Graveyard Keeper DLC Stranger Sins Releases

Graveyard Keeper’s brand new DLC, Stranger Sins, releases today adding several hours of content and a bar to run.

The game’s Steam page promises 4 to 8 more hours of game-play, the ability to run your own tavern, new quests and character from NPC’s, background story from 200 years ago and more. Lazy Bear Games and tinyBuild’s game is available on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch and the DLC is out on all platforms starting today.

Read our review of the original PC release here, and expect our review of the Stranger Sins DLC soon!

Graveyard Keeper Digs Its Way To Switch, PS4 and Mobile

A new launch trailer for Graveyard Keeper announces the game’s release on Switch, PS4, and mobile.

The tinyBuild and Lazy Bear Games game has been on PC and Xbox One for a while but arrives on the new platforms today. It looks to be a more macabre Stardew Valley for those looking to bury bodies rather than seeds. The game promises the ability to manage a “historically inaccurate medieval cemetery” and the bodies entrusted to you. Ethical dilemmas, business alliances and witch-burning ceremonies are all ways to build yourself and your budding cemetery up.

I’ve never played the game myself and never had much of an interest in Stardew Valley, but as soon as I saw you could throw bodies in the river I was sold. I might just have to try my hand at graveyard keeping soon. In the meantime, check out our review of the PC version here.

Speculation- Freakpocalypse: The Cyanide & Happiness adventure game is possibly being published by TinyBuild

Freakpocalypse is in development by ExplosmEntertainment, the creators of Cyanide and Happiness- a webcomic that started back in 2005 on the Explosm website. As of now, their Youtube channel has over 9 million subscribers. Rumored to be in the works with TinyBuild, the publisher behind games like Hello Neighbor, ClusterTruck, Guts And Glory, and Speedrunners. They also published Rapture Rejects, another game developed by ExplosmEntertainment. This is speculation, but TinyBuild publishing their new release is a safe bet.

Set in the unified Cyanide and Happiness universe, the game plans to take a new approach to point-and-click adventures- filled with comedy, weirdness and an apocalypse in the suburbs. Set in the quiet town of Netherville, things stir up a bit once mysterious toxic waste pollutes the air and water; the town is then inhabited by anarchist cannibals, radioactive cults, sentient objects, and a mutant army led by the formerly most popular kid in school. You play as the main protagonist Cooper Mccarthy, an outcast who strives to find friends, a future, and a backbone.

Shooting for a fall 2019 release, Freakpocalypse: The Cyanide & Happiness adventure game currently has made over $500,000 USD on Kickstarter. There are more than 14,000 backers supporting this project, one of which being Silver Soul Gaming, so keep an eye out for our name in the credits!

Graveyard Keeper is coming to the Switch soon!

So yes, it’s official, and you can stop asking them.

Announced for PAX East 2019, Graveyard Keeper, your morbid Stardew-esque obsession from tinyBuild and Lazy Bear Games, is coming onto the Nintendo Switch! Have you ever been out and about and get an itch to check on your graveyard? Well now you will be able to soon! No official date has been announced as of this writing though.

Look how happy you can be running your own graveyard, and talking to skulls.

If you’re thinking to yourself “Well, I don’t know what this game is about,” then you’re in luck! Check out our review here. It comes highly recommended by Silver, just as much as she likes Stardew Valley. So if you’re ever in the mood for a “morally questionable medieval cemetery management sim,” this is the game for you.

Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek is Out This Friday

Hello Neighbor is a stealth horror game that was released in December of last year where the player sneaks into their neighbor’s house. A learning AI becomes increasingly difficult to play against as it adapts to the player’s actions. This Friday, almost exactly a year later, publisher tinyBuild will release a prequel. Find out more about the story of Hello Neighbor in the upcoming prequel Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek on December 7th, 2018 for Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch.

Party Hard 2: first impressions and feelings

Party Hard is now over 3 years old, so it comes as of no surprise that there will be a sequel soon. Especially given how good and popular that game is. Addictive, hard-to-master gameplay, distinctive art style, and a kick-ass soundtrack have ensured its success. As Party Hard 2 is coming out at October 25, I’ve got my hands on the second part, we’ll see how sequel holds that high bar up.

This article is an opinion piece on some aspects of the game, not the full review, which I’ll post later. Today we’ll talk about the graphics and why I think that new perspective is not great for the game.

As you probably know, Party Hard was a pixel-art 2D game with a top-down view. It wasn’t much, but it worked well for the game and helped to create a distinct style. Party Hard 2 continues to try and distinguish itself from the other games and to keep that style intact while adding something unique to the mix. That’s how we get a more isometric graphics with a faux-3D looks and stylized pixel art. Which is fairly unique and looks interesting, but ultimately fails at organically working with gameplay.

Why, would you ask? Let me tell you: in the first game, top-down view was a great tool, almost critical for your success. It helped you to plan and react to the challenges of the map. That worked both style- and gameplay-wise, organically mixing together and enhancing player’s experience. Sure, it had its annoyances and flaws, but it fit.

You can take a look at the new graphics yourself

That new look? Not so much. While looking good, it hinders you as much as it helped in the first game. In fact, I haven’t realized that there were two levels to the map until I’ve played it for three times. Although me being topologically challenged is partly at blame, game’s presentation hadn’t helped. This is where my bottom line on styling lies: if it hinders your players, then don’t put it in the game. Even if it looks cool and distinct, don’t do it. Especially if your game presents enough interesting and fair challenges already, so there is no need for an unfair one.

That’s what gives me a mixed feelings on Party Hard 2. I loved the first one and I desperately want to love that one as well, especially since addictive gameplay and cool soundtrack that I fell in love with is still here. The game is good, there is no doubt about it, but that only makes this issue looks even bigger.

Of course, this all is just my opinion, so tell us if you like the new graphics or not. You can watch the game trailer below and I’ll see you next time in the full review of Party Hard 2!

Big news on tinyBuild- 5 new games coming your way!

Good news everyone! tinyBuild Games has announced 5 new games from PAX West today, some familiar, some new and exciting. Come take a look.

Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek

We all know Hello Neighbor, but if not, here’s a quick summary. It’s about a kid who is trying to get into the house of his neighbor and save his friends who are stuck inside, all while the neighbor is trying to outsmart you and kick you out before you find anything. If this is wrong, I apologise for I have not played the original game. “Well why are you trying to explain it if you haven’t played it?” I know a little bit about it, just not very many details, okay? -ahem- Moving on.

From what I can tell from the new reveal trailer, it looks like there is a group of kids this time, and it looks like the neighbor has had previous encounters with all of them, in one way or another. There are guns, a Raggedy Ann style doll, and various other pieces of equipment usable. Again, I have not played Hello Neighbor, so I don’t know any of this connects to the previous game, but it certainly piques my interest, and it’s one to put on my wishlist along with the original.

Pandemic Express

No, it’s not a game about Panda Express, although that would be an interesting concept, running a restaurant in a game. Oh wait, someone has done that already. Anyways, this game isn’t about that, it’s about zombies and trains. From the reveal trailer, here is the description: “You spawn in a train station with other survivors. One of you turns into a zombie and infects everyone. Get to the train to escape from the infected, or get caught and hunt remaining survivors.” Sounds interesting, and it looks like it has parcour elements in it too, which could be fun if they’re done right.

Swag and Sorcery

That is not a typo, that’s the name of the game. “Really?” Yes, really, but hear me out on this one. From the reveal trailer, it gives me old school Runescape-like RPG vibes. Fight monsters, craft equipment, team up to fight bosses. Also you can make your character look “swag”, hence the name of the game. I mean, look at that hat on the sword, it screams “swag” doesn’t it? It’s touted as a “streamlined RPG” and it looks to hold up to that description. I’ll give it a shot when it comes out.

Hellpoint

This to me looks like what Dark Souls would be like in space, and I love the look of it. It looks like you are an alien created by a powerful god-like being who is on a journey to redeem your kin, after another being walked through an archway into your reality and started slaughtering your kin. I think I got that right. Watch the reveal trailer, it is awesome. Also for a split second it showed split-screen multiplayer, which would be fantastic. We need more couch co-op games, and for a Souls-like game that could be super fun. I’m definitely going to try this one out.

UnDungeon

World literally collide when the fabric of the multiverse collapses, causing seven variations of Earth to collide. The resulting cataclysm changes Earth, causing the outbreak of monsters everywhere. Seven warriors are tasked with defeating the evil that resides over this new Earth, and each time they die, they must restart the entire world over again. But is that all? Watch the reveal trailer, it will enlighten you further.

This one looks like a great time, and a great shift in perspective from the normal “play as the hero” type of game. I’m going to get this one for sure, and possibly even stream it, so stay tuned for that.

That’s all we have for now, but these games look like they’re going to be great so far. tinyBuild always puts out quality products, and these are no exceptions.

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-V