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Zed Games Podcast – Episode 269


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In studio: Razor, Lee May, Candi Payne and chip musician Slato joins us as guest host.
We’re joined in studio by musician/radio host Tim Shiel. We talk about his career as a musician, the soundtrack to best-selling mobile game Duet, and his collaboration with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Lee gets back inside the head of B.J. Blazkowicz for Wolfenstein: The Old Blood.
Aired 13 May 2015.

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Review: Adventure Time Presents Card Wars

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Platform: Android, iOS
Developer: Kung Fu Factory
Website: www.kungfufactory.com
Australian classification: Unrated

‘Card Wars’ was originally an episode of the Adventure Time cartoon parodying collectable card games like Magic: The Gathering. In that episode Jake the Dog perfectly summed up Magic: “It’s a fantasy card game that’s super-complicated and awesome but, well, it’s kind of stupid.”

Now there’s an app that lets you play the actual game as seen in the show, which is an idea that’s simultaneously dumb and brilliant. Thanks to the popularity of video games like Hearthstone, those mechanics are everywhere – it seems like every fantasy setting has its own virtual card game where you summon monsters that crawl off the cards and onto a digital tabletop – and ripe for making fun of.

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Review: Out There

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Platform: Android, iOS
Developer: Mi-Clos Studio
Website: outtheregame.com
Australian classification: Unrated

A game like FTL: Faster Than Light gives you basically the full Captain Kirk Star Trek fantasy. Your own spaceship, your own crew to boss around, and an endless supply of enemy craft to hail over the intercom and bargain with or blow out of the sky. Out There is an undeniably similar game of crossing the galaxy in your own spaceship, but it’s a very different fantasy: you’re alone, your ship has no weapons, and your greatest enemy is an empty fuel tank. It’s not Star Trek; it’s a bleak Polish novel about the vastness of space.

The first time I played Out There I realised I was running low on fuel, so I set the course for a gas giant I could probe to harvest hydrogen. Flying to that planet cost fuel, getting into orbit around it cost more fuel, and when I pressed the button to send the probe I discovered that also cost fuel, which I no longer had enough of. I didn’t have enough fuel to refuel. In Out There you don’t get to reload if you goof like this, it’s game over. You press the “give up” button and start again.

I press the “give up” button a lot.

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Review: Shadowrun Returns – Dragonfall

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Platform: PC, Mac, iPad, Android (tablet)
Developer: Harebrained Schemes
Website: http://harebrained-schemes.com/shadowrun/dragonfall
Australian classification: Unrated

Between missions my crew of data thieves and mercenaries stay in a hideout in Berlin’s Kreuzbasar. As well as hackers and killers, one of them’s a shaman – Shadowrun mixes magic with its near-future technology – and he used to front a punk band. When was the last time you met an actual punk in a cyberpunk game? So I ask him, “You can sing?”

“I was the front man for a punk band, boss,” he replies, as if I’m an idiot. “Fuck no, I can’t sing.”

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Zed Games Podcast – Episode 203

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We chat with James “Peanuts” Schultz (community manager) and Matt Knight (designer/artist/voice artist) of Halfbrick Studios (Fruit Ninja, Jetpack Joyride, Fish Out Of Water).  In this candid interview we discuss Colossatron: Massive World Threat and Band Stars, find out what it’s really like in the games testing department at Halfbrick, and we poke Matt repeatedly until he does his “Rick Dalton” voice.

Lee reviews The Banner Saga (PC), “an epic RPG inspired by viking legend”.

In studio: Razor, Lee, Candi, Jody and Alanah

Aired 22 January 2014

Zed Games Podcast – Episode 203

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