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Posts tagged “Thunder Lotus Games”

Feature: Death becomes her

Spiritfarer review

Spiritfarer is about death. You play as Stella, whose job is to take dying spirits through the Everdoor to their final death, when they're ready. Except, I think it is actually about kindness. Helping a spirit become ready to go involves cooking for them, hugging them, and building them a home on your enormous houseboat. And for that you must care for sheep, play music…

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Feature: If only it were that easy to make perfect fries

Spiritfarer is about death, but also the cosy business of living

Spiritfarer, the "cosy management game about dying", is full of many little acts of kindness. "You can hug anyone, by the way," Nicolas Guérin tells me, during my recent hands-on preview. Guérin is creative director at Thunder Lotus Games, and Spiritfarer is a slight shift from their action games Sundered and Jotun. Death is a common theme, perhaps, but Spiritfarer is a much more gentle…

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Spiritfarer shows off crafting and gathering in a new trailer

I've been quite jazzed about Spiritfarer since it was first announced last year. The cozy crafting and management game has a much different vibe from the last Thunder Lotus game I played. Jotun kicked my rear right through the final moments so I'll be glad to have a different relationship with this next one. There's a new trailer out today showing off some of the…

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Sundered is the latest Epic Games Store giveaway

Thursday is freebie day on the Epic Games Store, with a new game rotating in to be free for keepsies for the next week. This time it's Sundered, the hand-drawn metroidvania from the studio behind Jotun. Our former John (RPS in peace) declared it "a completely wonderful metroidvania" in his Sundered review so do have a look.

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Feature: Throw your hands up at me

Gamescom’s best of the rest: the coolest indies round up

This would not be RPS if I didn't return from Gamescom and write minimally about the triple A-xtravaganzas and maximumly about smaller, weirder things wot I saw. So here, have at it: my favourite of the independently made games I saw at this year's show. I flatter myself that the selection is broad enough that it covers genres to suit every taste. Strategy games! Card…

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Feature: A game about death but not about killing

Spiritfarer is about death, but it’s how it treats life that makes it unusual

"We all die, everything dies, every living thing dies." Nicolas Guérin is reassuring me. He's the creative director at Thunder Lotus Games and they're working on Spiritfarer, announced at E3 2019 as a "cosy management game about dying." I need reassuring because I've played a 15-minute demo of Spiritfarer and I'm worried that a game that treats death lightly will make light of the suffering…

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Spiritfarer looks like utterly magical heartbreak

I wouldn’t blame you for having missed Spiritfarer’s trailer at E3 this week, which came right after Keanu Reeves’ surprise appearance at the Microsoft press conference. But still, now that it’s the weekend and things are calming down a bit, it’s the perfect time to take a look at its pleasant management-y-ness and beautiful skybox. According to its trailer, which you can see below, its…

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E3 2019 games – every game confirmed

They just keep coming don't they? A lot of games were announced at E3 2019, things that we didn't know about, as well as stuff that's previously announced, or expansions to already released games. Now, to the casual outsider, what we're doing might seem absolutely nuts, but we thought we'd put together an alphabetical list of all the PC games that have been confirmed to…

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Lovecraftian metroidvania Sundered coming this month

After shrinking us down to fit inside our computers and fight frost giants in Jotun, Thunder Lotus Games are winding up to make us even smaller -- and less consequential on a cosmic scale -- in Sundered [official site]. They've announced their new Lovecraftian metroidvania will launch on Friday, July 28th. It's explore a ruined world overcome with eldritch horrors, some of which are really,…

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Crafted with love: Jotun devs’ Sundered on Kickstarter

Sundered [official site], the Lovecraft-tinged Metroidvaniä! Iä! from the folks behind Jotun, will launch in July. That's the news from developers Thunder Lotus who have, in the meantime, launched a Kickstarter to fund making Sundered all shiny and polished in these final few months. If you fancy delving into procedurally-generated dungeons to rumble with many-mawed horrors and don't want to wait until July, swing by…

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Metroidvaniä! Iä! Cthulhu Fhtagn! Jotun Dev’s Sundered

After having players duff up frost giants and slide down the roots of Yggdrasil in their first game, Jotun, developers Thunder Lotus Games seem to be going possibly even bigger in their second. Today they announced Sundered [official site], set in a vast ruined world filled with "eldritch horrors" - things with too many wings, teeth, and tentacles. Some of them are flipping ginormous and…

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Marvel At Jotun’s Beautiful Launch Trailer

Jotun [official site] looks beautiful, doesn't it? Just look at those hand-crafted animations. Its water coloured landscapes. Its whimsical Studio Ghibli-esque aesthetic weaving vibrant charm and mystical allure all over my eye balls. Ahead of its September 29 release on Steam, Canadian outfit Thunder Lotus Games have delivered a launch trailer showcasing yet more of Jotun's majesty - which includes the majesty of a 50-foot…

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Norse Code: Jotun’s Cold Colossi

Jotun's [official site] combination of Norse mythology, impressive hand-drawn animation and enormous boss battles brings The Banner Saga and Shadow of the Colossus to mind. Alice spotted the game when it was frozen in the purgatory of a Kickstarter campaign, creeping toward its funding goal. Having squeaked past the $60,000 target, the team have been working hard and recently went on tour, showing their vision…

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Viking Versus Giants: Jotun Now Kickstarting

Say the name Thora and I'll think of dear Thora Hird or Thora Birch, entirely missing its origins as the feminine version of Thor. Seeing Jotun makes this smack-bang blindingly obvious. Not one to give an Alan Bennett monologue or act precocious, she's more into slaying giants. Giant giants."Imagine the mysterious romantic mood of Journey mixed with the scale of the boss fights in Shadow…

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