Developer: Lets Get Kraken
At the end of the day, blasting a pixelated rat with a fireball doesn't feel hugely different from blasting a pixelated rat with a lightning bolt. Or a magic missile. Or a spiralling steam helix. No matter the devastating elemental spell at your disposal, you're still shooting rats in a box.
That's the big problem with Runers, which in fairness, brings some great ideas to the brainstorming table. As a Roguelike hybrid, it retains the procedural dungeon crawling and permadeath of its ASCII ancestor, but replaces turn-based tiles with a completely different core gameplay mechanic. In this case, top-down shooting a la Geometry Wars. However, in a neat twist, you'll choose from a selection of classes with different active spells and racial traits, then combine elemental runes to form totally new attack spells on the fly. One round you're a lizardman bard shooting out rock spikes and entropy missiles, the next you're a Dwarven Paladin wreathing the levels in flames.
It's a brilliant conceit that's fun for a while. Unfortunately, if we're honest, Runers' core SHMUP gameplay just isn't quite strong enough to prop up the rest of it.
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It's time to Get Serious, Xbox 360 owners. Croteam and Mastertronic have confirmed that utterly mental shooter Serious Sam 3: BFE will release next week on XBLA, costing a mere 1200 Microsoft Points (roughly £10.20) for the full campaign, online co-op and, brilliantly, splitscreen cooperative play. The Jewel Of The Nile DLC pack will be available at launch, which also includes the competitive multiplayer suite.
I've spent a truly enjoyable day literally locking swords with History In The Making as part of a demonstration of the weapons that will be available in Kylotonn's upcoming co-op adventure The Cursed Crusade. We'll have a full preview and interview for your eager delectation over the course of the next few days, but we've got a couple of snippets of new info regarding the game's length and value. Apparently a single playthrough will last substantially less than a dozen hours, but will provide a significant and impressive amount of replayability after the fact. What's more, the focus on co-operative play made for an interesting change in their creative vision. We've got the full story below ahead of our extended coverage about this promising hack & slash fest.Click here to read more...
Mastertronic has released a new trailer for The Cursed Crusade, their upcoming action adventure title that chronicles the cooperative adventure of two damned souls. We finally get to see the titular curse in action, which gives players a range of powerful abilities that come at the cost of your very soul. Click below for the trailer as well as a few new details!Click here for the full story >>
This one tells the story of three unusual siblings; one's a vampire, one's a witch, and the other's a combination of the two! At this point you'd be forgiven if you didn't want to hear anymore about this one and've decided to go elsewhere. However, should you still be interested, you'll be able to use a range of magical abilities whilst battling evil. HMV and Amazon are selling copies of the game for £9.99, which'll make you a saving of £2 on the next best offer coming in from Play.
Mastertronic Games has announced that May's Mysteries: The Secret Of Dragonville will be hitting the Nintendo DS this August, bringing a huge number of varied puzzle minigames and an overarching storyline and hand-drawn visuals to the platform. The DS certainly isn't short of a few puzzle games, but if you're interested, we have the full details below.Click here for the full story >>