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Shelter (2013)

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Shelter is a recently announced title from Might and Delight, where we must defend our litter of badgers from the dangers of different environments in a uniquely crafted world.

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Latest News

16/05/2013 Shelter will release a gameplay video soon and has released a few concept art pieces that can be found in the gallery.

15/04/2013 Shelter is officially announced, with its page on Steam and is aiming for the Steam Greenlight.

Ongoing Commentary

This is what I love the most about Indie gaming. You see, any concept or idea can be produced whereas bigger developers for obvious reasons (financial, not willing to take risks etc.) would never dare produce some of the games that indie developers have brought to the market.

The latest game in question is Shelter, from the creators of the platformer last year called Pid, which with cardboard cut out style of graphics will put into the role of a badger mother, who forced away from their safe and familiar environment must venture with her young to find new environments, though there are dangers lurking about. Now seeing as this game is focusing on animals, the developers have stated how they want to create a bond between the player and the family you will get to know and protect.  With no dialogue whatsoever, this is a game that will appeal only to a certain gamer though I’m hoping the experience if played through will be something that sticks with you long after, like Ico or Journey.

Now while there is little at the moment on gameplay, we do know for certain that it is a that the game will be in third person (possible first person?) with a single player campaign. The environments will be diverse and many and with its own art style, this could be a true treat for the eyes. While the other creatures and predators haven’t been announced, there locations will not be randomized and there seems to at least be a weather dynamic, meaning we may have to venture through storms as well as the sunlight. The developers have stated that while there will be a peaceful mood while playing the game, expect to keep on your toes in the harsh reality of the animal kingdom.

Since Shelter was announced only recently, this is a title any fan should keep close to as there is sure to be more updates soon on this unique title. Like or Follow to stay up to date with the latest for Shelter.

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Official Site – http://www.shelterthegame.com/

Reus

Reus (2013)

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A god game created by Abbey Games where instead of controlling and assisting the inhabitants in the world, you are the one shaping it with the powers of nature in your palms and ancient giants to call upon, this 2D style perspective game is something new and exciting for the genre.

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Many god games have you put in control of the fates of the men and women who inhabit the world, eventually creating the largest and most powerful society you can while trying to survive. Now there have been many different takes on the playing god role, yet Reus takes this in a direction that many would never expect could be used within the game genre yet Reus coming for release very soon now, 16th of May, seems to have got the cards right to deliver a fresh and unique experience.

Already what stands out is the 2D perspective and world of Reus, which is very colourful, bright and its own distinct style. This world which you will be able to manipulate through the forces of nature with the assistance of the giants which are each force incarnate (for instance there is the Forest Giant, which brings nature to your world, Water and Earth for shaping seas,ecosystems, mining) allowing you to shape the world however you want, with each different landscape with its own art style.

Here is an example of how you’ll manage the world. Using the water to wet the surface of your initially barren planter, to create a forest area, then fruit trees, randomly, then people move in, take care of humans who create villages and expand, grow in many ways, projects such as granaries, which improve city produce. Or creating chickens will bring foxes and rabbits to the world which you’ll be able to expand with blueberry trees. Even with the little gameplay available to us, it is pretty obvious that the game won’t shy away from the challenge and extensive technology tress present in such games.

This all happens as your inhabitants walk around your world during their everyday tasks though the biggest task will be the one you’ll have to face; human greed. Indeed human’s if spoilt or not taken care of, may start rebelling against one another or even against the very Giants, who stand in the background of your world, watching over your creation. It’s a great concept that the very forces of nature and how much you influence the land can either spell the beginning or end to your game.

The audio present in the game sound good at the moment with variety of mood and instruments, which I’m sure will be much so when the final version is out and the music composer can be found here – http://braveburgerrecords.bandcamp.com/album/reus-soundtrack

Reus takes a different approach, both visually and gameplay wise, to the popular god games and it will be interesting to see this game in proper action once it is released with a beautifully made world ready for all you fans.

Reus is available on Steam, Gamersgate, GOG.com and Desura.

Official Site – http://www.reusgame.com/