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Headroom by Tekton Games

A while back, I got to see a brief glimpse at Tekton’s psychological adventure game Headroom. The glimpse was brief, just a view inside a moving train, but the visuals were stunning. Everything was hand drawn and in a great black and white color scheme that really took my breath away.

Recently, they launched their first trailer that shows off this art style while also explaining a little about the plot and plight of the game.

The game takes place in a prison where your every literal move and action is monitored and enforced. As the player, you must navigate and explore this world without arousing too much attention, with your own mind as your only refuge.

While very little is known about the game and it is still far from completion, the developers are really excited about creating it. Every time I hear them speak of it, they speak fondly and excitedly about the creation process. We will keep you posted about further developments.

Crossroads by Critical CodeRecently, we have discovered a great looking game currently under development. This game is designed by Critical Code a small indie shop out of Nowata, OK. The game they are developing is Crossroads, a first person survival strategy game. According to the game’s current Fundly campaign:

Crossroads is an independent video game being developed by Critical Code. Crossroads is a survival-strategy as it uses every survival skill you know. The game is set in the 1990’s. One day, as you are leaving for work, you notice something odd out the window. You go to the window for a closer look. It’s a bunch of men roaming the streets and armor. As you run in panic, you begin to think straight, as this is key to life. From here, it’s all in your control. You must decide what’s next.

While there isn’t a lot of game play to see in the game at the moment, the world looks great. Crossroads is being developed using CryEngine one of several AAA engines made available at reasonable indie prices. Critical Code has been working hard over the last 6 months to develop out Crossroads story and scenario, but there is still a lot left to be done.

They are looking for help developing the game. While Critical Code Founder Mark Savala and artist Trey Bishop are doing what they can to make the game the best it can be, they would appreciate help. Particularly, they are looking for a C++ programmer and a 3D Modeler/Animator. If you are interested in joining the Critical Code team, you can email Mark at business@critical-code.com.

The game is also worth supporting over at its Fundly campaign. So take a look at the video and the other material there and help these guys out.

The Hunted by F5 Games

Have you been anxiously waiting for the latest update for The Hunted by F5 Games? Well, if it wasn’t for an over zealous Apple app reviewer, you would probably have had it sooner rather than later.

For those who don’t know, Apple has a pretty hit and miss process for enforcing app store guidelines for its apps. It tends to treat games far more strictly than other apps and blocks apps for some of the strangest reasons. The latest story in Apple’s inane enforcement comes from F5 Games themselves. When Tweeting about why the latest The Hunted update is taking so long, Brandon Pollet wrote:

When asked to explain further, Brandon tweeted:

There is no blood or gore in our game at all but they said the iTunes page wasn’t age appropriate.

They said it was because the iTunes pages need to be 4+ appropriate. And because I showed a ( small pixelated) gun I failed.

There are a number of problems with this app store rejection. The chiefest among them is that Apple rejected the update because the preview video accurately portrayed the content of the game. The second is that the reason for the rejection is not enforced universally.

When searching the iTunes App Store, I found a number of games that had guns in their promotional images and videos. This list includes Rockstar’s GTA games, Activision’s Call of Duty: Zombie games, and a wide assortment of other games that feature guns. So one might ask why those games get a pass on this restriction but The Hunted doesn’t?

Brandon has been working on appeasing Apple’s demands because he feels it is more important to get the update out to the players of the game now. We wish Brandon and F5 Games the best of luck on their next submission.

crowdfunding Indiegogo Kickstarter

Every Monday, We link to the crowdfunding pages of games from Oklahoma developers and other interesting crowdfunding projects from Oklahomans. Music, comics, table-top games and more. If it might be of interest to gamers and game developers we will show them off.

Here is the primary list of crowdfunding campaigns:

Currently Funding:

Crossroads by Critical Code. Critical Code is developing a survival strategy game set in an alternative 1990s. They are seeking $3,000 to continue development. They have raised $125 with 17 days left.

CatMan Evolution #1 by Brad Linder. CatMan follows the life of Darren Merrywether heir to a fortune and a superhero identity. Brad is looking to raise $2,800 to fund the first printing and has raised $392 with 12 days left.

That’s it for this week. We hope to see the progress of these and to see more come out.

crowdfunding Indiegogo Kickstarter

Every Monday, We link to the crowdfunding pages of games from Oklahoma developers and other interesting crowdfunding projects from Oklahomans. Music, comics, table-top games and more. If it might be of interest to gamers and game developers we will show them off.

Here is the primary list of crowdfunding campaigns:

New Campaigns:

Crossroads by Critical Code. Critical Code is developing a survival strategy game set in an alternative 1990s. They are seeking $3,000 to continue development. They have raised $125 with 24 days left.

Funding Cancelled:

The Mage Codex by Solid Fiction. The Mage Codex is a fantasy themed table top card game for 2-4 players. Solid Fiction cancelled its funding campaign early last week as it was unlikely to reach its $8,000 goal.

Currently Funding:

CatMan Evolution #1 by Brad Linder. CatMan follows the life of Darren Merrywether heir to a fortune and a superhero identity. Brad is looking to raise $2,800 to fund the first printing and has raised $320 with 19 days left.

That’s it for this week. We hope to see the progress of these and to see more come out.

The Hunted by F5 GamesHave you ever wondered what the motivation is behind alien abductions? You might think that they are studying those they take to better understand us for a later invasion. Perhaps you believe that we have something they are trying to learn so that they could improve upon their own society. Perhaps it is some myriad of other reasons. But you would be wrong. That is unless you have played the latest game by F5 Games, The Hunted.

In reality, aliens abduct us so that they can clone us repeatedly and force those clones to fight to the death with warriors from other alien races all for the enjoyment of the viewers. At least that is motivation behind this particular group of aliens.

The Hunted is a mobile arena shooter that takes great pains to make it the best arena shooter out on mobile devices. And to a point, they have succeeded. According to developers, there are a couple of problems with top down mobile shooters that they have addressed.

The first is that shooters like this require twin stick controls, one for movement, one for aiming. However, on a mobile phone, there is no way to have twin sticks while also allowing for other buttons for shooting. So in response to this, the developers added an auto-shoot to the aiming control while attaching the secondary action buttons to it. This gives you near complete control of all your actions without lifting your thumbs from the screen. A major improvement over many other similar arena shooters.

The Hunted GameplayThe second issue has to do with the nature of top down shooters. While most top down shooters allow you to see all around the character, this can lead to a reduction in the strategic nature of a shooter. So in response to this, F5 has added a field of view to the game. This means that you as the player can only see the parts of the arena that is in direct view of the character. This makes it far easier for other players to sneak up on each other as well as shoot each other in the back.

The best draw to the game is the great cast of characters that players can pick from. The basic all around character is a human hunter that was abducted late one night. But he has his work cut out for him as he is going up against much stronger and faster aliens as well as robots. But best of all, the game has a playable land shark. A Land Shark. Totally awesome.

But like I said earlier, F5 has succeed in making a great arena shooter to a point. The one downside is that this game is played completely online. There are no single player missions or bots to play against. You must play against other people. Seeing as this is a new game, there is a lack of people actively playing. That needs to change.

As a solution to that issue, The Hunted available as a free download on iTunes with in app purchases to unlock all the characters. So there is little reason not to give it a try. But if you still want to give it a shot without playing on your phone, you can also play an online demo on your PC that is completely compatible with iPhone players. So there really is no excuse to not have a match or 10 going at all times.

crowdfunding Indiegogo Kickstarter

Every Monday, We link to the crowdfunding pages of games from Oklahoma developers and other interesting crowdfunding projects from Oklahomans. Music, comics, table-top games and more. If it might be of interest to gamers and game developers we will show them off.

Here is the primary list of crowdfunding campaigns:

Currently Funding:

CatMan Evolution #1 by Brad Linder. CatMan follows the life of Darren Merrywether heir to a fortune and a superhero identity. Brad is looking to raise $2,800 to fund the first printing and has raised $239 with 26 days left.

The Mage Codex by Solid Fiction. The Mage Codex is a fantasy themed table top card game for 2-4 players. Solid Fiction is looking to raise $8,000 to fund the first run printing of the game. They have raised $1,978 with 6 days to go.

That’s it for this week. We hope to see the progress of these and to see more come out.

crowdfunding Indiegogo Kickstarter

Every Monday, We link to the crowdfunding pages of games from Oklahoma developers and other interesting crowdfunding projects from Oklahomans. Music, comics, table-top games and more. If it might be of interest to gamers and game developers we will show them off.

Here is the primary list of crowdfunding campaigns:

Funding Closed:

Jonathan Padilla’s Senior Recital. Jonathan is a composer looking to create music for movies, tv and games. As part of this, he is planning his Senior Recital featuring music composed for those mediums. He is currently working on a score for Oklahoma based Cowhouse Games’ Shards of Erem. He fell short of his $2,000 goal but managed to raise $1,702 under flexible funding.

Funding Failed:

The Wrath of Salistah – Part One by Tom Morgan. A RPG made from RPGMaker VX Ace. Tom failed to reach his $1,000 goal having only raised $107.

Currently Funding:

CatMan Evolution #1 by Brad Linder. CatMan follows the life of Darren Merrywether heir to a fortune and a superhero identity. Brad is looking to raise $4,200 to fund the first printing and has raised $382 with 6 days left.

The Mage Codex by Solid Fiction. The Mage Codex is a fantasy themed table top card game for 2-4 players. Solid Fiction is looking to raise $8.000 to fund the first run printing of the game. They have raised $12,032 with 13 days to go.

That’s it for this week. We hope to see the progress of these and to see more come out.

Wizard World Comic Con was just a couple of weeks ago. At the Con was a great game development panel hosted by Bonozo’s Matt Harmon. On that panel were Roger Mailler, Professor of Video Games University of Tulsa, Brandon Pollet, F5 Games, Brady Wright and Rayna Behl, Above and Beyond Software/Tekton Games, Ross Pinkstaff, Picardy Third Entertainment, and Tony Miller, Nintendo Okie.

There is a lot of great advice in this panel discussion. There are also two game trailers near the beginning. The first trailer is for Tekton Games’ new game Headroom. The Second is for F5 Games’ The Hunted.

Disclaimer: Matt Harmon and Bonozo Apps have made two small financial donations to OKGameDev.com

crowdfunding Indiegogo Kickstarter

Every Monday, We link to the crowdfunding pages of games from Oklahoma developers and other interesting crowdfunding projects from Oklahomans. Music, comics, table-top games and more. If it might be of interest to gamers and game developers we will show them off.

Here is the primary list of crowdfunding campaigns:

Currently Funding:

Jonathan Padilla’s Senior Recital. Jonathan is a composer looking to create music for movies, tv and games. As part of this, he is planning his Senior Recital featuring music composed for those mediums. He is currently working on a score for Oklahoma based Cowhouse Games’ Shards of Erem. He is seeking $2,000 and has raised $1,102 with about 3 days left.

The Wrath of Salistah – Part One by Tom Morgan. A RPG made from RPGMaker VX Ace. Tom is looking for $1,000 to finish the game and has raised $107 with about 2 days left.

CatMan Evolution #1 by Brad Linder. CatMan follows the life of Darren Merrywether heir to a fortune and a superhero identity. Brad is looking to raise $4,200 to fund the first printing and has raised $151 with 13 days left.

The Mage Codex by Solid Fiction. The Mage Codex is a fantasy themed table top card game for 2-4 players. Solid Fiction is looking to raise $8.000 to fund the first run printing of the game. They have raised $1,932 with 20 days to go.

That’s it for this week. We hope to see the progress of these and to see more come out.