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The marvelous miss take comes out on the 20th, it is an entirely mouse driven heist game over 25 levels and 5 chapters. With all of the gameplay options essentially that is 150 different puzzle floors and around 8-9 hours of gameplay and possibly more if you want to rerun to get all of the paintings and 100% the game.

The story is set around miss take trying to get back her aunties artwork after it was stolen by an art fiend changing the will and taking the lot, nievely miss take sets out in the stylish life of an upper class cat burgler, taking only what is hers and doing it with style. Not all of the artwork ends up in her gallery which is the hub world for access to the different levels, some must go to her home, or perhaps even sold to fund her lifestyle (essentially the level would become cluttered if everything you took in the level went there and taking just one painting would be too easy)

You can see that there are some artwork’s that remain untouched, although there are optional masterpieces that you can take, presumably in typical revenge style of taking the most prized posession of the fiend who took your aunts work, and to throw the scent off you directly for the crimes.

The game is well designed with stylish flair, very colourful and challenging yet fun and addictive keeping you coming back for more and retrying levels in an attempt to get all of the outcomes, beating the par time, taking the masterpieces etc, and with the extra ways of running the floors that you unlock later such as clearing out the remaining artwork at night during lockdown with most routes gated off and making it harder to progress whilst the focus is on stealth and not being spotted during this time or later when you return to clear out the safe’s for (*redacted plot spoilers*)

I think that this game even has a great potential to be a tablet or phone game, perfect file size with a great easy to use interface with everything being driven from the mouse and depending where you click and what you click, either to move stealthily or run, whistle for distraction, or throw objects with varying effects. Levels are fast paced and ramp up the challenge between chapters to a good degree, adding additional enemy types and even more difficult challenges each with thier own subtle features which you can exploit to speed run the levels and get all of the loot as fast as possible.

The game kept me coming back for more, and I would definately recommend a purchase as this is very accessible and anyone can jump in and out of gameplay and suit either someone who wants a casual distraction, or someone who wants to sit and get addicted and go through the entire game in one sitting.

The artwork is very clever, with faded scenery outside in a blue tone so it doesn’t distract but gives the essense of a living city surrounding you and not just being in a puzzle room, everyone loses thier hat while running, and while you have to retrieve yours it would be a fun achievement to collect the guards hats and escape the floor.

Note that footage shown is from a special press preview build, so there may be changes in the final version, some noted will be that bystanders will have more variation from the current clone everywhere, additional resolution options to ensure everyone can play, along with some minor tweeking to artwork etc. Saying that everything already looks great to me and fits the styling of a classy mischievous cat burgler of the time. Even the music is rather fitting, with elevator music playing while stood waiting on the second floor, and changing to fit the different “modes” of playing the levels, and everything feels very smooth and refined.

You will notice subtle art pieces such as blue fox statues as a nod to TRI, another rising star game, and perhaps even other nods that I have missed or am not aware of.

I found the game fun and definately recommend to anyone who likes what they see in the gameplay footage shown.

Purchase on steam at http://store.steampowered.com/app/327310/


Tri is a first person puzzle adventure from rising star games and rat king entertainment. Inspired by games such as portal and q.u.b.e this game throws away shooting enemies and replaces it with the ability to interact with the world, in this case the power to create triangles in the world.

As you progress through the game you learn more about how the great ikean people existed and how thier fox gods friendship suffered with the madness that insues from greater control over the triangle powers, and you yourself gain greater control over triangles from initially being able to simply place and destroy them through to being able to manipulate light streams and traverse walls and defy gravity using them.

The game is very well designed, not only through the artwork which looks like an old oil painting, and the background effects which subtly change depending on your environment and add to the tension of being high up during your exploration process, but also continues through the puzzles themselves. The puzzles are well thought out and cannot simply be blundered through, you have to put a little thought into some of them into how you can use the triangles to manipulate and navigate your environment in order to progress.

There are surprises in store, including early on where the fox god decides to be a little mischievous and flip gravity in the room you are in completely bending reality and leaving you to discover a new way out of the room.

If you enjoy puzzle games then this is a definate purchase for you, and £12.99 for a game of this nature isn’t a lot to ask considering the ammount of effort that has gone into the design and how much enjoyment you will get from the game. The game should last at least 5 hours of gameplay, maybe more depending on how much exploration you plan to do in getting the golden idols for the additional bonus content and full completion, and by purchasing you encourage the designers to make more games and even sequels.

If you like what you see in the video then you should check out the game for yourself and explore the mysteries that lie within the great temple of the fox gods of the ikean people. Just try to avoid jokes regarding the creation of dorito’s and salsa dipped dorito’s, without such a clear palate you would lose your triangles within the scenery and not know which ones were suitable for traversing, all part of the efforts in accessibility that are shown throughout the game from the steps through gaining powers and throughout the entire game with a gradual difficulty curve. Some things that most people would take for granted, but clearly done right in this game.

Available now on steam £12.99 RRP
http://store.steampowered.com/app/293660/

Live streaming of gameplay is getting more popular with people preferring to interact with content creators live during the creation process, as a result I have taken up to doing some live streams, obviousely in my current situation it isn’t the easiest to record as standard let alone find time for regular streams, however I do plan on doing some streams in particular when I fancy playing a game but not actually doing any recording, these will be surprise unannounced livestreams without the mic attached. The mic won’t be attached because you’ll here crashing and banging from pests that prevent me from recording at all hours, but I will be able to possibly read chat, and if I get enough followers who actively watch then I will be more interactive and find things to do with viewers.

So head over to twitch and click the follow button below the video frame in order to be informed of any livestreams as they are broadcast, as I will not announce most on twitter or in any other form and simply broadcast wether people come or not as I play.

Streams are also available on this site at http://www.indelacio.co.uk/live-streams/ directly on this site, through twitch, with chat and the video available.

I know I don’t usually ask for subs or follows or the like, but if you want to watch the content and in particular be informed of unannounced livestreams it is the only way to do so without sitting on the site all day hopeing that I begin a random unannounced stream.

Frozen synapse is one of the games I recommend through steam curators, it is a turn based strategy game played entirely online.

With different game modes from extermination of the other team, to hostage rescue, capture the flag and even a “how far do you think you can run accross the course before being eliminated” challenge there is quite a lot of gameplay on offer from this seemingly simple strategy game.

Play is formed accross usually 8 rounds, with planning phases for both teams and then the excecution is calculated online and shown before the next round of planning to hopefully lead to an outcome of victory for your own team.

There is a single player campaign but this isn’t the main draw of this game, and really you should see it for yourself to know if this is for you or not. Watch the video and make judgements for yourselves.

I definately recommend it and have got many hours of enjoyment from the game.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/98200/

With mixed reviews from critics and viewers I decided to give my opinions on the latest season of doctor who and how everything fits into the existing timeline as set out in the previous seasons, how his regeneration works and why the doctor behaves as he presently does.

Following on from the silence timeline the current regeneration is essentially a blank slate with clara having erased all knowledge of the doctor from history which leads to the inevitable confrontation at river song’s birth in which the doctor is known to be the enemy of the universe and a soldier, the previous season attempted to throw people off with the implimentation of john hurt as a soldier incarnation, however this was already a past regeneration and not the one in question on the timeline, also the whole plot of losing gallifrey is a little silly because they know it exists in the pocket dimension inside the painting itself, and even visited it during that episode.

All of this aside there were some other potential flaws in the writing in where matt smith had began a regeneration cycle on the beach where the silence’s plan to eliminate him culminates in a fixed point where river succeeds, however because of her love for him she decides to give up all of her regenerations to save him, this could have been done in such a manner that already overwrote the 13 lives issue, having provided all of her regeneration energy. Instead though they decided that as she was “dying” in the future anyway that it didn’t matter, but also to provide an alternative method of providing further life to the doctor with the timelord race itself providing energy through a crack on trensalore to help him to regenerate anew.

Hints towards the conclusion at river’s birth were given in this final episode of the last season where he meets the young soldiers that inevitably meet him there, and how the silence from that day vow to eliminate the doctor, which is a timeline that has already passed, as such wibby wobbly nature of time and plots.

Furthermore there are many unexplored themes in the series such as river marrying the doctor who clicks his fingers and the tardis responds as second nature, not just experimentation as previous doctors have done. Also a future doctor still has to provide river with his sonic and associated memory storing device in order to save her to the computer, so this is yet to happen in the series thus showing the doctor always lived beyond trensalore.

In order to correct potential paradoxes you will notice that clara is travelling to her existences through spacetime, she has interfaced with the brain of the dalek in the episode where they travel inside, inevitably she will end up back in the victorian era yet again, perhaps at a point where she loses her mind and ends up abandonned in the past, or at least pretends not to know the doctor so as to maintain continuity.

Lastly you will note that “missy” keeps appearing in a garden of eden place much like that of the computer in which river is stored in the library of the Vashta Nerada, and although these individuals have died they can still be saved in much the same way that river was saved, with hidden memory storage devices that can be collected later, and obviousely dropped off in time discreetly without the doctor noticing. To the individual involved they will die and awake inside the computer, and this can even pass to those who were killed by the brain sucking monster, thier body died but thier brain could have been saved and backed up prior to this.

So how does the doctor free these people, well given that the doctor and river are travelling at opposite ends of the spectrum, and she knew the first day he met her and didn’t recognise her she would die it would be a given that the same would happen where he would meet her and the first instance where he meets river and she doesn’t recognise him would be the day he knows he is going to die, and at this point being smart he would realise he has the opportunity to harness his regeneration energy and feed it into the computer to free river and the others, either by entering it himself entirely or just linking to it and running his energy through it and into the teleporter system to restore those who didn’t have bodies giving up some of his own regeneration energy.

At this point river should explain how he cannot regenerate in his current nature, as a soldier as he doesn’t stand for what the doctor stands for, and a healer of time while he stands for death and not caring about saving each and every individual whatever thier race and the idealism that comes naturally from the doctor, and provide him the opportunity to travel through time and save everyone he let down himself in the same way he saved her allowing the next regeneration to truly be a rebirth of the doctor.

Why missy though, well simply put the computer is able to rewrite the programming of people, within the computer river would be able to be restored as a timelord with all of her regenerations, and she could choose to regenerate anew inside the computer, and also when reborn out of the computer to also have a new start with the doctor both now travelling through time in the same direction together.

These are just my theories and idea’s, and fit the timeline and current events rather well wether or not this is how things progress will remain to be seen, but it makes sense that the current doctor would behave as he is doing given the timeline and established continuency of time from previous events.

Rive is the latest game from Two tribes games usually known for puzzle oriented games, and more recently an open world sequel to toki tori in which they spent several years perfecting the code and game in order to provide an open world exploration puzzle experience where you don’t gain new powers but gain knowledge throughout your exploration on how you can interact with the world and cause things to happen around you. It was a very good and well designed game which unfortunately wasn’t recieved as well as it deserved to, partially due to a steam sale release date and getting lost amongst that, but also partially because of confused loyalty offers via a prior humble sale.

This aside the code behind toki tori 2 has been adapted, so it keeps all of the visual aspects such as multi layered elements and great exploration, but instead of being puzzle based this is a platform shooter action game, promising to be very open world but with obvious progress gates with elements you can only gain from exploration and defeating bosses for new upgrades.

Also being built on the toki tori 2 engine means that there will be the inclusion of the level editor in a very simple graphical format allowing the basic user to create thier own levels, or even full seperate adventures, and with the steam community sharing system these additional levels will also be online available for anyone to download to expand thier playtime potentially infinately beyond the main game.

No word on a price point or length of the game at present, but with such expansion possibility and such a smooth and playable game at such an early stage I believe two tribes are on to another winner with this one, hopefully it will be planned for a better release date which won’t get lost in the draft of sales and usual seasonal steam related hijinks, and get the audience it deserves.

You will have to excuse the lack of sound on the video, problems with my recording software, and also footage freezes and unsmooth frames, these aren’t issues when playing, and you can also turn down settings to lock to 30fps and create a more smooth experience, and also a good base for lower powered machines to still be able to play and enjoy the game.

I will hopefully bring you a better video closer to release when more content is available and a full review can be made on the final copy of the game, but definately looking forward to seeing progress.

As it stands the housing benefit system is very unfair to young people in that anyone under 35 are forced to apply for shared housing, and in a market where full time employment is very difficult to come by, and especially for graduates who are negatively punished by employers of basic jobs in that they fear the employee will seek better work and promotion and leave, so they do not get chosen for employment, and being so young that they have no savings to purchase a home or ability to pay for rent they are punished and forced into living either with parents or friends or really terrible overcrowded and dirty accommodation.

In particular this is not suitable for many including the 1 in 4 who suffer from mental health issues such as depression, and also those who require a clean environment such as seperated fathers who require a clean home for the baby to visit, also secure from strangers and dangerous individuals who clearly don’t care for cleanslyness or the safety of those around them.

Initially my e-petition to the government was worded in focus of depression and those who need these special circumstances for not being punished into shared accommodation rate, this was deemed “outside of the government’s control” even though they control and set housing benefit. So it was reworded to focus on simply reducing the age to 25, and wording it to focus on keeping youth in education as this was thier intention (however who stays in education 15 years, hence 35 being ridiculous)

Find the petitions here.

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/70611

And the archive link to the absurdly rejected petition of exactly the same matter.
http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/70570

Please sign, so youth isn’t punished into living out on the streets and dying, while the government focus on giving the elderly everything they desire, rather than providing a home to young people so they can seek work and be productive to society.

Eurogamer 2014 kicked off with a bang, with hundreds of people queing at 8am in order to be first in line when early bird entry opened at 10am, eager to get thier hands on the latest consoles and up and coming game titles.

The event itself is spread out over 2 floors in earls court in the center of london not only housing booths to play games but also incorporating special shops and many competitions and tournaments.

When gates opened at 10am people could be seen running for thier favourite stand in order to be the first to play that particular title and have bragging rights over the first to complete the demo.  I opted to head for the hotly contested 18+zone and queue for assassins creed unity in order to avoid long waits in the queue for the booth later, ironically it resulted in a longer wait due to “health and safety” issues, but it was worth the wait as I got to see that the game was reverting back to a standard I could get along with rather than being very on rails and punishing you for diverting away from these.  I still need to see if they’ve improved boss mechanics, but it does promise a completely different fighting system which is good because of the new protagonist, and having everyone fight the same throughout history would be a bit stale for the series.

After this I headed out and took advantage of a free seat at dead island two, congratulations for reading this article as I forgot to mention this in my video, but dead island two follows the story which is lead out in dead island epidemic, you might not have played that as it is a moba style game, where dead island two follows the usual gameplay of the origonal, but in a world where the infected who are immune have become enhanced humans, better and stronger, but are being hunted down and eradicated by a terrorist group of some sort.  I played for a while in the demo where stealth was very much necissary in order to not set off the gas in the room, it was a little challenging and I gave up after a few attempts as I had other things to see, but definately looking forward to the release to see how things pan out as it could be a promising title.

The bafta’s were also at EGX and I did have an invite and permissiont to film at the side event, however I was unable to make it back on time with delays at hotel checkin, but I am sure that you can find content elsewhere about this.

Alien isolation is very much a suspense strategy game where you have to navigate the station under the constant threat of persuit from the sole alien on board, without testing out the mechanics I would be interested to see how it progresses as it could be possible to cheese the alien somewhere and leave you free without worry, or wonder wether its hard coded to teleport into your vincinity so you can never truly lose it, but this is definately a deviation from the heavy infestation shooters that are usually a part of this franchise and instead trying to revert to where the films like to venture of isolation with a single alien and suspense.

To be continued.

Steam have introduced a new curator system for reviews, where you can post a short synopsys and link this off elsewhere to reviews you have posted such as youtube, or your own website.  It seems a convenient place to keep easy links to all of the steam based game reviews as not only does it link to reviews here but also the steam games and you can keep an eye on wether any go on discount in the store.

My curator page is located at http://store.steampowered.com/curator/6860437/ if you would like to follow and keep an eye on any game reviews I create, this should be easy as it doesn’t require me to post full content there also, just a short statement and then a link to wherever I have posted the main content.

So you can still read here and view reviews I post in video format while also being able to checkout the game for yourself and see the accurate current pricing in your district.

The state of britain today is often in question, with many popular media outlets stating how lack of housing and government debt are major problems in society today, and how ukip is racist for wanting independance for the uk from the EU however the scottish independance party, or france and other countries wanting independance are perfectly fine and not remotely racist (where many people are confusing ukip with the BNP) however nobody really ever looks under the surface to investigate matters themselves, most people blindly take what they’re told as fact wether it is true or not and ignore the underlying problems that might be causing these.

One example is how there is a rise in homelessness, media outlets would have you believe that this is as a result of a lack of housing available to the market (offering so called “help” where someone else ownes part of your home that you can never own and will always owe them a part of whatever you sell the house for, and this is only ever available to those who have the significant incomes required to qualify for a mortgage and never anyone who could afford repayments, as for a £50,000 mortgage you need to earn over £23,000 per year just to qualify, which means that this will never be affordable to someone on low income regardless.

As for the rise in homeless youth, this is directly as a result of benefits only being offered at a shared housing rate, which is calculated to the 30%th percentile from the lowest rent (which includes discounted council housing) so on a private rental market there are no suitable houses available other than overcrowded filthy squats, and these are snapped up instantly in desperation so many are left with the option of thier parents, friends or ex’s sofa’s or a life on the streets for those who do not have those options (because nobody has a home to share with)

Harsh savings such as these and cuts to disabled benefits are claimed to be in the name of government savings because they are deeply in debt (and not remotely to do with thier snub nosed policy of getting back at the general public for stopping them wasting taxes on thier own expensive second homes in the countryside and london) while at the same time they decide it is a great policy to pay out entire pensions in lump sums rather than slowly over the course of a pensioners life, this does not seem a very smart policy considering this increases the stress on the government pockets and will mean more harsh savings have to be made at least in the short term, let alone when pensioners have spent thier entire lump sum and start complaining how they require more funds in the name of human decency so they can afford to pay for rent, food and heating etc.

I will be starting a crowdfunded kickstarter project to see if people would be interested in funding a government group which is run by a true democracy via policies decided in forums and voted on by the general internet at large.

Whatever happens I know that the way things are being run right now aren’t working, and forcing young people out on the streets will only end badly, as once enough people are out on the streets and had enough they will join together in social media to take down the government by any means necissary, and far worse than recent riots have ever escalated to.
Sources:
https://lha-direct.voa.gov.uk/ListofRents.aspx?SearchResultsPageParameters=true&LocalAuthorityId=58&LHACategory=1&Month=4&Year=2014&SearchPageParameters=true&BrmaId=19
http://www.voa.gov.uk/corporate/RentOfficers/localHousingAllowance.html#newclaims
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/251272/prison-costs-summary-12-13.pdf