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  1. If you're a gamer with a soft spot for nostalgia and the magical allure of fantasy worlds, our latest podcast episode is a treasure trove waiting to be discovered. We delve deep into the realms of two captivating game demos: "Leif's Adventure" and an unnamed '90s-inspired side-scrolling platformer that's bound to stir up those retro feels. So grab your headphones, and let's set off on this pixelated journey through enchanted lands and challenging quests. Exploring the Magical World of 'Leif's Adventure' The first half of our podcast episode takes us on an adventure through the spellbinding demo of "Leif's Adventure," which has been enchanting players on Steam. From the get-go, I guide you through the game's settings, ensuring you're prepped and ready for the quest ahead. The game impresses with its rich graphics and unique character designs, creating an immersive experience right from the start. As your host, I narrate the tale of the game's unexpected key bindings that initially add a quirky layer of challenge. We face an early boss fight against a formidable ice dragon, learning controls in real time. The narrative depth doesn't disappoint, as we uncover backstory elements and character development, crucial for any RPG enthusiast. One of the highlights is the game's strategic approach to weapon durability, reminding us that every choice matters. Will you be prepared to venture through this captivating demo? Reliving '90s Nostalgia with a Side-Scrolling Platformer Switching gears, we take a nostalgic trip back to the '90s with a preview of an upcoming side-scrolling platformer. The controller-fueled gameplay gives it an authentic feel, harkening back to the days when joysticks ruled. A serenade from an in-game bard brings a touch of enchantment to the experience, while we discuss a few demo bugs that we hope will be polished before the full release. Graphics and sound effects are praised for capturing the essence of classic platformers. I dive into the game's rich lore, expansive worlds, and an array of weapons, armor, and bosses, promising depth and variety. It's a demo that not only ignites nostalgia but also excites us for the full game's release later this year. A Quest Awaits This episode is a call to all gamers who cherish the golden age of platformers and those who love to get lost in new fantasy worlds. As we journey through these game demos, we're reminded of the beauty and excitement that video games can offer. So, if you're ready to embark on your adventure, check out the demos on Steam, and let the nostalgia take over. Don't forget to wishlist your favorites, and stay tuned for the full releases slated for later this year. Happy gaming!
  2. Join us on a thrilling journey into the post-apocalyptic world of "Mycelium Heaven," where as a plucky fungus, you'll navigate a landscape teeming with zombies. In this captivating puzzle game, you're not just playing; you're strategizing to consume and grow. Listen in as we guide you through the initial levels, dissecting the game's mechanics, and revel in the increasing complexity that demands your sharpest tactical thinking. We'll also share our thoughts on the game's current alpha status and what that means for potential future content, like seasonal changes while musing over the game's simple graphics and soundtrack. In our conversation, we highlight the critical role of player feedback in shaping games like "Mycelium Heaven" and the importance of embracing the challenge that comes with more difficult puzzles. For those of you who are puzzle game aficionados, or if you're just looking to stretch your mental muscles, we recommend giving "Mycelium Heaven" a go. We'll point you in the right direction to wishlist the game on Steam or download the demo. Tune in for some playful encouragement and honest recommendations for your next gaming adventure.
  3. As someone who doesn't typically delve into platformers, I approached Ageless with a tinge of skepticism. However, this captivating game managed to pleasantly surprise me with its engaging gameplay mechanics and visually stunning pixel art. Let's start with the graphics. Ageless embraces the nostalgic charm of pixel art, delivering visuals that are not only visually pleasing but also commendably detailed. The backgrounds are beautifully crafted, adding depth to the immersive experience without overshadowing the gameplay. Whether you find yourself exploring lush environments or conquering challenging levels, the graphics never fail to impress. But Ageless doesn't just rely on its looks. The gameplay mechanics serve as a solid foundation for the game, offering smooth and precise controls. Even as a newcomer to the genre, I quickly adapted to the platforming challenges. The game strikes a satisfying balance between difficulty and accessibility, making it enjoyable for both seasoned players and newcomers alike. One aspect that truly stands out is the game's background music. The soothing and melodic soundtrack perfectly complements the gameplay, enriching the overall experience without becoming repetitive or overwhelming. It truly creates an immersive atmosphere that draws you deeper into the game world. However, I must acknowledge that there were certain elements that didn't resonate with me as much. While the mechanics were enjoyable, there were moments when the overall experience felt slightly less entertaining. This could be subjective, as someone who isn't typically drawn to platformers, but it's worth noting. Furthermore, as a puzzle enthusiast, I found that Ageless may not cater specifically to that audience. Some puzzles require numerous attempts to solve, which may frustrate players seeking a smoother puzzle-solving experience. While this aspect adds to the challenge and may appeal to some, puzzle enthusiasts might find themselves spending more time on certain levels than anticipated. In conclusion, Ageless is a platformer that excels in both visual aesthetics and gameplay mechanics. Its pixel art style and captivating background music create a world that is both nostalgic and engaging. Whether you're a platforming enthusiast or a casual gamer, Ageless offers an enjoyable experience that shouldn't be missed. Link to Ageless on Steam - https://store.steampowered.com/app/1210150/Ageless/
  4. JoshB

    911 Operator

    As a gamer, few things capture your attention like surprises, especially when your expectations are set low. When first installing 911 Operator, I had a vision of a simplistic game lacking in depth and control. I am pleased to report that this game defied my initial assumptions, offering an immersive experience like no other. The game introduces itself with a selection window prompting which monitor you'd like to use for display – a quirk I was not expecting. While this feature may seem insignificant, these small details contribute to the overall authenticity and immersive nature of the game. On the downside, the ad sell screen, showcasing thumbnails of the developer's games and downloadable content (DLC) options, feels a bit intrusive. But let's not dwell over a few initial hiccups; once they are dealt with, the real fun begins. After breezing through the tutorial, which is succinct yet valuable, I found myself becoming increasingly engaged in navigating the game during a typical round. The audio aspect is particularly striking – you are enveloped in the background filled with the radio chatter of emergency units, a feature that adds a significant touch of realism. The game doesn't chase hyper-realistic graphics; instead, it adopts a simple visual design that efficiently serves its purpose. This works in the game's favor as the attention is not on hyper visuals but on the task at hand - managing emergency situations. The various emergency units available are easily spotted on the detailed map, the main platform you interact with throughout the game. Unlocking new maps is dependent on your reputation, a feature that adds a layer of intrigue and challenge. Furthermore, with a starting budget of just $5,000, your resource management skills will be put to the test. Rest assured, there are ways to increase your cash flow by dealing with incoming calls and alerts. Playing 911 Operator is as thrilling as it is challenging. Navigating through the game, especially on hard mode, was like being a real-life 911 Operator, dispatching units all over the map. Despite the stress and adrenaline rush, I found the game immensely enjoyable - a perfect pastime fitting comfortably in short breaks or extended gaming sessions. Of course, I had some frustrations, like not knowing the best way to use a health flight helicopter, and the game could have done a better job guiding me through these new units. But these are minor gripes in an otherwise fantastic game. As for replayability, new emergency units and missions are introduced through various DLCs, adding more variety to gameplay and keeping the experience fresh. With a graphics rating of 3.5 out of 5 and an equally commendable audio rating, the 911 Operator proved to be one of those hidden gems in the gaming world that you'll be glad you stumbled upon. In a nutshell, 911 Operator offers a gripping window into the high-stakes world of emergency services, making you appreciate the grit it takes to perform under such demanding circumstances. Whether you're a seasoned gamer or someone just starting out, it's a journey worth undertaking. You might begin playing the game with a casual mindset, but you'll soon be hooked, knee-deep in the fascinating world of 911 operations.
  5. Playing the great game Hidden Folks for this indie game spotlight. Check it out pretty much on every platform https://hiddenfolks.com
  6. We all know about how many AAA titles are being released in a state that would make many business professionals blush. It's pretty much the opposite side of the spectrum when it comes down to the indie game market. There are so many titles out there that are generally released without issue. Now, that isn't to say that indie games are always bug-free experiences, it's just that the people working on these games are not driven by a soulless executive breathing down their necks. What brings you to the world of indie games?
  7. For the devs out there that are or have been actively using the Unity Engine, how are you going to be effected by these new changes? I've been watching this since this afternoon when I first came across reports on these new fees and changes. My thinking at first is that this is going to absolutely kill the small to medium size developers. Then, after looking through things its still going to be massivily against these devs as the fees are $0.20 per install after $200k and 200k installs. Unity hasn't made things clear with this new fee structure in how they'll count user installs. Does it include when some buys the game, plays it and then uninstall, only for them to reinstall at a later date as a brand new install? What I do see is that there are a lot of pissed off developers who are actively looking into moving to another game engine that has a fee structure that benefits both the game engine maker and the devs of these games. Let us know your thoughts in how this might effect you or others you may know in the game dev community. Here's a link to Unity's blog post that they believe explains everything posted. https://blog.unity.com/news/plan-pricing-and-packaging-updates
  8. As the intro music plays in the background, I want to thank you all again for stopping by for the first two hours of the night. This is normally when I would choose a game completely random from my Steam library collection and play it blind for you guys since these titles usually have zero hours played. We'll critique it, review it, and have some fun in the process. At the end of the two hours, I'll give my overall thoughts - is it worth replaying? Absolute garbage? Just what I think after experiencing it. Tonight, we're taking a look at American Fugitive. It's described as an indie action-adventure game with top-down overhead gameplay. You play Will Riley, who has been framed for his father's murder. The story follows your escape from prison and attempts to clear your name while evading the police. Before starting, let's check out the options menu. I've already had a brief look around before, but nothing too extensive. As you can see, resolution is limited when not running in fullscreen mode, which is pretty common but still annoying. You also have control customization, audio options, and various game settings. Alright, let's actually load into a new game and get this review underway! story intro text plays Right off the bat it's putting us in some tense situations. Looks like I have a choice to make here about waking my wife… let's try not to disturb her rest any further for now. The gameplay shifts to a top-down perspective as we arrive at my father's house. Hmm, something seems off already though - that's not his car parked outside! breaks a window and finds a murder scene Welp, there goes the neighborhood! And just like that, I'm a wanted man. After a sketchy trial, I find myself calling my contact from inside the prison. At least the back-and-forth had some humorous moments, like when he's antagonizing another inmate. And then plot hook - he's spotted the suspicious vehicle! Time to bust out of here and investigate. Escaping the prison grounds was pretty amusing at first. I started by just roaming around until I came across a crowbar in order to escape via the storm drain. From there it was a lot of wandering around in just my tighty-whities trying to find something to cover up with. I picked up the first item I came across which happened to be a bright pink dress. The townsfolk must be loving the free show! Eventually, I stumbled across a locked shed with - you guessed it - a crowbar inside. With that in hand, I was finally able to make some progress. The open world is very typical top-down small-town style, with houses, shops, garages, and more to explore. The graphics are decent for what they are going for. Mechanically, it plays like the old GTA games so far. WASD to move, inventory system, basic actions mapped to keys. Driving and shooting would likely feel better with a controller too. Location-based objectives help guide you around the perimeter. My contact Dwayne tipped me off to the whereabouts of that suspicious vehicle I saw at my father's death. Of course, by the time I arrive, it's already vanished again. More dead ends so far in trying to clear my name. I did get a new change of clothes though - that pink dress was not a good disguise! From there, it was onto assisting Dwayne with various criminal side-missions to hopefully earn clues. Things like stealing valuables from houses to fence at the pawn shop, crushing abandoned cars for scrap, and delivering beatdowns to rival gang members. The latter understandably got the police vigorously pursuing me. Evading the wanted levels provided some tense moments, with the sirens blaring as I desperately tried to outmaneuver roadblocks and patrol cars. It captured that fun risk/reward feeling of classic top-down crime games. Graphics held up well during the hectic chases too. Around this time, I also started to appreciate some of the role-playing elements under the hood. Things like upgrading my character's carry weight and health through a skill tree with money earned from jobs. quietly sneaking into areas versus boldly barging in. It added meaningful progression beyond just the main story. Those side activities helped flesh out the world beyond just being a tested fugitive. Learning more about the criminal underbelly through allied contacts, and the sociopolitical tensions fueling gang violence in this downtrodden town. It painted a believable setting for an unlikely everyman thrust into dangerous circles. After laying low for a bit to let the heat die down, I rendezvoused with my mysterious benefactor at her home. She provided some intriguing insights into deeper forces at play behind my family's tragedy, hinting at corruption in high places. Her enigmatic nature kept me guessing as to ulterior motives too. With the two-hour review period nearly up, I think American Fugitive shows promise for an indie title doing its take on the “wrong man on the run” genre. Mechanically it takes inspiration from classic top-down crime games of old while carving out its small-scale narrative and town to get lost in. For around $20, fans of those older sandbox staples should find fun and replay value here - especially if played in shorter bursts versus marathon sessions. The police AI could stand to be less eager to frame you for every neighbor's demise though. Overall an enjoyable sleeper hit so far. That wraps things up for tonight's first look at American Fugitive. As always, thanks for tuning in and joining me for these gaming expeditions into the unknown. Feel free to join the discord to continue chatting, and I'll be back again next week to review another mystery title from my catalog. Until then, later taters! Title: American Fugitive Developer: Fallen Tree Games Release Date: May 21, 2019 Supported Platforms: Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Genre: Action, Adventure Single-player, Co-op Description: You play Will Riley, who was framed for the murder of his father. You must escape from prison and uncover the real killer while evading the police. Key Features: Open-world top-down gameplay in a small American town Customize your character with upgrades like health, strength, etc. Steal cars, complete missions to earn money, and build your reputation Discover hidden areas, complete challenges like time trials Evade the police by outdriving or outwitting them Craft weapons and use melee combat against enemies Price: $19.99 USD So in summary, it provides an open world top-down GTA-style experience where you escape prison and try to clear your name as a fugitive while upgrading your character and evading the police. Available on multiple platforms including Switch for around $20.
  9. We've all experienced the soul-crushing fear that comes with a looming doomsday scenario. Whether it's through movies, books, or real-world events, the threat of total annihilation can throw our humanity into sharp relief. In 60 Parsecs, developers Mortewolt throw the player into just such a situation - hurled helplessly through space as a nuclear weapon bears down with destructive intent. However, instead of inducing panic, 60 Parsecs uses its high-stakes premise to explore what truly makes us human. With whimsical graphics, dark humor, and meaningful moral decisions, it finds moments of light even in our darkest hours. The game begins by thrusting you into chaos. As the last remaining crew member of a doomed space station, you rush to collect supplies and rescue your comrades before the missiles hit. However, the frantic opening scene is just the catalyst for an ongoing survival drama that evolves with each new challenge. Escaping to an escape pod with three others, you now must carefully ration resources, make difficult choices, and keep your fragile community intact. With limited food, medical supplies, and oxygen, every decision carries life-or-death consequences. What sets 60 Parsecs apart is its tone. Where other survival games induce stress, this one finds moments of levity. Its colorful, cartoon-like art gives an absurd quality to even the direst of situations. For instance, one crewmember develops a serious coffee addiction, constantly demanding their fix. This adds tense humor as caffeine withdrawals threaten group stability. Elsewhere, seemingly mundane events like encountering an injured alien force decision with a philosophical bent. Do you let another starve to help an outsider? In each scenario, 60 Parsecs uses dark comedy to cut through heavy subject matter. The gameplay reinforces this balance of survival mechanics and absurdist storytelling. Spending the majority of time managing resources and relationships within the cramped escape pod, strategic choice-making, and chance keep gameplay engaging throughout multiple runs. Randomized events mean no two playthroughs are alike, exploring new narrative possibilities each time. While randomized, all scenarios stem logically from crew needs and circumstances, maintaining verisimilitude. And with multiple crewmember types influencing gameplay, replay value remains high as new strategies emerge. Visually, 60 Parsecs embraces its cartoon aesthetic wholeheartedly. From the escape pod’s whimsical interface to the kooky aliens, creatures, and artifacts encountered, its stylized graphics lend an irreverent charm. Rather than photo-realism, the hand-drawn visuals enhance the absurd yet meaningful tone. They perfectly capture the mood of finding momentary humor even in humanity’s darkest of places. Likewise, sparse but effective sound design and voice work support the unusual yet engrossing world without unnecessary bells and whistles. For those seeking more than just a mechanics-driven experience, 60 Parsecs offers profound insights into human nature itself. Placing the player in control of dwindling resources and difficult choices exemplifies how community and compassion can transcend even the greatest of hardships. Dark humor acts as a release valve for heavy subject matter, highlighting our ability to find light in darkness. Most importantly, it reflects on what truly connects us - our shared capacity for reason, empathy, and hope, even in humanity’s darkest hours. For gamers wanting gameplay with genuine philosophical substance, 60 Parsecs delivers a timely and thought-provoking narrative well worth exploring.
  10. JoshB


    Coming into 198X, you immediately get that feeling of being immersed in an 80s movie. Sweeping camera pans introduce the scenes and settings while the synth-heavy soundtrack perfectly captures the vibe of that era. Within just a few minutes of starting a new game, I was effectively transported back to the 1980s just by the aesthetics and attention to authentic detail. The core story focuses on our main character, an unnamed teenager, who discovers an abandoned arcade one day and begins using it as an escape from their everyday struggles. As they play more and more games, they start to learn lessons about who they are through the challenges and experiences within each cabinet. It's a clever narrative device that allows the gameplay to directly inform the progression of the character. When I first started engaging with the "minigames" as part of advancing the story, I was actually quite drawn in. Games like Bump 'n' Jump, Space Rockets, and Cyber Empires were fun, retro-style experiences that stayed true to the arcade classics of the 80s. Succeeding or failing felt impactful as I watched how it affected my character's personal journey unfolding on the screen between levels. The arcade setting was the perfect vehicle to deliver this coming-of-age tale and keep me invested in seeing where the character would end up. However, it wasn't long before I hit a massive roadblock - the inability to walk away from a game I was struggling with. As someone mentioned in the narrative, while the storyline presents the arcade as an escape, I never truly had the option for my character to leave one cabinet and try a different game if things weren't going my way. I was forced to keep playing the same frustrating level over and over until I eventually succeeded or got so stuck that I needed to look up a guide. This is where the otherwise immersive experience began to fall flat for me. As someone who has spent many quarters in actual classic arcades, part of the fun was having the freedom to switch to a new game easily if one wasn't clicking. 198X removed that agency and replaced it with a structure that feels more like a series of disconnected, standalone games rather than a cohesive narrative experience. According to the Steam page for 198X: "198X is a retro-inspired adventure game where you play through levels based on classic arcade cabinets from the 80s. Guide a nameless teenager through their formative years as they confront challenges, discover who they are, and figure out where they belong." It goes on to list some of the key gameplay elements as: Discover minigames inspired by classic cabinets from the golden age of arcades Develop your skills through challenging action, puzzles, and more Progress through a coming-of-age story presented between game sessions Experience beautifully rendered pixel art paying homage to 80s visuals An emotive synth-wave soundtrack that enhances the atmosphere Based on this description, the developer's intent seems to have been crafting a narrative-focused game where nostalgic arcade mechanics served to propel the plot and character development forward in an engaging way. For the most part, it succeeds admirably in recreating that retro arcade vibe. However, where it falls short for me is in the rigid structure that doesn't allow any respite from particularly difficult minigames. Being forced to play the same level over and over removed my ability to shape the experience and feel truly in control of the character's journey. It broke the immersion of the arcade setting when I supposedly had unlimited tokens but still wasn't given a choice to walk away. This small compromise of player agency could have kept the overall experience from becoming a frustrating grind in some spots. Maybe designing the games to have multiple difficulty settings or ways to earn extra lives/continues might have alleviated the issue without disrupting the flow of the narrative too much. As it stands, getting repeatedly stuck on one cabinet distracted me from the otherwise engaging story. In the end, 198X had all the right ingredients to transport me back to the golden age of arcades. The graphics, music and overall attention to period detail created a really compelling setting and atmosphere. Where it falls a bit short is maintaining that sense of lively, interactive fun when the gameplay loop becomes too restrictive and punishing due to the inability to switch games. With some adjustments to player options on the difficult minigames, it could have achieved its narrative and nostalgic goals while keeping the experience consistently enjoyable. As is, it remains an impressive technical achievement that's worthwhile for fans of pixel art and 80s aesthetics, but one held back from true greatness by its lack of provision for frustration.
  11. Framed for your father’s murder, you’ll need to do whatever it takes to unveil the real culprit. Tackle thrilling missions for the criminal underworld - just don’t let the cops track you down!
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