Indie Insights: Episode 63

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A Game of Changes



First up tonight we’ll be checking out A Game of Changes, a zen-like puzzle game inspired by the ancient chinese oracle I. Ching. This is probably the first game I’ve ever checked out which was inspired by philisophical writings. I find zen games fascienating in this day and age, when you consider most games exist to fill an action role in most people’s lives. It’s like listening to smooth Jazz while the rest of the world loves Metallica. I enjoy seeing games like this because they fit a niche that is rarely touched on, niche of non-violent and non-stressful gameplay that can be a great gateway game for many new gamers. I look forward to seeing how accessable this game is.

Bevontule


After that we’ll be checking out Bevontule, a 3D Turn Based tactical RPG. Much of this game is based around the concept of positioning and timing of your attacks, but I’m not sure what “timing” has to do with turn based gameplay. As I always enter these games blind, I’ll be finding out along with you guys, so let’s check it out together!

Barricade


We cap off our night by checking out the fully up to date version of Barricade! You may recall that I checked this game out not too long ago, but apperently I was sent an older version of the game. This version promises to have MANY new features to play around with, many changes and some more music to rock out too. I can’t wait to see the changes in this game!

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The stream will take place on all the following channels at 8PM EST.
Twitch (Primary Chat Takes Place Here)
YouTube
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Lil Tanks


LISTEN UP MAGGOTS! First up tonight we’re checking out a new take on the Shoot em Up genre with Lil Tanks! This game is a side scrolling shoot em’ up, but instead of the standard “space shooter” convention you play as a ground tank fighting a ton of unique and strange units! This game is very unique to me, as I’ve never personally seen a shoot em up that wasn’t a space shooter of some sort, so it’s neat to see this little break from standard convention.

60 Tons



TEN HUT! Our next game of the night is another Tank related game by the name of 60 Tons. This is a 3D multiplayer online game that relies heavily on teamwork to get together to capture points and/or take out the enemy team’s tanks. These days games like this have alot of competition with World of Tanks, so we’ll be examining the handling and mechanics of the tanks themselves to see how the hold up.

Balistic Tanks


DROP AND GIVE ME TWENTY! We’ll be ending our night with one final tank related game, Balisitic Tanks! This 4 player arena party game is designed to test your ability to position yourself well and trap your enemy into a no-win situation. It’s full of flashy graphics and TONS of juice to go with it, as well as a single player wave survival mode. We’ll be jumping in and killing whatever we can.

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The stream will take place on all the following channels at 8PM EST.
Twitch (Primary Chat Takes Place Here)
YouTube
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Split Brain


First up tonight we’ll be checking out Split Brain, a top down shooter inspired by a combination of Hotline Miami and John Wick. This game features a dual wielding system and promises a fast paced action experience. We’ll be seeing how well the dual wielding system controls and if it can create for a frantic experience like its inspirations.

Blobby

Next up we’ll be checking out Blobby, a puzzle platformer based around a constant bouncing mechanic. Physics based platformers are always a tricky thing to get right, which is why so many Little Big Planet levels end up failing. It’s important to get your controls as tight as possible while making sure your level design can work correctly around the physics themselves.

MiniRL



Lastly we’ll be checking out MiniRL, a procedurally-generated 2D roguelike with puzzle elements. It sets out to have accessible gameplay so that anyone can pick up and play it. This game is created by a web developer of 15 years who’s seeking a career change. We’ll be testing the level of accessability this game has as first time players with no instruction manual.

Where/When?


The stream will take place on all the following channels at 8PM EST.
Twitch (Primary Chat Takes Place Here)
YouTube
Hitbox

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Indie Insights: Episode 60

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Axel the Penguin


First up tonight we’ll be checking out a passion project that Ceresoft has been working on for quite a while now. This Sega Master System stylized action platformer is a throwback to the old Mascot platformers of the past. It’s the story of a little penguin by the name of Axel (who’d have guessed), on a quest to save his beloved penguin girlfriend! He’s have to use all of his wit to platform around these puzzling levels. I’ve been keeping a close eye on this one since Ceresoft joined my Discord a while back. We’ve been discussing the game and I’m very exicted to finally check out a demo of it!

Skyhook


Next up we’ll be taking our 2nd look at a person favorite of mine, Skyhook! We checked this game out in 2015, and since then the developer has been HARD at work getting this game to its completion stage. Qazi now believes the game is ready for its full release on Steam, and I’m super excited to see how far its come since our last playthrough! Since the last time I checked it out, melee has been added to the game per my suggestion, and a full Single Player mode has been added as well. We’ll be checking out the Single Player specifically to see what’s been done to improve the experience!

Dragon Game


Our last game of the night is from newcomer BulletProof Outlaws! This game, currently by the name of Dragon Game is a Ludum Dare entry that has been modified to be a full game experience. This game is still in SUPER ULTRA PROTOTYPE MODE!!!! So we’ll be doing alot of things with this one including but not limited to Game Name Brainstorming! It’s gonna be a good time.

Where/When?


The stream will take place on all the following channels at 8PM EST.
Twitch (Primary Chat Takes Place Here)
YouTube
Hitbox

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Indie Insights: Episode 59

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Dark Flame


First up tonight we’ll be re-examining a personal favorite of mine, Dark Flame! This 2D action adventure RPG is designed with heavy inspirations from Castlevania and Dark Souls. When I last checked it out I had an absolute blast trying out the different weapon and magic designs against the different enemies. In spite of that I had some concerns about the difficult nature of the game through its unfair enemy movements. This time around I’ll be taking a critical look at how the enemies are designed to engage the player.

Barricade


Next up we’ll be checking out Barricade, a game about block busting! It’s an action puzzle game that’s all about breaking down barriers with style. this game seems to be PACKED full of JUICE! I’m always stoked when I see lots of debris from a massive explosion. I’m going to be paying special attention to all of the visual effects that were put into this game, as well as how they mix up the action puzzle elements.

Chicken Assassin


Our last game of the night stars a special Chicken and his two buddies, Machete I and Machete II. This Chicken’s on the warpath, and he’s not gonna let anything stand in the way of his rampage. We’ll be checking out Chicken Assassin, a game that pretty much says everything you’d ever want to ask about it in the title itself. The concept and the visuals look great, but the gameplay itself does not explmplify itself too well in the video. I’m going to be closely examining the gameplay to determine if it’s strong enough to hold up this awesome concept.

Where/When?


The stream will take place on all the following channels at 8PM EST.
Twitch (Primary Chat Takes Place Here)
YouTube
Hitbox

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