People tell me that cutting-edge graphical tech is absolutely crucial for attaining that most hallowed of made-up buzzwords: immersion. I understand that point of view and the logic behind it, but also contend that it's complete and total bollocks.
See, for the last few weeks I've been compulsively glued to a primitive early alpha that uses the bare minimum to ground you in an evocative lonely Sci-Fi universe, by making your computer monitor look like a different computer monitor.
Duskers casts you as a astronaut castaway in the depths of space, running out of rations and going half-mad from isolation, desperately eking out the last of your days by salvaging any usable supplies from derelict space hulks. You'll use your precious supplies just to travel between them, meaning that you have to find food or die of starvation, but in a unique twist you'll never personally leave your ship.
Without a viable space suit, you'll instead rely on a handful of remote-controlled drones that become your only means of exploring the wrecks, your eyes, ears and hands, and also your only friends in an otherwise hostile and empty universe. As such, both you and the astronaut stare at the same arcane control interface -- your computer monitor and keyboard -- connecting and immersing you in the game world in a unique and deeply chilling way.
After all, your drones aren't alone out there... and without them you're as good as dead.Click here to read more...
Indie developer Tim Keenan has let us know that his impressive PC puzzler will release on PlayStation Mobile later this year. A Virus Named Tom will be playable on both Vita consoles and PlayStation Certified Android devices from "summer," and we'll keep you up to date as we hear more.
We raved about the "thoroughly worthwhile and addictive purchase" in our 8/10 A Virus Named TOM review.
The Christmas Steam Sale may be a distant memory for another year, but at least we still have the daily deals to keep us going until the next one. As such, Steam have kicked off the return to normal programming with a deal for one of last year’s best indie titles.
Addictive, engaging, and more importantly fun, AVNT proved to be a puzzler worth investing in, and at the current price you can’t really argue with the value for money if you're looking for something to challenge your brain as well as your thumbs.
Developer: Tim Keenan, Misfits Attic
Disgruntled employees can be a nightmare, especially when they're insane scientists with a penchant for advanced AI programming. After building the world of the future - complete with robotic dogs, tin foil suits and teleporters - all poor old Dr. X wanted to do was create an enormous robot laser that annihilates everyone stupid enough to stray outside. Was that too much to ask?
Evidently it was. Made redundant and stripped of his royalties, Doctor X has one last present for the ungrateful world: an intelligent computer virus designed to corrupt all of his creations and devastate the blissful utopia. Controlling this adorable yet devastating piece of computer code, we'll infest, corrupt and destroy everything in our path. Either alone, with friends or against them.
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