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Posted: January 19, 2014 in Updates & News

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Hey all,

Since 2013 came to a close, I’d been looking into rebranding my YouTube channel and revamping my overall appearance online for 2014.
As part of the big change, I’ll soon be moving to a new domain and host. In addition, there’s been some changes to my YouTube channel and new art and logos are up and all over the place.
While this page may not follow suit with the exact artwork or theme, it will still have a tie-in of some sort.

So, enjoy the video and make sure you’re subscribed to this page as well as my channel so you don’t miss any of the latest updates.

Video  —  Posted: January 11, 2014 in Uncategorized
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I’ve always been an avid motorsport fan.  I’d watch anything from rally, to touring cars, to formula one.  No surprises then, that I’d be interested in a game about managing a formula one team.  This particular offering, a mobile game titled MyGPTeam Turbo, comes from Italy-based developer, Interactive Project.  It’s a relative of their existing browser-based social game, MyGPTeam.

As I started up the game, I was immediately greeted with a tutorial.  This is not uncommon for many mobile games to do, and honestly, it’s a good thing.  After all, I’d rather go into it knowing what I’m doing to begin with.  The tutorial took me through the basics of races and navigating the game.  As you would expect, the game functions mostly through the use of touch button controls and these are fairly intuitive.  I didn’t find myself having to relearn any sort of control techniques.

So what is this game all about? Well, it’s a formula one team management game.  The player is tasked with creating the best team they can possibly make and leading them to victory in races.

Photo 17-12-13 12 22 07As a player, this is the screen you will see the most.  It’s basically a 3d menu that depicts the team headquarters.  It has everything from a company office to a garage and driver’s area.  From here, you can carry out all of the actions you need to create a winning team.

First off, you can head over to the garage and check out your car.

Photo 17-12-13 12 22 24Since this is based on formula one, there’s no need to buy or choose from different cars.  Instead, your team starts off with the sponsored car, which you can then perform many upgrades to.  The upgrades are linear, level-based upgrades that can be purchased throughout the course of the game.

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 These are also limited by the level of the garage, itself, which can also be upgraded.  Each aspect of the car produces a set number of statistics, in the form of points.  This makes it relatively easy to see what effect the upgrade will directly have.  However, it is not as clearly explained how exactly those particular points will affect the overall performance of the car during a race.

Photo 17-12-13 12 23 07In addition, the player also has the option to customise the appearance of the car.  There are a selection of different skins.  Some of which, are available as unlocks throughout the course of the game.  Others are available for purchases via micro-transactions.  Each skin also has a selection of different color variations that are available once unlocked.

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The next place to visit is the driver training area.  Here, you can train your existing drivers in order to improve their skills and eventually increase their overall level.  The player also has access to a talent scout that will allow you hire other drivers.  To train a driver, simply open up the training menu and select the skill that you want to upgrade.  You will then be taken to the driver simulator which, for all intents and purposes, is basically a minigame that simulates the particular skill.  For example, if you wish to upgrade your driver’s skills on straights, you’ll take part in a simulated drag race and you will need to hit those perfect launches and gear changes.

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So you’ve prepared your car and you’ve trained your driver, now what?

Well, then it’s time to race.  There are two main types of races.  There’s the quick race mode and multiplayer 1v1.  In both race modes, the player takes on the role of the chief, not the driver.  So, in order to win, it’s more of a strategy game.  The player must tell the driver what to do at particular times.  Should your driver speed up now, or overtake? The choice is yours.

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For anyone who’s played Gran Turismo 5‘s “B-spec” career mode, the style of play should be fairly familiar.  In addition, the player will be given moments where they will need to complete short minigames during the race that will help maintain an edge over your opponents.

Photo 17-12-13 12 20 34And that’s all there is to it.  Overall, this looks like a very well-polished game.  The music and sound effects are pretty decent.  I didn’t notice any glaring quality while playing.  Also, the graphics are pretty impressive for mobile devices.  So, if you’re looking for a good team management game and you’re a fan of motorsport, this is a good title to try out.  It’s available for both Android and iOS.  Check out their main site here!

There’s a time in every person’s life when they need to sit back a reflect on their life.  It could happen anytime.  It could happen while you’re at work, or at school.  It could even happen in your later years.  But, would you ever expect it to happen while playing a game on your mobile phone?

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Well, that’s what happened to me when I chanced upon Pretentious Game by Bulkypix.  The fairly assuming title might be a drop-dead dealbreaker for some.  After all, it could easily be interpreted as the sort of obnoxious title desperately trying to make some form of misguided, “deeper” meaning.

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So what did I end up with?  Well, Pretentious Game is a deceptively simple platform game with levels that are simple in appearance.  However, the rules change for each level and force the player to think outside of the usual platforming box, in order to reach their goal.  To make matters worse, the only indication that something has changed is usually a single sentence written on the screen for the player to decode.  Personally, I didn’t have all that much difficulty working it out but I can see how the game could potentially get much trickier.

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Story-wise, it’s a bit difficult to tell.  On the one hand, the simple graphics leave a lot to the imagination.  With simple annotations left for the player to read, it could be assumed that the shapes on the screen are representative of characters in some way.  But then again, it’s all up to the player’s perspective.  While the notion of leaving things to imagination of the players is not exactly unique to games, it’s not something that’s been seen very often, recently.  The closest comparison that I can draw to this, would be Thomas Was Alone.  However, they both achieve their objectives in subtly different ways.

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Ultimately, Pretentious Game is a sort of game that has a message.  However, it doesn’t take itself too seriously and seems to place its message at the forefront without attempting to shove it down the player’s throat.  It can definitely spark your imagination and get your mind working a little.

Try it for yourself! It’s available for free on the App Store and on Google Play, with additional levels (which I’d love to try) available for purchase.

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PanzerSG is a gamer, modeler and animator-in-training. Supporting the Indies, whenever and wherever possible.  Also is very active on Twitter: @PanzerSG and runs a YouTube Channel: PanzerSG Gaming.

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Imagine Nations is a first-person civilisation simulator game, made by Catbanana Studios. They are currently on Kickstarter here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/789726251/imagine-nations?ref=card

Download the demo and try for yourself: http://www.imaginenationsgame.com/demo/

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This limited demo is from a early alpha version of the game, any and all content is subject to change and is not representative of the final product. Any views expressed are my own and do not represent Catbanana Studios, Kickstarter or any other entities.

Just a quick update for all of you guys.  I’ve realised I might have neglected to update this page recently since a lot of things have been happening.

Where do I begin?

Well, first up.  My YouTube Channel is growing nicely and I’m very happy with it.  I’m now more comfortable making videos and I’m settling into a workflow pattern which I am comfortable with.  So, content on my channel should be fairly regular.  Even, during the holiday periods.

Twitter is growing nicely as well and I’m still (as always) using it to promote Indie projects and games, wherever possible.  Also, making use of it to really make some new friends and share experiences (more on this, another time).

I also have another blog up and running which is for more personal stuff.  I call it ThinkTurret.  This is just a place where I put my random thoughts and personal ramblings.  If you’re interested, check it out.  Since this page is very much a gaming page only, I figured I needed somewhere else to pen (or type) down my thoughts as and when I have them.  It’s definitely not going to be as frequently updated but I’m sure some of the ramblings may be worth a read.

So, where am I headed in future? Well, still got long ways to go with improving how I work as a YouTuber as well as many more projects (including a possible graphic novel in the works, next year).  So, definitely jam-packed schedules ahead and I’ll be looking to hit the ground running, come January.

As always, stay tuned!

Watch myself and fellow YouTubers attempt to survive the zombie-infested world of Roanoke!
New episodes every Friday!

Watch Episode 1 now!

Video  —  Posted: November 23, 2013 in Uncategorized
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