Train2Game Beta Test The Captain Is Dead

Are you ready to boldly go where no game has gone before? You are? Excellent, because Thunderbox Entertainment are looking for intrepid space explorers to help them put the final coat of polish on their new game, The Captain is Dead!

If you reckon you’ve got what it takes to kick alien ass, fix a busted spaceship, and save your crazy crew, then be sure to join the beta for this intense, Dilithium-fuelled strategy that’s the perfect mash-up of board and video game.

The only prerequisite to join in, is any kind of computer or mobile device! If you’ve got one of those, then you’ll be able to play the game for free for an entire month – all you have to do is sign up, and then let the dev team know if you spot anything a little bit woo (as they say in the Orion Nebula).

And don’t beat about the binary star system… be sure to proceed at maximum warp, because spots on the beta are limited to a few hundred per platform!

Featuring next-gen visuals from the 90’s, a banging, synthwave soundtrack, better-than-average voice acting, and more lasers than a Skrillex gig, The Captain is Dead will be dropping out of warp on Steam, iOS and Android on February the 1st, 2021… but all you speedy space cadets can join the beta to start playing before anyone else, so sign up today!

Enjoy the trailer below…

Train2Game Save Your Computer In Motherboard

Motherboard is a platformer/platform game in a unique setting.

The game world is the interior of the computer, the components of which serve its inhabitants to live worry-free in the digital world. 
The player takes on the role of a Bit – experienced worker, who, just like other people of its kind, is involved in extracting energy created by the laser dragon.

When Motherboard is attacked by a terrible virus, the hero of the game goes on a lonely journey to the city’s capital – Procesopolis, with the mission to stop the spread of infection. 

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The land inside your computer is waiting for you to visit it. Each of the components is a city, a settlement, or land inside the game universe.

Experience an unforgettable adventure! Visit the soaring towers Procesopolis, explore the endless voodoo swamp, or try to climb into the rotating sun. From a great wake-up call, bits and bytes work to live, enjoy and by the way, make your computer work at 100%.

Take control of the young Bit, which was the only one to resist the dark forces and now uses them against the enemy. Rescue your brothers and sisters, find shelter, and get to know what is behind the attack. Every day you use your computer to watch a movie, talk to friends, or listen to music. Now the computer needs your help!

The shadow of an unknown hostile force infected the peaceful world of Motherboard. Whoever he reaches becomes his soldier. It is unknown where he came from. Is this the ancient evil that has always inhabited the underworld? Or maybe it comes from the Land of the endless light and darkness? No one knows, but the enemy must be defeated. Otherwise, Motherboard will no longer exist!

Motherboard is an action-adventure game, settled inside the computer! Take on the role of the Bit – one of the inhabitants of the motherboard and help him to save the world from viruses!

Train2Game News First Black Game Pros Mixer

Ubisoft today announced the first UK Black Game Pros Mixer to be held on Friday, 11th December. 

The online event, which is being held in Europe for the first time, will be hosted by co-founders Kurston Timothy, Development Tester at Ubisoft Toronto and Leon Winkler, Ubisoft Director of International Events and will feature a full programme of panels, key notes and interviews with some of the UK industry’s most successful black professionals. 

The free event will take place from 3pm to 6pm GMT and complimentary tickets will be available from this link.

The mission of The Black Game Pros Mixer is to generate and foster more representation and diversity in the broader video game industry.  The events facilitate networking and dialogue with relevant speakers as well as shine a light on under-represented job profiles to demonstrate the many pathways for people of colour to enter and thrive within the industry.

Leon Winkler, said, “It’s our goal to reach out to and actively engage with communities representing people of colour to show off how viable and diverse the opportunities within our industry are.” He added: “We’re delighted to be welcoming some of the most inspiring British professionals to contribute to this by sharing their experiences and knowledge about the UK industry, covering topics that are meaningful for both themselves and our community.”

The three-hour event will feature the following elements:

KEYNOTES:

  • Chella Ramanan, Jr Narrative Designer at Ubisoft Massive – How did I get into the Industry?
  • Sian-Selina Grant, Partnerships Manager at Newzoo – Data and the UK Gaming Industry

PANELS:

  • Breaking into the UK Games Industry: including panelists Rosemary Buahin (Games Category Lead, Xbox UK and Ireland), Lauren Dillon (Sr. Account Director at Premier PR London) and Adam Campbell (Director of product at Azoomee and founder of POC in Play) – Moderated by Leon Winkler
  • Being and staying successful in the UK Gaming Industry: with Stephanie Ijoma (founder of NNESAGA), Marcus Bronzy (award winning presenter) and Timi-Abajomi Ofarn (co-founder of The Nerd Council) – Moderated by Kurston Timothy
  • Making the Industry truly diverse: including panelists such as Mr Midas (award winning Video Game TV Presenter and Content Producer) and Nigel Twumasi (co-founder of Mayamada – The World’s First Manga Network) – Moderated by Kurston Timothy

INTERVIEWS:

  • Mr Midas (Interviewed by Leon Winkler)
  • Stephanie Ijoma (Interviewed by Leon Winkler)

Ahead of The Black Game Pros Mixer – UK Edition, Ubisoft will be hosting another edition of the event for those working in the African games industry on 3rd December in partnership with the FEJA game event, for more information, please visit the following link.

Train2Game News A Merry Hyrule Christmas

Materia Collective is pleased to present A Merry Hyrule Christmas, a festive collection of music paying tribute to The Legend of Zelda and several beloved Christmas carols.

Produced by Eric Buchholz (Hero of Time) with a merry band of arrangers, these clever arrangements will bring cheer to both Christmas music and The Legend of Zelda fans.

With grandiose orchestra and choir combined with epic rock stylings, A Merry Hyrule Christmas has something for everyone.

The full tracklist for A Merry Hyrule Christmas is as follows:

01. Kakariko Village

02. O Sacred Light

03. Clock Town Sleigh Ride

04. Silent Knight

05. Carol of the Goddess

06. Dragon Roost Hymn

07. Din Rest Ye Merry Deku Scrubs

08. The Twelve Days of Christmas

A Merry Hyrule Christmas is the first album to combine music from The Legend of Zelda franchise with classic holiday tunes of various genres,” comments arranger and producer Eric Buchholz. “We have Zelda music with a Christmas twist, as well as Christmas music with a Zelda twist!. My goal was to create an album of videogame music that could blend in seamlessly with classic holiday tunes. I love the idea of folks being able to ‘trick’ their parents, grandparents, and family into listening to videogame music—without them realizing it!”

A Merry Hyrule Christmas is now available on all storefronts and streaming platforms:
A Merry Hyrule Christmas on All Storefronts

Train2Game News Non Interrupting Mobile Game Ads

Immersive in-game advertising, where non-interruptive brands ads are seamlessly integrated into gameplay, is emerging as an important new monetization channel, with 46.3% of mobile game developers citing it as a key opportunity for 2021.

In a global mobile developer survey by InGamePlay brand advertising platform, AdInMo, confirms that In-App Purchases (65.8%) and in-game advertising (53.8%) are still the most popular forms of monetization, but it is immersive brand ads, also known as dynamic in-game advertising, which are expected to see the largest growth next year. 

While interstitials (33%) and rewarded videos (40%) are currently the most popular in-game ad formats, more than a quarter of developers (26.7%) are planning on trialling dynamic in-game advertising within the next six months. Casual and hyper-casual mobile games are driving this trend, with 62% of developers planning to integrate the new ad formats in 2021.

Developers of Free-to-Play games must consistently balance retention and a quality player experience with the need to monetize. The limitations of performance marketing ads, which force the player to leave the game, is driving developer to seek new non-interruptive ad formats. 75% of developers surveyed rated ‘does not interrupt gameplay’ as their top feature in a monetization platform, even higher than ease of SDK integration (66%).

Kristan Rivers, CEO, AdInMo, said: “If gamers can’t or won’t actively spend on in-game content, advertising is the best method of generating revenue. 

“Developers clearly hate having to interrupt the player experience or worse force players to leave the game. InGamePlay brand ads are click-free and allow developers to earn new revenues, advertisers to engage new mobile audiences and most importantly players to carry on playing.”

This exclusive and previously unreleased survey data is from a study carried out in conjunction with Pocket Gamer’ in August and September 2020.

Train2Game News A Modern Experience Of A Retro Platform

Badgerpunch are a group of retro game developers that have teamed up to give you a taste of what recently released games are available for the Commodore 64!

This is a bunch of great games that will bring you back to more innocent times. Back when you only needed 8 bits, a can of coke, and lots of lovely big pixels to keep you happy!

Relive the heyday of the Commodore 64 with lovely new games that make the 38 year old machine shine! These games have been created with love from developers that cherish the nostalgic 8-bit experience.

This bundle combines holiday themed games and other recent paid and free games. For anyone that is looking for a collection of lovingly crafted escapes into yesterday’s hardware there is something for everyone. There are games for two players working together or competing, shoot-em-ups and platformers, number games and different takes on match-3 puzzles.

Whether you grew up in the mid 80s and want more games just the way you remember them or you’re just curious about new games for your grandparents’ dusty breadbin there is something for everyone in this bundle.

The C64 XMas Bundle is a collection of games to get the end of the year started in the right way!

The bundle will last from 00:00 at 1st of December through to midnight December 31st.

Link to Bundle landing page: https://www.badgerpunch.com/xmas/

Link to bundle buy page on itchio: https://itch.io/b/699/c64-xmas-bundle

You can enjoy the trailer below…