Category Archives: GDC

GDC 2017 - 'Battle Breakers' Is the Next Game From 'Infinity Blade' Creators Chair

While I'm sure there will be people out there who are disappointed that Chair's next game isn't Infinity Blade IV, they've recently soft launched Battle Breakers, and what we've seen so far seems pretty cool. Gameplay involves smashing gems, collecting characters, and progressing through all sorts of different challenges. Check out the game in action:..

GDC 2017 - 'Free Rider' is Headed to Mobile

Free Rider is an online Flash game with an absolutely massive following that allows players to draw simple courses and then race on top of them. You've probably played something similar by now, but Free Rider is by far the most popular. We got a look at the mobile version at GDC, which looks just about what you'd expect it to look like!..

GDC 2017 - Another Look at 'Endless Wave'

We got a look at Endless Wave last year at GDC, and it's always cool to see how far a game can come in a year. The endless surfing gameplay is largely the same, but the game is now just dripping in polish. I still love how the voxel waves look, and I really can't wait to give this one a shot when it's finally released:..

GDC 2017 - Games From the Defold Competition

Among the awesome things surrounding GDC was the Defold Competition where the powers that be behind the Defold engine flew people out who made amazing games using it. I actually helped judge the whole thing, and it was really cool meeting the people and seeing all the games created. Those include Enter the Infinity, a real cool space ship building idle game, Pet Petter, a clicker-like that was super cute, Smash Bash: Date With the Desert, an open-world shooter, Bring Me Cakes, a clever block sliding-like game, and last but not least, Hook Line and Thinker, a fishing puzzler. We got a quick pitch of all of them:..

GDC 2017 - 'Train Bandit' Is a Quick Reaction Game Made on Train Jam

Train Jam was an awesome time (Look forward to a full write-up on that later.) and resulted in a whole bunch of games, but indie developer Rusty Moyer had already wrapped up his game and had it ready to show off at GDC. It's a quick reaction game where you've got to tap both sides of a screen to hop between box cars and keep bandits off a train. Check it out:..

GDC 2017 - 'Topsoil' Is a Crop Rotation Puzzle Game

GDC was filled with lots of clever puzzle games, and Topsoil fits right in line with all the other great games we saw. It has a puzzle mechanic that plays on crop rotation, which is pretty fascinating basis for a game which hasn't really been explored before. These types of games are always real difficult to describe, but will instantly make sense after watching someone walk you through playing. Check it out:..

GDC 2017 - LambdaMu's Upcoming Game Combines Kairosoft and Soccer

I feel like we're always saying on the podcast how much we like it when developers take the Kairosoft formula and modernize it in fresh or otherwise interesting ways. That's exactly what's happening in LambdaMu's upcoming game which has the working title Dice Soccer Town (not its final name). In the game, you manage a team of soccer players and play games of soccer using a really clever dice rolling mechanic. I really like what we've been shown so far:..

GDC 2017 - Box Cat Returns in 'Box Cat Base Bash'

If you missed it when it was first released, Box Cat is a super silly game where you're a cat who for some reason is capable of smashing all sorts of cars and causing all kinds of mayhem. I'm not sure the premise ever made sense, and that continues to be true in the upcoming pseudo-sequel Box Cat Base Bash, which sort of reminds me of what you'd get if you took Box Cat and a NES Contra cartridge and rubbed them together real hard...

GDC 2017 - 'The Long Trail' Is the Latest Game From Qwiboo

Bike Baron [$1.99] was a huge hit in our community, and recently Qwiboo has been hard at work on their next game which I'm thinking will have similar appeal is a slingshot-style mini-golf game called The Long Trail. Like Bike Baron, the game has a full-featured level editor which is very simple, which hopefully will result in nearly endless content for players to experience in the game...

GDC 2017 - 'Euclidian Lands' Feels Like 'Hitman Go' on a Rubik's Cube

Square Enix's series of Go games have been really great, but as the series has progressed they've really all felt like more of the same following the original release of Hitman Go [$4.99]. Well, leave it to clever indie devs to take a great idea and just run with it, which is where Euclidian Lands comes in. The game is a 3D puzzler which plays a lot like the Go series, but instead of being on static game boards, they take place on 3D levels which can rotate around like a Rubik's Cube. Take a look:..

GDC 2017 - 'Portal Jump' by Play a Lot Studios

Ahhhh we're super behind with GDC content, so strap in for another onslaught of videos from games we saw last week. First up for today is Portal Jump by Play a Lot Studios. It's a portrait mode one tap style game where you're ... jumping in between different portals, avoiding obstacles, and doing that sort of thing. It reminds me a little bit of those old ball juggling/bouncing Flash games I spent way too much of my time on back in the day:..

GDC 2017 - 'Old Man's Journey' is One of the Most Beautiful and Unique Games We've Seen

It seemed like a theme this year at GDC was seeing upcoming games that we also previewed at last year's GDC, and hey, game development takes time so that's not unusual. However, in the case of Old Man's Journey, I actually saw it and was blown away by it at GDC last year but developer Broken Rules wasn't far enough along with the game to want it shown publicly just yet. It wasn't until July a few months later that they officially announced and released a teaser for Old Man's Journey, and it was just about a month ago that they released the game's first gameplay trailer. Well, we got a demo of a near-final version of Old Man's Journey at GDC this year, and it's far and away one of the most charming and unique games I've seen...

GDC 2017 - 'Suzy Cube' Continues to Look Like the Best 3D Platformer on Mobile

You may recall that we fist fell in love with Suzy Cube back at GDC last year, and we were so impressed with this adorable and ridiculously polished platformer that we declared it our "Game of GDC!" Well, it's been a year and despite being the passion project of just one individual Suzy Cube has made some great strides since we last saw it in action. Check out our video demonstration with developer Northern Bytes Software to see what Suzy's been up to lately...

GDC 2017 - Four from Noodlecake: 'Flipping Legend', 'Lichtspeer', 'Summer Catchers', and 'Invert'

Noodlecake is as busy as always and had four different games to show us here at GDC, and they're all looking quite awesome. Invert is a "Pretentious Puzzle Game" about inverting tiles that should give puzzle fans something tasty to chew on. Then there's Lichtspeer, a bow-shooting game with a completely off the wall German spin and a really cool art style. Next up is Flipping Legend, which upon first blush might look like yet another endless Crossy-like but is actually one of the coolest games I saw all week. Last but not least is Summer Catchers, another game with a gorgeous art style and a ton of mystique that's glued together with a satisfying side-scrolling physics driving mechanic. I apologize for the audio quality in a couple of these, they're still audible but kind of muffled and quiet, and I blame my stupid idiot hand accidentally covering the mic. ..

GDC 2017 - 1v1 RPG Battler 'Exiles of Embermark' is Coming Along Really Well

We've been following the development of Exiles of Embermark since its original announcement early last year, and we even got a hands-on demo of it at GDC 2016. Well, it's been about a year since then and Exiles of Embermark is really taking shape and starting to look like one of the deepest RPG battlers around. We were again given a demo of the game at this year's GDC and the video below should give you a lengthy look at many of the different aspects of Exiles of Embermark...

GDC 2017 - 'Astro Crash' is All About Smashing into Enemies as an Ever-Growing Ball of Space Junk

During GDC this past week we sat down with Affable Games out of Brisbane, Australia to take a look at their upcoming game Astro Crash. In it you pilot a spaceship by dragging around the screen and avoiding running into larger, more menacing ships. You can slam right into ships your own size or smaller though, and if you also slam into the debris that they leave behind it'll get stuck in your own ship, thus increasing your size and eventually letting you take on larger enemies as you grow to match up with them. Check out the demonstration of Astro Crash in the video below...

GDC 2017 - 'Agent Aliens' is an Action Platformer with a Neat Twist

Everyone knows I love platformers, and especially platformers where you jump around shooting stuff. This is what Agent Aliens from Indigo Gaming is all about. There's a couple of interesting twists, though. The biggest is that you'll be rescuing your trapped buddies during your travels which means they'll join up and fight alongside you, eventually getting a little line of helpers tailing you wherever you go. The second is that the shooting in Agent Aliens is done automatically, which simplifies things down for the touchscreen and also allows you to focus solely on platforming and dodging. Check out a brief demonstration in the video below...

GDC 2017 - The Latest Look at 'Stronghold Kingdoms' on iOS

It was back in August of 2015 that Firefly Studios announced they'd be bringing their MMO strategy game Stronghold Kingdoms from desktop to mobile, and March of 2016 when we took a look at the game during a hands-on demo at last year's GDC. Well, being that this mobile version was built from the ground up it's been taking a while to get finished, which means that we had another chance to check out Stronghold Kingdoms on mobile at this year's GDC...

GDC 2017 - Three From Umbrella: 'Dash Legends', 'Crushy Bricks', 'and 'Tidy Robots'

Umbrella Games have been on fire for quite some time now, and it feels like since they got into the publishing game that they're releasing something new each and every week. During GDC they had three games to show us and all looked great. First is Dash Legends, a competitive multiplayer platforming game that looks like a lot of fun. Following that is Crushy Bricks, a surprisingly innovative matching game that takes the matching mechanics and strips them down to the absolute bare minimum. Finally, we look at Tidy Robots which is a really clever logic puzzler with interesting mechanics and a deceptively cute theme. Check out all three games in the videos below...

GDC 2017 - Two From Foxglove Studios: 'Snipers vs. Thieves' and 'The Muscle Hustle'

During GDC we sat down with Foxglove Studios to check out two of their works in progress, Snipers vs. Thieves and The Muscle Hustle. Snipers vs. Thieves it's a really interesting take on sniper games, which in my opinion is a genre that needs an injection of something fresh. We get that here as the game has two main modes: One has you playing as a sniper trying to prevent a group of bank robbers from making it from the bank and to their getaway vehicle. You of course do this by sniping them over and over. It's really fun and a pretty traditional take on sniping games. However, the second mode flips the script and has you playing as the robbers trying to escape and make it to the getaway car without getting sniped. This plays out from a 3rd-person perspective as you run from different cover points trying to make your way to the escape vehicle. Check out the video demo of Snipers vs. Thieves...

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