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Max: The Curse of Brotherhood

Press Play Studios closed; Lionhead Studios likely to close
4 years ago

Press Play Studios closed; Lionhead Studios likely to close

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Microsoft Studios has decided to cease development on both Fable Legends and Project KnoxvilleFable Legends was in development by Lionhead Studios and Microsoft Studios is actively talking with employees about a closure of the …
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Kalimba review (Xbox One)
5 years ago

Kalimba review (Xbox One)

Kalimba was developed and published by Press Play on Xbox One. It was released on December 17, 2014 for $9.99. A copy was provided by Press Play for review purposes.

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A funny thing happens while playing Kalimba, Press Play’s new puzzle-platformer for Xbox One. Your brain will shut off and you will go into auto-pilot. It might happen on your first attempt at a colorful new level, or it might happen during your 60th try at said level. But the stars will inevitably align, and the next thing you know, you’ll have made it to a new checkpoint that you had previously thought impossible to reach.

Kalimba has you controlling two totem pieces in tandem as you use both sides of your brain — and some really clever power-ups — to maneuver your way past enemies and through traps and puzzles. It’s not the first game I’ve seen in which you have to control two characters at once, but I think it just might be the best.

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Kalimba preview: Totem fun
5 years ago

Kalimba preview: Totem fun

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Kalimba is one of those games that you will refuse to put down until you’ve finished the current level. “Come on…I have to be able to beat this!” you’ll say as you restart again and again. It’s also a lot of fun.

Eight levels and a boss battle were available in the pre-release beta, and already the challenge and fun on display has proven this is going to be a game to watch for. Originally known as Project Totem, this puzzle-platformer from Press Play features both single-player and co-op modes in which you guide two (or four in co-op) differently colored totem pieces through psychedelic worlds. The graphics are all made out of stark, thick lines and bright colors and are mostly made up of triangles. The “trixelated” art style almost made me wish I was still in school so I could draw these characters in the corners of my notebooks.

Beginning puzzles range from the challenge of having to move both characters simultaneously to avoid two sets of obstacles at once to making sure the right-colored character moves through the right-colored barriers. There are all kinds of other challenges that are introduced as you move through the colorful worlds, as well as mini-game rooms where you can try to improve your skills. In the eight levels available, more kinds of challenges and obstacles continued to build at a nice pace, with seemingly new gameplay additions coming in on almost every level.

The first boss battle was a real wild ride too. While still using the same gameplay mechanics, it throws everything on its head to make the platformer’s more laid-back puzzle vibe turn into almost a SHMUP-style action game.

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July Games with Gold titles announced
5 years ago

July Games with Gold titles announced

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Just in from Major Nelson today is the list of games that Xbox Live Gold members can download for free during the month of July. For the Xbox One, …
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Xbox One Games with Gold now available

Xbox Live Gold subscribers can now download Halo: Spartan Assault and Max: The Curse of Brotherhood for free on Xbox One. This officially starts the Games with Gold program for Xbox …
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Games with Gold titles revealed for June
6 years ago

Games with Gold titles revealed for June

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The one-year anniversary of the Games with Gold program brings with it the standard two titles each for Xbox 360 and Xbox One, as well as a bonus game for Xbox 360.

The first title for Xbox 360 is Dark Souls. This is an action-RPG for those who enjoy a grueling, teeth-grinding challenge, perhaps even to a masochistic level. The difficulty is legendary, and not for the faint of heart; however, for the grand total of no money, it might be worth it for those on the fence to give Dark Souls a chance and forever be trapped in the mindset of “just one more try.” The game will be free June 1-15.

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Max: The Curse of Brotherhood now available for Xbox 360 and PC
6 years ago

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood now available for Xbox 360 and PC

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Originally released for the Xbox One, Press Play’s Max: The Curse of Brotherhood has finally leaped onto the Xbox 360 and PC after a short delay. The game, …
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Games for Gold titles in June for both Xbox 360 and Xbox One
6 years ago

Games for Gold titles in June for both Xbox 360 and Xbox One

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The Games with Gold program will celebrate its first anniversary this June.  To celebrate, Microsoft is expanding the program to include the Xbox One. Additionally, Xbox Live Gold members …
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Press Play announces Project Totem
6 years ago

Press Play announces Project Totem

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Max: The Curse of Brotherhood developer Press Play announced on Friday that it is working on a new IP for release on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Codenamed …
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Max: The Curse of Brotherhood heading to 360 this April

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Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, the 2.5D puzzle platformer from Press Play, is going to be gracing the Xbox 360 on April 9, 2014. This announcement comes via Phil …
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