Welcome to the Nano Gaming News Weekly Rewind for December 14, 2019.
Just in time for the holidays this past week saw the release of two new titles A Tofu Tail and The Sapling. Weedcraft Inc expanded their cannabis venture with the Freedom Update and Epic Games saw and Epic Fail with their launcher earlier today for the Fortnite X Star Wars Event.
A Tofu Tail
From indie developer alchemedium comes a puzzle game that features a tofu man, foxes, and Japanese folklore in A Tofu Tail. This fairytale follows a man, Mr. Tofu, who was turned into tofu by a Kitsune. The only way to lift the curse from the deceptive fox spirit to venture into the realm of foxes and solve their puzzles.
The vividly colorful game world lets players move the sentient tofu cube around on a puzzle board. However, movement is restricted to tiles that are the current color of Mr. Tofu. Luckily for players, Mr. Tofu can absorb colors from various objects allowing for additional progression on the puzzle boards.
At release there are over 100 levels and a hand-drawn art style with a story influenced by Japanese folklore. A chiptune soundtrack accompanies gameplay helping the player further immerse themself into the dream-like realm of the Kitsune.
A Tofu Tail was released this past Thursday, December 12, 2019 on Steam and Itch.io platforms for Windows MacOS, and Linux at a price of $14.99 USD. For the latest information about A Tofu Tail visit the game’s website at atofutail.com. A demo is available to play at demo.atofutail.com.
The Sapling Takes Root
Indie developer Wessel Stoop planted The Sapling into early access this past Thursday. The game is about about designing plants and animals and then seeing what happens.
Currently there are two main environment scenarios, an island and a mountain, which features their own challenges for designing thriving species of both plants and animals. Water, energy usage, amount of fruit bearing, leaf type, root structure, branches, teeth, and instincts are just a sampling of all the various things players will want to watch and experiment with when designing successful species in their ecosystem.
A special mutation feature can be enabled that lets random mutations occur. This lets a player watch evolution unfold and see what traits from their designs survive going forward and what new ones may appear.
The Sapling is now available as an early access title on Steam for $7.99 USD. The game is also available on Itch.io for Windows and Linux at a suggested price of $7.00 USD, and on Gamejolt and Kartridge. All of the latest information about The Sapling can be found at the game’s website thesaplinggame.com or follow @thesaplinggame on Twitter.
Weedcraft Inc Freedom Update
Vile Monarch and the publisher Devolver Digital released another content update for Weedcraft Inc with their Freedom Update. In this update one of the most requested features, a Sandbox Mode, has been introduced.
In addition new options that allow players to set difficulty, amount of money, and available perks have been added. More character customization options are available with three special guest stars: streamers skinnedteen, shenryyr and swiftor. A soundtrack update adds 3 news music tracks, and Chill Mode lets players experience an easier and more relaxed way to play Weedcraft Inc. A more complete list of changes in the Freedom Update is available on the game’s Steam page.
Weedcraft Inc is available for Windows PC on Steam and GOG regularly priced at $19.99 USD. A special promotion is running on Steam discounting the game down to $11.99 USD until December 18, 2019. For more information visit the game’s website at weedcraftgame.com.
Epic Games Launcher Fail
Epic Games held their much anticipated Fortnite X Star Wars Event earlier today. The event was set to open doors at 1:30 PM Eastern and start at 2 PM Eastern. However, there were several snags.
Players quickly took to Twitter venting frustrations with the Epic Game Launcher stuck at “verifying” or “preparing the epic games launcher” ultimately denying them access to event. Over on the Fortnite Status Twitter account they posted a that the event start would be delayed until 2:10 PM ET, however this did very little to comfort those unable to get into the event.
For those who were able to watch the event, they were treated to the Millennium Falcon flying around on the map while being chased by TIE fighters and Imperial star destroyers in sky. After the Millennium Falcon landed, Geoff Keighley introduced J.J. Abrams or rather an in-game representation of him.
After some chatting, a clip was played that showed Rey, Finn, Poe, BB-8 and C-3PO boarding an imperial vessel and Rey performing the Jedi mind trick on a pair of stormtroppers.
Afterwards the Millenium Falcon took off in game after another wave of TIE fighters where Sith Lord Palpatine’s voice could be heard saying “At last the work of generations is complete. The great error is corrected. The day of victory is at hand. The day of revenge. The day of the Sith!”
Players were also able to play with a lightsaber at the events end and a new set of Star Wars themed challenges have appeared in game. Also don’t forget to check out the store for all the Star Wars themed cosmetic items.
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