Posts Tagged ‘Spiral Game Studios’

Premature Evaluation: Guardians of Orion

Though you wouldn’t necessarily expect realism from a game in which jetpacking clone soldiers do battle with a tag-team of robots and dinosaurs, Guardian’s big-name lizards are mostly creatures that co-existed at the end of the Cretacious period, rather than a best-of selected from across the dinosaurs’ 162-million-year stay on Earth. That said, the developers do find their imagination outstripping paleontological fact in the occasional creation of all new dinosaurs: one that resembles a rhino and another that can lasso the player with its tongue. But in some ways, the dinosaur mash-up is a longstanding paleontological tradition/hazard. Fake dinosaurs continue to plague the study, and though those fabricated wholesale are easy enough to identify with modern methods of analysis, it’s still sometimes hard to spot those that have been restructured or amended to create “new” species to further line the pockets of unscrupulous fossil dealers.

Each week Marsh Davies leaps from his dropship into the untamed primordial land of Early Access and unfeelingly obliterates the nascent species he finds. This week he’s turning dinosaurs to chum in Guardians of Orion, a co-op wave-survival shooter. It’s also a top-down game – which you wouldn’t necessarily guess from some of the footage used to advertise the game on its Steam Store page.

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Might Not Be Terrible Now – Orion: Prelude Free All Week

The last time we wrote about dinosaurs-versus-jetpacks multiplayer shooter Orion: Prelude [official site] it was 2012, after which I suspect we realised it was broken and rubbish and stopped paying attention. It’s three years later however and its developers haven’t stopped updating it in that time, and in canny fashion they’re now bragging about their support, noting their improved Steam user review rating, and making the game free to play all this week. Watch the trailer below.

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Orion: Dino Horde Announced, Free To Beatdown Buyers

OK, that's nice, but can we put people heads on dinosaurs?

Orion: Dino Beatdown was the best-named of all the videogames. Unfortunately, it then had to go and ruin that by being very glitchy and generally un-fun to, you know, play. That in mind, Spiral wants you to consider Orion: Dino Horde both a) an apology and b) a, er, finished product. It seems like more or less what they were aiming for with Beatdown, and thankfully, they’re making it free to everyone who purchased the first prehistoric jetpack blaster. “This is the sequel to Dino Beatdown and you receiveing it for free shouldn’t even be a question on anyone’s mind. We are extremely sorry about falling short on our first release and the problems you may have experienced,” Spiral wrote. Details and a couple trailers after the break.

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Anachro-tastic: Orion: Dino Beatdown Savages Steam

So videogames, pretty much.

Update: This game is apparently horrifically buggy and mired in mud-slinging controversy. Fun! A patch is allegedly on the way for one of those things, but it hasn’t dropped yet. In the meantime, if anyone with (or formerly with) Spiral would like to talk about, well, anything (including favorite colors, sports teams, or breakfast mascots), please get in touch. Just email me via the address in my byline.

Original article: “The game is out April 20th.” We said that about co-op jetpack blaster Orion: Dino Beatdown, and then it didn’t happen. Distraught, I tossed and turned night after night fearing the worst. Before long, I started putting up posters that read “Have you seen/been killed by this T-Rex” around my city and openly bursting into tears anytime I heard the Jurassic Park theme. Two weeks passed. I became almost certain that Dino Beatdown had scampered into the middle of the road and gotten hit by an errant meteor. My heart sank into the briniest depths of my chest at the mere thought. But then: hope. A Steam listing celebrating a May 4th release – with a four-pack option, no less. D’aaaaw, it had babies. That explains everything. Well, actually, no, but a recent trailer does. So fearfully grip your gun and venture into this post’s thickest word jungles to check it out.

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Orion: Dino Beatdown Has Classes, Beaten Dinosaurs


I’d inadvertently left some Beefheart playing when I unmuted my speakers to have a listen this trailer, below. The effect was quite beautiful. Or perhaps I’ve not had enough sleep. Another thing, the name “Orion: Dino Beatdown” really doesn’t seem quite right to me. I mean, Orion looks like Tribes mated with a Jurassic Park movie licence anyway, but the name sort of doubles that: half serious sci-fi, half 1980s dinosaur platformer. Perhaps that’s appropriate. Hm.

The game is out April 20th.
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Jurassic Jetpacks – ORION: Dino Beatdown

I’m in two minds about this multiplayer shooter from the ORION: Prelude team that somehow isn’t ORION: Prelude. Is ORION: Dino Beatdown a brilliant name for a game, or is it a horrible name for anything? One thing I do know, despite the laudable presence of dinosaurs and jetpacks, I’d be a lot happier if the dinosaurs were actually using the jetpacks. As it is, this is a game of cooperative shooting in which teams of men must survive in massive environments populated by hordes of hungry monster-lizards. And despite my quibbling, it looks pretty damn good.

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Level Scaling: Orion’s Playable Dinosaurs


Spiral send word that they have a new video out, this time showing a playable dinosaur in action, and some jumping/shooting behaviour. Mr Dino looks fantastic, frankly. The team have also done a big old write up of what they’ve been up to in the past month over here.

Go take a look, below…
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