Friday, October 11, 2019

No Money, No Problem!

Want to play awesome new games, but already feel the bottom of your wallet? No worries, we got you covered! Let us tell you about upcoming demo's, beta's, (temporarily) free games and free weekends:
First Free Title Update for Iceborne
The first free title update for the acclaimed Monster Hunter World: Iceborne expansion is now available, keeping the Monster Hunter tradition of robust post-launch support and extending the end-game content even further. The free update offers more challenging options for players to conquer including the ferocious fan-favorite Rajang, more tempered monsters, a whole new region for the end-game Guiding Lands area, and more. Players can visit the Monster Hunter World: Iceborne website for more details.


Stranded Sails Demo
With the release date of open-world pirate adventure Stranded Sails boarding onto PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PC on October 17th, the developers over at Lemonbomb Entertainment have provided a deep dive into the the game with a brand new video to give you a better understanding of what life will be like as an adventurer on October 17th! And players can get hands-on with the PC version via a free demo available to those that have signed up for the newsletter! For all the latest in Stranded Sails you can also visit www.stranded-sails.com


Tom Clancy's The Division 2 free Access
Enjoy 5 days of free entry and play The Division 2 with your friends. Take advantage of free access for 5 days and play The Division 2 with your friends. Download the game in advance on October 15th and play The Division 2 with your friends for a full 5 days, until October 21st. By buying the game you can get up to 70% off and keep your progress!


Hyper Gods Demo
Hyper Gods by Ground Control Games is a 2D cinematic shoot'em up that places you in frantically fast 1v1 battles against the Gods. Inspired by 80’s neon retro aesthetics and the classic SHMUP arcade games, Hyper Gods takes all of this and infuses it with breakneck speed, cinematic camera angles and an unique adrenaline-fueled combat experience. Demo available at Steam.


Thursday, October 10, 2019

Road to Spiel: With the Family!

Join our Reporting Meeple on his Road to Spiel 2019 in the analogue land full of Cardboard!

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls; Spiel Essen 2019 is nearly upon us! Like last year, I will highlight the latest games from, in my humble opinion, some of the very best publishers coming to the biggest board game event in the world.

Now, today’s list is probably the list that I had the most fun with! You see, for this episode of my Road to Spiel, I got to select six games suited for children! Colors and cuteness all around, but what a nice list this has become! I can’t remember us having such cool games back in the day… oh well! Anyways, these games might not yet all be suitable to play together with my own little meeples yet, but hey, I can at least play them while both my boys keep on advancing a level every year!


Shepherd Kit - Hall 5 booth E112
First game on this list is Ocean Crisis, developed by Shepherd Kit. In Ocean Crisis, players are defenders of the ocean and have to stop the formation of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch by researching waste reduction or designing a clean-up machine. This means you get to clean up the ocean AND do so in a very fun and colorful way.


Blue Orange - Hall 3 booth M107
As brave dwarves, you are lured into the Dragon’s Cave, in search of a much sought after and very precious treasure. Tread carefully though, brave explorers, because if the dragon finds you, you will have to run and leave the treasure behind! Dragon’s Cave is a fun game and comes complete with some awesome treasure chests to store your loot.


Djeco - Hall 5 booth A101
Djeco is a publisher of children’s board games and will bring several fun games with them to Spiel 2019. Most of their games are cooperative, so nobody needs to cry at the end because they lost to another player. This is something I personally love in a children’s game! If this is something you also love, be sure to check out the Djeco booth while at Spiel.


Lifestyle Boardgames Ltd - Hall 1 booth C140
Lifestyle Boardgames will feature a game called Storytailors. The game is basically a reinvention of bedtime stories in which your children get to choose who they want to be and have an actual influence on the story. Storytailors comes with an awesome looking game board in the form of a book, and I can only say that I am very curious to see more of this imagination-driven game.


Zacatrus - Hall 4 booth F111
Zacatrus is responsible for the creation of a game that goes by the name of Trainsilvania, in which all your favorite monsters from various scary movies have to hop on the Terror Express and head back home after a long day on set. It is your job to make sure they get home alright! Now, I’m not sure if this will go as smoothly as the monsters would like, but of one thing, I am very sure; a game with both a train and monsters will do very well with my son!


Adellos - Hall 6 booth E112
Adellos brings us Woods of Tarnaris: Path to Luslaria; a beautifully illustrated card game that combines speed with memory capabilities of the players. The aim of the game is to be the first player who finds all the card pictures inside the memory field and place them in the middle of the table in ascending order of the card numbers. Woods of Tarnaris trains your kid’s memory as well as their ability to count. Plus, it’s fun to play!

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Magic Mike's sneak peak at Planet Zoo Beta!

Did you hear about a little game called Planet Coaster? Did you like that game? And do you like animals? Well, if you answered all these questions with "Yes!", then you're in for a treat! Yes, ladies and gentlemen! In this beta report, I'm going to build a zoo!


So, instead of building fairground attractions, it's now time to build animal exhibits, outside enclosures, feeding troughs, in short, anything an animal might need to be happy in your zoo! Building homes for them is one thing, but you also need to make sure that there are plenty of caretakers for your animals as well. Because having happy animals means having happy customers and happy customers means more money for you!

During this beta I was able to play one mission, which took me on a tour through all the things you need to know to play this game. Animals are happy when they have a good home of course, but you can increase their happiness by providing toys and other objects for them to play around with. And there is a lot in this game to make that happen. Think rocks, grass, bushes, sand, water and even ice! Everything you need to make an animal’s enclosure resemble their natural habitat as closely as possible.


Now, sometimes animals can get lonely, so the logical thing to do is put another animal in there with them. And while this usually is the first thing you’ll come up with, you better think twice when you are putting animals together, because they also might end up fighting each other. If an animal gets wounded or sick, you’ll need to call in a veterinarian which, in turn, will cost you money.

Planet Zoo shows you that running a zoo is a huge undertaking and you’ll really need to think ahead and plan accordingly if you want to run a successful zoo. Apart from the obvious requirement, the animals, you’ll also need a lot of people to keep your zoo up and running. Not only will they need to take care of the animals, but also maintain the park as a whole. This is, as you can probably imagine, a lot of work, but if you manage to keep your eyes on… well, basically everything, you can sit down and relax from time to time to enjoy what you've created... after which you’ll quickly realize that a zoo owner’s work is never truly done!


It was super fun to play the Planet Zoo beta. Although it contained just one mission, it was soooo awesome. Naturally, I'm anxious to see what the whole game has to offer! Already, there are so many animals to choose from and a lot of things to take into account when building your zoo. For example, a nice detail was that visitors don't really like to see employees walking around when they visit, so you'll need to take care to keep your employees from sight during visiting hours. Another one of these cool details was the fact that you can use one-way mirror glass, so visitors can see the animals, but the animals can't see the visitors. This keeps the animals much more relaxed so they can just go about their business and do what they want to do.


I, for one, can't wait to see what the full game will be like! I love animals and I love building games, so I am definitely going to play Planet Zoo!

Developer & Publisher: Frontier Developments
Release Date: November 5, 2019 at PC

Thursday, October 03, 2019

No Money, No Problem!

Want to play awesome new games, but already feel the bottom of your wallet? No worries, we got you covered! Let us tell you about upcoming demo's, beta's, (temporarily) free games and free weekends, and this week there are also some (almost-for-free) charity deals available for you!:

ESO Charity Initiative to Save Cats and Other Pets 
The Elder Scrolls Online has always been about players coming together to triumph over threats to Tamriel. Today, ZeniMax Online Studios invites fans on a quest to confront a real-life challenge: saving and improving the lives of pets across the world. In partnership with GlobalGiving, Best Friends Animal Society (North America), and FOUR PAWS (pan-European), players will work to save real life and in-game cats and more by participating in special events and other content to raise money.
In ESO’s Elsweyr Chapter, released in June, the cat-like Khajiit and their homeland of Elsweyr are under siege by Dragons. Players can save Elsweyr’s feline citizens by slaying Dragons, and for every five winged-beasts felled through December 9, Bethesda will donate $1 USD, up to $200,000.
Players can also donate directly to the campaign at www.elderscrollsonline.com/en-us/slaydragonssavecats.
The $200,000 donation will be split evenly between Best Friends Animal Society and FOUR PAWS. Let’s join forces, take down some Dragons, and help out our furry friends together, starting today through December 9, 2019!



Weekend-Long Steam Sale to Benefit Major Gaming Charities!
One Gamer Fund, an initiative committed to supporting AbleGamers, Child’s Play, Games for Change, Global Game Jam, IGDA Foundation, Stack-Up and Take This, is for the third year in a row offering an annual Steam sale and, for the first time, holding a 24-hour livestream benefiting seven of the most significant video game charities. Forty-one titles on sale include tinyBuild’s Hello Neighbor and Clustertruck, Double Fine’s Psychonauts and Grim Fandango Remastered, Gang Beasts, and Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. Each title is on sale from 10:00 a.m. PT today through Oct. 6 with discounts up to 84% off. For more information, visit the One Gamer Fund official website or follow it on Twitter @OneGamerFund.


Iron Judgment expansion for GWENT is live!
CD Projekt Red announces the third expansion for GWENT: The Witcher Card Game is now available for download on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Iron Judgment adds over 80 cards across all of GWENT’s playable factions, as well as a number of new gameplay mechanics. These include Armor, granting units protection from damage, Defender units, which allow players to further fortify their ranks, as well as Barricade and Exposed — keywords producing different tactical scenarios depending on a unit’s Armor status. Players will also be able to use the appearance of King Radovid V, an iconic character from The Witcher series of games, for their leader of the Northern Realms faction.


The Blind Prophet Gets a New Demo and Release Date!
Ars Goetia Games is happy to share the news that The Blind Prophet, a crowdfunded Point & Click adventure (130% on Kickstarter), just received a new demo! It offers an extended view of the events that took place in the first build. But don't worry if you haven't played it yet. We’ll take you through the whole story, letting you experience this hand-drawn game from the very beginning. The release date of The Blind Prophet on PC will be December 10th, 2019!


Free Game @ Epic Games
The free Epic Game of this week is Mimit from publisher Devolver Digital. Journey outside the comfort of your home to help unusual folk, uncover countless secrets, and overcome dangerous foes, all in hopes of lifting a rather unfortunate curse that ends each day after just one minute.


Sneak peak at the demo of Mosaic!

Once in a while, a game comes along that doesn’t go all out with over the top action, random explosion, nerve-wracking platform sections or high speed races. These games aim to give you more of an easy going experience instead of the usual high speed game play and flashy graphics. Mosaic, a game developed by Norse indie developer Krillbite Studio, who some of you might remember from a title called Among the Sleep, is such a game.


Now, I didn’t quite know what to make of Mosaic at first, to be totally honest. It’s not a game as such, but more a strange and unreal experience in which we follow the day to day life of just a regular guy, who brushes his teeth, goes to work and tries to pay his bills. Then, all of a sudden, something strange starts to happen and our “hero” is drawn into the more surreal areas of this world, where it quickly becomes clear that information technology is the single most powerful thing in the world.


Witness day after day as the protagonist struggles to get by in this digital world, where the latest news or random message on our phones seems to be more important than actually interact with a human being that’s right beside you. Mosaic gives a glimpse into this bleak future and looks really cool while doing so.


All the color seems to have been drained from the world, except for little things (like a fluttering butterfly, for instance), making them stand out. The art style itself is pretty minimalistic, but still manages to look cool (or should I say cold and grim?). The relatively slow pace of the game gives the player time to ponder things and thoroughly enjoy the world of Mosaic.


Now, this might not be a game for everyone out there, but I’m sure that there are lots of people who will revel in what Mosaic has to offer. The demo we played guided us through various different sections of the game, so it might not really seem like the scenes are interconnected, but this is explained at the start of the game, so I’m sure the full game will be much more continuous, story- wise. So, if you’re a fan of games that do not take you by the hand, but let you explore the world, real and surreal, at your leisure, you might want to give Mosaic a whirl!

Mosaic will be available for Apple, Windows PC, Xbox, Playstation, Switch, Q4 2019.

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Road to Spiel: Sure to Check!

Join our Reporting Meeple on his Road to Spiel 2019 in the analogue land full of Cardboard.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls; Spiel Essen 2019 is nearly upon us! Like last year, I will highlight the newest games from, in my humble opinion, some of the very best publishers coming to the biggest board game event in the world. Spiel is so big that we “for sure” cannot preview all the new games that are going to be released. That is why, for this episode, I would like to highlight a few great publishers with some awesome people behind them, which you should be “Sure to Check” while you visit Spiel 2019!


Game Brewer - Hall 4 booth F107
DumeeGamer articles:  Game Brewer     Festo     Fujikoro     Gugong
I am a fan of the games of Game Brewer and at Spiel 2019, their latest game, Fuji Koro, will be for sale. They will also be bringing some interesting demos of their games Paris, Roxane and Gùgōng: Pànjūn and, let’s not forget, Belgian beer!!!


Starling Games- Hall 1 booth A118
DumeeGamer articles: Starling Games
Last year, I got a very warm welcome at the booth of Starling Games and played my first ever round of Everdell, which is a beauty of a game! This year, Starling Games announced two new expansions for Everdell: Bellfaire and Spirecrest.


Tembo Games - Hall 4 booth K101
DumeeGamer articles: Tembo Games
When I visited the Tembo Games booth during Spiel 2018, I had a lot of fun with their card game Kaboom. This year, Tembo Games comes with a tile placement, memory-like game in which you help chameleons adapting to their surroundings as they go “Back to the Jungle”.


Gamelyn Games - Hall 4 booth I112
DumeeGamer articles: Gamelyn Games     Tiny Epic Quest     Tiny Epic Zombies
Known for their Tiny Epic series, Gamelyn Games has done it again and comes with Ultra Tiny Epic Galaxies. I also hope to catch a glimpse of Tiny Epic Tactics and, more than probably, take another Tiny Epic game home.


StuffbyBez - Hall 5 booth H119
When you are in for small and quick party games, make sure you visit the Stuff by Bez booth during your visit of Spiel 2019! When you are eager to win something, make sure you visit during his daily 2PM events! Laughter guaranteed!


Grey Fox Games - Hall 2 booth C112
Well if you come to Spiel with a Zombies game like Run, Fight or Die: Reloaded, it is simply impossible to stay away from your booth! Plus, if I have to wait for my turn, I can always play a Viking game like Reavers of Midgard in the meantime. Awesomeness awaits!

Monday, September 30, 2019

Event tip: Spellenfestival 2019 (Festival of Games)!

After a very successful and cozy third edition, we are now going full steam ahead for for the 4th edition of Limburg's most fun event: Het Spellenfestival (Festival of Games)! This event takes place on Sunday, October 6. The location also remains the Limburghal in Genk, Belgium. Our doors open at 10 a.m. and the event continue until 6 p.m.


This year, Festival of Games occupies 4000 m2 of gaming fun consisting of game clubs, national and international publishers and a few sales booths to let you experience an exciting game day. All info about the exhibitors, our 2nd handstand and tickets can be found on our website or via our Facebook page. And just like in previous years, we also have a giant tombola with a few dozen fun games, including many absolute toppers.