At war with itself
Republished on Wednesday 1st November 2017: We're bringing this review back from the archives following the announcement of November's PlayStation Plus lineup. The original text follows. Way back in the hazy days of 1995, we doubt that plucky British studio Team 17 imagined that it would be making Worms games a...
Aven Colony tells the story of the human colonisation of an alien world, and each mission of the fifteen hour campaign is a variation on that one, singular idea. Like Earth, the planet offers everything from frozen tundra to lush, fertile landscapes capable of supporting the growth of crops like corn and wheat. The aim of the game is to...
The problem with Yooka-Laylee is that pretty much every criticism levelled at the throwback platformer can be waved away with a 90s novelty foam hand: it's supposed to be that way. But where recent revivals like Shovel Knight have managed to revisit games gone by through rose-tinted glasses, Playtonic's take on the Nintendo 64 classics of...
Early impressions of Playtonic's platformer
Snake Pass is kick-starting a retro platformer renaissance this week, but Yooka-Laylee is right around the corner. We've been playing the Banjo-Kazooie throwback for a good few weeks now, and we figured it was worth pulling together a bit of gameplay footage (under strict pre-release guidance from...
Yooka-Laylee is a collectathon at heart, so you're probably going to want to get all of its Trophies on the PlayStation 4. And fortunately it's looking like a relatively straight-forward Platinum to nab – you're just going to have to keep your eye out for all of those pesky pagies and quills. While it does seem like there's an awful lot...
A Rare treat?
The employees over at Playtonic have been through a lot to say the least, many of them coming from backgrounds at the ever-celebrated developer Rare that was responsible for such timeless classics as Donkey Kong Country, GoldenEye 007, and Donkey Kong 64 to name a few. So there's a pedigree to these people to say the least, but have...
Who remembers the casino stage from Sonic Adventure, then? Y'know the one: there's a NiGHTS into Dreams pinball table among other awful minigames. This new level from Yooka-Laylee reminds us of that classic Dreamcast sandbox stage; you even have to gather up casino coins and cash them in in return for a Pagie, much like the Blue Blur...
Like the glistening trinkets that will undoubtedly populate its sandbox levels, Yooka-Laylee has gone gold. The game – which isn't actually set to release until 11th April – is finished and heading off to the ol' manufacturing plant as we speak, where it will be printed onto blank Blu-ray discs and uploaded to the PlayStation Store...
Bagsy the best controller
Yooka-Laylee's shaping up to be something special, isn't it? The upcoming PlayStation 4 platformer isn't exactly breaking new ground, but it's been so long since we've played a Banjo-Kazooie-esque sandbox romp that we can't wait to take Playtonic's love letter for a spin. And it just keeps getting bigger and better, too...
We're diggin' it
Yooka-Laylee exists to please old-school Nintendo gamers. Having gone hands-on with the PlayStation 4 platformer earlier this week, we can confirm that it's quite literally Banjo-Kazooie running on modern hardware – even the use of the Unity engine ensures an authentic N64-esque 20 frames-per-second throughout. But what about...
Explosions litter the battlefield, reducing soldiers to nothing more than corpses and gravestones. A poisonous gas sneaks around, grasping its enemies and withering them away to a point of no return. A hawk-eyed missile eerily seeks out its victim, locating and dispatching them with mechanical ease. War, you see, has changed. But all...
Bring your Banjos
It's a real credit to Playtonic Games that Yooka-Laylee seems so authentic. Drop the polygon count and resolution of this trailer and it'd look like a Nintendo 64 game, which is what the developer's aiming for, of course. This brand new Gamescom 2016 video shows off some of the environments you can expect to explore, with the...
Too many cooks spoil the broth – or so the saying goes. The fellows at Ghost Town Games may have taken this on-board when developing its debut indie effort Overcooked, with just two people working on this couch co-op cooking game. In the jovial, easy-going title, it's up to you (and a few friends) to run a smooth kitchen, prepare...
Will release early next year
This looks good! We must admit that we've missed Nintendo 64-era platformers; the recent Ratchet & Clank is amazing, but it scratches a different kind of itch. In fact, the last real collectathon-esque adventure that we can remember on a PlayStation platform is Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, and even that didn't...
Statement incoming, apparently
It looks like Silent Hills-inspired survival horror Allison Road has taken a little too much inspiration from Hideo Kojima's ill-fated reboot, as the promising looking title has been canned. Originally the subject of a Kickstarter campaign, developer Lilith scrapped crowd-funding when Team 17 got involved as a...
Crawl out through the fallout
Sheltered is a strategy game about ensuring that your family survives after a nuclear apocalypse. To be totally fair, it's about a lot more than that – resource management, adventuring, trading, etc – but you'll spend the majority of your time with this plucky indie not thinking about those things in the abstract,...
The Escapists: The Walking Dead is an aptly named amalgamation of the prison break indie game, The Escapists, coupled with the smash hit comic book and TV series, The Walking Dead. It takes all of the original game's mechanics and fits them into the world of Rick Grimes' undead uber-brand. As expected from a game set in that world,...
Team 17 recently lunged at t he PlayStation Blog to announce that The Escapists: The Walking Dead is set to release on the PlayStation 4 on 16th February in North America and Europe. We sense that it's slightly after Valentine's Day because your days will be over before you know it – may as well enjoy time with your other half before...
This author's been thinking about horror on PlayStation VR a lot lately. Regular readers will have gazed at our article on Kitchen, the virtual reality tech demo by Capcom that caused this author to come out in cold sweats. The thing is, that experience is nowhere near as frightening as PT, so the
Overruled! is a frantic, diverse brawler in which yourself and three other players compete against each other in order to amass points, with the highest total winning the match. Your score is determined by your performance in a selection of objectives, as well through more conventional means, like attacking your opponents – but...
Video games are like empathy generators. More than any other medium they allow us to feel what it might be like to be another type of person. Beyond Eyes is great example of this – a game which attempts to simulate the experience of being blind. But while it plays host to some fiendishly clever design, its slow pace and slightly...
Publisher brought in for 'boring' bits
It feels like eons ago that Yooka-Laylee double-jumped onto Kickstarter and took crowd-funding by storm. The platformer holds the record for the highest earning British game on the site, but its mere £2 million tally has been overshadowed somewhat by the successes of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night and...
Dead and alive
Brandishing a rather fetching title, Schrödinger's Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark (Schrödinger's, henceforth) introduces itself as somewhat of a novel addition to the 2D platforming realm, boasting eccentric stylised graphics and an intriguingly educational premise. Once you dig deeper than these cosmetic oddities, however,...
Bored behind bars
Every great prison break in history has been executed by someone with the ability to make a fully functioning machine gun out of two plastic forks, a DVD of Adam Sandler's 1989 cinematic masterpiece Going Overboard, and three inches of wire. The Escapists teaches you everything that you need to know when you inevitably get locked...
No plans for a Vita version, though
We're not quite sure why it's taken Team 17 so long to bring its roster of intriguing indie titles to the PlayStation 4, but with the somewhat disappointing LA Cops now out of the way, it's the turn of The Escapists to break free from the shackles of other systems – and find sanctuary on Sony's new-gen...
Hotline Miami's not necessarily the kind of game that you'd expect to attract a string of copycats, but LA Cops follows developer Dennaton's brutal blueprint down to the most specific of details. You play as one of six clichéd LAPD law enforcers, with your objective to bring justice to some of America's most wanted. You'll do this by...
Team 17 is on a bit of a PlayStation 4 binge right now, as it's announced that LA Cops will be cuffing itself to Sony's next-gen machine starting next week. The afro-adorning isometric shooter can perhaps be best compared to Hotline Miami, as you tactically infiltrate criminal settlements in your shades and proceed to, ahem, take out the...
Leg it, lads
Innovative indie The Escapists is finally breaking out on PlayStation 4, Team 17 has revealed. Playing as prison inmates as you attempt to plan and carry out an escape attempt, the 2D title can be quite brutal, especially if you haven't sewn up all of your loose ends. It's a rather in-depth release, too, boasting plenty of content to...
In the nineties, Lemmings was so popular with gamers that it appeared on a mind boggling number of platforms, as millions tried – with varying degrees of success – to guide the careless rodents to safety. Since those heady days, you don’t see many titles that follow the Lemmings formula, but with the release of Flockers on the...
You didn't see anything
You can commit plenty of crimes in games these days, but you can get away with them scot-free just by hacking a few traffic lights or getting a paint job on your car. In The Escapists, developed by Mouldy Toof Studios and published by Team 17, you find yourself locked in a high security prison, seeking a way to escape...
Come on then
The long running Worms franchise is essentially the anti-Highlander, as there seems to be an endless supply of the humorous strategy games to go around. Sony's super machine will soon be getting its very own iteration, with the announcement of Worms Battlegrounds. The game will be launching on 30th May in Europe and 3rd June in North...
Originally released for the PlayStation 3 last year, we found Worms: Revolution to be “a game that will appeal more to old school fans, as newcomers will find it frustrating due to its control issues”. Having made the jump to the PlayStation Vita with all three of its DLC packs and a subtle name expansion, does the touch-friendly...
Princely or wince-worthy?
Superfrog HD is the remake of an Amiga classic from 1993 and was made by the trusted people at Team 17, who are famous for the Worms series. The narrative is not really groundbreaking, but it tells the sweet love story of a prince and a princess. As with all magical kingdoms, though, fate has something else in mind for the...
Showing its teeth
Team 17 will pay homage to James Cameron all over again this week, when its Amiga classic Alien Breed fires onto the PlayStation 3 and Vita in Europe. The top-down blaster will set you back just £6.49 for both versions, and will be buoyed by a further 20 per cent discount for PlayStation Plus subscribers. Those of you in North...
They're coming out of the walls
Not content with its recent PlayStation Mobile port, Team 17 has announced that its retro run-and-gun arcade blaster Alien Breed is coming to both the PlayStation 3 and Vita next month. The British studio – which is best known for its anthropomorphic annelids – is aiming to take advantage of various cross-platform...
Worms Revolution is set to slither onto the PlayStation Network on 10th October, developer Team 17 has announced. The latest entry in the long-running multiplayer series promises a host of new features, including “new physics objects, dynamic water and an awesome class system”. In order to celebrate the announcement, Team 17’s...
Throwing grenades is one of the most fun things you can do in Team 17's Worms series, so golf seems to work fairly naturally in the franchise's natural 2D environment
But of course, this is Worms Crazy Golf, and so there are a hole manner of hazards and obstacles along the way. Check out the gameplay trailer after the jump for a better idea.
We love arcade golf games
Clap Hanz's Everybody's Golf series is one of our favourite PlayStation franchises of all-time, even if it rarely changes with each new iteration. So we always get a little excited when we learn about a brand new, whimsical golf game. Take Team 17's Worms Crazy Golf, "a brazenly bonkers mixture of classic 2D Worms and...
Not got enough Worms from the PlayStation Network yet? Team 17's got your back, with a new title in the series Worms Ultimate Mayhem
But wait just a moment — this is a "souped-up" version of Worms 3D and Worms 4: Mayhem, so naturally it's 3D. All of the content from the aforementioned games will return, in addition to bonus missions and challenges. "It's been an absolute pleasure..
Fact: everyone likes Worms, and everyone likes crazy golf
Therefore the two mixed together must be an example of serious retail potential right? That's exactly what the American ratings board, the ESRB, has hinted towards, with Worms: Crazy Golf due for release on PlayStation 3. A similar game was released on Java-enabled mobile phones several years...
We love our PSPgo here at PushSquare, but it'd be fair to say that it's not been the most well received hardware re-release for some time
Talking up digital distribution in an interview with IncGamers, Team 17's Martyn Brown reckons the PSPgo's issues are inherent of price. Digital Distribution is here to stay. I think the issues with the PSPgo were somewhat different, basically the cost of the..
Team 17's finally announced that Alien Breed: Impact - an expanded version of XBOX Live Arcade exclusive Alien Breed: Evolution - will launch on the Playstation Store this summer
Alien Breed: Impact's a new entry in the classic Alien Breed franchise. It's a game where you shoot things. Lots of them. The press release notes: "Alien Breed: Impact is now tougher and requires more individual..
Team 17 has confirmed to Gamerzines that their franchise reboot, Alien Breed Evolution, will not hit the Playstation 3 until as late as "perhaps June
" The announcement comes after Team 17 announced a December 17th release for the XBLA version of the game, timed exclusivity they contribute to the "way of the world." No offence Team...
Team 17 are to release Alien Breed Evolution as a timed exclusive on the XBOX Live Arcade
Studio head Martyn Brown had the following words of "comfort" for disappointed Playstation 3 owners. "I appreciate PS3 owners getting pissed off because it's not on their platform immediately, but that's up to Sony I guess to address that."...
Team 17's Amiga classic Alien Breed is set to see a release on the Playstation 3 in the form of the remade Alien Breed Evolution
Generic titles aside the game looks flipping awesome. Here's what Team 17 had to say:"Team17 are absolutely delighted to formally confirm the return of one of its most cherished properties in Alien Breed Evolution...
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