Published on November 2nd, 2012 | by Andy Astruc2
Greenlight Green Lights
Steam-powered purveyors of digital distribution and all-around nice guy developers, Valve, seem to constantly shower gifts upon the gaming public. Sure, they’re withholding the next installment of Half-Life like an angry wife withholds sex, but they’ve also given us the Portal games, an easy way to magically transfer video games to our homes, and an excuse to spend thousands of dollars with the absolute certainty it’s somehow saving you money.
Now there’s Steam Greenlight, a way for the community to have their say on which games get a berth on Steam. If you’ve checked it out already you know the drill: people can browse the lists, read about the games, watch video footage and decide yay or nay with the click of the button. The first couple of batches of greenlit titles have come and gone, and included the likes of McPixel (reviewed here by a very happy Fraser), AirBuccaneers, Project Zomboid and the perfectly normal and totally not weird Octodad: Deadliest Catch. Valve says the next games will be greenlit on November 30th, which means there are a load of developers with their fate in your sweaty gamer hands.
So here’s our public service announcement system. A brief overview of some of the Greenlight games yet to make the jump that caught the eye of AWESOMEoutof10. Get voting.
The 1980s and 1990s were an intense time. It was the era of loud clothes, big explosions and totally rad one-liners. Action movies were the flavour of the people, and television’s cup ran over with adventures in vans, talking death cars and sapphic warrior princesses. It was a time before complex politics and murky moralities made it difficult to enjoy the idea of a white man killing a load of native peoples with a minigun. Shit blew up, and it was fun.
Broforce aims to capture that spirit, allowing you to step into the shoes of great gun-toting badasses like BA Barrachus, John McClane and Snake Plisken. Mainline that bravado with a heaping helping of Contra and Metal Slug, throw in some destructible environments and a kicking soundtrack and you’ve got a hell of a party. Free Lives is planning for vehicle stages, co-op play, gigantic bosses, a deep combat system and the chance to build your own perfect bro fortress. And a driving narrative, if you can believe that.
Vote for Broforce over here.
A lot of good exploration games are hanging around lately, but do any of those allow you to play as a metal sphere? From space? Exactly. InFlux, by Impromptu Games, is equal parts exploration and puzzle platforming as you guide the sphere across a deserted island. The island itself is covered with mysterious glasshouses that contain puzzles which must be solved.
It’s a gorgeous looking game at this point, with all the peaceful environments you’d expect on a weird puzzle island contrasted with the cold and alien cube interiors. Marble Madness with a touch of serenity, now. And the description suggests the chance to meet a “majestic and enigmatic” humpback whale, which will be a nice change from all those snooty bottlenose dolphins who refuse to leave my pool.
Find InFlux right here.
An incredipede, it seems, is a creature which can grow limbs at will. This includes – but is not limited to – wiggly stump legs, human legs, spider legs, dog legs, legs that grow from the ends of other legs and legs that form pincer claws. Quozzle is the incredipede you control in this bizarre platformer from Colin Norway and his team, and she’s on a quest to save her fellows. To do this she’ll need to develop limbs that can traverse great expanses, leap over chasms, navigate lava and otherwise propel her from A to B.
Watching Incredipede in action is both amazing and slightly sickening, as limbs sprout from Quozzle’s blinking eyeball and have fully operational muscle masses grafted onto them by the player. The sheer amount of experimental options makes this one a winner, as it seems you can create anything from a QWOP shuffler to an entire body made of legs. Not sure whether to throw up or vote up.
Go here to see more.
Akaneiro: Demon Hunters
What if I were to take the Red Riding Hood fairy tale and mix it with eastern folklore? Maybe add some demon-killing, magic spells, classes based on the fable. You know, the usual.
Akaneiro is an action RPG whose gameplay will instantly bring to mind the likes of Torchlight and Diablo. Killing lots of things while looking down upon the world like a minor god. Picking up quests. Loot. More loot. The game’s unusual source material is perfectly matched by a painterly art style similar to critical darling Okami. Spicy Horse’s project hints at a rich narrative and plenty of content to keep the clickers happy. Oh, and it’s free to play. If you like free things I guess that’s okay.
The game is waiting here for you.
Greenlight is a bulging mass of games right now, good and bad, and sifting through them is quite the experience. We’ll endeavour to bring you more of our personal recommendations soon. For now, what are your picks?