Pandora’s Station: Counter Spy Review

Developed by Dynamighty, CounterSpy is one of those short but entertaining “Don’t talk to me or else I’ll die!” games. It was made free to download on PlayStation Vita for PS Plus members this month, otherwise it is regularly $14.99. The game is set during the Cold War and has neat little historical facts about nuclear and space programs added to the load screens. The player can really see the influence from Creative Director Mark Holmes who use to work at Pixar. The graphics are bold, angular and aggressive, fitting for a spy game. Music is full of that smooth 1950’s swagger that would fit any scene in a James Bond movie. Continue reading

We Happy Few Trailer – Frame By Frame

"Indian head test pattern labeled" by Jack H. Kubanoff - Retrieved July 18, 2014 from Jack H. Kubanoff, "Use test pattern to align your TV set" in Radio and Television News magazine, Ziff-Davis Publishing Co., Chicago, Vol. 43, No. 5, May 1950, p. 43 on American Radio History site. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Indian head test pattern labeled” by Jack H. Kubanoff

The first thing we see in the trailer is a broadcasting test pattern from Wellington Wells Broadcasting Corporation. It resembles the Indian head test that was widely used up until the 1970’s. At the top of the tower there are two eye shapes, over lapping horizontally and vertically which makes me think of a surveillance state where everyone is being watched all the time. At the bottom of the screen is a profile of a woman, encircled with a crown on top. Knowing that the game is set in “an alternative 1960s England” I would believe that this is meant to be the young Queen Elizabeth II, or another royal figure that will be introduced in the game.  Continue reading

DIE

CitizenJape – I am very proud of these tracks that I put together over the last month. The idea struck me on a whim and it was a very valuable learning experience. So, here they are. I have more remixes planned and also some completely original stuff. If you like what you hear, I would really appreciate it if you could head over to my music page and give it a like. For those who have expressed interest in this I am putting together a downloadable package with all of the artwork. For now, these are streamable on soundcloud. Thank you and enjoy.

News on Forma.8

The creator of forma.8, a small Italian studio called Mixed Bag Games, made a statement today that the game has not been released yet despite an announcement last February that it would be available in 2014. Since their initial excitement last year, the clock kept ticking but their priorities redirected and the micro-studio found themselves unable to meet the timeline they had originally set. In an explanation Mauro Fanelli went into detail about what caused the lack of a release, specifically speaking to the visual aspects of the game. From what I can see from the announcement trailer, this space-topian action adventure deserves all of the time they took to perfect their baby. This is the reason Mixed Bag opened, so you know they want to make sure everything is perfect and deliver a game that truly reflects their vision. Four years in the making the screenshots for forma.8 are astounding. The color layering creates a remarkable depth for a 2D game. The geometric shapes, variance and balance in color and shading makes me wonder if every screenshot coming from forma.8 will look like a work of modern art. As stated in their second announcement, the game will be running at 60 frames per second on the Vita, making for a stunningly smooth gameplay experience.

I’m gonna go ahead and let Mixed Bag Games take all the time they need for a flawless release. Yes, they have my permission. If you’re going to the Game Developer’s Conference next week they will be showing a demo. Hopefully everything works out for them this year and the game will be released soon because I want to play it now!!!

Pandora’s Station: Knytt Underground Review

Knytt Underground was released for multiple platforms (including how I played, on the PSVita) just before 2013. It was created by Nicklas Nygren, or Nifflas, and published by Ripstone Games. The game has a great aesthetic throughout. the foreground is all black, creating parts of the game you can interact with. Most things that are black you can either walk on or climb. The beauty is in the background with scenic images of nature. Trees, flowers and even radiant color-scapes are all easy on the eyes. Continue reading