Welcome to the Nano Gaming News Weekly Rewind for December 21, 2019.
Just in time for the holidays this past week saw holiday content added to Astroneer and The Cycle. Impossiball is now available letting gamers try and fail at controlling a red ball and all the games in the Humble Jingle Jam 2019 Bundle has been revealed.
Jingle Jam 2019 Games Revealed
Gaming’s largest charity fundraiser, Jingle Jam has been underway for 2019. The aim is to raise millions for worthy causes around the globe. According to the Yogscast website over $2.5 million has been raised so far since December 1.
The Jingle Jam launched in 2011 and since then has raised over $15 million for charity causes. In 2018, approximately 90,000 gamers helped to donate $3.3 million and at the start of 2019’s fundraising drive $250,000 was raised in the first 8 minutes.
Jingle Jam’s latest game collection over at Humble Bundle is available now for a minimum charitable donation of $30 USD and if someone desires to donate more they can. The Humble Jingle Jam Bundle has the backing of publishers from around the world and each day through December 20 more content was unlocked and now all the titles have been revealed. A typical Humble Jingle Jam Bundle is worth at least $700 making this a great reason to purchase for PC gamers.
Along with the bundle, game streaming collective The Yogscast, broadcasted live for a minimum of 12 hours a day throughout the campaign. Jingle Jam 2019 will be supporting Grand Appeal, Mental Health Foundation, Special Effect, Stand Up To Cancer, War Child, Whale & Dolphin Conservation, Access Sport, and Call of Duty Endowment.
The Humble Jingle Jam 2019 Bundle is available for purchase over at Humble Bundle with a minimum $30 USD donation.
Impossiball Hates Gamers
DMD Interactive this past Monday dropped a red ball into the world the is nearly impossible to control. Impossiball – Gamers Challenge is a game players will grow to love and hate as they fail to control and navigate their ball through various levels. Those that are victorious will taste sweet satisfaction and those that fail, don’t worry, the game hates them too.
This game differs from other ball puzzle games in that players only get to control acceleration and direction of the the ball. When combined with elevators, keys, activators, traps, physics, and gravity, layers of complexity are created that make most levels difficult if not nearly impossible. There are many difficult and frustrating levels filled with Easter-eggs and achievements in the tiny unmerciful world that lets players measure their skills and to challenge friends seeing who really is the best.
Impossiball – Gamers Challenge is now available on Steam for PC and is priced at $5.99 USD. A special promotion runs until December 23, 2019 that drops the game’s price down to $5.39 USD.
The Cycle – Miracle Over Neptune
Developer YAGER released this past Thursday the Miracle Over Neptune holiday event update that also comes with the much anticipated Map 2 preview.
In the update players have access to a short lore story that is available on the game’s website that recounts The Miracle Over Neptune doomed space station rescue. Along with the story comes a limited-time in-game event that features 12 challenges with holiday themed weapon and ability rewards.
Additionally Map 2, lets players explore a more vertical and diverse environment that features four unique biomes plus a town center with bars and a giant spaceship until December 22. Map 2 will be a part of the second season content update.
The Cycle is in free to play early access for Windows PC exclusively on the Epic Games Store. Players can acquire the Fortuna Pass, a special season pass available in both free and premium tiers that features over 150 exclusive unlockable rewards. For more information visit the game’s website at thecycle.game.
Astroneer Holiday Update
System Era this past Monday put out the Holiday Update for Astroneer. In the update the first ever community event was added called Project CHEER. All over the system EXO Dynamics lost experiments and now ask players to participate in the Exo Community Recovery Mission.
The EXO Request Platform has been added which is used to send recovered Project CHEER experiments back to EXO Dynamics. Full mission parameters can be found on the module’s control panel and the new platform can be crafted on the Medium Printer for 2 Resin and 1 Aluminum. Returned experiements reward players with recovery points. At 400 and 2500 recovery points various Frosty rewards are unlocked. After the community goal of 100,000,000 recovery points is achieved the Holiday Top Hat reward will be unlocked.
As an added bonus, System Era Softworks is running an Extra Life campaign that is supporting Seattle Children’s Hospital based on the amount of recovery points the community as a whole achieves. At every 50,000,000 recovery points, SES will donate $5,000 USD to the campaign for up to a total of $20,000 USD. Interested players can join their team or donate to the cause at extra-life.org/team/48680.
In the SES Vlog 35, along with the holiday event, the ongoing process of bugfixes and optimizations will continue as seen in the video. The next update will be focused solely on bugfixes, quality of life, and performance upgrades for multiplayer. A full list of changes and bug fixes in the Holiday Update can be found in the patch notes which can be read on the System Era forums
Astroneer is currently available on Humble Bundle or Steam for PC, Xbox One, and PS4 for $29.99 USD. For more information about Astroneer visit the game’s website at astroneer.space or follow @astroneergame on Twitter.
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