Something moves in the darkness at the end of this tunnel. It is too far away to see what, exactly. But you know that it is not Balkyn Gray, because Balkyn Gray’s corpse is what you have been sent here to retrieve.
More likely it’s the thing that killed him, a tonelit fox. The poison rounds from Balkyn’s reouge rifle will have weakened the monster, but it sure won’t be any friendlier, and the knife-sharp bone crests protruding from its arms won’t be any softer.
Check your inventory. Your bio-stun rod, good for getting the drop on organics. An ancient but still-effective sabre you found in a nest of feral war shadows. Some local plants with observed medicinal properties — less than useful for you, a robot, but some of your comrades may find them valuable later. Balkyn’s Huntmaster Handbook, the constant companion of every pakall hunter. The Coalition-issued temporal relay that you’ll affix to Balkyn’s body if and when you find it, which will pull him out of this reality and reassemble him… somewhere else.
There’s a passage off to the right, one that looks like it was shored up for use by sentients. Maybe there’s something in there you could scrounge to help you fight the tonelit. Of course, if there’s no other way out of that passage and the tonelit decides to wander over this way, you’ll be trapped in there with it. And maybe someone else will have to come down here to slap a relay onto your unmoving shell.
I’ll admit, until this last weekend I hadn’t been paying much attention to the goings-on of a certain strategic-RPG called Firefly Online which is currently in development for iOS and Android devices. First, I assumed it was an MMO which I’m just about done with and, second, as cool as the Verse may be, it’s not really all that intriguing without Captain Mal and the crew of Serenity. Let’s be honest, the reason people still care about Firefly has almost everything to do with those characters and watching those characters do their thing.
Apparently, the developers agreed as they just announced that the original cast will be reprising their roles for Firefly Online. We’re not just talking one or two of them, it’s the entire cast returning. We’re even getting voice over work from Michael Fairman who is bringing Niska back. Yes, you’ll be able to work for Niska.
New trailer showing some in-game footage, and a rather popular captain, after the break.
America’s most prolific all-sibling game development studio have revealed their latest offering. The video after the jump shows off gameplay from Phantom Rift, the next title from Block Fortress makers Foursaken Media. You play as a wizard exploring a mysterious and perilous world by himself, which definitely violates the terms of your travel insurance. That’s living on the edge.
Phantom Rift looks to be the most promising Foursaken game yet, to my eye: there’s a big emphasis on exploration, it seems, and the combat appears to be turn-based. The brothers advertise that there will be 300 different collectible spells to employ. You can customise your wizard, as well, and the sooner I unlock the leopard-print Anubis head you can see at 0:18, the happier I’ll be.
Phantom Rift is due out for iOS and Android in Q3 of this year. I can’t quite grok how the combat system works from the video, but I’m definitely intrigued. Watch the trailer and speculate below.
Act 3 of Bulkypix’s action RPG/gamebook hybrid Lone Wolf will be popping up for iOS and Android on 7 August, the French publishers tell us. There’s few details about Lone Wolf: The Shianti Halls (I think we had a company Christmas party there a few years back) other than a cryptic allusion to “a dreadful new enemy”, who is presumably the red-eyed chap in the screenshot above. Either that, or Lone Wolf finally has a friend, and need not be so alone anymore. Probably not the latter.
Last year was a banner year for gamebooks. Both Lone Wolf and Inkle’s Sorcery! series put the “interactive” into interactive fiction like never before — Lone Wolf by adding in fantasy RPG action and Sorcery by adding deeper decisions and dynamic dialogue. We preferred the latter, but they were both very good in their own ways. You can read Neumann’s review of Lone Wolf Chapter 1 right here.
King George was mightily displeased when he learned of Jeff Goldblum’s treachery.
Two-hundred and thirty-eight years ago yesterday, George Washington and Jeff Goldblum piloted a captured Montgolfier balloon onto the British mothership and uploaded a computer virus which disabled the King’s legions of freedom-hating Sentinel robots, providing an opening for General Lynyrd Skynyrd to lead the Continental Army to a decisive victory over the royalist forces led by Rowan Atkinson.
It is in honour of that historic act of black hat sneaker-net hacking that we celebrate the 4th of July by downloading discounted iPhone games. After the jump, let the celebrations begin.
[UPDATE, Sunday the 6th: King of Dragon Pass is on sale, too. If you're into games and you haven't played King of Dragon Pass, that's like calling yourself a movie buff having never seen a Kurosawa film. You need to play KoDP, and it only goes on sale once or twice a year, so carpe diem. It's usually ten dollars, but it's discounted to eight until Sunday night.]
Earlier today, publisher Versus Evilannounced that the tactical RPG, The Banner Saga, is coming to iOS, Android and Windows tablets later this summer. The Banner Saga was the brainchild of several ex-Bioware employees had the idea for a Bioware-like RPG with a mythical Norse-like backdrop. To get there, they used Kickstarter and managed to rake in enough hacksilver to create what might be one of the most stunningly beautiful games out there.
Besides the artwork, however, it seems like there’s a real, honest-to-goodness RPG in here with characters you can care about and a story that isn’t “Collect 15 wolf pelts”. The combat in the game is turn-based and tactical, and looks like the good old days of the Dungeons & Dragons Gold Box games.
Other than “summer” we have no idea when the actual tablet release will happen, but there’s only a couple months left of summer so I can’t imagine it will be too long. Check out the trailer after the break.
One of the dev teams I found time to chat with at PG Connects was Ifelse Media, the makers of the criminally slept-on Sword & Glory. I was enraptured by that game when we discovered it last year — a riff on Way of the Samurai set in medieval Scandinavia. You create a custom Norseman and then explore your village and the surrounding woods, getting into 3D action sequences where you duel rival clansmen or navigating choose-your-own-adventure segments with significant consequences.
Ifelse Media’s Veli-Matti Virtanen and Timo Moisio were in Helsinki showing off their next game The Music of Erich Zann, a casual puzzle game based on the little-known H. P. Lovecraft story of the same name. In the story (and the game) a old man named Erich Zann plays odd violin melodies from his apartment window every night to keep an otherworldly evil at bay. Obviously, That game is quite unique and we’ll be sure to cover it when it comes out this summer, but I was anxious to hear more about the new Sword & Glory content.
Moisio wouldn’t be drawn too far out about what specific content was coming, but he did confirm that the new stuff would be incorporated into an update to the existing Sword & Glory, not a distinct app. I’m really glad that this game is still getting updates because it’s a real hidden gem.
Way back in 2012 the developers of Barkley 2* told me that their epic cyberpunk basketball comedy JRPG (the sequel to 2008′s absurd masterpiece Barkley: Shut Up and Jam Gaiden) would be coming to mobile as well as PC. If this is the first time you’re hearing about Barkley, the shortest primer on the game is it takes place on post-apocalyptic Earth where NBA legend Charles Barkley accidentally destroyed the City of New York by performing the forbidden Chaos Dunk at Madison Square Garden, leading to basketball’s prohibition. It actually gets stranger than that, for what it’s worth.
Apparently inoculated against ideas like “scope creep” and “budgets”, the Tales of Game’s crew announced this morning on the Barkley 2 Kickstarter page that there’s another Barkley game — a mobile game — in parallel development. BBall Tactics will be to Barkley 2 what Blitzball was to Final Fantasy X, which is to say that it will hopefully be a ridiculous time-sink from which there is no escape. Turn-based basketball with cybernetically enhanced NBA all-stars for iOS & Android.
Obviously there’s a lot of placeholder art in that screenshot up there, but have a look at the video Tales of Game’s posted after the jump. What about the core Barkley 2 game? The once-predicted December 2013 release date has come and gone but the game is in alpha and ToG have been posting updates to Facebook with comforting regularity.
*Full title: “The Magical Realms of Tír na nÓg: Escape from Necron 7 – Revenge of Cuchulainn: The Official Game of the Movie – Chapter 2 of the Hoopz Barkley SaGa”