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17Oct/190

Side by Side: Double Takes

Side by Side is a video series on local multiplayer games. This is the sixth episode of the fifth series.

This week, Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly have a little chat about games previously featured on the series they have changed their minds about and why. Up for discussion are:

And there a few mentions of other titles along the way such as At A Distance and We Were Here. If you enjoy the series, please like our videos and subscribe to the Side by Side channel.

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10Oct/190

Side by Side: Battle Bolts

Side by Side is a video series on local multiplayer games. This is the fifth episode of the fifth series.

This week, Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly input instructions and watch the mayhem play out in the turn-based tank-vs-tank game Battle Bolts from Second Shot. Each turn, players send four instructions to their tank in secret then watch the results. On the more simple arenas, it's a little Botolo in terms of reading your opponent's mind. But when you've got conveyor belts, teleporters and rotating plates then it's chaos unleashed and no amount of reading your opponent's mind is going to help.

Battle Bolts is available for PC from Steam.

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3Oct/190

Side by Side: Hellfront Honeymoon

Side by Side is a video series on local multiplayer games. This is the fourth episode of the fifth series.

Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly go all Starship Troopers in this claustrophobic, stripped-down RTS, which can be played competitively or as co-op. Take control of honeypots, build turrets or barracks, destroy the enemy. That's more or less all there is to it - but the Side by Side team found it compulsive. Just one more match, they said, again and again until their bodies became dried-up husks.

Hellfront Honeymoon is available for PC from Steam and Humble. It's also out for Sony Playstation and XBOX ONE.

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1Oct/199

Discussion: ELIZA[0]

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The developer’s best asset is the player, as prestige text adventure purveyor Infocom suggested in their advertising back in the 1980s. “OUR STORIES LACK IMAGINATION,” they proudly proclaimed. “Because Infocom's interactive fiction is designed to run on your imagination.”

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26Sep/192

Side by Side: Chambara

Side by Side is a video series on local multiplayer games. This is the third episode of the fifth series.

Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly don feathers, grab a shuriken and blend into the background in the split-screen deathmatch game Chambara. Initally attracted by its unusual, stark look, our team discover that besting your opponent is no mean feat. It also uses more than one button on the controller which, as you all know, means Joel is toast.

Chambara is available for PC from Steam and Itch. It's also out for Sony Playstation.

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19Sep/195

Side by Side: Lazergrrl

Side by Side is a video series on local multiplayer games. This is the second episode of the fifth series.

Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly assemble circuits and plant reactors with one goal in mind: to blow each other to smithereens. We're here to talk about Lazergrrl from Sandwich Generation, a competitive game currently in early access after a successful Kickstarter (which Gregg contributed to). Take a look and try not to waltz through any lasers, it's bad for your health.

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12Sep/1910

Side by Side: Fling to the Finish

Side by Side is a video series on local multiplayer games. This is the first episode of the fifth series.

Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly are bound to have some fun in the alpha (!!!) build of Fling to the Finish, an upcoming, madcap co-op racer from SplitSide Games. You might detect a slight echo of Heave Ho, but it's definitely it's own thing.

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7Sep/194

Side by Side S5: Teaser Trailer

It's September. You know the drill. Winter The new series of Side by Side is coming.

4Sep/1950

Go the Distance

I am a skillful operator in the field of self-deception. I said I was going to give my mobile gaming a rest. I needed to do other things on my daily commute instead of playing games, like look out of the window. That might sound like a joke to you, but I haven't seen a train window since I acquired a smartphone six years ago.

I uninstalled all the puzzle games I had been working on but there were a few evergreen titles that had to stay. There’s Dissembler (Ian MacLarty, 2018) for example, whose daily challenges can easily suck me in for weeks. But there’s also the roguelike Hoplite (Doug Crowley, 2013).

The last time I was on a Hoplite roll, I stopped playing because, after hours of commuting hours sacrificed to the sweaty swipe, I couldn’t earn the “Speed Run” achievement.

Cards on the table. 2019 has not been kind to me. I needed not merely a distraction, but a small victory.

I decided to take on Hoplite again. And this time... I would win.

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31Aug/1919

Discussion: Into the Green

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But not every day could be spent exploring the City of London, so some days were spent meandering through local parks. However, our new companions had not been trained in the art of walking-fu and needed a concrete goal for any adventure. Fortunately, they had already solved this problem and brought it with them on the plane.

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