05/10/2021

๐Ÿš’๐Ÿ”ฅ EMBR | PC | Gameplay | Ten Minute Taster | "Come On Baby Light My Fire!" ๐Ÿงฏ๐Ÿ‘จ‍๐Ÿš’ @EmbrGame #GameDev #IndieGames

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In Embr you get to Fight fires for fun and profit in this unpredictable and frantic multiplayer game. Team up with friends, take on daily challenges and climb to the top of the corporate firefighting ladder. More than one way to become a hero!

04/10/2021

๐ŸŒ• Jettomero: Hero of the Universe | Nintendo Switch | Review | 6.5/10 | "I’m stompin’ around, move out of my way" ๐ŸŒ• @GhostTimeGames #IndieGames #GameDev

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Having so recently been completely enamoured with the GOTY contender Tux and Fanny, I delved into Jettomero, the previous title from Ghost Time Games. Whilst it didn’t grab me in the same way that Tux and Fanny did, there are some real highs here but they are unfortunately offset by some points that ultimately heavily detract from the experience.

03/10/2021

๐Ÿ’ฟ Video Game Vinyl Fantasies | #2 | Britt Recommends ๐Ÿ’ฟ #Vinyl #VideoGameVinyl

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My previous Vinyl Fantasies article on VGM vinyl back in May (https://www.gamesfreezer.co.uk/2021/05/video-game-vinyl-britt-recommends.html) resulted in some absolutely wonderful conversations, feedback and comments.

The article appeared to really resonate with a lot of people (thank you to all!) and so it made perfect sense to get hips deep again and talk about other albums that really stand out for me – as well as some recent additions to the GF collection.

Once again, there is so much solid gold out there that I keep coming across music that quite frankly makes my trousers fly off my legs and turn into butterflies that scatter across the universe…so here are more records that soundtrack my days.

02/10/2021

๐Ÿ’ฟ Dead by Daylight Vinyl | Review | "Michel .F April’s brooding, atmospheric score" ๐Ÿ’ฟ @MichelFApril #VideoGameVinyl #Vinyl

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(https://returntoanalogrecords.com/products/dead-by-daylight-ost-rsd-canada-exclusive?_pos=1&_sid=2c47c8118&_ss=r)

This is the first release I’ve covered from Return to Analog - a label based in Canada - and the contact, support, shipping and packaging were excellent, so it was off to a great start!


Being unfamiliar with the Dead by Daylight game, I went into this album with no prior expectations...but, upon seeing some of the track titles (Being Watched, Suffering, Enduring Torment, Threatening Gloom…) I did wonder if I’d have to listen from behind a tear-absorbent pillow.

01/10/2021

♞♚♛♜♝ Chessplosion | PC | Ten Minute Taster | Gameplay | "Bomberman Chess" ♞♚♛♜♝ @CTMatthews #IndieGames #GameDev

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Chessplosion is an arcade action puzzle game where you drop chess piece-shaped bombs to create chain reactions and trap opponents. 

Defeat enemies and bosses in Adventure Mode, break targets with limited bombs in Puzzle Mode, dodge explosions in Survival Mode, or fight friends and AI in Battle Mode

30/09/2021

๐Ÿ’ฟ๐Ÿ’ฟThe Angry Video Game Nerd 1&2 Deluxe Vinyl | Review | "An Expansive Triple Vinyl" ๐Ÿ’ฟ๐Ÿ’ฟ @blackscreenrec #VideoGameVinyl #Vinyl

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Having been a fan of The Angry Video Game Nerd for a good few years (I think the first video I ever saw was The Silver Surfer), I can remember when the games based on the series were first released  - in 2013 and 2016 respectively – and their addictive ‘dive in and out’ qualities combined with laser-focused platforming challenge and shining 8-bit audio work made such an impression on me that I leapt to cover the deluxe versions when they were released last year  (https://www.gamesfreezer.co.uk/search/label/AVGN%201%262%20Deluxe).

29/09/2021

๐ŸŽฎ NACON MG-X | "Designed for Xbox" Mobile Controller |Review | 9/10 | "OMG-X!" ๐ŸŽฎ @Nacon

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It was a sad, sad day when I relinquished my Switch Lite. Having been a fan of the Gameboy and Atari Lynx in my misspent youth, I enjoyed getting hips deep into Mario (oo-er) on bus and train journeys. But, having bought an Xbox when the latest generation came out, I couldn’t justify the expense of running two prime consoles and the double game costs associated with it (I realise this is Games Freezer heresy as Britt has every console available, including TWO Magnavox Odysseys. Probably).

28/09/2021

๐Ÿ”ฅ Dustwind | PS4 | Ten minute Taster | Gameplay | "Eat My Dust!" ๐Ÿ”ฅ @dustwind_game #GameDev #IndieGames

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ARE YOU READY FOR CLASSIC REAL-TIME TACTICS? Be the nameless heroine in the wastelands of DUSTWIND's story campaign, fight against and with human players in the elaborate Multiplayer mode or design your very own story campaigns and maps in the mighty map editor!

27/09/2021

๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ️๐Ÿ’จ Cruis’n Blast | Nintendo Switch | Review | 7.5/10 | "I Have Very Fond Memories of The Cruis’n Series" ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ️๐Ÿ’จ @rawthrills

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I have very fond memories of the Cruis’n series, both in terms of the original arcade versions and homeports – well, some of them.

Originally released in 1994, the first game in the series – Cruis’n USA – was a fixture in a lot of arcades I visited in my teens and I was instantly drawn to the twitchy handling, energetic music and pure arcade gameplay.

The home ports were decent and got better with each iteration, meaning that Cruis’n Exotica was the highlight for me, despite the pop-in, smoothness always wins the day!

26/09/2021

๐Ÿ‘ป Tormented Souls | PS5 | Review | 8/10 | "Like Early Resident Evil" ๐Ÿ‘ป @PQubeGames #IndieGames #GameDev

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Before Tormented Souls, I had played two games this year where the developers’ goal has been to emulate early survival horror games such as Resident Evil or Silent Hill. One was bad, the other is my least favourite game of all time and contained design choices that still make me angry to this day.

I was very sceptical going into Tormented Souls, thinking that maybe this type of game should be left in the past, so I don’t have to watch my love and nostalgia being quickly eroded by games trying to recapture their spirit.

Luckily, I love Tormented Souls, it did exactly what it was supposed to do - first and foremost, allow me to enjoy the experience but also fired up my nostalgia and transported me back to the early days of survival horror.

25/09/2021

๐Ÿ  No Longer Home | PC | Review | 7/10 | ๐Ÿ  @PixelHunted #GameDev #IndieGames

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There’s a thin line between homage and plagiarism. No Longer Home lifts a lot from Kentucky Route Zero, with the flat-shaded graphics, magical realist elements, font-choice, animation, controls, and general vibe suspiciously familiar to anyone who’s played Cardboard Computer’s indie classic.

As a big-time fan of Kentucky Route Zero this isn’t exactly unwelcome, but when you’re a tiny indie developer with the freedom to make whatever you want cribbing heavily from someone else’s aesthetic feels like a creative lapse. Then, late in the game, you walk into a room to find a computer with Kentucky Route Zero on it and you’re asked if you want to name your dog Blue or Homer.


Well, fair enough then. At least they aren’t being subtle about it.

24/09/2021

☢️ Sheltered 2 | PC | Ten Minute Taster | Gameplay | "Going Deeper Underground" ☢️ @Sheltered_Game #GameDev #IndieGames

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Sheltered 2 is a brutal survival management simulator set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

Keep your faction of survivors alive, maintain your shelter and scavenge the ravaged world for resources.

Befriend and trade with the factions you meet or conquer them by force.

22/09/2021

๐Ÿ’ฅ RICO | Nintendo Switch | Review | 3/10 | "I wouldn't call myself an expert in police procedures" ๐Ÿ’ฅ #IndieGames #GameDev

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Although I watch Line of Duty, I wouldn't call myself an expert in police procedures. 

That said, I'm reasonably sure that if, as an officer, you spot some dodgy types toting automatic weapons, you should call for backup. 

What you shouldn't do, I would imagine, is enter the building, pick up the first gun you find and start systematically killing everyone in the building. 

It all seems a bit too, I don't know, murdery...

21/09/2021

๐ŸŒณ Backworlds | Nintendo Switch | Ten minute Taster | Gameplay | "A Real Head Scratcher!" ๐ŸŒณ @BackworldsGame #IndieGames #GameDev

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Backworlds is a multi-dimensional puzzle platform game in which you explore by painting. Solve environmental conundrums by using each world’s physical properties to your advantage, and use your own creativity to craft original solutions to the game’s puzzles.

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20/09/2021

๐Ÿ•น️ PLAY RETRO VIDEO GAMES ON LINUX WITH THIS OPEN-SOURCE PROJECT ๐Ÿ•น️ #Unity #RetroGaming

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Is there a certain age that a game has to be considered retro?

It’s actually a little bit more complicated than that and there’s no real definitive answer or age the game has to be considered retro.

๐Ÿˆ‍⬛ Heart Chain Kitty | Nintendo Switch | Ten minute Taster | "This Game Is A Fever Dream!" ๐Ÿˆ‍⬛ #IndieGames #GameDev

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Help Kittey save his parents in Heart Chain Kitty, a surreal 3D platformer adventure that will blow your mind with fantastic locations, a heartfelt story, and unique abilities – like the screw ray!

 

19/09/2021

๐Ÿ“š A Profound Waste of Time ๐Ÿ“š @APWOTmag

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Described on the website (www.apwot.com) as:

‘an award-winning independent magazine that celebrates games as an art form. Each issue plays host to a rich variety of voices from inside and outside the videogame industry, interwoven with stunning bespoke imagery from leading illustrators and artists. Editorially discerning and beautifully designed, the magazine serves to celebrate gaming culture and discussion.’

18/09/2021

๐Ÿ“ฎ Lake | Xbox Series X | Review | 6.5/10 | "A Break From The City That’s Maybe Too Mellow" ๐Ÿ“ฎ @Lake_The_Game #IndieGames #GameDev

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Lake was a game that really stood out to me when I watched a showcase from the publisher last year. The trailer depicts a woman (Meredith Weiss) taking a two-week break from her busy computing job in a city - the game is set in 1986, so there’s some cool, old tech kicking around - to cover her postman father’s job back in her hometown of Providence Oaks.

17/09/2021

๐Ÿ“ฌ Lake | PC | Ten Minute Taster | Gameplay | "Just Checking The Mail ๐Ÿ“ฌ @Lake_The_Game #GameDev #IndieGames

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In Lake it's 1986 - Meredith Weiss takes a break from her career in the big city to deliver mail in her hometown. How will she experience two weeks in beautiful Providence Oaks, with its iconic lake and quirky community? 

And what will she do next? It's up to you

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