Indie Game

Deiland… Who needs a farm when you have a whole planet!

With the huge success of endlessly fun Stardew Valley, the industry has seen a massive boom in charming farming simulator games. Deiland looks to be the next big indie title of this genre to hit the scene. From the hugely talented small team of developers over at ChiBig Studios in Valencia, Spain,  and with support from Square Enix Collective.

Taking inspiration from a mix of JRP’s such as Final Fantasy and classic simulator Harvest Moon,  Deiland is a single player fantasy RPG sandbox with elements of farming, building, crafting and questing.  The game takes place on a Deiland, a beautifully designed living planet featuring a variety of species of plant life, a night and day cycle and even the occasional meteor shower! Using magic and tools you must survive and prosper in Deiland, meeting a range of supporting characters along the way. As well as other external locations for you to travel and explore.

If that wasn’t enough, the game features an original soundtrack by the talented Paco Mitos, to help perfectly capture the emotion in the game.

If you think this games shows are much promise as we do, why not check out their Kickstarter campaign, where for just $15 you can back yourself an early access digital copy of the game for either PC, Mac or PlayStation 4.

JB

 

 

Indie Game

Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark

Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark is a turn based tactical RPG currently in development by Florida based 6Eyes Studio. Taking inspiration and design elements from both steampunk on JRPG titles, Fell Seal fits perfectly into the genre without feeling too familiar.

Both in look and feel, Fell Seal is a love letter to Final Fantasy Tactics and the Disgaea series, bringing in extensive character customisation, abilities and lush fantasy settings that fans of these titles have grown to know and love. Like the previously mentioned titles. Fell Seal has an in depth character management and class system, allowing each player to experience a unique journey within the game. The map designs are well throughout and full of treasure, bringing further strategic elements to the game.  The game is story driven , including both cut scenes and story driving characters that will accompany you on your journey.

With such lush design, smooth thoughtful gameplay and an original score, it is evident that the production value is sky high for this title.

We highly recommend getting hands on with the demo which is available now on Itch.io and Gamejolt. If you love the game as much as we did, why not support its development on kickstarter and receive the game upon its release in June 2018 for as little as $20.

JB

Comic/Graphic Novel

Digby is a Wizard… Hilarious and Heart Wrenching

‘It’s quite normal to have hopes and dreams fill our heads with bubbly excitement from time to time. It’s also quite normal for those moments to inexplicably lead us down dark paths and exploding bathrooms’ Digby is a Wizard – Joe Latham

Having spotted the Kickstarter campaign, Digby is a Wizard is the first comic that we have managed to get our hands on from the awesomely talented Joe Latham, founder of Lookhappydesign.com. It so happens that it was one of the first projects we backed as Indieventure, making it quiet a momentous backing, we couldn’t wait to get our hands on our digital copy.

It certainly did not disappoint. Digby is a Wizard tells the story of a wizard with big dreams who experiences some rather odd and unfortunate events while on a quest to a job interview. The art style invites you straight in, the small 6 drawings per page make the comic an effortless read that you will almost certainly not put down until you finish it. The wording is simple, as the art is more than expressive enough. Having briefly sampled some of Joe’s other works, The Fox in particular, it is evident that Joe does not need words to portray a story, his art style expresses all that needs to be expressed in order to engage the readers emotion. Having said that, the wording in Digby is both hilarious and heart wrenching at times. The clever one liners progress the story at a perfect pace.

The story will leave you laughing, crying and asking questions of yourself, and for me at least, encouraged self reflection. It touches on the difficult subject of depression and the importance of understanding your support system, that your friends and family are there to support you, just as Digbys are there to support him.

Having read Digby is a Wizard I found that Joe has published 3 other comics, The Fox, The Wolf and The Woodsman as well as a graphic novel Loosing Sleep, a collaboration with the equally talented Bristol based creator Luke Hyde. All of which are available on his website Lookhappydesign.com. We will definitely be checking these out!

Please also check out lukehyde.co.uk for his awesome works, and to show your support for independent artists and comic makers.

JB

P.S Apologies for bad spelling

 

 

 

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The Upcoming Mona Lisa’s of Indie Games!

Now, as we all know, independently produced video games, in their own right, are works of art. But ever so often you get the Mona Lisa’s of video games. These are a couple of our favourite upcoming indie games that, to us, are true works of art.

Selling Sunlight (CoseBelle)

Selling Sunlight is a beautifully hand drawn narrative RPG currently in development by Italian developers CoseBelle. The game sets you as a wandering merchant whose face has been stolen (yes, your face has been stolen) by the sun. You must travel across the elegantly hand drawn environments to explore, meet new characters and haggle with fellow merchants. My first impressions are that the game is visually elegant, helping to create it’s rich and inviting fantasy world, enhanced again by its original soundtrack. We can’t wait to delve elbow deep into Selling Sunlight upon it’s release in 2019.

If you’re interested in supporting the development of Selling Sunlight, you can check out their Kickstarter campaign here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cosebelle/selling-sunlight-a-wandering-merchant-rpg

Cuphead (Studio MDHR)

Run and gun games are usually not my ‘cup of tea’ but this has the exception. Due for release later this week, Cuphead is a run and gun side scrolling platformer developed by Studio MDHR. The first thing to be said about Cuphead, is that it’s stylish as hell. The 1930’s cartoon style graphics makes the game look almost nothing like a game.

With the tagline, ‘Don’t Deal With The Devil’, the game sees players take the role of Cuphead as he tries to repay the bet he made with the devil, fighting hilarious and inventive bosses, through a number of colorful and diverse backdrops. The game is going to be a huge hit when it releases on PC and Xbox later this week and we can’t wait to get our hands on it. 

Gorogoa (Jason Roberts)

Gorogoa is a hand draw puzzler developed by Jason Roberts and is due for release on iOS, Android and PC in 2017. The game has been in development since 2011 and is a combination of Robert’s love for both art and video games. The game has the player move Robert’s beautiful illustrations and animations around a grid in order to complete the puzzle. The players is then taken through the then 3D completed scene to move through the story and onwards to the next puzzle.

The gameplay creates a completely unique and captivating experience for the player. We think it’s going to be a huge hit for both casual and hardcore puzzlers alike. This is a true labour of love and we look forward to playing it.  

JB

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King Under the Mountain

Manchester based Rocket Jump Technologies ‘King under the Mountain’ is a quirky settlement-building strategy and management game set in a rich fantasy world. Players  can build and manage their settlement as well as indulge in turn based combat and asynchronous multiplayer, all within a procedurally-generated world.

We got our hands on ‘King under the Mountain’ earlier this years at EGX Rezzed 2017. The game looked and felt promising, its quirky art style made sending the odd looking towns folk to mine some rock, quite satisfying. The bold colours of the surroundings (tree’s especially) help to add a feeling of joy to the game, as your townsfolk scurry away like ants to do your bidding.  Despite still being its its early stages of development, the build showed great promise, attracting a lot of attention from the public.

Despite the Kickstarter campaign being cancelled in April, the project is back on track and is due to launch a second campaign in the near future, so watch this space, the project is well worth a pledge!

You can find more info about the project on their website at :http://kingunderthemounta.in/about/

JB

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Our Top 5 Comics and Graphic Novels on Kickstarter! (August/September)

Afternoon everyone! These are the 5 most promising graphic novels and comics currently available to back on kickstarter that we think are worth a punt!

Stormcaller

First on the list is Stormcaller, a 96 page graphic novel from Liverpool based artist Claire Thompson. It takes place in a small unidentifiable town whose citizens are subjected to a series of curious and terrifying events. It reveals how unsustainable the ties of common humanity and civilised society can be when things don’t quite go to plan’. Now I have to admit, this is the type of novel that grabs my attention every time, I love the suspense and intrigue that comes with premises that explore the human psyche. We have backed this project and cannot wait to get our hands on a copy.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/clare-thompson/stormcaller-graphic-novel?ref=profile_starred

Digby is a Wizard

Digby is a Wizard is a charming 44 page graphic novel from Bristol based artist Joe Latham. The panel style novel is for all ages and the storytelling ranges from sensitive to the downright silly as you follow the story of Digby and his seemingly hillariuous  journey to a job interview. The art style appears both playful and sincere and for just £4 for the digital copy, we can’t wait to read it.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/414188273/digby-is-a-wizard?ref=profile_starred

Hamfam

Hamfam is a digital only 25 page comic from the talented Adam Hammour. The story sees Hamfam, a pig with eyes in his nose, on a quest to party in a dangerous and dark post apocalyptic world. Just like the artwork, the story appear crazy and full of strange and original characters. The artwork is bold and slightly surreal, complementing the story perfectly. Again, for only £5 for the digital edition, alought short, it will leave us excited for part 2!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/royaloinker/hamfam-25-page-digital-comic?ref=profile_starred

The Last Arrival Part 1

Sci-fi is our jam, that’s why I’m most excited about number 4, The Last Arrival Part 1. Brought to you by the well established Free Fantasy Comics, The Last Arrival a team of 5 aliens, desperately fleeing their planet in search of a new home. The artwork perfectly lends itself to the genre and provides the perfect mix of awe and suspense. The characters look awesome and we are so excited to get our hands on this one and for just £7 for the physical copy, you simply cannot go wrong!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/492541389/the-last-arrival-part-1?ref=profile_starred

Nottingham Comic Con Anthology – Outlaws Wanted

Last on the list is a collection of comics rather than a graphic novel. Brought to you by Kev Brett, the organiser of the ever brilliant Nottingham Comic Con. The Nottingham Comic Con Anthology is a one print limited collection of the best short comic strips and stories from professional comic creators from across the UK. The comic shows of 17 creators across 40 pages and is for all ages. This is a must have for any Comic Con comic book fans and for only £2 for the digital edition, it’s a steal.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1478064521/nottingham-comic-con-anthology-outlaws-wanted?ref=category