Join the simple fun of Join the Dots

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The team at Ezone are at it again, having released another entertaining title for mobile… Join the Dots! It’s quick, easy, and you can tap right into the fun now!

It’s a simple premise that really tests your reflexes and strategic thinking – tap on the dots to connect them before they move off the screen, while avoiding the squares. New themes are unlocked by collecting stars during gameplay. Whether you are a score chaser or a collector ‘Join The Dots’ has you covered!

Get a sneak peek of the gameplay below, or join in right now on iOS and Google Play.

Last DriverZ beta rolls out on Android

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Following a successful showcase at the Perth Games Festival, local studio 42 Bytes continue to test survival skills in their mobile beta for Last DriverZ. If you have an Android device, you too could be running down zombies, seeking out supplies, and upgrading a wide range of weaponry right now (not to mention playtesting a yet-to-be-released game).

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!

You can get the beta for Last DriverZ now via Google Play, and stay up to date with all their news via 42 Bytes’ twitter. BONUS: iPhone users will soon be able to get in on the apocalypse action by signing up to the closed beta.

Symphony of the Machine set for Playstation VR & HTC Vive

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Having playtested Symphony of the Machine locally for a while now, Stirfire Studio have recently announced that their new game will be hitting the Playstation VR and the HTC Vive in Q1 2017!

An ancient machine controls the weather and its mysterious creators have long since disappeared. You must perform the ritual and come to understand its workings to save your crops. This is a calming, explorative virtual reality experience which emphasises serene, non-violent play over hair-trigger reactions.

This puzzling virtual reality game now has its own facebook page to keep you up to date, and you can check out the Teaser Trailer below~

Crazy Coaster Beta combines Adorable Animals and a Deadly Rollercoaster

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Super Cookie Games have returned with more super cute animals, but this time with a hint of death and destruction. The beta for their upcoming game Crazy Coasters is on Google Play, so if you have yet to join in the rollercoaster chaos (complete with entertaining game-over gifs) be sure to check it out.

Catch a ride on the Crazy Coaster, make sure you slow down for the tight turns otherwise it could end up messy…

There’s a sneak peak of the gameplay below, and if you’re keen to start testing out this adorably evil game, simply head on over to Super Cookie’s Google Play page.

 

The 2016 Perth Games Festival Wrap Up!

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The Perth Games Festival is over for another year, and now that we have all had a good, long rest it’s time to take a look back at the day that was! This year more than 30 exhibitors filled out the Perth Town Hall, showcasing a truly diverse range of 60+ games. Over 1600 people braved the blustery October day to play a game or two (or three!), chase down some achievement badges, and settle into the comfort of the City of Perth Library to listen to a panel.

To wrap up this wonderful event we have a timelapse video for you, a huge collection of photographs, the social media buzz, plus the Perth Games Festival feature on West TV’s Undercurrent. See if you can find yourself on the amongst the games and gamers!

The Timelapse


The Photos

Despite stormy weather and other events around town, the festival once again drew a huge crowd of game lovers to the Perth Town Hall. There are plenty more than the photos below, be sure to check out our full album on flickr (where you can grab any pics of yourself), or you can tag yourself in our facebook album.


 In the News

The Perth Games Festival has once again caught the attention of a number of sites, and has even been featured on WTV’s UnderCurrent. Here are some of the write-ups and interviews that we have seen around:


The Tweets on the Streets

The people of Perth were keen to spread the festival love, taking to social media to share their experiences of the event. Here are just some of the cool things that were shared on twitter via #PerthGamesFestival.

 


Final Word

Let’s Make Games would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who made the event possible. We could not have done it without you! Thank you to the festival committee for organising the event, the volunteers for lending their time to help the day run smoothly, the developers for making such amazing games, the panelists for sharing their knowledge and experiences, the sponsors for supporting the event, and last but not least the over 1600 people who attended the festival. Thank you all for coming out to support Western Australian game developers, and for showing how much games mean to the community!

Don’t forget to visit the Perth Games Festival Facebook page to stay up to date on post-festival news, and to keep an eye on news for next year!

Knowledge Week: VR, AR & Games

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Knowledge Week is coming up, with events designed to celebrate Perth’s achievements in technology, education and innovation. For those interested in stepping into the gaming realities of the future, a special workshop is scheduled on Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Games.

Join game designer and entrepreneur Dr Kate Raynes-Goldie in this intensive hands-on workshop, where you will gain direct insight into the future of games. You will think and see the world like a game designer, learn about the most exciting virtual and augmented-reality game projects, and even try your hand at Stirfire Studios’ locally created VR game, Symphony of the Machine. There are limited spaces, so book soon.

What: VR, AR & Games Workshop
When: Friday, 21 October 2016. 9am – 1:15pm.
Where: City of Perth Library, Auditorium
Tickets: $99  (includes light refreshments) available here.

For more details on this workshop, or the other events set for Knowledge Week, simply head on over to the official event page.

Final Days now on Steam Early Access

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Shooting onto Steam in a blaze of bullets, locally-made zombie slaughter game Final Dayz is out now in early access. Created by +7 Software, this killer title was Greenlit early this year and proved popular at the recent Perth Games Festival. But more importantly, this upcoming title is killer training material for anyone planning to survive a zombie apocalypse – so be sure to check it out.

Final Days is a fast-paced and intense multi-player shooter set in a post-apocalyptic world. It attempts to blend retro arcade style with modern elements. The design goal is for the game to be quick and simple to play while providing an enjoyable challenge. Inspirations include titles such as Smash TV, Gauntlet, Killing Floor, and Left 4 Dead.

Can you survive?

Head on over to Steam now, to get in early on an excellent undead experience and prepare for humanity’s final days. You can also check out the action in the alpha video below.

A blast from the past with Star Fighter: D’Yammen’s Reign

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Did you know that people have been making games in Western Australia since the early days of the industry? Star Fighter: D’Yammen’s Reign by GeoSync Media is one such locally-made game, first released around 1998 on the Amiga CD.

Since not everyone has the opportunity to break out an almost 20 year old game, you will be happy to hear that the Star Fighting of yesteryear can still be experienced thanks to online gameplay videos. Check it out below, and if you want to find out more about the many games that have been released in Western Australia over the years be sure to visit out the WA Released Games List.

Sponsor the 2016 Perth Games Festival

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Quick, simple and to the point, the Perth Games Festival is now seeking sponsorship!

Coordinated by Let’s Make Games (yep, that’s us) the festival saw over 2600 people walk through the doors of the Perth Town Hall last year to play locally made games, and learn how they can make their own. The festival is a volunteer-run event, and part of what makes it so great is that it’s the result of the community coming together to share local works, and support our growing creative industry. The support of local businesses helps all this happen, so come join us to show what Western Australia has to offer!

What do you get out of being a Sponsor?

Sponsorship2016_PreviewIn addition to that warm fuzzy feeling you get from supporting local creatives, sponsoring the festival has a range of benefits. Depending upon your sponsorship tier you could get yourself a naming-share of the event, direct association with the talks stream, logo placement on our sites and marketing material, or even a half page advertisement in our event programme!

There are of course many other rewards to being a sponsor, so if you’re interested…

Here’s what you need to know:

Alternatively, contact our Festival Coordinator Jess directly via  if you would like to have a chat first.

We hope you can join us for the 2016 Perth Games Festival! To stay up to date on this year’s Festival, check out the official facebook event.

Star Hammer set to strike on Xbox One

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Perth-based studio Black Lab Games have just announced that their turn-based space strategy game Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy will be making its way to Xbox One on August 26th! The title hit Steam and then iPad last year, and now it has been customised for all your controller-based gaming needs.

Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy is a game of 3D tactical space battles. Play your part in the Second Contact War in a campaign with a branching story and over 60 missions, or create your own scenarios in skirmish mode battles.

Give your orders, and watch the results in explosive pausable real-time. Tailor your arsenal of crew abilities and assault class ships as your fleet grows with your command. Exploit the enemy’s weaknesses with superior positioning and flanking manoeuvres to inflict devastating damage.

Check out their Xbox One trailer below, and keep an eye out for enemy Nautalids on your home console come August 26th.