Browser Pick: Town of Salem

Town of Salem

My friend have found this gem on steam this week and I just love it. And believe it or not you don’t have to buy it on steam, you can play it for free in your browser.

Town of Salem is a browser-based game base on the table top game Mafia and werewolf  were the challenge lie on using effectively your role, your deductions and your ability to lie convincingly to the other players. Of the 7 to 15 players and 29 roles (and more coming up) nobody know what roles other have each role have its fun way to play. Each Role is either in one of these alignments – Town, Mafia, Serial Killers, Arsonists and Neutrals and are randomly divided to the players. The Town members need to stop the mafia & other evil guys from killing everyone, mafia most eliminate other non mafia except the neutral and have the advantage of knowing which other player is mafia and talk at night but they are fewer in number.

Town of Salem

How to play

Like explained before there is a day phase and a night phase. Most role operates at night some during the day (Like the mayor). During there is a discussion phase after something happen the night before, usually accusation and revelation happen there. Once the time is up for the discussion Town members (all players) can vote for whom to accused. If someone is accused and get enough vote he goes on trial (??) he has X second to defend himself and only him may speak. After that every other town member vote Guilty or innocent or they may abstain (which can be important if they lynch a jester). If the target is guilty they hang him (or another gruesome death) and is death note is reveal  were the player that was executed my leave a message to help is team.

Town of Salem

Like I said before most roles are used during the night. At night, the mafia choose who to kill, frame, blackmail, etc. Serial killer, werewolf and arsonist chose there target too. Body guard can decide who to protect and can use a vest to protect himself once per night. Medium can takes that time to contact who was killed. Doctor can chose who to save. People that are killed during the night can leave there will like the one who died in trial.

Check out this video of me and my buddy playing:

Why I just love it ? because I used to play werewolf with my friend a lot a few year back and I always wished to be able to play online. Unfortunately you don’t have to body language and voice cue of a face to face table top game that can give away information. But there are other way to compensate that, roles give power to investigate name and the chat can give away cue, most mafia seem to lay low at the beginning or to accuse the wrong people.

I’ve completely forgot to write about Dragon Quest VI when It’s came out. I’ve written about Dragon quest VIII  probably the best available dragon quest (and rpg in general) on tablet, we talked about Dragon quest I & II which are both great game and Dragon quest III is on the way (released in japan not elsewere)

The fourth installment of dragon quest, Dragon quest IV: Chapter of the chosen, is very different from other dragon quest in the way the story is structured. You play different chapter to learn about the story of each of your characters until chapter 5, which is basically 80% of the game, where (spoiler alert) you reunite with all of them. Another welcoming addition the introduction of the wagon. Everything else the game is pretty similar to the others except that you can’t change classes like in DQ III.

If you don’t want to be spoiled, go buy it and play it immediately on itune [ITUNE LINK], Google play [LINK], Nintendo DS or on the old school nes. If you don’t mind move along.

The first chapter is the shortest Ragnar a fighter who need to investigate the missing children for the king and they go on to find the chosen one.
The second Chapter is about a rebel princess named Alena that want to prove her strength. The third chapter is with Tonerko, a merchant that wants to build is own shop. The fourth chapter is with two sisters, Meena and Maya, that seeking revenge for the death of their father. The final chapter (in the original game) is with the chosen hero who will travel the world to find the characters from the previous chapters and legendary gear to defeat the evil Psaro.

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The recent remake of the game include a sixth chapter, where you discover more of the story of Psaro & Rose and who the bad guy really is. You can to be able to have Psaro join you to fight that new bad guy (I don’t want to spoil you to much). Note that Psaro is freakingly OP compare to the other characters, only the hero seems to be not so bad compare to him.

Note: since it’s an old school RPG, expect a lot of random encounter, if you’re playing a recent version they are tuned down a bit but still annoying.

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Dragon Quest IV: Review (TouchArcade)

My dear readers, you all know my love for the rogue like space game FTL. I have to tell you, I’ve fallen in love with a other roguelike game. This time is a fantasy game free on Android and on PC called Pixel Dungeon.

Pixel Dungeon is a traditional roguelike game with pixel-art graphics and a simple interface. This game make me think of a very similar game (almost a clone of) Hack, slash, loot. Hack, slash, loot is a roguelike game like Pixel dungeon, however instead of just one dungeon you have a selection of adventure you can chose from, completing quest and dying will help you unlock characters (10 vs the 4 of pixel dungeon). Hack slash loot was released on steam and now it’s a paid app on the play store. 

The game is easy to play but very hard to win, it’s so random that it’s basically take more luck that skill. However the experience is enjoyable.

You can get a more in-dept review at indieretronews.com.

Would you like to have access to a Internet Arcade web-based library of free online retro games all playable in your browser ?

Wait there’s more than just the Internet Arcade there is other retro browser based sites that really should be getting all of your attention.

If you think 900 games is amazing, try playing into the 1000’s with Amstrad, Amiga, Arcade, C64 and more all ready to play!

Get your arcade fix at the Internet arcade.

Or if you prefer old console games try the Console Living Room. (up to Atari up to the Sega Genesis)

If you want nes games try games oldies.

They are a dozen of these site, if you want more check out the link from Indies retro news.

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I’ve wrote about it awhile ago but now I’ve found how use the counter against each Power plays / Penalty killing tactic, thanks to generous soul on the ppm forum.

First remember that you want to at least get a decent % for your team for each or it might not matter if your are using a counter (a 100% passive box vs a 0% shooting from point might will probably be ok anyway)

Has a quick remember here the description  of all tactic (description from the guide):

Shooting from the point: This power play variant has two players at the blue line and their task is to shoot often with the player in front of the net trying to deflect the shots or pounce on the rebounds.

Umbrella: This power play has only one player on the point who works as the quarterback for the power play. His task is to deal passes to the players at the boards who may then shoot or pass the puck.

Overload: The purpose of this power play is to focus the attention of penalty killers on one side. This opens up room for one player on the weak side who can shoot the puck after it is fed to him.

Diamond: When you play diamond on the penalty kill, your players form a diamond shape. One player guards the area in front of the net and one player is closer to the blue line.

Passive box: Passive box means that penalty killers are keeping relatively close to each other to guard the area in front of the net and in the slot. This gives more room to the power play along the boards.

Active box: This option means that your penalty killers quickly close down on the players with the puck who then have less time to set up a power play combination. The disadvantage is, that this can open up the slot for the opponent.

Power Play table :

Power play tactic Strong vs this PK tactic Weak vs this PK tactic
Shooting from the Point Passive Box Active Box
Overload Diamond Passive Box
Umbrella Active Box Diamond

 

Penalty kill table:

Penalty kill tactic Strong vs PP tactic Weak vs PP tactic
Passive Box Overload Shooting from the Point
Active Box Shooting from the Point Umbrella
Diamond Umbrella Overload

FreeCol

free col

FreeCol is a 2d open source remake of the original Sid Meier game Colonization on dos. You manage the colonist in the name of the Crown of your country of choice (England, France, The Netherlands, or Spain). Your goal is  to colonize the new world, America or a randomly generated landmass. You home country send you colonist when you amass enough religious support (cross production), you can get Indian to join your colony has well and recruit colonist in your motherland with cold hard cash. The main aspect of the game is managing your colonist inside the various cities of your colonies to establish relations or war with other colony and native.

The graphic are inspired by the second installment of the series civilization.

They recently Released a new version if you want to give it a try. 

Related : FreeCol 0.11 (Indieretronews)

 

Aerannis

Developer ektomarch started a Kickstarter campaign for Metroidvania style game called Aerannis.

Aerannis

In Aerannis, the protagonist a female assassin that lives in the last city on earth. The game will be set in an open ended world that you can explore freely, you advance by doing mission. Also the game has a stealth element where you hide to either take hostage, run behind a guard etc.

Aerannis

They managed to hit the initial goal but there still are some stretch goals that are left and there is currently only 13 days left to the campaign.

If you want to support this game and get some of the rewards go to the kickstarter page.

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The Ruins of Old Earth

If you liked the initial Metroid you will like this dark, moody pixelated atmosphere that will makes you remember the first Metroid game. The ruins of old earth take place well we don’t know yet, it seems that you are in an undiscovered region of Earth and you have to explore that harsh & wild region of the underground of Earth. Our hero can have a jetpack (not sure if he actually start with it), and three type of gun (beam, pulse, lazer) .

The Ruins of Old Earth

The ruin of old earth is a ongoing project, you can check where there at in theirs forum:

Progress : Forum Thread

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FTL: Lanius Cruiser Achievement

 

lanius achievement

Advanced Mastery

lanius achievement1 

Have Hacking, Mind Control and the Battery active at once.

The easiest achievement of the three, you need to have hacking, mind control and the battery installed on your ship and active. By active it’s mean that you need more than just having the 3 system, you need to use them all at the same time. That not really a problem, just don’t be surprise that you don’t get the achievement when you buy the last missing one.

This achievement can only be miss if you’ve already installed all other systems and you don’t have room for the missing system.  It’s kind of hard to miss since both layout start with at least one of them (Kruos starts with Hacking &  The Shrike starts with Mind Control) and the battery is a subsystem so you should always have room for it.

Scrap Hoarder

scraphoarder 

Have at least 600 scrap in your ship storage.

Lanius are known for their love of scrap and this achievement show for it. You simply need to have only 600 of scrap in total. It must be unused scrap so it’s not has easy has it sound. The best way to achieve this achievement is on the easy difficulty because you get more scrap. Another nice augment you can add to increase your scrap receives it’s the Scrap Recovery Arm. Try boarding ship and clear the crew instead of destroying them since it’s give better reward.

If you are near the amount needed, you can liquefy your entire inventory until you have enough to reach the 600 scrap for the achievement. You can sell weapon, drone and augment to try to get to the magical amount.

Once you got this achievement, there is no valid reason to hold onto your scrap excepts maybe have the hell of a challenge for the later stage, so you could use your scrap with no consequence.

Loss of Cabin Pressure

lanius achievement3 

Get to sector 8 without your ship’s net oxygen levels exceeding 20 percent (starts after the first jump).

To achieve this you need to shoot down your oxygen to 20% or lower right at the beginning. If you have more than 20% after the first jump, you won’t get the achievement.

The probably easiest way to do this achievement is to shut down the O2 system and let the non Lanius crew die or respawn indefinitely with the clone bay. The other way is to open all the door and leave the air un the pilot cabin. The risk with this strategy is that if a ship hack one of your room it will close the door and let the air in again, potentially raising in over 20% or even worst a hacking drone can hack your door system and very quickly bring your oxygen level above 20%.

The game is winnable with 2 Lanius just stay away of event that might kill off your crew and the clone bay can’t resurrect them.

Note that there is currently a bug and this achievement cannot be achieve if you save the game and come back to it.

FTL: Lanius Cruiser

The Lanius cruiser is a ship only available in the advanced edition, it’s actually really simple to unlock compare to most ship. You receive it once you unlock 4 ships other than The Kestrel. 

Layout A

Unlock

Unlock 4 ships (Excluding The Kestrel) to unlock this ship.

 

Lanius Cruiser

  • Default name: Kruos
  • Starting Crew: 1 Human, 2 Lanius
  • Starting Augmentation:
  • Starting Weapons:
    • Chain Burst Laser
    • Ion Stunner
  • Starting Resources:
  • Slots: 4 Weapon, 2 Drone (requires system)
  • Clone Bay
  • Hacking

 

With 2 Lanius crew and one human, you can basically vent all air from the ship except where you human crew is and set yourself for one of the Lanius achievement. The starting weapon are the chain burst laser and the ion stunner, try to fire them together for maximum efficiency. It has hacking too but in the early sector you should use it in case where you know it’s going to be a hard fights like against those pesky anti-ship drone with ion.
Getting better weapon and teleportation is key, the starting weapon will have a hard time against ship with more shield. Teleportation is a great had to any ship with a Lanius crew member, with hacking you can hack O2 and then warp your 2 lanius there to finish the job. Hacking will protect the room giving your Lanius enough time to drain all O2 and to destroy the system. After that, since the O2 system is down, each time your lanius will step into a room it’s will quickly run out of oxygen making the other crew more vulnerable.

Try to avoid Abandoned sectors as they detract from your major advantage: not needing oxygen, but the blue options can often be worth it.

Layout B

Lanius Cruiser

 

Unlock

Earning two of the three Lanius Cruiser achievements will unlock Layout B.

Its name is a reference the real-life bird known for impaling its prey on thorns, the which is also the namesake of the Lanius themselves.
  • Default name: The Shrike
  • Starting Crew: 1 Engi, 2 Lanius
  • Starting Augmentation:
  • Starting Weapons:
    • Advanced Flak (special upgraded version, uses 1 less power, has a 2 second cooldown reduction)
  • Slots: 4 Weapon, 2 Drone (requires system)
  • Two Man Teleporter
  • Clone Bay
  • Mind Control

Your starting crew is similar to the previous layout, 2 Lanius and 1 Engi, the Engi will do the same work the human was doing in the previous layout. However this layout got mind control and a teleport which make it the perfect boarding ship. With mind control you can control an annoying enemy crew and let your Lanius finish the job. Use your advanced flask to clear out weapon or prevent the ship from running by taking out the piloting system. The only problem with that tactic is that after most fight your Lanius will be injured and you don’t start in many ways to heal them except waiting a few jumps or letting them die. The Reconstructive Teleportation augment is a must have in that case or get the healing bomb weapon. You can always change the clone bay for a med bay too. Focus on getting 2 Shield Layers early and hire additional crew members to man your other systems. Picking up a cloaking device is also a good Idea. You don’t need a lot of weapons to use effectively this ship but to beat the Rebel Flagship you either need bombs and missiles to disable their medbay or enough lasers to pierce their shields and attack the medbay once the medbay is down, and all the crew (except the one manning the laser) is dead Its easy going from there.

Zelda & Link caught my attention this week. Remember Zelda: Adventure of Link in 3d, this time it’s someone who made a fan game base on the style of play of second installment of Zelda instead of having a different take on the same game. The other article is an unlikely crossover that will probably interest you, keep on reading you’ll understand .

Legend Of Zelda: The Last Oracle

Zelda is know for it’s distinct style either the 3D third person format from Ocarina or the top down perspective 2D format from the initial game. But that leave Zelda II: Adventure of Link as the odd ball of the series that tried to bring Zelda has a platformer in a time where platformer was the thing. A fan decided to revive that era by creating a game inspired by that style and gave birth to Legend of Zelda: the last oracle.

 

The game is in development but you can see it’s really have a nice polish to hit bringing the old style with more modern artwork.

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Epona USA : Daytona USA +Link = unusual marriage of awesome

For those who played Daytona USA on the Saturn you probably remember the famous Horse mode, Link and Epona taking to the track for a day at the races. Oh, and Link is not going after other racer he’s going against stock cars. You can shoot the stock cars in front of you. Check the video you’ll get a good idea of what I’m talking about.

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