Armello, the digital board game from League of Geeks where you adventure in a world of anthropomorphic animals has releases today on Xbox One as part of Microsoft’s Summer Spotlight program. Additionally The Usurpers Hero Pack, Armello’s first DLC, is also available.
Armello has been out for a year already on PC and PS4, and to celebrate this anniversary the base game and soundtrack are 25% off across all platforms until September 5th.
The Usurpers Hero Pack DLC enhances the base game with four new clan rings and a new playable character to each of the four existing animal clans, boosting Armello’s hero count from eight to 12. Each character has their own distinct stats and special power, allowing you to find heroes that tailor to your style.
The new heroes include:
•Magna, The Unbroken – Tank-like member of the Wolf Clan who can reflect opponents’ attacks.
•Elyssia, Wardress of Warrens – Hero of the Rabbit Clan who builds fortifying walls around settlements.
•Ghor, The Wyldkin – Bear Clan champion whose magical powers are increased in forests.
•Sargon, The Death Teller – A legend of the Rat Clan whose cards appear face up when selecting which ones to draw.
Armello merges the deep tactics of card games with the rich strategy of table top and a character role-playing system. You take turns exploring a vibrant world, battling fellow players or the AI and vanquishing evil banes, with the shared goal of claiming the throne from the mad lion king of Armello.
A year after introducing Armello to the world, the game’s audience is still as active as ever
said Trent Kusters, co-founder and director of League of Geeks.
Whether you’ve never played a match or you’re a seasoned vet, today’s content drop guarantees you will have a new experience, and with the talent seen in our community, you’re sure to have competition
We’re busy playing Armello as we speak. Expect our review shortly.
Armello, the fantasy board game from League of Geeks is finally coming to the Xbox One. Already enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of PC and PS4 gamers Armello is a swashbuckling adventure that combines RPG elements with the strategic play of card and board games, creating a personal, story-fuelled experience.
You, play as a ‘Hero’ from one of the four animal clans: Rat, Rabbit, Bear or Wolf, navigating your fully animated 3D character across the board with one ultimate end goal in mind — storming the palace and becoming King or Queen of Armello. Quest, scheme, explore, Vanquish monsters, perform the Mad King’s royal edicts, and face off against other players in this epic adventure.
But it doesn’t end there and alongside the games release on August 30th, League of Geeks will also be releasing the first DLC for Armello, titled The Usurpers Hero Pack. The Usurpers Hero Pack will introduces four new playable characters, one from each of the four animal clans, into the game bringing the total number of heroes up to 12. Each character has their own unique stats and Hero Powers, further diversifying the playstyles and strategies of the core game.
The Usurpers Hero Pack includes:
Elyssia, Wardress of Warrens: A hero of the Rabbit Clan who can permanently fortify settlements with her “Architect” ability, granting Elyssia greater control of the daily gold reward for holding settlements. While not the strongest in straightforward fights, her high Wits stat and ability to monopolize Armello’s economy make her very dangerous.
Magna, the Unbroken: A tank-like Wolf Clan member with the Hero Power, “Shield Maiden,” which allows her to reflect attacks. Magna’s high Body and Fight stats in combination with Shield Maiden is ideally suited for players who focus on combat.
Ghor, The Wyldkin: A Bear Clan hero whose magic draws strength from forests. His Hero Power, “Conduit,” allows him to cast spells for one less magic per adjacent forest, and enables him to cast to any woodland tiles on the board. This powerful ability, is ideal for stealthy spell play.
Sargon, The Death Teller: The latest addition to the Rat Clan has evenly balanced stats, but his Hero Power, “Veil Gazer,” makes him a very appealing choice to cerebral players. Sargon has the ability to see cards before they’re drawn, giving him a strategic advantage over every other character.
In addition to the new heroes, each of the four animal clans also receives a new Clan Ring, which can be equipped to provide benefits and powerful boosts to the base stats of a hero.
Armello and the Unsurpers Hero Pack DLC will both release for the Xbox One on the 30th August, priced at $19.99 & $9.99 accordingly. For further information on the game and the up and coming DLC, check out the Official Game Site.
You’ve likely noticed that we at TiX have a love for Indie games, whether it be titles released via the ID@Xbox program or up and coming games needing support and featured in our TiX crowdfunding spotlight, our staff are big supporters of the Indie scene. To that extent I was invited and asked to review GameLoading: Rise of the Indies the latest production from StudioBento, and a movie that itself was a Kickstarter-funded success story, documenting and exploring the rapidly growing indie community.
GameLoading: Rise of the Indies is a movie that showcases the craft of Indie games development, the games themselves, the dreams of those making them, and for those that release their games and how they have forever changed the landscape of games culture.
A star-studded line up of Indie personalities are featured in the movie with a mix of high-profile as well as up and coming developers and industry figures. Rami Ismail (Vlambeer fame), the brains of Davey Wreden (The Stanley Parable), Christine Love (Analogue: A Hate Story), Trent Kusters (Armello), the founds of id Software John Romero and Tom Hall, Mr Minecraft Jens Bergensten, Richard Hofmeier the creator of the humbling Cart Life title, Mike Bithell and many more.
Indie games, the developers and community behind them are disrupting the big-budget industry. Indie games have altered the art form through their innovative, varied and personal games. Small teams of passionate and creative developers are offering an alternate voice to players. While there’s no question the games industry has continued to expand and explode on the international level, GameLoading: Rise of the Indies is a refreshing reminder that it’s also growing in a more intimate way as well.
Sitting back and watching GameLoading: Rise of the Indies makes you realise and appreciate that although those featured in the documentary need to make money to live and then prepare for their next game, it’s not all about the money for them, if it was they might as well pack up and go work for EA, Bethesda or 2K. Instead, for many if not all of the developers featured in the documentary, it is about sharing life experiences and/or ideas with as many people as possible. Some of those experiences are hard-hitting like That Dragon, Cancer an adventure game that acts as an interactive retelling of Ryan and Amy Green’s experience raising their son Joel, a four year-old currently fighting his third year of terminal cancel. It’s a heartfelt story of memories, heartache but overwhelming hope and love. Other experiences like The Stanley Parable from Davey Wreden explore the idea of exploration, games and storytelling through narration lead gameplay. Clever no? The critics thought so as the game received 10/10 from both Joystiq and Destructoid as well as 9/10 from Gamespot on release. In fact, the game has won over eight awards to date.
GameLoading: Rise of the Indies sets out to accomplish a lot within a small time frame. It shines a light on the Indie movement and the growing community, but it also showcases just how diverse the movement is, with developers from every walk of life creating and dedicating themselves to an art form that is still looked at as ‘something only kids do’. Gaming is more than just “something for kids”, take a look around you on the bus or train, while in the canteen at work, or sat on the beach. All of those people playing games, they aren’t just kids are they? Mobile gaming is booming and many of the Indie developers showcased in the documentary talk and discuss how much the likes of Apple’s iOS platform has helped grow the Indie community and provide many developers with their first platform for their work.
GameLoading: Rise of the Indies should be watch by everyone, whether an eSports pro, casual gamer or someone who pretends to hate games but plays Candy Crush Saga almost daily in secret. It’s a fascinating look into Indie game community and one that shouldn’t be missed.
Thanks to Stride PR for supplying TiX with a download code