It's okay, you don't need to make any sort of excuses or apologies to us. We know everyone's busy, we know everyone has got stuff to do, so we're really not that upset that you missed our Onitama: The Board Game Twitch stream last night. However, it'd be really great if you could do us a favour and watch the video of the stream we've embedded above. You don't have to, we're not going to send the boys round if you don't, we just think it's a really good stream and you're going to enjoy it.
Wouldn't it be nice just to kick back for an hour and a half and watch someone else playing one of the best digital board games of the past few weeks? Wouldn't it be nice if that someone was James Gilmour, and that game was Onitama? We really hope you answered yes to all of those questions, because in less than an hour, Mr. Gilmour is taking to Twitch to play Asmodee Digital's Silver Award-winning game of kung fu, chess, and strategy. The game's great, . We don't have a review of James on the site, but we're pretty sure if we did he'd be a Platinum Award winner. He's pretty good.
Well would you look at that, it's almost time for another of our amazing digital board game streams over on Twitch. Tonight, from 5pm UK time, James Gilmour will be throwing out some of his best kung fu moves in the really rather brilliant Onitama. Not heard of the game before? Honestly where have you been the last couple of weeks? It's a really interesting mash-up of chess and a card game, and it's perfectly designed for the brief mobile moments you want to fill up with gaming. We've reviewed it already, because we're at the top of our game, saying "Onitama takes the best bits of American-style board games and the best bits of European board games and blends them together with an Asian style to make something that's really entertaining," and giving the game a Silver Award.
Tomorrow night at 5pm UK time, live on the ol' Twitch streaming website, our intrepid tabletop gamer and video guy James Gilmour will be making a triumphant return with a shiny new game - Onitama. Well, it's not that new. Onitama did come out just over a week ago, but it is pretty shiny - we even , calling it "a light board game experience that hides a huge amount of depth". Not sure what it is? It's a bit like chess, mixed in with some Clash Royale, and all rolled together in Chinese-themed wrapper. It's easy to pick up, plays quickly, and is a ton of fun to boot.
Post-apocalyptic golfing sim is about more than just the titular sport and the end of days - it’s also about the music; and if you enjoyed its nostalgia-tinged, in-game radio station, developer Demagog Studio has a treat for you. The studio has expanded the game’s soundtrack with the addition of a new song titled Two Astronauts. It’s another sonic collaboration between Demagog and musician Shane Berry, this time with vocals from singer-songwriter Ana Curcin. Available for iOS devices, Golf Club: Wasteland is a far cry from the Tiger Woods-endorsed golfing titles you may be familiar with. The game takes places in a world where a cataclysmic event has laid waste to the Earth and what’s left of humanity has taken up refuge on Mars.
Take a break from tarmac racetracks and concrete skate parks – now you’ve got a big blue ocean to cruise around. Swedish developer Zordix has brought water-ski hit Aqua Moto Racing 2 from iOS to Android, promising the same high-octane fun that garnered an 85% rating on Metacritic the first time round. The game puts you in the driving seat of various watercraft as you race across the waves against other riders. The single player mode includes 14 championships and 48 courses to conquer – all set in sun-drenched, tropical locations. As you progress, you’ll unlock new vehicles and have the chance to supe-up existing ones. Whilst speeding into first place is the aim of the game, don’t miss a trick; pulling dramatic stunts off jumps and riding perilously close to buoys will give you an essential boost to pass your competition. So daredevils will do well, providing they can keep control of their craft and stay on course.
Switch owners can now experience a unique mix between two of the most popular game genres: Fighting and RPG, thanks to the recent release of Shadow Fight 2. Having previously graced smartphones in its first three incarnations, this ultimate version of Shadow Fight 2 offers players a bonus story chapter for the first time. Shadow Fight 2’s story places you in the role of a martial champion, being the only one capable of saving the mystical land from an ancient evil that has arisen. You’ll do so by travelling across seven distinct provinces, gathering lethal weapons, and upgrading skills to improve your moves. All this is wrapped up within a 2D animated art style inspired by Japanese cinema.
Another week, another Nintendo Direct, it feels like. We honestly struggle to keep up - not least because the big N crams so much into such a small amount of time. Tonight (September 13th) is a brand new edition, and while we won't be live-streaming it due to how late it's on in the UK, we'll still be breaking out a few stories and filling you in tomorrow morning. But, you may ask, where can I watch this magnificent show? Don't you worry friendo, Nintendo has already set up the YouTube stream, so you can catch the whole thing right from the word go. And you can do so... right here! The video is embedded below, so fire it up at 11pm UK time (that's midnight CEST/3pm PT/6pm ET) and be sure to learn all about what Nintendo has to offer.
I know we've already had one bit of , but, alas, Niantic's just revealed another tidbit. This time it's all about PokeStops and it looks like we'll shortly be able to have our say in some future places. Over on Pokemon's , folks in South Korea and Brazil will soon be able to submit locations to where they think PokeStops should go. This is the first time players can actually give their two cents on the matter. You'll have to be Level 40 to begin with and children's accounts aren't eligible, but aside from that if you think an area in your community is worth shouting about now's the time to do it. Once submitted, the location is evaluated by Niantic's player community and the highest rated might be accepted as a PokeStop or even a Gym. Cor.
Another week, another podcast, another missed release date for The Elder Scrolls: Blades. Luckily, James and Ric have plenty more games to chat about instead, including word puzzler Alphabear 2, twitchy vertical platformer Wall Kickers, and the crane-oriented Small Cargo! They also discuss the latest in the Fortnite-on-Android debacle, some pervy Vita game Ric likes, and talk to the producer of Asphalt 9: Legends about *that* control system. Download episode 455: (right click to save-as, left click to play)
The excellent Metroidvania game, Dead Cells, has been doing pretty well for itself receiving critical and commercial success. Although interestingly, the game has been doing so much better on the Switch compared to the PS4. , the Switch version has been selling more by a whopping factor of four to one. That's an awful lot of copies especially when you consider that 76 million PS4 consoles have been sold all over the world, compared to the Switch's 20 million. Moreover, in the UK the Switch version is ever so slightly more expensive being £22.49/$24.99, while the PS4 version is £19.99/$24.99 (sorry America nothing is cheaper for you).
Don't fret too much if you missed out on watching James Gilmour playing Scythe: Digital Edition live on Twitch last night. I mean, sure, we're all a little bit disappointed with you, but you've got a chance to make things up. That's because you can watch the stream in its entirety in the video up at the top of the page. Go on, don't be shy, wrap your peepers around James's shenanigans and I guarantee you're going to have a brilliant old time.
Holy moly, did you see the time? You've got just under an hour to get your head together, find your stream-watching slippers, and get ready for James Gilmour to take another head-first leap into the world of Scythe: Digital Edition on Twitch. It's not just the joy of watching James play through a steampunk alt-history game filled with giant robots you should be stoked for, oh no. If you watch the stream, you're in with a chance to win one of three Steam codes for Scythe: Digital Edition. James is going to drop the codes into the Twitch chat at random intervals, letting you know beforehand he's about to do it. All you need to do to bag one is be the first to redeem it on the Steam store. Pretty easy right?
Psssst. Hey, psssst. Have you heard? Tonight, live from 5pm UK time, everyone's favourite Twitch stream king, James Gilmour, is going to be playing Scythe: Digital Edition for your viewing pleasure. Now, we don't want the word getting out to any uncool people who might not be cool, which is why we're only telling you. You can tell your friends though, so long as they're as awesome as you are. Hell, tell them if they're not actually. Tell them if they suck. The more the merrier. If you don't know what Scythe is, then here's a primer - it's a strategic board game adaptation set in a steampunk past where World War One has raged into the 20s. There's resource gathering, giant robots, and plenty more for you to sink your teeth into.
We've covered Monument Valley to great lengths in the past and we're not blind - we know that it is a stunning series aesthetically. However, after reading up on some of ustwo's design inspiration we're more fascinated than ever. Earlier today, an article over on ran through a bunch of level designs and their inspiration. Monument Valley 2's Art Director, David Fernández Huerta, touched on each piece of art work for some of the game's most beautiful levels, some of which are wonderfully unexpected, such as this one...
Tomorrow night, live on Twitch, James Gilmour is once again taking to the fields of a steampunk alternative past in order to harvest grain and make big robots stamp around. You guessed it, tomorrow we're playing Scythe on Twitch again. But there's more! Not only are we playing an awesome game for your viewing pleasure, we've also got codes to give away for your playing pleasure. We've got three to give out, and winning them really couldn't be easier. All you have to do is keep an eye on the stream. At random intervals James is going to drop one of the codes into the chat. It's first come, first served, so whoever redeems the code bags Scythe on Steam.
It's a jam-packed show this week - or should that be 'jam DONUT-packed' show? (No. No it shouldn't - ED). James, Em, and Ric step into the breach to talk about the Switch port of Into the Breach. They also cover the arrival of the wonderfully weird Donut County, a bizarre game 6-years in the making. Meanwhile The Elder Scrolls: Blades fails to make an appearance on the App Store, so Hungry Dragon chows down on its potential downloads instead. Download episode 454: (right click to save-as, left click to play)
Yes, it might be Friday. You might be looking forward to the weekend. But do you know what you should be looking forward to? Tuesday. Because on Tuesday James Gilmour is taking to Twitch once again to showcase Scythe from Asmodee Digital. James has played the game before, so we've stuck the video of that stream at the top of the article so you can check it out. Don't got time for that? Well Scythe is a deep strategy board game set in a steampunk past. It's got resources. It's got giant robots. What more do you want?
Alright, the summer's almost over, school's almost back in session (if you're young enough for that), and the weather's a bit nippier than it has been. But don't fret, Respawnables has a new event which'll put you right back into the fun... and you'll get a little wet, too. Make use of water grenades, soaker pistols, bubble bombs, water waves, and soak your opponents to the skin in one of mobile's biggest water fights. Six classic weapons are getting a watery makeover and the bubble launcher will no doubt tickle you with its bubble-popping delight. Aside from giving your enemies a liquidy send-off, and meeting a rather charming character called Duck Joe, you'll now be able to rent weapons for the first time. So far, nine weapons will be available to rent for 24 hours, giving you the chance to test them out before buying them fully.
If you enjoyed Joycity’s previous marine warfare efforts such as Oceans & Empires, Gunship Battle: Total Warfare is sure to float your boat, and its pre-registration is now underway. Plotting a course for iOS and Android devices, the latest entry in the popular Gunship Battle series is a military-strategy title designed with on-the-go play in mind. The game takes place against a modern backdrop and has players build and manage bases as well as directing land, sea and air units, taking direct control of them in some battles.