Are you tired of solving puzzles in one dimensional ways where developers force you to solve a puzzle in ways that they want you to, without being to use your creative brain to figure out the puzzles on your own? Well, apparently so is publisher 5th Cell. They’re so tired of you having to solve problems their way that they’ve come up with a very interesting way to remedy the problem.
So, here’s how it works. You write something, it comes to life. You use that something to help you solve problems. Sounds weird yet cool, right? Well, 5th Cell’s new Nintendo DS game, Scribblenauts, does just what I’ve describe. See, the game puts you in situations where you have to get a star to beat a level. In order to get that star, you have to tell your Nintendo DS what to do. So, you’ll write a word, like “football”, a football appears on your screen and BLAMO. You throw the football you’ve just created at the star and beat your level.
Now, that’s just cool. Check out what I mean in the trailer below:
There is no permanent release date for Scribblenauts yet, but we can expect it sometime this fall.
When Vivendi Games bought out Sierra Online, cool games were still being made and published by Vivendi, including Brutal Legend and the new Leisure Suit Larry game, Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust. When Vivendi was bought out by Activision Blizzard, that all went to hell.
We could probably say that acquisitions really aren’t good for kick ass video games.
Fortunately for both Brutal Legend and Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust, people still wanted to see these games. And that’s where Codemasters came in! At least for Leisure Suit Larry! Perverts everywhere are excited!
Check out the story:
The original Larry is now a movie mogul, but he’s got a problem…the studio across the road always seem to know what he’s making: there must be a mole in the studio! Uncle Larry turns to you, his nephew, Larry Lovage - to solve the mystery, after all, no-one would suspect a guy working in the mail room right?
Codemasters has said that the game will be published for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 in April. It’s almost time for dirty jokes and sexual innuendos. My favorite type of humor!
[Image courtesy of Codemasters.]
With Emerald City Confidential’s release date just around the corner (wait, it’s supposed to come out today for people with a PlayFirst PlayPass!), Dave Gilbert of Wadjet Eye Games has been busy making his rounds and being interviewed by lots of people.
Next up on his plate? An interview from the best adventure gaming source of all time, Adventure Gamers. The interviewer of this interview is Andrew MacCormack, who always loves to bring in those hard hitting questions like “tell us a little about yourself” and this interview was no exception!
We learn all about Dave’s wacked out world of Oz and what he was thinking while creating the game, why he chose to make a detective noir game, what Wadjet Eye did to entice those casual gamers and the achievement system in the game.
Sounds like a ton of fun right? Well, then go read the interview.
Remember that game, Insecticide, that came out for the Nintendo DS like almost a year ago? There was supposed to be a PC version out on the market and it was to feature cool things like voice acting, awesome graphics and cut scenes, but there has been little talk of a release date recently!
Well, a few months ago, South Peak Games bought out Insecticide publisher, Gamecock, and it was recently decided that the PC version of Insecticide was going to be canceled! At least that’s what someone heard over at The International House of Mojo.
These are the types of things that happen when a publishing company gets bought out! Just take a look at the crap Double Fine is currently having to deal with with ex-Publisher Activision. Lots of dramaz!.
This pretty much sucks, because I didn’t really like the DS version of the game and was really looking forward to checking out the PC version. Curse you, South Peak Games!
[Thanks to diduz for having the cajones to ask questions!.]
Well, I’ll be. LucasArts has FINALLY released a trailer for their new Indiana Jones game, Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings, which is pretty dang amazing seeing as there has been a lot of talk of LucasArts just abandoning the game. Or perhaps this is another phony trailer that they’re putting out to get all the fans excited about a game that may never come to be.
Check out the trailer:
Well, that was interesting. It could have been worse I guess!
The game will be hitting the Playstation 3, the Nintendo Wii, the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP, but when? I’m not so sure since apparently the game is still in development.
Dave Gilbert, the guy behind Wadjet Eye Games, is almost ready to release his new game Emerald City Confidential, which I got a chance to beta test. The game is going to be very awesome when it will be ready to download in February 2009. In the mean time, however, Dave’s got to interview his butt off, because that’s what you do when you’re almost ready to release the game!
Over at Bytejacker, Anthony Carboni has done a video interview with Dave in which he goes into a bit of details to what Emerald City Confidential is about and his plans for the new year. It sounds like Dave’s going to be very busy.
Check out the interview:
Not only did Dave get interviewed, he’s also written a guest blog post for Bytejacker. Check it out here.
[Image courtesy of Wadjet Eye Games.]
Recently, that fancy ass game development company, LucasArts put out a fancier book describing their famed past. In this book, there’s a ton of history you can learn about LucasArts and you get to see how cool they USED to be instead of the Star Wars loving, no creativity having beast that they’ve become. I mean, seriously. These guys had the best adventure games ever made and now… well, now it’s all crap.
But that’s besides the point.
The book, Rogue Leader: The Story of LucasArts, makes George Lucas look even more cocky, doesn’t it? But it does give us, the mere mortal human, an insight to some of our favorite adventure games of yore.
Check out the book summary:
Rogue Leaders: The Story of LucasArts — In 1982, George Lucas saw potential in the fledgling videogame industry and created his own interactive-entertainment company. Twenty-five years and dozens of award-winning games later, LucasArts has earned a prestigious place in the industry and in the hearts of gamers everywhere. Rogue Leaders is the first substantive survey of a videogame company—a deluxe compilation that traces its history through never-before-published interviews. In addition, more than 300 pieces of concept art, character development sketches, and storyboards have been lavishly reproduced to showcase the creative talent behind such videogame classics as The Secret of Monkey Island, Grim Fandango, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, as well as games that were never publicly released. A thrill for millions of videogame and LucasArts fans around the world.
Gamasutra, being the bad assed website that they are, has an excerpt from one of the chapters in Rogue Leaders that will give you a bit of a feeling as to what the book is about. I mean, why spend the $60 on the book if one chapter is crap? You can read the excerpt here. It’s about one of their first adventure games, made in the mid 1980s (when LucasArts was LucasFilm Games) called Habitat. I haven’t even heard of this game before. It’s a good thing there’s a book excerpt out there…
What happens when you take a classic interactive fiction adventure game, spiff it up with new features and put it on the Internet to be played in a browser? Well, you get Jolt Online Gaming making a new Zork game called Legends of Zork!
Not only will you be able to play this game from wherever you can reach an Internet browser, you’ll actually get to play Zork with other people! Yes, a browser game that is also an MMO! So, you can play it on your iPhone, your DS that can get onto the Internet and on your Windows Mobile phones. Not to mention your regular old PC.
Here is the story thus far:
The Great Underground Empire has recently fallen and the land is in disarray. The Royal Treasury has been sacked. The stock market has collapsed, leading even mighty FrobozzCo International to fire employees from throughout its subsidiaries. A craze of treasure-hunting has swept through the remnants of the Great Underground Empire. The New Zork Times reports that trolls, kobolds and other dangerous creatures are venturing far from their lairs. Adventurers and monsters are increasingly coming into conflict over areas rich with loot. It’s a dangerous time to be a newly-unemployed traveling salesman, but it’s also a great time to try a bit of adventuring.
Now, this is the sort of thing that I live for!
[Image courtesy of Jolt Online Gaming.]
Is the creator of one of the best RPG series, Richard Garriott, going back to his roots in Medieval Fantasy? Well, we can only hope. Garriott, the man behind the newer science fiction MMO, Tabula Rasa, thinks he just might. So what changed is mind? Maybe it was his recent trip to space that changed how he felt about the genre. Or, maybe he’s just tired of working on games that feature guns and aliens? How boring is the future? Pretty dang boring, if you ask me. Now, what’s exciting? Medieval fantasy.
I mean, there are swords and ogres and dragons and all that kind of crap! Stuff dreams are made of!
Well, according to this entry over at Wired, Garriott has said that he’ll “probably” return to the realm of Medieval Fantasy, which makes the fangirl swell with delight.
Here’s what Garriott has to say about his possible decision to come back to the dark side:
After 25 years at Origin, the last thing I wanted to make was yet another medieval fantasy game,” Garriott said. “Now, after a very interesting break, I’m keen to get back into the fray and work on a new game. Probably medieval fantasy and probably online; there’s something very powerful about getting people together
And this all reminds me… I started playing Ultima 7.5 again and stopped playing it. I need to get back to it, because that game is seriously addicting.
Ahhhh, the world is right again.
[Garriott's striking image is courtesy of NCSoft.]
Have you ever heard of GOG.com? Well, if you haven’t, then I’ll let you in on a little secret. GOG.com, which stands for Good Old Games, is a place where you can go to legally purchase and download older games instead of trying to steal them off the Internet! And one of the best parts about this website is that the games are pretty dang cheap to buy!
Where else can you go to get a classic game to download for $5.99? Sure, you can try Steam, but chances are, you’ll only be able to find newer games. And you probably won’t be able to find any adventure games, unlike GOG.com, which has a boat load!
Recently, GOG.com just announced that they will be releasing Broken Sword 2: The Smoking Mirror (which just came out yesterday) and Broken Sword 3: The Sleeping Dragon for download. And there are a bunch of other adventure games where that came from! Check out the catalog here.
Now, if we could see some old school LucasArts and Sierra games, this would be the best game download website ever created!
[Image courtesy of GOG.com.]