Indie Insights: Episode 65

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Spark


First up we’ll be checking out Spark, a game space shooter with both a puzzle and survival gameplay mode. I find it curious that these two modes are seperate, it seems like puzzle sidescrolling space shooters are in short supply, so why not combine them into a hybrid? We’ll be looking closely at both modes and possibly talking about integrating them together, instead of keeping them seperate.

Shooting Game Thing


After that we’re taking a look at a space shooter by Bulletproof Outlaws! Last time we checked out a game by Bulletproof Outlaws it was Dragon Game, a game where you controlled a giant dragon who burned down buildings and ate allll the villages. Much like last time, this time we have a highly stylized Ludum Dare entry that the developer is looking into expanding on. In this one we play as a side scrolling spaceship which can transform into a giant mech, altering its hitbox and the way it performs in battle. We’ll be discussing ways to improve this game for a potential full release. Come to the show with enemy and mechanic ideas, and we’ll chat them out with the developer!

The Seeker

Finally we’ll be checking out The Seeker, a new title from Intercido etertainment. Previous we checked out Demented, which is now available on Steam Early Access. From the minimal description I’ve gotten of this game, it seems to be some sort of a Pac-man stealth game. We’ll be checking this game carefully and watching for any pitfalls similar to what we found when we checked Demented. Hope you’ll join us!

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


First up tonight we’re checking out the latest version of Dire Vengance by Magic Shot Games. Some of you may remember the last time we checked out this game a while back. Well now we’re back to see what sort of improvements have been made to this game since the last time. From what I can see, there’s a ton of new levels that have been added this time around. Not to mention a bunch of new beasties with different mechanics and attacks. There was a bit of difficulty when it came to the punishment of death, so we’ll be keeping an eye on player fairness this time around.

Sector Six


Next up tonight we’ve got Sector Six, a game where you create your own custom ship to take on the world! The concept of building your own ship is a neat one I’ve never seen in this genere, but it’s a concept I’ve LOVED in other genres. It’s such a great idea to give the player the power to shape their game however THEY wish to, and I’m excited to see how this plays out in a SHUMUP environment. We’ll be seeing how easy to use the customizer is, as well as how well balanced the gameplay is for different ship types.

Demons of Scheherazade

Lastly we’ll be checking out another game from C-Dawg, creator of Zodiac: Story of the Guardian, which we checked out a while back. This is another game created in Zelda Classic, a game engine developed especially to allow players to create original Zelda games of their own. With some VERY heavy modifications, you can do speical things to this engine however, including create an action RPG, as we are seeing here! I’m excited to see just how far the scripting can go with this engine, as it’s something I used to toy with myself a long time ago. Let’s see how this engine holds up to current game making technology!

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The stream will take place on all the following channels at 8PM EST.
Twitch (Primary Chat Takes Place Here)
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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)
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Indie Insights: Episode 62

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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)
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Indie Insights: Episode 61

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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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