Friday, 23 October 2020

Larry Laffer is Back - Bigger and Wetter Than Ever - in Point-and-Click Adventure Leisure Suit Larry - Wet Dreams Dry Twice

Like its predecessor, Leisure Suit Larry - Wet Dreams Dry Twice features easy-to-learn point-and-click controls, making getting Larry where he needs to be smoother than ever! Players will guide Larry in his self-made boat through various islands, each featuring their own sensual surprises, ultimately leading him to his one true love - the lovely and intelligent Faith! Although Larry can sweet-talk his way through just about any situation, he'll still run into plenty of perplexing puzzles, eccentric characters, and need to collect a number of useful items — some phallic-shaped, some not. The world is his oyster!  

"Hey ladies, it's time to return to Larry-town! This may come as a surprise to some, but I am still going strong! That's right, I'm a real stamina stallion! I left New Lost Wages, became stranded in Cancum, and had prepared to marry my only true love, Faith. But, unforeseen events interrupted us and we've become separated again! She is somewhere in the famous, sunny, and sprawling Kalau'a archipelago and I have to find her. Help me — if I don't find her soon, I think I may burst!"

"No obstacle will keep me away from my beloved, not even the wild and untamed islands of Kalau'a. Those lovely island ladies can only distract me for so long as my heart's compass only points in one direction - Faith! Care to set sail with me as a true pirate and become a real gold digger? Join my crew on this glorious trip — you may just end up soaked to the bone!"

Key Features Include:

*Explore the Kalaua'a archipelago with all its mysterious and magnificent islands — featuring over 50 beautifully hand-drawn locations

*Meet over 40 new and old companions from Wet Dreams Don't Dry and chat up some fresh new feminine friends

*Help Larry solve difficult and exciting (and maybe a little erotic) new riddles and complete quests, providing him with a truly happy ending

Published by Assemble Entertainment and developed by Crazybunch, Leisure Suit Larry - Wet Dreams Dry Twice is now available on Windows PC and Mac via Steam and GOG for £30.99.

Thursday, 22 October 2020

REVIEW: CrossKrush on Xbox One

Review by Jon Donnis
I was sent a review code and asked to review CrossKrush by the fine people at Thinice Games for Xbox One.

It is really hard to describe CrossKrush, it is a little bit Tetris, a little bit Bomberman and a whole lot addictive.

You can play as one of two elderly people, Henry or Florence, they are a married couple who are frustrated that busy highway has been built in front of their home.
So they have decided to take it upon themselves to attack and blow up as many cars as they can. Ok so the premise of the story is a tad bizarre, but that doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things.

Despite the images and trailer making the game look complicated and busy, it is in fact a super simple game, you start off with one of the two characters, you are on a road which is separated into lanes, and vehicles slowly move towards you in blocks, you then click on a section of the road, it turns green, as the cars move down, when a car is over the green area, you click a button and the car explodes! Simple right. And what's more you can even whack cars with your walking stick (cane), although it doesn't do a lot of damage, hit a car enough times and it will explode.

Well there is more to it than that, you ideally want to avoid blowing up Ambulances, so as soon as you blow up the car in front of one, they will speed through, all the while you need to make sure you don't get run over. There are also white cars that when you blow up they leave multiple potential spaces to further blow up, meaning you can blow up to 9 cars at a time, or be a bit more strategic in when you explode them. Red cars are like TNT and will blow up all those around them instantly. There are also power ups available, one makes you super sized and powerful, another allows you to shoot a laser and destroy all cars in your lane, and another gives you back a valuable life if you have been run over already.

As you progress through the game, each wave will get a bit harder, more cars, longer cars, on the harder levels when you blow up a car it will leave a pothole in the road making that block unable to be used again to blow up a car, unless a roller comes along to flatten the road of course.

And all of this while listening to catchy jazz music.

This really is a fun game, 10 levels with 10 waves in each, multiple difficulties settings, a multiplayer option too.

The Good
This is a simple to play, fun game, lots of easy gamer points to collect.

The Bad
This is an incredibly addictive game, not sure if that can be classed as a bad, but sometimes games can be too addictive surely!

For what is such a simple concept this is an incredibly fun game, addictive, easy to play, just all around great game.
I loved it 9/10

Review By Jon Donnis

Heartfelt Metroidvania Reina & Jericho Will Fight for Love on Switch, PC in Q2 2021

Reina & Jericho, the touching metroidvania from Reclamation Games following a woman's time bending journey to save the love of her life, will break hearts and tantalize minds on Steam for Windows PC and Nintendo Switch in Q2 2021.

Driven by revenge, love, and loss, Reina emerges from the ruins of a crumbling nation to rescue Jericho. Without power, status, or money, Reina must challenge a dangerous despot seeking to secure his reign of terror with a coveted ancient artifact that manipulates cause and effect. Jericho's life is on the line, and Reina must fight her way through a mysterious fortress where she will face her greatest fears over and over again.

Fight for the future as Reina and Jericho's young heroine, then double back to the past to right any wrongs. Gather new power-ups that synergize with one another to enhance Reina's fighting ability, and unravel the traps laid out against Reina to create the perfect chain of cause and effect. Slice through enemies as Reina faces off against bosses wielding supernatural artifacts and the well-armed henchmen of a failing state.

Multiple endings leave Jericho's fate in the player's hands. Through Reina's regret and rage, evaluate what paths lead to dead ends before revisiting the past to start another. Unravel the mystery of Jericho's disappearance, learn who to trust along the way, and discover who can be saved and who must die for Jericho to be saved.

Three ways to adventure provide endless replayability as Reina and Jericho features a gripping Story Mode, a specialized Speedrun mode, and a built-in Randomizer option that scrambles rooms, items and beyond to create a unique adventure every time. An emotive soundtrack featuring touching live recordings paints the painful tale of Reina and Jericho, highlighted by stylized environments, intense gameplay, and a story that transcends time.

"Metroidvania games are among my favorites, and I'm taking my chance to add my contribution to the genre," said Dave Wightman, Reclamation Games Founder and CEO. "Powerful stories will always be king for me, and that's what I'm seeking to do here. We want to create an intense, action-packed platformer that never forgets its narrative and centers that element."

Reina & Jericho will be available on Nintendo Switch and Steam for Windows PC for $19.99 in Q2 2021. It will support English language text.

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Die by the Blade Kickstarter Campaign Storms Through the First Week

Publisher Grindstone and developers Triple Hill Interactive and Toko Midori today announced that the Kickstarter campaign for the highly anticipated one-hit-kill sword fighting game Die by the Blade hit over 50% of its funding milestone in 5 days.  

The Kickstarter campaign is an important part of the Die by the Blade journey as it aims to engage with fans and build an active community to support the ongoing development of this exciting project.

To celebrate this important milestone, the team has released a short gameplay trailer to give fans a taste of the tense gameplay experience they can expect when the game launches next year.

There are many pledge levels with fantastic game inspired rewards available where fans can get involved, become backers and in turn help shape the future of this highly anticipated, spiritual successor to some of the best classic sword fighting games ever released.

The money raised through Kickstarter will be used to expand on the current gameplay experience with higher quality animations using motion capture technology, expand the character roster and add in even more weapons. If the campaign hits the stretch goals, then additional exciting content could be added like ranged weapons and different combat styles.

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Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Monster Sanctuary to break free from Early Access and land on PC and consoles on 8th December

Team17 and Moi Rai Games have today announced that monster taming, Metroidvania, role-playing game, Monster Sanctuary, is exiting Steam Early Access and will launch on PC on 8th December. The game will also launch simultaneously that day on PlayStation® 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch™. As the youngest heir of an ancient bloodline of Monster Keepers, players set out to follow in their ancestors' footsteps, all the while unpicking a mystery that threatens the long-standing peace between humans and monsters.

During its year in Early Access, Monster Sanctuary has expanded with a series of significant updates that broaden its fantastical world, such as the introduction of player vs player gameplay, and new areas to explore: the volcanic Magma Chamber, the claustrophobic Underworld, and the mechanical Mystical Workshop. Each has expanded on the menagerie of monsters available for players to track down and tame, and added new gameplay opportunities to explore.

The full launch of Monster Sanctuary in December will introduce further content for players to experience as they embark on their epic adventure, including the Abandoned Tower as an entirely new game area, as well as an additional secret area. 14 new monsters will also be joining the roster, alongside optional endgame Champions; Ultimate abilities for monsters above level 40; unique equipment; and further balancing changes.

Key Features:

*Overcome and collect beasts: Creatures great and small are available to collect and battle, and can be upgraded via deep skill trees
*Become the best Monster Keeper: A mysterious force threatens the peace between monsters and humans, and players will unravel these secrets through the story
*Battle in tactical 3v3 combat: Player rosters of monsters can fight AI or other players in a turn-based 3v3 system, using elemental attacks and combos to devastating effect
*Discover a deep Metroidvania world: From the depths of the Underworld to the heights of the Snowy Peaks, there is plenty to explore, and hidden areas to uncover using monster skills
*Items and gear aplenty: Players will find a plethora of useful items on their journey, which may even open new avenues of navigation.