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

 

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5 Top Indie Games To Come #Indiegamer #gamedesign

 

This is just an edit on the original post…. I must have been having a mad Sunday!

Here is a small list of Indie Games that I felt the need to share, as I just love all Indie games and feel like one of the gaming disciples who has been sent here to spread all of the IndieDev and IndieGame news to the world.

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You are a cute little witchy-woo called Genevieve, this cute little platformer looks so good you could be forgiven for taking a bite outta the 4K television that you and 99% of us don’t yet have.

The game is FREE on Windows and can be downloaded at the below links.

Here is the official word from enchantainment.com

“Take control of the witch Genevieve, in this arcade style platform game. Collect ingredients to make different potions to help you out and earn points. Unlock and play multiple different levels, each with unique settings, tricky level events, and ghoulish enemies! Try and earn a high score!”

Game website: www.enchantainment.com

Game Twitter: https://twitter.com/Enchantainment

Grab it on Desura: http://www.desura.com/games/ghoulish-hijinks

Game Jolt: http://gamejolt.com/games/arcade/ghoulish-hijinks/22415/

or Itch: http://enchantainment.itch.io/ghoulish-hijinks

It is even on the app store now: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ghoulish-hijinks/id721754328?ls=1&mt=8

Dustbowl

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This crazy little point & click adventure game reminds me of Metal Gear on the NES, when commercial games were a true labour of love (I know you guys at Uncharted put your entire soul into an amazing game, but this is indiedev not 10-million-dollars-dev)

Word from the indie game studios

“Dustbowl is a post apocalyptic survival point’n’click, a kind of 2D STALKER with a retro look

Game website: http://www.indiedb.com/games/dustbowl-a-wasteland-adventure

Game Devlog: http://forums.tigsource.com/index.php?topic=43812.0

Game Twitter: https://twitter.com/DustbowlAGS

Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/367110/

Grapple Force Rena

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This is a game that instantly reminded me of the old Batman on Commodore 64 with the cooler than school grapple hook and also has a blend of classic Pang graphics, I just love it.  They are still on Kickstarter if you fancied giving some support:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/battlejenkins/grapple-force-rena

Game website: http://www.battlestudio.com

Game Twitter: http://twitter.com/BattleStudio

You can try out the clever little indie game here http://rena.battlestudio.com/

Hive Jump

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Another indie game from Kickstarter but is soo retro cool it makes me all a quiver. Brilliantly designed and again captures that time when games used to seep into our souls. Very Contra from the SNES and MegaDrive, let us hope that this one makes all of their goals. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/graphitelab/hive-jump-0

Game website: www.hivejump.com

Game Twitter: https://twitter.com/Hivejump

The word from their website:

“Hive Jump is one part Spelunky, one part XCOM, and all parts alien ass-kicking. You and your friends assume the role of JUMPERS, and blast your way through subterranean alien hives in run-and-gun 2D platforming action. Kill aliens, avoid traps, collect resources, and defeat the hive queen lurking at”

Solar Flux

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This visually stunning indie game is just amazing, you are saving suns and planets and doing all kindsa god-like stuff.  Take great pleasure in playing the biggest game of snooker you have ever played!

Game website: http://www.solarfluxgame.com

Game Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/solarfluxgame

The official word:

“Solar Flux is a unique space puzzle game. Travel across the universe and save dying suns from extinction by collecting and delivering fragments of plasma, while carefully navigating around the various pitfalls in each Galaxy. Available now for iPad, PC, Android and iPhone!”

So that is it for this moment in time, please like this if you do, maybe even share it with ya IndieDev mates?

Cheers, RRB

Top 10 Indie Games 2016

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In no real order, some of the great indie games to expect in 2016.

The Witness

The Witness is one of those games that comes along every 10 years or so, Jonathan Blow the absolute genius and the mastermind behind Braid is a two game indie developer who, after the crazy success of his last Kickstarter should now be taken very seriously.  Set on a massive island it features 650 puzzles that will keep you busy for a fair few months of constant head banging.  I can’t wait to play The Witness.

No Man’s Sky

No Man’s Sky is the product of Hello Games and is yet another indie title that will smash the boundaries, just when you think you have seen it all, they hit us with this gem. What they have done here is, created a game that is randomly generated, so you will never get bored of the game levels.  With anything that is randomly created, there will be some flaws and potential to put gamers off, but you will never know until you play it, I still can’t wait for No Man’s Sky.

Cuphead

There are two brothers called Chad and Jared Moldenhauer and they are the insanely cleaver and all round gaming gods who are responsible for what is being called one of the greatest achievements in game creation.  I give you Cuphead which is a classic 1930’s cartoon stuffed into a playable game.  To say that you think you are playing an old fashioned cartoon doesn’t quite get there, you are fully immersed in the stunning world created and hand drawn, hand animated and hand crafted it really needs to be played to believe it.  The side-scrolling gameplay grabs you straight away, with chaos and all crucial elements in play.  When this game is released it will make a lot of AAA titles look like poo!

Severed

We all played and fell in love with Guacamelee! and the upcoming Severed will not be any different.  Using the same art style and a re-work of the ever delightful touch-led slashing gameplay, our friends over at DrinkBox studios have clearly put another bucket of love into this one.  I just love it when a great indiedev team get it so right, I can’t wait!

What Remains of Edith Finch

The Unfinished Swan was a breath of fresh air, created by Giant Sparrow.  NOW we have Edith Finch.  Set on a creepy island each stage has a narrative that follows a crazy member of the Finch Family and as the trailer says, someone WILL DIE at the end of each.  A great twist and telling us what to expect at the end makes me even more intruiged in this game.

Hyper Light Drifter

Now this game is similar to Guacamelee in style and sound except that the gameplay is spread out over a wider plane, so you can beat your foes with aplomb.  Called Hyper Light Drifter from IndieDev Heart Machine is a stunning and a gorgeous game.  It features some stunning Robocop meets BladeRunner graphics and has non stop action in gameplay.

Firewatch

I knew about this one for a while.  Here we have the talented Campo Santo who are only new to this indiedev lark, but they are already responsible for Mark of the Ninja & The Walking Dead.  Firewatch goes in a completely different direction and sees you in charge of the woods in Wyoming.  The idea is to basically watch out for fires in your dear forest, but all is not that straight-forward.  The game looks stunning and the atmosphere and feel has the mark of MineCraft but with slick clean, square-free graphics.

Yooka-Laylee

This one comes straight outa Comp, I mean Kickstarter.  The campaign flipping well earned THREE MILLION DOLLARS after a target of $250,000 I think it is safe to say that Yooka-Laylee will be well received.  It’s developers are a collection from the Nintendo classic Banjo-Kazooie the massively successful Nintendo 64 game and Yooka-Laylee seems like it will revive the failing 3D platformer genre. You are a chameleon and a bat who are constantly joined at the hip to overcome all kindsa madness and platformer goodness.

Tacoma

The Fullbright Company are up next, with a plot to rival the best sci-fi movies.  You are aboard a lunar space station.  The game is called Tacoma and you are on your space station with a secretive ship robot commander called Odin.  Gravity doesn’t seem to be an issue as you can fling yourself effortlessly from one section to another, so a lot of puzzle solving and brain crushing will ensue.  The graphics are again stunning and with the already great Gone Home under their belt, this indie game seems right up my street, something to get your teeth into and escape in the amazing world they have created.

Rime

Now don’t get me started because there a lot of games in this list that start of an island. BUT Rime looks like it started off life at Nintendo and was related to Zelda the Wind Waker no less.  You see the world through the eyes of an innocent child, exploring and discovering the almost tragic island, you find that something evil seems to have frozen the island in time or stone, or DUST.

Review: Alto’s Adventure — Girl With Swords

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Alto’s Adventure (from Snowman) is an endless runner side scroller in which you are snowboarding down a mountain to catch your escaped llamas. I’ve played a lot of endless runners, and I have to say this is my favorite, by far. It has beautiful graphics, and the setting changes as the sun rises and sets. […]

via Review: Alto’s Adventure — Girl With Swords

Cielo Island Exploration : Download Here!!! #indiedev #indiegame

Well done, this looks amazing. Great work.

Mauri Galvez

Hello all,

I have been very busy in the last couple of weeks because of school and work so I hadn’t got the chance to post anything regarding any of the projects I have been working on. Today, I’m happy to share a small exploration game that features the island and ship models I designed and created for my modeling and animations class. You will be able to navigate using the WASD keys, and move the camera using your mouse.

The main idea is just for you to check out the island and the city around :). There’s also a day and night cycle that I have set which I thought would be great! I had always been curious to learn how to do it and it was not that bad! At night the lights of the city light up too 😀

Screenshots

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CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

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Here’s The Awesome New Rodea The Sky Solider Trailer For Nintendo 3DS And Wii U

Ohhh, how very gorgeous. And is both 3DS and Wii U

My Nintendo News

We’ve yet to hear whether Rodea The Sky Soldier is getting a western release, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get excited about it. Thankfully Kadokawagames have uploaded a brand new trailer for the action based title that has been produced by none other than Yuji Naka, who was the former head of the Sonic Team. The company previously announced that the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U game will be released on April 2nd in Japan. Now we’re just left waiting for a western release.

Thanks, ZX

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Top 10 Game Review Websites #gamereview #appreview

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Top 10 Game Review Websites

Yo yo yo, while I am doing all of my lists for my future endeavors, here is a very quick but great list of top App/Game Review Websites, maybe I’ll do a review on them, see how they like it hehe:

  1. AppCraver

  2. iPhoneAppReviews.net

  3. Apple iPhone School

  4. 148apps

  5. AppVee

  6. iUseThis

  7. iPhoneApplicationList

  8. AppStoreApps.com

  9. TUAW

  10. TodayiniOS

Maybe I shouldn’t have said top ten, I have no real preference, again when I review em, I might just rank them :o)

Top 10 Game Forums #gameforums #indiedev #gamenews

Top 10 game forums

Top 10 Game Forums

So I thought to myself, how on earth am I going to reach my lovely audience?…

…Game FORUMS, that’s how.

Here is a list of the best gaming forums for video gaming news and the hilarious tidbits that turn up on most forums, some rumors and some crap too, but we can ignore those.

Check out the top 10 games forums below:

IGN International Games Network – www.IGN.com

Gamespot – www.gamespot.com

Evo Xtrm – www.eVoXTRM.com

Video Gamer – www.videogamer.com

Armor Games – www.Armorgames.com

Kongregate – www.kongregate.com

Cheapassgamer – www.cheapassgamer.com/forum

Video Game Forums – www.vgf.com/forums/

Giant Bomb – www.giantbomb.com/forums/general-discussion-30/

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Steam Game: Elegy for a Dead World – A Game Where YOU Do The Writing #indiedev #indiegame #steam

Elegy for a Dead World

Hey ho peeps – I just saw this and had to tell ya bout it.

This game is called Elegy For A Dead World.

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As far as I can tell, you have to finish the sentence and write in what you think should go.

Pretty genius and a definite one to watch out for.

It is on Steam Store right now just click to get Elegy For A Dead World