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Derek’s Gonna Make It Rain: The Interactive Music Video Game

A blocky, pixel art image of an rocky island with a thin layer of grass. Water laps at the edges and a white lighthouse sits in the centre. Either side of the island are the heads of two large Leprechaun figures, clouds float from them towards the island.

Local guitarist and now developer Aaran Gicquel has released his first game Derek’s Gonna Make It Rain, to accompany the latest song by his band Furniture. Referencing the chorus for their new tune ‘Pete’s Song’ it pays homage to the iconic Australian television series of their youth, ‘Round the Twist’.

The player controls Derek as he dodges debris from storm clouds, bumping into his cloud-destroying, coin-creating Leprechaun friend. It’s the type of thing you’d play between periods in your high school computer lab – simple, colourful and stupidly fun.
Developed by Furniture guitarist Aaran Gicquel’s after attending Global Game Jam this past January run by the Perth chapter of Let’s Make Games, Derek’s Gonna Make It Rain is a testament to the burgeoning pockets of creativity – both in music and tech – proliferating in Western Australia.

Click here to play the game now in your browser, and you can listen to the song via Soundcloud, or Bandcamp. The official launch of the song and game will be taking place July 21, for full details visit the facebook event page.

Enjoy new Augmented Reality game, Fidget Spinner: Journey of the Secrets

Text reads" Fidget Spinner: Journey of Secrets." To the right of the image are three metallic fidget spinner toys. In the foreground is a spinner made of brass, behind it sits one stylized in Aztec Mayan patterns, another brightly coloured with rocket segments, and the last featuring a clock face and golden edges.

Delve into the secrets of the fidget spinner craze, with eZones’ new augmented reality game for iOS and Android that asks “…Could spinners actually be ancient?” Using your phone’s camera Fidget Spinner: Journey of the Secrets combines the real world with fantastically designed 3D spinners, plus there’s a virtual reality mode for those with Google cardboard. All for free!

This is simply the best fidget spinner simulator available. These spinners are just like the real thing with eye-popping 3D visuals and lighting, real sounds sampled from actual fidget spinners, and accurate real-time physics. Touch and turn, swipe them, or rapid tap the center to reach maximum spin speed.

A screenshot from the game Fidget Spinner: Journey of Secrets. The screenshot shows a photograph of a man's open hand with the palm facing the viewer. In this hand sits a 3D fidget spinner, the model overlayed using Augmented Reality. Around the edges of the screen are the user interface for the game.‘Journey of Secrets’ is not just a simulator, it’s also an idle/clicker game. Each spinner within the game has a target number of spins: reach it to unlock the next. As you unlock each spinner more clues will be revealed to help you discover the true purpose of these intriguing devices. Do you have what it takes to discover all their secrets?

 

You can grab the game for free now on Google Play and iTunes. Check out the official trailer below to get a glimpse of the shiny, spinning goodness of Fidget Spinner: Journey of the Secrets.

Sloth Climb ascends on Mobile

URL links to webpage for Sloth Climb game. Image features a jungle scene, with dirt floor edged by trees and foliage. On the left, a jungle cat sits on its hing legs leaning back. In front of it sits a large plate of fruits. Behind the fruit sits a sloth, facing forward, it's arms stretched towards the food.  On the top right, a toucan sits on a branch with wings outstretched.

Escape the urban jungle with a simple tap of the button in Sloth Climb, the latest from local studio Zloph. Featuring an adorable Sloth in need of assistance, it’s a surprisingly quick game considering the speed of its endangered protagonist.

A little sloth was doing his business on the ground one day but all of a sudden, a growl from an approaching carnivore was heard. Now with your power of the ‘TAP’ you will help the young sloth climb. The little sloth must continually climb while avoiding the mindless birds that get in its way and might as well collect a few stars and fruit that the sloth passes by, can never have too many stars and fruit in one’s journey.  Climb to new heights to avoid the pursuit of the very hungry beast and reclaim the iron throne of the biggest scores among all the sloths.

Sloth Climb is available with a free Android version, free iOS version, and Pro (paid, add-free) versions on Android, and Windows phone. See below for a look at the gameplay, or you can check out the main website for more info.

Animation of Sloth Climb gameplay. A jungle scene, with a sloth hanging on a tree trunk at the left. An arrow rotates above it showing which direction it will jump. Tapping the screen makes the sloth jumps to the right tree, and the arrow appears again. As the sloth jumps back and forth climbing higher up the trees, it collects stars and points. A miss-timed jump has the sloth go too high and miss the tree, it falls and the animation restarts.

Symphony of the Machine sets out on Steam and Playstation VR

Logo: "Symphony of the Machine", stylized to represent a laser beam being bounced onto a symbol. The background of the image is screenshot from the game: in it the sky is dark and cloudy, while rain falls outside of futuristic metal window. Symbols sit on the left and right side of the window radiating light, and blue smoke rises on the right outside the window.

Following months of testing and teasers, Stirfire Studios’ new virtual reality game Symphony of the Machine is out now on Playstation VR, and Steam (HTC Vive compatible, with Oculus coming soon). So get your mind in puzzle mode and prepare to while away the hours altering the weather.

Symphony of the Machine is a short puzzle game that really taps into the concepts of virtually reality. The game is kept simple, whilst the puzzles are tactical and challenging. If you are looking for a great VR puzzle game that should only take a few hours to complete, give this gem a spin.

via Playstation Universe

Feast your eyes upon their mixed reality trailer below, and check out their website for more details on the game. To leap into the landscape straight away, head on over to the PlayStation store or Steam.

Disclaimer: In the interest of transparency, please note that the author of this article is associated with this games project.

Cat Climb Time comes to Mobile

A cat sits in on a grassy ledge, looking at another higher ledge in the distance. Text reads "Climb Time Header".

Catch the latest in feline fun, with Cat Climb Time out now on mobile for free. Featuring lots of local kittens to collect, this first game from Equality Empires has a touch of Perth flare.

Introducing The Cat Cafe Purrth’s twelve rescue cats!! These happy and energetic cats are ready to climb! Challenge yourself in this addictive new game where you the ‘hooman’ must move the world to help your feline friends climb.

If you’re ready to get jumping, head on over to iOS or Android and enlist all the climbing pixel cats you can. For all the latest Cat Climb Time news, check out their Facebook page.

Paradigm Releases to Positive Reviews

Text: "Paradigm" and Russian/Cyrillic script translation "Парадигма". Image Description: Behind the text are the faces of mutant main character 'Paradigm' (facing forward) and antagonist toupee-wearing sloth 'Olof' (Looking to the right)

Sliding onto Steam earlier this month, the locally-made Paradigm is pulling in rave reviews thanks to its unique humour and phat beatsies. Created by Jacob Janerka after a successful Kickstarter, the high praise heaped upon it so far includes a 9/10 from Destructoid, 9/10 from Press Start, and an 8/10 from IGN.

Paradigm is as traditional a point-and-click as I’ve played in a while, with a design, structure, and sense of humour that wouldn’t feel out of place in the genre’s heyday of the early ‘90s. Channelling the anything-goes spirit of LucasArts and Sierra’s comedy classics like Sam n’ Max Hit the Road and Space Quest with a touch of the truly surreal, it presents a fun story that I won’t soon forget. Because hey, a talking sloth named Olaf wearing a Trump-like toupee that vomits candy bars is inherently unforgettable.
 – Kosta Andreadis (IGN)

So if hanging out with handsome mutants like Paradigm sounds like your kind of thing, simply head on over to Steam and let the point-and-click adventure begin.

Grab Drowning Dungeons on Gear VR now

Drowning Dungeon Heade. (Description: Blood drips across the screen, in front of a stone walls and an entryway with a swinging axe. A lantern sits on the wall to the left)

Swing into action and get hour hands on Savage Cabbage‘s Gear VR exclusive Drowning Dungeon, which is available now for $4.49. Having honed its halls of death at previous Perth Games Festivals and Playup Perth events, you can rest assured that your untimely demise will not be the first there… and certainly not the last.

Every 5 years, the Lord and his wife Carine “invite” a guest to escape from their Drowning dungeon. Should the poor soul escape they will be granted their reward of freedom, however if they perish, their soul and life essence is siphoned through the magic of the dungeon to the Lord and Lady, extending their lifespan and allowing them to continue to rule with an iron fist.

If you think you are up to the challenge, simply find your way to Drowning Dungeon on Gear VR to begin the grim march to your end. Good luck, the odds certainly will not be in your favour.

Symphony of the Machine Coming Soon

Header - Symphony of the Machine

Ascend the tower, awaken an ancient machine, and breathe life back in

Stirfire Studios have now announced the official release date for their latest game, Symphony of the Machine, which will be available April 11! Update: Game will now be available on April 25th!

Originally conceived at Global Game Jam Perth in 2016, this VR game puts you in control of an ancient machine, solving puzzles as you attempt to restore life to a barren world.

Symphony of the Machine will be available for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR. If you don’t have access to a VR device of your own the game will be available to play at this month’s Playup Perth on March 24.

You can find out more about the game by visiting their website, or following Stirfire Studios on Twitter and Facebook.

Last DriverZ rolls out on Android and iOS

Last Driver Z

Get behind the wheel and brush up on your apocalypse survival skills in 42 Byte‘s latest zombie-slaying mobile game Last DriverZ. It’s fast, free, and full of unwitting undead to entertain you.

Dive into the post-apocalyptic world of the DriverZ trying to make your way through beat up streets, threading through wreckages, running over zombies, and pillaging old warehouses and general stores trying to upgrade your vehicles and recruit more people for your group of survivors!

Check out the video below to get an idea of the gameplay you can expect. Then you can start your engines and survive the end of the world by grabbing Last DriverZ for Android or iOS.

Into the Sky heads onto Google Play

Banner: Into the Sky

It’s puzzle-time once again, as Error Seven Dev have returned with Into the Sky on Android. Complete the puzzles by directing your little robot to push colourful laser cubes into the correct position. It may sound simple, but see if you can get through all 70 levels!

You’ll need to think ahead and use creativity to work out which objects to use, and where to use them. Starting out very simple, the puzzles become increasingly difficult and more complex. Multiple lasers, multiple targets, portals, mirrors, beam splitters and more will all be required.

Pass a level and be lifted up into the sky where you’ll be placed on the next level above. How high can you go?

So get your robot buddy ready, and reach Into the Sky for free on Google Play.

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