The Epic Games Store recently offered Minit for free, so this week I've been checking it out. It's a nifty idea: Thrust into a low-fi Zelda-like adventure game, you find yourself with only a minute to make progress before your character gets reset. Every 60 seconds you play, you make a little bit more progress. And every minute, you find yourself saying "Okay, just one more go..."
They've obviously done a lot of work on the game, it looks incredibly beautiful now. You can now swim and fish too! Weird I know, but I fished a shotgun out of the lake last night.
They also tweaked the mechanics of the game slightly, so running feels a little different. Obviously we got a new map, but they based it on a lot of the places from the old map, just spruced up, re-invented and re-arranged. All in all, a really awesome update.
In more direct Etch Play news, I've been spending some time improving our internal process for getting brand new Orchard Core websites up and running this week. And of course, I've still found time to score some absolute bangers in Rocket League.
I've been enjoying Autonauts by Denki, which just released on steam after a long time as a prototype on itch.io. It's a delightfully cute little game about programming robots to gather resources to build more robots and support your colonists. Bit of a busman's holiday as my wife would say, but I do enjoy some gamified programming every now and then!
I finished running the first module of Adventure A Week's underdark series this week. The whole group enjoyed it and really bought into the setting. Outside of D&D, I've also been working on a VR prototype game, it's still early days though, so watch this space!
There was also an extremely strong showing from the indie scene and it was particularly pleasing to spend some time with our wonderful clients Modern Wolf, who were showcasing their upcoming titles Skeleton Crew and Necronator: Dead Wrong. Check out the brand new Necronator trailer they announced at the event below.
From Rebellion, The Zombie Army 4 release date was announced this week with a new trailer, so I feel like there's going to be a lot of people eagerly waiting to lock and load come February 4th 2020. Looks like it's going to be a lot of fun.
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