Kero Blaster: Who you gonna call? The Cleanup Frog!

   

   Kero Blaster is an indie title that I recently played and beat in normal mode that I thoroughly enjoyed. The indie game was developed by the same company who made Cave Story+ on steam, so it comes from a pretty good background.

The basic idea of the game is pretty simple in a way, you play as a frog in a side-scrolling  game shooting guns, defeating monsters, and bosses in a few different levels. However there is a lot more in the game as well when it comes to power-ups and more that you can purchase, both gun upgrades and life upgrades. Each time you ‘game over’ you end up in the hospital where you have a chance to buy from the medical store, or if you encounter the store in a level you can shop from both the medical and weaponry ones.  The weapon upgrades are your typical ones, though the max upgrades are very powerful where as if you focus on one early in the game you can most likely make it through the game pretty quickly.  The medical ones are a bit of the usual, though there is one that I find fascinating. The game’s life system runs on a  heart-based hitpoint, plus the usual lives as well. You can add how many lives you have of course, but also you can get a one time use jar that when you run out of hearts on that life it will give you a certain amount of hearts back. It actually reminds me a lot of the ‘guardian angel’ that you can get in League of Legends, where you don’t get all of your life back but you get enough to last  you to make it past the obstacle usually.

Some may say there are ‘only’ 7  levels in the game, however  these aren’t short levels. Many of them have mini-bosses for you to kill, though luckily after you kill them once they don’t reappear, making it a bit easier to get through the level. The length of the last level is one to drive you crazy though, at least it did for me. It took me a very long time to get through it because of how far back it throws you if you get a gameover in the last level.  For many of the levels and areas you can use any of the guns, but certain obstacles require certain ones. For example you have to use the fire gun to kill most of the ice enemies and to destroy the iceblocks. So as you can pick a favorite gun sometimes you will have to switch, luckily you can switch anytime with a push of a button.

I don’t want to reveal too much about the game though, because I highly recommend you guys try it . I had a lot of fun in the game and beat it during my stream,  and when that happened it unlocked a hard mode which I did not check out. The game features replay ability just because of how the difficulty system is. Also the graphics are simple ones, but I enjoy them, they remind me of older 8  bit games.  There are some frustrating areas but nothing game breaking, and nothing that stopped me from playing the game. So to sum it all up, this game is a great buy especially with the controller support! So check it out on steam for 9.99!

Champions of Breakfast

champions of breakfast

 (Image from their facebook, click the image to go to it)

  Do you like bullet hells? Well Champions of Breakfast is a game that will definitely deliver! I received an early copy to try out the game on stream, it only had a couple of the characters available even so I was entertained for a few hours. The game has an arcadey feel where you start at the beginning each time you die, and you get powerups throughout it. I’m pretty sure if I was playing this on a machine I’d be broke by now out of addiction to the game.

championsofbreakfast whisk fight

In this game you actually fight as different cooking items, for example what is unlocked right now is a toaster and a whisk, and you have to fight against other household objects. You start in the bathroom fighting against  razors, toilet brushes, hair dryers, hairbrushes, a mini boss of a hair straightener, and a boss of a bathtub.  The whole idea follows the usual idea of bullet hells where you have to constantly be dodging and kill  everything on the screen to get to the next one, while you can randomly get different passive items as you kill things. All of the passive items are food items, some give you health such as the butter slab returns a health while butter-sticks raise your max health, and then there are different items that will up your damage in some way.  As you get through each level you’ll run into a mini boss half way through, and when you beat it you will receive a special power. Most of the special powers fire off a powerful attack, and are usable roughly every 10 seconds  which is really nice when you are fighting off what seems like a million items.

championsofbreakfast precise moving

The controls in this game are simple, you use either WASD or the arrow keys to move around and then left click to fire. You can of course hold down the left click for constant firing. Also, in the original version I got you can hold down space bar to slow down when you need to make precise movements. However because of the issues with my space bar it was switched to shift for me, so I imagine when the game comes out it will be changeable to whatever key you need. Also once you get the special power you will be able to use it with right click, and when it refills you will hear a ding so you don’t have to keep an eye on it and just focus on the game. According to the person I was working with to get this version of the game there will be controller support as well, which I definitely can’t wait for I always tend to use controllers better then keyboard and mouse.

Champions of Breakfast is an amazing game that is very addictive, and I highly recommend getting it when it does come out on Early Access on steam. For now though if you want information on the game or the developers, their links are below:

Twitter: @PirateSoftware_

Tumbler: gopiratesoftware.tumblr.com

Website: gopiratesoftware.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gopiratesoftware/?fref=ts

If you want to watch gameplay of it I streamed it last night, and will be streaming it more often so make sure to check that out for now its saved in past broadcasts!

Don’t Starve Together, Twitch Integration

dst character select

When you have played Don’t Starve, especially Don’t Starve Together, a lot it can get a bit old after a while because its the same basic concept constantly. One way you can get over this issue by using mods in the game, most of the time I used character mods to have special challenges pop up however there is a new mod that is absolutely amazing if you  use Twitch.

dst bees

The mod is called ‘Twitch Plays Together‘ and it is utter chaos depending on what versions you get. The basic idea of this mod is that your viewers on twitch can vote for something to happen to you. One good thing about it is you can set how many votes it requires in case  its something very tragic that you need to make harder to get. In the basic version of the mod, the main one, is very simple with a small amount of voting things. The actions they can vote on is one to make you big,  to  make things slippery,  to cause insanity,  drop rocks from the sky, shrink the player, and making frogs rain down. All of these are temporary actions luckily so your sanity will bounce back and your size will return to normal, the size mainly affects your speed otherwise its just amusing to see the size change. The add on mod Rezecib’s Twitch Plays Together Action Pack ,which requires the first to use it,  has quite a few things added that your viewers can vote on, which are harsher and also affect the people playing it. The ones  that affect everyone one  are options to change it to fall, winter, spring, summer, or always dark for a day.  There are also options that spawns mobs or affect your character including a way to freeze your character for a moment, spawn angry bees that despawn after a bit, teleport you away, spawn  a mob  such as koalefant or something worse, spawning hounds that don’t seem to despawn,  spawning a bunch of Krampus, forgetting the map for the day, rotting your food, randomly does a spell, worse frog rain, sets you personally on fire, spawning spiders, and even spawning helpful pigs. One that is really nice that seems to very rarely come up is ‘mercy’ which will revive the ghost and give them some nice healing items usually, but I swear that one rarely comes up at a good moment.

dst werewolf

You would think that having this going on wouldn’t be too detrimental to your gameplay, however I found out very quickly that even the viewers I always have will jump at the chance to try to kill me quickly in the game. Usually we would split up at the beginning and look for a place with beefalos to set up a camp, however we learned pretty quickly that splitting up was a terrible idea. We definitely made use of the touchstones we found during the game, it was almost impossible for my friend and I  to live very long in the game. The longest we lasted in the game was 10 days, where we usually reach winter easily with no or just one or two deaths. This way of playing the game is very difficult at times but it adds a whole new chaotic way to play such a fun game, definitely creating quite a bit of replay-ability because the chaos is always different depending on what options come up during gameplay. I highly recommend checking out these  mods as they are amazing, and I hope they will be updating them and adding more actions that could happen during it.

High Strangeness, Indie RPG

Not too long ago I tried out an indie RPG game that was given to me called High Strangeness. The game luckily has controller support, though it was only partial which made it a bit awkward at times causing me to hit the wrong buttons often since it was registered as an xbox controller.  Even so the controls were pretty good, the rest of the game was a bit of good and bad.
highstrangeness moving    The basic premise of the game is that you are a guy, Boyd, who is moving and has to chase down his cat,Abydos, when it runs away. However when you do find your cat you end up being taken to an alternate world where everything looks ‘odd’ to you, which I will explain in a moment. In this place you are made to find a few items for a sick man, and then you are told about things called Crystal Skulls. It turns out that the Crystal Skulls are filled with extreme power and you have to find them in order to save all of the universes. The storyline is relatively simple and pretty easy to see through at times figuring out the basic ending, however the dialogue is set up pretty well. You have your cat, who can actually talk, and your old boss at the cd store who were both sent to  watch over you in your world. The cat tends to be rather rude at times, which just seems to match the way cats act usually. They can be all lovey dovey but at times they are just like ‘ugh you’, which Abydos matches perfectly with his dialogue. His boss,  Anna, in the beginning is just his friend however when he is taken away she  acts a bit jealous and unsure of him it seems. The twists and turns in the personality of the characters is rather interesting, often it can be pretty humorous at times as well.

highstrangeness transition

     The characters are interesting ones, however there is quite a bit to cover over the gameplay. As I mentioned before the controller support isn’t the best, which makes choosing your weapons and such a bit awkward because the actual selection button is not the one you would think it was. Personally I would think when you select your weapon you would use the button that you use to use that weapon, however you use the main weapon button instead the other button just exits out of the menu. Beyond that though the game is a bit actiony and puzzle based however most of the puzzles once you figure it out the first time it becomes very easy to solve the puzzles later on. The fact that they basically reuse the premise of some of the makes a few of the puzzles very annoying because they are long, using one of the most interesting features I’ve seen.  One of the main features in the game is the ability to switch perspectives in the game, from 16 bit down to 8 bit and back. As  I mentioned before things looked ‘odd’ and that is because when you get to that world you see everything as 8 bit. The transition  feature is interesting and makes for some nice puzzles, however the ones where you just have to switch to see a very long path is annoying because you can not switch back until you are through. I love this feature in the game however  there are issues I have with it, sometimes when it switches over the bright colors hurt my eyes quite a bit. For example towards the end of the game there is a nice area that is full of blues, however when you switch to 8bit it hurt my eyes terribly and I had to get through it quickly.

 

All in all this game was pretty good , even if it was a short one to play. It is one that in my opinion is worth the 5 dollars, there are some twists and turns in the game and interesting changes in gameplay throughout it. From action to stealth this has quite a bit of decent gameplay available for you to try.  I highly recommend trying it out, click here to check it out on steam.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Secrets of Mirage, a New Indie MMO.

 

secretsofmirage character select

   Today I was approached to try out a new retro-style MMO, which I was eager to try immediately. The artstyle of the game is amazing, it looks great though it is a small portion of the screen making it a bit hard to see the different features. Switching from screen to screen when moving around is great as well, the load time is quick. They also  have several different characters that you can choose from when making your first character in the game. Its nice to have such a choice between them though there is no personalization at least in the beginning of the game.

secretsofmirage gameplay

   This game has a lot of love put into it and that is obvious, though with it being very new there are a lot of issues I can see so far. For one thing there is no place to see all the controls of the game, according to the person I was contacted on twitter about it. It was difficult to figure out how to do anything in the game at first, the  controls being awkward ones where you use arrow keys to move and the ctrl and alt key to do things. I did not play the game too long, I tried it out for about 20 minutes or so before an emergency came up and I was unable to keep trying to figure the game out. The lack of control listing at least, even if you couldn’t change what  did what, just having a list to show what actions you can do. The owner of the game says that they are working on setting up a tutorial for new users, which I am looking forward to and will try the game again at the time to see what all I’m missing out on it.  It looks like there are a lot of stores and such to go to once you have gold to spend there, but with not being able to figure out who was weak enough for me to kill I had no gold to figure it out.

pets for indie mmo

   The game itself is free to play though the re are ways you can ‘donate’ to help the cause or to get items in the game. However I highly disagree with the items you can donate for, for instance the prices of pets are 30 dollars and half of the options are actually copyrighted characters from other companies. I contacted  them about the fact they are using copyrighted things like this, and how it was not wise because it could get them in serious trouble, but so far they have not responded about it.  When they respond I will be updating this part of the article if they have anything to say about the fact they are using characters they do not own the rights to.

   For now it is just a simple review of the game until more of it is developed. Once a few issues are fixed, I think it will be a good little mmo though I’m not sure when those issues are fixed. If you wish to keep track of this MMO the website is :  http://www.secretsofmirage.com/ .  All graphics are screenshots were taken as I tried out the game.