Screenshot Saturday Highlights - March 25th, 2017

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Screenshot Saturday Highlights - March 25th, 2017


Frenetic tank battles, surreal jousting, and dwarven combat all find their way into this collection of weekend highlights.

JASEM
Stas Shostak | PC, Mac, Linux | 2017
JASEM (aka Just Another Shooter with Electronic Music) is a fast-paced tank dual-stick shooter, dropping you into low-poly arenas to race around bullets, outrun missiles, and unleash blazing bursts of fire upon surrounding enemies.

Ghost Knight Victis
Hypertension Game | PC
As a dying man imbued with mystical powers, you engage in third-person swordplay with surreal foes in Ghost Knight Victis. However, outside of combat, your everyman hero must hide his super-powered identity from friends in life sim-esque sections

How Future Unfolding Leaves The Player Hanging (And Why That's A Good Thing)

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Games are communication: a set of calls and responses, built around specific rules. In most cases, this is somewhat lopsided. The game tells you what it wants to hear, and you respond accordingly. Spaces of Play's Future Unfolding, with its minimal UI, its lack of tutorials, and its focus on exploration above all else, doesn't play along. So what happens if a game refuses to communicate?

"The basic idea," developer Andreas Zecher claims, "was to make a game that is truly about exploration and respects the freedom of the player. When we started 4 years ago, many games took a very handholding approach to teaching the player the mechanics. Often, something would be shown to you, before you were actually allowed to do it yourself."

When I first played the game two years ago at Gamescom, the circumstances were less than ideal. Amidst a sea of noisy people, putting on a pair of headphones and diving into the game's colorful, weird world somehow felt off. Zecher was intentionably unhelpful, letting me figure out stuff as I went along. All of this felt irritating - in a good way.

The Growing Indie Game Development Scene of South Africa

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The Growing Indie Game Development Scene of South Africa

South Africa's video game development scene has been through a lot of ups and downs since it got started in the mid-90s. The indie scene in particular got its first big break in 2010, with the entry of Desktop Dungeons on the world stage. Events like A MAZE. / Johannesburg have helped the scene grow. The community is still small and lacks diversity, but that is slowly changing.

Ben Myres fell into game development after his father signed him up for a course in game design at the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) and quickly became deeply involved in the South African indie game development community. He taught game design at WITS University until recently, in addition to holding the Program Director position for A MAZE/Johannesburg and working on Semblance, a puzzle platformer due out later this year.

Dude, Where's My Ear? Battle Brothers Leaves Early Access

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Battle Brothers is like a turn-based Mount & Blade, except someone ate all the horses and now everyone hates everyone else. Cue lots of hacking and slashing and various limbs being chopped off. In other words: a pretty good time all around.

Leading a group of mercenaries through a procedurally generated low fantasy world, you'll travel the land in search of work, growing in notoriety and reputation, and doing your best to thrive in these hostile times. What starts as a sorry little mob of thugs can turn into a mighty warband. Likewise, small skirmishes turn into huge battles along the way.

Managing your units and equipment while traversing the world map is one important element, but the real fun begins when swords are drawn and arrows are nocked. The turn-based battles certainly pull no punches, and many a severed limb (or ear, for that matter) can remain on the battlefield if the odds are not in your favor.

Cheap Golf Is Golf That's Not Afraid To Get A Bit Weird

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Cheap Golf. The mind simply races with possibilities with a title like that. Still, Pixeljam, makers of Potatoman Seeks the Troof (otherwise known as the game with the best trailer, ever, don't argue unless you want knuckles in your noodle), perpetually have my attention.

That they called it "a shotgun marriage of low-poly mini golf and surreal humor" didn't hurt, though.

Cheap Golf is a simple golf game. You whack the ball, it shoots through teleporters, dodges crushing traps, and slips through dimensions that ask you odd personal questions but ignores your answers, before dropping in the hole. Simple golf, right? That silliness promises sports fans will be scratching their heads as they play, and I'll somehow get dragged into playing a golf game because I appreciate anything that makes me question my mental state.

Friends And Foes Unite In Upcoming Strategy Game Warhammer Quest 2

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Friends And Foes Unite In Upcoming Strategy Game Warhammer Quest 2


Three years ago, developer Rodeo Games translated classic board game Warhammer Quest to a challenging turn-based RPG, a party-based adventure through dungeons and ruins with a varied collection of heroes. Since then, founding members of Rodeo formed a new team, Perchang, making one wonder if that was the last we'd see of digital Quest.

But now that question has been answered. Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times is coming, and as the title implies, it'll be an even grander adventure.


Warhammer Quest 2 is set in a time of chaos, quite literally. The forces of Chaos are ravaging the land, forcing heroes and their dark adversaries to unite against an ever greater threat. Sorcerers, White Hunters, Elf Assassins, Dwarf Slayers, and more are the skillful warriors seeking action and adventure during this war, offering you a new roster of characters to select to brave End Times' dungeons.

Trailer Roundup - March 22, 2017

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Welcome to yet another Trailer Roundup, featuring whistleblowing journalists, deep sea survival horror, pulpy cartoon adventures, and unexpected electric death in the Wild West.

The Wild Eternal
Windows | $19.99 | April 13, 2017

From developer Ilsanjo: "Get lost beneath the fog in The Wild Eternal, a reflective first-person exploration game. Embark on a meditative journey to heal the scars of your past. Can you escape the cycle of reincarnation?"

Zombie Society - Dead Detective: Fighting Crime In An Undead Time

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Even with undead having taken over the world, apparently there is still crime. I'm not sure what a zombie crime would entail (stealing brains?), but Margh, a private detective, is still on the case in goofy, lighthearted point & clicker Zombie Society - Dead Detective.

Just don't go accusing the wrong undead. You wouldn't want them to get falsely arrested and executed, would you?

Zombie Society - Dead Detective involves a lot of wandering around zombie society, looking for clues and trying to figure out who is responsible for the game's oddball crime. You can combine those clues and items to make even more important clues, interrogate suspects to get more evidence, and then come up with your own conclusions on who's guilty. Just don't screw up with your accusations, as you can get multiple endings depending on how much you mess up.

Become A Super Cool Secret Agent Dog With Agent B0rk

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Become A Super Cool Secret Agent Dog With Agent B0rk

Your life as an undercover dog secret agent (undercover secret agent dog? dog undercover secret agent? undercover secret dog agent?) is about to begin, should you choose to accept it, in Agent B0rk. Grab some shades. Get stealthy. The mayor's got a dirty secret, and only this clever dog can uncover it.

Agent B0rk draws a little bit from stealth games, as you need to be sneaky if you want to find all of the mayor's hidden secrets. If you're as stealthy as I am, though, you're going to get caught, which brings about the game's RPG inspirations, letting you duke it out with your opponents, turn-based style. Still, your overall job is finding incriminating documents, so you do whatever you need to do to get them.

You ARE a dog, though, so you have a handful of dog tricks you can do. Those will help you blend in on your deep cover mission as the mayor's dog. Plus, dog tricks are adorable and make me want any game with them in it. So there's that, too.

Moribund - Post Apocalyptic Multiplayer Friend Killing Fun!

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After the apocalypse takes out most of the planet's population, you would think that people would find something else to do besides kill each other. But people aren't really all that bright, so it only makes sense that they'd grab stun and harpoon guns and start mowing each other down in four-player local multiplayer matches in Moribund.

To keep from getting bored as the world burns, you can join one of four factions, each with two characters representing it. To promote your ideology, you'll have to go around killing anyone who doesn't back your belief system. Or maybe if they do, if you choose free-for-all instead of team mode. No hard feelings to your partner, though. They can enjoy the view across the game's sixty stages as the life winks out of their eyes, though.

Eliminating the last of the life on this planet IS entertaining, though, as you have a gun with two firing modes: stun and harpoon. Stun freezes the struck player in place, leaving them dazed, at which point you use your harpoon to leave them as a messy smear. Trouble is, three other people want to do the same thing to each other, which results in a lot of stunned people and harpoons flying everywhere. And all the while, stage mechanics are making things harder, people are taunting each other, and ragdoll effects are keeping things goofy.