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Etch Play Roundup (18/10/2019)

Adam Burt
Adam Burt
Senior Developer 18 Oct 20195 minutes read

It's been a huge week in the world of gaming. So let's take a look at what's been happening!

Hi. 

Now that the introductions are out of the way, let's get on with it shall we? Because it's been a busy week, and we've got a guest contribution this week too!

A Nathan Pyle webcomic

Credit: Nathan W Pyle

Adam

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..."

A cropped screenshot of Minit

Hang on, I'm not done yet. There's a lot going on! Untitled Goose Game's cultural icon status has been cemented since launch, with endorsements from celebrities and the Twitterverse still referencing it on the regular. VICE sat down with one of the creators to talk, and it's a fun interview, well worth a read. 

Peace was never an option. Untitled Goose Game

Lastly from me, Analogue sold us all on something we didn't even know we wanted this week: A souped up Game Boy, with ridiculous specs and incredible cartridge support potential. Introducing the Analogue Pocket.

Sandy-Lee

Hello! I'm Sandy-Lee, and I work in Etch's Cape Town office. I'm also one of the team's biggest Fortnite fans, and if you hadn't noticed, there was a lot of buzz around Fortnite this week! The entire game as we know and love it got sucked into a black hole, leaving us waiting and watching for the new update.

And then, it arrived! Here are my thoughts:

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.

A screenshot of Fortnite's new look

Pete

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

Lawrence

I've been enjoying Autonauts by Denki, which just released on steam after a long time as a prototype on itch.ioIt'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!

A screenshot of Autonauts

Joe B

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!

Ben G

I've been brushing up on my Norse mythology in Jotun: Valhalla Edition - a superb hand-drawn action exploration game from Thunder Lotus Games.

Dan

EGX kicked off this week and I negotiated my way to the ExCel centre to see the latest from the games industry. Some of the stand outs were Death Stranding from Kojima Productions, Cyberpunk 2077 from CD Projekt RED and Marvel Avengers which is being developed by Crystal Dynamics.

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.

Ben J

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.

 

Phew. That's all for this edition. If you have cool articles, videos or games you think we should be checking out, or you want to talk about how our expertise could help you build great websites and services for your fans, let us know on Twitter. If you'd like to find out more about Etch Play, visit etchplay.com/work.

See you next time!