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Cats, Circus Death Traps, Prisons and More Published by Team17

Cats, Circus Death Traps, Prisons and More Published by Team17

If I was to say “Team 17” to you, what would be the first thing that springs to mind?

If your answer was worms armed to the teeth with ridiculously disproportionate weaponry, then you’d easily be right. Yet the studio from Yorkshire had got a whole smorgasbord of games to show me during gamescom, none of which involved the wee critters.

All of the games that Team17 showed me during gamescom were from independent developers that Team17 have set up a publishing deal with, to help bring their games to the masses. Here’s a quick run-through of the games I saw, although look out for some more fleshed out previews here on GGS in the near future.

 

The Escapists

This one may ring a bell for some, as it was a game that featured during Microsoft’s gamescom press briefing with it being part of the ID@Xbox program. The Escapists is also in the works for PC with the game available on Early Access now. It’s a game all about making use of the limited time available to plot an escape from the prison you find yourself in.

Devleoped by Mouldy Toof Studios, you are free to explore the prison (within reason, guards don’t like wandering inmates too much) and complete tasks that you’re able to do in order to gain skills that may be useful in your escape. These skills could help procure items which might be equally as important.

If you can’t keep that job going for any number of reasons (causing trouble perhaps?) the you may have to take on a favour requested by one of your fellow inmates to help fill that funding gap.

The open nature of the game leads to all sorts of possibilities for exploration, and the inmates have that ‘cheeky chappy’ banter that I couldn’t help but chuckle at every time a speech bubble popped up.

Look out for a preview of this on GGS very soon, but you can try the game out now by getting in with the Early Access version on Steam.

 

Penarium

Poor Willy.

All he wanted to do was visit the circus and watch some crazy acrobatics. Unfortunately, the poor lad went in the wrong door of the circus and is now part of the act. What’s even more unfortunate is that the circus is quite the death-trap.

The principle with Penarium is simple: dodge the nasty stuff, smash all the barrels and collect all the coins. It’s a race to the top with coins meaning points, but those traps will never let off, especially in the harder difficulties.

I’ll be going a little bit more in depth with Penarium this week with a preview, but I will say for now that playing this game in versus multiplayer gets seriously competitive, and extremely fun.

Jumping on your opponent’s head is an encouraged tactic, ’nuff said.

Penarium by Self Made Miracle is due for release this year for PC.

 

Schrödinger’s Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark

It’s all about physics in this platformer that’s a little bit of everything: puzzler, combat-platformer and story adventure. Almost like the cat that features as the main protagonist!

Voiced by A.J. LoCascio, the same actor that voiced Marty McFly in Telltale’s Back to the Future point-and-click games, Schrödinger’s Cat is called to the rescue in the midst of a chaotic particle zoo to sort everything out.

He can make use of wee quarks that float around the place, each with special powers, to scale levels and defeat adversaries that may stand in his way. Combining these quarks can do all sorts of things that a situation may call upon. Can’t jump high enough? Send some quarks in to give you a copter, easy.

Developers Italic Pig insist that the game is one that “anyone can enjoy, from noobs to Nobel prize winners, with no pre-requisite reading required… honest.”.

Although, I’d be pretty chuffed if several people did end up going off to Wikipedia after hearing some of the jokes in this game. The ‘ah-ha!’ moment is quite something to enjoy.

Schrödinger’s Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark by Italic Pig is in the works for release this year on PC.

 

Overruled!

You know how it goes with a lot of multiplayer games here and there…

“What mode shall we play?”
“Can we do first to 10 instead of first to 5?”
“No grenades please!”

Overruled! throws all that out of the window. the base concept is that it’s a multiplayer brawler, but the rules can change almost all the time. One minute it could be King of the Hill, holding capture points to score. The next, you could be trying to smash up your opponents as much as you can. These are done through ‘Change ‘Em Up’ cards which can flip the rules in your favour or against them.

Cards can even be stashed whilst you wait for that right opportunity. One good example is if a certain opponent is about to win, you could force a longer respawn time to make sure said person can be kept out for as long as possible!

Overruled! by Dlala Studios is currently on Steam Early Access, with a full release later on in the year.

 

Hay Ewe

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Lastly, we have Hay Ewe, which is quite the black sheep among these games as its being developed for smartphone and tablets.

Poor Matilda is absolutely worried sick about her wee lambs. They’ve gone walkabout and need rounding up back to safety, so it’s up to you to guide Matilda around and guide her and her lambs back home!

Using your finger, you trace a path for Matlida to walk in order to pick up her mischievous lambs. Sounds simple to begin with, but eventually nasty thing like bulls and switches get in the way to force some thinking in how to tackle each of the sixty levels.

On top of that sixty levels, there’ll also be a level editor so everyone can create some evil routes to force the sheep around.

Hay Ewe by Rocket Rainbow Studios is on track for release later this year.

 

That’s all folks!

That was a low-down on some of the latest games that Team 17 is publishing. If you’re around London in a few week’s time, most of these games will be playable in the Rezzed area at EGX London on September 25-28. If you do decided to check them out, let us know what you think!

Steven Pilkington

An electrical engineer originally from the North, beyond 'The Wall'. Steven would most likely be found waving the craft beer banner whilst blaring the latest soundtrack from Final Fantasy. A proud Protoss player, he always 'Dark Shrines' when behind.

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