• Brawlout launches first on Nintendo Switch on December 19th, featuring a new guest character.
  • New Romanian game studio Fox Dive announces shoot'em up Blink Rogues.
  • Devious Technologies released their physics-based puzzle game on Steam.
  • I spent a couple of hours at Faery Dust Games, talking with Marius and Irina about their business, studio and games.
  • The old school, action side-scroller has been released on Steam Early Access.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Black the Fall to be released on Nintendo Switch

Sand Sailor Studio, the developer behind Black the Fall announced today that the game will be released on Nintendo Switch on December 14th in United States, Canada and Mexico. European game players will have the chance to find the game on the Nintendo Switch eShop in early January!

The game takes you through an emotional time travel into a dark world inspired by Romanian Communism and 90’s Sci-fi universe, as you take control of an old machinist who manipulates his way out of The System. Black the Fall challenges you to unravel puzzles buried within the oppressive atmosphere of a dystopian dictatorship by harnessing the power of a stolen designator tool to manipulate both man and machine while befriending a lonely lost robot and earn its loyal companionship in an attempt at overthrowing a Communist State inspired by real world events.

Black the Fall was successfully launched earlier this year on Steam, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and it received multiple awards and nominations, including Best Indie Game at Gamescom, Best Art and Best Narrative.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Brawlout comes to Nintendo Switch on December 19th

Angry Mob Games announced the release date for their party fighting game, Brawlout. While the game has been on Steam Early Access for some time, the final version of the game comes first to Nintendo Switch on December 19th.

Besides the already announced guest character Hyper Light Drifter, it has been revealed that the game will also guest feature Juan from Gucamelee! by Drinkbox Studios. The two will complete the roster of 18 characters to choose from and duke it out with your friends in 4 players online matches or local multiplayer.

New studio Fox Dive announces Blink Rogues

Fox Dive is a new Romanian game development studio based in Bucharest founded by industry veterans from Ubisoft. They announced their first big project, Blink Rogues, in a recent press release.

The game is inspired in pacing and mechanics from both shoot'em ups and FPS arena titles. It features 5 minutes long PvP matches full of frenetic action. However, if you’re not the competitive type, you can relax and enjoy a thought provoking story about a possible humankind evolution, through the game's cooperative or solo play modes.

The game stays loyal to the top down vertical scroller genre, but nevertheless pursues innovation through direct PVP mechanics, enabling you to jump into your opponent’s screen and chase down a proper frag. This will be enabled through both local Split Screen experience and Online Multiplayer, being fueled by a Leaderboard system that will allow you to see how you stand against worldwide competition.

Fox Dive also released a free playable demo on GameJolt and they plan to soon release the game on Steam as well. You can read more about the game at http://foxdivestudio.com/presskit/.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Marble Land releases on Steam

Marble Land, the VR physics-based puzzle game from Devious Technologies, was released today on Steam. The game regularly costs 14.99$, but is currently 15% discounted. While it was developed aiming mainly at VR, Marble Land can also be played on regular Windows PCs, as a non-VR experience.

The purpose of the game is to guide a rolling marble on the correct path to its target destination by changing the configuration of the elements in the level. The game contains 45 levels of increasing difficulty, split across three different environments: the dessert, the cave and the mountain.

Marble Land offers an immersive and comfortable experience that doesn’t induce any VR motion sickness.
Marble Land can be played using a gamepad or motion controllers, either as a sitting, standing or room-scale VR experience. It can also be played as a non-VR game, with mouse and keyboard or a standard controller. Here are the various features of the game:
  • 45 different puzzles of increasing complexity
  • 3 gorgeous and relaxing environments
  • Lots of different level mechanics and contraptions
  • Playable VR modes: sitting, standing and room-scale
  • Comfortable VR experience, no motion sickness
  • Support for motion controllers, gamepad
  • Playable as Non-VR game (doesn't require a VR headset)

Marble Land is one of the games to receive support from Carbon Incubator. Devious Technologies is an independent game development studio based in Bucharest and founded in 2016 by George Cristian Tudor. This is the studio's first game.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Mindnight goes free to play

Four months after its original release on Steam, Mindnight becomes Free to Play. The multiplayer online game by No Moon Studio is a game of deceit, accusations and unpredictability. It challenges the player's ability to lie and detect other players that are lying.

The free to play update to the game brings with it a long list of improvements including a progression system, many new skins, lots of emoji, gestures, in-game credits, matchmaking improvements...and more.

Mindnight is the first game released by No Moon Studio. No Moon have offices in Bucharest and Denver.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Color Portal released today on iOS

Tiny Dev Studio in collaboration with TwoDoor Games today released their newest game, Color Portal. Color Portal is a unique 3 row arcade game where you tap to jump into portals in an attempt to reach as many points as possible. Portals will teleport you to their matching color row, it's your job to choose the best one, get as far as possible and collect as many diamonds as you can to unlock awesome characters.

The game uses simple one hand game mechanics, has tons of characters and power ups and promises to bring players endless hours of fun through its unique gameplay.

TwoDoor Games is a small studio located in western Romania focusing on mobile game development and publishing. They have previously released other games like Don't Get Wet, Cave Swing and Dashing Knight. This is the first game from Tiny Dev Studio.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Play the Boom Squad alpha

Boom Squad is a platformer shooter developed by PVP Studio. The developer recently made available an Alpha version of the game, with the intent to release small updates every few weeks, to push bug fixes, client & server performance and stability fixes and new content.

The classic platformer shooter revived into a new  team-based online multiplayer game.
The focus of Boom Squad is on player vs player (5 vs 5) and cooperative gameplay, with each player controlling a customized soldier equipped with specialized firearms and special combat abilities, carrying out all sorts of missions, ranging from assassination and bomb defusing to rescue.

Every match takes the best from the late 90s, like adrenaline packed gameplay, simple and fun mechanics and beloved game modes, and combines them with the best perks of modern games: online multiplayer ranked matches, highly stylized graphics, RPG-like progression based on an extensive tech tree of firearms and several characters available, addressing different combat types like offensive, defensive and support.

The game is developed for PC and is set to release in Early Access in December this year, while the final release should happen in April 2018.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Door Kickers adds Multiplayer Coop Mode

Three years after its original release, the still very popular Door Kickers game receives a surprise Multiplayer Coop update. KillHouse Games announced the update on their social media and on the game's Steam page through a funny video showing that they listened to their community of players.

Door Kickers is an innovative strategy game that puts you in charge of a SWAT team and lets you command them during a tactical intervention. The game features non-linear levels, 2D top down graphics, real-time tactics and a mission editor.