Hotline Miami – PC
Devolver Digital launched a new trailer today featuring the protagonist donning the rabbit mask wielding a baseball bat. I forgot to mention yesterday but the pre-order offer of the game comes with an additional level which I hope they will make available to everyone at a later date. Also ports are in the works to Mac and consoles.
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3
Giana Sisters has come a long way since the Commodore 64, today’s version features amazing 3D graphics in a 2D platformer with rich color and animations. Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams features a nice gameplay mechanic that allows the player to manipulate two different dimensions of Giana’s twisted dreams, a cute rainbows and colorful world and a dark devilish punk world.
While the idea of good/bad dimensions isn’t original, being able to manipulate between them in real time offers some interesting puzzle combinations. The visuals for this game are close to rivaling the previous Trine and Trine 2 games by the Frozenbyte team and the way the environment and music changes while switching between dimensions is awe inspiring.
Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward – 3DS, Vita
Zero is back with another Nonary game for a new group of characters. This game is the sequel to 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors and the premise is the same. A group of people mysteriously end up in a game where they are forced to compete or cooperate to figure out puzzles to save their lives. It may sound simple enough, but the writer for the game is notorious for adding twists to the plot which really sets the game apart from every other story based puzzle game.
Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward features 3D rendered characters with complete voice acting this time around in contrast to the prequel. While this direction is an improvement or not depends on individual preference, and hopefully the culture and language gap is bridged appropriately by the localization team. From the American audience, it might be hard to look at this game or 999 without immediately thinking about the Saw movies. Kotaro Uchikoshi (The writer for 999 and VLR) mentions in a Q&A on the 999 site that while he was definitely a fan of the movies, it didn’t play a large role in writing out the story for the games.
Aksys Games localized an introduction OVA to the characters and what the nonary game is, shown below.