DeRail Games are best known for the Xbox Live Indie Platformers, two of which have graced our weekly awards and even featured in our best XBLIG games of 2010 roundup. However, their latest project is a far cry from their comfort zone: an "experimental story-driven 2D adventure" in development for PC. Shadow Of The Game will tell its story through music and artwork as well as cutscenes and dialogue; featuring little of the conventions we've come to expect from the RPG genre. And "huge bongs," apparently.
It's exciting news, and we've got more details after the break.Click here to read more...
This has been a decidedly turbulent week for Xbox Live Indie Games. Our sensational interview with MStar Games' Mike Bergenstjerna absolutely slammed the state of the service, with esteemed MVP George Clingerman wading in with his own exceptional set of observations and solutions. On top of that, some misguided lacrosse fans have been playing havoc with the ratings system.
But never mind all that. It's easy to lose sight of the all-important games in amongst all the controversy, so this week, we've got four great titles for your consideration. As always, click the links to check out the trial versions!
Call us misty-eyed retro fanboys if you must, but we love it when a game makes us feel like we're back in the good old 16-Bit days. Oozi: Earth Adventure feels like it deserves pride of place in a SEGA Mega Drive compilation, and though it obviously comes from a cookie cutter mould, it provides a seriously solid experience for the meagre asking price.
As well as a heady dose of nostalgia.
Controlling the titular blob, you'll jump your way around five long levels, leap over spike pits, collect stars and leap upon enemies to kill them. We've danced this dance before a thousand times, but the incredibly responsive controls and authentic visual style makes Oozi: Earth Adventure feel like a classic retro title from yesteryear. As well as the meaty campaign, there are also a few challenge levels and a timed arcade mode to add some welcome extra bang for your sixty-eight pence.
Oozi: Earth Adventure Episode 1 oozes style, content and value. Future episodes will need to shake up the formula with new abilities and challenges, but for now, this is an fantastic start to what could be an exceptional Indie franchise.
CEPINAS is yet another space shooter. Oh yes. But this time, there's an interesting new twist. The experience hinges around capturing planets by encircling them in a ring of lasers, and once you've done so, they can be upgraded into massive fortresses that actively defend against enemies taking them over for their own nefarious ends. Nuanced controls and sharp visuals will help CEPINAS break out of the pack and (hopefully) onto your radar.Click here to continue this week's Indie review roundup >>
DeRail Games first tripped our radar with their competent platformer Jump 'N Bounce. Guiding Hug, the adorable bouncing ball, through dangerous obstacles and labyrinths was immensely satisfying, but it unfortunately only managed to garner a close second place. We're delighted that their spherical hero is back for another run... but this time around, DeRail have taken the core mechanics and cranked absolutely everything up to eleven. This is no cutesy platformer. This is no walk in the park. It's a panic attack!
Panic Attack brings old-school retro platforming screaming into the next generation with intense speed and a brutal level of feedback. Spikes, falling ceilings, saws, flamethrowers, slaughter knives and myriad deadly challenges are countered with powerful cannons and turbo boosts that make nailing the best time for each level an exercise in split-second decision making and good old fashioned luck. The fact that Bounce is constantly... well, bouncing makes the action feel refreshing despite the old-school presentation. The upshot of this is that the experience is fairly difficult, but it's decidedly hardcore rather than simply being hard. Panic Attack provides a stiff challenge without ever feeling cheap, and intricate hidden routes provide several different ways of clearing each obstacle. 56 levels as well as a number of insane directors cut stages means that you won't be able put this one down for a long while. Not to mention the fact that your white, sweaty knuckles will be clenched onto the controller in a rictus grip.Click here to discover more fantastic Indie titles!