anime and games, media

Yonder comes a new game!

Yonder is a new game. I like to help indie devs, so today I thought I’d call out and comment on a new game set to hit the PS4 and Windows markets this July. Called “Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles”, it’s primarily an exploration and building game targeted it a casual audience: no fighting and very little “story”. For once, a game targeted at my kind of crowd – if I still played games, that is.

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anime and games, software

TRI 2 – It Takes a Thief

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Randomly on IndieDB, you might stumble across this new Portal-inspired, fps-style 3D puzzler called TRI 2 (EDIT: as of Jun 15, 2012, the name has been reverted back to “TRI”. NEW LINK ). Basically, you create triangles in a 3D environment to help you solve puzzles and get through the world. It’s easier than it sounds (and harder than it looks, I imagine). You’re given a little glowing ball that stays attached to the surfaces you point at, allowing you to choose the vertexes to place your triangles (sorry, you can’t make free-standing triangles).

The game has a potential M. C. Escher feel to it initially, given some of the artwork. I said potential; if the designers go in that direction, it would be REALLY cool. The gameplay allows for it: you can practically walk on the ceiling given certain circumstances. Level design is also hinted at in the artwork and latest rendered images.

concept art

The creators decided to base it around a story: a “thief” traveling to an island to get treasures for his buyers. So pretty much, you’re a treasure hunter, and they hint at you not being alone on this island.

From the looks of it, the game has a good start, at least as far as game-play, but we’ll have to wait an see how far they progress with this.

EDIT (3/11/2013): There latest update was on Mar 3, 2013. The game is looking pretty good.

TRI – Puzzles – Indie DB