Any landing you can walk away from…

Many of you will know that in my (admit­tedly rare) massively mul­ti­play­er com­puter gam­ing time, I’ve moved away from World of Tanks to WarThun­der.

Sim­il­ar concept except instead of driv­ing tanks, you’re driv­ing planes. Cool thing is they’ve got three levels of soph­ist­ic­a­tion (Arcade, Real­ist­ic, Sim­u­lat­or). Also cool, that Arcade is actu­ally quite tough.

WarThun­der an evol­u­tion of the Wings of Prey / IL Storm­ivik style of com­bat flight sims. Access­ible, detailed and soph­ist­ic­ated.

Also fun. Here’s a little action from a few nights ago where I had my clown car out for a ride, was soundly bounced, yet man­aged to land along a dirt road in the bush. Go fig­ure 😀

Cold & Starving

Cold & Starving

I felt like play­ing at lunch and this is the res­ult. Ori­gin­al image is a screen shot from the early-access sand­box ver­sion of The Long Dark — a sur­viv­al game.

I pushed the screen shot through the iOS app Water­logued, then into anoth­er iOS app to make the album cov­er — Vinyl­izeMe. I kinda like the res­ults 🙂

Because KSP

Gra­vi­oli is a new Kerbal Space Pro­gram video by Nas­aault that’s also a trib­ute to the recent space block­buster Grav­ity. KSP is turn­ing into one amaz­ing pro­gram — and it’s not even out of Beta yet!
Shut­ting up now. Enjoy the movie!

Of Shields and Spears

Lately I’ve been play­ing a highly access­ible puzzle-rogue-like game called Hoplite.

Simple graph­ics and ever-increas­ing dif­fi­culty make this a quick and easy game to learn, but a very dif­fi­cult one to mas­ter.

You play the role of an adven­tur­ous Hoplite — a cit­izen war­ri­or of ancient Greece city-states. You’re quest­ing in ever-deep­er dun­geons look­ing for the Fleece of Yendor whilst avoid­ing doom at the hands of vari­ous dun­geon inhab­it­ants.

Each level is a smallish hex map with lava obstacles, oppon­ents, a temple and an exit to the next level down. Defeat the oppon­ents, heal or receive a boon at the temple and jour­ney onward. Simple right?

Well, yes, and no. Depend­ing on the num­ber of enemies and your strategy, your jour­ney could end on the first level, or you could retrieve the Fleece and win, or hang on to the fleece and quest even fur­ther.

I find myself com­ing back to Hoplite daily, for at least one or two rounds. As you can tell by the shot at the top, I’ve man­aged to recov­er the Fleece once (yay me!), but am won­der­ing what lies bey­ond…

Hoplite is avail­able for Android and iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch).

Enjoy this fine game­play video.

 

New Pandemic scenario covers 2013 events

Cool! The developers of Pan­dem­ic have freely released a slight mod / scen­ario to their amaz­ing coöper­at­ive board game Pan­dem­ic.

Scen­ario 2:

… cov­ers one of the more not­able events in the US this year: the Gov­ern­ment Shut­down. It intro­duces some new ele­ments and changes the way you play Pan­dem­ic.

Will you be able to save human­ity with the Gov­ern­ment Shut­down?

Down­load the PDF of Scen­ario 2 here.