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21Nov/172

Side by Side: N++

Side by Side is a video series on local multiplayer games. This is the third series, episode 5 of 5.

We've taken a different tack for the new series, deciding to spend a lot more time on each game. This means we have fewer episodes but each one is a lot longer than before. As this is the series conclusion, we will release a "desperately seeking feedback" video in two weeks time.

In this episode, Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly tackle Metanet Software's magnum opus platformer N++. The meat here is both lean and tough... and we're not sure if that metaphor actually works.

There's a wicked purity to N++ that appeals, a brilliant crispness to its design. This is no easy-going party game as it is designed for the hardcore, the nimble of finger. N++ is arranged in sequences of five levels and you will often be stuck on levels for longer than you'd think. If you're not the best player, the game is extremely tactical, an exercise in finding the route that incurs the least risk. There's no point including a crazy jump into your plan that you can only pull off 1 in every 20 attempts.

N++ offers not just one but two local multiplayer modes: competitive and cooperative. Both are enormous fun although we did our utmost best to track down a few subtle flaws.

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14Nov/1711

Discussion: Ethan Carter’s Stories Untold

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7Nov/170

Side by Side: Johann Sebastian Joust

Side by Side is a video series on local multiplayer games. This is the third series, episode 4 of 5.

This is the bonus episode. I brought Joust along to show Gregg what all the fuss was about to our Side by Side filming weekend. We only intended to have four episodes (in fact that was also an increase on the three I'd originally planned as the Side by Side swansong) but I realised we could package this up as an extra episode for the series - a companion to our Lemon Joust episode.

So in this episode, Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly escape the confines of the computer dungeon and head into the great outdoors to take on Die Gute Fabrik's Johann Sebastian Joust. And Joel gets to report a bug.

The Joust game footage featured in the credits was taken on the Red line in Boston, PAX East 2014. The full footage can be found on YouTube.

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26Oct/170

Transmission: Recursed & Friends

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One hour. Six games.

Stream tonight, Thursday 26 October, and will begin at 2200 UK, 2300 Central Europe, 1700 EST. My Twitch channel can be found at twitch.tv/electrondance.

I will talk about the following titles, four of which are puzzle games:

This will be more sedate than the Cryptark stream so it will be much easier to respond to any questions you might have.

Update 27 October. The stream went ahead and was signficantly longer than anticipated... whoops. It's been archived on stream. Sorry about the sound of the games being so quiet. Also, a lot of footage of Tricone Lab and a little of Recursed seems to have been lost by Twitch.

24Oct/170

Side by Side: Sumer

Side by Side is a video series on local multiplayer games. This is the third series, episode 3 of 5.

We've taken a different tack for the new series, deciding to spend a lot more time on each game. This means we have fewer episodes but each one is a lot longer than before. A new episode will be released every two weeks.

In this episode, Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly look at something quite fresh and exciting: a digital boardgame that inherits from the great M.U.L.E., the early access title Sumer from Studio Wumpus.

Sumer tackles some of M.U.L.E.'s weaknesses head-on as well as offering an experience which is distinctly not M.U.L.E.. Does it work? It would be unfair to judge this game which is not yet at final release. We both had a great time yet had some reservations. Sumer is harder to grasp than M.U.L.E. and puts players under much more stress. Your biggest challenge, however, may be finding players to join you in the ziggurat.

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10Oct/170

Side by Side: The Unholy War

Side by Side is a video series on local multiplayer games. This is the third series, episode 2 of 5.

We've taken a different tack for the new series, deciding to spend a lot more time on each game. This means we have fewer episodes but each one is a lot longer than before. A new episode will be released every two weeks.

In the second episode, Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly travel back to 1998 to explore a spiritual sequel to Archon... The Unholy War!

Like Archon and Archon II: Adept, The Unholy War is a strategy/beat 'em up hybrid but with the complexity somewhat multiplied, thanks to the modern technology of the Sony Playstation. Every button has its function, every character has its day and every hex has its surprises. But is there too much here? Too many layers that detract from the simplicity of Archon? And where are the modern-day Archons - why is The Unholy War the end of the bloodline?

Since making the video, we've uncovered a Playstation 2 game called Wrath Unleashed (The Collective Inc., 2004) which is uncannily similar to The Unholy War. There are a few titles here and there, but there isn't really an Archon today. Still, as a bonus, we insist you check out the incredible Japanese port of The Unholy War, Majokko Daisakusen: Little Witching Mischiefs.

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3Oct/176

The Sleeping Palace

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The big gimmick of ECHO (Ultra Ultra, 2017) is cited in every review, interview and video about the game: you’re trying to stealth and shoot and jostle your way through hundreds of opponents who all look like you and learn from what you do. But don’t go rushing in expecting the world’s best enemy AI - just a clever mechanic.

The big gimmick of ECHO that ain’t cited in every review, interview and video about the game is how long it takes to get to the action. It’s War and Peace long. It’s heat death of the universe long. But it’s not just long, it’s good.

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1Oct/1725

Discussion: The Birthday Party

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28Sep/176

Transmission: Cryptark

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I continued to play twin-stick roguelite Cryptark (Alientrap Games, 2017) after engaging with it for Side by Side. It’s become one of my favourites this year and, rather than put down some words on it, I’m trying my hand at a Twitch stream.

WHAT

How did this come about? Well, many of my game thoughts never make it into articles because they’re just not meaty enough for a dedicated post. I pondered whether it would be worth live-tweeting a gaming session to get some of these thoughts out there… and it struck me that perhaps I could just stream as I already had all the relevant equipment.

So, yeah.

The Cryptark stream will be tonight, Thursday 28 September, and will begin at 2200 UK, 2300 Central Europe, 1700 EST. My Twitch channel can be found at twitch.tv/electrondance.

These days, I usually make it all the way through to the Cryptark, so that’s what I’ll attempt to do while making observations about the game as I progress. The stream will last 45-90 minutes. I plan to keep an eye on the chat, but forgive me if I'm wiping out drones instead of replying to questions.

UPDATE 29 Sep: Here's the archived transmission.

26Sep/170

Side by Side: Cryptark

Side by Side is a video series on local multiplayer games. This is the third series, episode 1 of 5.

We've taken a different tack for the new series, deciding to spend a lot more time on each game. This means we have fewer episodes but each one is a lot longer than before. A new episode will be released every two weeks.

In the first episode, Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly explore dangerous space hulks in search of the Cryptark!

Cryptark is a roguelite primarily designed for a single player but offers a co-op if you've got a friend willing to join you for the ride. But if that friend keeps blowing you up with his accidental grenade tosses... maybe it would've been better to go alone?

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