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Pier Solar

if you miss those old school 16-bit era RPG, Lufia and the one alike, well Pier Solar is a game for you.
The game is available on Playstation 3 & 4, steam and the ouya. If PC is your thing the game is available on Linux, window or Mac too. If you want to get an idea of the games visual and music check out this promotional trailer:

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Pier Solar and the great Architects (indiegames)

 

8 Bits Fun

Oh 8 bit is more of your thing. Fear not the recent NES JAM gave birth to a dozen of nice 8-bit gem (and other not that much of a gem)

Super Cell Dungeon

One of the notable entry is Super Cell Dungeon, Super Cell Dungeon developed by a multi-talented team and a recent #NESJAM entry, is a NES inspired clone of Super Crate Box that can be played in a two player team.

Lognes Island

A actually really nice teaser of a game a developer is thinking about doing. You play a mega man like character lost on an island. You have to search the island for power up like a blaster and double jump. Once you found the boss for the first level the teaser is done. Check the dev on twitter and ask him to do more.

Gracie & Mike – Interstellar Mercenary Exterminators

A Co-op Contra but in split screen is probably the best way to describe this game. You can only play 2 players or 1 player control 2 players. The game can be played on xbox and ps3 controllers or with the keyboard.

Ouragan

This one is kind of weird there a bunch of guy hitting you but you don’t seem to lose health. You can hit them with Z and they get thrown into the sky with a single punch.

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NESJAM – Lots of great games in a NES flavour

Nes Jam (http://itch.io/jam/nesjam)

Archeomania  – A Tetris look alike where you save the princess

Another nice puzzle game in 8-bit greatly inspired by Tetris. You get the bloc similar to Tetris but instead of pilling them to make more point when you clear them out, you need to clear the line to save the green girl. Once you clear all the line under her you save her, they’re spike that slowly move toward you, if they manage to hit the princess before you clear all the block under her, she done and it’s game over for you.

Archeomania Tetris

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Brilliant Tetris Plus inspired ZX Spectrum remake (indieretronews)

Final Fantasy VI

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Final Fantasy VI as probably some of the best music of the series (Final Fantasy VII is pretty Rad too) and has given countless beautiful interpretation. The opera scene sure come to mind has one of the iconic scene and music of the series.

Back in June, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra performed a symphonic poem arranged from the game’s music, entitled Born With The Gift Of Magic. It’s pretty amazing and the performance is available on their website.

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Born With The Gift Of Magic by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Watch Final Fantasy VI: Symphonic Poem Now!

 

Dragon quest I & Dragon quest II

Yes both of these originals games are out, while not has carefully done like Dragon Quest VIII . They stand has the beginning of the series, DQI is probably the first major RPG out on NES (in Japan) and DQII was the first with multi-member party, not just a lone hero try to find is way.

Dragon quest I

Dragon quest I

Contrary to popular lore, Dragon Quest was not the actual first JRPG. But it certainly the first major one. Yuji Horii wanted to simplify the complex systems found in RPG to make it easier and more playable on the NES limited input compare to PC RPG likeWizardry and Ultima. However, he wanted to still offer the player the satisfying feeling of following the narrative of a character who take on a journey to make the world a better place and becomes stronger in the process.

If you don’t know Dragon quest I what is you might be a little surprise with all the hype it gets for what it is compare to modern game you can get today. However, it you want to nostalgic feeling of the NES and educate yourself about a game that started a whole genre itself 25 year ago (yeah it’s that old) you should definitely give it a try.

Dragon quest II

Dragon quest II

Dragon Quest II is probably the game I had a hard time with when I was young. I’ve played it after DQI and Final fantasy so I was not stranger to RPG, but my god that game have too much stuff that you have to just guess and search everywhere for no (insert swear word here) reason. Don’t get me wrong I loved and still love the game but if I replay it, it will be with the walkthrough besides it. Most of my frustration come from finding the mirror of Ra (it’s hidden in a (more swearing)swamp) and find the crest which usually you have not much clue about where they were. However, Dragon quest should be look at what it is, a game perfect for your nostalgic or to get a sense from where all the game come from, it’s definitely a game worth playing (with the walkthrough).

Related :

Dragon Quest I Review

Dragon Quest II Review

Coming tonight Dragon Quest I

Coming tonight Dragon Quest II

Is Twitchshop a good thing ?

 

It seem that when a service or social network rise service that sell fake user appear too. Twitch is no exception and the site to grab some follower and viewer for a fee is Twitchshop.

Like service where you can buy Twitter follower or Facebook fan, this might seem like a good deal at first (it’s not), but if twitch find out you might have some penalty or even lose your account.

Here the message twitch user received recently promoting this service

I despise seeing people use this in attempt to get ahead of hard working streamers. Hopefully Twitch will track them and ban those fake account.

Related Link

Reddit discussion

Twitch Shop

I’ve tried to get a theme, it about some heroes in medieval time or something…

Heroes of Sokoban

This one really caught my eyes, not because of the graphic because honestly they’re almost Atari like. But Heroes of Sokoban is a really interesting puzzle game. You control three thieves and each have theirs own unique skill, is strong has hell and can push stuff around. The other can only pull log and dragon, the last can teleport itself where there a obstacle (log, dragon, gobelin, etc)

Each make the puzzle different because you need to think differently depending on which thief you’re playing.

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Related News:

Browser Pick: Heroes of Sokoban (indiegames.com)

Play it: Heroes of Sokoban

Doomed’n Damned

If you ever played Ghosts’n Goblins and liked it you will definitely love this game, it a 2d plate former.

It’s not out yet, but latest review said out in the beginning of 2014.

 

Related News:

Doomed Damned (indiegames.com)

Official site : http://www.doomedndamned.com/

Kingdom

A Kingdom where troll face actually actack you

While the name is not really SEO friendly this game definitely deserve some love. I would define it has a side-scrolling strategy-defense game where you use your coin to build your defense, enlist peasants, give them weapons and tools.

Beware during the night, creep (who seem to be troll more than creep) will attack your peasants, destroy what you built and they will flee with your money. If they touch you, you lose your crown and the game…

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I’ve noticed that the peasants are quite fearless, even sometime stupid, they face the army of troll without retreating even though there a barricade right behind them.

Related news:

Kingdom (Indiegames.com)

Play kingdom

I’ve talked about game company copying unscrupulously other games, I’ve recently stumbled upon a Plants & Zombies clone rebranded with one of my favorite comic book character Asterix.

I’ve talked a lot about the new “Plants vs Zombies” game but it’s actually the first time I found out that it’s copied/cloned. Social seem to be with these kind of clone, some developer copy from another in a different setting and release it in hope to get the traction from the previous copied game.

About Asterix

Fo those who don’t know who Asterix his check out the Wikipedia entry:

“Asterix is a series of French comics written by René Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo. The series follows the exploits of a village of indomitable Gauls as they resist Roman occupation. They do so by means of a magic potion, brewed by their druid, which gives the recipient superhuman strength. “

How come it’s a clone?

While the setting is definitely different, the gameplay is practically the same between the 2 games. Replace plant with Gallic warrior from Asterix village and zombie with roman “Et Voilà” you get Asterix: Total Retaliation.
You can go read pocket game take on the game and comparison of both game.

Is Asterix: Total Retaliation a clone or a cool game that took some inspiration from Plants vs Zombies ?

Let us know what you think in the comment below!

Related News:

Is Asterix: Total Retaliation a clone of Plants vs. Zombies – and should you care?

Our plants vs Zombies news 

Plants vs Zombies 2 release on Android 

 

 

Quick Impression on Bubblis

I recently had the chance to review bubblis new word game recently.
You can check the press release here.

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At first I had trouble getting how to play Bubblis but with the help of the tutorial I’ve manage to understand the basic of the game. 

Once you understand that you just need to make the word on the right on the line the word is, the game become much easier and fun.

Here how it work : the letter slowly falling in a bubble one by one from the clouds. You to tape where they are going to try to make the word on the right side on the same line, if you don’t taps were the letter goes it might go randomly any were and if there no more space between the letter to fall and the cloud you’re done (like Tetris).
Note when you manage to get your word, all rows under this word are cleared giving you space to dispose of useless letters.

This picture might give you a good idea how it work :

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On third line (x3) the player must make the word Robe but since there no letter on the third line the word stay on the right. On the second line the word was jew and since our friend managed to put the letter j and e he only need the letter w to clear the first and second. On the last line, the word that needed to be played is top and he almost got it too only the p missing.

Note that if you mange to get the word from the first line only the first line is clear. Like in the case of our friend, if he manage to get top only the first line is cleared and the letter j and e will fall on the first row instead of the second one.

You can download either the regular version or the HD version of Bubblis. Give Bubblis some love.

If you want to see more of the game before buying it, you can look a this promo video:

Update : For those who asked the link to download hit here they are :

iTunes Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bubblis/id510585983?mt=8
price: $1.99
Google Play Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ongamecreative.Bubblis
price: $2.00

Disclaimer: I won’t receive any money if you buy or download the game, I’m not associated with on creative media.

The folk at On Game Creative  sent me a press release for the new game Bubblis  this is not my writing, if they gave me access to there game you will probably have review (and screenshot) in the following week.

  • It is a videogame of words and puzzles for mobile devices with a massive target audience.
  • It is available in 44 languages distributed among 154 countries and is intended for players of all types ages 3 and up.
  • Among the languages available are Catalan, Euskera, and Galician.
  • Bubblis is available for iOS and Android, in corresponding stores, for 1’59 euros.

The objective is to construct words suggested by the game using letter-filled bubbles that fall from the top of the screen. Each of them begins with a word that a player must build horizontally. As the player places letters, new words to be completed on higher lines appear. Completing a word on a higher line is more difficult but if the player is successful he/she will receive more points.

The characters Bleeb and Bloob also form part of the game. Bleeb is an ally who at the beginning indicates with luminous circles where letters can be placed. Bleeb also provides wings to slow down falling letters, allowing for more time to finish the rounds.

On the other hand, the evil Bloob stalls game progress using bubbles filled with: vapor, smoke, ink, bombs, mines, or resonance. These obstacles are overcome with special features currently existent in some consoles, but still being innovation in mobile games.

For example, to remove the smoke from the screen, it is necessary to physically blow into the device microphone.

Each screen has a different background design. These have been elaborated one by one in artisan fashion with devices that simulate drawing on paper, and for their creators they are like small works of art. Each background represents a different part of the world, easily identifiable. There are 15 designs in total, each one with animations, aesthetics, and music characteristic of the country or region represented.

There are beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels, each consisting of 15 screens that can last between 5 and 45 minutes.

The game is available in 44 languages covering 154 countries throughout the world, for which it has been necessary to engage the participation of 44 specialized translators. The language can be changed at any time by accessing the game´s configuration menu. The languages in which the game is available, ordered according to their predominance, are:

English, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, Korean, Italian, Traditional Chinese, Dutch, Turkish, Polish, Malay, Thai, Swedish, Indonesian, Norwegian, Greek, Tagalog, Catalan, Czech, Hebrew, Danish, Finnish, Romanian, Hungarian, Vietnamese, Slovak, Hindi, Bulgarian, Afrikaans, Croatian, Lithuanian, Slovenian, Latvian, Estonian, Macedonian, Maltese, Armenian, Euskera and Galician.

About the Creators

On Game Creative is a young Spanish company, recently established. Bubblis is its first project. The company is headquartered in Badajoz and operates through its Barcelona delegation. It is currently working on new projects and is finalizing the PC and MAC versions of Bubblis that should be launched before the the end of the year.

Baldur’s gate

A week ago I wrote that Bladur’s gate will be soon available on Ipad and We got more news that it will support multiplayer and should cost less than 10$.

More on touch arcade

Rotten tangerine (iOS & android)

I came across a really nice indie mobile game, it’s called Rotten tangerine, it’s available on android and iphone.

The goal is to prevent your tangerine to go bad, by tapping on the rotten one good tangerine will appear. However, sometime monsters appear and they will attack you tangerine to make them rot.

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Check out the review at Indiegames.com: http://indiegames.com/2012/03/mobile_game_pick_rotten_tanger.html

Worm is back

I usually don’t review pc game but I was surprise that they’re a new worm game coming, on pc & console. It’s call worm revolution, here the video footage :

It’s look good, they used a new graphic engine and added 3d. This one will definitely go on my wish list.

Epic sax game

I don’t know what to say about this game, it almost could go in a bad game review but it’s too original to do so. From indie game :

“In Epic Sax Game, players attempt to replicate Epic Sax Guy’s solo using six keyboard keys. After practicing, you can record a studio version and join a jam session before attempting the toughest challenge of all: a ten-hour YouTube video, performed live.”

Well I tried it and let say it music is not my strength but it’s definitely fun to try but I won’t take my chance on the 10 hours jam … 

You can play it here : http://www.pippinbarr.com/games/epicsaxgame/EpicSaxGame.html

 

Clash of kingdoms – new patch

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A new patch was released and what caught my eye is the new school system. The school system allows player of 10000 or more dev point to join or create a school and learn skill from the member of the school. Basically you need to have 3 student per teacher, the student can asks for advice, review to gain some insight and contribution to the school, the teacher gain some has well but less. When a hero have 400 of insight you can make him learn a skill.

Click on the icon that look like the stroke of genius skill insight2

After you will be able to choose what skill you want to learn.

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There more to it but that really the basic to get a skill, if you want all the details go check the forum thread and if you want to optimize your school to get the best out of it check my following post.

They’re other thing in this update that interesting like the duel or new terrain effect, but the school is the big add-on to the game in this patch.

For More information

Patch 1.5 info : http://item.koramgame.com/ck/v1.50/article%203.html
School system thread : http://forum.koramgame.com/thread-55904-1-1.html

Castlot – Close beta and new server

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The beta server as closed a few hours ago but if the beta server is closings that mean the first official server is coming.

Yoogame didn’t wasted much time and released there first server today at 7h00 (March 28, 2012 PDT)

I played a bit in the beta and I can say that it’s mix of MMORTS with heroes duels and mission. The tutorial and quest system really help to pick up the game. Give it a try.

 

Little treasures

I found two really nice games on the ipad that came out recently. The original Final fantasy tactic (you have to pay 17,99$ though) and Baldur’s gate Enhanced Edition.

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I actually love the final fantasy series but never got the chance to play the first Final fantasy tactic, I did play Final fantasy tactic 2 on DS though.

The game look really good, can wait to for my itune gift certificate to spend it on this game.

Check out the review from touch arcade.

Baldur’s gate Enhanced is not out yet but should be this summer, I really hope to see how this old game port perform. I did play neverwinter and icewindale but didn’t got the chance to play baldur’s gate, I hope it will be good as my friends told me.

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You can look on the news and review here.

Call of Gods review

I recently added a press release for the game call of gods.  Since I wanted to know more about the game, I played for 3 week now and wrote a Review on hub page.

If you are interested on reading the review you can check it at this url :

http://jackofspade.hubpages.com/hub/Online-web-game-Review-Call-of-god

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