This release doesn't include any new content, but it really improves the game in general. The biggest change here is an upgrade of the Unity 3D engine...
Tidalis is a block-based puzzle game with casual appeal, hardcore depth, and an addictive new "streams" mechanic. The basic rules of the game are this: blocks fall down into the board and have a color and an arrow direction. If a stack of blocks exceeds the height of the board, you lose. In order to clear blocks, you must right-click and drag paths through the arrows to set up chain reactions of like-colored blocks.
If this sounds simple, that's because it is -- you'll be lining up lengthy chains within minutes. But you'll be surprised how much brainpower it takes to set up combos of multiple chains, and the many brainteaser-style puzzles include some real stumpers. Tidalis has co-op and competitive multiplayer modes (offline only in this beta version); action-oriented modes and timer-less brainteasers; a lengthy, casual-friendly adventure mode; fifteen unique game modes providing innumerable twists to the basic gameplay; dozens of special blocks and items; and over fifty minutes of beautiful music to go with the painterly art.
In short, several games' worth of content are built on top of this core mechanic, which you'll quickly find to be as iconic as it is novel.
For more information: Arcengames.com
Our Humble Bundle Weekly Sale, which kicked off last Thursday, has now surpassed 40,000 sales and $135,000 earned!
With three days* remaining in the sale (at time of writing), we're still trying to get the word out to everyone who might be interested in owning our entire catalog for a Lincoln and change. So special thanks to all those helping with the retweeets, facebook posts, and other methods of spreading the news -- it's massively appreciated.
There's been a nice outpouring of support from the press for the sale as well, along with some PAX previews on Bionic Dues and other new Arcen-related coverage to share:
The Game Design Round Table -- Episode #39: Skyward Collapse, AI and Business. With Chris Park
Indie Game Magazine -- Developer Chat: Chris Park On 'Skyward Collapse' Expansion 'Nihon no Mura'
Game Wisdom Podcast w/ Chris Park -- Bionic Dues and Don'ts with Skyward Collapse
The Diecast Podcast Episode #26 (A Valley Without Wind discussed)
Bionic Dues/Humble Weekly Sale
Somnambulant Gamer -- Bionic Dues: Mechs vs. the World
SquiiddishGaming -- Pax Prime 2013- Bionic Dues Gameplay!
PC Gamer -- See the first screenshots of Arcen’s next game: the roguelike-like Bionic Dues
Rock, Paper, Shotgun -- Arcen Anounce Bionic Dues, Do Humble Bundle
PC Gamer -- AI War, Skyward Collapse, and the rest of the Arcen catalogue are this week’s Humble sale
IndieGames.com -- The humble bundling of Arcen Games
VG247 -- AI War, Shattered Haven and more in latest Humble Weekly Sale
Examiner -- Arcen Games in this weeks Humble Sale
Just Press Start -- Humble Weekly Bundle Featuring Arcen Games!
Game Debate -- Humble Weekly Bundle From Arcen Games
EzPzJoystiq -- A Valley Without Wind 1 Humble BundleМаксим Соколов -- Humble Bundle Presents A Valley Without Wind 2
A Bear In Clothing -- Skyward Collapse turns the god game genre on its head
Game Podunk -- Review: Skyward Collapse (9/10)
Video Games Uncovered -- Skyward Collapse Review (75/100)
Game Critics -- Skyward Collapse Review
Blackman'n Robin -- Skyward Collapse Review (3.5/5)
Nerd Maldito -- Skyward Collapse: A game about war and free will (Portuguese)
War Gamer -- Skyward Collapse Review (French)
Blue's News -- Skyward Collapse: Nihon no Mura Preorders
PC Games Network -- Skyward Collapse expansion Nihon no Mura on its way
Rock, Paper, Shotgun -- Skyward Collapse’s Nihon no Mura Expansion
PC Gamer -- Skyward Collapse to get first expansion, Nihon no Mura
VG247 -- Skyward Collapse Nihon no Mura expansion hits beta
IndieGames.com -- The Japanese join the Norse and the Greeks on Skyward Collapse
Gamer's Hell -- Skyward Collapse Nihon no Mura Released and Trailer
Game 4 Me -- Skyward Collapse expansion in beta and pre-order via website (Dutch)
Game Side Story -- An extension for Skyward Collapse (French)
Pixel Perfect Gaming -- Skyward Collapse: Nihon no Mura – Now Available for Pre-Ordering
Game Is War The Skyward Collapse Nihon no Mura Expansion Enters Beta (Spanish)
I Luv Games -- Skyward Collapse: Nihon no Mura Expansion Beta Pre-order
JayPlaysIndieGames -- Skyward Collapse Episode 4 The World Tree Returns
ZinthoGaming -- AI War: Building up the Home World
Various Ren -- AI War - Part 2: Swaphilia, the Love of Swapping my Bullets for their Systems
Infognito -- A Valley Without Wind 11 Co-op with Denox (Russian)
Kikiokyo -- Tidalis Adventure
My Play -- Tidalis Review (Italian) (8/10)
*Sale ends Thursday, September 12th at 11 AM Pacific.Originally posted: Arcengames.blogspot.com
Highest Rated (2 agree) 8/10
Great puzzle game based on a new, different type of mechanism. Created by the same company that did AI War Fleet Command, so expect a game that's not like anything else out there. The only possible problem, I also consider an advantage. There's an incredible number of options available that can lead to a huge variety in the game. I can see this as being confusing to some people. I think it's a great, addictive game and I'm not even into puzzle games all that much.
Nov 16 2010, 5:32pm by dlcooper