Living as we are in the golden age of simulation games, there is seemingly no end to the blue-collar jobs that players can dabble in from the safety of their own couches. Whether they long to sample life as a medieval shopkeeper, a city bus driver, or even a mushroom prospector, there’s something out there to help them live their dreams.
Tag: Early Access
Currently Available In Early Access For PC
Zombies and side-scrolling brawlers seem like a perfect match, and Infected Shelter combines them into a gory, goofy roguelike. Players punch, throw, slash, and shoot their way through ruined city streets. Along the way they find assorted limited-use weapons to demolish the undead horde.
First-person games these days seem to have one of two presentations — they either feature a gun and gallons of blood, or a person walking peacefully though scenes while picking up objects. It’s easy to see that Elderborn gets its inspiration from the former, but in a twist, it takes the gun out of the equation. Instead, players will pick up a series of melee weapons to fight evil, striking, parrying, and kicking their way through an ancient Egyptian-inspired dungeon while searching for gold along the way.
The title of this game, Elo Hell (google it) describes its current Early Access state accurately, and I’m not sure that there’s any indication pointing towards future progress. It’s both a new MOBA called Echo Star and a story-driven adventure about the rise of Echo Star and its professional players. There’s not much more to it in this early build, and with so little working content, Elo Hell can barely be called a game at this point.
PixARK makes a strong case that developers should start with a tutorial. It doesn’t have to be comprehensive – games can have layered systems, and it’s fine for players to be learning new things right up until the credits roll. However, if they can’t explain how to get through the first couple of hours of their game, it might be time to go back to the drawing board.
Welcome to This Is Not A Review. In these articles we discuss general impressions, ideas and thoughts on any given game, but as the title implies, it’s not a review. Instead, it’s an exercise in offering a quick recommendation (or dismissal) after spending enough time to grasp the ideas and gameplay of a thing without necessarily playing it from A to Z.
The subject of this installment: Solace Crafting, developed and published by Big Kitty Games.
As someone who spends a lot of time reviewing games, reading about games, talking about games, and keeping up with game news, it was more than a little surprising to me to get a hot tip from… my eight-year-old. I’m not exactly sure how the pre-teen grapevine works, but apparently someone watched some YouTube somewhere, and that led to telling someone else about an early access game, and then that person told friend A, who told friend B, who told friend C, which eventually culminated in me hearing about Subnautica. It’s not my normal method of getting the scoop on something to watch for, but hey, I’ll take it.
For some adults, coffee is the lifeblood elixir that gets them through the day. In Coffence from Sweet Bandit Studios, this couldn’t be more true as coffee is the life — literally — of each character. This is a fighting game where players attempt to hit the other’s coffee cup until it’s emptied. It can be played as a duel between two players, or up to a four-player free-for-all.
In All Walls Must Fall, the new timebending turn-based strategy/dating sim from inbetween games, time is the only currency that matters. Set in a version of 2089 where the Berlin Wall never fell and Cold War tensions remain high, All Walls puts players in the role of an East German secret policeman on a quest to stop a catastrophic explosion that’s going to level the city in three hours. Or perhaps cause it.