Posts Tagged ‘Sarah Northway’

Fantastic Contraption Video Mixes Reality And Virtual

It’s hard to demonstrate virtual reality games in video, because most of the good ones depend upon them being viewed through a headset and not via a flat YouTube embed. This latest footage of Fantastic Contraption [official site] finds a good route though by alternating between video captured in-game, in-headset and via a secondary camera looking at the room which blends real and game footage together.

Which sounds confusing, but in practice it’s remarkable for both how seamless it looks and for what a good job it does conveying how fun and natural it looks to construct the game’s weird machinery.

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Construction Complete: Rebuild 3 Out Of Early Access

If you want to spoil other games that straddle the imagined psychogeography of the casual/hardcore divide forever, the Rebuild series [official site] is a good place to look. On the surface, these strategic games of zombie uprising aftermath survival and urban reclamation are simple, colourful resource-gathering exercises, but they’re cleverly balanced and squeeze plenty of flavour out of the setting. Since the earliest Flash incarnation of the concept, Sarah Northway’s games have appealed to me – ideal to dip into during the eternal coffee break of the soul.

The third title adds factions, a splendid revamped UI and much more. I’ve played the early versions of the Early Access release but now, with the campaign complete, the game is ready to launch.

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Suburban Survival: Rebuild – Gangs Of Deadsville

The Rebuild series has filled many a train journey and lazy evening, simple enough to provide a mobile diversion but smart enough that the time doesn’t feel entirely wasted (see Tiny Tower, a charming bottomless pit of taps). Rebuild has difficulty settings, randomised cities and involving turn-based survivor management. It’s about zombies of course, but it’s also about pre-zombies, also known as human survivors. Beginning in a safehouse, the player’s gang must gather resources, scavenge for food and recruit other survivors. The ultimate aim, as the title suggests, is to rebuild the city, gradually making entire districts safe. Gangs of Deadsville, now available on Early Access, adds new events, a tech tree, survivor abilities and an entire faction system.

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Undo The Undead: Rebuild: Gangs Of Deadsville


I recently bought a decent phone (a shiny Samsung s4), so I spend about an hour a day looking for interesting things to install on it. Many many Google searches later and I’m now familiar with Sarah Northway’s Rebuild series, a game of post-apocalyptic world-building that mobile gamers seem to love. It’s a turn-based strategy game where the survivors of an undead uprising begin to build out from their base, reclaiming the area surrounding their protective cordon one building at a time. It’s pitched as Sim City meets The Walking Dead, with the city’s expansion bringing personal stories of survival and adventure to your little gang of un-undeads. The Kickstarter pitch is on the other side of this here protective link. Dare you go on?
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