Before we dive into our appraisal of Book Four, here’s our usual bit of housekeeping for our episodic reviews. If you haven’t already, be sure to get up to speed with our reviews for Dreamfall Chapters – Book One: Reborn, Dreamfall Chapters – Book Two: Rebels and Dreamfall Chapters – Book Three: Realms by hitting the links provided. As always with our episodic reviews, our score will be published once the season is finished, reflecting the game as a whole.
Those of you who read my review for Book Three will know that, while it was enjoyable and made some big narrative moves, I felt it to be the weakest episode overall so far. It wasn’t a bad episode at all, and in fact it had some important reveals that have been hanging over The Longest Journey saga for years, but it failed to match the masterclasses that were Books One and Two. In saying this, it honestly felt like I was kicking a beloved and faithful animal that had been following me around for years. I felt terrible.
Absolutely justified, but still terrible.
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Here's a quick shout out for one of the current flash deals over on GOG, with the season pass for Dreamfall Chapters currently falling below the £15 mark for the next 3 or so hours. As with everything else on the site, it's DRM-free, and even those of you with Linux or Mac machines can take advantage of this deal.
We've only had the first episode (or Book) so far, but it's a fantastic start that puts exploration back into the heart of adventure gaming. Admittedly, I would personally suggest playing The Longest Journey and Dreamfall first, but a quick video recap has now been included for those who just wish to jump right in. For more info be sure to check out our review of Book One - Reborn.
Developer: Arcen Games
You and your mech squadron are all that stand between twelve million people and nuclear annihilation.
Bionic Dues pulls no punches in terms of its premise. After a futuristic mega-city plays host to a machine revolution, its corporate overlords opt to nuke the metropolis unless its few remaining defenders can put the rebellion to rout. As the only EXO pilot still alive, you'll lead a small force of walking tanks in tense engagements against the enemy, choosing your missions and doing your best to cripple the bionic foe's infrastructure while strengthening your own forces. Every decision has a consequence and a cost, both in terms of rewards and time. There's never enough time.
Whatever happens, you'll have fifty days to prepare before a climactic final battle against the robot hordes... the strength of which depends entirely on your choices, victories and defeats. With the fiercely innovative Arcen Games at the helm, this ambitious 'Rogue-Lite' boasts sensational hidden depths.Click here to read more...
Developer: A Jolly Corpse
I had a thousand and one things to do this week. Our senior editor is on holiday, my news desk runneth over and numerous preview events demand that I brave the ferocious oven-like temperatures of Central London. Much to my continual annoyance, my frail and paunchy human body also refuses to function without the occasional bit of sleep.
So the last thing I needed was a brilliant game like Wyv and Keep to come out of left field and ruthlessly hoover up what little free time I had left.
Our titular treasure hunters, the glamourous Keep and egotistical Wyv, are on a quest to amass as much loot as possible in a dangerous Amazonian temple. Though it may resemble Spelunky in terms of gorgeous retro presentation and basic premise, Wyv and Keep shakes things up by presenting an enormous wealth of platforming puzzles based around using both characters in unexpected ways. If you're a fan of local cooperative action and brain-wracking puzzlers, this unassuming indie gem could well make your summer.Click here to read more...
American McGee and Spicy Horse have cancelled the Kickstarter campaign for OZombie, their proposed action-adventure set in a warped version of The Wizard Of Oz. The TL:DR version: the whole thing was an utter shambles.Click here to read more...
American McGee (him of Alice and Akaneiro: Demon Hunters fame) has launched a Kickstarter campaign for an action-adventure set in a warped version of The Wizard Of Oz. Based on the Oz universe created by L. Frank Baum, OZombie certainly looks as twisted and imaginative as you'd expect from the ex-id Software developer.
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It’s been quite the eventful weekend for Red Thread Games with good news all round. The Kickstarter target of $850,000 for Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey was met after just 10 days of crowd funding, ensuring that the game will see the light of day. However, early this morning the first stretch goal of $900,000 was also hit, and as the title “Apples & Penguins” strongly suggests, it means that Dreamfall Chapters will also be releasing on Mac and Linux systems.Click here to read more...
It’s only been one week since it began, but the Kickstarter campaign for Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey has already reached 90% of the $850,000 needed for it to be successfully funded. To mark the occasion, Red Thread Games have published two new updates – one providing a new video with early in-game footage, and a second detailing the first few stretch goals. See all the details after the jump.Click here to read more...
It's time to bend over and show Valve the cash again, folks, because they've launched another big fat Steam sale to celebrate the official launch of Steam For Linux. Every game that's currently in the Linux catalogue has been discounted for all platforms, leading to one best of a promotion.
Plenty of indie savings can be found here (though bear this in mind before picking up Serious Sam 3), so I've prepared a shortlist for your consideration. We'll also pick out some of the most impressive savings as standalone deals so they don't fly under your radar.
Humble Bundle are keen to kick off Christmas with a bang, and firmly reaffirm their unwavering indie credentials to some of the noisier THQ detractors. This latest bundle contains some seriously impressive games including Legend Of Grimrock and the brilliant Dungeon Defenders... and DLC... and soundtracks... and Indie Game: The Movie... so long as you beat the negligible average price.
Have a very indie Christmas, everyone.
The second Humble Android Bundle is now in full swing, allowing you to pay a meagre price for PC, Android, and Mac versions of five great indie games. You'll need to beat the minmum price (c. £3.26) to get Swords & Soldiers, but you can pay anything if you only want the other four. You'll get Steam codes for everything except Canabalt, in case you're interested.
Developer: Level Up Labs
Sleep is for the weak. Work is for chumps. Personal relationships are fleeting.
And we now have a superior replacement for all three courtesy of Defender's Quest from Level Up Labs. Despite being a unassumingly small project from a tiny team, this ripping indie yarn is easily one of the most ruthlessly addictive games I've ever played... and does to the tower defence genre what Puzzle Quest did to Bejeweled. Which is to say that the accessible core experience has been augmented and improved by a meaty storyline, relateable characters and satisfyingly nuanced persistent RPG mechanics.
This is undoubtedly impressive in its own right, but Defender's Quest ultimately succeeds because the raw tower defence gameplay is some of the best you'll find anywhere. Pay attention, folks, because this deceptively deep hybrid deserves to take 2012 by storm.
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