Sunday, May 3, 2015

Spotlight Sunday - Week 19 - 2015


Spotlight Sunday is a way for Choicest Games to feature PC games that are scheduled for release on the following week - games that we consider worthwhile checking out.

This week (4th Apr to the 10th Apr 2015) there's three games coming to PC that I think are worth checking out - all of them are indie titles:

Apollo 4X

  • Release Date: 05/05/2015
  • Availability: Steam - Not available for pre-order
I must admit that the only reason I was initially attracted to this game was the fact it had "4X" in the title, you know, the term usually associated with games like Civilization or Master of Orion that stands for "eXplore, eXpand, eXploit and eXterminate"? Well apparently that's what this game is all about. The graphics don't look very fancy but I'm hoping the gameplay will really shine through. It also has a very interesting mechanic where it uses cards to resolve combat, so it's definitely giving off a board or card game vibe to it. Sounds like it's worth a look to sci-fi strategy buffs.



Last Word

  • Release Date: 08/05/2015
  • Availability: Steam - Not available for pre-order
This game was apparently a contest entry for an Indie Game Maker Competition. There is a free-to-play contest entry version on the developer's website, but the one that is for sale is apparently "enhanced" with "extra options, polished dialogue, secret secrets and more!" What makes the game interesting is that the JRPG engine RPG Maker was used but the game is more of a visual novella or one that doesn't use traditional JRPG combat mechanics: in this game you fight through the art of conversation! The game has appealing graphics and I love it when people do things differently with a game engine, a bit like what was done in To the Moon (another RPG Maker game).



Mainland

  • Release Date: 08/05/2015
  • Availability: Steam - Not available for pre-order
Some would probably baulk at the idea of playing a game like this and say "WHERE R TEH GRAPHIX??!?!11!" and admittedly it seems like graphics are minimal but some older gamers (or hipster gamers) might be quite excited by playing what is effectively a game that is similar to the interactive fiction titles of old such as Zork. Mainland is one such game but the even more exciting thing about it is that it's made using an interactive fiction game engine called INSTEAD which is not only quite portable but you're even able to make non-interactive fiction games on it too (such as puzzle games or Lode Runner clones). Neat!

You can play the original, free, web-based version of the game here.



So are you interested or excited about any of these PC games being released next week? Which games are you looking forward to?

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