Indie Showcase … – Industry Giant 2

Originally released back in 2002 by JoWood Entertainment, Industry Giant 2 is a well-loved business sim. Well, thanks to developers Fancy Bytes and Reactor, and publishers UIG Entertainment, the title has been re-vamped and re-released on Steam with a host of new features!

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Industry Giant 2 is a business sim with a focus on economics and produce. The goal is to build your empire in its entirety, starting with raw production and ending with your goods in stores. As ever the economy is a fickle mistress, and there will be economic booms, stock market crashes, oil crises and more that will need to be overcome in order to succeed.

The game begins in the year 1900, you have little money but big ambition. It’s up to access the markets, decide which products are most profitable. Where they should be grown? Where should they be sold? It’s all up to you, and with over 150 products at your fingertips the possibilities are vast!

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IG2 has a number of game modes available including a set of comprehensive tutorials, campaign mode with a selection of pre-defined scenarios, and endless mode where the goal is to create the biggest empire you can. I jumped into campaign mode to give it a go and immediately failed. I spend all my money on farms and storage, without leaving enough money to set up the rest of the supply chain!

One of the most charming things about IG2 is also one of the things that may turn off newer players: the game is very much from 2002. While the Steam page states it now supports HD resolution, don’t expect updated graphics or UI design. It feels very much like OpenTTD, and while that may appeal to gamers familiar with the original, for newer gamers it may feel outdated when used to sims that haver newer, more intuitive interfaces.

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If you’re into your business sims, especially the older ones, you should check IG2 out on Steam. The updated version brings everything was players loved about the original along with:

  • Full HD resolution
  • Steam Achievements
  • Steam Cloud Save

The rating are almost unanimously good, with an average of 7/10 across most sites. A great blast from the past! Here’s the trailer!

Let’s take a look at … – Mos Speedrun 2

Mos Speedrun 2 is a precision platformer recently released by Physmo. Sure, there are plenty of platformers out there, but Mos Speedrun 2 brings some unique game features to the table that makes it stand out. Fans of precision platform should definitely give it a look in, so let’s check it out!

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This cute, colorful, pixel-graphics game offers 30 levels of challenge. Guide your little creature through the map, jumping over enemies, picking up coins, capturing way-points, bopping around moving platforms, and avoiding the plentiful environmental hazards.

In typical precisions platformer style, one hit will send you back to the start of the level. The only respite are way-points that can be found at various points throughout the levels. They’re only good for one use though, die twice and you go back to the beginning regardless. Get to the end to unlock the next map! Simple idea, but the play isn’t as easy as it sounds.

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You can make getting to the end of the map your goal, but if you want to challenge yourself to be the best, you can beat the level in the lowest time possible, collect all the coins around the map, and also discover the gold skulls hidden in various, dangerous spots. There is definitely a lot of replay value for those who want to improve their previous score and earn badges for completing goals.

Another cute aspect of this game is the costume feature. By finishing levels, you can unlock new items to wear on your adventures, which mix and match. Lastly, one unique option is to have “ghosts” turned on, so you can see your previous runs, best run, and friends’ runs in that map while you play.

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I used a controller for this game. Obviously, the major action in platformers is jumping. Moving the joystick up created one type of jump, while hitting a button created another. This took some getting used to, but generally, the controls are intuitive. (Although I’m still trying to get used to wall jumps)

I waste a lot of time trying to get this platforming just right, and often wind up killing myself anyways! It definitely takes a lot of patience and can be very frustrating, but successive runs will help you get better at each level and eventually pass it. Then you start all over on the next one!

Tl;dr – This game is everything a precision platformer needs: basic graphics, tight controls, a learning curve, and plenty replayability. Dive in as deep into mastering this game as you want, it has plenty to offer for any type of platforming player.

Rating – 7.5/10

Purchase – Steam £5.99/$8.99 (On sale for £5.39/$8.09 until September 10th)

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Let’s talk about … – StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void closed beta is live!

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Great news for fans of the StarCraft series, invites for the StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void Closed Beta are going out today!

As well as ongoing changes to previously-announced multiplayer units, the first phase of Closed Beta will bring a new Protoss Unit, the Adept, and a few new maps:

A New Protoss Unit: The Adept

  • The Adept is a core gateway unit with a ground-only ranged attack and normal movement speed.
  • The Adept has an ability that sends out a mirror image of itself, and after a fixed duration, the unit teleports to the location of its duplicate – The duplicate can independently move around, but cannot attack or be attacked, and does not impede upon the actions of the main unit.

New Maps

  • Ruins of Seras – Seras is an ancient temple in a mountainous region of Aiur, the Protoss homeworld. It currently stands in ruins, surrounded by an encroaching jungle.
  • Lerilak Crest – Named after the Dark Templar who discovered it, this is an area on a Dark Templar world, embedded by xel’naga ruins.
  • Orbital Shipyard – Floating high above Korhal IV, this is a Terran starship repair platform.

Players with Closed Beta access will also get access to PvP multiplayer action as well as Archon Mode, a cooperative mode where 2 players come together, controlling a single army to defeat another opponent or team.

Once you receive your beta invite, simply download and install the game to begin testing Legacy of the Void. At the start of beta test, access will be granted by Blizzard directly flagging Battle.net accounts, so make sure to check in-case you miss the email! Beta keys will not be sent until later in the cycle.

The complete list of changes and features are available in the patch notes and a general Closed Beta FAQ can be found here.

Let’s take a look at … – Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number

So Hotline Miami 2 dropped last week and I bought myself a copy to review it here. I was about to fire the game up and spend a couple of hours in there so I was ready for my review, and I decided to hold off.

Hotline Miami was an incredibly popular game, and most people you ask will have played it. Because of this, a lot of reviews are comparing the game to the first title which is understandable.

I’m in the somewhat unique situation where I have never played the first game so can review it on its merits alone. I’ve got the game in my Library, so I thought it would be fun for my review to play the game for half an hour and see what happens.

No pre-dispositions from the first game, just a look at Hotline Miami 2 and its merits alone. Let’s get started.

To summarise the above video, for those who don’t want to watch a moron (me) die for half an hour, Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number is a very fast-paced, well executed shooter, with an intriguing set of graphics and story-line to match. There’s no room for mistakes, and I feel like the controls are tight enough that the game can pull off insta-death without inducing too many rage quite since when you die it’s usually your fault!

The level design is great as there’s always multiple ways in which you can approach a situation, and different mechanic in there to take advantage of such as knocking down foes with doors and shooting through windows. That does however mean there’s more ways for them to get you, and I often found myself been shot by someone off-screen which was a bit of a pain in the ass.

The aesthetic is awesome. Trippy pixelated graphics and the way the game is presented as some strange VCR trip, it looks just as manic as it plays. The gore, oh the gore. You’ll jump on a downed foe and remove his head with a few round from an Uzi, but the neon colours and overall atmosphere soften that to just comic awesomeness.

This brings us to, what is for me at-least, the part of the game that binds all this together. The soundtrack. From ambient soothing tracks in the menu, to heat pumping synth melodies when you’re storming a room with 8 guys in, it never fails to create just the right atmosphere for the level you’re on. Sometimes it’s tense, sometimes it’s manic but it’s always epic.

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, is a fantastic game. I think the only limiting factor on how long you’ll play this for is your blood pressure. It gets a 9/10 from me, a must-have indie title.

You can pick up Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number over Steam for £11.99 or your regional equivalent.

Let’s talk about … – Hotline Miami 2 release date and pre-order

Back already with more awesome news regarding Hotline Miami 2. After setting a release data of March 10th, Devolver Digital have opened it up to pre-orders on Steam, GOG and Humble. This includes the Digital special edition.

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number will see you return to conclude the brutal events of the first game. With several different distinct factions to follow, traverse multiple paths until they inevitably interweave into a mass of bloodshed, violence and general awesomeness.

In return for pre-ordering, Devolver are offering a 10% discount on both HM2: Wrong Number, and the Digital Special Edition which includes the exclusive HM2: Remix EP. Asif that wasn’t enough, Dennaton Game and Develover Digital have also partnered with the team behind PAYDAY 2 to bring Hotline Miami content to PAYDAY 2 for those who own HM2: Wrong Number and the Digital Special edition.

Head on over to Steam, GOG or Humble to pre-order your copy now.

Will you be pre-ordering? If so, let us know in the comments what it is you love about the series!

Let’s talk about … – Hotline Miami 2 gets a comic!

Can’t wait for Hotline Miami 2? Well this might hold you over; it’s available now as a 5 part comic series on Steam.

Dennaton Games and Devolver Digital teamed up with Italian art collective Dayjob Studio to create the 5-part series based on the HM series. The comics will offer insight into some of the new playable characters and factions in HM2, and also some of the backstory from HM.

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The first 2 issues are now available, with the other 3 parts coming in the run-up to HM2’s release. Users can flip through the digital comic through an application on Steam while having some of their favorite HM game tracks playing in the background.

Pretty awesome for fans of the series, and should help fill the void a little until HM2 drops in March. We can’t wait to get our hands on it!

For more information be sure to check out www.devolverdigital.com or follow @HotlineMiami on Twitter. Also be sure to show some love to Dayjob Studio by dropping by their Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/dayjobstudio.

Let’s take a look at … – Crystal Story 2

Are all of the apps you spend minutes of your life downloading boring the hell out of you? Are you finding it hard to just sit back and play an enjoyable game that keeps you entertained? Well then you better check out crystal story II because it’s everything you want! Sometimes I feel like I can no longer enjoy games because it is the same thing over and over again.

Crystal Story II is just oozing and absolutely overflowing with everything you want in an RPG, it has everything from amazing cut-scenes to a beautiful and colourful story line. It is definitely one of the best RPG games I have played in a long time. The team of awesome developers that put this game together have done an overall excellent job.

Crystal Story II tells the tale of a young hero who works with a wide range of characters battling against an evil witch (hey, what would a game be like without someone evil in it) Fans of Chrono Trigger will just fall in love with Crystal Story 2’s approach to the way the game is set out, from battles to scenery.

The fights themselves are fast paced and interesting thanks to the different amount of ways you can customize your character and do super awesome things like summon or train a pet creature to help you in your battles. The scenery within itself is just magical.

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Replay value isn’t something people intend for at the end of a RPG game, but Crystal Story II definitely has that value involved. Map designs are completely randomized for a unique play through each time( like Pokémon dungeon) , which I always found intriguing as a kid and still do to this day, I love the concept, even once you finish the game there is always more and more to do.

The depth of this game is just perfect, indie developer Emmanuel Salva Cruz has done an excellent job and wish him the best with his future. I really enjoyed this game as I said before and you should definitely check it out, I guarantee you will enjoy it as much as I do.

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I give it an easy 9/10.