This isn't the cheapest we've seen it fall it, but it's a still a great price for a unique and surprisingly fun title. In our review we said that it was "a brilliant, anarchic and thoroughly intense way of experiencing this ridiculous grindhouse blasterpiece," and it might improve your typing skills in the process. Go on, slay some undead while you increase your productivity. Thanks to northy666 @ HUKD!
Be sure to check out our Typing of the Dead: Overkill review for more details.
Love Star Wars? We've got the deal for you! Bandai Namco have announced a home version of the Star Wars Battle Pod arcade machine for a bargain price of just £24,000 plus modest shipping and handling.
If you're a cheapskate. Real fans will grab the Premium Edition, starting at $100,000, which includes custom-made leather seats!
More details below.Click here to read more...
Gaming fans should get themselves up north for the excellent Play Blackpool event running from May 2nd to May 4th. The show is an absolute bonanza for fans of all things retro, indie and arcade.
The show floor will once again be packed with consoles from every generation and fully unlocked classic arcade cabinets (do not insert coin!), featuring a classic selection of games for you to try. The console range is incredible and you're bound to find a few that you never even knew existed. Or maybe you'll finally get to play on something you've had your eye on for a while. Last year, I got to try out Nintendo's ancient Virtual Reality headset, the Virtual Boy which was actually very impressive considering it was in people's houses in 1995.
The range of modern indie games has been expanded this year. In addition to the wide selection of PC titles, there will also be Xbox One and PS4 areas sporting a wide range of titles, especially ones that feature local multiplayer. If you've wanted to try out the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, then this is the place to do it, just like I did last year. Llamasoft have confirmed they'll once again be bringing something for you to play on it and a few other studios are said to be bringing VR games too.Click here to read more about the show.
Ready for a psychadelic trip? Brainpipe: A Plunge Humanity is only £0.81 on IndieGameStand.
Digital Eel have decided to flaunt their bizarre and beautiful Brainpipe: A Plunge To Unhumanity with an IndieGameStand sale, weighing in at a paltry £0.81 for a PC download, Steam code or Desura code (RRP: £1.59). Prepare yourself for a seriously twisted and groovadelic voyage into the human mind along with "creepy eyeball buttons."
Great fun and instantly accessible, though it's worth noting that an overall lack of depth stops Brainpipe from stacking up with the arcade greats. Also note that The Insert Coin Bundle is still live on Bundle Stars for £1.99 if you're in the market for similar games.
Missed the Abstract Bundle? Velocibox is now £0.80 on Bundle Stars.
It's £3.99 on Steam.
Velocibox is a twitch-heavy action game crafted for the hardcore audience. "Flip, spin and dodge your way through more than 70 deviously designed patterns! Features an insanely difficult Super Velocibox mode for the uber-hardcore! So addictive the developer has been called a drug dealer!"
The developer is apparently not a drug dealer. More to the point, this gorgeous and demanding endless runner is also excellent and a steal at 80p, though remember that it was previously available in the Abstract Bundle last month. Check your backlog!
I've got a lot of love for Pix the Cat. In my review of the PS4 version, I called it "a joy to play -- a heady, thrilling mix of bitesized, speedy, spatial puzzling that'll keep you coming back time and time again." You can snap it up on the cheap if you head over to Green man Gaming and punch in the voucher code 20PERO-FFDIGI-GAMESX, which has been extended until Monday at 4PM.
An absolutely brilliant bundle for arcade fans and score attack addicts, Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+ is now just 75% off over at Gamersgate.
Read our full Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+ review here.
How can you update a legendary game like Pac-Man for a new generation? It seems like an impossible task, but Pac-Man Championship Edition DX managed it by ramping up the challenge and introducing hectic new predation mechanics. It's genuinely fresh and fantastic.
Read our full Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+ review here. Cheers jaystan!
Imagine if Snake ate Pac-man. Or maybe Pac-man ate Snake. Or what actually happened was that Snake and Pac-man got drunk one night, fooled around a bit, and ended up having a baby. It might look like Pix the Cat.
Don't think about that too much.
What we have here is a top-down maze game from French outfit Pastagames that's winningly bonkers and cultivates just the right kind of I'll just have one more go gameplay. You play as the eponymous Pix, and your job is to collect eggs, which will then turn into ducklings, which you then have to lead to safety. There's an exit target for each duckling, and all you have to do is pass over them to drop off your water-fowl friends, but the real challenge comes from trying to pick up all of the eggs first and then deposit your feathery chums without crashing into your own trail. Do that and you'll nab yourself a perfect score, but drop a few ducklings off early and the other eggs will crack. You'll still earn points for dropping off the ducklings within those splintered shells but, let's face it, you could have done so much better. Try again. And again. And, oh God it's dark. When did you start playing this again?
The more successful you are, the more your combo multiplier will increase, and the more Pix will start speeding up. Forget about the analogue stick right now. It is not your friend, and cannot hope to gift you the split-second precision that the D-pad can in this instance. Occasionally you might take a wrong turn and crash into a wall or another non-lethal obstacle, at which point the action will slow for a second to let you choose another direction. Dally too long, however, and you'll lose your combo. Crash into yourself and you'll lose your combo. Smack into the enemies and hazardous obstacles that begin to pop up in the levels and you'll lose your combo.Click here to read more...
Platforms: PC | PS3 (tested) | PS Vita (reviewed)
Publisher: Devolver Digital
My customised fighter screams into the sepia sky from the holds of a lurking Unterseeboot, a lone aeroplane against an entire air force. The enemy is on my six in seconds, swarming around me like gnats, filling the skies with fire as patrol boats throw up a hail of anti-air ordinance. I merrily dance through the flack, redline my engines towards the stratosphere, then turn on a sixpence and lock into a controlled stall; shredding an entire squadron of fighters as I plummet towards the ocean. My plane hits hits the water, but keeps going, erupting back out of the waves as my machine guns pummel the enemy frigates into twisted metal.
Luftrausers makes me feel like an ace pilot - no, I am an ace pilot. I am Baron Jon Richthofen! I'm a force of nature, the Sky Captain, a real slam-bang honest-to-goodness three-fisted humdinger. I'm a bona fide supraman... oh no, wait, now I'm just a small pile of burning canvas. A battleship zeroed its ruinous deck guns on my position and brought me quite literally down to Earth. Damn.
Never mind, though, because next time my plane will have a thicker hull, detonate in an enormous explosion and carry a brace of lasers on its chin.
Vlambeer are masters of taking classic arcade concepts and making them sing, and they've done it again.Click here to read more...
Platforms: PS Vita
Back when Tony Hawk's Pro Skater first arrived on the PSOne in demo form, I spent an entire day playing that same Chicago skatepark level over and over again with my freind Aaron. You had one minute to get the highest score that you possibly could: GO!
The beauty of that game, even in that small demo, was a simple control system married to expansive, imaginative level design, provoking a competitive mentality and encouraging planning the perfect route to achieve your goal. I've tried skateboarding in real life. I suck at it. But these games provided pick-up-and-play brilliance combined with the dominant sub-culture of the decade. I could bust cool moves with my friends whilst keeping knees unscathed, and headbanging along to pop-punk outfits and the ska-rock bands of the decade.
Skate came along as THPS reached its most bombastic zenith, and brought with it a completely revamped control system and a focus on doing the simple things well rather than embracing the overblown ridiculousness and Jackass mentality that had crept into the later iterations of its competitor. At heart, though, the aim was the same: pull tricks, beat scores, and delight in the physics of it all -- the feelings of momentum and motion and responsive, taut controls.
And OlliOlli is all about that.Click here to read more...
Housemarque's Resogun is a cracking little game, and we said as much in our review:
It's a great little PS Plus pack-in for new adopters, and will no doubt please genre fans immensely on the harder difficulty settings with a purity of purpose and execution that makes for a deliciously balanced and focused slice of SHMUP action. -- 8/10
But it can be pretty damn tough on the higher difficulty levels, so here are a few little Resogun tips and tricks to help you save the last humans and run down some alien scum. Welcome to the Resogun Survival Guide!
I always forget this one, but the Boost is an outstanding tool for getting out of a tight spot. Not only does it let you smash through anyone in your way, but there's a little charge blast that blast enemies close by when you come to a stop. But use it lightly, as it has to charge all of the way back up before you can use it again. Feathering the Boost allows for quick turnaround.Click here to read more...
Developer: Mine Loader Software Co., Ltd
Publisher: Namco Bandai
It may come as a surprise to some of you younger gaming ragamuffins out there, but despite my age, I missed the Pac-Man craze when it first came out by a good 5 to 10 years, and as such have never really grown up with it close to my heart. Sure I’ve played it through the years, but only fleetingly, and so I’m in probably quite a unique position as I write this review, that I won’t be weepy-eyed over hours spent in an arcade spending all my pocket money on the early 80s smash hit. Besides getting all soppy would undo all the hard work I‘ve done to build up this manly, butch guy image you all see me as here at Dealspwn, right?
Ahem. Moving on…
This latest iteration of the Pac-Man series is the tongue-twisting (and presumably Street Fighter-inspired) Pac-Man: Championship Edition DX+. The game looks to build on the 2007 release, Pac-Man: Championship Edition. The ‘DX’ version came 3 years later on XBLA, and now Namco Bandai have released a DX+ version of the game – as the current definitive version. Still with me? Good, let’s go eat some ghosts.Click here to read more...
Developer: Modern Dream
Did you buy it? Please tell me you bought it.
The Typing Of The Dead: OVERKILL is long overdue: a sequel to the quirky arcade shooter/typing trainer hybrid that released in arcades, on PC and Dreamcasts many years ago. It's effectively a straight-up port of SEGA's grindHouse Of The Dead reboot, but instead of blasting zombies with a lightgun or WiiMote, you'll type words and phrases that appear on screen to emancipate undead brains from their skulls, paying close attention to punctuation and grammar as you do so. The very idea seems bizarre and even a little stupid when laid out in matter-of-fact terms, but in practice, it's one of the most intense and enjoyable House Of The Dead games to have released in the last decade.
And it was also 50% off for the first 48 hours after launch, which have almost certainly expired by the time you read this sentence. I have failed you. Remind me, are there one or two Ps in 'seppuku'?
Click here to read more...
The above video is not the Peggle 2 preview, but it does do a rather good job of summing the game up nicely. Yes, we got hands-on with PopCap's ridiculously addictive bouncing puzzler at Gamescom this year and we didn't want to leave.
The video after the jump is taken from Microsoft's evening event on Press Conference Day at Gamescom 2013 and features a number of terrible puns from the very start as well as exploring a few levels from one of the game's new Peggle Masters -- Luna -- whose ability renders all blue pegs ethereal and intangible for a couple of turns.
There may also be tears, opera, and a discussion of Lars Ulrich's gaming habits. You have been warned.Click here to watch our Peggle 2 hands-on preview >>
Obscenely addictive, with a fantastic soundtrack, Canabalt is built upon a simple premise: how far can you get? Sprinting across procedurally generated urban rooftops, minding your pace, your jump precision, avoid pitfalls, crumbling towers, and vaporising robots, it's a classic example of "just one more go" gameplay. And now it's down to 69p.
EA have announced that the arcade pile 'em up that released last year from Criterion Games, will be making the jump to iPhone and iPad platforms later this month.
There'll be three game modes, fifty-four events, six themed locations, and a whole host of automobile-smashing action.
Oh, and a trailer featuring the Hoff. Calling it "Hofftastic" and challenging players to "Master the disaster". You can read our Burnout Crash! review here.Click here to read more...
Insomniac Games have thrown up a folder of concept art shots from their canned pinball game - 1080Pinball - a game originally intended to be the "the most realistic pinball simulation ever (including simulating weight of ball, gravity, and friction of table surface, as well as accurately modeling the 'kick bumpers')".
Apparently the planned digital release was also supposed to have incorporated a "Gran Turismo" level of progression, but the project was canned mid-way through 2007.Click here to read more...
PS3 gamers already know of Joe Danger’s brilliance and now XBLA customers finally get to see what all the fuss was about thanks to this Special Edition. For those of you not in the know, Joe Danger rocked onto PSN last year to unanimous applause, combining motorcycle stunt riding, platforming, speed runs and item collecting into one incredibly slick experience.
The game plays across 2D planes, left to right. On your way to the finish line, there are multiple objectives for each of the 100+ levels. Collect all the silver stars, beat a par time, grab coins, hidden icons, land on all targets and maintain a combo for the whole level are some of the tasks at hand. You'll only need a couple ticked off to progress, but mastering a stage is where the fun really starts.
The controls are simple with acceleration and braking/reversing assigned to the triggers, tricks with taps and holds of the bumpers and boosting and jumping on the face buttons. Wheelies and endos are effortlessly performed by rocking the analogue stick in the appropriate direction to adjust Joe's weight. The same principles allow a game-winning amount of mid-air movement too, essential for guiding him through narrow gaps.Click here to read more...