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GDC 2016: 'Suzy Cube' is a True 3D Platformer for Touchscreens and Our Favorite Game of GDC

Everyone I bump into during GDC week always asks what is my favorite thing I've seen from the conference. For me I didn't have a solid answer for that question until I saw Suzy Cube, an upcoming 3D platformer from solo developer Louis-Nicolas Dozois of Northern Bytes Games. Suzy Cube has an interesting history, as back in early 2013 Louis (pronounced "Louie" (Eli Note: Nah, pronounce it "Lewis".)) found himself enamored with Nintendo's 2012 3DS masterpiece Super Mario 3D Land and it got him thinking a lot about the game's design, particularly how well the camera worked in the game as many times that's a sticking point in 3D platformers. At that time he was also playing a lot of mobile games, and so wanted to explore the idea of making a 3D platformer with a great camera as well as one that would work really well with touchscreen controls...

GDC 2016: A Quick Look at The Tablet Version of 'Albion Online'

We've been super stoked for Albion Online for a while now, and as a veteran of Ultima Online, there arew few things I'm looking forward to playing on my iPad more than this. Well, we got a brief look today at how the touch interface of the game is going to work, and, well, it's exactly like how it works on a PC with a mouse. One major correction from this video though, Albion Online is going to be universal. The experience likely won't be as great on the iPhone, but you will be able to play it on any device...

GDC 2016: 'Heroes of Skyrealm' Mixes 'Clash'-Style Gameplay with Dungeon Crawling

Heroes of Skyrealm, the upcoming game from Machanist Games is looking pretty good. The video below, taken from an iPad Pro really shows off the texture and 3D effects well and walks through some of the basics of the game. The game itself is a Clash of Clans type mashed up with a dungeon crawler with a Skylanders-like hero collection system mixed in. The characters themselves are really well crafted and animated and the dungeon crawler core gameplay seems to be quite good...

GDC 2016: 'Eisenhorn: Xenos' is a Great Looking Warhammer 40K Game

Eisenhorn: Xenos is the newest game in the Warhammer 40K world. We've talked about this game before, but finally got to see it in the flesh and lots and lots of blood. This third person action game that is much more than just an action game is looking amazingly lush. Unlike other Warhammer games, this one focuses more on the battle yet it still doesn't forsake the strategy element. ..

GDC 2016: 'The Frostrune' - Great Things Come Out of Norway

The Frostrune from Norwegian game developer Grimnir is a point and click adventure game that is rich in Viking history. Starting the game, the player finds themselves shipwrecked with a small building in the distance. Richly illustrated, the game has been in development since 2014 and should released late this year. Take a look at the video below to get an idea of how great the game looks...

GDC 2016: If You're Into Virtual Pets, 'Egg!' Should Be On Your Radar

Egg! is the tamagotchi style game from the well funded Nix Hydra Games in Los Angeles. In Egg! the players raise an egg from the point it is laid to when it hatches. The egg itself will be demanding and annoying at times, just like a tamagotchi should. It may require washing, feeding, or want to play a game. And the choices of what is done and when will change the personality graph and determine what type of character hatches from the egg...

GDC 2016: 'Fighters of Fate', A Turn-Based PvP Card Combat Seeks Beta Participants

Fighters of Fate is the first game from Pincer Games and it's an ambitious attempt at a highly customized turn based PvP card combat game. A lot of attention has been paid to the player customization with a bazillion possible combinations. Not unexpected from the developers, two big anime fans...

GDC 2016: A Quick Look at 'Tableaux', a Virtual Tabletop

We got a quick look at Tableaux this afternoon, and it's one of those games that I'm sort of surprised that there aren't way more games doing this sort of thing. So Tableaux is less of a game and more of a framework to play tons of different games as it's a totally open table that you can do all manner of things that involve cards and dice. It's also super flexible, so any game that uses card or dice mechanics would work in it...

GDC 2016: 'Ninja Pizza Girl' Is a Surprisingly Awesome Family Project

The accessibility of game development has made it almost anyone who is interested in making a game can just download the (typically totally free) tools and just go nuts building whatever they feel like doing. That's exactly what Nicole Stark, her husband, and their four daughters have done with the upcoming Ninja Pizza Girl, a surprisingly slick cyberpunk runner with the ultimate goal of... Well, delivering pizzas, of course. Check out the gameplay video:..

GDC 2016: 'Kingdom' Is Heading to Mobile

Raw Fury announced recently that they are bringing their Steam hit game Kingdom to mobile. Developed by Noio, Kingdom is a 2D simulation of a king or queen building out a new kingdom from scratch. Starting off by building the center of the base, recruiting troops, and assigning them rolls by building the proper tool for their role. The simple controls lead to easy game play yet each day becomes incredibly more difficult requiring that defenses be built up constantly to counter the increasingly difficult nightly attacks...

GDC 2016: 'Star Crusade' Takes Collectable Card Gaming to the Stars

Living in this post-Hearthstone world, it's evident that people are hungry for collectable card games. Star Crusade aims to take a bite out of that market with a surprisingly cool new game that feels a lot like existing CCG's while having a bunch of new interesting thing that makes it totally worth paying attention to. For instance, the game has variable deck sizes and how many cards you've got in your deck impacts how much life you have in game. There's other neat twists which you can see in the gameplay video:..

GDC 2016: 'Ticket to Earth' Puts a New Spin on Turn Based RPG's

Ticket to Earth from Robot Circus is an upcoming turn based RPG with an interesting twist of a new mash-up game mechanic. While it's still early in the development for Ticket to Earth, with the game is expected to launch late in the year, the early game play is there and it looks promising. In the game players have one or more players each given a two turns per round. Those turns can be used to gather along a single color tile on the floor or attack. The interesting and different part of the game is that it adds a little bit of a puzzle mode to the standard turn based gameplay. ..

GDC 2016: Bulkypix Shows 'Please Don't Touch Anything' in VR, 'Pocket Kingdom', and 'The Bad Wolf'

As always, Bulkypix has a ton of games coming out in the near future, and I was able to go hands-on with some of them here at GDC this week. First up was the virtual reality version of Please, Don't Touch Anything [$4.99] which we enjoyed in our review and picked as our Game of the Week when it released last October. The game has been rebuilt entirely in 3D, and because it's in virtual reality you really get transported into the little room with the control panel that you must manipulate and unlock without destroying the entire planet. Most games I try in VR seem neat but it never really feels like the VR aspect adds anything to the experience, but that's not the case with Please, Don't Touch Anything in VR. You really feel like you're in the actual space and can look around the virtual room and manipulate objects like a notebook or a bulletin board in order to find clues on what you need to do next...

GDC 2016: 'Le Parker - Sous Chef Extraordinaire' is a Gorgeous Platformer Starring a Sous Chef

I've said many times before how platformers are my favorite genre, I literally have dozens of them on my phone at any given time. So I was pretty excited to check out Le Parker - Sous Chef Extraordinaire at GDC this week, a gorgeous upcoming platformer from developer Play Pretend. Legndary sous chef Parker makes the lightest dessert in the world, and in fact it's so light it literally floats in the air. An evil king swoops in and snatches the recipe, along with Parker's true love the Princess who had it in her possession. I think you see where this story is going. Parker sets off on a journey across 32 challenging levels to rescue the princess and his recipe...

GDC 2016: 'Flip Out' and 'Drive' by Matt Meyers

GDC can at times bring out games that wouldn't surface otherwise. Today we saw a couple voxel art quick reflex games from Matt Meyers. The first of which is currently titled Flip Out and is a three lane avoidance game where jumping left and right while advancing forward are the only options. Choosing the correct jump direction to avoid pits, retracting knives, and shooting guards by is the key. Take a look at the gameplay below...

GDC 2016: Watch Jon Van Caneghem Play High Level 'Creature Quest'

Creature Quest has been a bit of a weird game to follow, because it's made by Jon Van Caneghem, a guy with an extensive Wikipedia page filled with all the monumental things he did to evolve the world of PC strategy gaming. When you hear he's got a game coming, you're kind of expecting something in the same vein as Might and Magic. Instead, he's behind a free to play mobile game, which has seen some pretty vocal detractors. Well, we met up with Jon Van Caneghem at GDC, and got a look at what high-end gameplay looks like in the game with his own dream team of super high level characters:..

GDC 2016: 'Yo Kai Watch Wibble Wobble' Has Its Sights Set on the US Market

As someone who doesn't really follow things going on in the world of kids' entertainment or Japan, this morning's meeting was a bit of an eye-opener as I realized just how incredibly, ridiculously popular the Yo Kai Watch universe is. I guess the show is huge, the 3DS game is absolutely ripping it up, and the mobile port/spinoff Yo Kai Watch Wibble Wobble is just killing it on the Japanese App Store. Here's what it looks like in motion:..

GDC 2016: 'Starr Mazer DSP' is a Manic Horizontal Shooter Spinoff of the Upcoming 'Starr Mazer' Proper

Starr Mazer is an upcoming hybrid point-and-click adventure game mixed with classic scrolling shoot 'em up gameplay. It sounds like a wacky mashup, but the game looks freaking awesome, which is why it was funded with room to spare during its Kickstarter campaign last year. While that full game is in the works for Mac and PC, a spinoff prequel of sorts called Starr Mazer DSP is in the works for both desktop and mobile. The full desktop version of Starr Mazer is being developed by Imagos Softworks, while the shooty portions are being condensed down into their own mobile game, which is DSP, developed by Pixeljam. I was able to sit down with the extremely energetic and entertaining Don Thacker of Imagos to get a lengthy demo of what to expect from Starr Mazer DSP. ..

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