Tim Stamper, one of the co-founders of Rare and partially responsible for classics Rare titles like Banjo-Kazooie and GoldenEye 007, is back releasing new games since departing the industry back in 2007. This time Tim Stamper’s new project is all about bouncing adorable little critters across your mobile device.
The vaguely and extremely British-titled game, That Bouncy Thing! The Rubbishiest Game Ever, is now available on Android devices. Former Rare composer Grant Kirkhope shared the news on Twitter, and a conversation between him and developer FortuneFish reveals that the iOS version is awaiting approval from Apple before it can hit iOS devices.
The game is all about ricocheting cute little animals across heaps of garbage to the goal at the end. Players can even rearrange the rubbish to better bounce their pets or rewind time if something goes amiss.
Check out the trailer below, download That Bouncy Thing! on your Android device, or get more info here.
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[Source: Grant Kirkhope]
Our TakeI’m a tremendous fan of Rare’s work, especially the Nintendo 64 era stuff. It’s exciting to see the company’s signature flair outside of Microsoft’s generic Avatars and the ho-hum motion games they’re currently attached to. I can’t wait for That Bouncy Thing! to hit iOS devices so I can give it a shot.
Notch now owns a $70 million Beverly Hills mansion, but we bet he’d rather live in this swank Minecraft recreation of the property…or maybe not. We can’t say what he’d really like.
Last week, Minecraft creator Notch bought a $70 million Beverly Hills mansion before Jay-Z and Beyonce could snag the property. We all stared in awe at the extravagance, but now we can stare at awe at this Minecraft recreation of the home. Notch's life has started to come full circle; pretty soon his entire life will be inside the matrix.
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call boasted more than 200 tracks when it launched in September. If you've already blazed through them all, Square Enix is releasing a new batch of DLC for the game, including songs from Bravely Default, Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, and more.
The following tracks will be available for download on the 3DS starting December 24. Each is priced at $.99.
“He of the Name” (Bravely Default)“Evil Wings” (Bravely Default)“The Serpent That Devours the Horizon” (Bravely Default)“Ultima” (Final Fantasy XIV)“Hard to Miss” (Final Fantasy XIV)“Zero” (Final Fantasy TYPE-0)“Ardent Rhythm” (Romancing SaGa: Minstrel Song)“Battle #4” (SaGa Frontier)“Meridian Dance” (Secret of Mana)“Chrono Trigger” (Chrono Trigger)“Horizon of Light and Shadow” (Bravely Default)“Title Screen” (Romancing SaGa 2)
Another wave of tracks will be arriving on January 8, but Square Enix hasn't released any further details.
Our TakeDLC like this is what separates the superfans from the rest of us. There's no shortage of content in the main game, so I can probably live without these. Still, it's always good to have options. And as long as people keep buying it, you can rest assured that Square Enix will be happy to keep churning it out.
The latest video from Did You Know Gaming looks at The Last of Us and its development.
In the video you will learn about many of the elements that were ultimately cut or changed before release, including a dog companion for Ellie.
You can check out other videos from the Did You Know Gaming channel covering Pokémon, Mario, Jet Set Radio, Mega Man, Fire Emblem, Donkey Kong, Killer Instinct, Rayman, Mass Effect, Dragon Quest, Castlevania, Zelda, more Zelda, Final Fight, Doom, Dragon Ball Z, Super Smash Bros., Team Fortress 2, Harvest Moon, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, the history of the PlayStation 2, GameCube, Nintendo 64, the DS, the PlayStation, and two covering the Game Boy by hitting the links.
For more on The Last of Us, including more details about some of the facts detailed in this video, click the banner below.
[Source: Did You Know Gaming]
Norman Reedus, known predominantly for playing Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead, shared a very small update about progress on Silent Hills in a recent A.M.A. on Reddit.
Reedus' role in Silent Hills was revealed after completing the P.T., in which players learned they had been playing as a character with his likeness the whole time in a demo for a new Silent Hill. In his Reddit A.M.A., Reedus wrote, "I’m super excited to be a part of [Silent Hills]. Both [Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro] are geniuses at what they do. We haven't shot the heavy stuff yet. Kojima approached me right after Guillermo did."
It's a small update, but an update none the less.
Our TakeHideo Kojima is likely fully focused on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain right now, so to learn little progress has been made on Silent Hills is not surprising.
Capcom has discounted a collection of Mega Man games on Virtual Console, and also released Mega Man Zero on Wii U.
The sale is going until tomorrow, December 22 and marks down Mega Man games on both Wii U and 3DS. You can find out more on the Capcom Unity website.
[Source: Capcom Unity]
Our TakeDespite all my appreciation for Mega Man X, I have never completed a Mega Man Zero game. Now would probably be a good time to correct that error.
When Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars released on iOS, it was not a universal app across iPhone and iPad. Now it is, and the game is also available on Android.
The game received a number of updates all at once actually. It now supports Retina display resolutions, widescreen for post-iPhone 5 devices, new adjustable virtual controls, and MFi controller support. Right now there are still two versions of the game on the iTunes App Store, but that is only temporary.
For our review of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars on DS where Andrew Reiner wrote, "Don't let the diminutive size or nostalgic look fool you, this is just as complete of a Grand Theft Auto experience as any of the console iterations.," head here.
[Source: iTunes, Google Play, via Touch Arcade, Joystiq]
Our TakeI played Chinatown Wars when it originally released for DS in 2009. Even without nostalgia for classic GTA (like most I started with GTA III), I had a lot of fun with the game. I'm considering grabbing it for my iPhone becasue I never beat it and I think it may handle a little better than the 3D GTA games on iOS devices.
Telltale delivers all of its games in episodes and Resident Evil Revelations 2 is adopting the structure. Do you prefer it?
I understand the advantages of episodic delivery on the development side of video games, but as a consumer and player, I much prefer the traditional "everything at once" delivery. My game playing opportunities usually appear periodically and unpredictably in large chunks rather than on a consistent schedule, as episodic games favor. Also, having to leave a game behind for a few weeks and then re-enter it breaks the immersion and also forces you to relearn how to play the game.
What about you? Do you like playing games in crafted chunks spread out over a long period of time? Or do want everything all at once so you can make as much progress as possible?
The Pokémon Company has released the music from the latest Pokémon game on iTunes.
You can head here to grab the soundtrack for $9.99. You can also head here to find our review of Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire. Finally, you can head here to find a poem I wrote about Pokémon to read out loud while you play the soundtrack softly in the background.
Nintendo began releasing the soundtracks for its assorted Pokémon games late last year.
You can find the soundtracks for Pokémon X & Y, Pokémon FireRed & LeafGreen, Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver, Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire, Pokémon Diamond & Pearl, Pokémon Black & White, and Pokémon Black & White 2 by following the links.
[Source: iTunes, via NeoGAF]
Our TakePokémon games always have good soundtracks, but I would love to see more Nintendo music available on iTunes, like the Donkey Kong Country soundtracks.
The Theatrhythm franchise is branching out beyond Final Fantasy to another beloved (in Japan) Square Enix franchise – Dragon Quest.
You can check out the first trailer for the game below which borrows both art style and mechanics (with some tweaks) from Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, but uses Dragon Quest characters and music.
The game will be available in Japan starting March 26.
Our TakeFrankly, I am not very optimistic about this game making its way to North America, which is unfortunate for Dragon Quest fans. Compared to localizing a normal Dragon Quest game, however, which has lots and lots of dialogue, this would be much easier, so I suppose there is always a chance.
Perhaps it's unfair to make a judgement call based on how little we know about each game, but which one are you more excited about?
They're arguably the two most anticipated titles on the way from Square Enix, and the two seem to be overlapping more and more. Where Kingdom Hearts began by borrowing characters from the Final Fantasy universes, the Final Fantasy series (based on the recent trailers) seems to be borrowing mechanics from Kingdom Hearts with its action gameplay and environment traversal.
Which one are you most excited to play?
For more on Final Fantasy XV, you can head here to see the latest trailer. For more on Kingdom Hearts III, head here.
Some non-Final Fantasy music tracks are heading to Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call – in Japan, at least.
News of the DLC comes from dengekionline, which was translated by Siliconera. The DLC songs, which includes tracks from Final Fantasy XIV, Final Fantasy Type-0, the SaGa series, Secret of Mana, and Chrono Trigger, release in Japan on December 24. There's no word yet on whether these tracks will come to North America yet.
You can see the list of promised tracks below:
We're big fans of Chrono Trigger 'round these parts, and you can learn
why by reading the aptly titled feature Why We Love Chrono Trigger, by heading here.
[Source: dengekionline.com, via Siliconera, Joystiq]
Our TakeI doubt few would complain about these tracks coming to North America, and I imagine no one would complain about a dedicated Theatrhythm Chrono Trigger. I would especially like to see the track below be featured in a rhythm game. That take on the Chrono Trigger theme comes from the album The Brink of Time, which composer Yasunori Mitsuda was fully involved with.
During modern times in a galaxy based on a fictionalized version of the west coast...
YouTube channel Powerlight-13 took the endlessly parodied and recreated Star Wars teaser trailer and added a Grand Theft Auto twist. Overall, it's really well done, especially the flying sequences. You can check out the video below.
For more on the Star Wars teaser trailer head here to see what video games you should play to experience the trailer's moments, and here for arguably the teaser's best parody.
[Source: Powerlight-13 on YouTube, via Kotaku]
It cost Microsoft $2.5 billion to get Minecraft on Windows Phone, but it will only cost users $6.99.
It's actually been available since the beginning of the month, but Microsoft hasn't done much to highlight the game's release on its mobile platform.
It was one of the first things we assumed was coming after the acquisition, which was quickly confirmed. To purchase the game, head here.
Thanks to Ashley for the news tip!
[Source: Windows Phone, Xbox News Wire]
Our TakeThis is the first of many small steps in the growing relationship between Microsoft and Minecraft, which is already branching off in some surprising directions.
Though its only been fully released for about three months, hundreds of thousands of levels have already been created in Project Spark, and developer Team Dakota has whittled the list down to their favorites.
You can check out its list of 25 favorite levels alongside the creator's gamertags.
25. Home Alone – Short Dark Stories (by nelsonjav)24. Project Project Spark (by DavidJCobb)23. VECTOR SHADOW DEMO (by D3L3T3D)22. The Necromagical Pumpkin Patrol (by charlotti)21. Take the Blue One (by Ralme)20. Super Spark 64 (by Rodrigo Bezzi)19. Prologue - Escape from Vilkas (by II Loomis II)18. Stuff and Things – A Game (by NieNieChu)17. Murder is Random v1.1 (by LadyLexUK)16. Eve’s Story (by Holy LightRider)15. Gradius Fox (by Paradoxmoomoose)14. Godzilla v3.0 (by Rust Plague)13. Ultimate Frisbee (by Ianlrod)12. Soundodger (by MindcraftMax)11. #ARM Kingdom in Peril (by ST Aabra)10. Stallion (by ValTrust)9. Super 16+ (by Defco 7T)8. Treys Adventure (by AnteRehn)7. Pixel Run (by Chrisco)6. Short Film in Space (by x4ormulA1Rac3rx)5. Little Big Plan It (by Mr Xbob)4. Orbit 32 – Void Origins (by Wertandrew2)3. #ARM The Cynbal Wars (by xx1MAN1RIOTxx)2. R.T. (by Spawn N8NE)1. Dark Mines (by GrzesiekBialek)
For our review of Project Spark, head here. Surprisingly, the Crash Bandicoot levle that I poured my heart and soul into, did not make the list. You can see the level below in our Project Spark Test Chamber.
The next big update for the Project Spark, the Epic Artist World Builder pack, is coming soon. You can find out more about it here.
[Source: Project Spark]
Our TakeOne of the things I liked about Project Spark was how it was good at surfacing the best creations from others. I also appreciate how Team Dakota is going the extra mile by curating more of its favorites of the year in list form.
If you're still feeling a little raw about all the problems that Halo: The Master Chief Collection has had since launch, 343 Industries is hoping that a remake of Halo 3: ODST will help rebuild a friendship with the company.
In a recent blog post on Halo Waypoint, Head of 343 Industries Bonnie Ross continued to apologize for the problems that gamers have experienced with Halo: The Master Chief Collection since launch.
Next week, 343 Industries will release an update that will add 10 episodes of the cooperative experience “Spartan Ops” for Halo 4. Also – as a way of saying thank you to fans – 343 Industries will also give away the following to gamers who have played Halo: The Master Chief Collection online at any time since launch:
Most importantly however, 343 Industries has already started work on remaking the Halo 2: Anniversary multiplayer map Relic and Halo 3: ODST as free downloadable additions, which will release sometime in the – hopefully near – future.
[Source: Halo Waypoint]
Our TakeThis is a nice way to say thinks. 343 Industries did some damage to the reputation and to fans' trust with the release of The Master Chief Collection, so it's nice to see that they're taking these problems seriously.
Stern Pinball is the oldest running pinball machine maker in the world, and it does most of its work out of a factory in Chicago, Illinois. Get a virtual tour of the company's headquarters and watch them construct a Walking Dead table before your very eyes. Now you never need to go to Chicago.
The Awesomer recently visited the Stern Pinball factory and filmed 3,500 parts and 1/2 a mile of wire get reworked into The Walking Dead pinball machines. For more on Stern Pinball read our Behind The Wizardry feature where we interview Stern’s director of marketing, Jody Dankberg.
This is the last weekend to buy Christmas gifts, so naturally the Game Informer staff will be spending it playing games (There's plenty of time for shopping on the 24th). And with games like Far Cry 4, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and Shadow of Mordor still on our plate what else would we have time for? What are your gaming plans for this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!
Mathew Kato (@MattKato): Been playing Madden 15 after some time off, and finding that I'm a horrible QB. So I think I'm going to be playing a bunch this weekend simply to brush up on what I should do. Makes me chuckle whenever I throw a bad INT how much I rail on real-life quarterbacks for their mistakes.
Tim Turi (@TimTuri): This weekend I’m going to be diving into Halo: Master Chief Collection, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, and perhaps a little Far Cry 4. I’m also facing the tough decision of whether or not I want to continue with Dragon Age: Inquisition. I’m about halfway through, so I feel a little committed to it at this point. But I can’t help but wonder about all the games I’d enjoy playing more with the dozens of hours I’d save.
Jeff Marchiafava (@GIJeffM): I’ve already submitted my Top 10 Games of the Year list, which means this weekend I can play whatever I want. That’s probably going to include more Far Cry 4, along with some Shadow of Mordor and Dragon Age. Come to think of it, this sounds a lot like every other weekend, Top 10 list or no.
Andrew Reiner (@Andrew_Reiner): My family’s holiday festivities begin this weekend and run into the new year. I won’t have much gaming time, but when I do find windows, I plan on finishing The Banner Saga (on my phone), and Dragon Age: Inquisition. Late-night movie watching includes Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Maze Runner and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Jeff Cork (@GIJeff): I finally beat Dragon Age: Inquisition this morning, so I can take that off my to-do list. Sure, it says I'm free to explore the world and all that nonsense, but after 67 hours I'm ready to pack it in. That'll free up a bunch of time to do other things, such as working my way through Geometry Wars 3: Dimension's adventure mode. I may also get around to checking out Telltale's Game of Thrones thing, too. And, as always, Smashsmashsmash.
Ben Hanson (@Yozetty): This weekend I'm most likely going to play some more Drawful and Fibbage as they have consumed my social life at this point. Other than that, I'm going to my grandma's 90th birthday party so I'll most likely play my annual play through of Doom 3 with her. I also bought an Amiibo today for some reason (Yoshi… I guess) so I'm looking forward to training him up in Smash Bros. or whatever the kids are doing with these dumb things. Have a good weekend!
Ubisoft has started giving away a complimentary game to season pass owners (prior to November 25) for Assassin's Creed Unity as a makeup for the game's many problems. What's it going to be?
The games are being offered because the company decided to give away the game's Dead Kings DLC to all players as an apology, but because season pass holders already effectively paid for the DLC, they are now getting one of the following free games: Far Cry 4 (shown), The Crew, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Watch Dogs, Rayman Legends, or Just Dance 2015.
Which of these are you getting? Please post in the comments section below.
If you're eligible for your free game, head over to Ubisoft's redemption site.
Rey Juan Carlos University in Spain has erected a Pac-Man statue as tribute to the gaming icon and the university's game development program.
The sculpture is over two meters high, and the commencement ceremony was attended by the Japanese ambassador in Spain, the university's dean, and local city representatives, among others.
The university is the first in the Madrid region to offer a video game development degree.
Get your Sims out into nature this January with the Outdoor Retreat game pack.
The pack comes out in early January for $20, and takes your sims to a new location complete with campfire songs and bear costumes.
Outdoor Retreat is part of what developer Maxis is calling Game Packs. These differ from the Stuff Packs of the past, which contained themed costumes, furniture, etc. According to the game's official blog, Game Packs provide "new gameplay features" as well as clothing and the like. We'll have to see exactly what's in store, as the developer is promising more details on Outdoor Retreat before its release.
The Sims 4 also recently offered up two new career paths, and you can find out more about Maxis' thoughts on post-release content and the game's problems in Kim's talk with producer Ryan Vaughan.
The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Deck13 Interactive/CI Games' Lords of the Fallen is getting the 1.4 update that fixes the Catacombs pit bug, among other issues.
The PC has already received the update, and City says that there have been a total of 261 issues that have been identified and fixed since the last console update.
It's a busy few days for the franchise, with news that work has begun on the sequel and that the iOS and Android are getting a version of the first game.
For more on the game's patch, head over to City's official site.
Our TakeIt doesn't sound like much, but platform parity is not always a given these days, and even getting an update out can be a problem.
Activision has often tapped celebrities for the Call of Duty franchise, and now the infamous John Malkovich lends his voice and gravitas to the impending exo zombie apocalypse.
The Exo Zombies DLC (which is part of the Havoc DLC pack) also features Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan, and Jon Bernthal as Atlas employees trying to survive, and is the first of four DLC offerings in the game's season pass. It will be out some time in January first on Xbox Live.
For more on Advanced Warfare's exo zombies, check out this previous preview.
BAFTA Los Angeles – the LA branch of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts – has announced it's holding a Games Masterclass series in 2015, and Star Citizen's Chris Roberts is its first presenter.
The masterclass is free and will be held at the Silver Screen Theatre, Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles on January 20 starting at 7:30. It's a 90-minute presentation followed by a Q&A session. The masterclass covers Roberts' experience developing Star Citizen and is open to the public, but you have to register in advance. For more info, head here.
Star Citizen has famously raised many millions past its crowdfunding goal, and follow the link to take a look at a trailer for its Arena Commander mode.
In a recent interview, Nintendo game designer Shigeru Miyamoto dropped a few quick references to post-Wii U hardware. While he says that the system remains a focus for the company in the coming year, internal teams are already looking ahead to what the next wave of hardware could bring.
His comments came in an interview with an Associated Press reporter. When asked about Mario's future, Miyamoto responded by saying, "I think that maybe when we release the next hardware system, you can look forward to seeing Mario take on a new role or in a new game." Later, he said that the company is working on new software, but that there are teams within Nintendo that are brainstorming what kinds of things could be included in the company's next hardware generation.
[Source: Associated Press via GameSpot]
Our TakeThis shouldn't come across as too surprising, considering that companies have to keep an eye toward the future if they hope to stay relevant – whether they're in technology or nearly other facet of manufacturing. It takes time to develop hardware. It is interesting that he was so candid about the subject, considering he was fielding a softball question about Nintendo's mascot.