There are plenty of games out there about making friends, exploring islands, and having adventures. There are games that explore themes of childhood, themes of tragedy and loss, and coming of age stories. There are even games that prominently feature geese. And then, there is Knights and Bikes, a game which combines all of these elements, but in a way that is unique, special, and meaningful. It encourages you to connect with the characters and the story, and it uses elements of imaginary play, fantasy, and a little bit of magical realism to bridge the gap and draw you in. For a game that looks like a cutesy romp on its surface, Knights and Bikes delivers a solid story and memorable characters that will stick with you well after you set down your controller.
Double Fine Productions offers their take on the roguelike genre, and does so in a post-apocalyptic, neo-80s way with RAD. As someone born in the 80s and loves that particular decade, this game hits all the right notes. As a game though, especially a roguelike where every death is permanent, it falls short of greatness. It’s enjoyable enough, but lacks range much like its melee-focused combat. RAD doesn’t do anything egregious with any one thing, but it doesn’t do anything ostentatious outside of its stylistic choices to standout within the genre.
Composer duo Brian Trifon and Brian Lee White, aka music producers Finishing Move, have created a unique, modern fantasy score for Massive Chalice, the single player tactical strategy game from the creators of Psychonauts, Brütal Legend, and Iron Brigade. The Massive Chalice Original Soundtrack will be released on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Google Play and Xbox Music on February 2.
Midnight City has joined forces with two of the most well-known names in indie games. First up, Midnight City will publish Double Fine Productions’ first big sequel, Costume Quest 2, coming to PC and consoles. Next, Midnight City will bring The Fullbright Company’s award-winning Gone Home to consoles. Both titles are slated for digital release later this year.
I asked a very simple question on Twitter that sparked healthy conversation between friends and acquaintances regarding my feelings about Double Fine starting a project using Kickstarter, a secure, crowd-source funding platform. Though I’m clearly in the minority for my thinking on this. A friend even stated I was being “mean spirited”, which is not my intention – I know it is a narrow focus of discussion, but it bothers me. I am a huge fan of Tim Schafer and Double Fine Productions and have nothing against them or the idea of getting funding from fans to start a project that would otherwise never exist.