Thursday, March 21, 2019

SNATCH ZAP and SHOOT - HyperParasite is coming to Steam Early Access & EGX Rezzed

Troglobytes Games and Hound Picked Games are pleased to announce that rogue-lite twin stick snatch, zap and shoot ‘em up, HyperParasite, is launching on Steam Early Access on April 3rd and will be playable at EGX Rezzed just 24 hours later.

HyperParasite offers rad visuals, fast paced action, tight controls and is set in the bodacious 80s. The game features 60 different classes, all of which you can control, exploiting their own attributes, weapons and moves, to present a game of outrageous action and rip roaring brawling at is very best. The game is laced with a comical slant which adds spice and fun with an incredible synth-wave soundtrack that’ll bring players, and their mullets, straight back to the 80s!

In HyperParasite, it's the dude you control that is packed with the boom, no more scrabbling for weaponry and panicking at a boss encounter. With 60 different characters to take control of, players may snatch the best host body for the scenario and kick butt!

"We're finally ready to bring everyone kicking and screaming back to the 1980s with HyperParasite on Steam Early Access. It will be available for $8.99 for everyone to enjoy and give us feedback via the Steam forums and our Discord channel!", said Saverio Caporusso, CEO of Trologbytes Games. “We’re thrilled to also announce we’ll be at EGX Rezzed where members of the press, influencers and fans of the 80s can get hands on with the HyperParasite”.

Exciting Features Include:

  • Unique twist on the genre: jump from one host body to another
  • 60 different playable character classes, each with their own unique attacks and gameplay style
  • Dozens of skills and unique items
  • Unique retro 3D-pixelated aesthetic
  • Original synth-wave soundtrack with tracks from Van Reese and Joe Kataldo (The Last Night)
  • Procedurally generated levels that will challenge even the most seasoned of players
  • Two HyperParasites means twice the fun! Co-op mode: how will the humans handle double the threat?

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker continues with excellent DLC!

A big adventure gets even bigger with the Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - Special Book DLC!

It is time for me and all my fellow treasure hunters to pack our bag packs and get ready to explore every corner of cubicle levels! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, another book is available for Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. Time for Adventure!

Early birds, including myself, could already play the first level of this new book, when you pre-ordered this DLC. And when I opened the complete DLC book last weekend, this level was still already completed. Thanks Nintendo, very kind of you to save my progress :)

This new DLC contains 18 new challenge and five new levels. I love the pirate ship level and also the levels in which you can spot the King Boo's with your flashlight. There is a new type of diamonds to collect and in stead of a star, you complete the level by reaching a crown. And if you have a fellow Treasure hunter in real-life, you should really try the new coop ability that is introduced in February 2019. Just grab some chips, soda's and Joy-cons, I assure you this can only become a truly awesome weekend!

Now, it might be that you have absolutely no idea what I'm talking about. In that case, I assume that you never ever set a step into the awesome world of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. And let me tell you, you missing out on such a great adventure. But this actually is a good time to still hop on this Treasure hunting train, because the eShop has a digital version of the game, which already contains this great DLC!

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker was first released on Wii U in 2014/2015. On July 13, 2018 a port was launched for Nintendo Switch and 3DS (with some excellent extra levels, inspired by Super Mario Odyssey). And now, our beloved Captain Toad can be really proud, because since March 14, 2019, his game has its very own DLC!

Friday, March 15, 2019

Cannabis Tycoon Game Weedcraft Inc Opens for Legally Dubious Business on April 11!

- Grow Your Inventory and Empire in a Fascinating Look into Booming Prohibition-Era Industry -

Development kings Vile Monarch and grow room hermit Devolver Digital announce that Weedcraft Inc, the team’s narratively-driven fresh strain of tycoon simulator taking a grounded, realistic look at the murky, volatile world of the rapidly-evolving American cannabis industry, will be available for €16.79 on April 11, dealt exclusively on Steam.

Vile Monarch has released a new in-depth gameplay trailer in celebration of the reveal, which introduces aspiring entrepreneurs to a pair of brothers turned business partners they will support within one of Weedcraft Inc’s stories. Each of the game’s scenarios follows a business venture grappling with a different realm of legalization, from basement-run startups ducking the fuzz to full-blown mega corporations vying for influence over politicians standing in the way of their profits.

Weedcraft Inc’s scenarios test both the green thumb and business sense of cannabis entrepreneurs as they decide which strains of weed to cultivate, how tweak their growing environment and soil nutrients for optimal strain quality, and when to cater to the expansive needs of the booming market’s many demographics. Business owners are free to test the law’s rigidity as they grow, playing either or both sides of the legality fence, and also strategically choosing whether to play as a scrupulous or shady business person.

Weedcraft Inc’s scenarios are largely informed by Lead Writer Scott Alexander (Shadow Warrior 2, Superhot, Serious Sam 3: BFE), who has extensively researched the fascinatingly fluid landscape of U.S. legalization and prohibition politics and culture. Scott’s stories fold examples of the often ludicrous loopholes unique to specific regions, as well as the grim realities of prejudice, into the game’s narrative to help players better understand the true-to-life ramifications the legalization debate places onto people’s lives.

For the latest on Weedcraft Inc, stop by the game’s official site for a free contact high. Be sure to also follow Devolver Digital on Twitter and Vile Monarch on Twitter for the latest on Weedcraft Inc and for prime entertainment when they inevitably live tweet getting busted for selling actual weed plants as “DLC.”

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

She Remembered Caterpillars Inches onto Nintendo Switch March 28!

She Remembered Caterpillars, the dreamlike, abstract puzzler exploring love and loss with painstakingly hand-drawn art from Ysbryd Games and Jumpsuit Entertainment, will launch on Nintendo Switch on March 28, 2019.

She Remembered Caterpillars, a nominee in the 2017 Independent Games Festival for Excellence in Visual Art, is a somber experience set in a beautiful world. Explore fractured relationships, loss and grief in a scientist’s experiment to save her father. Chapter by chapter, discover the intricacies of this strange dreamscape filled with adorable little creatures called Gammies, while eavesdropping on her heartbreaking tale.

Solve 40 brain-teasing puzzles by leading the charming Gammies, each with a distinct color, through matching gates and to their goals. Difficulty builds in every act with challenging new color-based mechanics ingrained in the living architecture of the world, including bridges and flora that can only be passed by Gammies of certain hues. Designed with accessibility in mind, each Gammie color is associated with a shape so that colorblind players can also enjoy the fun.

Haunting tunes from the composer of Deponia and Galaxy on Fire complement this illusory world. She Remembered Caterpillars provides a relaxing environment through its ethereal aesthetic combined with sounds that soothe the soul and intuitive puzzle designs.

“Our writer, Cassandra Khaw, drew from her personal experience to craft a narrative that really touches the heart,” said Daniel Goffin, CEO of Jumpsuit Entertainment. “We’ve woven a tale through our puzzles that examines bereavement and the devastating aftermath of losing someone close to you.”

For more information, please visit the official website, follow @YsbrydGames and @thejumpsuits on Twitter or join the Ysbryd Games Discord.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Take a Alpha trip with us: Satisfactory

Last weekend, I felt like a sloth; I only wanted to go downstairs if I needed to use the ladies room, or if I was in need of a drink. Really, I don't have any energy and no, I didn't drink too much last Friday! Here's a little sketch of my situation at that time:

As I am looking at my beloved PlayStation I have little desire today to shoot or race. Yes, I am that lazy now. Also, reading is quite impossible with my neighbors being home and all. All their 10 demonic kids are at home, running around the house like they snorted caffeine and slamming doors so loud I don't even have to worry about any ghosts in my house, because even they want to have some peace and quiet. So, what can I do?

Well, I got an email with the notification that the game Satisfactory is going to have an Alpha Test Weekend and they gave me a key! And seriously, the timing couldn't have been better!

Satisfactory is an FPS open-world factory building sim. You play as an engineer on an alien planet tasked to complete 'project Assembly', a massive machine with a mysterious purpose. Conquer nature, build multi-story factories, and automate to satisfaction!

From space, you will be sent to an alien planet in a pod to get your ass to work. It's a big game! It's not an entire planet but still, it's 30 km2 to explore and use, that means about 5.4 x 5.4 km. A lot of km that I am sure as hell not going to walk in the real world this weekend!

And I love the fact that you can explore, fight and build but all in a fulfilling chill way. At least you know from what I've been playing lately, this is freaking relaxing to me!

This game is made and published by Coffee Stain Studios. They have been working on this game for more than 2,5 years now. Heard some guy named Simon keeps getting this game delayed. Simon, I say stop it! These are by the way the same creators of the games Sanctum and Goat simulator franchises. Just thinking about the goats, gosh that game is funny as shit. At least this my personal opinion. I laughed en enjoyed that so much. Really I know how people feel about that game and you know it's like that one saying: whatever floats your goat. Something like that, who cares.

The reason for the early access is because the developers want to listen and need the community of builders to help create and build a beast of a game together. I cannot describe how lucky and how awesome it is to be a part of that! I adore developers who do this *heart heart*.

Time flies playing this alpha Beta and I am having an amazing time, from what I see and play so far I will need this game for more weekends or days like this! I don't want to write much more, it is not that I don't have more to tell, which I do, but that is for the future.

If you do like this genre of gaming, I highly recommend keeping your eyeballs peeled on this little gem in the making. And no it's not in any way like goat simulator, no goats in this game. But seriously, time flies and the Alpha stops on March 11th, so I'm literally out of time!

Early access: March 19
Coffee Stain Studios 
PS4 / PC in Epic Games Store

Friday, March 08, 2019

Take a beta trip with us to Warhammer: Chaosbane!

During last year's Gamescom we were lucky enough to play Warhammer: Chaosbane. Since that demo, Ferry a.k.a. Sadhonker and myself (Diana a.k.a. DumeeGamer) just couldn't wait for its full release. And although the waiting is not over yet, we were able have another sneak peak at this amazing hack and slash action RPG!

Last weekend, the closed beta of Warhammer: Chaosbane for press members took place and we were honored (or must I say brave and worthy enough?) to join! The comparison with the Diablo series is already out in the open, and I couldn't be happier about it. I love playing Diablo III, especially coop with Ferry. So, if there is a game, which offers me the exact same awesome concept but in another setting, why not? And what a setting it is! The world of Warhammer is so big and full of action and excitement. Best of two worlds in my humble opinion.

But don't get my wrong, it's not just a copy! The developers created an excellent Warhammer world for you to dive in and kill everything that stands in your way. The world is ravaged by war and dominated by magic. You can choose one of the four characters that suits you best and rise up to face the Chaos hordes. (for this beta, their was only one class available) Up till four players can join your quest in local or online coop. More then seventy species are ready to start a ferocious battle with you. The developers really took the time to think about a way to increase the replay value and they came up with something pretty special: in addition to story mode, a boss rush mode and countless dungeons a rich and varied gaming experience is offered. And than we didn't even started talking about the regular updates!

We had a blast entering this amazing Warhammer: Chaosbane world again and it definitely tasted good. We want more! But our patience is about to be tested some more. On March 7, the public beta of Warhammer Chaosbane will be available for everyone who pre-ordered this amazing game created by Big Ben, Eko Software and Games Workshop. We'll have to wait a bit longer for the release of the full game; this is slated on June 4, 2019.

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Mini review: Access Denied!

Our fellow readers already know that the great people of Ratalaika Games create excellent ports of beautiful game gems, that were PC-only games when they first released. We're are always looking forward to their upcoming games, because they're fun and challenging every time. This time we're going to take a look at a game by Stately Snail and it's called Access Denied!

Access Denied is a puzzle game in the world where for storage of personal data are used special device in the form of protected boxes. Imagine yourself in the role of the professional cracker of such devices and test your skills for 36 different levels.

Now our very own Michael Dumee a.k.a. Magic Mike felt brave enough and hacked his way through this game. "I think I'm not the only one, who will think about "Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes" when seeing the trailer of Access Denied. And the concept is indeed the same; You'll need to disarm the bomb. But in this case, you're on your own. There is nobody to help you, no manual to check. You'll need to figure this one out yourself. On the other hand, there is no timer breathing in the back of your neck."

The puzzles will get more difficult with every new level, so don't think this is an easy walk in the park. This would be a walk in the park, but with mud, angry bees, crocodiles.... well you get the picture right? Access Denied is a typical example of easy to learn, hard to beat. Micheal: "I heard myself thinking; Only 36 levels? I will finish this game within a hour. But believe me when I say it will take a lot more time and it will definitely bash your brain more than once!"

So, if you're up for a creative challenge, or you like to disarm bombs in your spare time, or you like Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, but nobody wants to play games with you, Access Denied is truly your cup of tea!

Ratalaika Games& Stately Snail
Nintendo Switch, February 8
PS4 /PS Vita / Xbox One, February 6