First Impressions


Indie Go Go Go
Northward

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 29th, 2014

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Every once in a while, there is a crowdfunding/Steam Greenlight opportunity that really deserves a chance. The kind folks from Nemoria Entertainment (in Sweden), creators of Oknytt, sent me a pre-alpha of their latest project: Northward. Northward is a management game set in a Nordic landscape that is obviously influenced by some old favorites of the past (The Settlers, for instance) and I have to say that I am hooked. What’s even more interesting is that the version that I am playing doesn’t even have the main feature that Nemoria plans to implement: co-operative play.

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Capricious
Impressions and Interview

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 23rd, 2014

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Recently, I was sent what I can only describe as a very cool experience on my PC. It wasn’t quite a game, but it wasn’t quite a story, either. This interactive narrative horror, created by Eden Morrison, is a great vehicle to deliver a genuinely scary experience that I hope becomes a trend.

After the jump, you can read my impressions of Capricious. Also, in an effort to understand the story behind the story, I posed some questions to Eden Morrison.

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First Impressions
Lords of the Black Sun
Beta

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 21st, 2014

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Rituro is our go-to guy for 4X (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate) games. However, not willing to let him have all the fun, I decided to claim the beta access for Arkavi Studios’ Lords of the Black Sun. The title entered Steam Early Access towards the beginning of the year, and has gained a little bit of a following. Arkavi seems to be trying to appeal to a wide audience with this one, by keeping things simple for the less-experienced while simultaneously trying to present depth and challenge to those who have been around the 4X block a few times. It’s a noble goal – but it’s a lot to juggle. I’m going to break down what I think of the beta so far after the jump.

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First Impressions
Surface Pro 3

By Evan Bergstra - July 10th, 2014

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A little while ago I was invited to attend a media preview of the new Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at their pop-up café in downtown Toronto. We were treated to coffee and snacks in an elegant and quietly tasteful space before being broken into small groups and given a hands-on walk-through with the new device. My group sat down with Marc Aube, Senior Product Marketing Manager of Windows Canada, and he gave us his spiel. Surface has hit a few snags since the first version launched a couple of years ago, but Marc and the rest of Microsoft are pretty proud of this one; and frankly, it seems like they have good reason to be.

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Tiny Realms

By Rituro - June 29th, 2014

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Not long after my interview with TinyMob Games’ Jamie Toghill, I was contacted by the team with an offer to come down to the studio and get my hands on an alpha build of TinyMob’s debut game, Tiny Realms. As someone who has been a fanatical devourer of video games since my first crack at Zaxxon for the ColecoVision1, the chance to get a sneak peek at a game from inside a developer’s walls is something of a giddy thrill for me. So it was that, nerdy glee barely contained, I hunkered down in TinyMob’s downtown Victoria studio with an iPad and a hot chocolate2 for a test drive of Tiny Realms.

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Endless Legend
Video Preview – Part 3 of 3

By Jorge Figueiredo - June 25th, 2014

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The final chapter in the three-part series of Rituro’s look at Endless Legend alpha, a 4X game from the makers of Endless Space.


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Endless Legend
Video Preview – Part 1 of 3

By Jorge Figueiredo - June 21st, 2014

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Rituro dives into the alpha of Endless Legend, the 4X game from the makers of Endless Space in this first of three posts.