Apogee (@Apogee_Ent) and Strollart announced that Below the Stone, a retro-style roguelike, will launch in Early Access on Steam for PC and GOG in Q4 2023. A new demo is also available now on both platforms. The game will dig its way to Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4|5 and Nintendo Switch in 2024.
After earning a top-three “favorite indie” at OTK Games Expo 2022, and voted top-two favorite indie games at TooManyGames of 2022 and 2023, the highly-anticipated roguelike unveils what lurks beneath the surface of the Dwarven Kingdom, home to a long lineage of valorous and bearded miners ready to sacrifice it all to acquire the endless riches that lie below the surface. Grab a pickaxe and hack a path of endless adventure through procedurally generated caverns, caves and ancient ruins across more than 50 biomes.
Dive into the Dwarven Kingdom of Draggas and pickaxe a path through procedurally generated biomes. Craft tools to mine for raw materials, and merge rare metals and gems to unlock special stat-boosting items. Keep cave-dwelling gremlins at bay with magic powers, master melee and ranged weapons, and collect ancient artifacts and treasures laying deep within the mines.
Start out with the essentials of any fine dwarven explorer, a pickaxe and hardhat, and journey through five increasingly challenging underground layers. Complete missions from your dwarven allies to amass wealth and raw materials, and smelt dozens of unique metals and alloys to craft tools, weapons and gear for plundering the earth. Unearth rare metals such as Arcanium, Mithril, and Adamantine as well as mythical gems to spiff up and strengthen armor, or merge gems for powerful runes!
This 2D point-and-click adventure, conceived by the creative minds of Simon and Mike Woodroffe and developed by Adventure Soft, originally made its debut on the PC in 1993. The title influenced an entire generation of gamers and continues to be remembered as a major milestone in the history of interactive entertainment. To mark the 30th anniversary of the saga, Leonardo Interactive announces the 2024 release of Simon the Sorcerer Origins across all platforms. This prequel, made by Italian developer Smallthing Studios, tells a riveting tale of an unruly and irreverent young man thrust into a world brimming with magic.
This bold and ambitious project is driven by the passion and dedication of Massimo Calamai, Founder and Game Director of the Smallthing Studio, and Fabrizio Rizzo, Lead Game and Narrative Designer. The duo took inspiration from the iconic 90s classic to craft a fresh starting point that celebrates the series’ past, all the while embracing modern innovation.
Only players can save the Trolls Kingdom from calamity in DreamWorks Trolls Remix Rescue! Players will travel across the magical world of Trolls, from Poppy & Branch’s Pop Village to Barb’s Volcano Rock City and Cooper’s Vibe City, all to stop a melodic mastermind who’s trying to alter the Trolls’ musical harmony forever. They’ll be able to play as beloved Trolls characters like Poppy, Branch and more. Players can also create their own Troll to jump, explore, dance, and master the art of “Hair-Jitsu”!
DreamWorks Trolls Remix Rescue Features
Play as the Trolls – Choose from fan-favorite characters like Poppy, Branch, Guy Diamond and more on a magical journey across the Trolls Kingdom.
Customize a Troll – Players can create, customize, and play as their own Troll with a variety of hairstyles, facial features, outfits and more!
Learn the Art of Hair-Jitsu – Players can use their Troll’s hair to whip at enemies, twirl it to rise up and hover like a helicopter, and use it to grab, carry, swing, throw, and smash objects along an exciting quest.
Musical Mayhem – Compete to the beat in rhythm-based mini-games while solving fun and challenging environmental puzzles to unlock special new items and abilities.
Share the Fun with Friends – Play solo or together with friends in local cooperative play for up to four players.
Move to the Beat of the Trolls – The game soundtrack features music from DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls film franchise, such as “Get Back Up Again,” “Hair Up,” and more!
The charity that enables gamers with disabilities to play, SpecialEffect (@SpecialEffect), is launching its One Special Day event on Friday, October 6, a day of fundraising and awareness.
This campaign, which last year saw 90 games industry companies from across the world raise over $840,000 through corporate donations, sales revenue, and fundraising events, is vital in supporting SpecialEffect’s mission to help physically disabled people all over the world to access video games.
With demand for the charity’s services continuing to rise, SpecialEffect’s Founder and CEO Mick Donegan explains the significance of the event:
“I cannot overemphasize the importance of One Special Day in enabling our work to bring the joy of video games to physically disabled people across the world. Our team is facing an ever-increasing demand for all of our services - accessibility advice, assessments, the expansion and localization of resources such as gameaccess.info, our DevKit and our Eye Gaze Games website - and the generous support of the games industry in securing the future of these life-transforming, free to access initiatives is hugely appreciated. Despite the current economic challenges, we’re looking forward to celebrating One Special Day in the company of a truly amazing and supportive industry.”
The father of one of our beneficiaries summed up the importance of ongoing support for the charity:
“The SpecialEffect team visited our disabled 21-year-old son, Liam, to help him play games virtually independently for the very first time; to have been there to see the look of joy on Liam’s face is to know why all at SpecialEffect and anyone out there who contributes their efforts and or money for the charity are simply awesome.”
Since its inception in 2016, One Special Day has raised over $2M towards the work of SpecialEffect to help people with disabilities in the UK and all over the world.
If you would like to get your company involved in One Special Day, contact Nick Streeter or Liam Lawler via the official site.
Twenty of the most iconic DreamWorks Animation characters take the wheel in the fast-paced world of kart racing in DreamWorks All-Star Kart Racing! Shift, drift and jump at high speeds across a variety of fantastical tracks inspired by DreamWorks Animation’s many fan-favorite films. Blaze past the competition in fun and hilarious action for players of all ages with solo as well as online and local split-screen multiplayer modes.
DreamWorks All-Star Kart Racing will be available for $39.99 as a standard physical or digital copy, or get the Digital Deluxe Edition for $49.99, which adds two extra characters and their karts to the game: Master Oogway from DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda and Wolf from DreamWorks’ Puss In Boots: The Last Wish.
DreamWorks All-Star Kart Racing will be available on Xbox Series, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC (Steam) when it launches in 2023.
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2 lets you duke it out with the series’ biggest and best fighting character roster yet, including all-new characters like Squidward Tentacles, Jimmy Neutron, and more to be announced. Choose your favorite brawlers, master their unique move sets, and use brand-new powerful Supers to land the finishing blow. Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2 will launch with its own single-player campaign featuring roguelike elements, voice acting for all playable characters, and full crossplay on all game systems.
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2 Features
A Totally New Fighting Game Experience - Rebuilt and reimagined from the ground up, Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2 redefines what a Nickelodeon fighting game can be with new and revamped visuals, audio, animations, modes, stages, mechanics, taunts and move sets, competitively tuned for all levels of play.
New and Improved Brawlers - Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2‘s roster is bigger and better than ever, with even more variety in how each unique character plays. Battle with brand-new Nickelodeon fighters, as well as returning fan favorites!
Hit Hard With Supers - Power up your fighters with incredible new Supers, which can deal devastating blows to opponents.
Single-Player Campaign - Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2 will launch with a unique campaign featuring roguelike elements. Put your skills to the test as you fight to stop Danny Phantom archvillain Vlad Plasmius from taking over the Nickelodeon universe!
Voice Acting for All Playable Characters - Feel the energy and excitement of every attack with a fully voiced cast of fighters, including the talents of Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) and Bill Fagerbakke (SpongeBob SquarePants).
Minigame Mayhem - Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2 introduces all-new minigames to play alone or with friends. Compete for global leaderboard high scores in Pinch the Blimps, Whack-a-Bot, and Irken Armada Bootcamp Survival.
Full Cross-Platform Play - Battle it out with up to four players on any platform with seamless cross-play, utilizing enhanced net code for consoles and PC.
There are three editions of Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2 available for pre-order. The Base game ($49.99), the digital deluxe edition with a Season Pass at a lower price ($69.99), and the Ultimate Edition ($79.99) with four additional Brawlers and an exclusive SpongeBob Quickster outfit.
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2 will release on Xbox Series, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, Switch, and PC (Steam) in 2023. Pre-order Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2 to receive an exclusive Patrick Elastic Waistband Costume.
Rightfully, Beary Arms is a bullet hell rogue-lite that is about much more than collecting loot, dying and losing everything. Carefully choose enemy upgrades against your own, then plan your dungeon crawl tactfully to gun through unique factions of enemies, strategically preserving loot after death.
Confide in a special little teddy named Beary and help this lovable angel reign cuddly terror on mobs of scheming bad guys from Boo Bees to Battery Boys and Toadalee’s alike. Plot Beary’s next intergalactic dungeon crawl before launching hot lead into waves of alien slime balls. Unleash an unhinged assault across the cosmos or carefully execute a lucrative annihilation strategy.
Furry assassins can decide how their runs will go by selecting upgrades for both Beary and his nemeses at the end of each stage. Make the action sweet like honey with extra health and loot drops or crank up the heat of Beary’s weapons to really give it to his not-so-pawsome foes. Then carefully choose between health and speed boosts, more reinforcements, and other challenging enemy buffs to customize difficulty.