Welcome to the Nano Gaming News Weekly Rewind for March 21, 2020 where we cover stories and events we missed over the past week.
March is continuing with more and more of the world shutting down in response to COVID-19. In an effort the gaming world as a whole is rallying behind the #StayAtHome movement with freebies, game deals, and expedited content updates. Dreadlands is adding an off-line play mode and more frequent updates. Morels: The Hunt is running a special promotion with the release of the big spring update. Console players won’t have to wait much longer for bug school as Bug Academy is coming very soon.
For those that missed some of our other stories over the past week here is a run down. Raiser Games and 34BigThings embraced the #StayAtHome campaign and made Goat of Duty free until March 31. Project: Longtail released a beautiful music video story trailer featuring the music of OK! You Blackheart. Swords ‘n Magic and Stuff started their Kickstarter along with Sea of Stars that was fully funded in less than 7 hours. For the Steam Game Festival: Spring Edition, Tactical Adventures re-released their pre-alpha demo for Solasta: Crown of the Magister.
Dreadlands Off-line Play Mode
Blackfox Studios and publisher Fatshark announced on Thursday that Dreadlands is adding an off-line game mode. After the early access release on Steam on March 10, an off-line mode became one of the most requested features. In addition the studio will be doing bi-weekly content updates adding more to the turn-based skirmish game that is set and spread across many regions in a living post-apocalyptic world.
We have had our ears to the ground to try to pick up as much information as possible from the players. Starting next week, we will do bi-weekly content drops, and the first update will include two new Tactical Cards amongst other things.Peter Nilsson, Founder and Creative Director Blackfox Studios
Dreadlands is now available for Windows PC as an early access game on Steam set at the regular price of $19.99 USD. More information about Dreadlands can be found on the game’s website at playdreadlands.com, by following @playdreadlands on Twitter, or by joining the official Dreadlands Discord.
Morels: The Hunt Spring Update
Abrams Studios announced on Friday that Morels: The Hunt released their big spring update on Windows PC. In addition to the update a 50% off special promotion runs until the end of the month.
Gameplay in Morels: The Hunt is focused on the relaxing adventure that is mushroom hunting. Add in some wildlife photography with lots of nature as players start in the southeast region and one is set for a very relaxing experience. Each season lasts 100 days and as a player expands their journey and discover hunting secrets they will unlock new regions and even a few surprises.
In the big spring update there are new animals such as barn owls, sparrows, snapping turtles, and longhorn cattle. After the 100 day season ends, players are brought back to their cabin and reward them with a bag that allows for the collection of poisonous mushrooms. Stats for any season are now viewable and there are unlimited seasons.
Exploration mode is now available at the game’s start and no longer requires the completion of a season. A new difficulty setting of easy removes poison ivy and ticks. Players are also bale to pickup their mushroom markers and a new shop message lets players know if they already purchased an item. A complete list of updates is available on the game’s Steam page here.
Morels: The Hunt is available on Steam at a regular price of $19.99 USD. A half-off special promotion runs until 10 AM PST March 31 that discounts the game down to $9.99 USD. More information about Morels: The Hunt can be found on the game’s website at abramsstudios.com/morels/.
Bug Academy Console News
The 2.5D bug training world of Bug Academy is coming to Nintendo Switch on March 23. Publisher Ultimate Games S.A. and indie developer Igrek games previously released the casually fun platforming experience on PC this past January. An Xbox One release is planned for Q2 2020.
In Bug Academy, players train different insects by having them perform various unusual activities. Sometimes this is stacking up objects, other times it might be large appliance delivery. There’s also animal herding, insect firefighting, and rocket launching spread across 33 lessons with each insect having their own unique abilities.
The game is intended for both younger and older players. The gameplay assumptions are not too complicated, but achieving the best results in individual missions is quite a challenge. Bug Academy offers intense fun full of surprising solutions. All this joyful chaos is accompanied by charming graphics, catchy melodies and the right dose of humour.Mateusz Zawadzki, CEO of Ultimate Games S.A.
Bug Academy is currently available on Steam for PC at a price of $9.99 USD. In addition a free demo is available on the Steam page and a paid Bug Academy Artistic Kit that includes soundtrack and wallpapers for $2.99 USD.
Thank you for checking out the Nano Gaming News Weekly Rewind for March 21, 2020. Be sure to check back next Saturday for the latest edition of Nano Gaming News Weekly Rewind and until then stay safe and #StayAtHome!