Monster Streaking: A Short Review of a Naked Endless Runner

     Today saw the release of Beavl Games recent Ludum Dare Challenge 33 entry themed "You are the Monster" with the apt title of Monster Streaking.


     It is exactly what you might expect of a game with that title.  You play an inexplicably naked monster terrorizing an unnamed American town with your nudity.  It has nice pixelated art, pretty good sound effects, and very simple controls- you touch the screen for a burst of speed, holding it to run, and letting go to slow.  The whole game is trying to avoid being tackled by angry people, stampeded by the pitchfork bearing mob constantly chasing you, and have pictures of your dangling nether regions taken by the paparazzi you pass by.

     It's worth a quick play for some oddly charming monster butt-cheek action, but if you invest more time by earning coins slowly you can unlock more than just Frankenstein.  There's also a vampire, a wolfman, a mummy, and with enough time and coins players can also unlock some more modern horror butts like Pennywise, Freddy, and Jason- or at least some silly pants-less analogs of them.

     Monster Streaking offers at least 5 minutes of Halloween hilarity just in time to play while trick-or-treating this coming weekend.

     It's free to play and can be found at these links: [ Android ]  [ iOS ]


Stay, Mum: An Emotional Tale of a Mother and Her Son

     Stay, Mum is a very interesting find.  Lucid Labs have created a game about a mother and son that don't get enough time to connect in their daily lives.  The boy, John, relies on his great imagination and uses a series of colorful toy blocks to help get through the loneliness he experiences while his mother is constantly away trying to muster a living for them at her job.  He uses the blocks to create new creature-friends and then they help him navigate the game's 70 levels of puzzle solving.

     From the official description:
     Stay, Mum is an ordinary story about John, a young boy with an extraordinary imagination and his mother, who is busy trying to make a living for the two of them.  
     Stay, Mum will let you manipulate different blocks to form surreal shapes out of John’s wild imagination and explore the bittersweet relationship of John and his mother. John means the world to his mother. But to meet their needs, his mother has to work very hard. So hard that she never finds time for him. 
     John’s loneliness is only cured by different blocks given to him by his mother. Why does the mother give him building blocks and what purpose do they hold?
     Honestly, this game looks to be a tremendously intriguing way to show the strain a family might have while struggling to eke out a living.  I can't wait to learn the truth about, "why John's mother has no time for her only son and how are the blocks going to help him in a tale of twists and emotions."

     Stay, Mum arrives on iOS devices October 29th for $2.99.


Frosty The Assassin: A Cold-Hearted Take on a Well-Known Snowman

     In a strange way, we always knew there was something magical in that old silk hat they found.  Unfortunately, this was not a magical hat bringing life to the snow...
     "A pail from outside a jail has evil magical powers and it gives life to a snowman. Now a call goes out to all the mythical snow creatures to come and destroy him. The user takes on the fugitive role of "Frosty The Assassin" and tries to stay alive."
     This free-to-play indie game will allow players to take the role of a less-than-sane version of Frosty the Snowman in a randomly generated, roguelike winter wonderland.  His goals are simple, stay alive and kill things through as many levels as possible before succumbing to death by ice monsters.
     Of course an assortment of cold-weather related weaponry will be at your disposal, such as an icicle dagger or the most despicable projectile weapon in history, the yellow snowball.  But, players beware, every level has an invincible ice troll that cannot be killed, no matter how much yellow snow is used.

     This Christmas season looks to be filled with madness, mayhem, and murderous intent.

     Frosty the Assassin is slated for a general release time this Fall for Android devices.


Murder: A Neon Cyberpunk Point-and-Click Mystery

     Publisher Curve Digital is bringing us developer Peter Moorhead's newest title Murder, a new take on classic adventure point-and-click games taking place in cyberpunk Tokyo

     The game promises to be heavily cinematic and steeped in the influence of great cyberpunk works by masters such as Masamune Shirow and Katsuhiro Otomo.  
     "Over its memorable thirty to forty minute playtime, Murder takes players on a journey into a cyberpunk Tokyo, following the actions of a Lieutenant in the Tokyo Metropolitan Police on an unusual and dangerous case in a story that explores the intersection of morality and sentience in a future where both have become commodities."
     Shadowy streets, perpetual rain, and a gritty environment will help Murder evoke the truest feel of a future noir short story in a neon world, and should arrive on October 21st on iOS, Android, and PC for $2.99.

     [ EDIT ] The Android version may not release until November.

     For more information [ Murder ]