22/07/2024

NeoSprint Nintendo Switch Review 7.5/10 "rev me up, buttercup" ๐ŸŽ️ @HeadlessCG #GameDev #IndieGame

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NeoSprint Nintendo Switch Review
The newest release in the long-dormant Atari ‘Sprint’ series, this multiplayer (up to 8 players locally!) arcade racer is a welcome addition to the Switch catalogue for lovers of vintage, top-down racing.  

Sticking closely to its local multiplayer roots, NeoSprint features no online gaming component beyond the ability to download tracks created by other players, and whilst there may be some that lament the lack of online play, the fact that NeoSprint caters for up to eight players is a serious boon here, and perfect for gaming nights with friends. 

Zen Studios is thrilled to release five new tables and a gallery of new features to Pinball FX ๐Ÿ”ฎ @zen_studios

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Zen Studios have released five new tables and a gallery of new features to Pinball FX , bringing the game its biggest update yet! 

Universal Pinball: TV Classics, Pacific Rim Pinball, and Super League Football are available now on PlayStation 5|4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store.

19/07/2024

Justice League: Cosmic Chaos Xbox Review 7.5/10 "A fun, family-friendly title with surprisingly cool music" ๐Ÿฆ‡ @PHLCollective @Outright_Games #GameDev #IndieGame

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Justice League: Cosmic Chaos Xbox Review
As a fan of Batman in most of his incarnations through the decades, I’ve always leaned towards the darker interpretations of his character. That said, as the father of a young boy just discovering video games, the fact that I can get hips deep into some Diedrich Bader-voiced Batman action aimed at a younger audience is very, very fine indeed with me.

The story here is that life in Happy Harbor is turned upside-down by Mr. Mxyzplk, who usurps the current Mayor of the town by using Starro’s mind control powers to take control of members of the Justice League, leaving Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman – with a little help from some very super friends – to restore order to the idyllic town.

18/07/2024

Anger Foot PC Gameplay "Kick In The Door, Wavin' My 4-4" ๐Ÿฆถ @freelives #IndieGame #GameDev

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Anger Foot PC Gameplay
Rich puts his foot in it by starting his journey into Shit City when he plays Anger Foot which is a fast-paced first-person door kicking shooter developed by Free Lives and published by Devolver Digital. 

Set in the grimy Shit City, players control a vigilante who uses powerful kicks and firearms to battle through various gang-controlled districts. The protagonist's mission is to retrieve his stolen sneaker collection from the city's four gangs: Violence, Pollution, Business, and Debauchery. 

The game features intense, door-kicking combat, diverse environments, and a hard-hitting soundtrack. With its cheeky tone and vibrant visuals, Anger Foot offers a unique and exhilarating gaming experience.

17/07/2024

RoboCop: Rogue City PS5 Review 8/10 "Oh, how I miss squibs!" ๐Ÿค– @TeyonGames #IndieGame #GameDev

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Robocop Rogue City PS5 Review
Oh, how I miss squibs. These days action movies simulate blood splatter from gunshots with CGI and, while now relatively convincing, it just doesn’t have the same visceral impact as detonating a small bag of fake blood. 

RoboCop: Rogue City developer Teyon clearly feels the same way. This is a game almost entirely about blasting sneering criminals with high-powered weaponry and every thumping shot sends beautiful fountains of the red stuff spiralling through the air and onto the scenery. If this somehow isn’t enough, the game offers a “More Gore” weapon upgrade to truly paint the town red. Paul Verhoeven would be proud.

16/07/2024

Tiny Terry's Turbo Trip PC Gameplay "A Love Letter To Mascot Platformers" ๐Ÿš• @snekflat #IndieGame #GameDev

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Tiny Terry's Turbo Trip PC Gameplay
Tiny Terry's Turbo Trip offers a quirky and delightful sandbox experience. As Terry, your goal is to secure a car and fly it into space—a weird yet charming aspiration.

The small open world of Sprankelwater is filled with interesting characters, surreal encounters, and mini-games. While the game starts strong with humour and exploration, it occasionally suffers from mindless busywork and minor annoyances. Overall, it's a love letter to mascot platformers, providing a memorable romp focused solely on fun.
Tiny Terry's Turbo Trip PC Gameplay

15/07/2024

FIEHDUW Manba One Controller Unboxing & Review "A Beautiful Looking Controller!" ๐ŸŽฎ @manba_official

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Rich dives into the Manba One Controller and finds that this thing is a real contender in the third-party controller market, aiming to bring some serious competition to the big names.

Pros:

  • Versatility: Multi-platform support is a huge plus.

  • Customization: The Interactive LCD screen and programmable buttons offer a lot of flexibility.

  • Hall Effect: Hall Effect Joystick and Hall Linear Trigger is a big plus!

  • Price: At £71 / $69.99, it’s a solid deal for what you get.

Cons:

  • Build Quality: While sturdy, it doesn’t feel as premium as some competitors.

  • Button Feel: The clicky buttons might not be everyone’s cup of tea.

  • Start & Select Placement is slightly odd (at the bottom of the controller)

Overall, the Manba One Controller is a fantastic option for gamers looking for versatility and customization without breaking the bank. It’s not perfect, but it offers a lot of bang for your buck

Would you consider trying it out?

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0D2CYM4QS


Schim PC Gameplay "Jumping From Shadow To Shadow" ๐Ÿ‘ฅ @Ewoud3D #GameDev #IndieGame

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Schim PC Gameplay
Rich jumps into SCHiM on the PC which is a captivating 3D adventure platformer where shadows serve as your primary mode of transportation. As a lost schim, your only means of navigation is by leaping between shadows.

The game's abstract and visually stunning world features puzzles and dynamic platforms inspired by real-world settings, including serene parks and bustling city streets. Your goal? To reunite with the human counterpart from whom you were separated. Dive into this unique experience and explore the beautiful world of SCHiM.
Schim PC Gameplay

12/07/2024

Roxy Raccoon’s Pinball Panic XBOX Review 6/10 "Decent Mechanics Let Down By Flat Presentation" ๐Ÿ“ @RoxyRaccoon4 #IndieGame #GameDev

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Roxy Raccoon’s Pinball Panic  XBOX Review
My household is one that does enjoy flipping the flippers, and there’s always a handful of pinball games installed on our various consoles, should the need for some high score settin’ arise.

Roxy Raccoon’s Pinball Panic begins with a story involving a witch and her evil animal cohorts teleporting away, with Roxy following in pursuit – leading to a series of pinball challenges wherein a balled-up Roxy will need to bounce around myriad tables to collect all of the available gems in order to proceed. 

11/07/2024

An I.O.U Visual Novel PC Gameplay "A Story That Will Get Its Hooks Into You" ๐Ÿ‘ซ @DCadaver #IndieGame #GameDev

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An IOU is a refreshing departure from typical romance visual novels. Developed by Davey Cadaver with original art by Trevin Wyant, it subverts expectations by blending psychological horror with mundane love affairs. The story follows Trevor and Mallory, whose emotional bond unfolds against a backdrop of dark imagery. The hand-painted watercolour and pastel artwork is expressive and striking to look at. Hovering between platonic and romantic, An IOU effectively portrays the pains and terrors of emotional cheating. It's a short, unique experience that challenges conventions and leaves a lasting impression.

Princess Maker 2 Regeneration: A Nostalgic Journey Reimagined | Out Now on PC & NSW ๐Ÿ‘ธ

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Bliss Brain, in collaboration with Yonago Gainax, has unveiled the highly anticipated Princess Maker 2 Regeneration for the Nintendo Switch. This remastered version breathes new life into the beloved classic, originally released on the PC-9801 in 1993.

A Tale of Fatherhood and Dreams

In Princess Maker 2, players step into the shoes of a father entrusted with raising a young girl. Guided by the stars, you nurture her from age ten to eighteen, shaping her destiny. Will she become a princess, a warrior, or something entirely unexpected? The choices are yours to make.

10/07/2024

Vera Blanc: Supernatural Mysteries Xbox Review 7/10 "Werewolves and Ghosts, oh my!" ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿ‘ป @RatalaikaGames #IndieGames #GameDev

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Vera Blanc: Supernatural Mysteries Xbox Review
A pair of titles featuring intrepid supernatural investigators Vera Blanc and Brendan Mackey, Vera Blanc: Supernatural Mysteries centres around Ms Blanc, who – following a rather intense operation on her brain – is able to read the thoughts of others. 

Originally released in 2010, the games are mostly light visual novels with a very cool graphic novel art style, the core gameplay comes from multiple choice events – that can lead to instant deaths, so save often – and the optional word based / spot the difference puzzles that can be turned on and off with each play though, should you want a touch more interaction.
Vera Blanc: Supernatural Mysteries Xbox Review
The characters are well-sketched without the game being too onerous with the text, and each tale moves along at a fair pace, with minimal audio work to add to the rising tensions. 

Whilst I preferred the first game in the series - as I am a sucker for werewolves – both are fun to get through, although the ghost story slightly alters the visuals and feels less exciting than the Bavarian werewolf adventure. 
Vera Blanc: Supernatural Mysteries Xbox Review
SUMMARY
A bargain at the current price point and a solid evening’s entertainment (each case takes 1-2 hours to complete), Vera Blanc: Supernatural Mysteries won’t tickle your grey matter, but it might just raise the hairs on your neck!

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09/07/2024

Understanding the Culture of Fortnite Cheats

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Discover how Fortnite cheats like fn aimbot and fortnite esp can unexpectedly boost youth skills and confidence. #GamingEvolution
The Unexpected Benefits of Fortnite Cheats for Today’s Youth

In the ever-evolving world of gaming, Fortnite stands out not only for its vibrant graphics and engaging gameplay but also for the fascinating culture it has fostered among today's youth. As an opinion columnist who delves into the underlying stories that shape our society, I recently explored a controversial topic: the use of cheats in Fortnite and their surprisingly positive effects on young players. Yes, you read that right – fortnite cheats might just be doing more good than harm.

Understanding the Culture of Fortnite Cheats

Cheating in video games is nothing new. From the early days of the Konami Code to today's sophisticated fn cheats, players have always sought ways to gain an edge. In the realm of Fortnite, the landscape of cheating has evolved dramatically. The terms fn hacks, fortnite cheats, and fortnite hacks have become part of the everyday lexicon for many young gamers.

The Research and the Surprising Findings

In my research, I discovered a remarkable trend. Top streamers like Clix, AussieAntics, MrSavage, Jolavanille, Nikof, and even the iconic Ninja have all confirmed using Fortnite cheats from Cosmo Cheats within the past three months. This revelation, while shocking to some, offers a deeper insight into the gaming culture and its impact on youth.

The Positive Impact on Youth

While the immediate reaction to cheating in games like Fortnite is often negative, it's essential to consider the broader context. The use of fn aimbot, fn esp, fortnite esp, and fortnite aimbot has inadvertently led to several positive outcomes for young players:

Enhanced Problem-Solving Skills

Cheating in Fortnite requires a certain level of technical proficiency and strategic thinking. Players who use fn cheats must understand the game’s mechanics deeply, often leading to enhanced problem-solving skills and a better grasp of technology. When using fn aimbot or fortnite esp, players need to configure settings, understand in-game dynamics, and adapt their strategies on the fly. This technical engagement can lead to improved cognitive abilities, such as analytical thinking and resource management, which are valuable both in and out of the gaming world.

Community and Collaboration

Despite the solitary image of a gamer hunched over a screen, Fortnite's cheating community fosters a surprising amount of collaboration. Players share tips, tricks, and strategies on forums and social media, creating a sense of camaraderie and teamwork. In this collaborative environment, gamers using fortnite cheats like fn esp or fn aimbot exchange knowledge, troubleshoot issues together, and support each other's growth. This sense of gaming community can help build social skills, forge friendships, and teach the importance of teamwork and collective problem-solving.

Boost in Confidence

For many young players, winning can significantly boost self-esteem and confidence. While the means may be contentious, the end result – a more confident, self-assured individual – is undoubtedly positive. Utilizing fortnite aimbot or fortnite esp to achieve higher rankings or secure victories can provide immediate gratification and a sense of accomplishment. This boost in confidence can spill over into other areas of life, helping young people feel more capable and motivated to tackle challenges both in and out of the game.

Ethical Discussions and Growth

Interestingly, the use of cheats also sparks important ethical discussions among youth. Debates about the fairness of cheating, the value of hard work, and the importance of integrity are common, promoting critical thinking and moral development. When players discuss the implications of using fn hacks or fortnite cheats, they engage in dialogues about ethics and personal values. These conversations can lead to a deeper understanding of right and wrong, encouraging young gamers to reflect on their actions and the consequences they have on the gaming community and beyond.

In-Game Benefits Leading to Real-Life Skills

Using cheats like fn esp or fortnite aimbot not only affects in-game performance but can also lead to the development of real-life skills. The technical knowledge required to implement and manage these cheats can translate into a better understanding of computer systems, programming, and cybersecurity. Additionally, the strategic use of fortnite cheats can enhance players' abilities to plan, execute, and adapt to changing scenarios – skills that are highly valuable in academic and professional settings.

Discover how Fortnite cheats like fn aimbot and fortnite esp can unexpectedly boost youth skills and confidence. #GamingEvolution

The Role of Cosmo Cheats

Cosmo Cheats has become a household name in the Fortnite community. Their sophisticated fn cheats, including the highly sought-after fn aimbot and fortnite esp, have set new standards in the cheating world. However, it's crucial to understand that this is not an endorsement of cheating but rather an observation of its unintended positive effects.

A Balanced Perspective

As an evangelical conservative who values classical liberalism and pluralism, I believe it's essential to look at issues from multiple angles. While cheating is fundamentally against the rules and can undermine the spirit of fair play, the phenomenon within the Fortnite community offers unexpected benefits that contribute to the personal growth and development of today’s youth.

In conclusion, while we should continue to encourage fair play and integrity, it's also worth acknowledging the nuanced and sometimes positive effects that controversial behaviors like cheating can have. By understanding these dynamics, we can better guide our young gamers toward a balanced and thoughtful engagement with their favorite pastimes.

08/07/2024

Crime Boss: Rockay City (2024) XSX Review 7/10 "A kick-ass cast in a game that once got its ass kicked" ๐Ÿ’ฅ @ingame_studios @505_Games #IndieGame #GameDev

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Crime Boss: Rockay City (2024) XSX Review
Upon its initial release in 2023, Crime Boss: Rockay City had a rough old time, with cutting reviews across the board. We didn’t cover it at the time here at GF, but as someone who grew up watching this – quite incredible – cast of actors in myriad movies over the decades, it was always on my mind, and I was intrigued as to how the game appeared to be such a misfire.

Fast forward a year and the game gets a massive overhaul for its Steam release. DLC is now included for free - and the developers have fixed a lot of the more glaring issues that plagued the game upon its initial release.

How does it fare in 2024? it’s a lot of fun, but the repetition at the heart of the game is hard to ignore.

05/07/2024

8 Colors Star Guardians + Nintendo Switch Gameplay (First 20 Minutes) ๐Ÿ’š @DerMondhase #IndieGame #GameDev

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8-Colors Star Guardians offers a novel twist on the boss-rush concept, inviting players to experiment and think strategically. 

Despite its limited eight-colour pixel art palette, the character designs are surprisingly rich. The game challenges players with turn-based encounters, utilizing the distinct abilities of different heroines. 

While the humour and flavour text may not always land, the concept provides a grind-free take on RPG fights. 

If you're intrigued by unconventional gameplay and appreciate strategic depth, this indie gem is worth a try.


04/07/2024

GOLF vs ZOMBIES PC Gameplay "Golf Ball Head Shots!" ๐ŸงŸ‍♂️๐ŸŒ️‍♂️ @S_W_Potatoes #GameDev #IndieGame

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Rich decides to hop in his golf cart , run over some zombies and play Golf vs. Zombies which is a game that offers a refreshing twist on both the golfing and horror genres.

With its unique combination of precision golfing mechanics and action-packed combat against zombies, it provides an entertaining and engaging experience for players. The golf aspect feels tranquil, focusing on wind utilization and club selection. Meanwhile, the zombie encounters are tense, requiring quick thinking to fend off foes. It's a contrasting blend that keeps players on their toes. If you're up for a golfing apocalypse, grab your clubs and tee off against the undead!

03/07/2024

Video Game Lo-Fi: Metroid Vinyl Review By Britt ๐Ÿ“€ @floopymusic #VideoGameVinyl #Vinyl

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Floopy (from the Curaga Records website:

Metroid Zero Mission was one of the first games I ever played as a kid (on the Gameboy Advance!) and it sparked my love for video games and by extension, video game music—Kraid's theme was the first song I ever learned on piano nearly 15 years ago. My personal favourite song on the album would have to be the Metroid Prime Theme. Although it initially wasn't my favourite composition out of the bunch compared to the more iconic songs like Samus's Theme, the direction I ended up taking it paired with trying different production techniques turned it into something vastly different in sound and feel from the original which I personally enjoyed.

In my previous remixing endeavours, my focus was achieving a lofi sound and tonality while preserving what was great about the original composition. For this project I still maintained that, but my focus shifted towards establishing a groove that could be improvised upon. As a result, this album ventures into several other genres, from chillwave to bossa nova what I can best describe as… lofi disco house? Writing essentially new compositions that incorporated different elements of the Metroid games' important themes was the goal here, a sort of process I picked up from my collaborator (and boss, and homie) Save Point. During the production of this album I developed new standards for what I personally wanted from lofi, and I certainly broadened my definition of what that term can mean. It was an incredibly fun process and it's always an honor to release music alongside the homies and peers at Curaga. Lofi fans and video game nerds alike, thanks for supporting my music.

02/07/2024

The Glass Staircase PS5 Review 7.5/10 “Mind The Step” ๐Ÿš️ @PuppetCombo #IndieGame #GameDev

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The Glass Staircase PS5 Review
Puppet Combo was a revelation for me in 2023, I loved everything that they put out and had such joy playing them. Stay Out of the House was one of my games of the year, Christmas Massacre was an absolute delight and  it remains one of my favourite games, the talking Christmas tree brings a smile to my face every time I think about it, which - come December - will probably be a lot, but The Glass Staircase doesn't quite hit the highs of these games, it is still worth playing but I didn’t get the warm, dark-bloodstained, fuzzy feeling that the Puppet Combo releases usually produce.

01/07/2024

Into The Emberlands Cozy PC Gameplay (First 20 Minutes) ⛏️๐Ÿช“๐Ÿชต๐ŸŽ’ @daedalic @tinyroargames #IndieGame #GameDev

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Into The Emberlands, developed by Tiny Roar and published by Daedalic Entertainment, is a delightful adventure. Set in the mysterious Emberlands shrouded in the Miasma, your mission is to revive the village. Escorting new villagers home, repairing buildings, and completing quests form the heart of the gameplay loop. The colourful visuals and humorous dialogue create a cosy atmosphere. While some polish is lacking, the game's charm makes it worthwhile. With a 10% discount until July 3rd, it's an affordable journey into a world where Ember Lights guide your way.

Riven PC Remake PC Gameplay ⏳ @cyanworlds #GameDev #IndieGame

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Riven, the classic puzzle adventure, has returned in all its captivating glory. This remastered version, released in 2024, seamlessly blends nostalgia with modernity.
The once pixelated landscapes now bloom in 3D, retaining their otherworldly allure. The sky's too blue, the sun too bright, and the lights—artificial yet enchanting. It's a vibrant alien realm layered with lore and secrets. As you explore, the puzzles demand both intensity and patience, rewarding your commitment. Riven's timeless beauty shines even on modest hardware. A must-play for those who appreciate intellectually challenging, immersive experiences.

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