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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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5Oct/1610

Side by Side: Affordable Space Adventures

Side by Side is a video series on local multiplayer games. This is the second series, episode 5 of 10.

Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly take off together for some Affordable Space Adventures on an alien world!

  • This is a co-op title for the Nintendo Wii U
  • The car horn is adorable
  • "Whoa whoa whoa whoaaaaa we got a little bit close there"
  • Nicklas "Nifflas" Nygren of Knytt Stories worked on this title with KnapNok Games

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29Mar/1622

Side by Side: Archon

Side by Side is a video series on local multiplayer games. This is the second series, episode 4 of 10.

Before there was The Unholy War, before there was Battle Chess, there was Archon! Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly battle it out as the forces of light and dark in a game of chess crossed with stress.

  • Archon was a big deal in 1983 and one of the Electronic Arts' first titles; it's success led to a sequel the following year
  • We're playing the original Atari 8-bit version on the Altirra emulator
  • Archon was developed by Free Fall Associates which was husband-and-wife team Jon Freeman, Anne Westfall together with Paul Reiche III. Freeman and Westfall left Epyx to start Free Fall; Freeman had co-founded Epyx as Automated Simulations in 1978.
  • Free Fall Associates were also responsible for a procedurally-generated murder mystery Murder on the Zinderneuf, which was overshadowed by the success of Archon.
  • In the sequel, Archon II: Adept, pieces were conjured at will, power points moved and strategy was based on contesting power across different elemental planes. Adept is more innovative, but it has some flaws (I like to single out the Apocalypse spell which is an attempt to skip the war of attrition strategy games can descend into).
  • Paul Reiche III went on to found Toys for Bob in 1989 with Fred Ford. Toys for Bob were behind Star Control and Archon-like The Unholy War.
  • Closing music is the theme from the 2010 remake, Archon Classic

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12Nov/154

Side by Side: Crypt of the Necrodancer

Side by Side is a video series on local multiplayer games. This is the second series, episode 3 of 10.

Instead of a Let's Play, it's a Let's Bop and Sway! Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly engage in some deep shoulder action with rhythm roguelike Crypt of the Necrodancer.

  • Crypt of the Necrodancer came out in April this year
  • "I just like dancing in the room!"
  • "Yeah Joel I'll come over and help you - oh I'm dead."
  • "It collapses to single player very quickly."
  • "Before we turned the camera on, we got to Zone 2!"
  • Closing music this week is "March of the Profane" from Danny Baranowsky's Crypt of the Necrodancer soundtrack

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