaster Tycoon World Trailer Shows Mod Tools

Rollercoaster Tycoon World [official site] will have players create their own parks and rides in-game, of course, but it'll also let people make brand new things outside the game. The theme park-building game will have simple tools to create new scenery objects and people and doodahs through a Unity plugin then share them over the Steam Workshop, a new trailer explains. Come see how that works…

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Rollercoaster Tycoon World Stalls, Delayed To Next Year

It's been a ride full of... (if I say "ups and downs" will you continuing reading, dear reader?) turbulence for Rollercoaster Tycoon World [official site]. Since it was first announced in 2014, it's already been through three different developers and has long passed its original "early 2015" release window. It was then scheduled for a December 10th launch, however has now been pushed back to…

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Rollercoaster Tycoon World Is On Its Third Developer, But Finally Has A Release Date

The current inhabitants of the Atari skinsuit have finally stuck a release date on their latest attempt to revive beloved management sim/construction toyRollercoaster Tycoon. Series creator Chris Sawyer is sadly not involved in Rollercoaster Tycoon World [official site], which is the fourth game in the main series, and rather worryingly the project has been through three different developers since its announcement last year.

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Survived Horror – Alone In The Dark: Illumination Released

Alone in the Dark: Illumination [official site] is a curious name for a game that'll have you neither alone nor really in the dark, but strange things happen when games carry papers plucked from the corpses of fallen franchises frozen on the battlefield of the industry. The shooter named after ye olde survival horror series launched last night with class-based shooty action and support for…

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Asteroids Sandbox Survival Reimagining On Early Access

"This ain't your grandpa's Asteroids," I wish the creature wrapped in the flesh of Atari would hiss. Sadly not. That's the kind of line I'd like when a classic game becomes something so very, very modern. And what way to reinterpret the vintage space shoot 'em up could be any more modern than a multiplayer sandbox survival game? That's Asteroids: Outpost [official site], you guys,…

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Eat Electric Death: Atari Trying To Block Jeff Minter’s TxK

Jeff Minter has been making tip-top arcade shooters for a good thirty years now, including classics like Space Giraffe, Gridrunner, Revenge of the Mutant Camels, and Tempest 2000. That last one is coming back to bite him in the bottom. TxK [official site] is his latest loud and colourful and silly and exciting shooter, and I've been waiting patiently for the PC port since its…

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Catnap Over: Blade Kitten Ep 2 Released After Four Years

The second episode of a mostly-forgotten episodic game being released over four years after it was nearly finished, and after its makers mostly closed, is the sort of weird game news that makes me trill "Ooh! Weird!" So: Blade Kitten [official site] Episode 2 came out yesterday. Ooh! Weird! "Episode 2 was nearly completed 9 months ago then was put on indefinite hold because Atari…

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Asteroids: Outpost Is Atari’s Multiplayer Craft-O-Surviver

I don't enjoy being cynical or tearing into things, so news that the shambling husk of Atari is slapping the Asteroids name on a multiplayer craft-o-build-a-surviver only leaves me tired. It's named Asteroids: Outpost [official site]. Words like "We're paying homage to the original Asteroids by incorporating classic features such as asteroid blasting capabilities, while introducing a completely new premise and gameplay" from Atari CEO…

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