Action Platformer ‘Odallus: The Dark Call’ Targets Nintendo Switch Release In February

Even with the ever evolving graphics that are part of the videogame universe, the need for 8-bit driven titles is real for gamers of all ages. The critically acclaimed PC title Odallus: The Dark Call, developed by indie studio JoyMasher, is set for a PS4 and Xbox One release this spring. Nintendo Switch owners will be able to download the title on February 8 with a 20% discount launch for a limited time.

The title has gamers playing Haggis, a battle weary warrior who enters the fray once again to rescue his son from Darkness. Along with boss battles, the action platformer has over eight hours of gameplay, 50 plus enemies, eight levels and, of course, 8-bit graphics. Growing up in the 1980s, 8-bit gaming was a big part of my life, and games like Odallus: The Dark Call pays loving homage to that era while also attempting to carve out a path of its own. I’ll be reviewing this title on either PS4 or the Xbox One, but if you’ve already played the game (or want to comment on the trailer), we would love to hear your thoughts!

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Hand Drawn RPG ‘Smoke and Sacrifice’ Hits Xbox One And PlayStation 4 In January

Smoke and Sacrifice, a collaboration between Solar Sail Games and publisher Curve Digital, hits Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on January 15, 2019.

The hand drawn, RPG driven game centers on Sachi, a mom who traverses the dangers and complexities of the Underworld after sacrificing her first born to the Sun Tree. From Stone Age to Steampunk, the weapons in the title are varied, along with the immersive world that Sachi encounters.

Smoke And Sacrifice is a one of a kind experience that we’re extremely proud to be a part of,” said Simon Byron, Publishing Director for Curve Digital. “Sachi’s plight and hunt for the truth is something that’s kept us gripped since the very start, and we’re elated to finally be able to reveal it’s coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4.”

Are you excited for this release and have you already played Smoke And Sacrifice on PC or Nintendo Switch? Feel free to comment below!

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Social RPG Adventure ‘Grimmwood’ Lands PC Release In August

Working together, in a world filled with competition, is a rare thing indeed, and the new PC game Grimmwood hopes to elevate the social mulitiplayer RPG experience. The game has players defend their village with up to 30 strangers amidst a mystical and unforgiving forest. With monster hordes attempting to eliminate humans from the environment, gamers must band together to survive this hellish experience.

The title, which hit Open Beta in early May, had more than 20,000 players experiences the game’s punishing “Blitz Mode,” where surviving on a daily basis may be a herculean task. Social chat and interaction are available in Grimmwood’s universe, and players, if they choose, can also end up double crossing their fellow villagers or voting out citizens who aren’t contributing to the overall experience.

A collaboration between Headup Games and Big Moustache Games, Grimmwood hits PC on August 2nd. Check out the release trailer below!

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Goblin Adventure Game ‘The Path of Motus’ Lands July 17 Release

During my many years as a gamer I’ve never played a title wherein a goblin is the main character in a story, but that’s not the only reason why The Path of Motus may be a keeper.

Three years in the making, the story centers on Motus, a young goblin who, though raised in a small village, has big dreams. Placing adversity in his path are numerous bullies who use the power of their negative words and influences in an attempt to stop his progress. As a fan of platform and side scrolling titles, I’ll definitely give the game a shot, especially since it has more than button mashing ambitions:

“When I was younger, I was interested in what made bullies act so aggressive,” said The Path of Motus game designer Michael Hicks. “As time went on I began to befriend some of them, and learned they had either been bullied themselves earlier in life, had really bad family lives, or were just simply jealous of other people; I kept all of this in mind as I designed the game. As Motus gradually grows from a child to an adult, you’ll get to explore the motivations of the characters you meet, and I expect you’ll have some surprising moments in the process! I feel the discussion around this topic often ignores the root causes of bullying, so hopefully this game lets us see how our own actions potentially contribute to this issue.”

The Path of Motus hits Xbox One, Steam and PlayStation 4 on July 17. Check out the release trailer and tell us what you think!

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Hand Crafted Adventure ‘Harold Halibut’ Swims To PC And Consoles In 2019

It’s hard to stand out in a world of video games, but Harold Halibut has an intriguing and ambitious look that may place it above the fray. The narrative exploration game centers on a lab assistant who was born on a submerged spaceship that crash landed on an alien planet that consists entirely of water. Harold spends his liquid days and nights dreaming of what Earth would have been like and he eventually becomes determined to find the mystery behind his adopted home.

Developer Slow Bros. created the models and puppets that inhabit the Harold Halibut universe, and a group of digital artists have rendered these objects into a virtual existence.

Harold Halibut started out as a dinner table conversation about the adventure games we played as children,” said Slow Bros. designer, writer, and composer Onat Hekimoglu. “We soon started building dollhouse sized sets and puppets in our bedrooms. The result works like a game but it looks like a stop motion film. Welded metal, carefully sewn textiles against tiny wooden floorboards, and clay faces the size of walnuts pull the player into Harold’s world.”

Published by Curve Digital, this hand-crafted title comes out in 2019 on PC and consoles. The Harold Halibut announcement trailer is visually jaw dropping and refreshingly offbeat – check out the video and tell us what you think!

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‘Shonen Jump’ Heroes And Villains Head For Battle In All-Star Driven ‘Jump Force’

Bandai Namco Entertainment America has announced that Jump Force will be released in 2019 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via steam. The game will feature characters from the iconic Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, and Naruto franchises, with the action taking place in such landmarks as New York’s Times Square and the Matterhorn in the Alps.

“With Jump Force, we are thrilled to bring to life Shueisha’s deep catalogue of beloved franchises that has produced some of the most popular pop culture characters to ever come from Japan,” said Bandai Namco Entertainment America VP of Marketing Eric Hartness. “Jump Force gives fans of manga and anime a dream opportunity to see their favorite heroes come to life in our world in a globetrotting adventure filled with explosive battles of epic proportions.”

Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think! 

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