I always get a little tingle of excitement when I see a developer or publisher who’s been around for a while suddenly pop up from the depths. Mastertronic is a name that I’ve associated with gaming since I was but a boy and the Amstrad CPC and Sinclair Spectrum series machines were the arguable kings of the home gaming market. They produced some cracking titles at the time and today they’ve surfaced with a top-down shoot’em-up straight out of that ’80s lounge.
Blacksea Odyssey is all about hunting giant space creatures as you try to win the deadliest competition in the galaxy. You play as the cybernetic Old Man capturing bounties, striving against 3 other hunters to become the sole champion of this competition, trying to win the honour of encountering the Titan of the Stars.
The game will feature rougue-like elements including permadeath and procedurally generated levels. Developers, Team Blacksea Odyssey also warn us that it will have a steep dufficulty curve too. Hunt massive creatures that will fill over five times the size of the screen, build and customise with over a million rune builds available to the player to hunt as they please. The environment will also be fully destructable, making for some dynamic combat. You’ll also have a harpoon, allowing you to rip enemies apart at will.
Blacksea Odyssey will be coming to Xbox One in spring 2016.
With all the big AAA studio and hardware announcements coming out of E3 it can be easy to miss some of the smaller promising titles. Gateway Interactive and Mastertronic were excited to announce 8-bit music racing game Spectra is coming to Xbox One via the ID@Xbox self-publishing program this summer!
Spectra is a dynamic twitch racing game that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Blast your nimble ship down intricate ribbons of light in time to the dynamic beats and original soundtrack by chiptune artist legend Chipzel (Super Hexagon, Size Does Matter, Interstellaria).
If you love chiptunes (I do!), then this trailer will be right up your street.
Be prepared to get your heart pumping as you drift into a trance with just one objective- survive till the music stops! Navigate around obstacles, collect points whilst trying to drive with as much style as possible and stay on the road. As the player progresses through the levels, the speed increases requiring more advanced dexterity to survive!
Featuring two powerful gameplay modes (Normal and Hardcore) with 10 unique music tracks used to generate procedural levels, race against the beat to experience unlimited playthroughs! Staying sharp is essential and reaction timing vital as memory is obsolete with this nostalgia-driven, arcade-like game. Spectra is a veritable homage to arcade games of old; true mastery will require all your twitch skills and the beautiful retro-style graphics will have you just itching to dig up your Atari!
Mastertronic has announced that Foul Play, is out now for XBLA and PC via Steam and Get Games.
Take to the stage for FOUL PLAY: The Perilous and ENTIRELY ACCURATE adventures of Baron Dashforth! An original game from Mediatonic for Xbox LIVE Arcade and PC, Foul Play is a side-scrolling brawler that rewards performance over pummelling, and as the lead actor in the greatest show on earth it’s your job to keep the audience on the edge of their seats!
A vaudevillian tale of daemons, disaster, deadly risks and duplicitous dealings. Including two-player online and local co-op with special team takedowns and linking attacks. Show off to the crowd in a variety of battles, where style matters above all!
Foul Play is available now to download from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace.
Worms Revolution was released last year on the Xbox LIVE Arcade and completely ‘revolutionised’ gameplay with the popular turn-based game introducing a new engine, physics objects, dynamic water, all new weapons and class-based Worms into the fray. Out now at retail from developers Team 17, and publishers Mastertronic is Worms The Revolution Collection, featuring two full Worms games – Worms Revolution and Worms 2: Armageddon complete with all DLC content for both games. That’s a whole lot of Worms, for a great budget price!
ThisisXbox were given the opportunity to review Worms Revolution last year prior to its release on the Xbox LIVE Arcade platform and we fell in love with the franchise all over again – it’s a struggle not to enjoy blasting your enemies to their deaths, and with the all new dynamic water, new weapons and class based worms we felt the game justified a 9.5/10, and this score is now plastered right on the front of the retail box art as we described Worms Revolution as “A definite must-have Arcade title”. Here’s a recap of our review.
Worms Revolution does feature a nifty amount of new improvements to the series, but the standard gameplay is still the traditional turn-based elimination objectives to take down an opposing team of worms. The game is presented as 2.5D style with 3D visuals and backgrounds running on a brand new engine. For the first time ever…yes ever…and possibly the best inclusion ever…yes ever…are Worms Classes. Not some form of online learning, but different a different class of Worms can be customised. Classes of Soldier, Scout, Scientist and Heavy Worms are at your disposal now. Soldiers are more or less the old classic Worms, Scouts can move around quicker and fall further before taking damage, Scientists can award other Worms health, but themselves have better equipment to use, and finally – Heavy Worms, as you’d expect are pretty slow moving, but can take more damage and attacks than all other worms. How you use your worms however, is entirely your decision!
Single Player features a Campaign Mode that gets progressively difficult fast after completion of all the tutorials, but if you’ve played a game of Worms before – then you’ll already be aware that Campaign is a hard hitting battle between you and the AI enemy worms that have been carefully placed and set up to make you look like a bit of a cock. It starts off pretty easy and lures you into a false sense of hope, then before you know – bang – and the Worm is gone! You’ve lost out and somehow, how the bloody hell did an enemy worm AI controlled just knock you off the face of the earth from a far-flung distance? Using imaginative weapons and a range of equipment collected from weapon drops you have just one chance per turn to beat the shit out of an enemy worm before it gets you. The clever effect of any Worms game is the window of opportunity available to you in taking down a Worm or two. You have to think about the environment, look at what equipment is readily available and weigh up the options of possibility if you have any chance of a means of survival. It may be a comedic, cartoony game – but it means some serious business, especially if you’re a bad loser and very competitive!
Reverting back to the new physics in Worms Revolution this takes effect mostly with the use of dynamic water and how it not only appears as background element as in past Worms games, but it’s now a major weapon. You can use water pistols, drop water balloons down trenches, and just blow away parts of the environment that will cause water to leak in and flush some Worms out into the sea. Other enhancements include the after effects of explosions and toxic items that poison worms after a close encounter, landscapes can burn, Telekinesis skills can allow you to move objects and pretty much the hazardous environments in Worms Revolution are more dangerous playgrounds than ever before.
It goes without saying that despite having a lengthy campaign mode and varied puzzle modes in Single Player to keep you entertained and/or gritting your teeth in desperation for hours on end – the best game in any Worms is that of Xbox LIVE Multiplayer because there is nothing more satisfying than beating a real human player. It’s just instinctive to want to be the best when up against another individual who wants to blow your Worm to smithereens and laugh in your face…if you could see him! There are three different game modes to play with up to four players on Xbox LIVE which consist of Detahmatch, Forts and Classic. The most fun of all and likely to be the most popular is Deathmatch because this takes your Worms formation and randomly places them on the environment with the aim of fighting it out to be the last worm standing. Forts is very similar to Deathmatch, but it differs in that each player is placed on a chosen Fort (rather than random area) and the aim is to fire at each other until the last worm standing on their fort is the winner. Finally, Classic – again like Deathmatch, but it doesn’t make use of all the new features in Worms Revolution that include Dynamic Water, Physics Objects with the aim of being more like the older Worms games.
As part of Worms The Revolution Collection, you get the option to install three DLC packs for Worms Revolution that include:
Worms Revolution: Medieval Tales
Tony Bluster-Comb is Don Keystone’s spineless assistant and with his boss in hiding he needs your help to further document the life of Wormius-Fistycuffius. Now’s your chance to do so and become a legendry hero! Storm a series of puzzle-laden castles in these 10 all-new medieval single-player quest missions. Medieval Tales includes: 10 all-new single player campaign missions set in the new medieval theme with narration scripted by award-winning writer, Dean Wilkinson; one stunning new Medieval theme for Worms™ Revolution that can be used in both local and online matches; 5 New Hats, choose from Hero, Wizard, Peasant, Guard and Executioner hats for your Worms to wear; and 3 New Speechbanks, ever wanted your worm to speak like a Hero, Hostage or Villain? Now they can!
Worms Revolution: Mars Pack
Mars Pack includes 5 new single player campaign missions set in the stunning Mars theme that can be used in local and online matches. With six new Achievements to unlock, there are also 4 New Weapons to play wit: Buffalo, Poison Gun, Lightning Strike and the brand new Crate Strike utility. For extra customisation options it includes a new Martian Sound-bank and trinkets to spruce up your Worms.
Worms Revolution: FunFair Pack
Funfair Pack includes 5 new single player puzzle missions set in the new Funfair theme that can be used in local and online matches. There are 4 New Weapons. Armageddon, Skunk, Napalm Strike and the brand new Knock Out weapon. Customisation extra’s include 2 new trinkets, 2 new accessories, 1 new gravestone and 1 new sound-bank.
Visually, Worms Revolution looks a more modern, bright and impressive release of Worms over any other that clearly shows how a new game engine has ramped up the game out of its 2D past – but it’s classic gameplay still remains one of the best turn based arcade games to date, and it has only been improved in this latest entry into the series. If you’ve always loved Team 17’s Worms, then you’ll be more than impressed with Worms Revolution and if you have never played a game of Worms before…then Worms Revolution is sure to be a title that will make you a new found fan of the series – you may even want to get them all!
What we’re trying to say is that Worms Revolution is a fantastic, enjoyable and all round fun game than can be played both solo and even better online. A definite must-have arcade title that will have you in stitches, despair, and unleash your cut-throat competitive demon within!
To make Worms The Revolution Collection even sweeter comes with the inclusion of Worms 2: Armageddon. The game was originally launched on the 10th anniversary of the release of Worms Armageddon as it dropped on the Xbox LIVE Arcade July 2009. Team17 delivered amazing new weapons, a bigger and more incredible customisation of Worms teams (including around 60 voice sets, hats and more), tons of game options, more dynamic play, persistent fire and much, much more – you also get five additional DLC packs to install.
Worms The Revolution Collection is such a great deal, it contains a mass of content for a really good price and is available in retail stores now. A worthwhile purchase without a question of doubt!
Mastertronic has today announced that its bring the popular ‘Worms Revolution’ Xbox LIVE Arcade game to retail with the Worms Revolution Collection, set for release on May 3rd for Xbox 360.
The Worms Revolution Collection, contains the latest OTT outing in the best-selling turn-based series, plus all three DLC packs and, and further-more as an added bonus, Worms 2 Armageddon and all five DLC packs all wrapped up in a mystery crate and sealed with a loving poke!
We rated the game last year 9.5/10 “A definite must-have arcade title that will have you in stitches, despair, and unleash your cut-throat competitive demon within!” – our score is also nicely printed on the retail case, but you can read our review in depth via this link.
The official details, blurb whatever you call it for both games are below:
Worms Revolution is the latest game in the classic turn-based strategy series. It’s fully loaded with exciting new features and beautiful 3D graphics but still retains the classic 2D gameplay that fans love. Introducing dynamic water effects, exploding physics objects and four different class acts to choose from and customise your game! Worms Revolution brings a whole host of anarchic additions – more single player missions, more puzzles, more customisation and… more worms! Includes all three DLC packs, Mars, Funfair and Medieval Tales, to complete one jam-packed package!
Worms 2 Armageddon
Pushing the cartoon carnage into overdrive, Worms 2 Armageddon comes with stunning new visuals and an arsenal of apocalyptic arms. Introducing Super Sheep, Napalm Strikes, Earthquakes and the legendary Concrete Donkey, Worms 2 Armageddon is an exercise in extreme execution. Including five expansions previously sold separately – Battle, Puzzle, Forts, Time Attack and Retro. This is a can of worms you’ll never want to close!
Crate-dropping into stores on May 3rd for Xbox 360, priced £24.99. Trailer below:
Independent developer Mommy’s Best Games and co-publishers Devolver Digital and Mastertronic have unleashed the earth-shaking action of Serious Sam Double D XXL exclusively on Xbox LIVE Arcade! Completely overhauled with couch co-op and stuffed with all-new missions, weapons and enemies, Serious Sam Double D XXL is a tour de force of heavy weaponry and loud-mouthed shenanigans.
Originally launched as a part of the Serious Sam Indie Series, Serious Sam Double D XXL is a 2D run-and-gun take on the iconic Serious Sam franchise centered around the revolutionary Gunstacker – an item that allows gamers to collect, stack, and fire dozens of different gun combinations all at once. The addition of couch co-op, new levels, new weapons, and a bizarre selection of new enemies have all been added to reach an absolutely explosive level of fun on XBLA.