Friday, November 27, 2015

The Friday FREE GAME Feature! Ep44: Enviro-Bear 2010

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I bring you a game about rushing around, stuffing your face and taking long naps... and a driving bear!

Enviro-Bear 2010 is a driving game with good doses of both physics and humor. You play as a bear preparing for hibernation, filling its belly with fish and berries before winter hits... all while driving a car.

Absurd? Yes. Fun? Also yes! The controls are easy to learn and difficult to master. Click-and-drag is pretty much all you need to do, but getting the car in gear, hitting the gas and steering all have to be done separately. In addition to foraging, you have to maneuver around trees and rocks. Failure to do so often throws extra stuff in your car that gets in the way - from leaves and rocks to bees and badgers!

Physics also play a pretty significant role, as items can get stuck under your pedals or push them down (if heavy enough). It's actually a fair tactic to set the egg timer found in the car on the gas pedal if you need to gun it!

You only have a few minutes to find that much-needed food and shelter before winter sets in, and things get slightly more difficult each year (level). Later on, simply having to take a moment to toss an angry badger out the window may prove lethal.

In all, Enviro-Bear 2010 is a silly and entertaining title that hasn't got the fame it really deserves. It should be right up there alongside the Flappy and Angry Bird titles dominating the handheld market.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Hitman 2: Silent Assassin currently FREE
To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Hitman series, Square-Enix is giving away Hitman 2: Silent Assassin for a limited time!

Create an account, put the game in your cart, add the promo code FreeSilentAssassin and there ya go! NA users get a Steam key, while some other areas are reporting only a download. In any case it's still free, so enjoy!

Click here to go to the game's store page!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

New Minecraft Minis, Swords & Heart Health Bar!

I've been busy with custom orders, but found some time to add a few new items to my Etsy shop
First up, a new diamond sword and a mini health bar!
The previous (more blue colored) sword will still be available as "enchanted". You can select how full the health meter is - from half a heart to a full 3 hearts. Click here for more info.

Also, 5 new minis added - Zombie, Slime, Enderman, Wither and Zombie Pigman! As usual, keychain and magnet options are available for all items. Check out the full selection of Minecraft Minis here!

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Friday FREE GAME Feature! Ep43: Shattered Hourglass

Play as a time mage that's being hunted down!

Shattered Hourglass is a classically-styled RPG with some modern additions to character development. You play as Duran, the last time mage, who is currently being stalked by a mysterious enemy known as Mage Slayer.

The game features many of the things you'd expect to see in oldschool RPGs - stats, levels and experience, skills, equipment and the ability to add NPCs to your party. In addition, there's more character progression via jobs (which seem like multi or prestige classes) as well as a karma system. These features come standard in most games of the genre today, and are a welcome addition here!

The gameplay is very oldschool: turn-based combat staring at an enemy screen (think classic Phantasy Star or Dragon Warrior), navigating through 2D mazes and random encounters. This can be a turn off for those with little time or patience, and overall slows down the pace. As much as I liked classic RPGs back when they were new, even I feel they're kind of slow looking at them now. I'm not saying they're a waste of time, but you definitely need to free up your schedule a bit if you want to make real progress. That said, this title allows you to save at pretty much any location - another handy feature sorely missing from games of the past.

It's also worth noting that this title doesn't mind poking fun at itself or others. You're given an option right away to play in either 'Vanilla' or 'Silly' mode, the latter of which adds a good deal of comedy and content to your game experience.

In the mood for classic role-playing with a generous amount of humor? Then check out Shattered Hourglass!

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Friday FREE GAME Feature! Ep42: WizardWizard

Double-jumping, key-grabbing platforming action!

WizardWizard is a short but challenging platformer with a charming retro look. You play as a wizard whose only real powers are the ability to double jump and respawn a lot. You're on a mission to save a princess from a big bad with lots of obstacles in the way.

I keymapped a controller (as the game natively uses the keyboard) and it was very responsive. I've said it before - a platformer must have tight controls - and that's certainly the case here. My deaths were my fault, not the game's, which is good.

Aesthetically speaking, the title has a retro charm with several small modern effects (like the glowing moon and torches) which I really enjoyed. The game's premise is a handful of well-worn tropes, but that doesn't really affect the gameplay.

I suppose my only real complaint might be how short the game was. 25 levels went by relatively quickly, even with all my blunders. That's more of a compliment though as the game was enjoyable enough that I would've gladly played on!

So there you go, WizardWizard was a bite-size bit of afternoon platforming fun!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Minecraft Minis & Swords in Etsy Shop!

 Minecraft Minis are here! These make great decorations for small spaces! You can purchase them in my Etsy shop as is, or upgrade them to a keychain or magnet!

If you prefer a slightly larger (and more accurate) sword, check these out! Keychain and magnet options are also available!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

ShenansPixels Etsy Shop Now Open!

Announcing my new Etsy shop, ShenansPixels, specializing in Perler bead creations of video game and cartoon characters!

First up, the members of Teen Titans Go! done in a Mega Man inspired art style! You can purchase each hero separately or bundled as a set (with a discount)!

Check out my shop: - Minecraft stuff coming soon!

Friday, November 6, 2015

The Friday FREE GAME Feature! Ep41: A Night in the Woods

A haunting look at survival in a dark and lonely future.

A Night in the Woods is an interesting experience. I'm inclined to call it art more than a game, as there's not much mechanically going on... but it makes up for that big time with atmosphere and exposition.

The title screen appears briefly, then drops you right into the game itself. It's dark, and you've stumbled upon what seems to be a long-abandoned town, though the street lights are still functioning perfectly. Crickets chirp in the background, but it's otherwise quiet. Being dark and cold, you're tasked with collecting scrap paper for kindling.

At first glance, the game appears to be a horror title. It has a dark and lonely setting, you've no way to defend yourself, and early on you find a flashlight. This keeps you guessing as to if there's any danger ahead, bringing the tension up a bit.

As you scavenge for kindling, you discover notes, books and newspapers hinting at what led to the world you now inhabit. The game gives us a glimpse of a possible (and rather bleak) real-world future based on present day issues.

A Night in the Woods is a thought provoking and atmospheric title with a cautionary warning as to where we may be headed. I felt like I was inside an episode of The Twilight Zone, which made for a unique and satisfying experience.