Monday, 4 August 2014

Primitives Puzzles in Time, Out Now on iOS and Android


Today Crazy Labs has announced the release of Primitives Puzzles in Time, featuring over 90 levels of focus-testing puzzles, out now on the App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore. This abstract, minimalist puzzler requires you to guide shapes through spatial obstacles in the most efficient path possible within the allotted time. Drag shapes through different dimensions as you burst time bubbles to turn back the clock, and prevent collisions with barriers to save trapped stars. Each unique level provides new designs and obstacles that require precision to advance. With intuitive, varying gameplay and simple drawing mechanics, Primitives is a free-to-play experience that is both hypnotizing and challenging.

Primitives was developed by WESOME Games, a studio led by two recent engineering and design graduates based in Israel. The team began creating the game as part of their final graduation project, and finished development during an internship at Crazy Labs’ game incubator.

Primitives is a single-player puzzler that tests your timing, focus, and creativity. With endless options to move through time and space in dozens of levels, players must strategically maneuver through each puzzle to uncover new colors and designs. If you’ve made a wrong turn, choose what point in time to return to and chart a new route. Primitives lets you draw your own course and change the path as you go, challenging your ability to skillfully navigate obstacles and collect the stars in as few finger swipes as possible. The game lets you move in harmony to a mesmerizing, original electronic soundtrack.

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Friday, 1 August 2014

New Path of Exile Expansion Unveiled


Grinding Gear Games, developer of the critically-acclaimed action RPG Path of Exile, today unveiled Path of Exile: Forsaken Masters, an entirely new and upcoming content expansion, which will arrive August 20, 2014 as a free update. Path of Exile: Forsaken Masters will introduce a slew of new and meaningful content based on the plight of the Forsaken Masters of Wraeclast -- seven men and women, masters of their trade, who were exiled by Dominus, a powerful entity of corruption and tyranny.

As per the expansion's title, players will cross paths with the seven Forsaken Masters, each offering separate and unique quests, training, mission variations, item crafting and modification options, secret and customizable towns known as Hideouts, tiers of Hideout decorations, and more in exchange for an Exile's help. Also featuring Rampage and Beyond Challenge Leagues, revamped boss fights, new lore, new Unique items, new support and skill gems, a PvP Spectator Mode, and dozens of other additions, Path of Exile: Forsaken Masters will offer players a robust augmentation to the game's already highly replayable experience.

Below is a brief synopsis of the many new features announced for Path of Exile: Forsaken Masters:

Train with the Masters

As players roam the wilderness of Wraeclast, they will sometimes encounter a Forsaken Master. All seven Masters have their own unique missions that they either need help with, or are willing to train Exiles to handle. For example, Haku asks players to cleanse an ancestral area and recover a lost Karui spirit. Vorici provides training in the art of assassination. As players progress through the eight levels of reputation with each Master, more of what these Masters can offer will be unlocked.

The seven Masters each have their own style of mission and each mission has many potential circumstances. As players delve deeper into the realm of Wraeclast, the pool of available mission variations increases, offering players new and unexpected challenges -- all of which can occur anywhere in the game.


Hideouts: Customizable Towns

In their extensive travels throughout Wraeclast, the seven Masters have discovered ideal locations for an Exile to use as their own secret Hideout. Once a Master's trust is gained, the player will be able to create their own personal and customizable town. Masters residing in a player's Hideout will offer them daily Missions and training as well as advanced crafting options. Players are also able to expand their Hideouts to use as personalized Guild Halls.

Craft and Upgrade Items

Each master specializes in crafting different types of items. As a player gains reputation with a chosen Master, they will gain access to more of that Master's unique crafting options and abilities, such as manipulating an item's sockets or crafting special modifications. Masters also function as vendors that sell items ranging from Skill Gems to Unique items. At higher levels, each Master also sells Magic items with a specific, new, build-defining modification. These can be used as-is or crafted further with either the new Hideout Crafting Benches or the traditional Orb system to create powerful items.

The expansion also includes 16 new Unique Items, some of which are exclusive and may only be found in one or the other of the new Challenge Leagues.


New Challenge Leagues: Rampage and Beyond

With the release of Path of Exile: Forsaken Masters, two new three-month Challenge Leagues will begin, providing players with an opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of Path of Exile. Like the Challenge Leagues before them, these new leagues have a set of extremely difficult challenges to complete. Players who complete five of the eight total challenges will be rewarded with an exclusive microtransaction effect. Finishing all of the eight challenges will unlock another, different, exclusive microtransaction effect. The first 50 players to complete all of the challenges will receive a Rampage/Beyond t-shirt.

Full details regarding Rampage, the upcoming standard Challenge League, and Beyond, the upcoming hardcore Challenge League, will be unveiled in news updates on the Path of Exile website on August 8 and 15 respectively.


Revamped Existing Content

To make for more intense and surprising battles, many of the existing boss encounters in Path of Exile have been revamped. More lore has also been added for players to discover, with snippets of Wraeclast's history scattered throughout the existing acts. Additionally, large portions of the Passive Skill Tree have been redesigned, particularly in the Witch, Shadow, and outer Ranger class areas. Extensive balance improvements supported by these changes have been made to the core game.

Further information about Path of Exile: Forsaken Masters can be found on the Path of Exile website at http://www.pathofexile.com/poefm.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

SteelSeries Introduces the Siberia Elite WoW Edition for Warlords of Draenor


SteelSeries, the global leader in premium gaming peripherals, in collaboration with Blizzard Entertainment, today announced the upcoming release of the Siberia Elite World of Warcraft Edition Headset. Gamers will soon be able to experience epic quests, intense raids, and endless adventure across Azeroth and Draenor while wielding a premium headset with jet-black ear cushions, illuminated runes, and a lightweight over-the-head suspension style designed for hours of comfortable gameplay.

“Our partnership with Blizzard Entertainment to create unique gear for the World of Warcraft community has culminated in this bold new version of our premium and award-winning headset—a perfect complement to Blizzard’s upcoming Warlords of Draenor expansion,” said Tino Soelberg, SteelSeries CTO. “Players deserve the best quality audio to experience the music and sounds of Draenor; this exclusive edition of the Siberia Elite headset delivers epic audio quality in a beautiful World of Warcraft-themed design.”


ILLUMINATE YOUR PATH TO VICTORY
The ring of runes is where gamers can see the power of the headset. Players can choose from millions of color options that can also be saved in an endless number of audio profiles. In addition to color, there are options for a pulsating glow, dynamic lighting based on your in-game actions, or no illumination at all—the choices are endless.

HEAR THE ROAR OF BATTLE
The headset is equipped with multiple Dolby technologies and a closed-type earcup design that provides listeners with a virtual 7.1-channel surround sound experience. Players are able to create and save their own unique audio profiles through the SteelSeries Engine 3 software by tuning their own equalizer settings, microphone functionality and much more. Gamers can control their microphone mute as well as speaker volume from directly on the headset by turning the easy-to-find dials on each earcup, making quick adjustments simple and convenient.

The SteelSeries Siberia Elite World of Warcraft Edition headset is available for pre-order now on the SteelSeries Web Shop for $209.99 MSRP. For more information about the new headset and the rest of SteelSeries’ official Blizzard Entertainment licensed products, please visit www.steelseries.com/worldofwarcraft.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Issue One of Official Path of Exile Comic Series, 'The Karui Way,' Now Available


In conjunction with comic book and graphic novel publisher Dynamite Entertainment, Grinding Gear Games, developer of the critically-acclaimed action role-playing videogame Path of Exile, today announced that The Karui Way, the first issue of the official Path of Exile comic series, is now available for purchase.

The Karui Way reveals backstory from an upcoming, unannounced expansion, weaving elements from the existing in-game narrative with an entirely new and gripping conflict. Currently offered in ePub, PDF, Mobi, and CBZ (Comic Book Reader) formats, The Karui Way is available as a digital download on the Path of Exile website at www.pathofexile.com/comic, and next week via Dynamite's online storefront, Amazon.com, and Dark Horse Digital. A special bundle is also on offer, which includes the first issue as well as the exclusive Lioneye Helmet Effect and Kaom Helmet Effect -- two cosmetic in-game items not offered anywhere else.


The next three issues are scheduled to release monthly following the first issue's debut, and the entire series will ultimately be compiled as a full-color, printed graphic novel, which will be published by Dynamite in early 2015. Additionally, each issue will be available as part of an optional bundle containing an exclusive in-game bonus for players of Path of Exile, such as cosmetic armor effects, among other surprises. The standalone issues and bundles will be priced at $4.00 and $20.00 USD respectively.


In close collaboration with Grinding Gear Games' Creative Director Erik Olofsson and Narrative Designer Edwin McRae, the Path of Exile comic series is illustrated by Carlos Rodriguez and written by Royal McGraw. Carlos Rodriguez is a comic artist with published work in series such as Nightwing and Teen Titans (DC Comics), as well as in Fall of the Hulks: Red Hulk and X-Men Vs. Agents of Atlas (Marvel), among countless others. Royal McGraw is a professional writer who has penned projects for DC Comics, Syfy Channel, Electronic Arts, and other top-tier entertainment companies.

Path of Exile is an online action role-playing game set in a dark fantasy world. Playing as one of seven unique character classes, players find themselves banished for their past misdeeds to world of Wraeclast. There, they encounter hundreds of species of deadly enemies laden with loot and mysterious artifacts as they explore the abandoned continent. With over 5.5 million and counting registered users, Path of Exile has received universal critical acclaim, including 2013 Game of the Year awards from leading game sites such as GameSpot and PC PowerPlay.

More information about Path of Exile and the Path of Exile graphic novel can be found on the game's website at www.pathofexile.com.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Patrician IV Gold & Port Royale 3 Gold Double Pack Out Now on PC


Fun-loving pirates, brave adventurers and entrepreneurial merchants prepare yourself for the ultimate strategy experience, as Patrician IV Gold & Port Royale 3 Gold Double Pack is out today on PC. Master the economy of the Middle Ages and dominate the trade market in Patrician IV Gold, or set out in search of fame, wealth and adventure in the 18th century Caribbean in Port Royale 3 Gold. This comprehensive double pack combines two of the most celebrated games in the trading strategy genre and also includes all released additional content and expansions for both titles. Where will you start your journey? Check out the brand new launch trailer below for a look at the exotic locales of the Caribbean in Port Royale 3 and the lucrative opportunities found in the Hanseatic League in Patrician IV.

Patrician IV Gold & Port Royale 3 Gold Double Pack is out now across Europe via retail on Windows PC. For more information please visit www.kalypsomedia.com

Thursday, 24 July 2014

GOG.com Now Supports Linux with DRM-Free Games


GOG.com has put in some serious work. As promised in their announcement earlier this year, the team has just leveled up on its quest to bring all gamers together: welcome, Linux community! It's still summer, and over 50 of the 100 games GOG.com promised for Autumn are already here! Additionally, 23 of those titles are officially Linux-compatible for the first time ever thanks to GOG-made custom builds and the hard work of its cracking team of testers. GOG.com will provide support for the two most popular Linux distributions: Ubuntu and Mint with DEB installers, but other Linux gamers will also be able to download distro-independent archives so they can easily run our games too.

There is something for everyone in the launch lineup--from classic DOSBox titles like Rise of the Triad: Dark War or Bloodnet, to recent and new indie releases like Kentucky Route Zero, CLARC and Gods Will Be Watching. Additionally, as a welcome gift for the Linux community, some of the classic titles are getting an up to 75% Linux launch discount (PC and Mac users are welcome, too) until the end of the week.The full list of Linux-supported titles complete with all additional information is available HERE.

More classic and new releases for Linux are already in the pipeline and will keep popping up across GOG.com's catalog on a regular basis.

First Tropico 5 DLC Pack – ‘The Big Cheese’ Available Now


Do you know El Presidente’s only weakness? His penchant for a good, ripe cheese of course! While his exclusively imported French speciality cheese may bring some short lived satisfaction, El Presidente wants more! So he’s decided to open his very own artisan cheese factory in the first DLC pack for the hugely popular Tropico 5. ‘The Big Cheese’ DLC, available today, challenges players to create and promote an artisan cheese brand by introducing a new production chain with the Creamery: a new building that enables you to make the most of Tropico’s local goats and llamas. Face international competition in an epic quest to create the best cheese in the world and put on the chef’s hat! This add-on includes an all-new sandbox map and task, a standalone scenario including additional voiceovers, building, avatar accessory and music track.

People who pre-purchased Tropico 5 via Steam will receive ‘The Big Cheese’ DLC for free as part of the pre-purchase tier reward bonus.


Tropico 5 Update 1.04 has also gone live today: adding save games to multiplayer so you can pause and carry on those extra-long political campaigns later. Check out the change log below for a full list of bug fixes, tweaks and additions.

‘The Big Cheese’ DLC for Tropico 5 is available to download now from Steam for £2.49/€2.99/$3.99. For non-Steam users, the PC version of the DLC is available via http://launcher.kalypsomedia.com/

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Epiphany Games Announces Majestic Nights: Season One


Epiphany Games announces the debut season of its RPG series Majestic Nights, an episodic role-playing-thriller set in an alternate 1980s where all conspiracy theories, past and present, are True.

You play as Cardholder: an intelligence operative who may or may not have been present at -- or even responsible for -- many of the biggest conspiracy events in history; and Cal, a humble Private Investigator whose own past is shrouded in secrets unknown even to herself.

“What people don’t understand about the moon landing is that all the conspiracy theorists are totally correct,” said Morgan Lean, CEO of Epiphany Games. “People walk around knowing all the facts and yet not seeing the Truth. So if the only way to package the actual reality of the situation is as entertainment, then it’s our responsibility to do exactly that!”

With fast, light mechanics, the game has been developed to engross players in a shadowy world of conspiracy with an over-the-top 1980s aesthetic. Players will use wits, stealth and sometimes even a little force to investigate, explore, and acquire ever more clues for their big string-covered wall of conspiracies.

“We wanted to create a game thatwas simple to play and just let people dive into the story,” said Sam Jensen, lead designer. “The story and the world are the forefront of this game – they’re the star of the show and we want everything the game does to support that.”

Season One of Majestic Nights takes place over six chapters, which work as a complete story or as standalone experiences. ‘Chapter Zero – Sunset After Dark’, a prologue to the series, will be made available for free. Each subsequent chapter of the core series will be paid, and season passes will also be available.

Noir Puzzler Third Eye Crime Sneaks onto PC

 

Moonshot Games and Gameblyr today announced that the hit stealth puzzle game Third Eye Crime is now available on PC platforms. Created by AAA-turned-indie talent from Bungie with years of design expertise on titles including the Halo series, Third Eye Crime features gorgeous visuals in noir stylings and a soulful jazz score to deliver a stylistically immersive, fully independent gameplay experience.

Rothko is a smooth-talking criminal who can telepathically predict where enemies will move when attempting to thwart his heists. Players must rely on skill and their “third eye” to deftly make an escape. Featuring eight unique environments totaling 120 levels and visually intuitive gameplay, beginners are eased into the heist before delving into increasingly complex levels. Third Eye Crime offers a unique take on the stealth puzzle game genre: the goal is not only to avoid being caught, but to misdirect enemies and lead them on a wild goose chase in order to pull off the perfect crime. Third Eye Crime for PC features high-end resolutions and mouse-controlled gameplay to provide the best experience for PC players.

Third Eye Crime is a tour de force of stunning visual and audio style with deep and challenging puzzle-based gameplay,” said Marco Mereu, CEO of Gameblyr. “We think PC gamers who enjoy a challenging experience will enjoy this noir ride.” 

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Indie Gems - Drive to Hell


Info:
Developer: Ghost Crab Games
Indie Game Stand "Today's Deal": Until July 25th

For our second Indie Gems episode, we bring you Drive to Hell, a frenetic shoot 'em up with a top-down perspective that could easily be mistaken for something that you would find in the arcades back in the early 90's.
It's all there, tons of different types of enemies, non-stop action, a cheesy storyline and colorful graphics, thankfully since Drive to Hell does not need to keep stealing your money with every playthrough, the developers have implemented several difficulty levels in order to please everyone.
Aside from that, you also have a Survival Mode and trophies to unlock, get all the trophies to gain access to a new (mystery) vehicle, there's no shortage of content to unlock or things to do in Drive to Hell and that's part of the fun, unlocking new and cool stuff is addicting and keeps you coming back for more time and time again.


Gameplay-wise Drive to Hell feels pretty solid, while the controls and mechanics are simple to understand, mastering them will take you a little bit longer, learning when and where to activate certain power-ups or abilites will determine if you survive for more than just a few minutes at a time in the midst of the hordes of demons that the game throws at you constantly.
Here's my first real issue with Drive to Hell, your primary gun is useless, I understand the developers idea, they wanted to add an extra layer of strategy to the deployment of certain power-ups, still I would prefer to freely upgrade my weapon much in the vein of old shmups like Raiden or Gradius, this kind of customization would add even more layers of strategy to Drive to Hell (edit: your main gun does increase in power as your multiplier also increases though).


The second issue I have with Drive to Hell is the sound effects, the primary weapon in particular sounds really weak, especially when compared to some of the temporary weapons that you pick up along the way.
The soundtrack on the other hand boasts some really nice tunes, while not a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, it does the job nicely.


Drive to Hell is a simple yet challenging game that can be enjoyed in either short or long bursts, Ghost Crab Games, the developers have clearly drawn inspiration from older titles like Outrun and Spy Hunter while at the same time adding new features and more reasons to keep you coming back time and time again. If you enjoy this sort of arcade non-stop action, then your epic quest to avenge the destruction of your favorite bar (yep, that's the plot) will be a fun one.

Should you get it?
Yes, especially if you enjoy old school shooters.
The low price tag on Drive to Hell combined with the simple but challenging gameplay, makes it a great option for those of you who are searching for a viable option when it comes to action-packed shooters.

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