Painters Guild is an upcoming PC game from indie developer Lucas Molina. The engaging browser-based alpha opens in Andrea di Verrocchio’s painting studio where a young Leonardo Da Vinci has just been apprenticed. It’s 1466 and Da Vinci and his mentor are working to complete commissioned paintings.
Click and drag to move artists, paintings and furniture in order to work efficiently on adorable portraits of the 8-bit patrons or on mini-versions of well-known paintings. (I noticed The Birth of Venus and The Creation of Adam, and I’m sure folks with a real art background could spot more.) When young Da Vinci is near his mentor he’s able to learn more too, but you’ll need to keep both artists hard at work in order to complete commissions before patrons get angry and storm off.
|Recommended by Meg Stivison||Monday, January 6th, 2014||No Comments »|
Play as an adorably pixelated Elizabeth Bennett as you run across the text of Pride and Prejudice in this endless runner for iOs.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that adding Jane Austen to anything makes it better, and the usually-edu game developers at No Crusts Interactive must agree. In their new release Stride and Prejudice, the full text of Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice forms the platforms and challenges for an endless runner.
No need to get your petticoats six inches deep in mud, just tap to hop and then let Lizzie run along the text. Set the speed for a challenging game, or slow it down to read the book while playing. And of course, you can bookmark your game to pick up right where you left off next time.
While hopping from phrase to phrase isn’t the optimal setting for reading the adventures of the Bennett sisters, any fans of Temple Run, Subway Surfer and other endless runners will love the Austen twist on solid running and jumping game mechanics.
|Recommended by Meg Stivison||Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013||No Comments »|
Good news for Android gamers! The latest Humble Bundle is a collection of popular Droid games, including two Android ports of award-winning iOs games. The Droid market usually takes a backseat to iOs releases, so this is great news for gamers with Droid phones, as well as a good indication of a growing Droid gaming market.
Humble Bundles usually offer a collection of games for one price, usually indie, although we’ve seen THQ and other mainstream giants get in on the action. Gamers name their own price for humble bundles and determine how much of that price goes to charity and how much goes directly to the developer. Pay whatever you want for the games, even one penny, but gamers who pay over the average get an extra game or two thrown in.
Humble Mobile Bundle 3 includes popular Droid games robot battle EPOCH, fantasy action Kingdom Rush, minimalistic space strategy game rymdkapsel, and word puzzler SpellTower. Ridiculous Fishing and Swordigo are both massive successes on iOs, and this Humble Bundle marks their Android release. Touch Foo’s cute adventure game Swordigo reached #1 for Adventure Games on the App Store, while Vlambeer’s zany Ridiculous Fishing received honors everywhere from Apple Design Awards to PAX Prime.
Droid gamers can get EPOCH, rymdkapsel, SpellTower and Swordigo, right now for any price. Pay over the average, which is currently about $5, and get Ridiculous Fishing, Kingdom Rush, and new additions Hundreds, Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor, and Desert Bus, too.
|Recommended by Meg Stivison||Monday, December 2nd, 2013||No Comments »|
Now if this is not the point of KickStarter then I don’t know what is. TinkerHouse Games is in need of a few good gamers to help them fund their unique creative venture. Dwarven Delve is an action-play, dungeon crawl, and rotating puzzle game RPG all rolled into one that they have claimed to be Diablo meets Pipe Mania. A heavy comparison considering Diablo’s successful game history and the fact that I think they may have a slightly unhealthy cult following.
Anyway, the name basically explains it all. In this genre crossover you’re navigating a party of six dwarves and you are literally delving into an underground cavern of tunnels (see what I mean). Throughout the levels you are battling goblin looking creatures, collecting resources, ancestral relics, and changing the very structure of the cavern itself, all for the purpose of learning about your past and attempting to break a curse that has been cast over your fading race. Each level is filled with tunnels within rotating hexagon shaped pieces that you have to connect in order to get safely through to the exit. Sound simple enough?
After playing the demo, I do have to say that I am rather impressed with what they’ve done so far. The graphics are well done and shows that they took their time with detail, which I enjoy. The sound is clear, game play fully functional, and it ran well over my browser with no lagging that I could notice. Then, as if anticipating their success in this game’s completion, there is also a vote on Steam Greenlight to get it on Steam. Please do keep in mind (because so many do not), that this is an alpha demo and not all features that will be in the game are available for the test play. So, if you do like the game after playing the demo and want to help along the gaming development process, then head over to KickStarter and help these developers with a $10 donation.
|Recommended by Danielle Dabrio-Carroll||Wednesday, November 13th, 2013||No Comments »|