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March 7, 2015

Adventures of Pip – First Impressions (PAX East 2015)

If you have been gaming for several years, you know what the jump from 8-bit to 16-bit was all about. Adventures of Pip walks you through that transition in a game. Pip lives in a world where your social status depends on your resolution. He starts out as a single pixel, but over time, he will gain the ability to evolve to 8-bit and 16-bit forms.

Each evolution has its own pros and cons, though. Single-pixel Pip is lightweight and can fit in smaller areas. 8-bit Pip is more agile but is too big to fit in some areas. 16-bit Pip is the strongest, but he is slower and not as agile. As you progress through this platformer, you will use each evolution to progress, [...]

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March 6, 2015

Runbow – First Impressions (PAX East 2015)

PAX East is filled with indie games, and several of them are of the party game genre. One of the most hectic is the first Wii U game to bring nine player multiplayer. Yes, you read that correctly. Up to nine players can grab any type of Wii U or Wii controller to play Runbow, a chaotic platformer/brawler that seems like a mashup of Super Smash Bros. and Cloudberry Kingdom.

There are four basic modes right now, but the developers mentioned to us that they would like to add at least two more before the game releases in the third quarter of this year. The first mode is just a race to the finish. Another mode has you brawling with the last man standing. A third mode has [...]

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March 6, 2015

Neon the Ninja-First Impressions (PAX East 2015)

Our first scheduled meeting at PAX East 2015 was with the creators of Neon the Ninja, a retro-inspired 2D stealth platformer currently in development for Nintendo Wii U. I had never seen anything from this game, but after playing through the demo I am eager to see where the developers take it.

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In the demo, I found myself leaping over and running through buildings and urban cityscapes, taking out armed enemies as I went. You play as Neon, a color-shifting ninja who uses his surroundings as camouflage. This is the defining mechanic of Neon the Ninja: in order to hide from enemies and strike when they least suspect it, Neon can shift from orange to green and blend in [...]

 
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March 6, 2015

Splatoon – First Impressions (PAX East 2015)

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Greetings from PAX East 2015. Nick and I are enjoying our time with all the Nintendo games. The first game both of us played was Splatoon. It is probably the game both of us were most excited to see this year. Because this is such a huge game from Nintendo we decided to both share our opinions. I will let him go first, and then I will share my thoughts.

Nick:

Standing in line to play Splatoon, I was immediately impacted by the way this game looks. So many colors pop in every direction, with big, inky explosions turning the battlefield into a red-and-blue canvas. Once it was my turn to play (pro tip: show up early if you plan on playing Splatoon at PAX this [...]

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