Arkanoid vs Space Invaders follows hot on the heels of Puyo Puyo Tetris as yet another mashup of classics, this time with the gameplay elements drawn from two arcade titles of yesteryear - Arkanoid with its block-busting Pong-esque gameplay, and alien blasting Space Invaders action that needs no introduction. Both are classics, and both are hugely addictive in their own right, with Space Invaders in particular having stood the test of time better than, well, nearly ever other game ever.The big question is, of course, how does this medley of ingredients come together. The answer: for the most part, pretty well. AvsSI takes the basic foundations of both titles, and using their key features, makes a new and fully-functioning game that's deep in terms of mechanics, fun to play, and surprisingly challenging.Mechanically, it's a simple mashup. The Vaus from Arkanoid is a paddle that scrolls left and right (and to a limited extent, up and down, but only within a small area at the bottom of a … [Read more...] about Arkanoid vs Space Invaders
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If you’re ready for some retro gaming love, it’s time to log onto your PS3 or Xbox 360. Nearly 30 years after Taito kicked off the Space Invaders franchise, they have brought it onto your console in a big way. Space Invaders Infinity Gene on PS3 and it may go down as one of the most enjoyable downloadable titles available.Infinity Gene takes the old school Space Invaders and adds a new twist. After beginning the game with graphics reminiscent of the original 1978 game, it quickly “evolves” into beautiful HD graphics. The games is based around Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. The only way to survive is to evolve.The gameplay is as simple as it can get. Kill or be killed. You control your ship with the joystick or D-pad and fire using the X or O button. Things become more complicated from there.Each levels starts off with just a few aliens, but then rapidly becomes a crazy free for all shoot ’em up. To fend off the oncoming hordes of aliens you … [Read more...] about Space Invaders Infinity Gene Review
Sony has announced its PlayStation Plus free titles for December 2014, which will replace the current roster on Tuesday, December 2nd. The lineup is as follows:PlayStation 4 –Injustice: Gods Among Us – Ultimate EditionSecret PonchosPlayStation 3 –Hitman HD TrilogyDeadly Premonition: The Director’s CutPlayStation Vita –Final HorizonTitan Attacks!December is seen as somewhat of a rebound month for PlayStation Plus offerings, considering November’s ill-received lineup. There is still no mention of a PlayStation Plus version of Driveclub, however it appears that Sony is attempting to appease gamers clamoring for a triple-A title to be released as part of the service.Late last month, Sony revealed that Injustice: Gods Among Us – Ultimate Edition would be making its way into December’s lineup, as well as Infamous: First Light in January. Secret Ponchos is an online multiplayer shooter from developer Switchblade Monkeys. Previously only … [Read more...] about PlayStation Plus Free Titles for December 2014
Run – a self-described “series of interlinking segments twisting text into action into strategy” – is admirably eclectic. It begins as a platformer – except with stages made of unabashedly cryptic prose. But then, after you’ve unfolded a few chunks of the sci-fi-tinged tribal tale, Run enters “dream” segments that take the form of – oddly enough – old-school videogames. Impressively, each stage builds these throwbacks on top of each other – so first, it’s just Snake, but before long, you’ll encounter dreams that begin as Scorched Earth, morph into Space Invaders using debris left over from your tank battle, transition into Snake using the remains of both previous games – with Snake’s trail then forming the pathway for a pixelated platformer. Oh, and there’s also a recurring farming level, because why not? So that’s the cool part. Problem is, none of those thing fit particularly … [Read more...] about Run Mixes Space Invaders, Farming, And… Literature?
Toys R Us is giving away free gift cards with the purchase of select games (in-store only). These include Life is Strange's limited edition ($5 gift card), Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam ($5), and Resident Evil: Origins Collection ($10), the latter of which releases tomorrow, January 19.The Humble Store's winter sale continues, offering Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin for $20, a build-you-own bundle for Daedalic games (Deponia, Blackguards, Anna's Quest, and more), Wasteland 2 for $20, Rocket League for $14, and more.Square Enix is giving away Omikron: The Nomad Soul, the game that David Bowie appeared in, for free. Just use the coupon code omikron during checkout from the Square Enix online store.GOG has a nice sale going on that includes Tropico, FEAR, and Lego games, as well as Bastion, Dungeons 2, and more.Somewhat similar to Best Buy's Gamers Club Unlocked program, Amazon Prime members can now get 20 percent off all physical game preorders, with that discount lasting until … [Read more...] about Gaming Deals: $33 Fallout 4 PC, $10 Tearaway, Resident Evil Origins + $10 GC
The problem is as old as massively multiplayer games themselves: How do you properly balance a game for competitive multiplayer when every character is, in effect, a super hero? The team at Behavior Interactive thinks that it has come up with a solution in their next title, Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade.According to Games Workshop's lore, in the dark future of the 41st millenium there is only war. And since the early days of the franchise, that war has traditionally been fought between the Emperor's finest, known as the Space Marines, and the green-skinned menace known as the Orks.The Space Marines are the 40K universe's Jedis — all-powerful, god-like warriors armed to the teeth with weapons they consider to be holy relics. They are few in number, but they're also one of the most popular factions in the universe. Any multiplayer game can expect to have a bumper crop dropping in from orbit.But it's the Orks who, in the 40k lore at least, should be more numerous. They're … [Read more...] about Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade’s free-to-play option gives character to the Orks
Nostalgia sometimes comes in a thick soup of buzzes, beeps, trills and, of course, wakka-wakkas. That cacophony of sounds paint an audio landscape that any child of the 70s', 80s' or 90s' can pick up in an instant: The arcade.It is so specific, so sentimental of a time when people traded quarters for a few minutes of digital escape, that soundtracks have been created. Soundtracks not just of an arcade, but arcades by year. The sounds of a 1981 arcade, for instance, might include the upbeat audio kaleidoscope of Crazy Climber, Mouse Trap, Space Invaders and Donkey Kong. But if you listen to the sounds of a 1992 arcade you'll be listening to the rhythmic thrum of Street Fighter 2, Mortal Kombat, even pinball machines like Black Knight and Elvira.Music and sound are as important an element of gaming as the filmic visuals of video games and the mechanics that drive play, and now they're getting their own documentary and book.Beep: A Documentary History of Video Game Music and … [Read more...] about Why video game sound is so powerfully bonding
A New York-based museum that houses the National Toy Hall of Fame has revealed plans to launch the World Video Game Hall of Fame. This new hall, based in the Strong "National Museum of Play", will pay tribute to the best games across console, computer, arcade, handheld, and mobile platforms. Anyone can nominate a game for inclusion, the museum said, and votes for the inaugural class will be accepted until the end of March. Nominations can be submitted here,Once the votes have been counted, a panel of experts will deliberate on which games should qualify for the first wave of inductees. Games will be evaluated on "icon-status, longevity, geographical reach and the influence it has had on the design of other games, entertainment, popular culture and society in general."So which games deserve their spot in the first wave of inductees? GameSpot's editorial and video teams have searched their hearts and minds to present to you their top nominees. SUPER MARIO 64 N64. Developed by … [Read more...] about Video Game Hall of Fame: What Would You Nominate?
I'm old enough to remember the year 1982. It was a time of skipping school to hang out in grubby arcades, playing classics like Pac-Man, Galaga, Asteroids, Defender and Centipede. So I got a huge kick out of playing a new game, free on Steam, called 1982. On the face of it, the Binary Zoo shooter is a straight-up Space Invaders clone, but it soon becomes apparent that there's a lot more going on. Many of its sprites pay homage to games of the past with Pac-Men looming above space camels. Mechanics are all thrown in together with Galaxian-style baddies swooping down, and asteroids that break apart when shot. There's even a Defender-style lander that picks up stuff from the ground. As well as a pleasing color palette and a lovely soundtrack, the designers threw in tons of bonuses and extras, including devastating smart bombs that kill everything that comes close, and health upgrades offering precious extended life. Playing in easy mode is the best way to get to see as much of this … [Read more...] about 1982 is a blast, and it’s free
Today Fig, the online platform that allows for equity investment alongside traditional crowdfunding, launches its second campaign. Called Anchors in the Drift, it's a free-to-play action role-playing game from 5th Cell, the developers behind the Scribblenauts series.Anchors in the Drift is soliciting $500,000 from a blend of methods on Fig including both equity-based investment and traditional rewards-based crowdfunding. Rewards tiers extend from $10 all the way up to $10,000. As far as the investment option goes, Fig will be giving a variable return on investment over time.For every $1,000 an investor invests ... if the company and the game are successful, the investor may generally expect to receive: Until the investor gets their $1,000 back (on a pre-tax basis), 0.02% of the game’s net revenue (less certain deductions and exceptions); Thereafter, 0.01% of net revenue. Fig, a private company launched in August, intends to open equity-based investment in games to everyone … [Read more...] about Scribblenauts team seeking $500K for its next game through Fig