AnnouncingLabyrinth of Galleria: The Moon Society

At the edge of town sits a deserted mansion, central residence to a manorial estate which hides many wonders…including the entrance to
the mysterious Labyrinth of Galleria. Madame Marta, master witch,
has tasked you to assemble a loyal brigade of animated puppet warriors
and venture into its uncharted depths to retrieve enchanted
artifacts known as Curios…

Sword and Fairy: Together Forever

Independent developer and publisher Eastasiasoft Limited today released a new exploration trailer for the Chinese mythology-based action RPG Sword and Fairy: Together Forever, a brand new standalone entry in the storied franchise. The new trailer showcases the lush environments that players can explore. To celebrate the release of the exploration trailer, eastasiasoft has revealed that Sword and Fairy: Together Forever will release on PS5™ and PS4™ in North America, Europe and Australia on August 4th.

A vast and fantastical world awaits players in Sword and Fairy: Together Forever. From flower-covered vistas with waterfalls and rainbows to the hardened majesty of the demon realm, from comforting countryside to the wide and volatile sea beyond the coast, these wondrous landscapes deserve to be explored to their fullest extent. Players will be able to discover unexpected secrets and use stealth in key locations for the first time in the series’ history! While danger and war may loom over the lands, their storied history and enduring beauty cannot be denied.

With its beginnings in 1995, the Sword and Fairy RPG series has captured the hearts and imagination of Chinese-speaking players for decades. Now, in 2022, Sword and Fairy: Together Forever advances mechanics and graphics presentation into the next generation. Powered by Unreal Engine 4, Sword and Fairy: Together Forever features intense real-time combat and vast detailed environments to explore, complemented by depth and engaging storytelling that have defined the franchise since its inception. This is a standalone RPG epic that can be enjoyed equally by long-time fans or newcomers without prior knowledge of the series, one that Eastasiasoft Limited is exceptionally proud to bring to new audiences worldwide.

Sword and Fairy: Together Forever was originally developed by Softstar Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd. Eastasiasoft Limited will publish digitally in the west. This new console version of the game will feature four exclusive outfits and a weapon appearance not available in the original PC release. US & EU physical editions for PS5™ and PS4™ are also in the works with more details to be announced soon.

NecroBoy: Path to Evilship Trailer

NecroBoy is a puzzle-adventure game from French indie developer Chillin’ Wolf, in which you can revive souls into the form of minions, the NecroMinions (because everything starting with Necro is cooler), that will follow our hero, NecroBoy. 

Use your minions to solve various puzzles by giving them orders, helping you to progress further into the crypt of NecroMan, an infamous necromancer that tyrannized the kingdom a century ago. What a role model!

Although the gameplay is made to be relaxed (we’re Chillin’ Wolf, remember?). The journey through the dungeons will make the players scratch their heads over puzzles as the difficulty increases! 

But the main focus of this game is the story. A story of this megalomaniac, theatrical, lonely kid who wants to take the path of evil. Why would he choose such a goal? What does he really want? That’s what you’ll learn as you follow the progress of NecroBoy into the crypt – and his progress as a person, with a tone often comedic, but… sometimes darker. NecroBoy’s character design was originally inspired by Ed from the 90’s game Tonic Trouble! It was one of my favorite games when I was a kid, so I wanted NecroBoy to be a fun and endearing protagonist like Ed was.

A demo for NecroBoy: Path to Evilship will be available soon, so please keep your eyes open! 

“I hope people will fall in love with NecroBoy, like I did while creating this little guy” from Yool the developer and owner of Chillin’ Wolf.

Steam page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1628890/NecroBoy__Path_to_Evilship/ 

River Tails: Stronger Together Trailer

River Tails: Stronger Together is a 3D two-player co-op adventure platformer with a colorful cartoon aesthetic. Teammates must work together to defeat end-of-level bosses and solve puzzles across a range of natural-world environments.

Play either as Furple, the curious and excitable purple kitten, or Finn, the independent fish with a bit of an attitude problem. You’ll embark upstream with these unexpected allies, towards the icy mountain where Furple’s family is in mortal danger. Can you save them in time?

Pick a trusted teammate and prepare to experience an epic journey through nature in all its glory. Kid Onion Studio, an indie game development company headquartered in the UK and Italy is developing River Tails: Stronger Together. This exciting 3D action-adventure platformer is designed to be played by two people in couch co-op mode and is targeted to all major platforms.

“Think about a great road trip with one of your best friends…done?! Great! Now replace the road with a lush river, your friend with grumpy fish and you are a cute purple cat.”, Kid Onion co-founder Francesco says, “Get ready to experience a great two-player adventure in which you need to collaborate and time your actions in order to succeed”

“We are working to offer players a co-operative game where they can create fun memories and have a lot of laughs while playing”, from Kid Onion co-founder Gabriele.

Steam page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1851610/River_Tails_Stronger_Together/

Live by the Sword: Tactics Trailer

Live by the Sword: Tactics is at its heart a Tactical RPG but takes a few modern measures to differentiate itself from others. No grinding is needed to enjoy the game, your characters are the same strength at the end of the game as they were at the start. You the player are what grows and as you become better you are able to beat harder fights and solve more difficult encounters. 

“We would like to announce today we have partnered with Gravity Game Arise, an indie game publishing company,” said Labrador Studios founder Matthew Hamilton. “Labrador Studios is extremely excited to be working with Gravity Game Arise to ensure Live by the Sword: Tactics is able to reach as many people as possible. Our partnership will last for years to come with a goal of delivering unique IP’s in the RPG genre that you can’t get anywhere else.”

Steam page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1363210/Live_by_the_Sword_Tactics/ 

Alterium Shift Trailer

Alterium Shift is a retro JRPG-inspired indie game from Drattzy Games. Choose one of three heroes in training on a mission to prevent a catastrophic conflict between two worlds. Discover the heroes’ intertwined link as they seek to save Alteria from the Dark Elves. Be prepared to shift your expectations on what the real journey might be.

Alterium Shift has grown from a small passion project to a full-fledged game with many awesome features to come,” said Drattzy co-founder Mottzy. “We are extremely excited to be working with Gravity Game Arise to deliver a truly unique retro-style RPG that brings the nostalgia of the 90s to the modern world.”

“Alterium Shift culminates years of passion for retro-style JRPGs into a project we could only dream of making by ourselves,” said Drattzy co-founder DrazzRay. “Thanks to our partnership with Gravity Game Arise, we’ll be able to deliver on that dream and transform those passions into a game that we believe people will love for years to come”.

Steam page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1586990/Alterium_Shift/ 

Hand of Merlin (PS4/5 Review)

As always I want to thank the fine folks at RoomcGames and Versus Evil for tossing me a review copy of this one. It is always appreciated and definitely doesn’t go unnoticed.

Hand of Merlin plays like a lot of other RPGs. You create a party of three heroes then move around a map to individual places ( think Slay the Spire) and make decisions. Maybe it’s to help some poor folks find a wagon wheel or save them from bandits. Solving these will many times get you money, or fame. Fame is used to level up all of your characters at once.

Battles themselves play out in a tactics style and won’t win any awards for creativity. If you are a fan of them there is nothing new here to enjoy. The usual hit points and armor are present with hit points not coming back between battles outside of certain ways of healing and armor completely replenishing.

I don’t say this is a bad thing, the battle system is a lot of fun and I greatly enjoyed it. I just don’t want anyone to go into this thinking the wheel has been reinvented so to speak.

The story itself is quite basic but it serves its purpose. Inspired by Arthurian legends, Merlin is attempting to save the world from a terrible event. That is where the rouge-lite experience comes into play. Each time you fail, and by the way, losing the Holy Grail also results in a game over. I discovered that when I sold it. Anyway, if you fail Merlin will simply take off to a new part of the multiverse where you will start all over again. You pretty much lose all of the progress you made except for any heroes you unlocked or spells you unlocked.

Oddly, I don’t really have anything bad to say about this game. It is essentially average in every way I can think of. The sound, the graphics, the gameplay. It is all good. Just that, good. It isn’t in any way special or unremarkable. It is a solid 7/10 and great for any fan of rogue-lites.

Grid Force – Mask of the Goddess, will be published and distributed by Gravity Game Arise. Grid Force will release on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC on August 11th 2022.  

Grid Force is a grid-based bullet-hell RPG with a diverse cast, lightning-fast combat, and a deep story that adapts to your choices.

Players take on the role of Donna to create a squad of up to 4 characters from a large cast that they have recruited on their journey. Battling through waves of enemies, defeating challenging bosses, and making story-altering decisions, players are given free rein to forge the dream team of their choosing. With dozens of characters to be recruited, upgraded, and engaged with as the story progresses, quick-swapping between your squad during combat is the key to creating ultimate synergies and conquering the grid.

Key Features: 

  • Dozens of unique characters to recruit and upgrade.
  • Thousands of possible squad combinations.
  • Tough-as-nails grid battles and mighty boss fights.
  • Story told in beautiful, interactive manga-style comics.
  • 90’s-inspired soundtrack. 
  • Dense dialogue trees. 
  • Pivotal choices that lead to branching story paths.

Nicola Strina, Producer of Dreamnauts, says:

“We grew up with Gravity as a name synonyms with innovative and fun online games, and to now be part of their new indie initiative is something really special”

Michael Prefontaine, Business Development Chief of Gravity Game Arise, says:

“Grid Force is a force to be reckoned with. From the moment I saw this game and played the demo, I was hooked. There is creativity here that draws upon so many genres, action that will keep you thinking and moving, a story that is honestly moving with choices that affect not only the story but how you strategize and play the game.

The Dreamnauts are a unique family of extremely talented creators and we are proud to work with them and help bring their creations to gamers around the world.”

Critically acclaimed ‘Heaven’s Vault’up for store pre-order – new trailer (PS4/Switch)

Strictly Limited Games is delighted to announce that they will publish an exclusive limited edition release of the critically-acclaimed Heaven’s Vault for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 (PS4), in partnership with the award-winning developers at inkle. Praised for its narrative depth and gameplay around exploration and deciphering an ancient language, Heaven’s Vault is already a timeless classic. The boxed release now secures a permanent physical legacy for Heaven’s Vault and includes unique collectibles transcribed with never-before-seen Ancient text, well-aligned with the theme of archaeology in the game. Pre-orders will kick off on June 12th, at 12 AM CEST (midnight) only at Strictly Limited Games.

Nominated for the BAFTA, winner of the Independent Games Festival in the category “Best Narrative” and honored several times as one of the top 10 games of 2019 (The New Yorker, Mashable, GamesIndustry.biz), Heaven’s Vault is an adventure game unlike any other. Every choice counts, as the adaptive narrative reacts to your decisions and the game expands on every replay, unlocking deeper secrets.

About Heaven’s Vault:

Welcome to the Nebula: a strange network of moons linked by rivers in space, where ancient robots coexist with humans. Its ancient history has long been forgotten and only fragments remain, written in a lost hieroglyphic language. Join archaeologist Aliya Elasra and her robot sidekick Six on a trail of discoveries that will lead to the very edge of the world and to the ancient secret of Heaven’s Vault.

Ancient, the hieroglyphic language at the center of Heaven’s Vault, is a full language created for the game that consists of around 3,000 words. A language that an active fan community is continually discovering, discussing, and even expanding beyond the scope of the game. But it’s not only the language that makes Heaven’s Vault special. Progress through the game in any order you choose; the game’s fully adaptive narrative remembers every choice you make, every discovery, and every action you take, influencing what happens next. Meet a diverse cast of characters who remember everything you say, and whose attitudes toward you will change based on how you act. Who will you trust? What will you find? What will you risk? You will have to decide for yourself!

Features: 

  • Find artifacts and translate their hieroglyphic inscriptions to piece together the history of the world.
  • Make tough decisions and interact with a large cast of characters who remember everything you say.
  • Sail Aliya’s ship, the Nightingale, through an open world of fast-flowing space rivers and lost moons.
  • Freely explore a variety of locations, from ruined palaces to desert moons, market towns, and farming villages.
  • Marvel at the unique art style, blending beautiful hand-drawn 2D art with 3D environments.
  • Play it again  – Heaven’s Vault is highly replayable thanks to massively flexible choice-driven gameplay and translation puzzles that expand on every playthrough, revealing new secrets.

The two unique limited editions for Heaven’s Vault are available for pre-order exclusively via the Strictly Limited Games online shop

The Limited Edition is limited to 1,900 copies for Nintendo Switch and 900 for PS4, at a price of 29.99€, including a colorful game manual.

The Special Limited Edition is limited to 900 copies for Nintendo Switch and 400 for PS4, for 49.99€, including lots of additional collectibles: 

  • Special Limited Edition Box 
  • Colorful Game Manual 
  • Original Soundtrack with previously unreleased bonus tracks 
  • 10 Puzzle Cards
  • Timeline of the Nebula 
  • Archaeologist’s Notebook 
  • Bookmark
  • 4 transparent Stickers
Official logo
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Heaven’s Vault to receive limited boxed release

Decipher an ancient language and sail the rivers of space in this award-winning narrative adventure

Stuttgart, Germany – 9 June 2022 Strictly Limited Games is delighted to announce that they will publish an exclusive limited edition release of the critically-acclaimed Heaven’s Vault for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 (PS4), in partnership with the award-winning developers at inkle. Praised for its narrative depth and gameplay around exploration and deciphering an ancient language, Heaven’s Vault is already a timeless classic. The boxed release now secures a permanent physical legacy for Heaven’s Vault and includes unique collectibles transcribed with never-before-seen Ancient text, well-aligned with the theme of archaeology in the game. Pre-orders will kick off on June 12th, at 12 AM CEST (midnight) only at Strictly Limited Games.

Nominated for the BAFTA, winner of the Independent Games Festival in the category “Best Narrative” and honored several times as one of the top 10 games of 2019 (The New Yorker, Mashable, GamesIndustry.biz), Heaven’s Vault is an adventure game unlike any other. Every choice counts, as the adaptive narrative reacts to your decisions and the game expands on every replay, unlocking deeper secrets.

A picture depicting the critical acclaim the game received.

About Heaven’s Vault:

Welcome to the Nebula: a strange network of moons linked by rivers in space, where ancient robots coexist with humans. Its ancient history has long been forgotten and only fragments remain, written in a lost hieroglyphic language. Join archaeologist Aliya Elasra and her robot sidekick Six on a trail of discoveries that will lead to the very edge of the world and to the ancient secret of Heaven’s Vault.

A screenshot showing a fast flowing river with a rock in the middle and shoreline on the right.

Ancient, the hieroglyphic language at the center of Heaven’s Vault, is a full language created for the game that consists of around 3,000 words. A language that an active fan community is continually discovering, discussing, and even expanding beyond the scope of the game. But it’s not only the language that makes Heaven’s Vault special. Progress through the game in any order you choose; the game’s fully adaptive narrative remembers every choice you make, every discovery, and every action you take, influencing what happens next. Meet a diverse cast of characters who remember everything you say, and whose attitudes toward you will change based on how you act. Who will you trust? What will you find? What will you risk? You will have to decide for yourself!

Features: 

  • Find artifacts and translate their hieroglyphic inscriptions to piece together the history of the world.
  • Make tough decisions and interact with a large cast of characters who remember everything you say.
  • Sail Aliya’s ship, the Nightingale, through an open world of fast-flowing space rivers and lost moons.
  • Freely explore a variety of locations, from ruined palaces to desert moons, market towns, and farming villages.
  • Marvel at the unique art style, blending beautiful hand-drawn 2D art with 3D environments.
  • Play it again  – Heaven’s Vault is highly replayable thanks to massively flexible choice-driven gameplay and translation puzzles that expand on every playthrough, revealing new secrets.
A screenshot showing a Brass Ceremonial Goblet and three words, allowing the player to choose which they feel is best inscribed onto drinking implement.

The two unique limited editions for Heaven’s Vault are available for pre-order exclusively via the Strictly Limited Games online shop

The Limited Edition is limited to 1,900 copies for Nintendo Switch and 900 for PS4, at a price of 29.99€, including a colorful game manual.

HeavensVault_Packshot_combined.png

The Special Limited Edition is limited to 900 copies for Nintendo Switch and 400 for PS4, for 49.99€, including lots of additional collectibles: 

  • Special Limited Edition Box 
  • Colorful Game Manual 
  • Original Soundtrack with previously unreleased bonus tracks 
  • 10 Puzzle Cards
  • Timeline of the Nebula 
  • Archaeologist’s Notebook 
  • Bookmark
  • 4 transparent Stickers
Special limited edition contents.

Both editions can also be purchased as an exclusive bundle with the two official Heaven’s Vault novels by Jon Ingold, inkle’s narrative director. Only 100 of these bundles will be available for Nintendo Switch and PS4 respectively.