Showing posts with label Games. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Games. Show all posts

Monday, January 18, 2010

Steampunk Games: Fallen London and Blimp Wars

Screen Shot of Fallen London (c. of Hibernia on the Skids)
Echo Bazzar’s Fallen London
A clever story-based Twitter game first noted on Hibernia on the Skids, this work has one exploring the remnants of a “Fallen London”.  Entirely browser-based (no downloads), it is quite an amusement. I would certainly recommend it as a diversion online alas, I’ve only started on this but am enraptured for the time being!  For more details, or to start playing (yes, its gratis), follow the link to Echo Bazzar’s website.
For a more in depth review of Fallen London, do read Mr. O’Toole’s more extensive review, at:
(A “tip of the hat” to the good gentleman for the addictive little vice!)

Screen Shot of Blimp Wars

Machine 22’s Blimp Wars

A brower-based flash game, Blimp Wars is essentially combat based battle with personalized blimps.  Simple enough, but the with multiple combat scenarios, options for personalization, and additional quirks, Blimp Wars is also an entertaining diversion.  One can engage in only ten battles a day, but I suppose that provides one with time to play Fallen London!

Well, do have a good day, and if you see an individual under TheHeliograph, please dont be too draconian!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Steampunk Games: Damnation

A bit pressed for time this evening, so I leave this small video clip of an upcoming PS3/Xbox game, “Damnation”, set for release “this Spring”. Having more Steampunk themes rather than being Steampunk, there area number aspects that are quite interesting, such as the weaponry and airships that are displayed in this movie. It looks good, and its been awhile since any decent 1st person shoots with any kind of genre aspects have been released. Well, enough of my prattling, on to the video!

If one happens to seek a bit more regarding this game, please turn to:

Friday, December 19, 2008

Iron Dukes – Online Entertainment

I recently learned of a web-based interactive game titled “Iron Dukes” which won the 2008 “Best Web Game” from “Penny Arcade”. It looks quite entertaining, and received over 300,000 hits since last friday (popular, needless to say). RL has prevented me from spending a couple hours of my existance indulging in this little past time, and a brief description of it is as follows…

Like a lumbering juggernaut, Iron Dukes is basically three minigames welded into one whole. Iron Dukes is also wildly, ridiculously funny, which takes it out of the realm of lumbering juggernauts. Unless were talking about some sort of lumbering vaudeville juggernaut. In which case, youre talking about Fatty Arbuckle, the 1920s star of stage and screen who was constructed of ten tons of solid steel and required a support crew of twenty to keep provide coal for his furnace. The preferred delivery method for this fuel was in the form of pies to the face.

Leaving behind all concepts of steampunk vaudevillians, the three minigames that make up Iron Dukes are light fare: enjoyable, but not very complex. In other games, this would be a negative, but the real charm of the game is the wit and surrealism in the writing. Much like chips are merely a vehicle for sauce, Iron Dukes minigames are just a vehicle for getting a chance to acquire more of the strange and hilarious items. The fact that the minigames themselves are often funny is just a nice bonus.

Reading the descriptions of items in the store is enough to make me have to pause for breath, and seeing my characters in their increasingly ridiculous salvage attire really hits it home. The overarching plot is just as surreal, as it sees you collecting deep sea salvage from lost seas, fighting monsters of the deep including island-sized dolphins, and outfitting a fighting crew in an attempt to get revenge on the evil warlock Thomas Edison. Seriously. [Ed note. I told you he was evil!]

Iron Dukes is still only available in demo form, but considering its recent surge of popularity from winning the Independent Game Festival award for browser-based games and from its mention on Penny Arcade its only a matter of time before the final, fully-polished form shows up on your doorstep, smiling and smelling damply of grease. Its not a tremendously deep game, like Pirates!, but its a treasure trove of style and humor.

{C. Bethesda }

Certainly worth a visit, so to do so, please visit: