Now it’s been a while, but why not some Xbox news right? Well our friends over at VVGtv have taken away all the work from me and prepared the most important this week in a nice video roundup.
Charlie Murder … I had this picture of a poor cat slaughtered in an alley, and a detective trying to find the murder in my head. Talking about how there are WP7 phones in the game did not help to make that picture anything like the last Rambo movie.
Well … that trailer certainly did. Ska Studios are back … now I wish I would still buy Xbox games. Maybe I should make an exception.
And then there is Escape Goat 2 … damn, I am ashamed, because Magical Time Bean does great games and I still have not played part 1. Well … I’ll buy it when they release it on Steam! At the very least looks cool …
… but not as retro as the “A Ride into the Mountains” trailer does. That one is like animated Atari 2600 awesomeness. Somehow I like the style, the gameplay certainly looked like twinstick action where one stick is permanently retired and all you will need is one button. But it is retro.
Finally the most important thing … Phil “cry baby” Fish got it good, Ryan rips him a new one. I hope he does not commit suicide after watching the video. Well … actually I am pretty impartial on that.
It´s been a while, tomorrow I leave the country so it might take even longer until the next post. But at least I have something fun for now – Escape Goat, a retro puzzle platformer from Ian Stocker, the creator of the awesome Soulcaster Series. So it should be worth checking out.
Here is a bit more information right out of the press release:
Emeryville, CA: MagicalTimeBean, creator of the critically-acclaimed Soulcaster series, releases a new take on puzzle platforming. Play the role of a goat, imprisoned for the use of witchcraft, who must overcome the diabolical Prison of Agnus. The sheep are slumbering. And unless you can find and awaken them, you will be trapped inside for eternity!
Key features distinguish Escape Goat for a unique player experience:
A custom-built physics engine enables rooms to morph and reconfigure themselves like a living labyrinth.
Work with the friendly mouse, an innovative NPC helper who can reach otherwise inaccessible areas. Send him up walls and ceilings to hit switches and distract enemies. Find a Magic Hat, and you can even teleport to him!
Redbook audio-style soundtrack featuring authentic 1980’s synths and samples provide a rocking musical experience from start to finish.
Built-in level editor to create your own mazes and machinery.
Over 50 rooms in 10 regions provide a lasting challenge.
“This is my first puzzle game,” says creator Ian Stocker. “Soulcaster featured lots of strategy and combat, so it was a challenge making something completely different. The goat has no weapons, so you have to use the environment to your advantage. Fortunately, players seem to really like it. The best part of development is watching people discover new solutions to the puzzles. Some people like to use precise timing to try for a shortcut, others take the time to painstakingly alter the room.”
Ian is currently the only developer at MagicalTimeBean, a fledgling indie game company with just two previous titles. Built from scratch using C# and the XNA Framework, Escape Goat took eleven months to complete.
Do you remember Mechanoid Army? Most likely not – and that is a shame, because it´s one cool title! But the developer Mancebo has not given up and the new title looks very promising – and since it has zombies it might have a better chance of success! Let´s hope so.