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Learning a New Language Isn’t Very Influent

29 Nov

Influent on the App StoreBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Available on iOS and Steam

Language learning can be fun with the right app on your smartphone, but to find one that performs well in an engaging video game is few and far between. Influent is one that can assist, but it’s not without a few flaws in its design. It’s more of a vocab building app and memory tester than anything else. 

Navigating around the virtual space is semi-intuitive; there’s a digital joystick to move Andrew Cross, your avatar, in the apartment and that’s where the limitations come in. Depending on the platform, the rendering quality will vary from being very cartoon-like to being photo-realistic. The “first level” concerns learning about the objects that are around this home (an apartment) and not how they’re used in everyday speech. Depending on the language (there’s a choice of 15 that one can buy to master), it’s easy to learn since they’re just romanizations of the English word (in Japanese speak).

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Halloween Isn’t Over! Hallowseed Follows in its Stead

3 Nov
 
Halloween isn’t over yet! For some people, it’s a year round thing. For goths, they live it every day. For gamers, Jeff Winner’s, Horror Story: Hallowseed left Early Access to haunt Windows PC with its 1.0 release.
 
This story-driven psychological survival game follows a terrorized man in search of his missing friends. Michael wants answers to his friends’ disappearance during a camping trip. In this game, you are him, expliring a deep, dark forest, an abandoned mansion, and an underground maze for clues.
 
You must solve puzzles, unlock secret levels, and beware of the frightening events activated by your actions. 

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Forgive Me Father, For Lovecraft Flows in My Veins…

30 Oct

Save 15% on Forgive Me Father on SteamBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

1C Entertainment
Available as Early Access on Steam

Forgive Me Father is a retro style shooter now available for fans of this style of gameplay to test out. Its has the look of those 2nd generation Doom games with a huge H.P. Lovecraft style narrative mixed in. The chaos that ensues and survivability depends on the player “going mad.” The more insane you are, the less damage you take from the invading hordes of zombies, shoggoths and the like. In the early part of the game, it’s mostly the former. 

This game begins with you in what appears to be a haunted house. You’re trying to escape. The little story elements that’s embedded throughout reveals you’re somewhere in New England, near Providence, Rhode Island and there’s a cult at work. In the finalized version of the game, there’ll be two character archetypes players can play, a Priest or Reporter. The mystery is in why nearly everyone turned into zombies. Anything truly Lovecraftian won’t show up until the later levels and more of the tale unravels itself.

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Atari & Adamavision’s Black Widow is Hard n’ Recharged!

28 Oct

Black Widow: Recharged sur SteamBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Available for the Atari VCS, Nintendo Switch, Steam (PC), Xbox Series X/S, Epic and PS4/5

Adamvision and Sneaky Box Studios are nicely sticking to a style for their re-imagined Atari games. Black Widow Recharged reuses a lot of elements from Centipede Recharged and this consistency is great. I love the fact these two games are designed to be companion pieces to one another. The protagonist the player controls has to deal with various insect threats. Unfortunately, this also means players only have one life to get the pests in control. In this game’s case, once that spider is touched by a wasp, you’re dead. 

Thankfully, you have a rather fast machine gun spit to turns these bugs into a dollar sign. They don’t buy anything (it’d be cool if it did like in Missile Command). The power-ups (with most ported over from the Centipede game) don’t appear fast enough, and players have to be very careful with the dual stick controller setup to keep on evading and shooting them down. There’s no movement sensitivity adjustment option in this game, whereas Centipede Recharged did. Hopefully, this can be resolved in an update. It’s only a matter of mental training to avoid moving your avatar to the target like a moth to a flame when it should be the other hand rotating the shooter to its intended target.

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Shoot ‘Em Up Lovecraft Style in Forgive Me Father’s Early Access Launch!

26 Oct

Forgive Me Father is a comic book-style Cthulu retro shooter | PC GamerThe retro theme is strong in Forgive Me Father, a first person shooter inspired by the twisted works of H.P. Lovecraft.  This game developed by Byte Barrel and published by 1C Entertainment is set to release into Early Access on PC via Steam, GOG, Epic Games Store, and other digital stores today at 7pm CEST / 10am PT.

Here, players are on a maddening journey as the only sane person left on a God-forsaken world. Face hordes of the possessed, eldritch monsters and other unspeakable abominations in white-knuckle run-and-gun combat. Maintain at least a shred of sanity, as madness levels dynamically change with each terrifying turn. Explore a hand-drawn universe, appearing like it was ripped out of a comic book, in an attempt to restore some semblance of reason to society. Search every corner of a horrifying world full of hidden and hard-to-reach areas, while uncovering the mystery behind the damned.

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