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Playerless: One Button Adventure is a comedic 'game within a game'

News By Cameron Bald, 3 weeks, 5 days ago
Playerless: One Button Adventure is a comedic 'game within a game'

Playerless: One Button Adventure is an upcoming puzzler that sees you entering the world of an old arcade game to fix its many bugs and wrestle back control from its newly self-aware AI. It comes to us from developer Moonlit, and it’s headed to iOS and Android later this year. Playerless is a “game within a game” in the sense that your character is actually playing this old ghost-hunting title that’s been abandoned inside a run-down arcade. You’ll have to try to fix some ridiculous bugs as you go while the world around you collapses in on itself. The arcade cabinet has been left in such a state of disrepair that only one of its buttons still functions, meani…

Stick Fight: The Game delivers chaotic stick man brawling to iOS and Android

News By Cameron Bald, 3 weeks, 6 days ago
Stick Fight: The Game delivers chaotic stick man brawling to iOS and Android

Landfall and NetEase Games have brought chaotic stick man brawling to iOS with the mobile port of the duo’s 2017 hit, Stick Fight: The Game. This updated version of the intense multiplayer brawler reworks the controls and serves up the entire Stick Fight experience for on-the-go play. It sees you facing off against your most powerful rivals in explosive 2-to-4-player battles.  In the world of Stick Fight, there are no rules. You have a handful of mischievous options open to you at any one time. You could, for example, deafen and confuse your fellow players by blasting heavy weaponry around the arena, throwing everyone off guard. Or you could trick them into throwing themselves…

Hard-as-nails indie hit Hyper Light Drifter arrives on iOS this week

News By Cameron Bald, 4 weeks, 1 day ago
Hard-as-nails indie hit Hyper Light Drifter arrives on iOS this week

Hyper Light Drifter, the Zelda-inspired indie classic from developer Heart Machine, is set to hit the App Store this Thursday, July 25th. It’s a neon-drenched action RPG that sees you travelling across a crumbling yet elegant world of rock-hard bosses and oddball NPCs. The game originally launched for PC back in 2016 after a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign where $645,158 was pledged to bring it to life. It was an instant hit among critics and fans, earning almost universal praise for its intense combat, stunning visuals, and score from It Follows and Fez composer, Disasterpeace. Its narrative is wordless and open to multiple interpretations, something that a few players foun…

Plants vs Zombies 3 enters pre-alpha phase on Android

News By Cameron Bald, 1 month ago
Plants vs Zombies 3 enters pre-alpha phase on Android

Seemingly out of nowhere, EA has announced a pre-alpha for the third entry in its popular tower defence series, Plants vs Zombies 3. The alpha test is open to a very limited number of Android players, and it’s currently unclear whether they’ve already got all the testers they need. The original news of the alpha test came from Android Police. From what I can see, there’s been very little info released about Plants vs Zombies 3 prior to the sudden announcement of an alpha test. I’ve tried to sign up myself, but the game’s Google Play page appears to be temporarily offline. There’s also no word on which regions the alpha test is open to – it’s a…

Biggest update yet for Pirates Outlaws adds new pirates and an arena mode

News By Cameron Bald, 1 month ago
Biggest update yet for Pirates Outlaws adds new pirates and an arena mode

Pirates Outlaws, the popular roguelike card game from developer Fabled Game, has now received its biggest update yet, adding new pirates and an extensive, intense arena mode. The update is available now for all players on Android and iOS. The arena mode gathers together every relic, card, and enemy from the main game for a complete, exceedingly challenging experience. It’s a stage-based mode where you’ll occasionally take on boss-type enemies. There’s no AP to manage or map to rely on, so you’ll instead be given a variety of pre-selected actions at the start of every battle. The arena comes with its own new rewards, so you won’t just be collecting the exact…

Pokemon Go and One Piece are teaming up for a neat crossover event

News By Cameron Bald, 1 month ago
Pokemon Go and One Piece are teaming up for a neat crossover event

Niantic's smash-hit AR title Pokemon Go is teaming up with beloved, long-running manga/anime series One Piece for a special crossover event at the end of the month. It’ll run from July 22nd through to July 29th, and it’ll give you the chance to nab an exclusive Straw Hat Pikachu. This slightly bizarre pairing comes just in time for Pokemon Go’s third anniversary and One Piece’s 22nd anniversary. If you’re yet to read/watch anything One Piece-related, it started life all the way back in 1997 as part of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. The pirate-starring series has since gone from strength to strength, with several decent video game adaptations and the af…

P1 Select is a hard-as-nails roguelike from acclaimed developer Michael Brough

News By Cameron Bald, 1 month ago
P1 Select is a hard-as-nails roguelike from acclaimed developer Michael Brough

Michael Brough, the cult developer behind roguelike hits Imbroglio, Cinco Paus, and 868-Hack, has very quietly released his latest game, another roguelike (or “Broughlike”) called P1 Select. This one plays out across 9 randomly generated levels, and there are 9 different characters to pick from, including Bounch, Midas, Phaser, Doom, Dashe, Pop/Up, Vish, Fast!, and X-ray. Each character has their own unique ability, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to experiment. For those who might not have played any of Brough’s previous stuff, his games are usually referred to ask “Broughlikes”, a term that’s come to describe any roguelike based on an es…

Platform shooter Project Zero Deaths delivers high-octane thrills

News By Cameron Bald, 1 month, 1 week ago
Platform shooter Project Zero Deaths delivers high-octane thrills

The explosive platform shooter Project Zero Deaths, currently in open beta, has just received a sizable update that adds some new game modes, maps, and other exciting features. It’s a demanding physics-based shooter with light platforming that sees you dodging attacks, returning enemy fire with your own, and hopping around the place to get any sort of tactical advantage. There are tons of cosmetic items to collect, and you’ll also have the option to customise your ever-expanding arsenal. The current game modes on offer include Bomb Delivery, Payload, Capture the Flag, Team Deathmatch, and Ring Collecting. This latest update introduces 4 new maps: Temple, Factory, Obelisk, and…

inbento is a delightful food-based puzzler from the team behind Golf Peaks

News By Cameron Bald, 1 month, 1 week ago
inbento is a delightful food-based puzzler from the team behind Golf Peaks

inbento is an upcoming puzzler from the team behind Golf Peaks that sees you learning how to put together increasingly elaborate bento boxes. It draws plenty of inspiration from striking Japanese aesthetics and, of course, bento cuisine itself. The game requires you to master some tricky cookery mechanics. You’ll gradually grow more skilled at putting together each meal and eventually even learn to develop your own hand-crafted recipes. It also tells a heartwarming tale about a family of cats, exploring the theme of parenthood in simple and wordless, though still impactful, ways. You can expect a tight and concise puzzle game with around 2+ hours of memorable and fun gameplay. This…

Stranger Things 3: The Game is a brilliant, old-school adventure

News By Cameron Bald, 1 month, 1 week ago
Stranger Things 3: The Game is a brilliant, old-school adventure

The newly released Stranger Things 3: The Game serves up an old-school adventure where you play through the events of the third season of Netflix's hit sci-fi show Stranger Things. It’s fairly reminiscent of something like Zombies Ate My Neighbours, with its straightforward combat and appealing, pixelated visuals. This one’s perfect for fans of the show looking to take a deeper dive into the latest series, but it should still appeal to those who can’t tell a Demogorgan from a Mind Flayer. Pocket Gamer, our sister site, reviewed BonusXP’s adaption of the first season of Stranger Things, Stranger Things: The Game, back in 2015, praising its pixel art visuals and abi…

Worse Than Death is out now to scare the pants off you

News By Cameron Bald, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Worse Than Death is out now to scare the pants off you

Worse Than Death is indie dev Benjamin Rivers’ follow-up to his classic murder mystery game Home. It’s a spine-tingling horror title that puts you in the unfortunate shoes of a high-school student called Holly. Something awful has been stalking Holly and her best friend, and nobody seems to be able to help. By exploring her weird home town, solving its many puzzles, and dodging its new, monstrous inhabitants, you’ll gradually uncover the murder mystery-style truth behind what’s going on. There are eight distinct locations to explore, each with its own challenges to overcome and monsters to steer well clear of. You’ll need to exercise patience and remain stealt…

Developers we’d love to see on Playdate: Part 7

Feature By Cameron Bald, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Developers we’d love to see on Playdate: Part 7

Here we are now on the 7th part of our ever-expanding list of developers we’d love to see on Panic’s Playdate. Along the way, we’ve suggested the likes of SWERY65, Twinbeard Studios, thatgamecompany, and Scott Cawthon. We’re back on the indie devs again, though these two and their work almost couldn’t be more different. Hello Games It’s well known by now that Hello Games has spent years turning No Man’s Sky around and working hard to regain the trust of those who felt burnt by its state at launch. But I’d ask you to cast your mind back further to when Hello Games was known simply as the up-and-coming indie studio behind the delightful Joe Dan…

App Store picks what I play: Calculator 2: The Game

Feature By Cameron Bald, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
App Store picks what I play: Calculator 2: The Game

This week, I’ve decided to let the App Store and Google Play recommendation algorithms decide what I’ll be playing. As with any recommendation algorithm, the logic behind every one of these picks is entirely flawless. Calculator 2: The Game, the sequel to Calculator: The Game, a game I’d never played or ever really heard of prior to now, was my first recommendation. Already the algorithm is killing it, suggesting for me –a man without a proper maths qualification – a game all about messing with numbers and stuff. I load it up and am put into a tutorial with a very smiley-faced rectangle. They go through the basics, offering me two responses to every hint &nd…

Developers we’d love to see on Playdate: Part 6

Feature By Cameron Bald, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Developers we’d love to see on Playdate: Part 6

For the 6th entry in our list of developers we’d love to see on Panic’s Playdate, we’ve veered sharply into horror territory with two very different developers. So far, we’ve listed the likes of Swery 65, thatgamecompany, Platinum Games, and Asymmetric. Playdead Best known for its striking environmental designs, unparalleled attention to detail, and grim worlds, the Danish Playdead is one of the most renowned indie developers of all time, despite having only put out 2 games. It certainly helps that those games are Limbo and Inside, two extremely confident, authored puzzlers. Both games’ allegorical underpinnings continue to draw the ire of those who would tak…

Game of Thrones: Beyond the Wall lets you collect and play as your favourite GOT characters

News By Cameron Bald, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Game of Thrones: Beyond the Wall lets you collect and play as your favourite GOT characters

Game of Thrones: Beyond the Wall is the latest mobile-bound game based on HBO’s wildly successful fantasy series. It seems to be a strategy RPG of sorts, with a large focus on collecting the show’s most iconic characters. It comes to us from GAEA Mobile, the publisher behind the likes of Ace of Arenas and Heroes of Camelot. On the development side of things is Behaviour Interactive. Of all the many Game of Thrones games we’ve seen over the years – including Game of Thrones: Conquest, Reigns: Game of Thrones, and Telltale's story-based Game of Thrones series – this one looks like one of the most promising. You’re tasked with commanding a Night’s W…