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Posts tagged “Blendo Games”

Flotilla 2 jacks in to blast off

Quadrilateral Cowboy and Thirty Flights Of Loving superstar Brendon Chung of Blendo Games has released Flotilla 2, a VR-only sequel to 2010's tidy turn-based tactical spaceship battler. Yes, you'll need Rift or Vive cybergoggles if you want to jaunt across space with a rag-tag group of spaceships. That leaves me out but, as someone who likes the first one, I do still hope goggheads juice…

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Flotilla 2 will be exclusively for the space-goggles crowd

As much love as I have for the likes of Gravity Bone and Quadrilateral Cowboy, of Blendo Games' output thusfar, my favourite has to be Flotilla. It was a quietly satisfying little game about tactical space combat, physics, and gratifyingly hard-hitting missiles, all wrapped up in a sharp low-fi aesthetic and spiced with Rastafarian space-cats. Today's good news: There's a sequel in the works! Less-good…

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Feature: Kill your darlings

How an amputation saved Quadrilateral Cowboy’s life

This is The Mechanic, where Alex Wiltshire invites developers to discuss the difficult journeys they underwent to make the best bits of their games. This time, Quadrilateral Cowboy [official site]. Quadrilateral Cowboy is a firstperson puzzle game about a group of hacker friends who stage heists across a set of increasingly challenging missions. Together they tell a surprising and affecting story of professionalism, friendship and…

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Feature: Hell, yeah

Have You Played… Gravity Bone?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Super-cool micro-Hitman, getting on for a decade old but feeling as fresh as ever. My memories of Gravity Bone [official site] turned out to have been a little scrubbed by those of its successor, the more stylish, showy and cut-up Thirty Flights Of…

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The (jazzy) making of Thirty Flights Of Loving

Thirty Flights Of Loving [official site], a needle full of adrenaline pumped straight into the brain, is an enduring slice of Only Videogames Can Do This. A cut-up of all the best bits of spy movies with none of the context - you have to bring that yourself, which is the best part of it - and a delirious barrage of high-speed exploration, super-cool action…

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Gravity bone creator now helping develop Sub Rosa

Early access game Sub Rosa [official site] is both a blocky, physics-based FPS and a corrupt corporate simulator. You jump into its online multiplayer world, enrol with a company and start doing dirty deeds, like carrying out heists on office buildings or hunting down a limousine containing one of the game's valuable discs. What I've seen looks promising, and it's just got even more promising, because Brendon Chung…

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Quadrilateral Cowboy scoops IGF Grand Prize

Hacking heist 'em up Quadrilateral Cowboy has won the Grand Prize at the 2017 Independent Games Festival awards, taking home $30,000 (and another $3,000 for winning the Excellence in Design award). The ceremony went down last at the Game Developers Conference, with other winners including Ladykiller in a Bind and Hyper Light Drifter. The IGFs may no longer turn up many huge surprises but they…

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Feature: Independent Games Festival

The Electronic Wireless Show – IGF Special #1: Sci-fi

It's time to use to our radio voice. The RPS Electronic Wireless Show has historically been our not-very-regular podcast where we gather to tell each other how wrong we are about videogames. But this month it has mutated into something different. In the lead-up to this year's Independent Games Festival, we interviewed a whole bunch of developers, all of whom have been nominated for some…

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Quadrilateral Cowboy Getting New Levels, Says Creator

Hacking-fueled heist-em-up Quadrilateral Cowboy [official site] came out last week and opinion has been a bit divided about it. Graham, for instance, thought it was a stylish but disappointing romp. Whereas I reckon it's a delicious retro-futuristic snack. But most reviews agreed on one thing - that there wasn’t enough of it. Well, get your 56k modem jacked in folks. The “20th Century Cyberpunk” adventure…

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Feature: Stylish enough to forgive its flaws

Quadrilateral Cowboy review

I've lined up my suitcase rifle, sawed open my escape route, and written two lines of code to control a small robot when I blink. Blink once and a set of lasers turn off allowing me to enter through a space station maintenance tunnel without triggering any alarms; blink twice and a second set turn off, allowing me to exit cleanly. It's only a few…

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Hack The Planet: Quadrilateral Cowboy Released

Pull on your data gloves and slap on your mirrorshades for Quadrilateral Cowboy [official site], the latest from Thirty Flights of Loving and Flotilla developers Blendo Games. Quadlat Cowbo is a first-person heist-o-hacking game about sneaking into places using gadgets, gizmos, and good old-fashioned hacking. It's from the command line school of hacking, having you tap out commands and scripts to carefully time hacking cameras,…

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Jack In To Quadrilateral Cowboy On July 25th

It feels as if first-person hacking adventure Quadrilateral Cowboy has been in development for a long time, but the truth is that four years isn't uncommon by modern standards. Instead, it feels long because Quadrilateral Cowboy because it's been good for a long time. Since that first build we played back in 2012, we've been wowed by its style, its retro-inspired machinery, its heists. Now…

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Feature: Anti-E3

Hype Hopes: Look Forward To These Indie Games

E3 is almost over and there has been plenty of hype for all the new projects. Of course, not all games can showcase a 10 minute gameplay demo of the main character failing to love his own son. So here's a trio of games from independent developers you should look forward to.

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Have You Played… Thirty Flights Of Loving?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Too many games are so terrified of me not understanding everything that they spew nonsense at me about their world, their characters, their story, and their magic/technology/I don't care. For some reason, many video games believe that we're incapable of understanding something we…

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Have You Played… Flotilla?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. "Armed with nothing but a bone to pick and seven months left to live, you embark on your last adventure." Blendo Games' procedural space adventure Flotilla has an inevitable conclusion, so what matters is how you and your flotilla spend those last few…

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Freeware Garden: Expat

Freeware Garden searches the corners of the internet to highlight one free game every day. Christmas 1969 was already a hazy memory when I walked into the Born Loser for a drink. The faces were grim and mostly unfamiliar, but I was sure I had seen that one before. Yes, there could be no mistake, she was The Thunder. The very same bounty hunter who captured…

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Meet The Team: Quadrilateral Cowboy’s Single-player Co-op

I'm always keen to see what Brendon Chung, the one-man Blendo Games, is up to next. From Flotilla to Thirty Flights of Loving, his games tend to reveal systems and stories in fascinating flashes and leave players the freedom to figure it all out, and they always have such a sense of fun. Apply all of that to low-fi cyberpunk and oh my, yes please.…

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Feature: 20th Century Cyberpunk

Let’s Blather All Over… Quadrilateral Cowboy

Quadrilateral Cowboy is a game I've been watching with great interest ever since Thirty Flights Of Loving creator Brendon Chung first debuted it last year. It's about hacking, but not via irritating minigames or jargon-your-problems-away Hollywood magic. Instead, you learn basic (albeit fictional) code and take down everything from laser grids to gun emplacements with a twitch of your fingers and a wriggle of your…

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Watch The Indiecade Quadrilateral Cowboy Trailer

Blendo Games' Quadrilateral Cowboy fills me with 8-bit feelings. The latest trailer of the archaic hacking game (aka "Twentieth Century Cyberpunk") has the kind of charm to it that few games can truly claim, complete with its totally lo-fi look. The latest trailer details some of the technologies you'll be interacting with as you perform your dial-up espionage. Go take a look.

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