Gamious to showcase 5 games at Gamescom 2014

Gamious are ready for Gamescom. Are you?

It seems like Gamious will attack Gamescom (13.-17.08.2014) with full force this year. Because they will showcase 5 different games in total. And those would be Briquid Mini, Medieval Mercenaries, Turmoil and Lines. So if your going to Gamescom, don´t forget to visit Gamious booth =)

Press release:
"Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Starting Wednesday the 13th of August, Gamious will be showcasing five games at Gamescom 2014: iO, Briquid Mini, Medieval Mercenaries, Turmoil and Lines. Gamious will be co-exhibitor at the Holland Pavilion in Hall 4.2, Booth C041/D040, where all 5 games will be playable."

iO – Action Puzzle – In iO you control a ball which can increase/decrease its size. Play with physics, speed and momentum to reach the exit as soon as possible. – Released on OUYA, to be released on iOS and Android after Gamescom,
Briquid Mini – Puzzle – Sequel to the successful tablet game Briquid. Build bricks and remove them to get the water in the reservoir. This challenging puzzler is coming to smartphones.– Release candidate for iOS, Windows Phone and Android shortly after Gamescom. (Links: online press kit, game website)
Medieval Mercenaries – Multiplayer Strategy – Build walls and soldiers to capture more land than your opponent in this snack-sized strategy game. – Playable Beta available right now. To be released on iOS and Android Q4 2014.
Turmoil -Simulation – Enter the 19th century oil rush. Search for oil, excavate it, and sell it at the right price. We want to share Turmoil with the public as soon as possible. – Pre-Alpha. Release 2015 on PC. Other platforms TBD.
Lines - Zen Puzzle – An abstract game experience where form is just as important as function. – Pre-Alpha. Release Q4 2014 on iOS, Windows Phone and Android.

"In addition to showing these games, Gamious is always interested in talking to other parties and happy to meet with developers, publishers, distributors, platform holders and indies. You can find us in Cologne at Hall 4.2, Booth C041/D040. Drop by to play our games and meet the team!"

/Robin E
The Gaming Ground

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn - The free trial begins now!

Will Square Enix new efforts with FF XIV pay off in the end?

It seems like Square Enix are really eager (and hungry) to gain more players for their mmorpg game "Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn". Because just recently Square Enix launched a free trail version (14-days) of Fantasy XIV. There will however be "some" limitations on available in-game activities in the free-trail version.

In case you wonder what those limitations might be. You can read more about it on the Lodes stone homepage). Square Enix has also added a reward system ("recruit a friend and earn rewards!") to A Realm Reborn.

And you can read all about it in the press release down below =)

Press release:
"Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Stockholm, August 1st 2014 – Players can now try out the critically acclaimed FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn online adventure for free. The 14-day free trial program allows new players an opportunity to join over 2 million adventurers worldwide who have already begun their journey throughout the realm of Eorzea.

By downloading and installing the free trial software, which is available at http://www.ffxiv-freetrial.com/en/, players can play for free for up to 14 days from account creation to a maximum level of twenty. Free trial players will have certain limitations on available in-game activities. More details are available on “The Lodestone,” the official FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn community page http://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/special/friend_recruit/ .

The online game offers a wealth of playable content updates, including the recently released, Defenders of Eorzea the Patch 2.3 update. It features Frontline, the three-faction PVP where up to 72 players can go head-to-head in direct combat; Chocobo Raising, where players can train their favourite feathered companion to reach its full potential.

Also starting today is the Recruit a Friend Campaign an easy way to invite your friends to play via the FINAL FANTASY XIV: Mog Station. As a special bonus, if an invited friend becomes a subscriber, you’ll get to enjoy a number of special In-Game Rewards."

If a friend subscribes for 30 days, you’ll receive:
Friendship Circlet (For Recruiters and Friends)
- Increases EXP earned by 20% when below level 25.

Aetheryte Pendulum (For Recruiters):
- Teleport to the aetheryte closest to New Adventurers on your friend list free of charge.
- The Aetheryte Pendulum can be used for any New Adventurers on your friend list, even if you have not invited them via the Recruit a Friend campaign.

If a friend subscribes for 90 days you’ll receive:
Draught Chocobo Whistle (For Recruiters)
- A special hand-carved whistle used to summon a draught Chocobo, capable of accommodating a second passenger when partying with others.

/Robin E
The Gaming Ground

Orbital Gear will be released on the 7th of August

orbital gear
Orbital Gear are a really intense Mecha multiplayer shooter game. 

I´ve got some really great news for you guys. Because due the fact that Night Node will release their mecha multiplayer/shooter game "Orbital Gear" next week. We received 3 Steam keys for Orbital Gear to give away =) So we will start a Orbital Gear giveaway contest by the end of next weak!

And you will be able to buy Orbital Gear via Steam on the 8th of August. So keep your eyes open for it as well ;) 

Press release:
"UPPSALA, Sweden, 29th July, 2014 - You arm your mech with some exotic weapons and slingshot yourself with the gravitational pull from planets to battle your opponents. You fly through space with high velocity and with a bit of skill you manage to destroy the other mechs and now you're in their base, wrecking havoc on their structures. Defeat your opponents with the planet scorching Kasainami, the black hole generating Phase orb or some other exotic weapon, the choice is yours.

Orbital Gear is a high speed multiplayer shooter featuring classic arcade gameplay. You choose one of four mechs and pick two out of twelve different weapons and manoeuvre your mech through space, using gravity of planets to gain speed.

Orbital Gear has two game modes: classic deathmatch with free-for-all fighting and Orbital Warfare where the goal is to destroy the opposing team's base. Your opponents are defeated either by having their base destroyed by direct firepower or through the collection of the fallen competitor's Energy Cores, which are used to charge a super weapon that destroys the opponent's base.

Orbital Gear will be available on the 7th of August through Steam and other digital download platforms for PC, Mac and Linux priced at $9.99."

/Robin E
The Gaming Ground

A Rite from the Stars - Kickstarter and Steam Greenlight!

a rite from the stars 
A Rite from the Stars are a stroy about a kid (Kim) that trys to become a man.

Not only has Risin' Goat (a Madrid based indie studio) released a new trailer for their upcoming adventure/puzzle game "A Rite from the Stars". They also informed us that A Rite from the Stars are now available on Steam Greenlight as well.

There will also be a Kickstarter campaign for A Rite from the Stars in the near future. So If this is any of interest to you. Then you will find the full press release and the new gameplay trailer further down the page. 

Press release:
"Madrid, 30 July - Risin' Goat presents A Rite from the Stars' new trailer and gameplay videos in order to prepare its upcoming Kickstarter campaign. A demo version is also on the way. A Rite from the Stars is a 3D graphic adventure, that takes pointing and clicking to an exotic, yet dangerous environment: The Mystical Island of Kaikala.

You play as Kirm, a mute boy from the Makoa Tribe. Although every Makoa child must overcome a rite of passage to leave their childhood behind, Kirm's one will be harder. Because he has been chosen by the Stars. In order to become not only a man, but a legend among his peers, he will have to master three paths.

These three paths are Wisdom, Courage and Spirit. Every one features a special mechanic and poses different kinds of challenges.

Wisdom is, of course, about the mind. Kirm will have to think sharp to go through an Ancient Temple full of traps. In this path, Kirm will be able to pick up items and carry them within each temple room. However, there is no inventory, so he will only be able to carry one at a time.

Courage is about the will. Kirm will have to get deep into Kaikala's jungle to reach The Beast's Cave, where his destiny awaits. However, he will not be alone in this path. Every Makoa has a deep bond with an animal from the island. With a meerkat to be precise. They are kindred spirits. The player will be able to control both characters at the same time, but he must be careful because their bond is so deep that the death of one means the death of the other.

Spirit is about the soul and its unknown ways. After some point, Kirm will be able to enter into the Spirit World, a twisted version of reality, where physical and logical laws are not the same. Using this power will make the surrounding world change: rocks may start talking, even singing, and every corner can hide a danger.

Each path can be completed in the order desired by the player and will be supervised by one of the Makoa's highest ranks: Ailani, The Chief (for Wisdom); Kekoa, The Hunter (for Courage) and Waha Nui, The Shaman (for Spirit). In addition, a Final Trial awaits once the three paths are completed."

- Pointing and clicking
- Three paths to complete in the order desired by the player
- An unique mechanic for every path
- A Final Trial
- Different endings
- No pixel hunts
- No pointless walks
- No inventory

/Robin E
The Gaming Ground

Teslagrad giveaway - 3 Steamkeys are at stake!

teslagrad giveaway
Teslagrad  are a neat game indeed. So i hope to record our first Teslagrad video today.

Yes, it´s time for another giveaway. And this time it´s the nice folks at Rain Games that has provided us with 3 Steam keys (Each key are worth 9,99 Euro on Steam) for their puzzle/platformer Teslagrad (for PC, MAC and Linux).

So we are giving them away to you guys =) And if you want to take part of the Teslagrad giveaway, you only need to comment on this post (don´t forget your email address!). And that´s it! So, good luck folks!

***The contest ends at night today***

About Teslagrad:
"A journey begins... A treacherous tower... Unravel its mysteries! Teslagrad is a 2D puzzle platformer with action elements, where magnetism and other electromagnetic powers are the key to go throughout the game, and thereby discover the secrets kept in the long abandoned Tesla Tower.

Gain new abilities to explore a non-linear world with more than 100 beautiful hand-drawn environments, in a steampunk-inspired vision of old Europe. You play as a young boy who suddenly finds himself embroiled in a long-forgotten conspiracy, involving the despotic king who has ruled the nation with an iron fist for several years. Jump into an outstanding adventure told through voiceless storytelling, writing your own part. Armed with ancient Teslamancer technology and your own ingenuity and creativity, your path lies through the decrepit Tesla Tower and beyond."

/Robin E
The Gaming Ground

Play the latest demo of Dragon Fin Soup at Gamescom!

dragon fin soup
I´m ready, Robin is ready. But are you ready for the Dragon Fin Soup demo at Gamescom?

If you backed up Grimm Bros RPG game Dragon Fin Soup (just like i did) then i got some greats news for your. Well, okay. "If" you plan to visit the Gamescom (Cologne, Germany) event that is. Because there will be a new playable demo of Dragon Fin Soup on site.

And you will find the Grimm Bros team (and the new Dragon Fin Soup demo) at the indie megabooth! You will find all the information you need the press release, (time, date and so on) down below.

Press release:
"Philadelphia, PA - July 31th, 2014 - Five-person indie developer Grimm Bros will be featured at Gamescom as part of the IndieMEGABOOTH from August 13-17th to show off the charming, classic console RPG-style game that blends tactical action and roguelike elements with tales of murder, madness and a splash of dark, humorous libations: Dragon Fin Soup. Since being Greenlit on Steam and funded through Kickstarter last Spring the game has only been shown off once before, at PAX East.

The new Endless Labyrinth Mode!
Now the team has new features, content, and even a new game mode to unveil - Endless Labyrinth mode. Delve into an endless labyrinth of twisted turns and deadly traps guaranteed to devour brave and foolish explorers alike! Share the seed code with friends to compete for highscores and fight monstrous bosses! Glorious death awaits!

Meetings will take place every half hour from 10:00-19:00, August 13-17th in the IndieMEGABOOTH (Hall 10, Booth# 34) at Gamescom, and will include a sneak peek at the new Endless Labyrinth Mode."

About Dragon Fin Soup:
"The world of Dragon Fin Soup begins on the back of Asura, a giant dragon-turtle god who swims the multiverse of space-time. Players can choose to unravel the tale of their character in Story Mode, embark on a journey to discover the wilds of Asura in Survival Mode, or get lost in an endless maze and fight monstrous bosses in Endless Labyrinth mode.

With a variety of compelling locations to explore, including spider forests, ice caves, abandoned mines, scorching deserts, mushroom forests and haunted mansions, Dragon Fin Soup kicks off the action with the tale of Red Robin, whose bloody dark past comes back to haunt her with a vengeance."

About Grimm Bros
Grimm Bros is a new indie RPG game studio, comprised of veteran game developers from around the world. With experienced team members located in Philadelphia, Bangkok, Chicago, San Francisco and London, Grimm Bros works together online making games from its various home offices, pubs and cafes.

/Robin E
The Gaming Ground

Teslagrad are set for a release by the end of the year

Teslagrad are multiformat a puzzle platformer made by the Norwegian indie studio Rain Games.

I just woke up to the news that Teslagrad are heading to pretty much every format there is. In fact, i received the information from Rain Games themselves (the devolopers of Teslagrad). Anyhow, this is the information that i was give.

Teslagrad will be release sometime during Q4 this year (to  PC, MAC, Linux, PS3, PS4, PSV and Wii U). There will also be a retail version of Teslagrad. There´s no price for the retail version yet though. The digital version got a price nailed down though, which would be $9,99 per unit via Steam.

So, are you excited about Teslagrad people?

Press release:
"Bergen, Norway; July 31st 2014 Norwegian game developer Rain Games and Dutch multiplatform publisher SOEDESCO are happy to announce a physical version for Teslagrad, which will be available Q4 2014 for PlayStation 3®, PlayStation 4®, Wii U™, PlayStation Vita™ and PC. After the great success of the IndieBox's limited handcrafted boxed edition, the popular puzzle platformer is about to reach new distribution channels with the assistance of an experienced partner. “We at SOEDESCO are very happy to work with Rain Games. We hope that we can share the magic of Teslagrad with everyone this year when it hits retail” said Hans van Brakel, Product Manager at Soedesco."

About Teslagrad:
Teslagrad is a puzzle platformer with action elements, where magnetism and other electromagnetic powers are the key to go throughout the game, and thereby discover the secrets kept in the long abandoned Tesla Tower. Gain new abilities to explore a non-linear world with more than 100 beautiful hand-drawn environments, in a steampunk-inspired vision of old Europe.

Unravel the story of the young boy who suddenly finds himself embroiled in a long-forgotten conspiracy, involving the despotic king who has ruled the nation with an iron fist for several years. Jump into an outstanding adventure told through voiceless storytelling, writing your own part. Armed with ancient Teslamancer technology and your own ingenuity and creativity, your path lies through the decrepit Tesla Tower and beyond.

/Robin E
The Gaming Ground

Panchito Chepas - The reboot on indiegogo

panchito chepas
My take on the Panchito Chepas demo.

Not so long ago i wrote about Pinodrom Studio´s point and click adventure game "Panchito Chepas" (i also made a playthrough video of the game just recently). Well, today i was contacted by Pinodrom Studio´s.

And i was informed that Panchito Chepas has been rebooted on indiegogo. There´s also a demo for the game now  (which you can download and enjoy). So i really hope that more people will give Panchito Chepas a fair chance now.

Because the game really deserves to reach the 6,000 Euro goal on indiegog. Me, i had a blast with the demo of Panchito Chepas. And speaking of which. You will find my playthrough video of the game down below! (spoiler warning!)

/Robin E
The Gaming Ground
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