QuickPlay: Unholy Heights

Some time ago Japanese indie studio Petit Depotto made a tenant-management/defense title, which I loved, called “メゾン・ド・魔王 – Maison de Maou” (Literally translated “Maison de Overlord”) which was relatively successful in Japan, making its way to the Xbox 360, PC, and Nintendo 3DS with plans to expand to Xbox One.

We don’t regularly see many indie games coming out of Japan, but on August 2013 publisher PLAYISM brought it to western territories under the name “Unholy Heights”. Thank you for that, PLAYISM!

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QuickPlay: This War of Mine

TWOM111 bit studios, most famous for the hoo-rah bombast of the Anomaly tower offence RTS series have come out of left field with This War of Mine, an emotional 2D game focusing on the horrors of war. A small group of desperate survivors hole up in a bombed out building in the middle of a warzone somewhere in Eastern Europe, venturing out at night to scavenge or steal whatever they can to make it through another day. It is certainly dark and depressing, but 11 bit studios have managed to make one of the more thought provoking and unique games of the year.

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Video Games Live

IMG_20141109_101343On Sunday, two-fifths of GoPlayThat and a couple of honourary members got up far too early in the morning and ambled off to Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional, to take a look at Video Games Live, brainchild of American video game composer Tommy Tallarico. Critically acclaimed all around the world, we wanted to see what all the fuss was about, so we wore our geekiest t-shirts and joined the crowd heading for an altogether different experience. The songs and order are changed up for every event, so until we arrived we had no idea what to expect! However, it’s difficult to say no to the prospect of a full orchestra and choir belting out some classic video game hits!

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State of Play: The Detail

Detail logoKicking down doors, taking names and casually disregarding due process, here’s The Detail. A hybrid of point and click and episodic interactive fiction which switches between worn out police veteran Reggie Moore and ex-hoodlum Joe Miller, The Detail cites The Wire and Telltale Games’ work as influences. Stark art styles and moral choice abound with promises of lasting consequences and tough situations. Does this first episode live up to these lofty ambitions? I grab my badge and gun and find out…

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QuickPlay: A Golden Wake

GoldenWake-posterFrom the snowy streets of New York in the early Twenties to the rum soaked streets of Havana, A Golden Wake tells the story of young Alfie Banks and his involvement in the real estate boom of the early part of the twentieth century. I got my mouse hand ready to point and click my way to fame and fortune. Follow me back in time as I discover the story behind a bygone era…

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