By now you should have completed your yearly process of making several New Year’s resolutions and completely failing to stay true to them within the first week. So how about you make a goal this year you’ll actually keep?Something like: support more local games.
There are still four polished, fun and interesting locally made games waiting to get the Steam Greenlight. Hit the jump to see the games and give them your full support.
Everything about zX: Hyperblast is retro: the graphics, the gameplay, the controls and the insane difficulty. Except, somehow it manages to make that collection of old nostalgic ideas feel fresh, and once you’ve begun to master the controls of this shmup, it turns into something quite enjoyable. NAG Online’s own Miklós has been on record saying, “the game is already very polished and very, very addictive. It’s difficult, but once it clicks the whole offering becomes very compelling.” Check out the demo below, and then head straight to the Greenlight page!
Whoa! Isn’t that name a blast from the past? The game was originally released in 1996 by the Celestial Games team, but has since enjoyed a full HD re-release. If you remember the original fondly then you should have no further reason to click away to the Greenlight page. If you have no idea what Toxic Bunny is then… well… it’s a game about a caffeine fueled rabbit with a minigun…
You don’t get game pitches like that anymore. Get clicking, folks.
Look, there’s no way to get around this: this is a game produced as a tie-in to the Cape Town-based animation studio Triggerfish‘s most recent feature, Khumba – another local production you should support! This game is a tie-in, yes, but certainly isn’t a cheap one. The production values are pretty astounding for a small team. But that’s not really surprising when you identify that developer SIJO Studios is made up of former 3D animation veterans and is led by a person who has worked on big budget animated films. So if you have a little one (the game is aimed at the same age group as the film) or are captivated by the beautiful graphics, give this one a click.
Full disclosure: I worked as an intern at SIJO Studios last year. My coffee making skills were closely tied to the production of this game. Just to be clear – I make world-renowned coffee. Click away:
Hey… this looks familiar. Didn’t I write about this game a while back? Quite right dear reader, and this beautiful point-and-click adventure hasn’t got any uglier. In that very piece, and rather uncharacteristically complimentary, I noted that “the story starts off very promisingly in the demo, with a very mysterious and alluring introduction that grabs you from the get-go.”
Don’t be the non-vote that stops me from finding out what happens after the demo – navigate over to the Greenlight page and give it a click! Better yet, check out the demo and get “cliff-hangered” yourself!
Bottom line folks: even if you think every game on this list is absolutely horrid, you should go vote for them. Denying these games the chance to be on Steam is close to a death penalty. Don’t do it! Support local games, because local games are pretty great and could be even better with your support.
PS: The header image of this article is concept art belonging to an Oculus Rift-enabled game called Arajrubah, currently in development and planning to launch a Steam Greenlight / Indiegogo campaign soon. Find out more about the SA-born game on Make Games South Africa or their Greenlight page.