ICYMI: King of the Cul-De-Sac is a choose-your-own-adventure that’s a lot of fun and out for free on just about every PC platform you can think of. Read my impressionon Black Nerd Problems.
Here we are with another edition of Indie Radar, our feature series highlighting independent games from smaller developers. Whether they are in development, just released, or in the initial concept stages, we think they deserve your attention. This week’s highlight – King of the Cul-De-Sac.
If there one thing I love in a video game, it’s a story that you can mess with. A good, old-fashioned, choose your own adventure deal. I’m a sucker for them. How can I not be? A childhood filled with Goosebumps books will do that to you. King of the Cul-De-Sac is looking to be the latest in my life-long obsession with choice-based games. In fact, it’s self-described as an interactive graphic novel. So, you know it’s calling to me.
ICYMI: I reviewed Star Renegades, the tactical rouge-lite RPG that beats you into the ground and asks your alternate universe doppelganger to avenge your lifeless corpse, repeating the process over and over again. It’s some good fun. Read my full review on Black Nerd Problems.
Publisher: Raw Fury / Developer: Massive Damage / Platform: PC / Release Date: September 8, 2020
There’s something so satisfying about a good gameplay loop that almost nothing else matters. It’s a trait that is almost required of traditional turned based RPGs and rogue-lites. When you put the two together then it’s essential that you nail that loop down, because it’s just about the only thing your player will be doing for 75 percent of the game.
Star Renegades, the new game from developer Massive Damage and publisher Raw Fury, not only masters that loop but makes it feel like almost everything else in the game is inconsequential. That’s not a bad thing. Sure, there are some flaws but this tactical rouge-lite RPG’s gameplay is so addictive and fun that it blinds you to whatever shortcomings it may have.
Yeah, soooo my second playthrough of Star Renegades didn’t go quite as planned. That secret dungeon was a trap. Watch me suffer a humiliating defeat at a game I thought I knew how to play. Roguelikes, I tell ya.
My first live stream on a new set up. Forgive the audio issues. I know you can barely hear me but on the plus side, you can see all the great RPG goodness coming out of Star Renegades. Even that dope ass soundtrack.
Star Renegades is the cool new roguelike RPG coming from Massive Damage. The combat mechanics are the biggest draw where moves determine who attacks first and can even delay enemy attacks. Watch for yourself and you can see just how the game plays.
Fortnite, PUBG, Apex Legends. You can have them. It seems like every single time I try to dive right into a new battle royal game, I’m put off by each of their complexities and the steep learning curve it takes to get good. It’s intimidating. Battle royale games can do that to you. You’re in for a couple of minutes and before you know it, it’s over before it even started. Sometimes you just want to have fun. Sometimes you just want to flail around aimlessly towards the goal without a care in the world.
Fall Guys is the new kid on the battle royale block and unless you’ve been under a rock, it’s kind of a big deal. Unlike most of the other games in this genre, Fall Guys isn’t a shooter. No, this is a platformer. Actually, it’s a game show. Wait, no, it’s like you took a bunch of bean shape ragdolls and made them compete in a variety of games and obstacle courses. Yeah, that last one sounds right.
Microsoft recently released a Game Preview version of Obsidian Entertainment’s new title Grounded for the Xbox One and PC. A game that’s pretty much a mix of Honey I Shrunk the Kids with the video game Don’t Starve. This was originally going to be a review but the more I thought about it, you can’t really review a game that isn’t finished.
Xbox’s Game Preview is a lot like Steam’s Early Access, which means the game isn’t quite fully conceptualized yet. However, you can pay to play it in its current state and provide developers with feedback to help shape the game’s final form. With that said, the Game Preview version of Grounded is very promising and a whole lot of fun even though it’s kind of bare-bones.
With the release of their game coming up, we had a nice long chat with Kahlil Abdullah, co-founder of Decoy Games about all things Swimsanity, helping other marginalized game developers, and what’s next. Visit Black Nerd Problems website or click the link below to read the full interview!
BNP: So, for all the folks that don’t know about Swimsanity, tell us what the game is all about.
Khalil: Swimsanity is a 4-player, underwater shooter with competitive and cooperative game modes where you can play with or against your friends. Basically, you control this underwater, aquatic hero called a Mooba. And he’s equipped with all these special power moves called ‘Unleashes.’ You can become a humongous shark, you can heal your teammates, you can deploy an underwater, what we call, an aqua tank. There are 13 of these, across 8 different game modes.
So, if you’re kind of a competitive guy, you can play against your friends in a typical deathmatch or elimination mode. We also flip the game on itself and let people play all on the same team with cooperative modes where you can do big boss battles or survival. There’s really something for everyone. The game is gonna have local and online play, and we just announced last month that it’s gonna have cross-play across all consoles and PC.
ICYMI: I dove into the trippy world of Superliminal and wrote a review for Black Nerd Problems. Visit Black Nerd Problems website or click the link below to read the full review!
Publisher: Pillow Castle/ Developer: Pillow Castle / Platform: Steam, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch/ Release Date: July 7, 2020
There really is something about being thrown in a gauntlet of test chambers armed only with some strange weapon or gimmick to get you out. I can only think of a few games that precisely scratched that itch for me, like the Portal series or Quantum Conundrum. So enter Superliminal, a dreamscape where perspective is your only tool, and you’re just falling from one dream to another. A trippy experience, to say the least, Superliminal is a short but sweet game whose premise is enough to keep players entertained.
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Last week, Barcelona-based studio Nomada Games and publisher Devolver Digital announced Gris, a beautiful platforming game. Coming to the Nintendo Switch and PC, it features some slick animation and watercolor visuals that do more than please the eye. Captivated by its beautiful trailer, I quickly searched for the game’s press release to find out…