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Haven Review: Shiness The Lightning Kingdom

Shiness the Lightning Kingdom, I have honestly been looking forward to this game for a incredibly long time, from the moment I saw it on kickstarter I have been following the game obsessively waiting as patiently as I can to get my hands on a copy of it and honestly, moment of truth?

It was so worth it, there are a few minor bugs here and there like getting stuck when you jump up and you land on a area connecting two zones. But outside of that one really annoying bug, and some crashing the game is surprisingly good.

Now, the biggest thing I’ve noticed with the game is its combat system. It is a very unique combat system, unlike traditional RPG’s where you have the lineup of characters fighting by your side this one takes a cue from Street Fighter where one character fights one enemy, however you can trade out during the fight for another character to best match your enemies this ability is also granted to the enemies as well that you fight.

The biggest difference is that the battles are handled in a arena concept. When encountering a bunch of enemies, it makes a dome around the fighting arena and you are forced to battle one on one with all the enemies until there is a victor, subsequently everyone gets EXP from the battle and they don’t need to participate in the battle to get EXP.

However if you plan on learning new skills, or moves you must use them in battle or else that character will never learn them. So it’s a double edged sword, you can have one good character or if you want a team of good characters you need to individually train them all.

Another fun factor of the game is its stage mechanics, where each character has a special skill to help them solve various problems that occur in the stages you play in. Chado can throw rocks or place them, Poky can connect electrical current with his wrench, and the other guy has psychic powers. I forgot his name, but he looks cool!

The story thus far is to primarily get to a place called the Land of Life which for the most part is the grueling aspect of the game. Although having only played the game for several hours at this point, I have been really enjoying the combat and the interactions with the other characters in a comic book mischief type of setting.

Action scenes are done with comic panels and audio dialog instead of a more interactive experience to give the game more of a fun and mischievous kinda feel and honestly? It works really well for the game.

I really enjoy the characters, the story so far, and the soundtrack to the game which helps add a bit more life to the game. I also absolutely enjoy just how colorful and vibrant the game is and its something I openly look for in games because I love to see actual color in games. Not some monochrome gray scaled game that says it’s fun, but a game that openly embraces color, antics, and understands that not everything has to be dark and gritty to be a game.

The interactions with the other characters, the jokes, the chance to jokingly insult a villain, these are aspects which help breathe life into this game and are the main aspects I really love about this title. I feel at times there is just not enough games out there that have these aspects. It’s not always about assassinating someone, it’s not always suppose to be grim. Sometimes we need a bright, cheerful, and fun loving game to break up the grimness of reality not only because it helps immerse us in a fantasy world, but also because it helps bring a freedom and joy that we cannot experience in the real world.

Shiness the Lightning Kingdom is one of those games that help share that fantasy to our reality and helps bring us back to the roots of gaming with its colorful and cheerful atmosphere and array of interesting characters.

-Daniel Clatworthy

 

Haven Editorial: Pixel Princess

Haven Editorial: Pixel Princess

The life of an adventurer is filled with perils. Such as man eating treasure chests. Gods angry at the stupid things men do. The constant lure of a kings ransom worth of treasures and big angry hairy and hungry monsters.
“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
J.R.R Tolkien

First impressions are important and Lanze Games deliver a quite fantastic kickstarter, highlighting their quite interesting game indeed.

I’m a sucker for rogue games, despite the concept being built upon luck and dying way too much. The concept is simple and easy to grasp. The world have set places and locations, while the rest is randomly generated within the world. A fully narrative experience is also promised by Pixel Princess and that is sweet. Most such games have virtually no story what so ever, aside from some random journals and the setting itself. Then again half the fun is the story that unfolds dynamically as you play.

Music is also key to any good game and I’m quite sure they have a skilled music maker on their team. The soundtrack can be bought and there is even a retro inspired version too boot. I just hope they have flack. It has everything to do with the quality. I just have a different taste. Never the less, from what I can see within the trailer and the information provided by the developer. The framework is already there and looks fun. Great many indie developers these days have a bad habit of underselling their product or doing a bad half baked effort at making a good game. If anything consider Pixel princess a lesson in how to show, tell and sell.

The art direction is positively lovely and full of charm. It’s done in that cutesy chibi style and kept consistent. If their concept art is anything to go by, they know exactly what they are doing by embracing pixels and nice animations. I also adore their silly promotion comics.

The game is already Greenlit, however it needs a little bit more support in order to deliver the best possible experience. Such as coop. Something I value greatly in any game I run across. There is also a slew of rewards for those whom are willing to back Pixel Princess.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lanzegames/pixel-princess-blitz-sandbox-roguelike-action-rpg

Njål Sand

Haven Review: Mr. Game!

DSC_0011 First up is our disclaimer. We received this game for review purposes only, and as such all opinions in this review are our own. No money has been exchanged for this review.

There are all sorts of video games in the world, so rarely do we feel the urge to jump back to traditional tabletop games such as Monopoly, Scrabble, Clue and of course Battleship. However that hasn’t stopped people from making them. Nowadays you can play Cards Against Humanity, but what good game is there that’s filled with chaos, but not rude and DSC_0012vulgar? Well there was a Kickstarter project a while back for a tabletop game called Mr.Game!

Mr. Game! is a game where you roll dice and move across spaces, much as you do in many tabletop games. However the catch is that one player out of everyone has to be “Mr. Game” (or “Ms. Game”, depending on who gets picked). It’s up to them to sort out the rules and answer any questions that arise. This happens more often than you might think.

The game is utter chaos, but the good party kind that you play with friends who love you one minute and probably want to stab you the next. The game itself is pretty straightforward. Roll the dice, move around the board and try to land on your goal space. Once you land on the goal space you win! However, cards and obstacles are on the board to hinder your movement, and you will have to combat other players to get to your goal space.DSC_0014

Now the game has a few varied modes that I recommend you try. To be completely honest, I haven’t gotten around to the rest yet. But I can assure you I will when I get some friends over. An issue I have with the game is that its visual appearance is very classic, much like the traditional board game Sorry, although it’s not really a bad thing. When you stop and think about it, board games have a type of artistic flare to them; a designer’s prerogative, if you will. I just don’t really like the old-fashioned look, but that’s just my taste and style.

I must say though, the game is one of the best and most well-designed traditional board games I’ve played in a while. MrGameI recommend picking it up if you have extra money laying around and want to have a good time with your friends. I also really love the fact that the rulebook is literally only six pages long, so someone with ADHD like myself can maintain focus long enough to read the rules all the way through. They even use bold print, so it’s kind of like double-spacing on your college essays. You can finish it quicker and make it stand out a bit more.

Overall, if you like board games and are looking for something that’s a bit chaotic…like Cards Against Humanity…look no further. We’ve found the solution!

Enjoy your gaming, Everyone!

-Daniel Clatworthy-