Can it get even more old-school? With Mala Petaka, a retro shooter in the style of Doom awaits us, in which we shoot aliens which, with their 2D cartoon style, could come straight from a game of the early Nintendo era. Today, the developer released a demo that we tried out right away.
Who hasn’t missed the arcades? That gloomy twilight, the deafening volume of children playing and sound of arcade games, the flashing lights and that exhilarating feeling of inserting a coin and daring another game. Some of you are probably waiting impatiently to see when the arcades will reopen again.
Kainga: Seeds of Civilization is a strategy game by solo developer Erik Rempen, based in Thailand. Combining into a hybrid of city/village-builder and roguelike games, Kainga challenges players to build their own civilization in a beautiful, mythical, yet hostile world. Kainga integrates gameplay from traditional real-time strategy games such as Age of Empires or Red Alert with more complex sim building games such as Pharaoh or the Civilization series. On top of that, there are some elements of roguelike games, where the death of a single central unit will result in an instant loss.
A new adventure called Petit Island comes from Xelo Games, makers of the acclaimed Escape from Naraka. Again, we explore a beautiful surrounding inspired by the studio’s home island Bali, but it will be a much more relaxing experience this time.
The apocalypse is over, but the world lies in shatters, and now it is up to a few people to rebuild it. A typical trope of such post-apocalyptic scenarios is the recycling of old technologies. But did knowledge of these machines survive the disaster? In The Signal State, we take on the role of a technician who acquires this knowledge step by step.
Does anyone remember 7554? No, this is not the PIN for our company credit card, but the date of one of the most important events in Vietnam’s recent history; the Battle of Diên Biên Phu. With the subtitle “Glorious Memories Revived”, 7554 is also the title of the first game (2011) by Emobi Games from Vietnam. The Call of Duty-style 3D shooter was supposed to present a lesser-known chapter in the history of Vietnam to a broad world audience and at the same time emphasised PC game development in Vietnam. That didn’t work out as intended: Despite good approaches, 7554 was flawed technically and gameplay-wise and is widely considered a failure. Almost ten years after the release, the developers (now Hiker Games) want to try it again, returning with the announcement of another shooter game from a Vietnamese perspective, including a crowdfunding campaign. The name, however, is no less cryptic this time either: 300475.