Valve’s Steam Dev Days, a two-day developer’s conference in Seattle, will kick off this Thursday, and Vlambeer’s Rami Ismail has some pretty radical speculations on announcements Valve might make at the event. Even if he’s completely wrong, it’s still an interesting perspective on the Steam platform and the business of independent game development.
Damn near every retailer is holding some sort of mega sale at the moment, but if there's one thing better than cheap games, it's free games, and this week saw a bumper crop of fun, weird titles released for precisely no-monies. Read on for the best piece of theatre I've ever played, a stunning sci-fi glitchfest, theft of the highest order, Driver from Drive's favourite browser game (probably), and a game where oh God what have you done. Enjoy!
It seems like only yesterday (correction: it was only yesterday plus another 11 days) that Vlambeer's Wasteland Kings was rebranded as Vlambeer's Nuclear Throne, and now the post-apocalyptic mutanty roguelike-like-like is available to buy via Steam Early Access. If you enjoy paying for things before they're done, you'll be given access to (at the current point in time) four worlds, seven characters, two boss fights and "a huge range of weapons, skills and randomly generated goodness". In the game of thrones, you win or you die. In the game of Nuclear Throne, you'll be doing a fair bit of both.
Wasteland Kings, Vlambeer's post-apocalyptic roguelikelikelikelike is no more. It has ceased to be, bereft of life - but in its place you'll find the eerily similar Nuclear Throne. Upon closer inspection, it's the same damn game, only with a brand new name that couldn't possibly be misinterpreted as having something to do with the revived Wasteland series. If you don't believe me, see/hear it in Vlambeer's own words below (skip to the 32-minute mark), along with a bonus explanation for the game's sudden remonikering.
Two-person Dutch development team Vlambeer has released a pair of its games for free to celebrate the studio's third birthday. The two games include a prototype version of Wasteland Kings, the team's current project, and Gun Godz, a roguelike shooter tipping the corner of its pixelated hat in the direction of the original Wolfenstein.
Vlambeer's Wasteland Kings was originally created as part of the last Mojam gamejam. Now the Super Crate Box developers plan to level-up the action roguelike, expanding it into a full game. After months of work, the game is due to pillage Steam soon after Gamescom, with its Early Access development to be livestreamed through their website.
Mojang's Mojam, the charity game making competition, has come to an end. Teams had three days to make a game themed around a choice of words from a list including Nuclear, French, Endless, War, Kittens, Spaceship and Pizza. As a result, a game called Nuclear Pizza War now exists. Still, at least we've avoided Endless Kitten Pizza. That would just be bleak.
It's 2013, so obviously giant mechs are assaulting Neo Tokyo. This is just the sort of problem we didn't have to deal with back in boring old 2012.
Vlambeer, developers of the frantic arcade shooter/platformer Super Crate Box, have released the free Techno King to celebrate the new year and the weird challenges it promises to bring.
Super Crate Box slyly shuffled itself into Steam's range of free games last week. It's been available for free download from developer Vlambeer's site for, like, ages, but has quietly launched on Steam as an experiment. According to Joystiq, Super Crate Box creator Rami Ismail didn't make any noise about the release because he wanted to see how well the game would do on its own merits, without media championing.