Monday, February 17, 2020

ibb & obb makes the jump to the Nintendo Switch!

ibb & obb will be released on Nintendo Switch this March 5! The classic puzzle platformer has been remastered with improved visuals, enhanced level designs, and an innovative touch screen suggestion drawing system to bring Nintendo fans a perfect co-op experience.

ibb & obb is a clever cooperative puzzle game for two. Players must work together to solve gravity based puzzles through 15 levels and 8 secret worlds. The Nintendo Switch release is being developed by Sparpweed in collaboration with their friends at Codeglue!

The award winning indie darling ibb & obb is back with a release for the Nintendo Switch! Originally announced in 2018, the release follows a complete remaster of the game to make it perfect for the Nintendo Switch with an innovative new touch screen drawing feature, plus upgraded art and extra polished level design.

This is puzzle platforming at its best; featuring satisfying core gameplay combined with smart cooperative challenges and delightful environments to explore. In a world where gravity goes both up and down, can you work together with a friend to solve levels packed full of puzzles? There are 15 levels to play through, and then 8 secret worlds to discover and beat!

Sparpweed Director Richard Boeser said: “We feel the Nintendo SwitchTM is the perfect fit for ibb & obb. It’s great for two players and the touch screen lets players draw suggestions on how to overcome the next challenge. Combined with remastered art, and level design, this is the most complete version of the game yet!”

ibb & obb has been popular since it was released in 2013, and still has fans today. For all of those dedicated fans and the lucky newcomers who get to experience it with fresh eyes, the remastered game is available with a pre-sale discount in the Nintendo eShop starting today!

ibb & obb is a two player cooperative game set in a puzzle filled world where gravity goes both up and down. You can only succeed by working closely together. Fall up and jump down through 15  levels filled with double gravity puzzles and discover 8 hidden worlds that will test your new non-Newtonian skills to the max. All levels have their own unique music composed by Kettel, known for his warm melodic electronica.

Created in 2008, it has since won multiple awards including the IndieCade Design Innovation Award and Develop Indie Showcase Jury Award. There have been releases on PC and PlayStation 3, and now ibb & obb is coming to Nintendo Switch at March 5!

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Dino's, cowboys, cards and many other games for Valentine!

A brand new "No Money, No problem" episode and this time it's all about hearts, roses and spreading the love! Let us tell you about upcoming demo's, beta's, (temporarily) free games and free weekends!

To all the dinos we've loved before – Ark’s annual ‘LOVE EVOLVED’ event begins!
Studio Wildcard announced their ARK event ‘Love Evolved’ (formerly Valentine’s Day) starts today! From February 11 at 10:00AM PST through February 18 at 10:00AM PST, give dino romance a chance! Take advantage of limited-time items and content, including five brand new Chibi-Pets (introduced in the ARK: Winter Wonderland 4 event), a special Mate-Boosted Valentine’s Day Chibi Pet, and delicious Valentine’s candy and chocolate. Throughout the entirety of the ‘Love Evolved’ event, ARK players can enjoy the benefits of increased harvesting rates, boost experience gains, and, of course, breeding rates, baby!

This Week in Red Dead Online!
This week's Red Dead Online update offers a variety of Moonshiners, Bounty Hunters, Traders and Collectors boosts, along with a Valentine's Day theme for Collectors, a variety of new additions to the Wheeler, Rawson & Co. catalog and discounts available for all players, ongoing benefits for Twitch Prime members and more:

  • 40% XP and Role XP boosts with the Moonshiner, Bounty Hunter, Trader and Collector roles
  • The Lovers Collection reward earned by finding the Chocolate Daisy, the Yellow Gold Diamond Ring and the Two of Cups Tarot Card
  • New permanent clothing additions to the Wheeler, Rawson & Co. catalog including the Charleston and Reaves Top Hats
  • Return of limited clothing, such as the Morning Tail, Irwin and Eberhart Coat, are now available
  • Continuous Twitch Prime benefits such as a free Collector's Bag and Polished Copper Moonshine Still Upgrade
  • Discounts on Moonshiner Properties, Bounty Hunter License, Butcher Table, Collector's Bag, Stew Pot and Weapons Locker

For all info see Rockstars Newswire.

Bring out the candles! It’s getting romantic at gamigo!
This Valentine’s day, gamigo fans can once again fall in love with their favorite games. Throughout February, gamigo is inviting its players to join a multitude of romantic events in their colorful games. Creepy crawlers stand no chance in stopping the inhabitants of Trove from finding their soulmates, and in ArcheAge, love is in the air. Defiance 2050 celebrates another “Chaos and Mutiny” event in which players must prove their might in massive Arkfalls against dangerous Mutineer Bosses. Echo of Soul gifts its Soul keepers rare coins which can be traded for fantastic rewards. The magician Florenz of Fiesta Online needs the players to help him win over the love of his life, and in Aura Kingdom, it’s raining twice as much chocolate as usual during the “Double Boiler Spawn” Event. In RIFT, Mariel-Taun, the heart of the Vigil, asks her followers to spread her message of love throughout the game world. More information about the events can be found on the individual game websites.

Celebrate Valentine's Day with “Heart to Heart” – now available on Solitaire Bliss!
Solitaire Bliss, a full-featured Solitaire game available on mobile and desktop, today debuted “Heart to Heart” – a charming, heart-shaped Solitaire variant on Steam and browsers. Solitaire Bliss Collection now also supports Linux in addition to Windows and Mac – and is available on the Microsoft Store.

“There are millions of Solitaire fans out there. Solitaire Bliss is our attempt at perfecting Solitaire for this very discerning audience. To celebrate Valentine’s Day – and to thank our loyal fans – we’ve introduced ‘Heart to Heart’ to the browser and Steam versions. We hope players will enjoy this romantic variant with their special someone … as much as we loved creating it!” – Assaf Cohen (Founder & Lead Developer, Mongoose Net)

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

We looked into: Crash Drive 2!

Crash Drive 2 is a game that has actually been around for quite some time now. The game was originally released on May 28, 2015, back then only for PC. Developer M2H recently created a Switch port for another one of their games, Marooners, and they thought it would be great to also port Crash Drive 2 for the Nintendo Switch. I for one, couldn’t agree more!

Crash Drive 2 is a free roam multiplayer racing game with awesome cars and unique levels. The first thing to do when you start the game is to go to the garage where you can select your vehicle. Throughout the game, you can come back here on a regular basis and check out new cars you may have unlocked. But let’s start at the beginning; at first, your car is level 1, but you can increase your level by, of course, driving it!  Leveling your cars allows you to upgrade them and eventually even buy other cars. Each car has other specs, so you can choose the car that suits your needs. There are a whopping thirty cars to collect in this game.

When you start playing Crash Drive 2, don’t expect standard race courses. There are four unique levels to explore and yes, exploring is exactly what you’re going to be doing. We start off in the Canyons, a huge level with sand everywhere, dotted with cacti and wild-wester style houses. Throughout the level, there are several places that let you perform stunts. There are also rings suspended in mid-air which you’ll have to find. In other words, there’s a lot to do.  Each level has a certain amount of green hoops hanging in the air. You can try and collect them between events or simply wait for events that require you to collect them. When you completed a level by exploring it and completing all the requirements, the next level will unlock.

Each level offers you a set of challenges. While you’re driving around in a level, events will start one after another. You always have some free time between events and some events can be canceled if you so choose. One of my favorite challenge is the Coin Collect Event, during which you have to collect a certain amount of points by finding and picking up coins. Yellow coins are worth 10 points and blue coins are 25 points each. And while these coins will definitely earn you some nice points, you should especially keep an eye out for red coins, because these babies will add 50 points to your total!

Other challenges to complete are race challenges, earning point by performing stunts and tagging objects with your car. Then there’s King of the Crown, in which players battle to steal the crown from another player by crashing into them and then keep it for a full minute by evading any incoming contact with other players’ cars, and Find the Ring, in which you race to be the first to find and capture one solitary ring, hidden somewhere in the level.

While Crash Drive 2 is, at its core, a multiplayer racer / vehicular combat / stunt performing game, it can also be played by only one player. But why roam this world all by your lonesome when you can also let your friends or other players join and try to beat them, am I right? Crash Drive 2 is your average racing game. As the developers themselves state, it's an open world game in which you can do all kinds of awesome stuff, beside just racing. And don’t worry if you’re not the best driver in the business as you start out on this high-speed quest; you will become better fairly fast as you progress through the game, because Crash Drive 2 is easy to learn and even easier to enjoy!

Crash Drive 2
PC: May 28, 2015
Nintendo Switch: February 7, 2020

Friday, January 31, 2020

Free Zombies, Ghosts, Cards and Chess!

A brand new "No Money, No problem" episode! Let us tell you about upcoming demo's, beta's, (temporarily) free games and free weekends!

Dying Light 5 year anniversary!
Exactly five years ago today Dying Light, Techland’s action survival game set in a post-apocalyptic open world overrun by the infected, was published. Since then, Techland has treated their community to continuous support including the critically acclaimed The Following expansion, numerous DLCs, and regular in-game events. In this anniversary is no exception; To start off the season, Techland will give away a free copy of its Brutal Royale experience, Dying Light: Bad Blood on PC to all current and future owners of Dying Light, across all platforms. Techland is also starting a new, bring a friend, affiliate program. Bring your friends into the Dying Light community and you both will enjoy a free gold-tier weapon docket. To claim the gift, and read the rules, please visit the official website!

Terminator infiltrates Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint!
In collaboration with Studiocanal, the Terminator comes to Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint in a new, free in-game event. The event contains multiple missions with different environments, enemies and dialogues inspired by the original The Terminator movie from 1984. The event will be available free of charge from January 29 for all players on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Uplay + and Stadia. After completing the missions during the live event (between January 29 and February 6), players are rewarded with exclusive items inspired by The Terminator, including the iconic punk outfit from the film and exclusive Terminator weapons and vehicles. Players also further adjust their Ghosts with two Terminator packs. With this, players completely change their character in the Terminator or Kyle Reese. Please visit the official website for more info.

Phageborn Online Strategy Card Game Free Public Beta!
Independent developer, Games Revolted, have announced that their online strategy card game Phageborn, is now available in open beta with an Early Access launch planned in early 2020. Combining a deep storyline with strategic gameplay, Phageborn offers online card game fanatics a host of features including as a dual resource system, a twin lane battleground, 2v2 multiplayer mode and a large variety of unlockable avatars that players can assign to their deck to execute their ultimate winning strategy. Phageborn is free during Open Beta and will launch later on Steam Early Access for $14.99, €12.49, £11.39.

Might & Magic: Chess Royale now available worldwide! 
Discover the first massive real-time 100 players auto-battler. Fight 99 other players on a real-time chess battlefield and be the last hero standing! This game is optimized for 10 minutes games, so loose quick, win quick! Enjoy a crafted experience of the auto-battler for shorter & exciting games. Strategy is the key to victory. Choose your Hero, build your powerful team, recruit new units,
create synergies and fight to be the last one standing! Might & Magic: Chess Royale is available for PC and Mobile.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Review: FoxyLand 2!

Cuteness overload!! Just look at the super-cute foxes in this game. Have you ever seen something cuter than this? Well, whatever your answer is, as long as you’re into all things cute and cuddly then I'm sure you will want to give FoxyLand 2 a try, because you will not want to miss out on all the adorable little foxes in this game!

FoxyLand 2 was already available for PC back in April 2019 and now, through the magic that is Ratalaika Games, the port to current gen consoles is ready! Our story starts on a sunny day, when a father fox, Foxy, leaves his family just for a couple of minutes to find some cherries. These few minutes are all it takes for two big bad wolves to kidnap Foxy’s children. Of course, Foxy wants his kids back, so he sets out on a journey to defeat the nefarious big bad wolves and bring his kids back home, where they will be safe once more.

Foxy's adventure starts out in the forest. In every level you enter, you can find shiny gold coins, and for every 25 coins you collect, you will learn a life after successfully completing that level. Every level also hides three big Foxy coins and some levels even hide a secret flag which opens the way to bonus (and even more difficult) levels. And the best thing is, you are able to join forces with a friend in local coop; one of you will play as the heroic Foxy and the other will play as Foxy’s equally brave wife, Jennie.

FoxyLand 2 is a great platform game of the retro persuasion, complete with pixel-art graphics and dynamic chiptune music. Combined with some neat modern tricks like being able to perform a double jump and jumping off walls, the games feels nostalgic and new at the same time. In other words: FoxyLand 2 offers 40 levels filled with nostalgic fun!

Like with the good-old platform games of yore, the trick to playing FoxyLand 2 is repetition; the more you play it, the better you get at it. Every attempt brings you further than the last one, because you know what dangers lie ahead. Luckily the levels are relatively short, and feature a kind of halfway checkpoint, from where you can continue if you meet your demise. Don’t let this lead you to believe that FoxyLand 2 is easy; some of the levels really are really challenging. And while I regularly failed to complete a level during my time in this colorful world, after every Game Over, I heard myself thinking: "Okay, I know what to do now. Let’s just try that one more time". And as long as you can still think that after just being beaten by the same enemy for the seventeenth time, you know the game you’re playing is a good one!

Foxy Land 2
Bug Studio & Ratalaika Games
PC - April 2019
PS4 / Xbox One / Nintendo Switch - January 2020

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Witness Aluna: Sentinel of the Shards bring Inca lore to life in this action-packed Discovery Trailer!

Watch the beloved comic book character battle her way through 16th Century Latin America

Digitart Interactive has just put out a new video showcasing the action-packed gameplay of its Inca mythology-based action-RPG Aluna: Sentinel of the Shards. Coming to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch in 2020, Aluna: Sentinel of the Shards stars comic book creator and actress Paula Garces (Harold & Kumar series, On My Block, The Shield) as Incan demigod Aluna.

Created by actress Paula Garces and Antonio Hernandez in response to the underrepresentation of both latino and female superheroes in comics, Aluna went on to become a cult hit and is currently starring in the ongoing comic book saga, The World of Aluna, written by Assassin’s Creed and Batman: Arkham Origins scribes Ryan Galletta, Dooma Wendschuch, and Corey May. Aluna further made a name for herself in video games after becoming a playable character in S2 Games’ popular MOBA Heroes of Newerth, where she was played by Paula Garces herself.

“One of our goals when we created Aluna was to bring the world of 16th Century Latin America to life,” said Digiart Interactive founder Antonio Hernandez. “We’ve seen plenty of games about Greek and Norse mythology, but little representation for Inca lore. There’s such a rich cultural history to explore there, and as much as we’ve enjoyed making the comic book series, we wanted to truly immerse our audience in a fully realized world that they could explore firsthand.”
“Aluna has been a very personal project for me,” said Aluna creator and actress Paula Garces. “Latino women are seldom given starring roles, especially when it comes to superhero comics and video games. Yet there’s so many Latino women who play games and read comics, who never see themselves reflected in the media they admire. With Aluna: Sentinel of the Shards, I wanted to change that.”

Developed by Digiart Interactive and  N-Fusion Interactive, Aluna: Sentinel of the Shards follows the exploits of Aluna, the warrior daughter of a Spanish conquistador and South American nature goddess Pachamama. Raised in early 16th century Spain, Aluna escaped to the New World only to realize it was her true homeland. Aluna: Sentinel of the Shards sets our heroine on a quest through Inca mythology as she strives to restore the amulet her goddess mother entrusted to her... and fulfill her true destiny.

Aluna: Sentinel of the Shards combines the deep action-RPG mechanics of Diablo with the revisionist mythology of God of War. Based around Inca lore, Aluna: Sentinel of the Shards features mythological gods, beasts, and tales that formed the backbone of 16th century Colombian culture. Venture from the Sanctuary seaside cliffs through the massive jungles of the New World, all the way to Nagaric’s Temple in the Volcanic Canyons in this epic historical adventure.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Toasterball (Early Access Check)!

by Michael / Magic Mike

Has it been your life-long dream to enter the arena and battle your friends with your trusty old toaster? Well, guys and girls, if it has, then I’ve got good news for you, because the developers at Couch Game Crafters have made this dream a reality! In their latest game, Toasterball, you can battle with your friends in different game modes and your character is always a toaster!

The goal of the game is to get your ball in your opponent’s goal. After every goal, a random game-play variant is selected for the next round. The player who is the first to score five goals is the winner of the match. The controls are very simple; you can move your toaster to the left or right and you can jump while shooting your toasts into the air. Sounds simple enough right?

Well, this is that kind of game that is indeed easy to learn, but winning the match… that’s a different story and, luckily, it’s a fun one! To be honest, most of the time, actually scoring a goal is a matter of luck, although you can of course defend your goal with your toaster and make the most out of the game-play variants which are added every round. These game modes directly affect the game-play. For example, you might be forced to try and defend your goal with a mini toaster. OR there might be two balls in play, instead of one. There are a number of game modes like these, which all guarantee a good laugh every match, because this game is super fun!

Toasterball is in Steam Early Access at the moment and scheduled for release later this year. You can play the game in both shared split screen pvp and coop modes, so 2-4 players can play per match. For the full release the developers will throw in a couple of additional mini-games as well, so our little toaster friends can explore new situations with different types of game-play: at the beach, in space, on ice... So you’ll be using the same basic toaster mechanics, but a very different set of rules for each of the types of game.

I had a blast with Toasterball! It’s simple enough so everyone can join in and share the fun while not being too simple at the same time. This means that Toasterball is easy to pick up but doesn’t get tedious or boring. Plus, the game looks cool! It has a retro look and feel (and sound) all over. In other words, from the moment you start the game together with some friends and a bunch of snacks, you know it’s going to be a great evening!