28/02/2022

๐Ÿ“ท Martha Is Dead | PC | Gameplay | First 20 Minutes | "A Massive Twist Within The First 20 Minutes!" ๐Ÿ“ท #IndieGames #IndieGame #GameDev @MarthaisDead @LkaGames @WiredP

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Martha Is Dead is a dark first-person psychological thriller, set in 1944 Italy, that blurs the lines between reality, superstition and the tragedy of war.

25/02/2022

⚔️ Super Dungeon Maker | EARLY ACCESS | PC | Ten Minute Taster | "Build me A Dungeon!"⚔️ @rokaplayHQ #IndieGames #GameDev

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Super Dungeon Maker is a creative pixel art dungeon editor inspired by the best 2D adventure games. Choose however many levels, enemies, secret rooms, traps and items you want. Challenge your friends and the community to master your dungeon or play the countless dungeons of the community.

24/02/2022

⛵️ Submerged Hidden Depths | Ten Minute Taster | "Relaxploration" ⛵️ #IndieGames

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Boat, climb, interact and do some relaxploration in the beautiful ruins of a sunken world.
 

23/02/2022

๐Ÿฒ Metal Dragon | Mega Drive | Review | "There will be bullets" ๐Ÿฒ #IndieGames #GameDev #Homebrew #SEGAGenesis

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Known mostly for their MSX releases, Spanish developers Kai Magazine are now branching out into the Mega Drive world with this, their first release on the platform - a run ‘n gun shooter that is presented with tongue firmly in cheek.

“Kill everyone, destroy everything, save the girl… just because you can” – great tagline.

Set in a parodic version of the ‘80s, Metal Dragon comes boxed with a reversible cover – representative of the grid / blue box art versions of Mega Drive games that changed over time.

I kept with the earlier ‘grid’ style as Metal Dragon feels like a game from the early ‘90s. The cover of each features our hero standing heroically atop a tank as a massive explosion looms behind – as does other, general carnage– as he holds his machine gun aloft, with the President’s daughter at his arm, scantily clad – natch.

22/02/2022

⚔️ The Wonder Boy Collection coming for Nintendo Switch and PS4 | Four Games In One Collection ⚔️

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ININ Games and Strictly Limited Games are excited to announce the Wonder Boy Collection coming to Nintendo Switch and PS4 including the most iconic adventures from the legendary game series of the 80s and 90s.

⌨️๐ŸŽง Trust Gaming Launches Eco-Friendly Thian Wireless Gaming Headset and Callaz Tenkeyless Mechanical Keyboard in the UK ⌨️๐ŸŽง

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The lightweight and eco-friendly designed Thian Wireless Gaming Headset is made from recycled materials and durable leatherette earpads with a mesh top layer

It features a 5.8Ghz USB dongle for a blazing fast collection and a foldable 

microphone with a pop filter

21/02/2022

⛳️⚔️ RPGolf Legends | Nintendo Switch | Review | 5.5/10 | "Fighting for Par" ⛳️⚔️ @KEMCOGLOBAL #IndieGames #GameDev

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I went into RPGolf Legends with as much enthusiasm as I could possibly muster for a game.

Being a huge RPG fan and a complete golf nut, my excitement for this game was immense. All signs pointed to a hole-in-one but, like my actual golf game - it didn’t take long to realise it's more likely going to be a double bogey.

20/02/2022

๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฏ Castle Morihisa | Nintendo Switch | Review | 7.5/10 "Lucky I was such a fan of Slay the Spire" ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฏ@ThermiteGamesHQ #IndieGames #IndieGame #GameDev

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I always thought deck builders were an odd choice for a standalone game type. I'm a seasoned veteran of card-based minigames, from Triple Triad in Final Fantasy 8 through to

Gwent in The Witcher 3 (which of course got its own release), but was never attracted to the idea of a full game. Then a friend recommended Slay the Spire, and since it was on Game Pass I thought I'd give it a quick bash to see what it was like. 

Long story short, I spent a day off work playing it for nine hours straight. 

So that was my gateway to the world of card slinging.

19/02/2022

๐ŸงŸ๐ŸงŸ‍♂️๐ŸงŸ‍♀️ Heaven Dust 2 | Nintendo Switch | Review | 7/10 | "A charming but flawed love letter to Resident Evil" ๐ŸงŸ๐ŸงŸ‍♂️๐ŸงŸ‍♀️ #IndieGames #IndieGame #GameDev

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Over the past twelve months, I’ve played several games that are effectively love letters to Resident Evil, only one really captured the essence of the early survival horror. Heaven Dust 2 does capture some of the spirit and certain aspects do make it stand out, but at its core, it sticks so closely to the Resident Evil formula that it just becomes a facsimile without its own identity.

18/02/2022

๐ŸŒ️‍♂️⛳️ Pixel Pro Golf | iOS | Review | 7.5/10 | "A Delicious Slice Of Retro Arcade Golf" ๐ŸŒ️‍♂️⛳️ @PixelProGolf @pixamogames #IndieGames #IndieGame #GameDev

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Golf has always been my comfort food genre for video games. I’ve grown up playing classic golf games such as World Class Leaderboard, Jack Nicklaus Greatest 18 Holes, PGA European Tour, Sensible Golf, Everybody’s Golf, Neo Turf Masters and Tiger Woods on the PS2, Xbox 360 and the PSP to name just a few.

Recently I stumbled across Pixel Pro Golf on my iPhone and it’s been my go-to toilet break game for the last month or so when I have a few spare moments to play something on my phone. 

17/02/2022

๐Ÿ‘” The Company Man | Nintendo Switch | Gameplay | Ten Minute Taster | "Keyboard Bashing Fun!" ๐Ÿ‘” @ForustStudio #GameDev #IndieGames

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The Company Man is a classic action platformer where you play as average salaryman Jim. Hit your crazy coworkers with a keyboard, shoot your evil bosses with emails, and buff up with coffee beans at the Good Water Company. Survive the struggles of working life and fulfil your lifelong quest to be CEO

15/02/2022

๐Ÿ–ฑ️⌨️ Use Keyboard and Mouse Controls With Your Console | GameSir | VX2 Aimbox | Unboxing ๐Ÿ–ฑ️⌨️ @mygamesir

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The GameSir VX2 AimBox has become one of the most popular adapters for console gamers to control FPS games with a mouse & keyboard. This is the 2nd version of the VX2 AimBox and it now comes with a built-in 3.5mm audio jack and PS5, PS4, XBOX One, Xbox Series X, X Box Series S and Nintendo Switch games support. Through the GameSir App, you’re able to fine-tune in-game settings such as mouse, ADS, key binds, joysticks and lighting effects. Join Rich as he takes a look at this cool piece of kit!

14/02/2022

๐Ÿ”ฅ POSTAL™ is coming to Dreamcast on June 2nd 2022! | WAVE Game Studios | @WaveGameStudios ๐Ÿ”ฅ#RetroGaming

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POSTAL™, the classic twin-stick shooter originally released in 1997, is due for release on the Dreamcast video games console on June 2, 2022!

Retro gaming fans will be able to experience the rapid-fire action enjoyed by millions of PC gamers later this year when WAVE Game Studios releases this officially licensed port of the classic title on Dreamcast, marking the franchise’s first appearance on the console.

13/02/2022

๐Ÿš️๐Ÿ‘ป Insomnis | PC | Review | 3/10 | "a series of supernatural inconveniences" ๐Ÿš️๐Ÿ‘ป @Path_Games @PixelHunted #IndieGames #GameDev

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For anyone born after 1980 the prospect of inheriting a haunted house doesn’t hold the fear that it did for older generations. Sure, you’re now the custodian of a dilapidated mansion with peeling wallpaper, bloodstained carpets, spooky dolls scattered everywhere, and a minor infestation of ghost kids, but if it’s a choice between that and living under the thumb of a landlord I’ll pick the ghost kids anytime.

12/02/2022

๐Ÿš‚ Nostalgic Train | XSX Review | 7/10 | "A Mystical and Relaxing Walking Simulator" ๐Ÿš‚ #IndieGames #GameDev

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Being a person that spends a lot of their time covering video games and the various paraphernalia that comes along with them, sometimes I really like to kick back and let games wash over me. I’d say that every month or so, I actively seek out a new walking simulator, a game that I can casually breeze through, relax and enjoy. Amata Games’ Nostalgic Train coasted into view and – as it was ‘that time’ – I really looked forward to getting in a bottle of wine and spending an evening or so getting lost in its charms.

11/02/2022

๐Ÿ’ฟ๐Ÿ“€ Dying Light 2 | Original Game Soundtrack | Vinyl | Composed by Olivier Deriviere | @oderiviere ๐Ÿ’ฟ๐Ÿ“€ #Vinyl #VideoGameVinyl

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Black Screen Records

https://blackscreenrecords.com/dying-light-2

The original Dying Light - released by Techland in 2015 - is a game that I’m very familiar with, having completed it twice (once solo and once in co-op), as well as making my way through the DLC. I always secretly pined for a vinyl release of the OST for the original as the audio was memorable, harked back to the synthtastic ‘80s and had some gorgeous melodies.


Sadly, it was not to be and so Black Screen Records announcing pre-orders for the Dying Light 2 soundtrack within a few days of the game itself being launched is very much welcomed as it’s a very strong and emotive OST that Olivier Deriviere (A Plague Tale, Streets of Rage 4) is clearly very proud of, and rightly so.

๐Ÿ’€ Kingdom Of the Dead | PC | Ten Minute Taster | "Run,Chop & Gun!" ๐Ÿ’€ @KOTDGAME #IndieGames #GameDev

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Immerse yourself in the Kingdom Of Dead, a dreadful hand-drawn horror world and push Death’s armies back to the underworld with your Shotgun, Pistol and Sword!


๐ŸŽฎ Can I play That on XBOX Game Pass? ๐ŸŽฎ #XboxGamePass

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What games are on XBOX Game Pass is a phrase I often ask myself as I try and work out what to play the next.

There is so much choice now when deciding what to play next and there is also the question around should I buy my next game or should I join Game Pass?

Well, with Game Pass games changing on a regular basis it can be tough to try and work out exactly where you should get your next game from.

10/02/2022

๐Ÿ•น️ History of Video Games – Bristol | "I had a quick search for anything gamey-gamey in Bristol and came across the HOVG" ๐Ÿ•น️ #Retrogaming #Arcade

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"Whilst driving through Bristol my car doors and associated bodywork fell off exposing just me and my driver's seat!"

www.historyofvideogames.co.uk

After recently spending a hundred million ice ages in cryogenic isolation following myself and my immediate family contracting Covid, we decided a family trip was in order to get back out into the world and spent a couple of days in Bristol.

Naturally, as part of the trip planning, I had a quick search for anything gamey-gamey in Bristol and came across the HOVG, and I’m glad I did – as we had an awesome afternoon there!

09/02/2022

๐Ÿฑ Kukoos | Lost Pets | PC | Early Access | Review | "A 3D Platformer Made With Love" ๐Ÿฑ #GameDev #IndieGames #IndieGame

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Kukoos is a 3D platformer that is a clear love letter to the classic 3D platformers that have come before it but also with enough of its own magic to really bring alive the genre again on this PC release.


Kukoos is currently in Early Access on Steam and I have been lucky enough to play the game after the devs fired over a copy a couple of weeks ago for us to take a look at.

๐Ÿ”ฅ Review: Darkest Dungeon 2 ๐Ÿ”ฅ

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Review: Darkest Dungeon 2

The first part of Darkest Dungeon by Red Hook Studios appeared in 2016, becoming for many gamers a real revelation. It surprised literally with everything: stylish (albeit cartoonish) drawings, high complexity, and the abundance of random events that can affect the gameplay. My initial introduction to the game was on the PlayStation Vita. And it was one of the best games on Sony's dead handheld console! Neither microscopic fonts nor FPS sagging at the most dynamic moments was a hindrance.

08/02/2022

๐ŸŽง Syn Buds Core by Roccat | Review ๐ŸŽง @ROCCAT

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It’s been a while since I used wired earphones/earbuds and – whilst the £19.99 RRP is fair, the Roccat Syn Buds Core highlight why I moved away from in-ear, noise-cancelling buds and towards over-ear / wireless versions. That said, these proved to be at their best when gaming whilst in a sedentary position.

As stated above, the Roccat Syn Buds Core come with on-wire controls and their own cloth case, very cool to include in your Switch case or to throw in your pocket as protection when on the move or possibly commuting through public transport.

07/02/2022

๐Ÿฆ—Flea! : Special Edition | SEGA Dreamcast | Review | 7/10 | "On the face of it that sounds quite grim" ๐Ÿฆ— @WaveGameStudios #GameDev #IndieGames #SEGA

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Flea! is an upbeat little platformer that was originally released by its developer Lowtek Games with a very limited run for the NES and Dreamcast in 2020. This month saw the game re-released for the Dreamcast as a ‘special edition’ by the Norwich-based publisher WAVE Game Studios, complete with a separate soundtrack CD and all wrapped up in a jewel case with a PAL-style design. 

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