Wake up call
The Spectrum Retreat is a neat narrative puzzle game we rather liked, thanks to a great setting and some very well conceived puzzles. It's a big achievement for Dan Smith -- a 20-year-old computer science student who built the game while balancing his university work. We were lucky enough to fire a few questions at the award-winning...
Enjoy your stay
Here's one for you: two years ago, 20-year-old game designer Dan Smith won a BAFTA in the Young Game Designers category for his prototype of what would become The Spectrum Retreat. What's more, publisher Ripstone has stepped in to help turn the game into a fully fledged commercial product. It's quite an achievement for the up and...
Coming next month
Now E3 is done and dusted, Sony is back to its old habits of announcing little-known games coming to PS4. This time, the PlayStation Blog is highlighting The Spectrum Retreat, a first person puzzle game that's been in development for five years. It looks quite eerie in the above trailer. Your character is staying at The Penrose...
I see London, I see France
Ironcast is a very pleasant game considering its subject matter, its upper-class Victorian characters maintaining their polite demeanour in the direst of situations. Due to a dispute over a very valuable substance called Voltite, the British Empire is at war with its old enemy from across the channel, and it'll take nine...
Ever wondered what it'd be like to participate in a high-stakes game of Texas Hold'em? Well, wonder no more. Pure Hold'em, developed by VooFoo Studios, is a realistic simulation of the popular card-based game. It follows in the tradition of previous titles from the Birmingham-based developer, including Pure Pool and Pure Chess, offering...
Drop it in the pocket
You’ll no longer be bombarded with online notifications for pretty much the entire universe while attempting to pot that all important final ball, as Pure Pool has received a sizeable update on the PlayStation 4. We really liked the billiards simulation when we reviewed it a few weeks ago, but felt that it could do with a...
A game with balls
It’s undeniable that VooFoo Studios is swiftly making a name for itself by producing incredibly photo realistic digital renditions of classic games. We’ve already covered the British-based outfit’s Backgammon and Chess endeavours, and now we’re onto Pure Pool, an adaptation of the quintessential pub pastime that’s...
There’s something enjoyable about viewing the world through the lens of tiny eyes. Codemasters’ legendary Mega Drive adaptation of Galoob’s popular Micro Machines toys cottoned onto this, allowing you to race around workbench surfaces and cereal encrusted breakfast bars. Table Top Racing, a PlayStation Vita port of Playrise...
No console is complete without some pub games, and Hustle Kings developer VooFoo Studios is set to take to the PlayStation 4’s baize soon with billiards simulation Pure Pool. Offering outrageously lifelike visuals, the title will also boast uber-realistic ball physics and a ‘Pure DNA’ system, which will allow you to challenge computer...
Way back in 2012, UK developer VooFoo Studios converted the mighty game of chess to the PlayStation 3 and Vita. Despite looking the part, however, Pure Chess was hindered by its limited multiplayer options. Now, the Hustle Kings developer has returned for a second round, wielding the power of the PlayStation 4 in the process. Has it...
Scratch and sniff
Stick It to the Man is the story of a young adult with a hand sticking out of his head. This tale also includes aliens, a few clowns, a crocodile with a taste for human flesh, and a skeleton pirate. With the kind of dark humour that you may remember from the likes of Ren and Stimpy – and an art style to match – this is an...
Now rook what you've done
How pretty can VooFoo Studios’ outrageously detailed Pure Chess possibly look? Well, you’re about to find out, as the British-based developer has confirmed that its popular board game simulator is set to slide over to the PlayStation 4 this month. Much like its PlayStation 3 and Vita counterparts, the release will be...
Cured to perfection
Backgammon is one of the oldest games in existence, dating back thousands of years, and although in modern society it’s overshadowed by more popular timewasters like chess, it’s managed to find a home on the PlayStation 4 and its accompanying handheld, the PlayStation Vita. It’s true that in some instances the classics are...
Rack 'em up
We’re really not sure what to make of this debut trailer for VooFoo’s upcoming PlayStation 4 billiards simulation Pure Pool. On the one hand, the balls look absolutely exquisite – but we’re not overly sold on the frankly frightening character models. Beyond the Daisy Dukes and silicone breasts, though, the British-based...
"I know what you're thinking"
Stick It to the Man wonderfully treads the line between dark and silly. It's Ren and Stimpy-esque aesthetic is plopped on top of a paper craft construction, which gives it a unique and endearing look that brings each character – whether it be human or otherwise – to life in a surreal and smile inducing way. Add to...
As purrfect as a cat
Everyone loves a simile, but Ripstone Games co-founder Phil Gaskell arguably enjoys them more than most. The Liverpool-based publisher – which has worked on titles such as Pure Chess and Knytt Underground – has just received its very first PlayStation 4 console, and the head honcho has a thing or two to say about the system...
Spend a penny
The public toilet is a complex environment, bursting with unwritten rules and accepted traditions. While these standards are not governed by laws, only a brave person dare break them. Men’s Room Mayhem, a brand new PlayStation Vita pee ‘em up from Ripstone and Sawfly Studios, aims to tackle these complex issues in a comical arcade...
Men’s Room Mayhem is practically bursting to occupy a spot on your PlayStation Vita, but it’s going to have to cross its legs until 21st May in North America and 22nd May in Europe. You’ll need to spend a shade more than a penny in order to relieve yourself, but not much – the pee ‘em up will cost you $1.99/£1.99, with...
Ex-Studio Liverpool employees take a slash
Men’s Room Mayhem, the upcoming PlayStation Vita puzzler from ex-WipEout developers Sawfly Studios, aims to relay the ancient art of toilet etiquette. The title – which was leaked by the Australian classifications board earlier in the year – promises a “frantic line drawing game” that aims to ta
Ex-Studio Liverpool developers at the helm
Four former WipEout developers are currently working on Men’s Room Mayhem for the PlayStation Vita. The potty title recently popped up on the Australian Ratings Board's website, with a PG classification awarded. The title’s in production at SawFly Studios, a small team consisting of ex-Studio Liverpool...
Indie developer Nicklas ‘Nifflas’ Nygren’s latest platformer Knytt Underground will target the PlayStation 3 and Vita this week. North American gamers will get their hands on the attractive adventure from 18th December, while European users will have to wait until 21st December. In order to make up for the three day sabbatical, the...
If you’ve already exhausted every last atom of gameplay from Super Stardust Delta, then Ripstone’s upcoming Big Sky Infinity deserves a spot right at the top of your most wanted list. The PlayStation 3 and Vita twin-stick shooter promises a “fast-paced” arcade experience with “several unique attributes that significantly...
Bang for your buck
Sony has snapped up indie titles Knytt Underground and Big Sky Infinity for PlayStation Plus, reports Eurogamer.net. The niche sequels will be joined by a third unannounced game as part of the platform holder’s PlayStation Plus Presents promotion. The label is designed to highlight the best indie experiences available on the...
A shooter for the modern age
UK indie developer Boss Baddie has confirmed that a sequel to PC shooter Really Big Sky is heading to the PlayStation 3 and Vita. The game – entitled Big Sky: Infinity – is being produced in collaboration with Hustle Kings developer VooFoo Studios, and will be will be published by Ripstone. VooFoo’s technology...
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