Gamezebo Archives - August 2011

Gamezebo Cribs: Amaranth Games edition

Aug 31, 2011

This time on Gamezebo Cribs, we go indie. Down in Bellevue, Washington Amanda Fitch and the team at Amaranth Games craft some great casual role playing games, including the long-running (and quite excellent!) Aveyond series, the most recent of which launched late last year. Not only that, the studio also operates Amaranthia.com, a web portal dedicated to providing the best in light-hearted RPGs and adventure games. You know you want to see where all those games get made, so join Amanda as she gives us a tour of the studio's home office.

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Hidden World Review: Hidden World takes the resource management genre in new directions

Aug 31, 2011

The resource management genre that emerged with the My Kingdom for the Princess series seems to be going through the same expansions as the building sim genre did after the success of Build-a-lot. Hidden World, a new release by Alawar, bears a striking resemblance to the aforementioned role model, but succeeds in creating a unique world while convincing with a general quicker and more engaging pace than we are used to in this genre.

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Sonya Review: Jump through the portal and help Sonya save her sister’s soul before it’s lost forever

Aug 31, 2011

In Sonya, we see a hidden object game with tons of potential: an interesting story mixed with lots of puzzle variety and lovely gameplay visuals. However, we also see a game that seems a bit unfinished, as though Specialbit Studios added repetitive hidden object scenes just to prolong the experience. A bit of a double-edged sword, Sonya is an enjoyable game, but isn’t enough to break the mold.

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Treemaker Review: Treemaker feels like a solid part of a larger game, but fails to stand out on its own

Aug 31, 2011

I wonder sometimes where people come up with the inspiration for some of these weird iOS games. Here’s a game about swinging from platform to platform, timing jumps to grab some itemsm and reaching the end. So where in that process does the guy swinging get vines coming out of his body to swing on, leaving a trail of trees behind him where ever he stands?

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Rail Maze Review: Guide a train by constructing railroads in four different modes.

Aug 31, 2011

Rail Maze gives new urgency to the lyrics “I’ve been workin’ on the railroad”—because if you don’t finish working in a matter of seconds, the train will likely careen off into a ditch, which is just no fun for anybody.

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Kickstarter Picks: Insane Arcade

Aug 30, 2011

If you’re a lifelong gamer, there’s a good chance that you’ve at least once daydreamed about owning your very own arcade. The lights, the sounds, the feel of the coin dispenser belt as it hangs from your jeans. Owning a real arcade, though, isn’t a very profitable idea. But owning a virtual arcade? That’s where the money is –at least that’s what Joe Heitzman is hoping.

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I, Oracle Preview: iOracle challenges you to predict the future this October

Aug 30, 2011

Trivia games are full of questions, but they’re always questions that have answers you should already know. What if there was a trivia game that asked questions you shouldn’t know – or couldn’t know? That’s the premise behind iOracle, an upcoming trivia game that asks players to accurately predict the future.

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Dark Incursion Preview: Dark Incursion brings Metroidvania gameplay to a steampunk World War this fall

Aug 30, 2011

Games like Castlevania and Metroid are great. Really, really great. So great, in fact, that the term “Metroidvania” has come to describe any side scrolling platformer like them. Dark Incursions takes that Metroidvania gameplay and sets it against the backdrop of an alternate 19th century – one with a steampunk vibe no less – and adds in a dash of true red and blue 3D for good measure.

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Zynga delaying IPOville?

Aug 30, 2011

According to the New York Post, Zynga is delaying its IPO from September to early November, due to “rocky stock markets.”

Since Zynga released its S1 documents signaling an intent to go public, the market has been volatile and US treasuries were downgraded by S&P. LinkedIn and Pandora successfully went IPO, but their current stock prices are not setting the world on fire.

The story behind the headlines, however, is the back-and-forth squabbles reportedly between Zynga and the SEC.

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Plushed Gold Fever Preview: Plushed Gold Fever to be a mini-game powered Wild West rescue!

Aug 30, 2011

Back in 2009, Blacksmith Games released a charming little platformer about a cuddly toy bunny called Plushed. Now, nearly two years later, the development team is going back to the world of stuffed animal adventures as they prepare for the imminent launch of Plushed Gold Fever.

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