5 Reasons Why They Are Billions Is So Addictive

Featuring more empty, hungry husks of people than a city centre takeaway on a Saturday night, They Are Billions has swept across Steam like the infection afflicting its billions of in-game villains. What is it that makes the game so addictive? Let’s take a look at a few reasons below…

1. Difficulty Level: Insanity

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Everyone loves a challenge, and in They Are Billions, gamers have found a doozy. Strategy gamers, in particular, seem to be gluttons for punishment, seeking more and more of a tactical trial; and keeping your colony free from infection is one of the toughest in recent memory.

Just one zombie can be the catalyst for bringing the base you’ve worked on for hours to come crashing down. And when there are billions of the blighters running around, one slip can be all it takes to see the plague infecting all of your colonists, and the dreaded game over screen.

Add to that the feeling of triumphant satisfaction when you finally win, and it’s a recipe to keep gamers trying to reach that ultimate goal. After all, the more difficult the battle, the sweeter the victory…

2. Dem Graphics

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While zombies and steampunk are popular (and arguably, overused) choices for games, doing them both together is a winning combination in the case of They Are Billions.

Steampunk, when done well, is a striking and engaging graphic style that has served well titles like 80 Days, Bioshock Infinite and Dishonored, while zombies provide a universally recognised menace that almost anyone can immediately engage with.

Add to that the post-apocalyptic setting and you’re left with an absolutely gorgeous retro-style aesthetic, with vibrantly coloured human settlements holding fast against the endless waves of grey undead flesh.

3. Made Like They Don’t Make Them Anymore

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As many people over a certain age might tell you, the past holds examples of superior craftsmanship and style that have faded away with the inevitable progression of time.

In this instance, I am one of those people – RTS games never seem to be as engaging as I remember, with classic genre titles like Age of Empires II or Command & Conquer holding special places in my heart from my younger days.

As such it’s easy to see how They Are Billions captures the imagination of gamers like me, with its old-school RTS play style that embodies the best of those classics and updates them into the future. Sure, there are a few niggles like the patrol pathway system, but it is still in Early Access, remember…

4. Doom is Inevitable, Why Rush?

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Sometimes games fall into the “bigger and better” trap, where the solution to innovation is making things larger, faster or more complex.

In the case of They Are Billions, it’s almost as if the design process has taken a step back, and bucks the trend of trying to make games that require the reflexes of an alert cat and memorising twenty different hotkeys to play well.

With its pause system, the game encourages players to take as much time as they need to make decisions, plan a strategy, issue orders, and still end up watching your colony fall to the undead hordes. But at least you thought about it first, right?

5. Higher Stakes Than A Vegas Casino

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Despite the apparent safety net that the pause system affords, it’s really easy to forget that one tiny slip up can mean endgame for your colony.

In an era where loading up from a less perilous time when the going gets tough is commonplace, the ruthlessness of They Are Billions’ save state system forces gamers to really pay attention, even being impervious to alt+F4 rage quitting.

Knowing that at any moment, one teeny tiny zombie could infect your whole colony within seconds really raises the stakes – especially when failure means having to start again from square one.

Did we forget any? Post the things you love or hate in the comments. And check out EnomView’s review of They Are Billions here!

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Top 10 Indie Games to Look Out for in 2018

Another year alive on this Earth equates to nothing but another year of gooey, gaming goodness. 2017 brought us Dead Cells, Getting Over It, Oxygen Not Included, Cuphead–too much succulent indie epicness to cram into a single paragraph in some internet article. But with the new year comes a new batch o’ games, and the creatives of the indie world just will not quit. Here are 10 upcoming titles to keep a careful watch for in 2018.

 

10. Light Fall

A fast-paced platformer with an even faster, zippity player character–Light Fall is a game that’ll have you jumping, bouncing across walls, activating cool, space-themed objects, and dodging obstacles to progress.

Already gathering praise and critical acclaim from several other indie articles and groups, Light Fall and its intergalactic art style is a surefire bet for games that’ll impress in the following year.

 

9. Below

A myriad of intricate sound design and a dark atmosphere, Below is set to be one of the indie gaming world’s many artistic masterpieces.

With RPG-inspired mechanics, each progressive level sees the main character exploring underground environs and combating colorful foes as he moves down, down, and down ever deeper–trying ever so hard to show the player what lies at the lowest recesses of the screen.

8. Death’s Gambit

“Dark Souls in 2D.” That’s the description most people will use to describe it… and they’re far from being wrong. Adult Swim is back at it again, and they certainly don’t intend to disappoint.

A dark fantasy setting, hulking foes that stand twice, sometimes triple your height, a brutal challenge that’ll send the casuals into a fit of ragequitting, and the devoted into a satisfactory light of glory–Death’s Gambit will not be a game to miss come next year.

7. Fight Knight

Of all the games on this list, this one’s sure to pack a punch. Several, in fact. Playing in the first person–and hearkening back to the days of The Elder Scrolls: ArenaFight Knight is a game that’d make Rocky proud.

A dungeon crawler at its heart, this game humorously has the player activating every NPC and killing every monster with fists and fists alone. Abandon your spells. Your swords. Your bows. Embrace the only weapon man was ever meant to wield.

6. The Last Night

Never before have we seen a title embrace the words “dynamic” and “cinematic” quite like The Last Night does. Set to the backdrop of a cyberpunk world, The Last Night is technically a platformer, but that doesn’t really describe the experience so well.

With a camera that floats and hovers just about as frequently as the characters’ expressive animations change, The Last Night was cited as one of the best looking games at E3 by far.

5. Fe

Glide through the air, climb up trees, dig your way across, or simply frolic through the dark, crystalline Nordic forest that’s brought to the table in Fe.

With a focus on its ecosystem, Fe is a strictly 3D game that presents us with a life-like world filled with soul. Discover that ecosystems many secrets, solve its side quests, and make contact with brilliant, mystical creatures–playing as one such being of your own.

4. Ashen

Are you one who craves expansive, open worlds? Is your childhood filled with memories of exemplifications of freedom like The Elder ScrollsFallout, Grand Theft Auto, and Minecraft? Look no further, for Ashen has just the cure to soothe your weary bones, traveler.

With stamina-based combat, a drop in, drop out multiplayer mechanic, and a world that doesn’t bind you down with its chains, Ashen is a roleplay-friendly title that’s just begging for you to get immersed.

3. Ori and the Will of the Wisps

A game that looks so good, it’s literally too hard to believe at times, Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a popular sequel to the critically-acclaimed Ori and the Blind Forest.

A metroidvania action platformer, this game doesn’t just stun you, it dazzles you with its ever-changing atmosphere, creative foes, and visual storytelling-based narrative. Backed by Microsoft, Ori and the Will of the Wisps is sure to be an interesting title indeed.

2. Praey for the Gods

Enjoyed battling the pantagruelian titans we saw in Shadow of the Colossus? If so, Praey for the Gods is just the game to look out for in 2018. As a member of a winter-y, wasting world, your job is to journey through this snowbound realm and uncover just what lies at the source of its slow, inevitable death.

A survival-based action-adventure game, you start with nothing but the clothes on your back. A lone wanderer in this dangerous abyss, your only hope of staying alive is to smite the very deities that you worship.

1. Kingdom Come: Deliverance

To all those who cried for a realism-based, historically-accurate, story-driven, medieval RPG, cry no more–for Kingdom Come: Deliverance is here to answer the call!

Cemented within the once real-world setting of the feudalism-based Holy Roman Empire, Kingdom Come: Deliverance has had medieval martial artists and historians alike drooling with its effective portrayal of life in these olden days. Gone are magic and spells; this is an age of smiths and swords!

Stay tuned as we tackle these games and many more! Check out our top 10 picks for best indie games in 2017!

5 Fun Games for Less Than 10 Dollars – Bitten Toast Games Bundle

Every one of Bitten Toast Games’ titles are currently on sale. That in itself is amazing, but what’s even more amazing is that you can get all of them at the same time for under $10. Pick up a copy of the famous game What the Box? alongside their newest title, Winter Warland.

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Winter Warland, a title similar to What the Box?, has you controlling a snowman hidden among a field of statues that look exactly the same as you. Play with your friends, also disguised as quirky snowmen. Sort through the endless amount of clones in search of your real enemies.

Keep fighting until you’re the last player standing. Utilizing your long-range snowballs and carrot-shiv, clear away your enemies one by one. The Christmas themed maps are perfect for battling your friends over the holiday. Winter Warland isn’t the only thing you get when purchasing this package though!

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You’ll also receive a title that I’ve been wanting to pick up myself: Rocket Fist. Alongside the Rocket Fist soundtrack, you receive a title that looks energetic and fast-paced. Use rocket-propelled fists in this wacky game to subdue your friends and claim victory.

You could find the whole collection of games and purchase the bundle here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/413500/Rocket_Fist/

Have a Merry Christmas!

Top 10 Indie Games of 2017 – Best Indie Games

2017 was a truly fantastic year for the indie genre. We’re wrapping up the remarkable year with our 10 favorite 2017 Indie Games! These are not only games that have been able to break through the mold and ascended to gamer-fame across all communities, but titles that have flown under the radar, only gifting a few with great experiences. After tons of discussion, we’ve narrowed it down to these top 10. If your favorite game didn’t make the list, don’t worry! It’s definitely a top contender. Without further ado, let’s hop right into it!

10. Getting Over It With Bennet Foddy

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Although probably the most recent indie game on this list, Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy is already a major success, and it isn’t hard to see why. The game creates a perfect storm of rage with it’s nonchalant, intelligent narration besides fiercely difficult obstacles and mechanics. It’s already blown up on YouTube, as content-creators throw chairs and smash monitors in rage.

Using your mouse to control your hammer, guide yourself onward traversing difficult terrains almost certain to make you lose your temper. Don’t worry though, (Sarcastic) Bennett Foddy’s soothing narration will be with you every step of the way.

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The game features you, a… well… naked man, in a cauldron, using a sledgehammer, to climb a mountain. The game was based on Jazzuo’s 2002 B-Game classic, Sexy Hiking where a very similar concept was used. The anger-inducing game creates a unique range of obstacles to conquer. Fling yourself upwards, sideways, off cliffs and over houses. Don’t fall through! You most likely won’t enjoy the climb a second or third time.

9. Oxygen Not Included

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Are you a builder? Are sandbox games your thing? I think it’s time for you to check out Oxygen Not Included. Travel to a secluded land with a team of three to colonize, create, and survive. Build an infrastructure of wiring, pipes, containers, pumps, and so much more.

Control and guide your small team, outlasting the harsh environments in space. Be a true leader, managing everything from water pollution to oxygen rates. Oxygen Not Included truly offers a new-world experience for anyone trying to colonize space.

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Although the game is still in early access, Oxygen Not Included already holds more features than many popular indie games. Traverse your very own universe and follow through on your space dreams.

8. Dead Cells

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When summing up Dead Cells it’s rather hard to make it not sounds like a traditional experience. It’s a pixel-art, hack and slash, Metroidvania game set in dungeons and distant lands. It contains many roguelike features as well, but we’ve seen a lot of those too in recent games. Despite all of this, Dead Cells somehow feels refreshing! And that’s because it approaches all of these elements a little bit differently.

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The pixel art is generated from regular animation so it feels extremely smooth. Players are not locked in a certain route but can choose from diverging paths with each their own difficulty and scaled rewards. But above all, it’s just really well executed. Items are impactful, weapons are diverse and the difficulty is expertly tweaked. A real risk-versus-reward kind of game, both vibrantly beautiful and ghastly challenging. It is a true joy to play.

7. The First Tree

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The First Tree offers an experience unlike any other game on this list, and that experience is the story of loss. Follow both a fox determined to save her young from a hungry wolf in masterful conjunction with a touching story about a son’s attempt to cope with the loss of his father in this heartfelt adventure.

With some of the best design we’ve seen all year, The First Tree offers a reality known much too well to some: The regret of not handling situations better, only to not be able to make amends. Travel as a worried fox across a vast landscape, spanning mountains, forests, and snowy terrains.

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If you’re someone like me, who craves beautiful games, then this game is for you. If you seek meaningful games, this game is for you. If you have something to cope with, this game is for you.

I won’t spoil the ending, but let’s just say that I was having a very hard time holding back my tears. You can check out a full review of the game in the description below.

6. Night in the Woods

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Sometimes you buy a game after months of deliberation. Other times you buy a game on a whim because a screenshot looked charming. That might turn into a disappointment or a nice gaming experience. But on a few rare occasions, it turns into one of the best, most deep and well told narrative gaming experiences you ever had all year!

Night in The Woods flew under the radar for many but blew lucky players away. Through a cast of colourful anthropomorphic animals, the game tells a story that is both touching and heartfelt. Few saw the amazing experience coming because the game toyed with everyone’s expectations. When you first start up the game you meet a myriad of colourful creatures and you’ll be instantly enthralled. Rightly so! Colours are bright, animation is bouncy, and the catgirl you play as is quirky. But then you learn that characters have a darker side. Kids practice knife fights in the woods, get drunk at parties while the parents face the consequences of economic depression, and so much more.

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The game masterfully displays a misconception. People are a lot deeper than meet the eye, and this colourful cast has a lot of skeletons in their closet. A stab at modern reality. One of the best narrative games of 2017, unexpected and magical.

5. Absolver

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One of the most classic gaming genres is ‘fighting games’. Going all the way back to arcade-era games such as Street Fighter, the genre invokes much nostalgia. Despite the categories popularity, recent fighting games haven’t produced a lot of innovation.

But along came Absolver, an open world fighting game where you learn new fighting moves by blocking and dodging both NPC enemies and players that reside on the other side of your screen. Once you learn these moves you add them to your fighting deck and create your very own fighting style! This game really makes YOU the fighter, not some preset character. Test your skills in PVP or PVE, maybe even start your own fighting school for others to join. Technically still in early access, but a lot of fun to play!

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With three classes to utilize and a fourth hidden one, there is a lot of replayability. With the capacity of switching in and out moves, and having a secondary sword moveset, we can see ourselves playing this game for a long time to come.

4. Opus Magnum

Opus Magnum surprised us late this year by providing an excellent puzzle game where the answer didn’t matter as much as the way you personally solved the puzzle. Rewarding creativity, this game has you create elaborate machines to create alchemical compounds within a steampunk setting, but instead of scoring you on time, it gives a graph showing you how many other people got close to your score in effectiveness, space used or speed, with the systems having no preference in score over one another.

By allowing you to succeed in solving the puzzles in your own personal way, Zachtronics created a game that rewards creativity over brainpower and has you optimizing and improving your contraptions for months to come. It gives some spectacular results to boot!

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Coming from a line of Zachtronic games, you would think there’d be a high entry level, but Opus Magnum ended up being the most accessible game yet! As a beginner, it will be very easy to make that explosive phial compound. Fancy yourself an expert? Make that bad boy in under 40 cycles. Just make sure to send us a gif of it.

3. Gang Beasts

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Number 3 is one of our favorite games released this year. Ever since it took the Youtube gaming community by storm, we’ve been in love with its minimalistic designs and hilarious physics.

Fight your friends, throwing gelatinous punches with the goal of knocking them off the map (or grinding them to a pulp). The ragdoll-like physics allow you to pick up, hurl, and knock out your enemies. Wacky maps aid your brawlers in sending your enemies to their doom.

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Play as an adorable looking blob attacking your friends, trying to get any advantage on them possible. Catch them off guard and shove them in front of a train… or a truck… or out of an elevator… or into a meat grinder… or into an incinerator… You get the point. This game is hands down one worth getting to play with friends!

2. Little Nightmares

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Remember all those terrifying dreams we had of massive monsters coming to get us? Morphed creatures hidden in shadow, under your bed and in the closet. Well, take that, multiply it by 100, and you have Little Nightmares. The story itself is ingenious, and with its latest DLC released last month, the horror can last for solid play time.

This disturbing story allows you to control a little girl in a yellow raincoat named Six. Six, a girl perceived as the size of mice, is a mere nine years old. Surrounded by an ominous scenery, complete puzzles and avoid massive, grotesque monsters.

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Between the long string-arm “Janitor” whose face is peeled from the top like a banana and the glutinous twin chefs that inhabit the kitchen, there are tons of terrible enemies to evade.

Not only is the game a great play, but it offers a story equally as engrossing. Learn the history of Six as she attempts to escape the massive ship “Maw” alive. Encounter new foes, get out alive and try not to wet yourself

  1. Cuphead

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It would come to no surprise that our top pick for 2017 indie games would be the duck and dodging, finger shooting, cup spilling, cartoon busting, award-winning old school retro game, Cuphead.

Cuphead and Mugman found their way into the Devil’s Casino to win their sought for fortune. Greed overtook Cuphead, and without a second thought, he bet away their souls. Mugman attempted to stop him, but it was too late, as Cuphead had already lost the gamble. The Devil, being the compassionate man he is, offered a deal. Cuphead and Mugman must travel the land and collect the souls of runaway debtors. If they are successful than they may reclaim their precious souls.

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While winning multiple awards within the three months of release, Cuphead proves that you do not need modern graphics to be successful. Cuphead brings us back to the 1930’s, offering us old school art, and wacky characters that seem to have escaped Walt Disneys drawing book. Travel the map either solo or with a friend, and battle unique and challenging bosses. From a tag team of frogs to a seed shooting sunflower, you will never know what bosses will come from the world of Cuphead.

While you will have to dish out $20 to purchase Cuphead, We can ensure that it will not be a waste. With holidays approaching, Cuphead is sure to make the top of every kids Christmas list, and will be waiting under the tree in many homes.