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Friday, 29 September 2017

REVIEW: Ticket to Ride: First Journey (Mobile Version)


Review by Jon Donnis:
Ticket to Ride First Journey is based on a board game called Days of Wonder, Now I have to admit I am not aware of this board game, as I don't really play them, so I come to this game from a position of complete ignorance. It is worth noting that this is a kids game, or a game that a parent can play with a  young child. So I am probably not the demographic they are aiming at.

With that said the game is enjoyable. You start on a map, with various landmarks, and you have to connect the land marks with train routes, and whoever scores the most routes first wins, and you then collect artifacts, its that simple.


I will admit that I started playing the game without reading anything about it, and even during the tutorial I didn't pay much attention, because.. you know... I'm a stupid man and all that. So once the game started proper I had no real idea what I was doing, but once I figured it out, it is a fun little game.

There is a solo mode whereby you play against AI opponents, and that's fine for what it is, but the fun here comes from playing against someone else. You just pass your phone to them when your turn is over, and so on.


I played the game with my 7 year old niece like this, and much like a physical board game, we had the same type of experience, which was basically me taking things way too seriously and her getting annoyed with me for not letting her win. As soon as we finished a game she demanded we play again. And that's really all you need to know.

It's a fun, simple, easy to play game, better playing against others.

I give this game a solid 7/10.

Synopsis:
Ticket to Ride: First Journey brings the popular kid and family version of Days of Wonder classic board game Ticket to Ride, to digital platforms. Perfect for all ages with quicker and easier gameplay for younger players, this adaptation is a must-have introduction to the award-winning and millions-selling game Ticket to Ride. Including both USA and European maps, Ticket to Ride: First Journey allows you to collect train cards, claim routes across the continent and connect major cities across the map.

Playable in solo mode against three AI of varying difficulties, or with up to three friends (or bots) with the ‘pass and play’ mode, each game of Ticket to Ride: First Journey will steer you through the wild landscapes of the USA or historical Europe, learning more about iconic monuments and collecting pictures of the cities as you go.


A digital adaptation for the masses, Ticket to Ride: First Journey has been simplified for younger audiences, so parents and children can experience the ride together. The game features a colourful, fully-animated 3D user experience, and user-friendly drag and drop mechanics to make the first Ticket to Ride journey easy and fun for all ages.

Ticket to Ride: First Journey features:
Two maps: Europe & North America
Family-friendly gameplay, including interactive, kid-focused tutorial
Solo mode: Easy, normal & difficult AI
Pass and play mode on a single device: Up to four players (or bots)

Unlockable rewards to build geographical knowledge

Links to Purchase
iPhone
Android
Steam
Mac OS: Coming soon


RUINER Launch Trailer


RUINER is a top-down action shooter created in the spirit of cult cyberpunk anime and game classics. RUINER is quick and brutal but sophisticated gameplay, original world with mature storyline and unique visual style. It was born out of passion for great games but also for pushing the boundaries. RUINER is our own take on cyberpunk motifs but we we're not making a pure cyberpunk game. Our main inspiration is the world we live in. Because the future's already here.

http://www.ruinergame.com

PLAY Expo Manchester Unveils Greatest-Ever Roster of Indie Games


Replay Events Delivers an Indie Showcase to Remember, Arriving at EventCity, Manchester on October 14th and 15th

Manchester, England – September 29th, 2017 – PLAY Expo Manchester, the largest video game expo in the North of England, is thrilled to announce their greatest-ever Indie showcase, arriving at this year’s event taking place at EventCity Manchester on October 14th and 15th.

Famous for its support of the thriving Indie gaming scene, Replay Events has attracted the best and brightest Indie games for this year’s event, spearheading a remarkable initiative to support smaller developers through offering complimentary space at PLAY Expo Manchester.

Notable games appearing at this, the sixth blockbuster year of PLAY Expo Manchester include:

Silo Black Games – Boom Boom Barbarian
Hut 90 - Akuto: Mad World
Hope for Hopeless Studios - The Tension
Leda Entertainment - Bullion
Noskyvisible - Time Runner
Dumpling Co., Ltd. - SMASH TANKS!
1st Impact Games - All Contact Lost
LimeVibe Games - Space Toads Mayhem
Popup Asylum - BeeBeeQ
All iN - ERSATZ
Warpfish Games Limited - Razed
Huey Games - Hyper Sentinel
Onion Soup Interactive - Nippon Marathon
Ginger Biscuit Games - OAOA - Off And On Again
OceanSpark Studios - Tetra, Elemental Awakening
SinisterSoft - RetroStar
Gemi Games - Super Lumi Live
Chronik Spartan - Glo

Andy Brown, Director for Replay Events commented, “Our Indie showcase has long been one of the most popular sections of PLAY Expo Manchester, and it’s important to us to see the Indie scene grow and thrive by introducing their titles to a wider audience. This year, we’ve managed to outdo ourselves and can look forward to the broadest and most eclectic series of titles ever appearing at the event. Combined with our AAA titles, retro zone, arcade entertainment, panels, talks, cosplay and so much more, we’re confident that this year’s PLAY Expo Manchester will truly be an event to remember.”

Returning for its sixth year, PLAY Expo Manchester is a highly popular two-day video game event, ideal for all the family and offering visitors an unrivalled experience with features, tournaments, exhibitors, industry guests, panels and so much more. Celebrating gaming and popular culture, the expo uniquely caters for casual fans and dedicated gamers alike and promises to be an event not to be missed.

For more information on PLAY Expo Manchester 2017, please visit: www.playexpomanchester.com and follow Replay Events on Facebook, and Twitter.

Exhibitors, traders and press interested in PLAY Expo Manchester can contact the Replay Events team at: contact@replayevents.com

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Spot It! Duel – A Dobble Game Celebrates A Magnificent Million Downloads


Paris, France, September 21, 2017 – Asmodee Digital, a leader in digital board game entertainment, is today thrilled to announce that its hugely popular symbol matching game, Spot It! Duel – A Dobble game, has hit the magic million downloads!

Available on iOS and Android devices, Asmodee Digital today released a new update boasting an all-new reward system that adds even more to the already compelling gameplay. With more content and updates planned, head to the App Store or Google Play now to download Spot It! Duel – A Dobble game; one of this summer’s most popular games.

On iTunes App Store:
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On Google Play:
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Daily Challenges allow players to gain greater rewards than ever before, but you’d better hurry! Everyday a new set of challenges will appear for players with a 24-hour window to complete them and claim a prize.

In its latest update, Spot It” Duel - A Dobble game implements a new reward system where players collect keys during each game; the more keys gained, the more chests can be opened! Even if you don’t win the game, keys are exchanged for in-game points which can be accumulated and redeemed. Earned by creating combos in each game, rewards include Dobble cards, bonus cards, in-game currency, energy boosts and more.

Leave the cards at home and take the experience anywhere. Spot It” Duel - A Dobble game is the latest addition to Asmodee Digital’s ever-growing line-up of premium tabletop - video game translations.



About Asmodee
Founded in 1995 in France and with offices in 7 countries including England, China and the United States, Asmodee is a publisher and distributor of popular board and card games like 7 Wonders, Jungle Speed ​​and Dobble. With six studios publishing and distributing games in more than 44 countries, Asmodee sells more than 35 million games per year. Asmodee’s reputation for delivering strategically challenging games with attractive design, has earned the company unfailing loyalty from fans, families, hard core players and also casual gamers.

Kingdom: New Lands - Nintendo Switch Launch Trailer


In Kingdom: New Lands, you take on the role of a monarch struggling to build your kingdom up from nothing. Explore the lands for resources, recruit loyal subjects, and shore up your defenses — but make haste, for when nightfall comes, a dark and greedy presence awaits… Available now for Nintendo Switch!

Bespoke Arcades® Set Gaming to Free Play at EGX 2017!

Europe’s Premier Manufacture of Quality Arcade Cabinets, Bring State-of-the-Art Arcade Entertainment to the UK’s Biggest Gaming Show

London, England – September 21st, 2017 – Bespoke Arcades, the premier name in quality, customisable arcade entertainment, announced today that they will be bringing their entire selection of award-winning Arcade Cabinets to EGX 2017, the UK’s favourite gaming show, taking place from September 21st through 24th at the NEC, Birmingham.

Appearing in the ESL Arena at EGX, Bespoke Arcades will be entertaining visitors, bringing several of their state-of-the-art arcade machines to the show including the best-selling Evo widescreen stand-up, Apex classic stand-up, Synergy arcade table and Nu-Gen modern ‘sit-at’ arcade. All of the arcade machines shown at the events automatically come pre-loaded with hundreds of free-to-play arcade classics and can be further customised to playback media as well as offer compatibility with modern console hardware.

In addition, Bespoke Arcades will be proudly displaying the King-Pin Virtual Pinball Table, a remarkable new take on pinball entertainment, recently enhanced with 3D graphics that will astonish all who play!

“EGX is always a special show for Bespoke Arcades. Visitors to the show are always drawn to our unrivalled take on arcade gaming and we believe that innovations such as the King-Pin will prove irresistible to those who grew up around arcade gaming culture,” said Ben Georget, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Bespoke Arcades. “Our customers recognise the quality and workmanship we offer in all our arcades and to celebrate EGX we’re delighted to be offering some very eye-catching show discounts to those who want the arcade gaming to continue in the comfort of their own homes!”

Bespoke Arcades will be offering visitors to EGX 2017 exclusive show discounts on every Arcade Cabinet at the event, and are encouraged to approach the Bespoke Arcades staff at the ESL Arena for further information.

For over ten years, Bespoke Arcades have been providing gamers around the globe with jaw-dropping, beautifully engineered arcade cabinets, hand crafted in the UK from the finest materials and manufactured to exacting specification. Working closely with their customers to create their dream gaming experience, passionate gamers, retro enthusiasts and countless celebrities all flock to Bespoke Arcades thanks to their commitment to quality, innovation and unparalleled attention to detail.

For more information on EGX, please visit: https://www.egx.net/egx

For more information on Bespoke Arcades, please visit http://www.bespoke-arcades.co.uk


Tuesday, 19 September 2017

UKIYO Publishing announces Expand - the critically acclaimed meditative game for PlayStation®4


London, United Kingdom – 18th September, 2017 – UKIYO Publishing, the London-based independent video game publisher, is delighted to announce its first project, Expand, coming to PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system in Europe and United States on 3rd October, 2017.

Expand PlayStation®4 Announce Trailer


Expand will take PS4 players through a labyrinth of rotating, expanding and twisting gameplay in the first project from London-based indie publisher.

Originally released on Steam in 2015 by Chris Johnson and Chris Larkin, Expand met with critical acclaim as the 2D minimalist game challenging players to lead a pink square through a labyrinth that constantly rotates, unfolds and expands with the intent to disorientate and harm you.

A world set in five stages, Expand offers an atmospheric experience of exploration, discovery and introspection through gameplay and compelling soundtrack designed to immerse you deeply into its allegorical themes.


Expand on PlayStation®4  offers extras with PlayStation Trophies, a Bundle package with the game’s soundtrack and new language support in English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese and Chinese (Simplified and Traditional).

“As our first project, we’re delighted to utilise our invaluable experience to port a much-loved and successful game to PlayStation®4,” says Martin Hann, Co-Owner of UKIYO Publishing.

“We provide indie developers a great platform to get their games in front of a wider audience and the opportunity to increase their potential revenue with a larger install base.


“Expand is just the beginning and we look forward to publishing more titles in the future,” says Martin.

UKIYO Publishing was founded at the beginning of 2017 with a combined experience of over ten years in the video games industry, offering its proficiency in porting and publishing indie games to Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo platforms.

Chris Johnson, developer of Expand, is delighted to be working alongside UKIYO publishing for the game’s October release.

"The entire process with UKIYO has been very seamless - they've been great to work with," says Chris.

"Expand was made to be played on consoles and so we're thrilled to finally bring it to the PS4."
For more details on the game, visit the game’s official website.
http://expandgame.com


Monday, 18 September 2017

Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 - Gamescom Trailer | PS4, PS3


All Rights Reserved By JFA All UEFA Champions League names, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup names, logos and trophies are the property, registered trademarks and/or copyright of UEFA. All rights reserved. adidas, the 3-Bars logo, the 3-Stripe trade mark and Climacool are registered trademarks of the adidas Group, used with permission. The use of images and names of the football players in this game is under license from FIFPro Commercial Enterprises BV. © 2017, DFB The FA is an official trade mark of The Football Association Limited and is subject to extensive trade mark registrations worldwide. Copyright FFF © Official Licensee of the FIGC All copyrights and trademarks are KNVB respectively Team Holland property and are used under license.

Licensed by OLIVEDESPORTOS (Official Agent of the FPF) Producto Oficial Licenciado RFEF © 2002 Ligue de Football Professionnel ® Officially Licensed by Eredivisie C.V. and Stichting CAO voor Contractspelers ™ © 2017 THE ARSENAL FOOTBALL CLUB PLC, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © S.L.B. Producto Oficial. Official Licensed Product of A.C. Milan Official product manufactured and distributed by KONAMI under licence granted by A.S. Roma S.p.A and Soccer s.a.s. di Brand Management S.r.l. Official Videogame(s) of CORINTHIANS All other copyrights or trademarks are the property of their respective owners and are used under license.

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NHL 18 - Launch Trailer | PS4


EA SPORTS NHL 18 delivers the speed of today's young NHL stars with new Creative Attack controls and the first-ever Defensive Skill Stick. Play the fast-paced, arcade-inspired 3-on-3 NHL Threes mode, or reshape the league entirely with the new Expansion Draft and your own custom 32nd NHL team. Do it all with the most co-op and competitive multiplayer options ever delivered in a sports game.

Now available worldwide for PS4. (Amazon link opens in a new window)


The Solus Project - Launch Trailer | PS4, PS VR


The Solus Project is now available on PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®VR!
The Solus Project a single player exploration-driven adventure with survival elements, set on a mysterious and seemingly uninhabited alien planet. Survive through exploration, and unlock the mysteries of Gliese-6143-C.

OVERVIEW
Humanity is on the verge of extinction. You are the last hope, tasked with finding a safe haven for a colony. But now you are stranded on a deserted alien planet and every other member of your crew is dead. The fate of humanity rests in your hands: you must survive…

KEY FEATURES:
Explore - Unlock the depths of the uncharted planet, and discover the secrets buried deep below. Delve into huge cave systems and tombs and uncover over 200 secrets.
Survive - Survive the extreme climate, tornadoes, storms, meteors, lightning... and the dark secrets buried beneath the surface.
PlayStation®VR support - Explore every corner of the vast and alien world in VR!


Thursday, 14 September 2017

REVIEW: Mantis Burn Racing – Battle Cars DLC


Synopsis
The ‘BATTLE CARS’ pack adds a brand-new way to enjoy Mantis Burn Racing® in our biggest, most exciting update yet, featuring an all-new class of highly armoured, battle-ready vehicles hell-bent on destruction! Get ready to crush your opponents with rapid-fire machine-gun blasts or launch mines causing devastating damage with 3 brand-new Battle Modes to test your appetite for destruction. Available now on PlayStation®4, Xbox One and Steam® (for Windows PC).


Review by Jon Donnis
If like me you are the kind of person who misses those top view arcade racers that we all loved in the 90s then this is arcade perfection. I had Micro Machines on the NES back in the early 90s, and I feel like nothing since then has ever quite got it right when it comes to an arcade style top-down racer. Well the wait is finally over, Mantis Burn Racing is to 2017 what Micro Machines was to 1991. Just with incredible graphics, and a deep single player game that will keep you coming back again and again.

And now even better than the base game, which is already pretty awesome, they have just release the Battle Car DLC. So now we can race around and shoot at other drivers, lay mines and generally be even more awesome.

Can you tell that I really like this game yet?
The single player mode really is great, and that is something I want to bring attention to, as so many games these days concentrate so heavily on the multiplayer/online modes that the single player game suffers. Well this game has both. A lengthy single player career mode, which will keep you coming back to collect missed "gears", which are basically your trophies for achieving certain things in the game, like an "Awesome Drift" or destroying roadside obstacles. There are time trials, straight up races, events and so on. And with the Battle Cars add on, it is a whole new lot of vehicles to use, and events to complete.


The multiplayer games are cool too, lots of choices, although perhaps not enough people playing online at times means that I am sure you end up playing AI opponents. If you have a second controller you can have split screen action too which is fun.

A really fun game from top to bottom. Really excellent in game physics too, you really feel like you are in control of every action. And for all you gamer-point hunters, plenty of gamer-points to get too, and they aren't too hard to get either.


The game was excellent already, the Battle Cars add on is the cream on top of the already brilliant cake.

Available now on PlayStation®4, Xbox One and Steam® (for Windows PC).

This is a game I have been waiting on for nearly 30 years, so I cant recommend it enough, great for any age.
9/10

Review by Jon Donnis

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

REVIEW: Necrosphere on Steam/PC


"Necrosphere is a mini-metroidvania where you play with ONLY 2 BUTTONS as Terry, the recently-deceased secret agent trying to escape the underworld!"

Please don't be put off by the graphics, this is a fun game that needs your attention. I am old enough to remember games like this when these graphics would be state of the art. A time when game-play came first and not how realistic the game looks. And lets be honest here, many games rely on amazing graphics to distract from the fact that the game itself doesn't have much to it.


With Necrosphere you control your character with 2 buttons, yes just 2. That being left and right. No jump button, just left and right, and it is this simplicity that really gives this game an edge. And yes you do gain new abilities the further into the game you get, a dash function is an example. But by the time you get that fair you will be much more experienced with the basic controls. And the basic controls are what makes this game not only frustrating but incredibly rewarding too. You see as much as you will shout, swear and moan as you die time after time, when you eventually get it right, you feel as if you should be working for MI6 solving their hardest to solve encryptions.

If you asked me to describe this game in one word I would say "Frustrating", but then I would instantly tell you that I need to add "Addictive" immediately after it. Because this game is frustrating, but it is so addictive too that the frustration is very much part of its allure.


The learning curve is perfect, and once you have been playing it for a few hours, go and try a new game, and suddenly you will feel like an expert.

Surprising good game, and as I said previously frustratingly addictive.

Score 8/10
Review By Jon Donnis

Now go to Steam and buy it now!
http://store.steampowered.com/app/607400/Necrosphere/

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Planet of the Eyes - Launch Trailer | PS4/Xbox


A finalist for "Best Indie Game" at the Canadian Videogame Awards, Planet of the Eyes tells the tale of a robot on a journey through a mysterious world.

http://www.planetoftheeyes.com

With a stunning visual mix of puzzle and platforming challenges, an original musical score and fully voiced audio logs, Planet of the Eyes will sweep you away on the immersive journey through a dangerous planet. Now available on PlayStation 4.