Posts Tagged: RPGs

Go Into the Light: The Shadow Sun Gets Pooch Update, Android Coming

Apparently, Thoros of Myr works for the city guard.

Apparently, Thoros of Myr works for the city guard.

The Shadow Sun is a rarity. It’s a roleplaying game for iOS that is actually really good. Sure we have the Baldur’s Gate series and the Spiderweb games, but Shadow Sun is a third-person, open world RPG that actually works on mobile devices. An update for Shadow Sun was just released which doesn’t add anything to the world or story. It doesn’t change character skills or leveling. No, this update gives you a dog.

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Reel in Joe Dever’s Lone Wolf Act 2

Sushi grade.

Sushi grade.

Forest Hunt, the second chapter of gamebook/action RPG hybrid Lone Wolf arrived last week. The new installment is continuing the story that began back in November. It appears to feature plenty of the giant fish-man antagonist we glimpsed in the teaser trailer a couple of weeks back. How did that fish-man get into the forest? Where does he get clothes that fit him? The answer to the second question is probably the big-and-tall menswear shop but I’d love to know about the first. Neumann’s reviewing this one so perhaps we’ll have answers to those pressing questions soon.

To mark the release of the in-app expansion, BulkyPix have cut the price on the game to a dollar on Android and free on iOS until April 10th, so get in there while the getting’s good. Watch the Forest Hunt trailer below.

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Out Tonight: Sometimes You Die, Little Big Adventure, Shattered Planet, and more

We all go a little mad sometimes.

We all go a little mad sometimes.

The most interesting pitch in my inbox this week has be Sometimes You Die from German developer Philipp Stollenmayer. It’s a puzzle platformer, which I admit isn’t our usual fare around here, but in the same groove as Device 6 and A Dark Room it’s a game about games, and possibly also about the callousness of capitalism? Which you have to admit is not bad for an entirely monochrome game whose hero is a rectangle.

So Sometimes You Die gets my vote for most intriguing release of the week. It’s out at midnight for two dollars wherever you are, or 11pm Eastern in the USA.

There’s plenty more new releases and trailers after the jump but fair warning: there’s an awful lot of free-to-play stuff tonight. Ensure that your skepto-goggles fit snugly and put on a fresh pair of disposable polyurethane gloves before proceeding.

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A Post of Words about Quest of Dungeons

Screenshot of pixels.

Screenshot of pixels.

A few readers have written in and tweeted at us about Quest of Dungeons, which I initially assumed was a brilliant send-up of the state of fantasy RPGs. But no! This is no parody. This is a game that rather unironically sports the name “Quest of Dungeons”. In the screenshot above, a wizard says “You shall not pass”. I know we’re supposed to be getting post-irony but if this is the new sincerity then wake me up when we’re post- whatever this is.

And yet, despite its attempt to pack in more cliches than a comedy roast hosted by Pa Faraday, I’m hearing that it’s a pretty good little roguelike. And the trailer made me chortle.

But this is the sign that roguelikes have peaked, no? When we have ostensible comedy roguelikes whose core joke is, “Ha! I’m a roguelike!”, then clearly we’ve run this genre into the ground. Still, there’s worse ways to spend a few hours than thwapping orcs with a pixel broadsword. At least it’s not another Flappy Bird “tribute”.

Quest of Dungeons is a single-player fantasy roguelike for iOS with procedurally generated dungeons. It’s two bucks on the App Store. I have embedded the trailer below for your perusal.

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There’s something fishy about Lone Wolf Act 2: Forest Hunt

It's hard to get armour that fits when you're that tall. And a fish.

It’s hard to get armour that fits when you’re that tall. And a fish.

BulkyPix have announced that Lone Wolf Act 2: Forest Hunt is dropping next week for iOS and Android, continuing the choose-your-own-adventure/action RPG storyline from last year’s first installment. Act 2 will be a stand-alone app for five dollars, not an in-app purchase. [Oops! Our mistake. --ed] Apparently there’s some sort of gigantic fish-monster that features prominently in Act 2, as he’s hogging most of the screen time in the short teaser trailer below.

Lone Wolf Act 1 is a game that we would have declared revolutionary for its unique blend of action and interactive fiction, but it had the misfortune to arrive in the same year as the breathtakingly original Steve Jackson’s Sorcery. Still — Lone Wolf is a good game in its own right and I’ll be sure to sic Neumann on a review ASAP. You can read Neumann’s review of Lone Wolf Act 1 right here.

Lone Wolf Act 2 will be with us on April 3rd.

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Out Tonight: Shin Megami Tensei, Tactical Space Command Lite, and Star Horizon

What a polite unholy abomination you are.

What a polite unholy abomination you are.

That headline is misleading, actually. Shin Megami Tensei, an Atlus-published version of the original NES RPG, is out right now. This game was so successful it sired one of the longest-running JRPG franchises, but the first game in the series was never exported to the West. So this iOS port of Shin Megami Tensei is the first official English-language edition of an undisputed classic.

The guys at Pocket Gamer reviewed this one already and gave it good marks — but emphasised that it comes from a pre-tutorial age when reading manuals was common and people were expected to stick with a game for more than a few minutes. But if you’re a big RPG head and/or wish to save Tokyo from annihilation while collecting demons like a Pokemon-obsessed exorcist, you should dive right in.

Trailers and more new releases after the jump.

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Chroma Squad takes us under the helmet

This is where you end up with an MFA in dance.

When the devil came, he was not red. He was chrome.

When Clancy named Chroma Squad as one of Pocket Tactics‘ most anticipated games of 2014, he did so on the strength of the game’s memorably weird set-up (run your own Power Rangers-esque TV production company) and the promise of developer Behold Studios’ first game, Knights of Pen & Paper – because we hadn’t actually seen much gameplay footage of the game since it was revealed last summer.

Behold released this new video over the weekend which packs a lot of gameplay into a comedy Japanese infomercial for the game. I love the X-Com-esque blend of gameplay styles: on the strategic level you have to profitably run your TV production company, and on the tactical end you fight the turn-based battles between your actors and stuntmen to record for the show.

Still no solid release date for this one but it can’t be too far away — the game is going into beta soon. It’s bound for PC, Android, and iOS. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Take stock: Card Hunter coming to tablets later this year

I put on my robe and wizard hat.

I put on my robe and wizard hat.

Way back in the nebulous past of 2012 we heard that well-regarded browser-based CCG Card Hunter would be making its way to iPad & Android. The Flash version of Card Hunter, which combines deck-building and tactical combat with a delightful tabletop game-within-a-game art style, won over a lot of fans last year — including Adam Smith at Pocket Tactics spirit guide RPS.

The time for that long-promised tablet version is upon is, says Card Hunter producer Joe McDonagh. McDonagh’s Blue Manchu Games will be working with the newly-created Dropforge Games in Seattle to bring the game to life. Blue Manchu are notable for their cast of ex-AAA devs from studios like Origin Systems, Irrational, and PopCap. But Dropforge is no slouch: they’re being bankrolled by Wargaming.net, the Eastern European outfit responsible for World of Tanks (and the forthcoming mobile game World of Tanks Blitz).

I asked McDonagh how soon we could expect the port but his answer was cagey. “We’re not announcing a release date yet but this is not a an epic development project.”

If you want to get a feel for what’s coming, you can play Card Hunter right now in your browser, assuming your boss isn’t standing over your shoulder. Watch the trailer below.

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