Grand City: Live-Action Gangster Playtest

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We’ve all heard the saying, “The family that plays together, stays together”, but what if your family is a major player in the criminal underworld? Well, then playtime can get a little… intense.

Introducing Grand City, a live-action social game in which 20 players become a part of the sinister 1940’s underworld. Over the course of two hours you will find your place in one of three major crime families, and do your part to ensure they come out on top. The game’s developer, Handwritten Games, will be holding a special playtest event as part of Playup Perth, where you can get in early and act as their informant on the process.

What: Playup Perth #6: Grand City
When: Friday 29th May, 5:30pm – 9pm
Where: Carpe Coffee, 526 Murray Street Perth
Cost: $12 (FTI members) / $17 (regular) 
Tickets: Available via Eventbrite

Purchasing a ticket will not only give you access to the seedy underworld of Grand City, but also includes the supply of delicious pizza from the old country* to get you in the right mindset. Places are limited, so if you think you got the moxie for the job, head on over to the Eventbrite page now!

*Pizza may or may not be from the old country. Your mileage on authentic mafia pizza may vary. Gluten free & vegetarian options are available however.

 

Disclaimer: In the interest of transparency, please note that the author of this article (and sole news writer at LMG) is associated with the Handwritten Games studio, as part of a separate games project.

BrambleLash Demo Out Now

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There was once a time where two-player games involved heading out into the garden and running around with your best friend for a few hours. Times may be a’ changing, but you can still tap into the age old joys of sprinting through the grass, and working together to slice up slimey enemies. Wait, what? Introducing BrambleLash by local studio ByteSprite, a two-player game where your only defence is to stick together.

The twin-stick shooter with only one stick, no shooting, all co-ordination! BrambleLash is a multi-player party game about communication, co-operation and fightin’ grime. Leash up with your planty partner and run sludgy enemies through with your thorny tether, while simultaneously working together to avoid their noxious attacks. Play with your friends, play with your enemies, play with your frenemies!

The first demo for the game has just been released, so if you’re keen to tether up and be a thorn in the side of some sludgy foes, simply head on over to the BrambleLash indieDB page. The game will also feature at Playup Perth: After Dark #4 this week. Grab your self a ticket and you will be able to play the game and chat directly with the development team! Fun times for all!

Backyard.SK Open for Business

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A little over a month ago the guys from SK Games held a Kickstarter campaign with the hopes of providing a digital storefront for local altgames. Not only was it a complete success, but the BACKYARD.SK storefront is already up and active, ready for your game-buying pleasures.

Currently the store features physical and digital copies of games by the likes of SK Games (GunDash, Skulls, Seed & Icarus), Oscar Brittain (World’s Fastest Pizza) and 2 Hit Studio (One Heart). You can also get your hands on some nifty t-shirts, and the newly released first issue of their zine Backyard number oneThe store runs on a ‘name your price’ system, so while a small monetary amount is suggested, you can choose to pay what you like to show the devs some love.

We at Let’s Make Games would like to extend a belated congratulations to the SK crew on their successful Kickstarter.  And if you’re keen to get some local gaming goodies, simply head on over to the Backyard!

Rocketnauts Released

There’s no better way to spend an evening than hanging out with friends, going to outer space, and using a variety of projectile weapons to wreak havoc. For those who have yet to experience the chaos of gravitational gunplay, fear not for Mos Wolf Games have exactly what you need with Rocketnauts for PC and Mac.

Navigate your way from planet to planet with rocket jumps, as you blast other astronauts with either rockets, scatter gun shots, jet engine flames, or slice them up with a space cleaver. Rocketnauts is a local multiplayer game designed for 1 to 4 players. Verse your friends, or verse the AI in a fight to see who outlasts the other.

Ready to rocket off? You can practise your space skills solo by jumping right in with a mouse, or take it up a notch with a game controller. Plug in up to 4 controllers and you can fight your friends to be crowned the alpha astronaut. Just head on over to the game’s itchio page and for the low, low price of free, you can compete to be the ultimate Rocketnaut.


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Square Heroes Corners Steam

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After a successful Greenlight campaign last year, Gnomic StudiosSquare Heroes has at last crashed their way onto Steam in a flurry of jetpacks and pistols. With 31 Steam Achievements, steam trading cards, full controller support, single player mode, cross-platform multiplayer (Windows, Mac, Linux), AND Co-op modes, there is no excuse for you not to be in on the action!

Plus as an added bonus, if you join the squares in their fight through the Galactic Hero’s Tournament before April 16th you’ll get 10% off the price for a copy (down to $8.99USD) or a four pack (down to $17.99USD).

» So head on over the Steam store now. Be there… and Square!

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What’s in store for SK Games Kickstarter?

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The folks from SK Games are well known in the local scene for their curiously cool creations and willingness to try out new things. You’ve seen their awesome home-made arcades machines, had a drink with them  at their open-house bar nights, and heard about their escapades across the country. Well now it’s time  for something completely different, because SK Games plan to setup shop and let you get your hands on your own permanent gaming fixtures.

Cue the BACKYARD.SK Kickstarter campaign, where the crew hope to combine a digital storefront with their own unique brand of altgames. Supporting the cause could net you games in digital or physical form, t-shirts, controllers, or even your own custom arcade controller!

So if you’re keen to get the ball rolling on an SK store, and grab some neat stuff in the process, head on over to their Kickstarter page and show your support!

Toy Wars Invasion greenlit

toywarsAnother Perth game has been Greenlit on Steam! Toy Wars Invasion is “a single player or 4 person co-op first person shooter survival and objective game” created by local team WisKids.

Toy Wars Invasion is currently being updated for a Steam release in April 2015. For more details, visit the successful Greenlight page.

Playup Perth: After Dark 3

playupperthThe third Playup Perth: After Dark is happening tomorrow! Playup Perth is teaming up with SK Games to bring another night of playtesting local games, chats with game developers and cheap drinks.

Four games will be tested on the evening. More details and tickets are available via Eventbrite. Please note that Playup Perth: After Dark is an 18+ only event.

Down To One released on Early Access Steam

DownToOneBlackLogoAfter a successful Greenlight campaign, Gadget Games have released their 42 player competitive survival shooter, Down To One. The game was showcased at the Perth Games Festival, and is now available on Steam Early Access.

From the developers:

Start out with nothing in a large open-world environment, use anything you can find to eliminate other competitors, and finish each round as the last man standing. With realistic bullet ballistics, dynamic netcode, and immersive interactions, Down To One offers a unique competitive survival experience.

  • Interact with anything & everything in the environment, with our procedural interaction system, nothing is off limits.
  • Up to 42 players can play in a round, with dynamic ‘netcode’ that adjusts network update rate (tickrate) depending on the amount of players left.
  • Using a heavily modified Unity Technologies 4.5 as our engine, we’ve got Physically Based Shading, full-body characters, a custom Antihack, first-person shadows and a bunch of other ‘techy’ features behind the scenes.
  • Want to play as a rock-throwing silent assassin? Or a designated marksman, able to shoot players guns right out of their hands? Inspired by MoBAs and Fallout, our perk system lets you unlock perks as you progress in-game, allowing you to adapt your playstyle to how you want to play.

Down To One is available on Steam for $14.99, with 2-player and 4-player bundle discounts also available.

#GGJPerth: After The Jam at the Urban Orchard

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One of the most anticipated parts of the Global Game Jam is the last hour, when everyone gets a chance to stand up in front of the room and show off the game they had determinedly been making for the last 48 hours. With two sites of jammers participating this year, this was going to mean that you wouldn’t be able to see all of the games made in Perth.

That was until SK Games stepped in and helped us organise the “#GGJPerth: After The Jam” presentations. Taking place on the Saturday 31st – the weekend after Global Game Jam – this is an opportunity for jammers to show off their 48 hours of work (plus maybe an extra one or two after the jam, no one will mind!) to families, friends and other #ggjperth participants. Taking place at the Urban Orchard Tent as part of SK Games’ showing at Fringe Festival, After The Jam is going to be the perfect recap of Global Game Jam 2015.

What: #GGJPerth: After The Jam
When: Saturday 31st January, 5pm – 7pm
Where: The Urban Orchard, Perth Cultural Centre Garden, Perth (directly in front of the Art Gallery of WA)
Cost: Free!
Facebook: Here.

With thanks to our event partner SK Games, game jam sponsor Autodesk, and game jam venues ECU & CASSA, and Murdoch University.