Posts Tagged ‘Devolver Digital’

Festive Bird Fancying In Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star

Did you kiss a bird last night? It’s okay, you can tell me. I know that you twitchers (and Twitchers, probably) have been camped out in your hides with your binoculars, keenly awaiting the arrival of Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star [official site]. You surely pounced on the bird dating sim as soon as it was released last night, so you don’t need me to tell you it’s out. But perhaps you’re not yet committed to a lifestyle of macking on finches – what would your family say at Christmas dinner! – so hey, look, I’ll just mention it’s out so you can think about it.

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Festive Fancier: Hatoful Boyfriend – Holiday Star

There is no greater holiday romance than the one between George Michael and the wine glass he met last Christmas but for the pigeon fanciers among the RPS readership, Christmas might come early with the release of Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star [official site] on December 15th. It’s a themed expandalone or semi-sequel rather than a DLC pack and the creator of the original game, Hato Moa, has been involved with the development of this festive treat.

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The RPS Advent Calendar, Dec 8th: The Talos Principle: Road To Gehenna

What is the best puzzle game of 2015? The RPS Advent Calendar highlights our favourite games from throughout the year, and behind today’s door is…

The Talos Principle: Road To Gehenna!

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Premature Evaluation: Noct

As with so many horror stories, Noct takes place at night. Hence “Noct”. But this association between the hours of darkness and the supernatural or simply monstrous has always seemed slightly weird to me. I mean, I *get it*: humans aren’t terribly good at night. We’re most vulnerable then. It makes sense that we would have cultural associations between nighttime and terrors beyond our control or understanding. But it does seem peculiar that we, the apex predator species on this planet, are so ill-adapted to an environment which is afflicted by darkness 50% of the time. Shouldn’t some branch of homo-whatevers have popped up with a tapetum lucidum, the reflective layer that cats have which bounces light passing the retina back onto the eye’s photo-receptors? Or, better still, simply not have the photoreceptors positioned so they point away from the lens of the eye - an elementary vertebrate mistake! I mean, come on. Uninstall backbone, noob.

Each week Marsh Davies reluctantly edges through the grey, dead land of Early Access and comes back with any stories he can find or otherwise gets ripped apart by centipedes. This week he’s been doing quite a lot of the latter in the post-apocalyptic Noct, a creepy top-down shooter, in which you play a succession of survivors attempting to follow a plan relayed to you by a distant radio operator.

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Spooky Shooter Noct Out… In Early Access?

I’d been keenly awaiting October 21st, 2015 for a while, and not just because it was the fifth annual International Fisting Day. That special day is also when spooky-looking multiplayer survival top-down shooter Noct [official site] was supposed to launch and… well, it kinda launched. Noct arrived in Steam Early Access yesterday, rather than as the full and finished game I was expecting – which is now due in January 2016.

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Coming At You: Broforce Explodes Out Of Early Access

Broforce [official site] is not a game about shoving matches in the Bas Vegas car park. No, Broforce’s bros are kill-o-platforming commandos who may or may not bear some resemblance to action movie stars. Brobocop, Double Bro Seven, Rambro, Ellen Ripbro, Indianna Brones, Bro Dredd, The Brode… no, any similarities to fictional characters owned by large companies with expensive lawyers are probably just coincidences.

After a year and change in Early Access, the boisterous run ‘n’ gun platformer is ready to bro out and has properly launched. It’s celebrating this with an explosive cartoon:

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Lace Up Your Gunboots: Downwell Released

Bayonetta sold me wholly on gunshoes but, if Platinum’s kickwitch won’t come to PC (seems so), I’ll get my fix of kerblamky boots elsewhere. Like Downwell [official site].

The depths-plumbing platformer sees a low-fi kid with gunshoes venturing down a well to find fame and fortune, blasting monsters while collecting weapons, items, and cash. The premise caught the eye of those nice Devolver Digital folks, who’ve helped solo developer Moppin to a PC release. That’s out now, priced at only £2.

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Broforce Bursts Out Of Early Access Next Week, Celebrates With Power Ballad

When we last visited Broforce [official site], it’d just dropped a July update in time for ‘Murica’s fourth of July celebrations. At the time, Alice noted that developer Free Lives understood Independence Day the only way a studio hailing from South Africa could: with copious amounts of guns and dodgy American-cum-Australian-cum-Scottish voiceovers. South Africans discussing Americanisms can be hilarious. This power ballad-inspired trailer to mark Broforce’s full release on October 15 is pretty funny too.

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Noct: Multiplayer Survival Shooter Coming In October

Keeping your creepazoid partially concealed to sustain its scarepower is a spooking trick as old and perfect as BOO! yelling when someone least expects it. (Pretend you heard that sentence out loud to receive a spine-tingling thrill.) The makers of Noct [official site] know this. The multiplayer arcade shooter-y survival horror goes from “Oh that looks interesting” to “Oh that looks awful!” by showing everything from the eerie top-down perspective of a thermal imaging satellite. Mundane monsters become horrible pixellated amorphous masses lit up white against a grey world.

We’ll all get to die together soon, as publishers Devolver Digital have announced a release date of October 22nd. They’ve also made a nice new trailer:

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