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Roguelike Dungeon Crawler Tangledeep Hits Kickstarter Goal Within First Week, Targets Holiday 2017 Release

Independent game developer Impact Gameworks today announced that their Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for Tangledeep has successfully passed its funding goal within the first week and shows no signs of slowing down. The roguelike dungeon crawler, inspired by the 16-bit “Golden Age” of gaming, is slated for a late Q4 2017 release on Steam for Windows-based PC, Mac, and Linux, with the possibility of additional platforms to be announced at a later date.

Tangledeep on Kickstarter: http://kck.st/2n8GvZ7

Tangledeep is a dungeon-crawling tribute to the golden age of RPGs, inspired by the lush visuals and music of such classic games as Secret of Mana and Chrono Trigger. Its strategic, turn-based gameplay combines the accessibility and polish of these games, and draws from a rich history of roguelikes from NetHack to Shiren the Wanderer and even modern dungeon crawlers like Diablo. Players can approach the titular, ever-changing labyrinth in a myriad of ways, using the game’s character job system and huge assortment of equipment to create a unique experience each playthrough.

The Tangledeep soundtrack is also highly notable, featuring two styles: an authentic, retro SNES version, and a modern version with beautiful orchestration and live-recorded instrumentalists. Largely including music written by Andrew “zircon” Aversa (the game’s sole programmer and designer), the Tangledeep soundtrack will also feature guest contributions by legendary composers such as Hiroki Kikuta of Secret of Mana and Seiken Densetsu 3 fame and Grant Kirkhope, composer for games like GoldenEye 007, Banjo-Kazooie, and the upcoming Yooka-Laylee.

Watch the Kickstarter trailer for Tangledeep on YouTube to learn more about the game directly from developer, Andrew Aversa, and see how the seeds of Tangledeep began as ideas scribbled down in a journal when he was only 10 years old:

For those interested in playing Tangledeep before becoming a backer, pre-alpha builds for Windows and Mac OS X are publicly available directly from the Kickstarter campaign page at http://kck.st/2n8GvZ7.

MouseBot: Escape From CatLab coming Tuesday, April 4 to iOS, Android and Amazon devices everywhere

Independent developer Vector Unit announced today that its newest title, MouseBot: Escape From CatLab will be available on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 for iOS, Google Play, and Amazon devices.

MouseBot is a zany and exciting free-to-play platforming game that will test players’ reflexes, skills, timing, and love of cheese! With over 65 challenging platform-style levels, players guide MouseBot through mazes of fantastical mechanical mouse traps created by the cat scientists of CatLab. Dodge giant metal Kitty Krushers, evade scary Mines and Lasers, leap over mouse-grinding Roller Graters, and platform your way across pools of bot-melting Acid on an epic quest for cheese and freedom.

“MouseBot started as as an experiment for us, a way to refresh our creative focus and try something different.  But the more we worked on it, its potential just grew,” says Ralf Knoesel, CTO and Co-Founder of Vector Unit.  “It’s something very new – a platform game with driving and jumping and a whole lot of robot-mouse-mayhem.”

MouseBot is free-to-play, with a “Go Premium” IAP removing all advertising and recharge times. The game supports touch screen controls, as well as gamepad and remote options.

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Dying Light: The Following – Enhanced Edition ‘Zombiefest’ event returns for a third time, threatens to deal a killer blow to the opposing side
After two Zombiefest events in Dying Light: The Following Enhanced Edition, the competition between the Survivors and the Night Hunters is tied 1:1. In the newly announced Zombiefest #3 (March 31st – April 3rd), players will finally have a chance to deal the final blow to the opposing team.   For the duration of the event, the Be the Zombie gameplay goes into the fan-favorite Hyper Mode, which means greater strength and immensely improved motor skills for both sides.

All “Zombiefest #3” participants will be awarded a Gold-tier weapon. Additionally, shortly after the event special ranks for both the victors and the defeated will be introduced to reflect the final result.

Fans can track the cumulative score of Hunters and Survivors live at dyinglightgame.com/bounties. The new ranks will be active for 3 weeks. The event runs from March 31st, 12 PM to April 3rd, 11:30 PM (Pacific Time). All players across PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One can take part.

The Steam version of Dying Light: The Following – Enhanced Edition is now 60% off. Visit Buy.DyingLightGame.com for more details about all ongoing sales.

It’s Good to Be Bad – Injustice 2 Trailer Features Super-Villains

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today unveiled a new Injustice2 trailer; It’s Good to Be Bad, showcasing some of the DC Universe’s baddest Super-Villains, from Gorilla Grodd to Bane. Players can get a glimpse of the fighting styles for some of the biggest Injustice 2 bad guys, and how they wreak havoc on their opponents.

To view the Official Injustice 2 – It’s Good to be Bad trailer, please visit: https://youtu.be/3XmYYDUt-H0.

In development by the award-winning NetherRealm Studios, Injustice 2 features a massive roster of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains and allows players to build and power up the ultimate version of their favourite DC characters. The game will be available for PlayStation®4 and Xbox One in the UK on the 19th of May 2017.

For more information about Injustice 2 please visit www.injustice.com . Join the Injustice 2 conversation on Facebook (https://go.wbgames.com/Facebook), Twitter (https://go.wbgames.com/Twitter), and official forums (https://go.wbgames.com/Forums).

The Keep releases for Mac OS X

Cinemax is proud to announce that The Keep for MacOSX, an old-school dungeon crawler with real-time combat, has been released today on Steam.


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In The Keep you will embark on a quest to explore caves and dungeons filled with monsters to slain, traps to avoid, puzzles to solve, and treasures to find underneath and surrounding the tower of evil sorcerer Watrys.

The Keep offers an easy to dive in gameplay experience with enough depth to ask for more. Every enemy requires different tactics during combat, every weapon class offers unique combos and by rearranging and combining runes that you have to find in the first place you can cast powerful spells.

Game features:
– An old-school first-person dungeon crawler with a modern twist
– Vast underground dungeons filled with traps, monsters, puzzles and treasures
– Three difficulties. The Keep will offer something for newbies in the genre, seasoned adventurers and for those who like to tackle with proper challenge—every difficulty level will have a Perma-death option.
– Rune magic—you can rearrange runes on a 5×4 board and then chain them together to cast powerful elemental magic (Fire, Ice or Lightning). Runes are scarce but there are a lot of spells, so be careful to pick the right combinations
– Captivating soundtrack
– English voiceovers with localized in-game text to seven languages – English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Czech and Hungarian

Show Off Your Skills in the Splatoon U.S. Inkling Open Tournament For a Chance to Win a Trip to E3 2017
When you play the original Splatoon game for the Wii U console, do you ever think to yourself: “Wow. I’m really good at this game and would love to put my skills to the test for the chance to win an awesome prize – maybe, I don’t know, an amazing trip to E3 2017 in sunny Los Angeles”? If so, this is the opportunity for you!

Battlefy is hosting an online Splatoon tournament across different game modes, including Turf War, Splat Zones, Tower Control and Rainmaker. Anyone ages 18 and up living in the United States with a Wii U console, the Splatoon game and internet access can participate. The winning team will win a trip to Los Angeles to attend the E3 video game trade show this June and check out what Nintendo has in store.

To enter, just find three other friends (and an optional backup) to join your squid squad and register your team at https://battlefy.com/splatoon.

The qualifying round (Turf War) is on April 22 at 11 a.m. PT, but make sure to log in early and click the “Check In” button an hour before tournament time. Once the bracket is seeded, you can set up your qualifying match using Battlefy’s Private Match Chat and then proceed to splat your way to hopeful victory. The top 16 teams in the qualifying round will then move on to the finals. In the finals, teams will play Turf War, Splat Zones and Tower Control in succession in single-elimination best-of-five play until only two teams remain. The Grand Finals will see the final two teams doing battle in Rainmaker mode to determine the winner. The finals will begin on April 29 at 11 a.m. PT.

2D RPG classic Heroine Anthem Zero announces its 2nd free story update, and new Artbook DLC!

Heroine Anthem Zero: Episode 1, the latest installment in the beloved Heroine Anthem RPG series, delivers a 2nd free story update to the ongoing saga of a warrior tribe protecting a world encroached upon by evil. Accessible directly from within the game, the story update revisits the village of Uzato after the 1st free story update offered in January 2017- what crazy adventures await the young Forest Keeper Wanin Sarem, and the mysterious cat-thief Shama?

Complementing the 2nd free story update, the Episode 1 artbook will be made available as a paid DLC, featuring a tremendous introductory discount price for the support our fans have shown us! The stunning visuals of the 2D RPG are completely documented in the new Artbook DLC, available in English on the Steam platform.

In addition to the art shown in-game, the artbook encompasses all available materials from the making of Heroine Anthem Zero: including concept art, level design, character roughs, special illustrations and detailed introductions to all the characters and locations. It is the essential companion guide and art resource to the myths, legends and reality of Heroine Anthem Zero.

All of the these new additions will be made available on March 30th, coinciding with a gigantic limited time price discount starting March 30th! There is no better time to discover the fantastic world of Heroine Anthem Zero!

Link to Heroine Anthem Zero Steam Page: store.steampowered.com/app/537990/

With an emotionally resonating soundtrack and beautiful visual art style, Heroine Anthem Zero is the first installment in an epic fantasy adventure game from WindThunder Studio.
Available in English for the first time, Heroine Anthem Zero features 2D side-scrolling movement and combat, with simple and intuitive controls. Explore carefully crafted side-scrolling maps and dungeons, solve interactive puzzles and discover hidden treasure locations for powerful items.

Featuring full voiceovers in Japanese and Chinese with English subtitles, exquisitely detailed 2D visuals will bring the world of Heroine Anthem Zero to life with its vibrant characters and stunning world setting.

Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed Combat series makes the logical move to mobile devices
Nexon in conjunction with XPEC Entertainment and Koei Tecmo Games have released Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed, the latest chapter in the iconic combat action series, for mobile devices worldwide. Featuring 48 legendary characters from the classic console series, players will set out on a quest to unite the three kingdoms by using powerful ancient weapons to conquer massive hordes of unrelenting foes on the battlefield. Mobile warriors can also reign supreme by challenging each other in a variety of multiplayer modes including cooperative play and real-time PvP.“The legendary characters, epic battles, and powerful melee weapons that players love from the Dynasty Warriors series have been transported to mobile devices in Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed,” said Akihiro Suzuki, Executive Officer of Koei- Tecmo Games and producer of the Dynasty Warriors series. “XPEC has captured the adrenaline-pumping spectacle of the console games, and that frenetic combat action is now available on the go.”

Players will unleash the power of fan-favorite Dynasty Warriors characters on the battlefield, including Lu Bu, Guan Yu, Xiahou Dun and Zhao Yun. Each warrior wields ancient armor and the larger-than-life weapons of their ancestors, with combat driven by unstoppable whirling blades, two-handed swords, polearms, daggers, spears, axes, glaives, scythes and more. Players will mow through the battlefield and smite entire armies with one fell swoop, executing combos, chaining together attacks and charging up to unleash devastating, screen-clearing attacks like the infamous Musou Rage. In order to fulfill their destiny and rise victorious against these unyielding hordes of enemies, players must unite the three kingdoms by promoting generals, building armies and unlocking additional characters. The detailed, stylized graphics keep the central focus on the action, running smoothly even as dozens of enemy units fill the screen.

Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed features many ways to play, including:

●       Conquest Mode – Challenging campaign for one or multiple players
●       Skirmish – Battle in real-time with up to four players
●       Boss Fights – Bypass the underlings and skip straight to the bosses alone or in co-op
●       Raid – Steal fragments from opponents in this multiplayer mode
●       War Supply – Strategically occupy mines and acquire resources

“Ever since the launch of Dynasty Warriors 2 back in 2000, players have been drawn to the series’ over-the-top action gameplay,” said Lawrence Koh, General Manager, Nexon M. “Nexon is honored to bring the devastating combat of Dynasty Warriors to mobile devices and share the experience of becoming a legendary warrior with longtime fans and a brand new audience of players around the world.”

Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed is available now as a free download on the App Store for iPhone and iPad and on Google Play for Android devices.

To learn more visit the official Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed website: http://unleashed.nexon.com/

Joycity Announces ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Tides of War’ Now Open for Pre-registration

JOYCITY, a Korean game developer and publisher, today announced the start of the Global pre-registration for its upcoming mobile MMO, Pirates of the Caribbean: Tides of War.  A new mobile strategy game inspired by the popular Disney blockbuster series, “Pirates of the Caribbean,” Pirates of the Caribbean: Tides of War features characters, ships and storylines based on the hit movies.

In-game, players will become pirates in the world of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” and will experience different playstyles with various strategies through building and ship construction and troops training. Furthermore, players can form an alliance to battle against each other or defeat common monsters floating the sea.  Equally, players will encounter familiar characters from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” including “Jack Sparrow,” “Captain Barbossa” and “Will Turner.”

“We’re confident that this mobile game will align with the quality and high entertainment value that fans have come to expect from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise,” said Hanseo Jo, COO, JOYCITY. “Players will be able to experience the same fun and excitement from the game as they’ve felt from the movies themselves.”

Global pre-registration for Pirates of the Caribbean: Tides of War starts on March 30, 2017.  For players who pre-register on Google Play, they will receive a special in-game gift when they reach Castle Level 5.

PS4 Technical Beta announced for GWENT

Gamers wishing to check out GWENT on PlayStation 4 will have an opportunity to do so starting Friday, March 31st, 19:00 CEST. The Technical Beta will end Monday, April 3rd, 09:00 CEST. The game will be available for download from PlayStation Store.

More information about the Technical Beta is available in the official FAQ.

About GWENT: The Witcher Card Game
In GWENT: The Witcher Card Game, gamers clash with their friends in fast-paced duels that combine bluffing, on-the-fly decision making and careful deck construction. The game is played over a best-of-three series of rounds, as players unleash their hand by slinging spells and diverse units with special abilities and use clever tricks to deceive their opponents.

That’s all for today!