Last Call for Zachtronics

For this cast, I sat down with Zachtronic’s Zach Barth to talk about what’s next for him with Zachtronics’ stopping game development, Last Call BBS and more.

Games of Gamescom 2022 Stream Part 3

Games Featured:

Masahiro Sakurai’s Game Design Series

Sakurai’s fifth video, on frame rates.

A lot of the gaming web has been fawning over Kirby and Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai’s design videos. I haven’t had the chance to look at them yet, but they look interesting at least. They’ve been coming out at a good clip, like one every two days.

Sakurai’s star is so high right now, that it’s worth noting that (going by memory) he left Nintendo with a bit of a cloud over his head, after Kirby Air Ride was seen as something of a failure. Nowadays KAR (nice acronym!) is seen as an underrated classic, and I have put many hours into its City Trial mode, which is terrific, a tiny open-world high-speed racing/party game. More people should have the chance to play it; it is unique, which is something I can’t say about many other games. While the 3DS version of Smash Bros. has a mode inspired by it, in versus mode human players cannot interact with each other during the exploratory portion of the game, which harms it somewhat.

At the height of his abilities, Sakurai can make really interesting and new kinds of games, like Smash Bros. was, and like Kirby Air Ride and (the sadly neglected these days) Meteos are. It’s a shame that Smash is so popular, one of Nintendo’s biggest tentpoles, enough to crowd out his other work. I’m really interested to see what the next crazy idea he comes up with will be!

Sakurai’s Game Design Videos, on YouTube

Games of GamesCom stream Night 2

Games of Gamescom Spotlight Stream Night 1

For each night of Gamescom, I streamed my entire plays of demos and these video parts are the collections of them.

Top Games of Gamescom 2022 Demo Spotlight

From Gamescom 2022, here are my favorite demos I had a chance to play and for the full plays of each, I have my stream recordings going up.

Indie Inquiries: Transcendence Store Page Review

For each episode of indie inquiries, we review steam store pages and provide advice for indie developers on how to best market their game. If you would like to submit a game for us to review, please reach out.

Indie Stream Archive 8/29/22

Games shown include:

  • 0:00:00 Hex of the Lich
  • 11:20 So to Speak
  • 24:26 It’s a Wrap
  • 48:34 We Took That Trip
  • 1:01:20 Eternal Remnant The First Chapter
  • 1:28:05 The Mortuary Assistant

Indie Game Showcase 8/27/22

The indie showcases are all about the developer submitted games and demos we play from indie devs. If you would like to submit a game for a future piece, please get in touch.

Indie Stream Showcase 8/24/22

Another week means even more indie games to showcase from my weekly streams.

Games featured:

  • 0:00 Affogato
  • 47:12 Rogue Genesia
  • 1:23:34 City Limits
  • 1:28:00 The God Unit
  • 1:49:13 Redshot
  • 2:20:32 Combo Card Clashers

K.C. Munchkin for Commodore 64

The always great Indie Retro News mentions, from Pretzel Logic, a Commodore port of one of the best Odyssey 2 games, K.C. Munchkin (itch.io, $0)!

Why is this interesting? The machinations of the old old days of video games are so easily forgotten now. K.C. Munchkin was a big seller for the underdog in the second-generation video game sweepstakes, but was taken off the market by court order way back then for being too similar to Pac-Man. Although Magnavox managed to come back a bit with sequel K.C.’s Krazy Chase, they remained a distant third in the market.

The C64 version has multiple modes, including a random maze mode and editor like the original, also has an arcade mode with 96 mazes!

Indie Game Showcase 8/22/2022

The weekly indie game showcase highlights the many developer-submitted games and demos we play here. If you would like to submit a game for a future piece, please reach out.

0:00 Trinity Archetype

2:13 Green With Energy

4:19 Super Grave Snatchers

6:37 The Lightbringer

9:13 Happenlance

10:28 Timemelters