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“Hello and welcome back to the Aperture Science computer-aided enrichment center.”

We welcome all lucky applicants to Bridge Constructor Portal with our new vehicle-based test chambers, Quantum Tunnels and patented Aperture technology!

For the last year we’ve been secretly working in our underground labs on the next iteration of the million-selling Bridge Constructor series. This new stand-alone title will release on PC, MacOS, Linux, mobile devices, and console, and fully embraces the Portal license, one of the most beloved video game franchises of the last decade.

Bridge Constructor Portal will blend the laws of structural engineering and technology straight from Aperture Laboratories into an exciting new game experience, all under the demanding gaze of GLaDOS.

 

Bridge Constructor Portal will be released on December 20 2017 for Windows, MacOS and Linux as well as for mobile devices. The console versions will follow in early 2018.

“If you’ve been paying attention the solution should be obvious. As the case may be… good luck!”

This was certainly unexpected. A crossover between Bridge Constructor and Portal was not one of the games we would have seen coming. Still, there is a lot of potential here.

Will you be checking this out?

Source: PR Email

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Bethesda sent out the following

 

 

We are pleased to announce The Elder Scrolls: Legends – Return to Clockwork City is available now.

 

Inspired by classic adventure tales, Return to Clockwork City is the latest story expansion for The Elder Scrolls: Legends. Set hundreds of years after Sotha Sil’s demise, embark on an epic journey to the fabled Clockwork City filled with danger, wonder, and riches beyond imagination. The road won’t be easy. Nightmarish abominations, traps, and betrayals all stand between treasure hunters and their fabled loot, as the fate of the lost city hangs in the balance.

 

Featuring:

  • More than 50 new collectible cards

 

  • 35 exciting story missions spread across 3 acts with all-new challenging scenarios

 

  • New mechanic:‘Assemble’ – When players play an Assemble creature, they will choose one of two bonuses. That bonus will be bestowed upon both that creature and every Factotum in the player’s hand and deck.

 

  • New mechanic:‘Treasure Hunt’ – While in play, these creatures will watch each card the player draws to see if it’s the treasure they’re looking for. Once the player draws everything the hunters want, a reward awaits.

 

  • Fabricants’– All-new creature born of both flesh and metal that reward players for playing with neutral cards like the Dwemer constructs. These five creatures (one per attribute) offer some serious power, and create some exciting new deckbuilding possibilities.

 

Return to Clockwork City is available to download now on PC, iOS, and Android devices. All three acts plus alternate Laaneth card art are available for the bundled price of $19.99. Individual acts are available for $7.99 or 1,000 gold.

 

The Elder Scrolls: Legends is a great game in the CCG and a worthy addition to The Elder Scrolls series. This expansion is extremely welcome both for what it brings to the game and for what it brings to the series story.
Will you be checking this out?

If you haven’t seen our review of The Elder Scrolls: Legends, you can see it here

 

Source: Bethesda PR

 

 

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Today, CoolGames launches the iconic video game Tetris® on the Instant Games platform for Facebook Messenger.

 

“People using Messenger can now play Tetris instantly and share it with their friends. Messaging apps are the next big games platform, unlocking an audience of potentially billions of players,” said Laurens Rutten, Founder and CEO of CoolGames. “It’s great to be able to develop Tetris for this new and innovative platform!”

 

For more than 30 years, Tetris has been captivating hundreds of millions fans worldwide, with its iconic Tetrimino shapes and addictive gameplay.  Today, Tetris remains one of the most beloved and recognized video game franchises of all time and as new platforms emerge, Tetris is always on it.

 

With Tetris marathon mode, players need to clear lines with the goal of achieving the highest score possible. Adding to the intense gameplay experience, new high-score leaderboards, daily missions and simple to use friend-invites, so they can easily join in the fun, have been added for Messenger’s 1.3 billion users to enjoy.

 

“Spanning decades and generations, Tetris has delighted hundreds of millions of fans worldwide, and we’re excited to welcome this beloved franchise to the Instant Games platform,” said Bob Slinn, Director, Games Partnerships EMEA, at Facebook. “The development team at CoolGames has honored one of the most popular games of all time, and with new platform mechanics like Group play on Messenger, fans have a chance to play, connect and share like never before.”

Maya Rogers, President and CEO of Blue Planet Software, sole agent for the Tetris brand adds, “Whether it’s on a laptop or mobile device, players across the globe love to play Tetris, which is why we’re thrilled to bring the timeless fun of this beloved game to Messenger’s billions of players.”

Tetris for Instant Games is developed by CoolGames’ in-house studio. CoolGames was a launch partner for Facebook’s Instant Games platform in November 2016. Other successful titles that were released on Messenger include BattleshipSnake, and Jewel Academy. CoolGames plans to launch several new AAA titles for Instant Games in the coming months.

 

Tetris for Instant Games is now available to play for free here

Tetris is one of the most beloved puzzle games of all time. It is a game that transcends generations and it is great that even more will now play this!

 

Source: PR Email

 

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BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, Inc., today announced Saint Seiya Cosmo Fantasy, a free-to-play action role-playing game (RPG) set in the mythological anime world created by renowned artist Masami Kurumada, is available now at the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Based on the popular anime that debuted in the mid-eighties, Saint Seiya Cosmo Fantasy lets fans experience the story straight from the original anime series. Players engage in fast-paced action RPG gameplay as they create a team of up to five from a roster that includes all of the Bronze Saints, Silver Saints, Golden Saints and even the Black Saints, voiced by the actors from the anime series. Players can even modify their Super Saints by using the character building feature, complete with super moves and special items to upgrade their characters. Saint Seiya Cosmo Fantasy draws old and new fans into the game with stunning presentation including fast action gameplay and flashy Ultimate Moves all controlled by intuitive tapping and swiping gestures.

 

“The Saint Seiya series has kept fans riveted for decades, and Saint Seiya Cosmo Fantasy is a title that lives up to that legacy with an engrossing story, rich graphical detail and the trademark style of the revered anime,” said Kensuke Sakai, the producer of BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. “Saint Seiya has finally come to mobile phones, and fans can now fit all of the conflicts in heaven and on earth into their pockets.”

 

To celebrate the game’s release, all players logging into the game will be able to get the character “Leo God Cloth Aiolia (?3).” Also, all users logging in to the game will receive 10,000 free Holy Stones which can be redeemed to draw randomized character cards (to perform a “Summon”) up to 10 times in a row. Fans should make sure to try your luck with these free Holy Stones at the Zodiac Fest featuring the Pegasus God Cloth Seiya!

This is an interesting release. Bandai Namco is certainly not skimping on adaptations of great anime. Will you be checking this out?

Source: Bandai Namco PR

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Here is some surprising news, Tencent has announced a port of PUBG for smartphones. This mobile version will release first in China.. Developer Bluehole is working on the port, so there should not be major issues with the game being mishandled by a 3rd party.

There are no details about a release outside of China yet, but Tencent did say they will reveal more details soon.
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Animal Crossing: World Connections (?) is a premise of what the new title for the Nintendo Switch could possibly be.

  • After another massive update to the now 5-year-old Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer games and your Nintendo Switch console will allow cross-connectivity.
  • AC:WC will allow more storage. Up to 5 containers (total of 500 items) can be used all over your town/campsite.
  • This will be the ultimate Animal Crossing title. It has features and locations from ALL previous titles.
  • Your town has a massive campground, so you can implement your new features from the New Leaf update (at Launch) and Pocket Camp. (at a later date)
  • Nintendo Switch feature: If you have My Nintendo accounts for multiple regions, you can use the new International Re-Tail shop to acquire those rare items that were so limited in other versions ie, the 7-11 branded items.
  • Up to 8 local co-op players can visit your town. 4 players total online.
  • You can carry your current items from New Leaf over to World Connections. Not Vice versa.
  • Amiibos and amiibo cards will allow special items to appear in the towns, buy either shaking trees or purchasing them from the shops.
  • Amiibo cards will allow characters to appear in your town as visitors or new residents.
  • With Happy Home Designer you can use the items from the 3ds to the Switch and customise Campgrounds, your homes and also special locations. 
  • The number of Museum pieces had grown exponentially, including artifacts such as pottery and weapons.
  • Not only do you get a coffee sh0p, there are now restaurants and drink stands (sushi, anyone?).
  • For the first time, The Able Sisters will sell Nintendo licensed clothing.  Your ability to create designs has increased as well.
  • You can now take photos with your New Nintendo 3ds and save them and use them in New Leaf and World Connections.
  • There are now 3 Islands to go to now. More info on those is forthcoming.
  • One more thing about Amiibo, ALL Amiibo figures will have some functionality whether it be clothing or other items. or even guests in your town.
  • More shops and stores are being added. Including 2 theaters, one that shows movies and the other for stage shows.
  • Nook’s Store has 7 upgrades with the largest being a multiple story complex.
  • You have the ability again to sell your home. Now you can have Campground and a home!
  • You can now share a video of your town and properties and share them with the video capture feature.
  • For you lazy people, for a large fee, you can transport your home and items from your New Leaf game to World Connections.
  • You can play minigames on ALL game consoles you find in the game. 

Well, we are looking into the possible (?) future.  This article is a collection of rumors, juicy tidbits and maybe even some actual information. You will be the judge of that.

This is a work of pure fabrication from the mind of a huge Animal Crossing fan.

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I love classic style turn based RPGs. There is something about them that just takes me back to an older era and lets me enjoy myself without worrying about all new combat mechanics ( for the most part), and one company that makes this style of game still is KEMCO. I noted in my review of their game Revenant Saga that KEMCO had begun to move out of their paint by numbers approach to making RPGs. While the games they made are great, they had a problem of being formulaic and not deviating much. They were fun to play and lose yourself in for hours but eventually they all became the same. Revenant Saga brought some refreshing change and now Antiquia Lost pushes them further in that new direction.

Antiquia Lost follows a bit of the typical KEMCO formula but plays with it so much, that it becomes new. The game eschews the 3D battle screens KEMCO has been using lately, in favor of a classic 16 bit style battle screen. Its a nice touch and helps the general feeling of the game :making . I must also note that the visuals are surprisingly excellent on Switch, with the art looking sharper than in previous games. I must say though, that I am not happy about the miscrotransactions being in the console versions, as it feels like a step back from KEMCO’s work with consoles. Still they can be ignored, but locking some staples behind a paywall doesn’t feel right.

Antiquia Lost introduces new play mechanics as well, but keeps them grounded in their previous games and they don’t feel overwhelming. I do like that the way the characters interact is different, and using a different character is much more involved this time. The story of the game also immediately deviates from KEMCO’s normal pattern and I must commend them for that. Right away we are given an experience that uses what KEMCO utilized before, but doesn’t stay firmly in the past. Instead, Antiquia Lost takes what was done and uses those ideas to chart a new path, and it is a most excellent journey. It doesn’t overwhelm you and it is familiar enough while still being a fresh experience. Even with the flaw of microtransactions, I recommend it.

 

 

Disclaimer: A review key was provided by KEMCO

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The quirky and off beat shoot em up Ice Cream Surfer will be coming to Switch, PS4 and PS Vita very soon. This was revealed by the developer on twitter.

 

Ice Cream Surfer is a unique shoot em up that is certainly different. Will you be checking this out?

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Amongst the myriad of pick-up-and-play games on mobile platforms, it’s hard to stand out these days.  Virtually every genre is utterly swamped with games, especially indie releases.  And no genre is more stuffed to overflowing than the physics-based genre, primarily owing to the success of games like Angry Birds.  In a content-rich environment such as this one, it’s hard to stand out.  But what better way to do so than with Cthulhu?

Lunarsea (ah, the double entendre!) is a free physics based game on iOS and Android where you play as the great lord Cthulhu himself, who decided to steal the moon.  Doing so has angered the puny human population though, so oddly enough, Cthulhu is fleeing their wrath with a hastily muttered “wgah’nagl bug.”  Unfortunately for our poor angry Elder God, the only getaway vehicle he could locate was an ancient wooden sailing vessel, so he tosses the moon in his pocket, hops aboard, and makes good his escape.

Okay, perhaps a little suspension of disbelief might be required.  The story is short and endearingly odd, but how is the gameplay?  Well, it’s very straightforward.  The moon affects ocean levels, and well, you have it, so you can tap the screen to release it anywhere in the air to raise and lower the waves, as well as to block missile attacks from those filthy humans that just won’t leave you alone.  In addition, there are left and right buttons to move your vessel across the screen to prepare for obstacles, which are frequent and appear rapidly.  The lunar gameplay makes Lunarsea unique and interesting, as the combination of waves and gravity make for a remarkably organic combination.  Timing is everything in this game as you are raising and lowering the waves to get over sharp mountains, dodge missiles, and collect coins and health.

Yes, Cthulhu needs money.  That’s probably on a sign being held by a vagrant trying to wash a windshield somewhere, and if it isn’t, it should be.  In this case, coins buy much-needed upgrades to your skills, such as health, boat speed, and invulnerability length.  And you will need them.  The difficulty curve in Lunarsea ramps up fast.  By level  5, you’ll be swearing at your phone and getting frustrated as those pesky humans manage to fire torpedoes, regular missiles, and even laser-guided missiles at your creaky old vessel.

Fortunately, Live In the Game thought ahead on this one.  Frequent deaths don’t lose all the coins you’ve collected.  It would be nice if you saw a running tally of those as you played, but each time you die, and die you will, your updated bankroll appears and you’re able to buy upgrades.  In addition, there are goals as well, such as blowing up ten missiles or traveling a thousand meters.  The completion of each goal earns you additional bonus coins, allowing you to buy even more upgrades so that eventually, even those of us unskilled at physics games can still manage to move forward at an ungainly crawl.  Many of the goals are also cumulative between games just like coins, giving you the chance to complete them, as you are unlikely to in a single game.

 

There are a couple of sticking points in Lunarsea though.  The list of active goals you are trying to achieve scrolls down from the top of the screen every single time you die.  After you raise the goal cap, this actually intrudes on the gameplay itself, distracting you at the beginning of each level and constantly reminding you that you’re failing to complete them.   The challenge of the game itself can be daunting at times as well and may lead to frustration for the more casual player.  And the jaunty nautical music that seemed novel and enjoyable at first (controllable with a slider, thankfully) can become quickly repetitive as there is only the one song that repeats ad nauseam on every level.

As a minimalist game, however, even after an hour, your phone is unlikely to heat up significantly.  Lunarsea is definitely not a resource hog on Android, which is a plus in these days where you can literally watch your battery life drain away like a swirling toilet flush while you game.   There’s also an Endless Mode to just relax and play if the stages are frustrating you.  It’s still hard, but it’s definitely fun too.   The install on Google Play warns of in-app purchases and ads, but neither were to be seen for this review of the current build of the game.  Overall, Live In The Game has created a clever little game that’s fun to play in small doses when you have a few spare moments.  I mean really, how can you go wrong with a free-to-play game that combines H.P. Lovecraft, Baby Driver, Despicable Me, and Pirates of the Caribbean?  You can’t, and don’t try to say that you can!  Go and give it a try if you enjoy physics games and a challenge, or ever wanted to just… steal the moon!

Download Lunarsea free for Android here.

Download Lunarsea free for iOS here.

This review covers the Android version of Lunarsea by Live In The Game.

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Nintendo has released their financial information again detailing how they see the company working for the past six months. Nintendo is always very good about releasing this and letting anyone who wishes to see it, the ability to. Within this document, you find out all of the positives and negatives of sales.

Nintendo has had an amazing year and it is clear they know this. This document shows off the selling power of Nintendo’s amazing systems and games, with honestly more good news than bad.

The mobile market is doing quite well for them, as freemium games are really working. They have chosen great titles and with the coming introduction of Animal Crossing Pocket Camp, there will even be more room for growth.

The 3DS market has continued to grow and will do so as long as the system is alive. With an already robust line up of games, the continued increasing selection will keep it going. There will be many more games released for the system for the next two years and that is clearly a good thing.

Nintendo is also aware of the consumers need to buy the NES and SNES classic systems and is restarting production in 2018! This should allow other people who didn’t get the system to be able to purchase it.

The Switch is selling amazingly and now that the first Holiday season is upon them, Nintendo is ramping up production. The system has sold a lot but this Holiday will see the chance for the most sales.

There will be Xenoblade Chronicles 2 in December which is guaranteed to sell systems. Plus Breath of the Wild is getting its final DLC pack as well the amiibo of the four champions. With Super Mario Odyssey in play, Nintendo hopes to sell even more systems.

The last big thing is that now over 300 companies are making games for the Nintendo Switch and that is amazing. Just earlier this year the number was around 70.

It is clear that Nintendo is happy with how things are playing out and will continue to work to make next year even better!