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5Dec/193

Side by Side: Totally Reliable Delivery Service

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

Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly know you are terribly tired of seeing local multiplayer open world slapstick physics delivery games with wacky vehicles but, hey, here's Totally Reliable Delivery Service from We're Five Games anyway. Somehow, the Side by Side team barely scratched the surface of this one, more prone to exploration than getting on with, you know, actual deliveries. Really, take a look at this one because they had a right laugh. Oh and before you watch the video, please note the open beta is available on Steam right now for no pennies.

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28Nov/190

Side by Side: On Trailers

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

This time, Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly are having a fireside chat about trailers for local multiplayer games. They talk about trailers for games gathered from across the series and beyond - they travel from Sportsfriends and Hellfront Honeymoon to Botolo and Videoball. What gets the thumbs down and the thumbs up? And why? What's Joel's favourite local multiplayer trailer?

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21Nov/190

Side by Side: Wand Wars

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

This week, Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly have a real treat for you - Wand Wars from Moonradish. This beautifully polished game casts players as wizards or witches fighting it out for possession of the magical sphere, a weapon that gets progressively more dangerous with each throw. Is it a sports game? A PvP? Co-op? It is all these things and more. Wand Wars has an incredible amount of game content.

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14Nov/190

Side by Side: Daka Dara

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

This week, Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly take on their first digital board game, Daka Dara by Chris Fibsch, based on an old West African game called Dara. There are two phases to the game. In the first phase, known as the drop phase, players put out their counters one at a time in turn, preparing the ground for the second phase. The second phase is referred to as the "move phase" which is far too genteel a name. Joel prefers to call it COUNTER CARNAGE. Because it's all about COUNTER DESTRUCTION.

An interesting curio with music that wants to make you rip your ears off with a pair of pliars, it delivered a comedy Side by Side moment which never fails to bring Joel to tears. Although he does have to tell people which bit he finds hilarious.

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10Nov/1927

Behind the Poster

This is the first in a series of short musings on Control.

When I want to write about a game I like, it takes way longer than you might think. There’s an obsession to assemble an artwork of words that befits the title, something that feels as unique as the experience it delivered. That process never feels like a natural consequence of a great game; it’s not as if a game is an untapped seam of minerals and all I had to do was mine it for words. I’m looking for an essay that gives me peace, that looks like I've bled the memory directly onto the page. Write. Delete. Write. Delete. Go to bed. Format the drive. Start again.

I feel some remorse over my brutal carelessness towards a game which inspires derision. I can be cavalier with the words as all you have to do is swing that axe and the job is done. But what about the shrug game, the “meh”? How much brain juice needs to be expended on something that’s, uh, okay, I suppose? I will send my finest soldiers to the four corners of the world in search of exotic prose that conjures the most average of reactions. Now that’s real tricky, I think, as I write up my feelings after three hours of Control (Remedy Entertainment, 2019).

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7Nov/190

Side by Side: SSMP

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

This week, Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly float around a very indie take on Spacewar! in SSMP - short for Shoot Shoot Mega Pack - by Actual Humans. While it offers a four basic competitive modes which involve a variety of shooting each other or crashing into things, SSMP lets players craft their own modes by selecting mechanics from the large set of ingredients. Simple, easy to pick up, short rounds. The perfect party game.

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31Oct/190

Side by Side: BADBLOOD

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

This week, Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly become their true selves, vicious killers in BADBLOOD, a deadly game of cat-and-also-cat by Winnie Song. A split-screen top-down affair, two players seek each other out in the tall grass but one side is rotated 90° which makes it a serious mental workout. It certainly has the looks - but how does it play in practice?

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24Oct/190

Side by Side: Inversus

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

This week, Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly face off in a black and white world with parkour -- wait, no, this isn’t Chambara. This is the arena shooter Inversus (Hypersect, 2016), touted as “negative space combat”.

A black player can only move around in white-space and a white player can only move around in black-space. Player’s bullets will turn space to their colour, so the lay of the land constantly changes. There’s also a co-op mode which pits the players against endlessly spawning hostiles… but the magical PvP is where it’s at.

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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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