June 28, 2017


New Pretty Good Solitaire v17.1 for Windows with 950 Games

from A Shareware Life

A new version of Pretty Good Solitaire for Windows is now available!

Version 17.1 is available for download.

All 10 of the new games are 3 or 4 deck games. This means that all of these games have large layouts, requiring
a modern screen resolution. Despite this, 3 and 4 decks games tend to be quite popular.

The 10 new games are:

- Alleys - an easier variation of the 4 deck game Eighty Thieves.

- Fred's Four - a 4 deck version of Fred's Spider and Fred's Three.

- Palace - a 4 deck version of Beleaguered Castle.

- Quartermaster - an original 4 deck Golf type game.

- Threefold - an original 3 deck game similar to FreeCell and Interchange.

- Triple Gold Rush - a 3 deck version of the Klondike type game Gold Rush.

- Triple Kingsley - a 3 deck version of the Klondike type game Kingsley.

- Triple Rail - a 3 deck game similar to Single Rail and Double Rail.

- Triple Spidike - a 3 deck version of the Klondike type game Spidike.

- Triple Storehouse - a 3 deck version of the Canfield type game Storehouse.



June 23, 2017


Rescue Team 7 Review

from Casual Game Guides

Never fear Rescue Team 7 Collector’s Edition is here to save you from the summer doldrums! Jump into 70 levels of pulse pounding adventure as you rescue townspeople, needy animals, maintain and procure resources and rebuild communities. Develop your strategy as you explore the crisp graphics and animation as you delve into the havoc left behind by Mother Nature.  There is a method to this madness after all, as each building you construct will provide certain benefits & resources that will allow you to complete your mission in an efficient and timely manner.

Hurry and join the adventure there are people, animals and townships waiting on you!

We hope you enjoy Rescue Team 7 Collector’s Edition!
 



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June 20, 2017


E3 2017 Preview: Bloody Zombies

from Casual Gamer Chick

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VR has become a major buzzword around the videogame industry these days. For the past few E3 conferences, there have been whole sections of the floor devoted to people strapping on headsets and playing first person titles where you rock climb or pilot a spaceship. Other times you’re running in a foot race like the intriguing title Sprint Vector that I demoed at the show.

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Then there’s Bloody Zombies, developed by Paw Print Games and published by nDreams, which hints at an alternative future for VR gaming.

On first blush, it’s a basic four player scrolling beat-em-‘up in the 16-bit mold of the arcade Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and River City Rampage — up to four players walk right, beating up enemies as they do with fists, kicks and various pick-up weapons. At the end of every level awaits a boss with loads of hit points and special moves.

From a gameplay perspective, the game offers some variety and gameplay innovation of the beat ’em up experience. There’s a mild competitive element to the game in that the game tracks hit combos, treasure capture, and so on and ranks the player who did the best during a level. Players can “juggle” enemies by kicking them in the air, and punching them to keep them aloft, with the possibility of knocking them into a level hazard for bonus points. Every level also features hard-to-find secrets that earn bonus points, but also take them out of the main fight so they’re sacrificing treasure for combo hits.

However, the game becomes a whole new experience when a player has a VR headset strapped on. Suddenly, looking in each direction reveals not only the entire level, but also things that aren’t visible when playing without it. (Amusingly, players wearing the VR headset have their characters onscreen wearing one, too.) For example, the museum level features a gigantic brachiosaurus skeleton. Without the VR headset on, only part of the skeleton can be seen; with one on, the player can see the head and neck arching over the ceiling of the exhibit.

The VR set also has a more practical purpose. Since the player can see in three dimensions while wearing the headset, they can now see if their avatar is on the same plane as an enemy, always a tricky bugaboo of side-scrollers in the past. They can also see upcoming level hazards, as well as secrets.

The other impressive aspect to the VR is that unlike most games using the headset, there’s no motion sickness. The game presents itself is presented as a model set with characters moving through it, as if playing with action figures. Developer Steven Craft confirmed that people who had complained they were extremely sensitive to motion sickness in VR games had no issues with Bloody Zombies because there was no first person queasiness to be had.

Bloody Zombies will be released on Steam, with Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions following. It will support all VR headsets, including PS VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive.



June 18, 2017


Episode 468: E3 2017 Recap

from Casual Gamer Chick

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Look, we’re back, and as promised, the new podcast is now up and recorded on the final day of E3 in Devolver Digital’s off-site space. Jonah and T.J. hang out near the Fable Fortune booth as they discuss the games they scoped out on the show floor. If T.J. seems a lot more chill than usual, keep in mind he’s enjoyed a few beers by then.

Next week will see Scott joining in with his impressions of the conference from afar.

Look, we’re back, and as promised, the new podcast is now up and recorded on the final day of E3 in Devolver Digital’s off-site space. Jonah and T.J. hang out near the Fable Fortune booth as they discuss the games they scoped out on the show floor. If T.J. seems a lot more chill than usual, keep in mind he’s enjoyed a few beers by then. Next week will see Scott joining in with his impressions of the conference from afar.



June 16, 2017


Bush Whacker 2 Review

from Casual Game Guides

Need to relax and free your mind? We’ve got the game for you Bush Whacker 2! This totally addictive light-hearted and fun game will satisfy your desire. Endless adventure is waiting if you dare. Enjoy pastimes like whacking bushes – fishing – hunting – adventuresome quests and a plain and simple good time with this sweet indulgence.  Treasure is yours for the taking as you attempt to help the natives solve their quests. Creative & interesting puzzles abound to keep you on your toes. Explore to your heart’s desire in this awesome adventure quest!


We hope you enjoy Bush Whacker 2!
 



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June 15, 2017


Shadowhand Dev Diary #15: combining stealth items

from Grey Alien Games

In today’s blog I thought I’d show you a few of the items in that you can use together in Shadowhand for special added benefits. There are literally millions of combinations of weapon, outfit and power up choices in Shadowhand and so it pays to choose a setup that maximises your effectiveness and works in harmony with your chosen strategy.

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Stealth is a stat relating to whether you get to start first in a duel. There are numerous clothing items you can collect or buy throughout the game that add together until eventually your chances of “calling the shots” at the opening of a bout are extremely high.

The stealth stat is displayed in a black mask at the top left of the inventory screen, and is also shown on your character’s card in duels.

For comparison, here is a screenshot of Shadowhand wearing most of the available stealth gear, compared with one without. Her stealth stat has jumped from 16 to 111. (Note the executioner’s mask is highlighted too – this is interchangeable with the black domino mask that Shadowhand is wearing).

In general, stealth items are black (but not all black items confer stealth…)

Here is a close-up of some of those cards (click image to enlarge)

There are plenty of other combinations of outfits and other items (such as weapons) that can be combined for a deadlier effect, look our for future blog posts on this!



June 09, 2017


Saga of the Nine Worlds: The Gathering Walkthrough

from Casual Game Guides

Our Saga of the Nine Worlds: The Gathering Collector's Edition Walkthrough is ready to help you save the world. Gather the best soldiers available as you and your princess embark on a journey of a lifetime; save the world and Midgard from the ominous dragon attack. We've laid out easy instructions and hidden object area and mini game tips & solutions; we are here for you every step of the way as you traverse this quest of survival, hope and humanity. Keep your head about you and move with no fear as you have been tapped by the gods to spearhead this modern take on a Norse mythological fable.

We hope you enjoy our Saga of the Nine Worlds: The Gathering Collector's Edition Walkthrough!
 



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Bridge to Another World: Escape From Oz Review

from Casual Game Guides

A classic fairytale gets a new and exciting twist in Bridge to Another World: Escape From Oz Collector's Edition. Travel to Oz in this whirlwind adventure as you and Toto have been swept away in a disastrous tornado that has brought you to another dimension. Instead of encountering the witches…you deal with a wicked wizard – who assigns you tasks in order to aid your trek home!  Be nimble and be quick because there is competition on your heels. There are others that are trying to beat you to completion of your tasks & if they do they will thwart your ability to return home! But never fear you are provided assistance on your journey from Toto and Frank. Delve into the well-crafted hidden object areas and the fun mini games as you race to return home!

We hope you enjoy Bridge to Another World: Escape From Oz Collector's Edition.
 



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Vacation Adventures: Park Ranger 6 Review

from Casual Game Guides

Summer is here and so is your newest adventure, Vacation Adventures: Park Ranger 6. Welcome to Pinecreek Hills where the Rangers have returned and are offering up some old favorites with some new flair. Its Conservation Challenge year and Pinecreek is beckoning you to take advantage of the opportunity of a lifetime. Enjoy this straight forward and challenging hidden object game where you can pour over the attractive scenery and find the craftily hidden objects as well as engaging in the numerous mini games sprinkled throughout.

Vivid graphics, various wildlife and natural sceneries will whisk you away on a virtual vacation. Get in touch with your wild side as you explore fish, hike and navigate trails – this latest episode of the beloved series does not disappoint! This game is fun for the whole family; so jump on in and enjoy the vacation of a lifetime!

We hope you enjoy Vacation Adventures: Park Ranger 6!



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June 04, 2017


On Hiatus

from Casual Gamer Chick

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No really, we’re on hiatus — the next podcast will be recorded at E3, and published on June 18. See you in two weeks!



June 02, 2017


Big City Adventure: Rome Review

from Casual Game Guides

Walk the streets where gladiators walked in this hot new adventure, Big City Adventure: Rome! Venture through the City of Remus and Romulus as you navigate 120 rounds of pure hidden objects and mini game challenges. Collect keepsakes along the way as you explore the sites. This game is for the true hidden objects adventure lover! Don’t get caught up in the drama and back and forth. Just enjoy your virtual vacation as you visit tourist hot spots such as the Colosseum and the Forum, find your items and learn interesting facts along the way! With its beautifully cultivated graphics this game is fun and exciting for people of all ages! Take a chance and enjoy the trip! Buon Viaggio!

We hope you enjoy Big City Adventure: Rome!



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May 31, 2017


Fabulous: Angela's High School Reunion Walkthrough

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Our Fabulous Angela’s High School Reunion Sneak-Peek Walkthrough is available to help you catch up with our favorite fashion icon. Angela is on her journey into fashion stardom as she wins a contest for designing the season’s hottest prom dress designs. Join her as she ventures back to her hometown of Snuggford for her high school reunion. But as to be expected the road to success is filled with obstacles; some of which include old high school memories & foes. Look to our colorful screenshots and simple instructions to help you and Angela through all the inevitable challenges that we love and expect from this time & resource management series.

We hope you enjoy our Fabulous Angela’s High School Reunion Sneak-Peek Walkthrough!
 



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May 30, 2017


Shadowhand Dev Diary #14 – using suits part 2

from Grey Alien Games

In my last blog post about Shadowhand, I talked about how some card suits have the added bonus of charging certain weapons faster – a great way to get the advantage over your enemy in a fight through strategic card play.

For this developer diary I’m gong to show another way that we have used suits in the game, as part of another game mechanic.

Introducing suit locks

Here’s a reminder once again of the customised suits that we have developed for Shadowhand. Each suit has ten cards, numbered 0-9.

In our previous card game, Regency Solitaire, we introduced a mechanic called a Regal Lock, where removing a royal card (J, Q or K) was necessary to unlock certain cards on the play field. We thought this was a fun mechanic, and it allowed us to create some quite interesting and challenging levels.

This time around we have lost J, Q and K but we have more suits to play around with. This time some cards on the play field have a Suit Lock, which is only removed when a target number of cards of that suit have been matched. We can choose any number we like to vary the challenge. This lock shown in play takes nine oak cards to unlock! Don’t fear, we will run our automated game test on every level to check that they are actually possible to complete. But in some cases, it will a significant achievement to get that last card.

Mechanics such as training that unlocks weapon charging matched by suit, and the suit locks shown in this post add many layers of strategy. The core gameplay is based on a solitaire variant, which is already a strategy game.

We aim to give players something new by coupling RPG battles to card play rather than dice rolls. Gradually adding layers of mechanics and a huge array of character choices and mini deck-building opportunities will mean that there are as many types of strategy to beat Shadowhand as there are players.