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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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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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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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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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15Aug/175

Side by Side: Abyss Odyssey

Side by Side is a video series on local multiplayer games. This is the second series, episode 10 of 10.

Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly descend into the dark co-operative depths of Abyss Odyssey!

  • This is a single player game first and foremost, the co-op mode is bolted on
  • Abyss Odyssey a roguelike adventure with fighting sections that Gregg likens to Smash Brothers
  • When Gregg played single-player after we made this video, he really enjoyed the game
  • The soundtrack is amazing

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Thanks for sticking with us for series two. Side by Side returns for a third series next month!

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8Aug/170

Side by Side: Gang Beasts

Side by Side is a video series on local multiplayer games. This is the second series, episode 9 of 10.

Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly beat the living daylights out of each other in Gang Beasts!

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1Aug/174

Side by Side: Vomit Crabs

Side by Side is a video series on local multiplayer games. This is the second series, episode 8 of 10.

Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly walk sideways and vomit on each other in the ohmygodmyeyes crab vs crab contest, Vomit Crabs!

  • This isn't suitable for children as the madlibs at the bottom of the screen sometimes contain swear words
  • Deliberately awkward controls
  • The game is as mad as you can want it to be
  • We suspect it's better with three or four players

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11May/179

Side by Side: Crawl

Side by Side is a video series on local multiplayer games. This is the second series, episode 7 of 10.

Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly are the real monsters in the unique multiplayer dungeon crawl, Crawl!

  • We recorded this two years ago when it was topical and on early access, so well done Joel for the fast turnaround
  • Crawl is fun, albeit a little complicated - party game for the right crowd
  • Although can be played with 2 human players, we suspect it is better with at least 3

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21Mar/172

Side by Side: Magicka 2

Side by Side is a video series on local multiplayer games. This is the second series, episode 6 of 10.

Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly aim at the monsters yet totally kill each other dead in Magicka 2!

  • We agreed it was funny
  • We agreed it was fun
  • We agreed it took a while to show it's true colours
  • We agreed to agree

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