The bright and bold RTS game 8-Bit Hordes will release on the first of February 2019. The game is coming to PlayStation®4 and Xbox One digitally, and to PlayStation®4 physically.
Tuesdays are all about new games on The Mommy Gamers Twitch stream. I scoured E3 this year to find some games that I knew Marcia would love to bring to her channel on New Game Tuesday. Below are three indie games that are all but surefire hits. Take a look and let us know in the comments if they sound like games you would play too!
Ooblets is an adorable indie game that is being developed by a two-person, patreon-funded team. Rebecca Cordingley and Ben Wasser have been working on it since 2016 and it is scheduled for release on Xbox One and PC sometime in 2018. Ooblets is a farming, town-life, and creature collection game that draws heavy inspiration from games like Stardew Valley and Pokemon. Players run a farm, manage a shop, and explore all while trying to uncover the secrets of “Oob” (whatever that is).
All of the different mechanics in the game are centered around collecting the titular Ooblets. You grow them in your garden, you explore the wilderness looking for new seeds, and you even battle them with your own team. Anyone who has felt to the urge to Catch ‘Em All should feel right at home here.
I could talk about interesting mechanics all day, but that would betray the true strength of this game: Its charm. Every line of code and frame of animation is just oozing (oobing?) with it. Characters walk with a fun bob in their step. The Ooblets sway to the music and battle each other using dance moves. Heck. Even the plants in your garden are practically dancing as they grow.
This is definitely a game to keep an eye on. I don’t know if it will dethrone Fortnite as Marcia’s game of choice for streaming, but I think it’s got a shot.
Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin puts players in the shoes of a lonely Harvest Goddess who has been banished, along with a small group of mortal humans, to a dangerous island. She needs to fight dangerous monsters to clear the land for settlement, and then help grow rice to help keep the humans alive.
Sakuna is two different games joined at the hip. Gamers from the SNES era might compare it favorably to Actraiser. Both games include a side scrolling action mode where the player controls a hero as they battle their way through stages to gather resources and to clear away monsters. The difference is that Actraiser paired that action with a Civilization style kingdom building game. Sakuna replaces that with a peaceful rice farming simulator.
I’ve played Sakuna at each of the last two E3’s. I came away from my demo impressed both times. The art is gorgeous, the animations are smooth, and I was intrigued by how the two different game modes played off of each other. Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin will be launching on PS4 and PC in 2019! I can’t wait to play it again.
Mineko’s Night Market, by Meowza Games, is a game about “crafting crafts, eating eats, and catting cats.” All quirky humor aside, Night Market is a game that is intended to celebrate Japanese culture while also delivering a wide variety of interesting activities to perform and quests to complete. Players take on the role of Mineko as she moves to a new home on a superstitious Japanese island. The island is overrun by cats, which is fitting considering everyone on the island worships Abe, the Sun Cat.
Gameplay is diverse, but the main loop of the game involves gathering materials through quests, exploration, farming, and trading. You then use those materials to craft items to sell at a market that takes place every week. Selling better items not only earns you money, but it improved the market as a whole which gives you access to even more resources.
The cat theme runs deep here as well. Mineko is accompanied through the game by an, as of yet unnamed, giant cat as well as a cadre of “normal” cats. Its anyone’s guess at this point what those cats do, but you acquire them in a number of interesting ways including growing them out of plants! I can’t wait to play Mineko’s Night Market when it comes to PC, Mac, and Nintendo Switch later this year.
If Marcia’s love for farming games is any indication, then she should love streaming these games. What about you? Do any of these three games interest you? Sound off in the comments!
MagiCats Builder is now available on Steam, Android and iOS, from Dreamz Studio. The newly released game allows players to use their imagination to create levels, characters, objects, and environments. MagiCats Builder is free to play with available microtransactions. If players want to invest in the MagiCats Builder Infinite Pack, it’s a one time fee of $14.99. This pack has all the tools, code and access you need in order to create endless levels. Basically, the levels you can create are just that…infinite!
MagiCats Builder has several key features that would make most platformer fans excited. The creation of custom levels using a coding tool to help with the movement of items within the build. But don’t worry, the tutorial will help you with how to do all the coding. It’s a matter of playing with it and testing those customizations that is the fun part. Once your level is complete, publish it and put it up for the world to play. In lieu of this concept, players can play other creations from around the world. Another option if you want more fun, bring in friends, up to four (including you) for the multiplayer mode.
Platformers typically catch my attention, and so did the art style. The sandbox mode is something that I don’t play too much of, but I took the time and played with the game. At first, it was a struggle to get moving. The tutorial was brief, but once I was able to click buttons and explore, the concept made more sense. I do wish that the tutorial was more in depth with coding and not so vague.
The creation process allows for platforms to be added and then with the creation tool, one may make it go forward, or backward. You can add elements, like hedgehogs, to jump over or kill. Instead of having day time, players can change it to a rainy day, or night time. If the jump feels too wide, use the tool and make a platform in the middle that sits stationary.
MagiCats Builder is now available on Steam for free! MagiCats Builder was entertaining and was fun. I give MagiCats Builder a 7 out of 10.
Overall, I think this game was a little tough at first and I was losing patience because the coding tutorials weren’t in depth. Granted the testing phase is what is fun, I didn’t find the fiddling with numbers or layout to be the most entertaining. I do love platformers, but didn’t like the sandbox piece of it to much. I do think someone who likes customization and creation will love this. Enjoy Minecraft or Disney Infinity Sandbox mode? I think you’ll love this! I personally didn’t love it. I give MagiCats Builder 6 out of 10.
Rainbow Skies will be launching on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita on June 26, 2018, in North America and will be launching June 27, 2018, in Europe and Asia. This single player game will retail for $29.99 or €26.99. Shall I mention that this game is also coming from the maker of Rainbow Moon!?
Rainbow Skies is a little different when it comes to set up, but brings something different to the table when it comes to a classic RPG style game. Skills are upgraded with magic books and these books are opened in chests or purchased in stores. These skills are not the same nor does every character learn every skill, so being aware of what you have and when you need to use it is important. Rainbow Skies gameplay takes 30-40 hours; but if you add side quests, gameplay could take up to 100 hours or more.
As you do battles, you learn new skills and gain more hit points or HP. Best yet, there is no traditional game over in this game. The game is set in a vibrant world and has turn-based battles, skills and combo attacks to boot. There is not only the main story, but several side quests to help level and explore the game as well as mini games. Finally, this game has cross-save support on all three PlayStation consoles; play at home, save and take on the road.
En Masse Entertainment announced today that TERA, the true action MMO designed for consoles, releases for free on Xbox One and PlayStation®4 April 3, 2018. Come launch, gamers will be immersed in a massive world that combines the high adventure of epic MMORPGs with TERA’s own trademarked fast-paced precision combat mechanics.
Gamers too eager to wait for April 3 can purchase TERA Founder’s Packs beginning March 27 for $29.99. Founder’s Packs include a full week of Head Start access, also beginning March 27, and grant a variety of compelling in-game items to diehard players.
“There is a lot of excitement in gaming to finally see the action combat TERA is so famous for realized on console,” states Matt Denomme, Sr. Product Manager at En Masse Entertainment. “We had an amazing reception to our Open Beta test from TERA veterans and newcomers. We are pumped to finally bring the deep, challenging, definitive MMO experience gamers have been waiting for to Xbox One and PlayStation 4.”
Featuring streamlined interfaces, intelligent button mapping and new gameplay systems to compliment TERA’s trademark fast-paced combat, all of the skills, tactics, and high-octane combos that make TERA’s combat so deep and satisfying are now in hands of console gamers. With a character type to match nearly every play style and innumerable customization options, TERA gives every player a gameplay experience that is uniquely their own. Quest solo, bring your friends, make new allies and take on Big Ass Monsters (BAMs)… the world of TERA awaits.
TERA will be available across the Xbox One family of devices and the PlayStation 4 on April 3, 2018. Head Start for Founder’s Pack purchasers begins March 27.
For Founder’s Pack details, please visit: tera-online.com/founders-pack
Pioneering Italian games developer Lunar Great Wall Studios revealed Another Sight, a surreal dreamscape fantasy game, set to launch on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch in 2018.
ANOTHER SIGHT is a surreal fantasy adventure with steampunk elements set in 1899 towards the end of the Victoria era, in London. Built on heart, culture and character, ANOTHER SIGHT brings to life our two leading characters: Kit, a refreshingly bold teenager, who loses her sight after the under-construction London Underground tunnel she was exploring collapses, and Hodge – a mysterious red-furred cat – she meets in darkness. Together, they team up for an adventure through the unexpected, with Hodge an essential companion upon whom Kit will come to rely on.
Kit and Hodge explore a surreal fantasy world both together and apart, using each of their unique talents to tackle environments and solve intriguing puzzles. Beneath London, in a world inspired by Neil Gaiman’s urban fantasy, Neverwhere, Kit and Hodge encounter a hidden society of the world’s greatest inventors and artistic minds such as Claude Monet, Jules Verne and other long-past cultural icons.
Marco Ponte, CEO of Lunar Great Wall Studios said: “The world we’ve created for players to explore in Another Sight is so rich and engaging, filled with heart and discovery.” He continued, “We’re delighted to be showcasing Another Sight at GDC this year, and soon, we’ll be showcasing to the public. Another Sight represents our sentiments as a studio, that games should be emotive, with a unique and compelling experience born of cultural influences that provide different levels of meaning into the worlds we create.”
EMOTIVE DRIVEN – A story about a girl and her cat companion on a journey beyond sight and the real. A tale of warmth and intrigue is woven throughout the adventure, touching on trust, companionship and losing what we take for granted. Innovative gameplay and a story of heart is galvanized by a soundscape given life by a symphonic orchestra to accent memorable moments between Kit, Hodge and the journey they’re on.
MASTERS OF THE PAST – Throughout the journey, Kit and Hodge will meet virtuoso artists such as Claude Monet and other cultural historical figures from the past, learning more about the world and dangers it presents. Each encounter visually impacts the world, taking on aesthetics of each creative movement from the famous characters Kit and Hodge meet.
HIGHLY CREATIVE GAMEPLAY – Use the unique abilities of each character to help Kit and Hodge traverse the world and overcome environmental challenges. The two central characters can split up to investigate different areas of the locale that the other may not be able to reach, with both Kit and Hodge perceiving the world in very different ways, opening up different possibilities for overcoming their adventure.
About Lunar Great Wall Studios
Formed in 2016, Lunar Great Wall Studios was founded to create unique and compelling experiences; new and emotional games that inspire and engage. With a wealth of experience, Lunar Great Wall Studios is already crafting a number of projects, the first of which is Another Sight, due to be unveiled at GDC 2018.
Today, Epic Games announced Fortnite Battle Royale, an all-new PvP mode coming to the action-building game Fortnite on Sept. 26, available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Mac. Fortnite released in July as a paid early access game for Xbox One, PS4, PC and Mac. PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds players will find this new mode familiar as Fortnite Battle Royale similarly drops 100 players onto one giant map. Combat and building skills will be put to the test and the last commander standing wins. Check out the Battle Royal Announce Trailer here:
The Mommy Gamers community has been enjoying Fortnite on our Twitch streams found here. We also frequently team up through our Discord server, so if you are looking for friends to battle and adventure with check out our Discord community here. I know I haven’t been bringing you guys a lot of gaming news, but I am really having a great experience with Fortnite and PUBG and I had to dump my excitement out somewhere. You’re welcome?
For more information on Fortnite and to pick up the game visit the Epic Games site here.