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Morningstar: Alone In The Universe

by on Feb.12, 2015, under featured, Morningstar

Morningstar is what is known as an “escape game”. What this means is that you are trapped somewhere and your primary goal is to find a way to escape your current situation. In this case you’re stranded on a deserted planet with no means of getting off it from the start. That’s the catalyst for exploring your surroundings and figuring out what to do to get the ship back up and running. Otherwise there wouldn’t be much of a story. What you do find out while wandering around, though, add significantly to the plot. (continue reading…)

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Morningstar: Something Old, Something New

by on Feb.11, 2015, under featured, Morningstar

Morningstar was originally released as a Flash game in May 2009 on Newgrounds and Kongregate. While a lot has remained the same, in particular the story and most of the locations, just as much has changed between then and the upcoming updated release. We’ll be taking a look at these differences here. (continue reading…)

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Gabriel Knight: The Temptation Comic

by on Feb.11, 2015, under featured, gabriel knight

Last year we celebrated Sierra’s Gabriel Knight series with the launch of the 20th Anniversary Edition of Gabriel Knight – Sins of the Fathers. Readers may also recall our Gabriel Knight countdownfor the 20th Anniversary Edition launch which saw the release of a new short story ‘The Temptation’, written by Jane Jensen herself. ‘The Temptation’ is the first addition to the Gabriel Knight lore since Sierra On-Line’s final adventure game, Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned. (continue reading…)

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Phoenix Online Studios Valentine’s sale

by on Feb.11, 2015, under cognition, face noir, featured, Heroes And Legends, moebius, quest for infamy, Supreme League of Patriots, the last door

Love is in the air and so are gaming discounts. As we all know, there’s nothing more romantic than tracking a voodoo cult in New Orleans, chasing serial killers in Boston or chasing down super-villains in New York. So with that in mind, we are celebrating Valentines with the #IShipIt sale! (continue reading…)

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Morningstar: Exploring Deadrock

by on Feb.10, 2015, under featured, Morningstar

Morningstar uses a first-person interface, meaning that the entire game is seen through the eyes of our protagonist Powell. More precisely, it’s seen through the visor of his suit’s helmet display system. As such, you never see what he looks like and you’re only able to tell that he’s male by the voice-over. Without it, Powell could be either gender. It would be hard to figure this out otherwise even if it was in a third-person viewpoint as the visor is darkened from the outside as shown in Captain Novak’s sprite sitting in the ship’s cockpit. (continue reading…)

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The Mystery Of The Morningstar

by on Feb.09, 2015, under featured, Morningstar

Crash-landing on the surface of a desert (and deserted) planet, the remaining crew of the Morningstar find themselves trapped as the ship itself is heavily damaged and the engineer is found dead. Only Captain Novak and Powell are left alive after the less-than-stellar descent. Unfortunately, the captain is of little help as he has been injured – a steel rod having pierced his chest. The only thing keeping him out of death’s cold embrace is the suit’s medical functions. It’s up to Powell to find a way to remove it and save his captain’s life. (continue reading…)

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Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock

by on Feb.03, 2015, under featured, Morningstar

Phoenix Online Publishing is teaming up with Red Herring Labs to bring you Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock, an atmospheric sci-fi first-person adventure which will make its debut for PC and Mac on February 17th, 2015. (continue reading…)

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Supreme League Of Patriots Available Now

by on Jan.29, 2015, under featured, Supreme League of Patriots

The comedy superhero adventure, Supreme League of Patriots is available now worldwide!Don your cape and mask and join the Supreme League of Patriots in a quest to parody Reality TV, Politics and more.Join Kyle Keever in his politically incorrect quest to win a spot on the newest hit reality TV show, America’s Got Superpowers. But when a freak accident turns Kyle’s alter-ego, the Purple Patriot, into his main ego and triggers real superpowers at the cost of his sanity, Kyle’s got a new mission to become the hero New York deserves, and definitely not the one it wants. Navigating a twisted world of vigilantes and villains with his sarcastic sidekick Mel, Kyle’s got a lot to learn about the world of superheroes! By purchasing Supreme League Of Patriots you also receive a printable booklet and the soundtrack by Jake “Virt” Kaufman whose previous works include Shantae, Shovel Knight and the Ducktales Remaster.Three episodes of fully-voiced satirical superhero anticssDiscover, befriend and declare your enemies from the city’s zany and colorful cast of superheroes and archenemiesTwo playable characters: Kyle Keever aka The Purple Patriot and his sarcastic sidekick MelTiered hint system to make the game as challenging as you want it to beFantastic original soundtrack composed by Jake “Virt” KaufmanFight for something resembling justice from the sewers of New York to the theatres of Broadway!You can find the game on Steam, GOG, The Humble Store and the Phoenix Online store.Gonçalo GonçalvesSocial Media AssociatePhoenix Online Studios

The comedy superhero adventure, Supreme League of Patriots is now available worldwide! (continue reading…)

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Supreme League Of Patriots: Song of The Patriot

by on Jan.27, 2015, under featured, Supreme League of Patriots

Music, much like story and dialogue, helps to evoke emotion and immerse the player in the setting of a game and Supreme League of Patriots is no exception. Although the game tackles a fairly wide variety of themes, the mood is always kept silly and upbeat. This through Supreme League of Patriots’ colorful art-style and by means of a soundtrack heavy on funk, jazz and soul.The soundtrack was composed by Jake ‘Virt’ Kaufman, whose previous works include Shovel Knight, Contra 4 and the Ducktales Remaster. Anyone who appreciated the catchy themes in those titles will likely appreciate the wide range of music found in Supreme League of Patriots.Every character, big or small has his/her own theme, from Consuela’s exotic, Hispanic piece to Stan’s funky, 1970s inspired groove, each character is further complemented by Supreme League of Patriots' excellent sound design.Supreme League of Patriot's main anthem is probably the most striking of them all. A 1950's style energetic, heroic and occasionally goofy heroic song is the perfect vibe for the Purple Patriot.Not all songs are this energetic though. In contrast to such a heroic theme, we have the melody for our heroes’ apartment. A soothing, mellow funky theme. If your parents loved the musical styling of the 1970s you might want to show them Supreme League of Patriot's soundtrack, starting with the following song.With a soundtrack composed by an industry veteran, Supreme League of Patriots is possibly the only adventure game which allows players to explore a superhero-filled New York to the sound of funk. Couple that with the sound of the Purple Patriot getting constantly clobbered in the head and you have music to my ears.Supreme League of Patriots’ launches in just two days. Pre-order from the Phoenix Online Store for a 10% discount and a free Steam key.Gonçalo GonçalvesSocial Media AssociatePhoenix Online Studios

Music, much like story and dialogue, helps to evoke emotion and immerse the player in the setting of a game and Supreme League of Patriots is no exception. Although the game tackles a fairly wide variety of themes, the mood is always kept silly and upbeat. This through Supreme League of Patriots’ colorful art-style and by means of a soundtrack heavy on funk, jazz and soul. (continue reading…)

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Supreme League Of Patriots: Everyone Wants To Be A Hero

by on Jan.22, 2015, under featured, Supreme League of Patriots

Supreme League of Patriots fuses classic point-and-click gameplay with the satirical, subversive humor expected from shows like Family Guy or South Park. Players can expect the humor to range from witty and subtle to crude slapstick with the Purple Patriot being the most common target.Each character brings a specific type of humor with them. The Purple Patriot engages in physical comedy and creates the setup through his inane and often hypocritical ramblings, which is then promptly shutdown by everyone else. Mel is the Patriot’s most common foil, often calling out on Kyle’s hypocritical world views and ensuring he doesn’t get his way.Kyle isn’t the only aspiring superhero, throughout the game we meet someone simply known as the Flamboyant Superhero. Decked out in leather and with an affinity towards other men, this hero’s main past time is teasing good ol’ “Purple Pants” of overcompensating. He not only gets our Patriot’s panties in a bunch (literally), but is also quite capable of handling anyone who opposes him… except for goth nurses.Speaking of which, that leads us to nurse Julie. Technically she’s neither a hero nor a villain, just your regular goth nurse. However, she currently holds the record of most attempts to murder Kyle throughout all episodes. Originally, nurse Julie wanted to “put Kyle out of his misery”, that is, she realized she could exploit the Patriot’s insurance for all its worth. Now, she suddenly wants to keep him alive at any cost.Our first proper supervillain is the Cold War Warrior, an ex KGB agent who was also a stunt double in Rocky IV. He became too bored with Russia’s “peaceful regime” and decided to try his luck as an American Citizen. Originally, this supervillain hoped to use his ice-based powers to wreak havoc, but he found work a city hall clerk instead. That may not sound too bad, that is, until the Patriot needs to renew his driver’s license in episode 2.Finally we have Stan, a retired superhero who now runs a superhero themed bar. Originally a superhero himself, this walking Stan Lee reference retired when he got a batarang to the knee. Now, his bar “True Believers” provides support for any heroes or villains that need it. In order to get said help though, you may need to prove you’re not with the police.You can meet more of Supreme League of Patriots’ characters on January 29th. Pre-order from the Phoenix Online Store for a 10% discount and a free Steam key when the game launches.Gonçalo GonçalvesSocial Media AssociatePhoenix Online StudiosPrevious Supreme League of Patriots Entries:Introducing The PatriotsThe Voice Of Reason

Supreme League of Patriots fuses classic point-and-click gameplay with the satirical, subversive humor expected from shows like Family Guy or South Park. Players can expect the humor to range from witty and subtle to crude slapstick with the Purple Patriot being the most common target. (continue reading…)

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