This week on the Screenshot Survey, a pair of phone games melt down my jaded heart, I check in with an old friend from PAX East, and extol the virtues of things of old like pompadours and pinball. Of course, that last one is nothing new if you’ve followed these articles for any length of time. In any case, let’s take a look at a few of the interesting games being put out there while still in development.
— SuperMegaTeam (@SuperMegaTeam) September 5, 2015
Here is Super Awesome Hyper Dimensional Mega Team with another brief look at Rise and Shine, an upcoming puzzle platformer to be published by Adult Swim Games in 2016. I saw the game back at PAX East and it’s a natural fit for the Screenshot Survey, as its backgrounds and character are are gorgeous. They are also promised to be filled with references to games from the past, and I saw a little of this in the demo level they were running on the show. Adult Swim certainly knows how to pick them, and I can only hope that their unique bullet navigation gameplay comes together before release.
— Stitch Heads (@StitchHeads) September 3, 2015
I am cheating a little bit on this one, as it’s not a Screenshot Survey tweet, but I felt that I would be doing my audience a disservice to not get something out there about KABOUNCE. It is a neon third person pinball game where you have to tag bumpers and flippers before you opponents can do the same. The developers recently launched KABOUNCE‘s Greenlight campaign hoping to put up the game for free on Steam. Also, the game’s name is KABOUNCE and that’s a fun word to say. KABOUNCE.
— Johan Gjestland (@melodive) September 5, 2015
Here is a little bit of movement from Fugl, a voxel flying game currently in development for mobile. Getting past the complains about “blocky” images associated with some voxel games, Fugl blends everything together into a fast moving game that tricks the eyes, and the procedural voxel work that has been done in the environments is superb. It will be a premium app when it comes to iOS, and is aiming for release in the next few months. I look forward to pushing my phone with it if it ever comes to Android.
— Kira Fu / 傅君偉 (@kirafuRyu) September 6, 2015
From technically impressive phone games to cute and cuddly ones, here is a little gameplay from RollTurtle, which is on its way to the show floor of the Tokyo Game Show in the near future. I have seen a lot of these types of games in the last few years, but there is something about the way that turtle’s face animates and also the nonsensical way he flies that really made me happy. I wish a hardy cowabunga to my new cloud turtle friend. May you find some heavenly pizza to chow down on.
— Pompaduo (@pompaduo) September 6, 2015
Last, but certainly not least, here is a GIF from the fast paced boxing game Superweights. My initial reason for picking this game is that it reminded me of the Videlectrix classic Snake Boxer. Looking a bit further I found the above gameplay and saw that it was more than just something to trigger nostalgic memories. Considering that not even EA makes boxing games anymore, there is certainly a niche to fill, and Superweights might just be the game to do it.
That’s it for this week’s Screenshot Survey! Any games you’ve seen out there in development that should be covered? Can all turtles fly by spinning their shells and they just keep that secret from the rest of us? How DO you type with boxing gloves on anyway? Answer these questions or don’t in the comments below!