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19Dec/190

Side by Side: Disobedient Sheep

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

Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly look after some Disobedient Sheep in Sickly Dove's upcoming local multiplayer sheepdog simulator. In the standard co-op mode, players endeavour to keep the sheep out of trouble. Trouble can mean boulders rolling through the field, anchors falling from the sky or - even better - some dynamite thrown amongst the flock. It seems someone is a little too eager for the silence of the lambs. Additionally, there are numerous competitive modes such as competitive survival, where you must bark your opponent's flock into danger, and King of the Hill.

Joel was so impressed with this back at EGX Rezzed he quietly shuffled it out of the Dabbling With series in favour of an exclusive, detailed look in Side by Side. Developer Laurie James was kind enough to send him a pre-release copy for the series.

From what we understand, the game was pretty much done when Gregg and Joel played it and it was slated for a September release. Some issues unrelated to the development have kept it in a holding pattern and we planned to wheel out this episode on release week. Sadly, it looks like the release has slipped into 2020 - but there's nothing stopping you adding this to your Steam wishlist!

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12Dec/190

Side by Side: At Sundown

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

Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly go back to a game they encountered three years ago at EGX Rezzed - Mild Beast Games' At Sundown: Shots in the Dark.

Labelled a "hide-and-seek" shooter, players are invisible while lurking in the dark in this top-down multiplayer deathmatch. They can give away their location if they fire their weapon - provided a flash of lightning doesn't do it first. This makes At Sundown tense but when the tension pops, you often find players run around like headless chickens firing in random directions, desperate to fend off an invisible pursuer.

While At Sundown and concept-a-like Invisigun Heroes both entered the public consciousness in 2016, Kickstartered Invisigun Heroes beat At Sundown to release: Invisigun Heroes was done and dusted the following year while At Sundown just made it into digital stores this January. The two games are by no means identical but Gregg, having played both, admits he prefers At Sundown.

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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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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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