Indie fix

So much to cover but in a quick format post:

FTL : Faster than light

The game that kicked up a storm on kickstarter is now out and the name perfectly sums up how time passes when you pick up this title. It’s placed in the genre Roguelike, the setting being in space still has a dungeon-crawler vibe to it, that said the game has many other components that give it a rather unique feel.
A play-through can last between 3 (if very unlucky) to around 90 minutes, of course you have to get used to 1 life/Permadeath model but that is of course is what makes it so addictive with that “just one more try” nature.
This game is wonderfully simple but hugely satisfying, you get to unlock new ships and configurations then embark on a trial and error journey to find out how to utilise it best. I’ve put in 41 hours into FTL so far and I’ve still not had a succesful run through.

 

They Bleed Pixels

If you enjoy playing soul crushingly difficult yet very rewarding platformers then this game is for you. A tricky game where you control a character who has to battle monsters and out-smart puzzles of increasing difficulty, the controls are few but are built in such as way you get some fantastic combo-attack chains and combinations of the button open up more attacks. As the name implies there is a lot of pixel blood flying around in this game, oh and it’s very fun to play, I’ve been following development of the game for some time now, glad it’s finally arrived.

GSB update 1.60

Cliffski has produced a new patch for Gratuitous Space Battles that introduces the functionality to direct ships mid battle, this allows you to alter the way/order that your ships engage the enemy, this small change has big impact to how a battle can pan out.

The ability to hold back ships in reserve or to perform flanking manoeuvres, gives players great control on the battlefield. You can read more about it over at Cliffskis blog or just patch your client and try it 🙂

Humble Bundle

While we are on the indie vibe the latest HB launched this week and has some great games and soundtracks. The last one I bought was purely to get the Bastion soundtrack which was $9.99 on steam and for $7 I got 6 games and 4 soundtracks, plus it gave a little to charity.

She’s in Parties

I’ve been following the development of the game SpyParty for some time now and I received my beta/purchase invite recently so I thought it would be good to tell you a bit more about the game.

If you aren’t aware of the title, it is labelled as an asymmetric multiplayer espionage game. It revolves around an ambassadorial party (not a Ferrero Rocher in sight) where a spy is attempting to achieve a predefined number of tasks, simultaneously a sniper is trying to identify and eliminate that spy before they completes their tasks or time runs out.

spyparty

This is a games that requests your complete & undivided focus, attention to detail is very important and could result in you winning or losing. Additionally the game has tension by the bucket load no matter which side of the scope you are on, it is a game of skill where players continually learn from previous matches.

Sniper

You have a room full of people and you need to keep your eyes peeled for the tell-tale signs of a spy. Your rifle has a red laser that gives the spy some idea of were you are focusing your attention or to maybe misdirect them. You have only one bullet so you need to be 100% sure before you pull that trigger.

Spy

You have to blend into the party and work toward completing your missions, watching for the most opportunistic moment to spring into action while avoiding doing something silly that could bring that single sniper round hurtling towards you. You have to navigate between the other guests and use them to mask your actions.

As yet SpyParty has no release date as it’s still in early beta, but if you are looking for something that’s not your usual shooter title, this certainly takes a step in the right direction.