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The Black List 134

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Saturday 31 March 2012ADD COMMENTS


Welcome to The Black List, your one stop shop for the stories published on the site this week.

MONDAY PODCAST Episode 44 > In the latest instalment of Australia’s grooviest gaming podcast, the gang chats about Warp, I Am Alive, Dear Esther, Wasteland 2, The Showdown Effect, SimCity, the Mass Effect 3 ending controversy, Dark Energy Digital’s closure and much more! READ MORE

TUESDAY NEWS nanoBITES 75 > Get ready for the third Infinity Blade title in as many years.  Set generations prior to the events of the first game, Infinity Blade: Dungeons appears to have as much in common with Diablo as it does its predecessors. Look for it on iOS later this year. This is just one of the stories in the latest edition of nanoBITES, our ongoing feature devoted to small but important news items. READ MORE

WEDNESDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Audiosurf Air > Four years after the mesmeric Audiosurf became the darling of the indie community, a sequel of sorts is in the works. Like its predecessor, the newly announced Audiosurf Air will feature futuristic racing visuals, rhythm based gameplay and the capacity to import your own digital music into the game in order to generate custom challenges. READ MORE

THURSDAY NEW TRAILER Legend of Grimrock > Finnish developer Almost Human is on the verge of unleashing its long awaited debut, an old school first person dungeon crawler known as Legend of Grimrock. You’ll control a party of four prisoners, each desperate to escape the bowels a of mountain packed with monsters, puzzles and traps. READ MORE

FRIDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Dungeonland > Paradox Interactive doesn’t enjoy the profile of an EA or an Activision, but that certainly hasn’t prevented the publisher from investing in new and original games.  Dungeonland is, a comedic sword and sorcery adventure set in a theme park. The game will challenge players to conquer and loot randomised environments in an attempt to overpower the sinister Dungeon Master. READ MORE

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You must be “this tall” to enter Dungeonland

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Friday 30 March 2012ADD COMMENTS

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Paradox Interactive doesn’t enjoy the profile of an EA or an Activision, but that certainly hasn’t prevented the publisher from investing in new and original games. Already this year, we’ve spoken about action strategy title R.E.D. Frontier, sci-fi brawler The Showdown Effect and goofy mining sim A Game of Dwarves. However, as the saying goes, that’s not all.

The publisher is also collaborating with Critical Studio to deliver Dungeonland, a comedic sword and sorcery adventure set in a theme park. The game will challenge players to conquer and loot randomised environments in an attempt to overpower the sinister Dungeon Master. Throw in the game’s isometric presentation and it all begins to look a little Diabloesque. With Warrior’s Lair, Path of Exile, Torchlight II and (of course) Diablo III also set to land this year, fans of the subgenre will be spoiled for choice.

Dungeonland is slated for release on PC and Mac later this year.

Almost Human is almost ready

Posted by Erin Marcon On Thursday 29 March 2012ADD COMMENTS

Finnish developer Almost Human is on the verge of unleashing its long awaited debut, an old school first person dungeon crawler known as Legend of Grimrock. You’ll control a party of four prisoners, each desperate to escape the bowels a of mountain packed with monsters, puzzles and traps.

As the new trailer for the game ably demonstrates, this rather traditional (if not generic) looking fantasy game wears its influences proudly on its sleeve. Just in case you needed a little more convincing, the developer has kindly name dropped several classics of the genre, including Dungeon Master and Eye of the Beholder. If it can come close to honouring this legacy, Legend of Grimrock may just find an appreciative audience here at Black Panel HQ.

Legend of Grimrock will be coming to Steam and Good Old Games on Wednesday 11 April. By the sounds of it, iOS and Mac versions are also in the works.

Audiosurf returns to the airwaves

Posted by Erin Marcon On Wednesday 28 March 2012ADD COMMENTS

I hope it has power steering...

Four years after the mesmeric Audiosurf became the darling of the indie community, a sequel of sorts is in the works. Like its predecessor, the newly announced Audiosurf Air will feature futuristic racing visuals, rhythm based gameplay and the capacity to import your own digital music into the game in order to generate custom challenges.

Unless you count a spinoff for the now (always?) obscure Zune HD system, the original instalment in the series was a PC exclusive. Developer Dylan Fitterer is yet to determine target platforms for the sequel, but he told Touch Arcade that he already has an early build of the game up and running on iOS devices.

According to the official site, the screens issued thus far aren’t indicative of the graphics that will be seen in the finished game. That said, Audiosurf Air already looks far more visually sophisticated than the original.

Audiosurf Air is scheduled for release in 2012 and Fitterer is now soliciting beta applications.