I love old arcade shooters, having grown up in the heyday of the arcades. I don’t really like modern shooters, or shmups, as they are called. So whenever a new shooter comes out that is retro themed, I am interested, but somewhat skeptical. It’s very hard to mix new and old well. MegaBlast from Super Icon attempts to do this, and while they produced a competent game, it’s lacking something.
MegaBlast is a wave-based shooter, rather than a scrolling shooter. You control a ship down at the bottom of the screen (at least initially) and are confronted with a formation of enemies. You kill them all, then move onto the next formation. But rather than the enemies flying in, as in Galaga or Gyruss or the like, they just appear there after you have dealt with an upgrade screen. Read the rest of ”MegaBlast Review—Not Quite Like a Megaforce” »
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Beyond the Horizon is our weekly look at games coming out sometime in the future. Perhaps this week? Perhaps next month? We don’t really know when they are due out (in many cases, neither does the developer), but we do know they are in the works.
Whole bunch of releases last week, including the return of Picbox, though iBomber is still overdue. Super Icon somewhat unexpectedly announced a whole host of Vita-native titles, including a sequel to their PS Mobile game Life of Pixel.
If we are missing any titles or information, let us know!
- Chaos Rings – Square-Enix (RPG, should release this week for $8.99)
- iBomber Defense – Chillingo (WW2-themed Tower Defense, supposed to release July 10th)
- Roll in the Hole – Chillingo (Panda-themed puzzle platformer, releasing July 24th)
- Little Acorns – Chillingo (Squirrel-themed platformer, releasing August 7th. Probably just the basic version of the game, not the “Super Turbo 3D” version on the 3DS)
- Attack of the Mutants – Tim Collins/Liquid Games (Twin stick shooter, submitted for release)
- Shuttle Quest 2000 – TACS Games (Action RPG with Game Boy-style graphics, submitted for release)
This weekend (right now, I guess), Sony is holding a PS Mobile Game Jam, a competition where people must make a new game in a limited amount of time, in Japan.
They held a series of them in the West, culminating in games likes Hermit Crab in Space, Crumble, and Crystallon. Who knows what will come from this? Probably lots of games involving cats. You can follow the action (such as it is) on Twitter with #psmgamejam.
There’s a thin line between genius and insanity, but VitaBounce! proves that the gap is actually wider than it is believed. VitaBounce! would have been a hit if it had been released on Newgrounds back in 2000 when the trend was Flash games made to weird out players. I prayed that this game was just an unpolished mess, but I fear that the developers, Havishamone Games, created this one in a conscious effort.
I myself like extremely random, off-the-rails, surrealistic humor. Animated shows like Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Sealab 2021, Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, to a lesser extent, Invader Zim, and to a much lesser extent, Adventure Time are full of those characteristics, and all of them I love a great deal. VitaBounce!’s developers are most likely channeling these shows, but they called the wrong gods, or did the wrong drugs. Read the rest of ”VitaBounce! Review—A Flash of 2000″ »
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I had noticed that the upcoming PS Mobile game NeoSnake from Liquid Games had multiplayer, but I had assumed it was simply two people on one device, like Sony’s Feel for Two line of Minis.
But a comment today from them implies it will be on different devices, communicating with each other. While not possible today, thus the delay, presumably it is coming eventually, which could be a big deal.
Eight new PlayStation Mobile games/apps for this week.
Picbox is a set of nonogram puzzles.
Adventure Bar Labyrinth is an RPG.
Flapper Princess is a shooter/action game.
Dynamic Visual Acuity is a dynamic view test.
Touch Treasure is a point-and-click adventure.
Hermit Crab in Space is a space shooter.
The Packet Queen is a puzzler.
Block Buster is a Breakout clone.
- Picbox (Free)
- Adventure Bar Labyrinth (Free)
- Flapper Princess ($5.49, £4.49)
- Dynamic Visual Acuity Test ($3.79, £2.99)
- Touch Treasure ($0.49, £0.40)
- Hermit Crab in Space ($2.79, £2.19)
- The Packet Queen ($2.99, £2.39)
- Block Buster ($3.79, £2.99)