Posts Tagged ‘behold studios’

Have You Played…Chroma Squad?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Chroma Squad [official site] was a wonderful surprise when I first played it. Maybe I was being narrowminded, but an RPG in the vein of Final Fantasy Tactics overlaid with Power Rangers satire only turned my head because I thought that it all sounded really dumb. But Chroma Squad is actually incredibly smart, and I wish more video games would brave the kind of meta-satire that Chroma Squad so effortlessly pulls off.

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Wot I Think: Chroma Squad

Children are fickle creatures, and today’s craze is tomorrow’s landfill. One of my earliest memories is of mum trying to convince me that He-Man was much cooler than the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and, despite there only being one of him, that he could easily take them in a fight. I stubbornly refused to accept this reasoning, my painstakingly-accumulated He-Man collection was on the scrapheap, and the poor parents had to start buying TMNT toys instead.

Now that the children of the 80s and 90s are adults, something funny but predictable has happened. Everything old is new again, reborn or rebooted to try and bring our inner child back – and so we come to Chroma Squad [official site], the greatest Power Rangers game there never was.

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Mighty Morphin’ Management: Chroma Squad Released

Siblings aren’t all that useful, I’ve found, but younger ones do give an excuse to watch television shows you feel a pressure to be far too mature and sophisticated to enjoy. Say, Power Rangers.

I’m excited to see the launch of Chroma Squad [official site], a tactical fightin’, business managin’, sim-o-RPG about running a mighty morphin’ super sentai show and fighting through its episodes. Excited for my sibling’s sake, that is. Maybe they might like a copy for their birthday, you know. Not me. I’m big now. I can buy alcohol and go on all the rollercoasters.

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2D Blaster Relic Hunters Zero Will Be Open Source, Free

As in, actually free, open-source free. Or “Free4Real” as developers Rogue Snail put it, presumably in an attempt to make me hate them personally. The two-man team of Betu Souza and Mark Venturelli are currently employed at Behold Studios, working on Chroma Squad. In their spare time they’ve made Relic Hunters Zero, a top-down shoot ‘em up with a psychedelic style and heavily-armed animals. It’ll be out some time during autumn and they’re tackling the Greenlight gauntlet in the mean time. Strike a rad pose and continue below for a trailer and preview build thoughts.

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