Posts Tagged ‘team 17’

Have You Played… Worms?

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

Worms feels like a joke now: by my count there have been 23 games in the main series, and that’s not including the Facebook version or pinball and mini golf-themed spinoffs. It feels like so much iteration – or milking – glumly undermines the simplicity and silliness of the original I loved as a kid.

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The Reason Why Allison Road Was Cancelled, Kinda, Ish

Don’t go chasing ghost stories. You’ll find nothing and be disappointed or, worse, find something and discover it’s so much less than you’d wanted. Whatever you think you saw or heard, it’s gone.

Yes, the makers of Allison Road [official site] have now explained why they cancelled their first-person horror inspired by the Silent Hills teaser game PT (Playable Teaser). No, none of what they say will give you any peace. If you were interested in the game, accept that it’s gone and move on with your life. Read on at your own peril.

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Retroh No! Yooka-Laylee Delayed Into 2017

Yooka-Laylee [official site] raised over £2 million on Kickstarter in 2015 for the dream of a new ’90s-style 3D platformer made by a team including folks who worked on Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country. Playtonic Games hoped at the time that they’d release the game in October 2016, but the makers today announced it’ll be a little late. A new trailer reveals the game’s due in early 2017 but hey, the trailer also shows more of the game in motion. If you’ve waited a decade for the nineties to return, what difference does a few more months make?

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Dead End: Suburban Horror Game Allison Road Cancelled

Allison Road [official site] manifested onto Kickstarter in the aftermath of Silent Hills cancellation. The PT demo that teased the survival horror collaboration between Hideo ‘Metal Gear’ Kojima and cinema’s Guillermo del Toro had more buzz about it than many released games, and when it was pulled from the Playstation Store (the only place it had been available to download), it swiftly attained an almost mythological status.

Suburban scare ’em up Allison Road looked like one of the games most likely to pick up PT’s ball and run with it. Well, score this one a fumble, because it too has been cancelled.

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Bombs & Burrows: New Worms WMD Multiplayer Trailer

Over 3,000,000,000 worms have met their fate since the eponymous Worms launched its first turn-based strategy/murderfest iteration in 1995. So say its developers Team 17 anyway, and given the fact there’s been 20-some-odd variations of the banana bomb and kamikaze combo released in the last 21 years, I’m willing to accept that claim as true. This week, the upcoming Worms WMD [official site] peaked its head above the soil-covered parapet for the first time in a while with a new multiplayer trailer.

Aye, it’s worms as you know it. But there’s tanks this time too.

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Sheltered’s Danger Update Adds Fire, Factions, Filchers

If you’ve found Sheltered [official site] challenging up to now, you’ll likely find it even tougher thanks to the new ‘Danger Update‘ which brings the nuclear post-apocalypse, well, more danger. Now, nomads can break into your vault, ahem, underground bunker; unscrupulous factions storm the overground; house fires can destroy your equipment and resources; and bears and wolves are back, to name but some of the fresh perils. Bloody hell. The upshot of the update? Traps and horses.

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Have You Played… Body Blows?

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

I have a soft spot for slightly shoddy, me-too games from the early ’90s. The three or four football games that all tried desperately to ape Sensible Soccer after its success, for example. Or, in this case, Body Blows’ attempt to mimic the success of Street Fighter II. I played it originally on the Amiga but it was also available on DOS, and in my memories, it was charmingly rubbish.

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