Thursday, September 8

Project Highrise ( 10 Minute Preview )


Project Highrise

Create your own highrise. This game is for you if you ever wanted to manage a highrise, sky scraper. You get to create the floors, select the tenants, and everything in between.




Game Information

Information Page   ► http://www.somasim.com/highrise/
Release Date     ► September 8th, 2016
Release Price    ► $21.99 (CDN), $19.99 (US)

Installed Size     ► 364 MB (Approx)
Platforms          ► Windows



My opinion after 10 Minutes?

I am finishing up this post, uploading the video, and promptly playing this game for the rest of the afternoon. I am not going to say I am addicted, well, maybe. For those who like micro management games, and Sim Tower/ Yoot Tower this game is what we have been waiting for.


The bad ( very little )

  • The building units start to blend in together
  • You do not get a good understanding of how much of your building services are being used.
As far as I am concerned, the items above barely distract from the game experience. And I am sure the developers will be updating some of these issues in the days ahead.


Animal Inspector ( 10 Minute Itch.io )


Animal Inspector

Join the Animal Inspection Agency: Your job if you choose to accept it, is to inspect, and rate different peoples animals. You will have to decide if the chosen animal has any qualities worth making it a good pet. Or if the animal should not be a pet at all.

This game presents you with choices, what you get out of this game, is directly related to how much you actually think about your in game actions.


Game Information
Download Size      ► 40 MB (Win), 42 MB (Apple Mac)
Installed Size     ► 283 MB (Windows)
Platforms          ► Windows, Apple Mac






Game Breakdown
  • Settings Screen
    It is quite nice that at the start of launching this game you are given a window of choices. You can change the screen resolution, Graphics Quality, Monitor, and Window mode.



  • Loading Screen

    An interesting little "bug" is when you start this game, if you happen to move your mouse to select another window, the game will sit on a "pink" screen until you click back on the game window again.


  • Intro Screen


    You are given the events that lead up to your actions in the game, by way of a Newspaper headline, and multiple magazine covers. This is much more interesting than if they had just presented a single block of text.


My Review

You will spend the majority of your time on this screen. This is where you make the all important decision the fate of each animal.

The red tail in the top left corner of the screen allows you to flip through your group of animals for that day.

The brown, grey item in the bottom left corner of the screen is your duster!? This allows you to clean up your forms before you submit them. We all know how a tidy form is a happy form.

At the bottom of the screen you are presented with two stamps. A green "Accepted" stamp, and a red "Rejected" stamp. These are how you decide the fate of each animal.

The game nicely presents you with an area where you can type in your own comments, it actually makes it a requirement.

This is an interesting game idea, much along the same lines as "The Aftermath." I would even go so far as to describe it as "The Aftermath: Pets Edition (Lite)."

Part fun, part food for thought, part cute animal photos.
I have mixed feelings about playing this game. I think there needs to be more variety of animals, and choices.



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Wednesday, September 7

TubeTycoon ( 10 Minute Itch.io )


TubeTycoon

The choice is yours: You choose your career path and what films you will record! Your success depends on your decisions.

This is the version on Itch.io. Examining the game's Itch.io page you will notice that the developer has managed to get this game green lit on steam.

Steam Community  ( Created by Don Bionicl ) ► https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=664748647

Unfortunately when you look examine the steam page closer, as of posting this Don Bionicl has not been on steam for 145 days. The single announcement is from April 20th, 2016 thanking people for their support. And the release date of June 2016 has come and gone.

Update: I just noticed this post which is on the game's facebook page. There might be hope yet.

Game Information
Information Page   ► https://bionicl.itch.io/tubetycoon
Download Size      ► 7 MB
Installed Size     ► 11.1 MB
Platforms          ► Windows





Description

Description
TubeTycoon lets you try out the role as an up and coming YouTube personality. Do you have what it takes?

Controls
Mouse to click on choices on the screen.

Keyboard to enter descriptions, and video titles.




Game Breakdown
  • Title Screen

    The first screen presented when you load this game.
  • Game ResolutionI was unable to find anywhere in the game to change the game resolution. It seems like this game is set to run in

    1280px x 747px Windowed Mode.



The Premise

The game starts with you being a up and coming YouTube personality. You have to create videos, and upgrade items in order to gain more and more "Tube" subscribers, and with them, money.


Game Play

You start off by by registering as a "Tube" personality, with a Nick(name), Gender, Avatar, and even a favorite color.

You then are welcomed with the game's main window.

As you upload videos, and gain experience, and hopefully money, you will earn experience points which you can use to upgrade your personal set of skills to better create more Tube content.



My Review

Like most of the people who played, and then help green lite, this game I find it fun. There are places where this game could be more polished, but it is quite fun to play initially. I did find after I started to make money, the differences between my daily costs, and daily income, became so great that I did not have to really concern myself with money issues for the rest of the game.

Initially managing your money so you can buy the next neat game is the main challenge of this game.
I am hesitantly looking forward to the steam version of this game.




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Tuesday, September 6

Supercontinent Ltd ( 10 Minute Itch.io )


Supercontinent Ltd.

Supercontinent Ltd is a narrative adventure about making phone calls in a distant future's rainy night. in this game entry for Ludum Dare 36.

Game Information
Download Size      ► 97 MB
Installed Size     ► 112 MB
Platforms          ► Windows




Developers Description ( from Itch.io webpage )

Description
Supercontinent Ltd is a narrative adventure about making phone calls in a distant future's rainy night.

Controls
Mouse to click on objects on the screen.
The numbers 0-9 to dial a phone number.
backspace to erase the phone number.




Game Breakdown
  • Title ScreenThe first screen presented when you load this game.
  • Game ResolutionI was unable to find anywhere in the game to change the game resolution. It seems like this game is set to run in

    1150px x 670px Windowed Mode.

The game starts you off having a conversation with Vega discussing the current job you were hired to complete. The dialog will wait for you to click your mouse button before continuing on.


The Premise

You have broken into the office of a Mr. Ferguson who works for Supercontinent Ltd on behalf of  Proxyma. Proxyma wants you to gather all intel possible on Supercontinent Ltd's executive board.

To your surprise Mr. Ferguson does not believe in having a computer at work, so you will be trying to gather all this information by pretending to be somebody else and convincing people to give you that information.


Game Play

You start off moving your mouse across objects in the room, if one of the objects changes color, then you are able to left click your mouse to obtain more information about that object.

When you have found a phone number, it is possible for you to dial that phone number by simply typing the phone number in using the number keys on your keyboard. This will connect you to whoever that phone number happens to be connected to.

Dialog options, are displayed in a vertical list, which you select your choice by clicking your left mouse button on the choice you want to make.


My Review

The game is fairly short. Once you get the hang of calling, and searching for items, you should be able to finish this game in roughly 35 minutes. Now this does seem quite short, but you have to remember this was developed for a game jam which took place over a weekend.

The people that worked on this game made it interesting enough that I went on to actually finish this game. The dialog is not perfect, but the story is definitely interesting enough for you to find yourself playing it till the end.

I like this game ;)

P.s. I will be uploading my complete play through of this to my YouTube channel.

Update 2016-Sep-6 : My play through is uploaded, and you can check out how I completed this game using this Supercontinent Ltd ( Complete Let's Play ) * Play list *

Update 2016-Sep-7 : I had so much fun playing this game, I also recorded a speed run video as well.



The Video(s)

10 Minute Itch.io - Let's Play

Speed Run





The Review



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Monday, September 5

The Aftermath ( 10 Minute Itch.io )


The Aftermath

Your job is to decide who goes to heaven and who goes to hell in this game entry for GMCJam #1.

Game Information
Information Page   ► https://tselmek.itch.io/the-aftermath
Download Size      ► 10 MB
Installed Size     ► 14.5 MB
Platforms          ► Windows
CreditsProgramming and Graphics by Tselmek (@tselmek)
Music and Sounds by zminusone sound (soundcloud.com/zminusone)


Developers Description ( from Itch.io webpage )

Description
You, the player, are a purgatory Intern who has to take of all the paperwork the day after Everybody Died. By readin through each person's personal info sheet, you must judge whether they deserve to go to Heaven or to go to Hell.

Controls
Mouse-only. Left click to drag a stamp, release to stamp a sheet. Left click to drag a sheet. Right click to zoom in on a sheet, Right click again to zoom out.



Game Breakdown
  • Title Screen
    The first screen presented when you load this game.
  • Game ResolutionI was unable to find anywhere in the game to change the game resolution. It seems like this game is set to run in 1024px x 670px Windowed Mode.

You are presented with a stack of papers, which each are for a different person who has now died, and you have to decide wither that person gets to go to Heaven or to Hell. This is as simple as stamping their sheet with either the Heaven or to Hell stamp.

Most people I assume actually read each persons information looking for hints as to which direction that person should go in the afterlife. One of the interesting things in this game is that the game does not actually require you to read the information. Not only do you not have to read any of the peoples information before deciding their eternal home, the game does not really punish, or guide, you about any decisions you make.

How much effort and weight you put into playing this game is solely dependent on you. These people are not real, this is not really your job, and there will be no problems resulting from how you play this game. Yet after saying all that, for me anyways, 
I found myself seriously thinking which way I thought each person should go.


Game Play - Round 1 "Patrick NORTON"

The first person I was presented with was a Mr. Patrick NORTON. A 66 year old man who liked to skipping rope, and play Roleplaying games.

Mr. NORTON's "life info" showed a man who had faults like being a "professionnal procrastinator", and "adds Reno Jackson to all their Hearthstone decks." But after reading the last line of his information "Failed saving a child before a truck." You start to get a picture of a man who if not for one bad event in his life, might have been a much happier person.





My verdict: His passions were skipping rope, and games, we all have small flaws but this man is going to Heaven.



Game Play - Round 2 "Patrick THOMPSON"

The second person I was presented with was a Mr. Patrick THOMPSON. A 79 year old man who skipped rope. This looked to be an easy choice for me...then my eyes read Mr. THOMPSON's second passion "Satanism". So much for his passions being mainly positive.
enjoyed

Mr. THOMPSON's "life info" did not help his case any either. I could overlook his "dozen failed suicide attempts" because that just describes a man who is in turmoil. But ... and this is a big BUT ... he also "Always takes the last pizza slice without asking."



My verdict: His passion was Satanism so down he goes.











Game Play - Last Round "Intern #3898"

After clicking to quit the game, I was presented with one last person's information. The last person I would have to decide their fate. That person was Intern #3898, or more specifically according to the game, ME.

It showed that I had a passion for games, though the game did get my age wrong, by a country mile.

That was not the interesting part of my information. That came with the tally that I had chosen to send 35 people to Heaven, but I had also condemned 16 people to hell.

Here was my turn to decide where did I belong?



My verdict: I chickened out. I did not decide where I wanted to go on the merits of my life, but purely on the fact that I did not want to go to Hell.










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10 Minute Itch.io ( New Series )


Itch.io

There are a lot of very interesting games created by enthusiastic programmers available on Itch.io.


itch.io is a simple way to find, download and distribute indie games online
Introduction

In this series, I am going to download different games from Itch.io, focusing on free games at the moment. I will be playing them for roughly 10 minutes each and the posting my opinion of the game on failedsleep.com, and posting the video to our YouTube channel.




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