Gaming

GAMING: Half Hour Games – Dr. Langeskov, the Tiger, and the Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist

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Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist is a short whirlwind heist simulator made in Unity and released December 4, 2015 by Crows Crows Crows. In it you play a mysterious cat burglar, whose crime spree has taken them to the fabulous mansion of Dr. Langeskov for one of the greatest heists of the 20th century. Slip past the mansion’s guards, beware of Langeskov’s precious pet tiger, and the emerald may be yours – just watch out for its terrible curse… A truly terrible curse… yeah…

Oh, who are we kidding? We can’t do this. This place is in shambles and we’re not going to waste our time writing a review when we’re not even being paid a living wage. We haven’t gotten paid in two months and they expect us to do a whole review for this game. Well, we’re sick of it. Sick of it. We’re joining the strike. Forget this. You can get someone else to make the jump, you sickos.

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GAMING: Half Hour Games – Beautiful Frog

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Beautiful Frog is a Twine frog ownership simulator game by Porpentine about frogs! Frogs are beautiful creatures, don’t you think? Do you love frogs so much that it can be hard to think about or talk about or look at pictures of anything else? Beautiful Frog is the perfect game for you!

A frog is a beautiful creature! So noble in its smooth, moist skin like a king’s cloak! So prideful in its gracious hops! So humble in its mournful croak! We love a frog more than almost any other critter in the domain of the Earth! They are so beautiful. In Beautiful Frog, you can raise a sweet frog of your own! Hooray, what a wonderful concept!

We will discover how beautiful this frog game is after the hop!!!!!

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GAMING: Half Hour Games – Expat

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Expat is a game released on June 2, 2014 by Blendo Games for the Space Cowboy Game Jam, a collaborative game design event inspired by Cowboy Bebop with the theme of combining both the American and final frontiers.

We’re always excited to play games by Blendo, as they always have a massive amount of charm that we feel represents the best qualities of the independent game market. Expat is no exception, as it’s a game about a real rough-rockin’ hombre out to earn a little extra scratch with one of the oldest professions in the world: knocking troublemakers on their heads and turning them in for cash. Fly across the solar system and make friends, hunt enemies, and get wads of cash or die trying.

After the jump, we’ll blast off after the most valuable bounty of all: a game review.

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NEWS: Psychonauts 2 Confirmed In Development, With Crowdfunding

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If you haven’t played Psychonauts, the magnum opus of Tim Schafer’s Double Fine Studios, please stop reading this article. Instead, go purchase a copy of the game, begin playing it, and do not come back until you have beaten in it in its entirety.

Caught up? Good, because if you finished Psychonauts you’ll be already chomping at the bit for a sequel. We have good news for you: Tim Schafer has confirmed at The Game Awards on December 3, 2015 that Psychonauts 2 is in development.

Once you’re over the shock, we’ll go into detail after the jump.

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GAMING: Half Hour Games – Crowtel, and Why Forethought is Important

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Crowtel is a platformer-adventure/corvid hotel ownership simulator released November 2, 2015 by Sink. You are a humble crow in charge of an extremely run-down hotel, and a surprise visit from health inspector cats sends you scrambling to clean up the place before you get shut down.

With six floors of hardcore chirp-’em-up platforming action, Crowtel is a throwback to memorable shooter platformers like Cave Story – but can it leap over the platforms of high standards? We’ll find out after the jump.

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GAMING: Half Hour Games – Animal Inspector

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Animal Inspector is an animal inspection simulator released on November 18, 2015 by Tom Astle. In a world where there are simply too many animals clogging everything up, the Animal Inspection Agency is there to inspect all animals to determine their value. Good animals are approved, and bad animals are… well, rejected.

Inside the world of inspecting animals, we’ll discover office drama, a mysterious secret, and a world where sending animals to their presumed deaths with a rubber stamp is just business as usual.

We’ll give Animal Inspector an inspection of its own. Will it get our approval? Find out after the jump.

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GAMING: Half Hour Games – I am dead where are my keys

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I am dead where are my keys is a driving-adventure game released on October 31, 2015. With programming by Taylor Bai-Woo, graphics by Ben Swinden, and music by Halina Heron, it’s pretty comprehensively developed for a game about two skeletons saving Halloween from the comfort of their car.

Yes, once again Halloween is in danger and it’s up to a dynamic pair of skeletons in their cherry-red convertible to save it. Can they save this treasured holiday, or will it forever be ruined by… whatever kind of threat Halloween would face?

After the jump, we’ll rattle some bones and see if we’re bad enough dudes to save Halloween.

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GAMING: Half Hour Games – Oases

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Oases is a game released on November 11, 2015. Described as a “kaleidoscopic elegiac flyscape”, it was created by Armel Gibson and dziff, members of the Klondike Collective. You might remember the Klondike Collective from their last work that we reviewed, Naut. This game has a lot of similarities to Naut: it’s a surreal, brightly colored jaunt throughout a mysterious, desolate landscape. The main difference is that this one takes place in an airplane. Oh, and also it’s scary.

We had discovered Oases over Twitter, where some small discussion of it had sprouted from its release. We were interested and decided to give it a look, as we had heard that it was “relaxing” and “soothing”. We’re always in the market for more games to soothe us, so we thought at first Oases and us would be a perfect match. But would it? After the jump, we’ll hop in the cockpit and find out.

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GAMING: Half Hour Games – Viridi

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This is the start of our Half Hour Games column, a series where we experience free games within the span of half an hour and then tell you about them. Call it “judging a book by its cover” because it’s certainly not representative, but for the millennial world, we need all the time that we can get.

Viridi is a free-to-play indie simulator game, designed by Ice Water Games (the game studio also responsible for Eidolon) and released for Steam on August 20, 2015.
Viridi is marketed as a brief lunch-break game to be “a place you can return to for a moment of peace and quiet whenever you need it”. The game revolves around growing and maintaining your personal pot of succulent plants and keeping them watered and alive. That’s it – you get a pot of plants, and you treat it pretty much like a real pot of plants. No goals, no gameplay, no stress. It’s just you and your cacti, relaxing.

It sounds interesting in practice – a quiet, comfortable place to watch little plant buddies chill out? It’s certainly a Far Cry from all of the Call of Fallout Battlefield games out there. But is it really substantial enough for it to hold its own? After the jump, we’ll give this game 30 minutes to impress us or wither trying.

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NEWS: Nintendo’s Play Station Confirmed Real, Can Play Games

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We blogged about the Nintendo Play Station back in July when it was first discovered, and now a new development has occurred in its mysterious appearance. Now, on November 6, 2015 a new development has occurred courtesy of Engadget: the console is definitely real, and still in partially working condition!

For those who are not aware of the history of the Nintendo Play Station, it was a prototype-only console made by a partnership with Sony and Nintendo to bring CD-ROM based gaming to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

This story also details new information with regards to the Play Station’s discovery. The console was first owned by Olaf Olafsson, a former CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, who came to work at the Advanta banking corporation after leaving Sony. When Advanta went bankrupt 2009, a large amount of its physical assets were boxed up and auctioned off to liquidate. A Mr. Terry Diebold had attended this auction and, having packed some of the boxes himself, bid on items that he wanted. What he hadn’t expected, however, was to find one of Olafsson’s personal items in that box: the Play Station itself.

From there, the Play Station found itself in an attic for some time as Terry was not able to find any information on just what his new boon was. It wasn’t until his son Dan Diebold found a post on the website Reddit about the Play Station that the Diebolds got out the message about their find.

Now, four months after the discovery was spread to the internet, we have unequivocal proof that the Play Station is the real deal. It’s even in working order, although the acclaimed CD drive was not function for reasons unknown. For what it’s worth, this Play Station is the real deal.