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The famous troll "Hugo" raises $4.0M in private placement

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"Rik some ett troll" (rich as a troll) As we say in Sweden.

Way back in the early 90s i remember watching a tv-show that aired different kinds of Hugo games (not the point-and-click adventure series), you know. Hugo the worlds most famous troll? (sorry Athene). Well, guess what?

Hugo Games (the makers of the Hugo series) have received 4 million dollars in funding (as a private placement). So there will be a whole lineup of new Hugo related merchandise in the near future. There´s a Hugo mobile game in the making for example.

So if you are a fan of Hugo. Then you have much to look forward to!

Press release:
Copenhagen, Denmark. October 1st 2014 - In the 90’s, the screen troll Hugo made world history, being the first interactive TV-show ever. More than 500 millions viewers saw the TV-show worldwide. In the last couple of years, the famous troll have become a significant figure to mobile games and have without any marketing reached more than 25 million downloads. The company behind Hugo, Hugo Games, just announced that they have received $4.0M in funding as a private placement.

Founder and CEO for Hugo Games, which is located in Copenhagen, Henrik Kølle, consider it as a natural progression, that the company now has received the funds needed to take the next step within mobile gaming. Henrik Kølle says, “We have an exciting line-up of products within the next 12-18 months, where we will focus on cross-platform and with a strong cash-flow position you’ll notice us more active in marketing than before. Our experience with our first mobile game, with more than 25 million downloads without marketing, gives us a reason to believe that Hugo has the potential to be one of the most important characters within mobile gaming”.

“With a more significant presence within mobile gaming will contribute to the ongoing production of the upcoming Hugo movie ‘Hugo – The Worlds Worst Comeback’. There is signed a partnership with the Finnish production company Anima Vitae, which among other things, have made ‘Nico the Reindeer’, that sold more than 5 million tickets in Europe alone. Anima Vitae is furthermore involved in the work of Rovio’s YouTube channel, so it’s a company which has proven its’ worth and is the right partner for us. We believe that the future belongs to Hugo, the worlds most famous troll”, Henrik Kølle concludes.

About Hugo Games: 
Hugo Games A/S is a gaming and licensing company in rapid development. We are located in Frederiksberg which is a municipality located in the center of Copenhagen, Denmark. At Hugo Games we are working hard onmaking Hugo one of the world’s strongest characters – just as it was the case back in the early 90s, where Hugo was aired primetime on national television in more than 40 countries.

Hugo subsequently became a huge success as computer games on platforms like the Commodore, PC, Nintendo and Playstation. Following a decade in the shadow of many other great characters Hugo yet again surfaced and is ready to conquer the world. Within only a year Hugo has become a well-known brand on iOS and Android.

The first Hugo title on Android and iOS; Hugo Retro Mania, was released in November 2011, quickly outselling all other Apps in more than 25 countries, including Norway, Sweden, Germany, Turkey, Russia, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Thailand – and was awarded “Best Game of 2011” by FAAD (FreeAppADay) The second title “Hugo Troll Race” was released in the summer of 2012 and quickly became equally successful as “Hugo Retro Mania” and the number one downloaded title in more than 25 countries.

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Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson - The DX Pack

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The ultra virginity edition!

Sometimes i trip over games that are somewhat...ehrm, "different" from what i usually play. And yes, you guessed it. It´s a Japanese game. In this case, Marvelous Inc´s side-scrolling 3D brawler "Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson", for Nintendo 3DS (XSEED Games handles the publishing part).

Me, i didn't even know that there existed two games of Senran Kagura. Anyhow, i just watched the trailer for Senran Kagura 2, and what can i say. Let me give you a little clue. Anita Sarkeesian won't probably be the biggest fan of this game.

Let´s just say that there´s a very thin line between hentai and ecchi. But don´t take my word for it. Just watch the Senran Kagura 2 trailer yourselves (big NSFW warning on this one!). And it seems like XSEED Games will release Senran Kagura 2 in America, EU and the UK.

There´s no release date at this time though. So, would you buy the DX pack edition of Senran Kagura 2? ;)



robin
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The Gaming Ground

Cavern Kings b20 are now available on Steam

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Cavern Kings are one of the very best infinite action platformers on the market imo.

The people at Vine Studios got a lot of reasons to be happy at the moment. The most obvious one would of course be the release of the b20 version of Cavern Kings via Steam (you can buy the early access version for 9,99 Euro).

Nice indeed. And if you want to know more about the changes that´s been made in version b20. Then i would recommend you to checkout the Cavern Kings changelog for more info.

"We made it!

Thanks to the support of the journalists, bloggers and the public, we are proud to present the b20 version of Cavern Kings, now available on the Steam platform. We made a list of links, images and text that can be helpful if you decide to stream our game/talk about us. If you need anything else, just let us know and we'll be happy to provide."

About Cavern Kings:
Cavern Kings is an infinite action platformer designed to make every playthrough unique and interesting. Inspired by action-packed games like Vlambeer's Super Crate Box and the increasing difficulty aspects in Risk of Rain, Cavern Kings aims to explode with special effects in classical arcade fashion and create interesting synergies with its powerup system.



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The Gaming Ground

The Windows 10 preview are now available for download

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"The best Windows yet". Is that so?

Microsoft sure dropped a bomb on the world when they revealed that there will be no Windows 9. Yes, it´s true. And i was surprised as well (i watched the San Francisco event like everyone else). Instead Microsoft will give us Windows 10, and there by skipping Windows 9 totally.

And today i was informed that MS has released a public version of the Windows 10 preview. So you can actually download that preview right away (if you feel like it). I am yet to try Win 10, so i can´t say if it´s true or not.

That Windows 10 are "the best Windows yet". However, i like Windows 10 so far. Because it seems to be a mix of the best parts from Win 7 and 8, and MS have added a ton of cool (new) features on top of that. But one question remains.

Will Windows 10 be Gamer friendly?

Be a part of every step
Join the Windows Insider Program so you can be part of every key moment along the way as we create Windows 10. You'll get Windows 10 Technical Preview, all the builds as soon as they're available, and an easy-to-use feedback app.

Help us shape the future of Windows
With the Windows Insider Program, you’ll get all the latest Windows preview builds as soon as they’re available. This means you’ll be one of the first to experience the new ideas and concepts we’re building.
In return, we want to know what you think. You’ll get an easy-to-use app to give us your feedback, which will help guide us along the way.

This program is designed exclusively for people who want be involved in the process. So if you want to help us build the best Windows yet, we want you to join us.



robin
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The Gaming Ground

Scam warning! - Fake Youtubers scam indie game developers

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The best way to avoid fake Youtubers (and scammers in general). Is to look everyone up. In short, check forums and blacklist pages on the web.

Normally i don't get upset or angry that easy. But this really pissed me off. I don´t know if you guys already heard about this. But apparently there's a bunch of people that scams indie game developers on game codes (Steam codes).

How? They claim to be Youtubers, then they get preview (or review) codes for some indie games. Codes which they then try to sell via G2A or Steam community groups. This made me so damn angry. Not only because the indie game developes get ripped off (that´s pretty obvious. They work hard to make a living out of their games).

But also because people like us (that actually work really hard 24/7. Which we have done for 5 years now) get draged in the mud as well. Because now there will be a even bigger paranoia in business. So i thought of what can be done?

Well, there´s a number of things that we all can do really. So i took the liberty to make a little list:

1. If you spot a group (Steam or whatever) that are doing this kind of thing. Inform the sites webmaster asap!
2. Spread the word out about people that scam developes (if you got hard evidence that back up your facts)
3. Inform the developer/developers  in question directly. If you see some dirty business going down.
4. Start a Youtube scammers group/site, and do a blacklist over sites (and people) that scam developes 

This was my thoughts, opinions and suggestions on this topic. So please feel free to share your thoughts, ideas and so on.

Source:

Polygon

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The Gaming Ground

Tinykeep - Part 3 - The big ass skeleton bastard!

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For your own sake. I sure hope you don´t suffer from skeleton phobia.

So far, so good. But for how long? Because TinyKeep are full of unpleasant surprises. Traps, monsters and big bosses. And if i haven't mentioned it earlier.


There is no credits, extra lifes or save points in TinyKeep. So if you die, then it´s game over. That means that you have to start all over from the very beginning if you die. So, yeah.

There's like zero space for mistakes. And it was really close that i died while recordning this video. Because the The big ass Skeleton bastard, almost had me for good!



robin
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The Gaming Ground

Revolution 60 are now for sale to iOS and soon to PC as well

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Revolution 60 are for sale to iOS for $3,99. There´s a even a free edition of the game as well.

Back in August last year Giant Spacekat started a Kickstarter campaign for their adventure/action game "Revolution 60". And things went really, really well. Actually, Revolution 60 raised almost $13,000 in total. And now (after three years in the making) it´s finally time for the game to see the day of light to iOS.

And guess what? Revolution 60 will soon be released to PC as well!

Press release:
Boston, USA -- September 30, 2014 -- Indie game studio Giant Spacekat announced today that the Kickstarter-funded and the critically acclaimed iOS game, Revolution 60 will be coming soon to PC and is expected to launch later this year.

The team is also pleased to announce that the iOS version of the game is currently on sale in iTunes store at a price of $3.99 / €3.59 / £2.49. Revolution 60 is a story of intense character conflict where the main character lives or dies based on the player’s choices. The branching narrative takes gamers through 26 different battles - including four mini-boss battles - eventually leading them to a combination of 24 different ending variations and providing hours of replayability.

“We couldn’t be happier to announce Revolution 60 is coming soon to PC,” said Brianna Wu, Head of Development at Giant Spacekat. “Bringing Revolution 60 to PC has been something we’ve wanted to do since we first started development and we look forward to sharing the Revolution 60 universe with a whole new community of players.

About Revolution 60:
Years in the future, in Revolution 60 an American orbital weapons platform has drifted off course, threatening an international incident. Chessboard, a special ops group led by an artificial intelligence, has tasked a team to rendezvous with the station and regain control.

In this crucial mission players are cast as Holiday, a Chessboard assassin who must decide if her loyalty is to her friends or to the mission. Featuring a fully voice acted all female cast, players undertake a series of missions, and make difficult moral choices that have significant effects on the game outcome so that every ending is different.



robin
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The Gaming Ground

Warlocks - The final 24 hours on Kickstarter

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Warlocks are $3,000 short at the moment.

It´s the final count down for for One More Level´s action/RPG platformer "Warlocks". And it would be really sad if they trip on the goal line. Because they are so very close to reach the $25,000 Kickstarter goal now. There´s just $3,000 missing

But there´s still 22 hours left to go. So the game ain´t over yet. Not by far.  And if you're still not convinced about supporting Warlocks. Then just checkout my full gameplay video of the Warlocks demo (you will find the video further down the page).

 

Press release:
Krakow, Poland - October 1, 2014 - With 24 hours to go, One More Level S.A. would like to thank the 800 backers that have pledged over $21,000 so far for their Kickstarter campaign. Action brawler Warlocks, needs your support for the final stages of funding.

'We've had unprecidented love and support for our game,' said Max Strzelecki, lead programmer at One More Level S.A., 'but we still need your help. We're so close to funding and making Warlocks a reality!'

The web demo of Warlocks has been played over 11,000 players all over the world and has proved to be a hit with press and Twitch streamers and YouTubers alike.

Now, in the final 24 hours of the campaign, it's time for action!

About Warlocks

Warlocks is an action RPG/brawler game set in a fantasy world invaded by shadow monsters. Playing as an incredibly powerful Warlock and, by using magic skills and weapons, you fight through hordes of enemies. The game places great focus on co-op and versus play between players, where you can fight in 1-4 player DeathMatch or in teams of 1v1 or 2v2.

In the singleplayer/co-op campaign you have to clear your way through 6 different dimensions with unique enemies, bosses, and environments. You level up your character by slaying evil monsters and getting better and better items.

In singleplayer/co-op campaign you have to clear your way through the 6 different dimensions with unique enemies, bosses, and environments. You level up your character by slaying evil monsters and getting better and better items.



robin
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The Gaming Ground
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