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Indies at first Sight: The Last Door


 

The Last DoorThe Last Door, this adventure either stops in its tracks or keeps you on your toes.  I am not one for horror games.  So even though this game says it is a horror game, I do not feel the need to jump up on a chair like a pansy.  I love the art style the developers chose, just to be an almost simple point and click adventure.  The music is a nice touch, mixing a Alfred Hitchcock and other keen aspects of horror music.   The gameplay is bland at times and feels like is missing a lot.  Although this title does not hold your hand, a little hint here and there would have been suffice.  The way the game pans out, makes it all worth the while to play.  In all honesty, I tried to like this game as much as I could.  It has potential and for being an episodic game, it really stands out.   Altogether, The Last Door gets a 7.5/10.  It should have been released as a digital copy on Desura instead of being a flash title on their website.  The fact that the first episode is free, bothers me.   I appreciate developers who take the time to make games we may or may not enjoy.  The effort is great.  They were in their right mind to get the game off the ground to at least let you play a bit before you decided to buy episode 2.  The Last Door should have been, in my opinion on game clients like Steam and Desura. Interested in The Last Door?  CHECK IT VIA THEIR WEBSITE.

P.S. Keep an Eye on our Quick BitZ section on our YouTube for upcoming gameplay of this title

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Charlie Murder Review (XBLA)


By: Master Blud

Well, it’s been a while since I have written anything.  Nowadays, it takes something very awesome to have me even consider writing anything up.  Whether it be something I think is the bees knees, or something I might be a fan of.  Myself, I love anything that Ska Studios makes.  I have every Xbox Indie Title Ska Studios has ever made.  I now have memorabilia from most of the Ska-Merch.   Ok, enough about how much I love Ska Studios.  I do however have to be completely honest in my review and try to be as fair as possible.

Ok, so you know the whole Charlie Murder thing right?  The whole make believe band thing that happened a few years ago as part of a Ska Studios PR Stunt?  …………There I go again, talking about Ska Studios…….Sh*t!

Well, let’s put it like this.  The story is simple.  Charlie Murder is an Anarchist Ska/Punk Band, destined to save the world from their rival band, or destroy the world (You Choose).  Can’t give away too much detail.  As I write this sentence, I haven’t played the entire game.  The game has secret areas among the rubble walls.  Some Indie Game and character references here and there (For those who really pay attention to it) and some classic Retro Gaming references (I have yet to find some retro graphic type whatever in the game like I did in Vampire Smile)

This brawler/RPG title has a lot of content packed in it for just $10 (Because MS is ridding the Microsoft Points at the end of this month).  Button mashing will not be your friend in this side-scroller beat-em’up.  Instead, you will gain abilities, spells, and special attacks just to name a few.   You will gather up pieces of clothes and accessories to aide you along on your hectic quest.   You can use a, what looks like a Windows Phone to take pictures of QR codes and specific items throughout the game to gain more gear as well as leveling your character and their abilities, using made up social network with a squid as their logo, and of course, your email.  But enough about the content, will this title live up to the hype that I thought it would?

First off, controls are simple but get more extensive as you move along.  Using your specials and playing with friends is more of a way to enjoy the game.  If you are playing the game solo like I did for a while, you will end up rage quitting near the closer-to-end bosses.  Enemies sometimes become bothersome, and even though you earn a counter-attack later in the game, it seems to only work when you’re on the ground.  Aerial blocks are probably one of the moves I would have liked to use, especially if I am trying to set up a combo.  But beggars can’t be choosers. You will encounter areas where you have to avoid the edges of walk ways so you don’t fall off and areas that simply seem impossible to get through.  I can’t decipher whether it’s me, or how to perceive depth in the game along with the level design.   The control scheme will work for some, but for those button mashers, you may want to invest your time in another title.

The sight and sound of CM are grungy and beautiful at the same time.   You will see a lot of artwork from Shelldragon hanging up in the stores, as well as the creations of Jamezila‘s Dishwasher and Yuki.  Like most of the Ska Studio games, the artwork, shown in layers to show depth and detail, making it pleasing to the eyes.  The soundtrack, sounds like something that came out of your usual basement recording, a few tracks seem to give that authentic ska/punk vibe, while others seem to just make want to thrash out and break your controller.  There are interactive concerts and a lot of mini games to give you a break from the bruising and beating of enemies, such as performing a Guitar Hero like concert during a flashback or fighting off Sharks with TNT strapped to them.  These were pleasing to me, and gave CM a little more punch.  One thing that stood out to me, was the dramatic story between CM and their rival band, going through a series cut scenes to present the issue at hand.

Final Thoughts: Part 1 of 2 (Part 2 Coming soon) 

I mean really, CM has that flavor that can only last so long as a solo player game.  You should either invest in some friends, or bring your friends over to play some CM.  You will have a difficult time playing solo.  I only wish that there was a comprehensive AI you could play with, that way, little Robby won’t have to worry about having that social life right?  Charlie Murder has the ups and downs of a brawler/RPG and some balancing needs to be made if you are playing single player.  You will more than likely get overwhelmed with the amount of enemies on-screen and it will feel like your character is moving in mud pudding, even though you have something that is supposedly to make you run faster.   When you see a mummy and 4 mages, and you’re playing solo, don’t attempt that area unless you are Level 25.  At this point, I still have yet to beat the game, and when I do beat the game, I will update my final thoughts as a part 2.  Right now I give you my part 1 of the final thoughts and leave you in suspense.  As of now, Charlie Murder gets a 7.8 out of 10.  It needs balancing, and a possible AI buddy system.  Who knows, maybe we will see it!  Charlie Murder is recommended to those who are completionists and love a great challenge.


July Charity (Autism Speaks)


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By: MasterBlud

Kyle, aka Daizoren, is doing another LIVE Stream for Charity event.  Last time, you may remember Kyle did one for Lung Cancer Research, he came up short  to $130 out of the $500 goal.  This time, you can donate to the Autism Research Charity under his Go Fund Me page.  Kyle is also doing this as a birthday present to Indie Gamer Chick‘s 2 year birthday of the website.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY To our dearest friends over at Indie Gamer Chick, and welcome the newcomers as well.  I am still trying to get back into things, been so busy!  Love ya all!  If you can not DONATE, SHARE with ALL YOUR FRIENDS.  LIVE STREAM will be at DAIZORENS TWITCH CHANNEL’ on July 12th at 12pm EST!  Want to know more, watch the video below!


Slender: The Arrival Review


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$10

Website

Twitter (Blue Isle Studios)

Twitter (Parsec Productions)

 

 

By: Daizoren

Perhaps the most anticipated horror game of the year, Slender: The Arrival has to fill the shoes of the original Slender: The Eight Pages in an attempt to scare players in a way that the original never could. With Blue Isle Studios and Parsec Productions working in conjunction, do they achieve this hefty feat? Or does Slender: The Arrival lose it’s effect in a market that is saturated by wanna-be clones? (more…)


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Quick BitZ: Real World Racing


I’ve been waiting for the release of Real World Racing for a while now and the new beta came out so I thought I’d take a look at it. Enjoy!

Real World Racing website – http://www.realworldracing.com/

Greenlight – http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=94564971


Quick BitZ: Children of Liberty (Alpha Version)


Children of Liberty: http://childrenofliberty.us/
Lantana Games: http://lantanagames.com/


Indie Spotlight: Sonic Fan Movie, CES and Cyberpunk 2077!!


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Welcome to the Indie Spotlight, bringing the latest in news, trailers and new releases in the Indie Video Game area.

Sonic Fan Film – http://youtu.be/JtCtQpclpY8

Indie Gala – http://www.indiegala.com/

DayZ – http://dayzdev.tumblr.com/post/39933141266/where-is-the-standalone-release-i-suppose-i

Project Shield – http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/07/nvidia-project-shield-tegra-4/

Gamestick – http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/872297630/gamestick-the-most-portable-tv-games-console-ever

Earth Defenders HD – http://www.desura.com/games/earth-defenders-hd

Kentucky Route Zero – http://kentuckyroutezero.com/

Ur-Quan Masters HD – http://sourceforge.net/projects/urquanmastershd/


Retro Rawk Out: The Little Mermaid (NES)


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Let’s RAWK OUT to Retro!  Pick the Next game, comment below!

System being played on:  Retron 3 http://www.retron3.com/

Pick Next Game NES: BATMAN, THE SIMPSONS, THE GUARDIAN LEGEND, THE KARATE KID or BATTLETOADS


Quick BitZ: Ace of Spades


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Quick BitZ:  Ace of Spades

STEAM STORE LINK: http://store.steampowered.com/app/224540/


Look At: Fly’N (Demo)


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Master Blud takes a look at Fly’N, currently available on Steam.

Steam Store Page: http://store.steampowered.com/app/223730