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So it is time to call consolidate our games resources into one place. 

Introducing our New Website robertson-brown.co.uk which will have all of our games news and IT support and tech tips. We will still run this blog for now but will focus more on our new website, featuring games reviews and even more indiedev goodness. 

Thanks for all of your support and see you on the other side. 

Yours RRB 

New Indie Game UPO: Alien Rescue – Introduces A New Game Mechanic

Download Via App Store

I am currently playing an amazing and addictive new game called UPO, from bonsters.co

At first it just looks like a 2D top scroller but NEYY, it is so much more…


This cute little gem is firstly designed with helping the homeless in mind, as every time you play it, you are donating to the happyhousing.org charity, something that I feel is a wonderful touch to a super game. 


So let’s get to the game itself, here are the instructions:

Tap a destination planet;

Dodge asteroids;

Pick aliens from planets;

Catch power-up aliens on the fly;

Every saved alien = +1;

Every alien left behind = -1;

Game ends when you damage your UFO;

So, as explained above you are a little UFO ship and you have to save all of the cute little aliens from the passing planets by tapping them as you fly through space at break neck speeds, sending you flying towards the planet but watch out for the deadly asteroids!


I love the graphics and the cute, bouncy gameplay is just so much fun, you have to play it to see what I mean. The balance between the asteroids and the speed they travel is just right, so as you tap each planet you have to time it just right so they don’t knock you off your trajectory and spinning off to the side, ending your turn in a smooth transition to the home planet. 


So far I’ve only managed 19 in one turn, there is a part where you get loads of aliens all clustered together and you have to bounce from planet to planet just right as you have to collect them from just floating in space and not on any planet so that is a lot harder with asteroids blocking your path.  There’s also floating power ups that destroy asteroids if you can catch them. 


The asteroids can also hit you whilst stationary on a planet so you have to keep an eye out for them hitting you before your next move. 

UPO is one of my favourite new games, I think Bonsters have hit the right note with this one, all of the mechanics and animations are smooth, you really get the feel of gravity and trajectories, especially when you get hit, the physics are ala Angry Birds Space. 

This beautiful game is FREE plus you will be helping the homeless, so please go and download it today, you have Google, Apple and Facebook so you have choice.  Oh and the strangest coincidence happened, the publishers are called Rikkir inc and my name is Rikki R-B – it’s in the tea leaves as my Nan would say. 
Developer: Bonsters

Based in Tbilisi, Georgia

Release date: Mar 12, 2017

Platforms:
iTunes App Store
Google Play
Facebook

Price:FREE

Check out the Bonsters website
Download Via App Store

DYSTORIA Review: A ‘Descent’ Into Greatness

Way back in 1995, (before XBOX ) and when almost every game was an Indie Game, I played a 3D PC game that changed my gaming life forever…

The game was called “Descent”, it was a doom like space shooter with you as an oversized “Batteries Not Included” like space ship that had you whizzing and bumping around a maze like environment, shooting your enemies and reaching the goal, raising and lowering your ship’s gravity to avoid lasers.  It had a killer network LAN mode and was way before it’s time.  In terms of gameplay, mechanics, longevity you name it, this game had it all (plus it ran from a floppy disk on DoS).

So this brings me to a newly released game on STEAM that I have been playing over the past few days, it’s called DYSTORIA and it is flaming fantastic!

OVERVIEW

DYSTORIA by Tri-Coastal Games is a futuristic, action filled, gorgeous indie game title.  It has you starting off in a very familiar setting from “The Last Starfighter” playing an arcade machine stuck in the middle of nowhere, this scene just ignites a warm feeling for all us older lot who actually remembers the mid 80’s, a great start.

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SPOILER ALERT: Suddenly you are abducted by aliens (who clearly have issues with your late night gaming habit) and you are beamed up to the mothership to stand a series of tests in one of their smaller space ships.  These are not any old tests though, but ones that all of humankind and its existence are dependant on, so in other words you have to save planet earth by proving we are not the weakest link in the universe goodbye!

dystoria-7GAMEPLAY

DYSTORIA focuses on gameplay, excitement, action and feeling.  It offers unique game mechanics like the ability to ‘crawl’ along all sides of the level so if you don’t feel like flying, then you can choose to glide along the walls, floor & ceiling.  This adds a great aspect to the gameplay and allows you to be sneaky and tactical.

You can only shoot in the direction you are facing so you need to be alert at all times.  You shoot lasers, throw bombs and destroy massive parts of the level in order to progress, which is highly satisfying watching the massive explosions chain off after you shoot the massive silo enough times.  This is possibly repeated a little too much throughout the game, but it is still fun to do regardless.

The controls are slick and it feels like you are really floating, especially when just hovering stationary.  The enemies’ AI can be slightly predictable but they do not let you have it easy by any means, just because you see someone shooting a gun at you, doesn’t mean you can get out of the way!

The enemy can come from anywhere so you have to be on your toes but there is a good balance of win/lose ratio, you hardly ever feel that you are going to breeze through a level without a fight but sometimes you can die without knowing who killed you.  In some levels you have to defeat all enemies so no hiding in the corner and sneaking to the end portal.

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You have to collect three orbs hidden within each level which then opens up the end portal, you can also upgrade your ship to a more advanced ship as you progress.

All ships in the game seem to have different handling which is a nice touch.  You do have a shield apparently, but the aliens will see to it that you don’t have it for long.

SOUND

The sound is an excellent electro 80’s synth mashup and really adds to the game’s feel, it reminds me of Air Wolf’s opening theme tune and many a 80’s TV show incidental music which is always a good thing to me.

dystoria-10OVERALL

DYSTORIA has all of the components to be an absolute classic.  It has depth, elegance, great story and a brilliant look.  The gameplay, graphics and mechanics are smooth, although it can get repetitive sometimes, there are many times it draws you back in to have another go, this symbolises a good difficulty balance and plays on our (sometimes) infernal human instincts.

With 30+ open levels and a nasty end level boss there is enough to get your teeth into, I recon this would be amazing in VR, but Tri-Costal have said that only a PC STEAM version is available so that will limit your VR options at present.

DYSTORIA features moving platforms, switches for doors, triggers that change level geometry, deadly moving lasers to avoid, destructible blocks to blow up (often revealing hidden areas of valuable pickups) and much, much more.

Go Check It Out – Out Now DYSTORIA ON STEAM

For more info check out dystoria.com

Go Check It Out – Out Now DYSTORIA ON STEAM

 

Fire Away: A New iOS & Android Indie Game Puzzler

Fire Away is a fun methodology diversion where you attempt to flame a ball in the crevices of a pivoting ring to get the most elevated score!

There are turning rings that change after 5 fruitful shots. A fruitful shot is firing the ball through the crevices without hitting the turning ring. On the off chance that you hit a ring, you lose an existence. Be watchful there are just 5 experience each time you play.

You can likewise protect an existence by utilizing a few diamonds in the event that you require one more opportunity to beat your high score!

How to Play?

Tap the screen to throw the ball toward the arrow. Planning is everything.

Highlights:

Essential Ring pack incorporates 6 rings to play.

Propelled Ring pack ($0.99) – incorporates 9 rings to play.

Over 3 included Color Themes

Post to High Score leaderboard for Basic or Advanced Ring pack.

Accomplishments Built In

Download:

     Get it on AppStore
Get it on Google Play
Check out badmonkeysoftware.com for more info!

OUT NOW: DYSTORIA – A Retro Inspired 3D Shooter #IndieGame #Gamedev #GameOfThrones In Space

OUT NOW/TODAY – Retro propelled 3D shooter Dystoria

Today, IndieDev engineers, Tri-Coastal Games  have launched their eye getting, quick paced Sci-Fi challenge arcade shooter, Dystoria on Steam –  priced at $14.99/£10.99/€14.99.

Dystoria is a 360 degree Axis Shifting Space Shooter in a true 3D space environment. Explore the exact course to catch and decimate your foes and gather valuable orbs.

A background story adds to the interest and maneuvers the player nicely into the epic arcade encounter that truly typifies the vibe of the awesome 1980s.

Dystoria has moving platforms, switches for gates, triggers that change level geometry, fatal moving lasers to evade, destructible squares to explode (regularly uncovering concealed regions of important pickups) and a whole lot more.

“The long hold up is over and we, Tri-Coastal Games, are pleased to display our own little epic offering to the gaming group.” said Daryl Wilson, Co-Founder.

Dystoria’s pick-up & play ethos will allow for instant and challenging gameplay. The music is propelled by 80s Arcade recreations that has a tenacious soundtrack in-game and adds to a full and wholesome exciting excursion into deep space.

THE WAIT IS OVER – EXPERIENCE DYSTORIA

Go to https://dystoria.com/ or check out their Steam page http://store.steampowered.com/application/516580/

DC’s Injustice 2 ‘Here Come the Girls’ Trailer Showcases Cheetah, Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Black Canary In Action

To see the Official Injustice™ 2 – Here Come The Girls Trailer, please visit the WB Games UK YouTube channel at: https://youtu.be/f88IL1J7pd0

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today revealed a fresh out of the plastic new Injustice™ 2 trailer highlighting a portion of the DC Universe’s most notable female Super-Heroes and Super-Villains. The stupendously action topped trailer uncovers the fem fetals who are Cheetah and Catwoman™, alongside a lil gander at some Poison Ivy gameplay for good measure.

 

Players can witness these fan idols duke it out with the recently resurrected (and then banished) Black Canary, Wonder Woman™, Batman™, Swamp Thing and other Injustice™ 2 powerhouses – demonstrating that each of these imposing women are not to be messed with.
Being developed by the multi honor winning NetherRealm Studios, Injustice™ 2 includes an enormous program of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains and permits players to develop and control a definitive fine tuned rendition of their most loved DC characters. The game will be accessible for PlayStation® 4 and Xbox One in the UK on the nineteenth of May 2017.

 

To see the Official Injustice™ 2 – Here Come The Girls Trailer, please visit the WB Games UK YouTube channel at: https://youtu.be/f88IL1J7pd0

For more data about Injustice™ 2 please visit http://www.injustice.com . Join the Injustice™ 2 discussion on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/injusticegame ), Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/injusticegame ), and official gatherings (https://community.wbgames.com/t5/Injustice-2/ct-p/Injustice2 )

Styx: Shards of Darkness – Devlog By Cyanide – The Making of a Goblin

Cyanide Studio, designers of Styx: Shards of Darkness, today divulge how they imagined and gave life, identity and soul to the fundamental lead of their game, the witty troll like goblin named Styx.

Shards of Darkness removes our agile hoodlum from the shadows of Akenash and into a greater world with more abilities, a more noteworthy bestiary, and more many-sided, vertical level plan. Shards of Darkness advantages from a bigger creation and better acknowledgment, with a story supplemented by cutscenes in which Styx communicates his trademark mind and snark – get a sneak look at his mocking, fourth divider softening funniness up this video!

You may realize why Styx is not the sort of character you’re accustomed to playing, and how his smart side can exceed his flaws.  As a troll, a head on encounter is the best and most ideal approach to kick the bucket, so you’ll need to concentrate your skills to find the best approach to conquer your dastardly foes.

Find out how this “monstrous minimal green character” adjusts to your playstyle, as “you can be the person that goes in and out through the level getting each thing, or the slippery one who never raises any alert.” Take preferred standpoint of Styx’s aerobatic ability and pour down from above, or utilize your apparatuses and capacities to absolutely maintain a strategic distance from recognition – it’s totally up to you.

Regardless of how you play, he’ll be there for the whole voyage, condemning the player, as well as his makers as well!

Styx: Shards of Darkness comes March fourteenth, 2017 to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC! You can preorder the game now on STEAM to get selective access to the Akenash set, wearing the outfit and blade from Styx’s first experience.

Check out the official Styx website here.

DISGAEA® 5 COMPLETE- A Nintendo Switch Title

Coming To The Nintendo Switch – DISGAEA® 5 COMPLETE

Interestingly, at Nippon Ichi Software’ (NIS) annual press event, NIS America have announced that the stunning new title Disgaea® 5 Complete will be arriving to the very nearly released Nintendo Switch™ in the Northern part of America, May 23, 2017 and in Europe on May 26, 2017 both as a physical and digi release.

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Disgaea’s Story:
Released originally in 2015, Disgaea 5 Complete tells the tale of revenge and rebellion. As a new and terrible Overlord named Void Dark seeks to enslave the countless Netherworlds, one young demon has stood to end his reign—Killia. In Disgaea 5 Complete, lead Killia and his tenacious army of rebels on their dark and dangerous path to vengeance. Filled with more over-the-top action and hilarious writing than ever before, Disgaea 5 Complete’s damage numbers are surely headed for the record books.

Disgaea 5 Complete is a strategy RPG that offers hundreds of hours of over-the-top, award-winning gameplay, and marks the first time the core game is available on-the-go. The game includes all 8 bonus scenarios, 4 fan-favourite characters, and 3 character classes that were originally DLC in the PlayStation®4 release of Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance.

Key Features:
Extensive and Fun Customization – Recruit new units from over 40 jobs and races, then dive in and strengthen them as you see fit in their personal Chara Worlds! Find hundreds of items or make your own at the Alchemist, then power them up and discover hidden abilities in the Item World! Or, if you’re feeling wild, change the rules of the game at the Dark Assembly! The possibilities are endless!

Hundreds of Hours of Content – Following the Disgaea tradition, Disgaea 5 Complete offers hundreds of hours of deep strategic content.
The Complete Disgaea 5 Experience – Enjoy the full Disgaea 5 story along with 8 bonus scenarios, 4 fan-favorite characters and 3 character classes from the Disgaea series!
A Legendary RPG Series Reborn – The latest flagship RPG from the most prolific strategy RPG developer in the world welcomes newcomers and veterans alike with a brand-new story and dials the hilarity and strategy up to level 9999!

Deep Strategic Battles – Engage in exciting tactical battles with inventive systems like Magichange, Geo Effects, Alliance Attacks, Character Towers, and more!
You can check the game out on Nintedo’s website and the official website for NIC America

Gamesir G3s Controller Review

Hello and welcome to my review of the Gamesir G3s Controller

So, I found that there are a fair few models of the Gamesir G3s and I was very kindly sent the Enhanced Edition which comes with Bluetooth and 2.4GHz wireless support which comes with a dongle for PC/Mac/Linux/SmartTV connections as well as the neat mobile phone clasp that fits nicely over the controller.

Opening The Box?

I was so excited opening the box, I am very honoured to be given the opportunity to review a really great indipendent gaming product:

So inside the box is…

1x Gamesir G3s Controller

1x Carry Bag

1x Smartphone Holder

1x USB Wireless 2.4Ghz Receiver

1x Mini USB Charging Cable

1x Dual Mini USB Cable

1x English Instruction Manual

Specification:

Working Platforms: Android/Windows/PS3

Working Modes: Android Standard/Mouse Simulation/X-input/D-input/PS3

Connection: Bluetooth 4.0/2.4GHz/Wired connection

Cable Length: 39.37 inches(1.0m)

Working Distance: Approx. 275.59inches(7.0m)

Charging Time: 2~3H

Working Time: 18H

Battery Type: Built-in polymer lithium battery

Vibration Feedback: YES

Battery Capacity: 600mAh

Charging Voltage: 3.7V~5.2V

Charging Current: 1A~2A

Working Current: 40mA

Working Temperature: -20~65

Working Humidity: 20%~80%

Measurement (inches): 6.30×4.09×2.32

Package MEAS.(inches): 7.36×4.80×3.07

N.W.(pounds): 0.42

G.W.(pounds): 0.87

Working Platforms: iOS/Android/Windows/PS3/Linux/Mac

Working Modes: Android Standard/Mouse Simulation/X-input/D-input/PS3

Connection: Bluetooth 4.0/2.4GHz/Wired connection

Cable Length: 39.37 inches(1.0m)

Working Distance: Approx. 275.59inches(7.0m)

Charging Time: 2~3H

Working Time: 18H

Battery Type: Built-in polymer lithium battery

Vibration Feedback: YES

Battery Capacity: 600mAh

Charging Voltage: 3.7V~5.2V

Charging Current: 1A~2A

Working Current: 40mA

Working Temperature: -20~65

Working Humidity: 20%~80%

Measurement (inches): 6.30×4.09×2.32

Package MEAS.(inches): 7.36×4.80×3.07

N.W.(pounds): 0.42

G.W.(pounds): 0.87

Gamesir G3s: Design

Most of the Gamesir controllers have a really nice black finish to them so they will always fit into your gaming peripheral collection just fine.


The Gamesir G3s has a remarkable similarity to the PS4’s controller. It has the same outline shape, of course because of this it has an extremely comfortable feel and a sturdy grip.  Even though it is very sturdy, the Gamesir G3s is incredibly light, without feeling cheap, this is a great start!

The Gamesir G3s throws in a full arsenal of controls, including the infamous D-pad, two thumbsticks, ABYX buttons, four L/R shoulder buttons, turbo & clear , start and select so perfect for all of your SNES and MegaDrive emulation sessions.


The ABYX buttons are indeed illuminated so they really look the part once the power is on, it looks like a gamepad spaceship, ready to go on all kindsa gaming adventures. 


If you have the enhanced version, then you really get a great deal as it includes the phone holder clasp that screws onto the controller in a hot minute and holds quite firmly so you can put your phone on top of the controller by using the spring-loaded flaps and adjustable spring top and fits 99% of smartphones into it quite nicely.  This gives great flexibility and allows you to play your fave mobile games  on the go, if you have no shame of course ;0) 

Gamesir G3s: Using It

The Gamesir has every platform in mind, you can connect to virtually any device, I have used it on Windows and Linux, you can use it with iOS, Android, Smart TV’s, Apple Mac and even your PS3!

You can sync by Bluetooth or the 2.4Ghz USB dongle or even the USB cables provided, which also charges the Gamesir G3s as well as connecting the device, how very convenient.


The air syncing varies depending on the device but the concept is always the same, hold down a button while powering on to activate the discovery mode, then select it from your Bluetooth menu on your device. 

iOS is restricted to iCade and very few others so you’ll have to wait until Apple lift it’s restrictions, this is one little drawback for me.

On Desktop games, if you play FPS or any mouse related games, they have included a clever mouse mode by holding down X and Select, you can control the mouse using the left stick, pretty nifty!

I played Super Mario and Sonic via an emulator on Linux to really test out if I still get that same feel as I did with a retro controller.  Of course I was not disappointed, after easy button mapping on me ZSNES, I easily played 5 hours without realising. In fact I’ve not stopped playing it daily since I started this review last month and am now an expert in SMB (again). 

Response times in game are amazing. Bluetooth or 2.4GHz remote gives some great response times in relation to on screen gameplay, as if you had it plugged into a USB port. 

The battery life is brilliant, not once did I run out of juice. Gamesir says that you can squeeze 18 hours of gameplay from one charge and I can’t fault that statement.  They even have a power save mode that turns off the controller after 5-10 mins of inactivity. 

Should I Get One?

The answer, simply is YES. 

Gamesir has done everything that you could ask of them, to allow you to connect to everything, you can use it on your mobile on the train, connect to your SMART TV, use it on your PS3 and even play your most intense AAA title on your desktop PC, MAC or LINUX gaming machine. 

Go grab one right now, it’ll be the best third party/ indipendent controller you have ever bought. 

Getting One

The Gamesir G3s can be purchased on GearBeast.Com

The lovely people at Gamesir are great people and respond to emails and questions very quickly so hit them up on Twitter or their website http://gamesir.hk/ 

I hope you enjoyed my little review of the Gamesir G3s Enhanced Edition, until next time. 

RRB 

INTERVIEW WITH: Mortal Kombat 2 Shang Tsung Actor Phillip Ahn

Found this interview will become part of gaming history.

Mortal Kombat 2’s Shang Tsung speaks to Savage Gamer.

This is the guy who did the motion capture and helped to shape one of the most famous fighting games franchises in history.

Oh and by the way, in between his gaming stardom, real name Phillip Ahn, is actually a physician and also teaches martial arts in his spare time.