We Take A Look At Armed Seven DX (Video)

You may have seen us writing about the slew of new games coming to the Dreamcast this year, mostly thanks to JoshProd, there’s plenty to be getting on with and little time to be doing it – so, what we’ve done here is taken Armed Seven DX, which we’ve done some QA testing on and made an episode of our gaming show, Retro Gamers : Half Time based around what we have played so far, keeping in mind this is still technically a beta build of the game, we think you’re going to be mighty impressed when the game launches within the next 6-8 weeks.

Armed Seven DX is a mech shoot-em-up, you’re tasked with shooting anything that moves, fighting mid-level bosses and eventual end of level foes through seven levels where a final end of game boss awaits. Plenty of weaponry is at your disposal across three separate classes, should you feel the need for more challenge, there are 4 difficulty levels ranging from easy to insane, on any of these chosen settings, the bullets come thick and fast so you’ll need you wits about you and your reflexes on point. As you can see in the video, we really quite like it!

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Duranik Show Glimpse Of Midsummer.

Soon after Duranik had finished with the developement of Sturmwind, the team’s previous Dreamcast release, word had got around that another game was being worked on here and there, things naturally went a bit quiet as Sturmwind initially suffered backlash at the hands of a botched release with the blame being mostly aimed towards the now-defunct Redspotgames, as we know, Sturmwind has since be reissued and sold via different outlets, becoming one of the most recognised games amongst owners of post-death software for the console.

Midsummer was, and is the name of the project that Duranik have been working on in the background, quietly for some time, it’s based around the tech and game engine elements found in Sturmwind, which is needless to say, highly impressive. This time around sees you take the role of an almost Shinobi-like character stalking through the beautiful side scrolling plains in a variation of different landscapes, huge creatures make themselves known from the background to the foreground, presumably for an end of level encounter, although no enemies have been implimented as of yet, the animation certainly seems to be coming along very nicely.

Midsummer is still a work in progress effort, and as such could very well be some time off yet, it’s already been yapped about in years gone by. Duranik have stated they have no interest in crowd funding the title, it’ll be ready when it’s done in a statement posted on the Facebook page :

As we promised some Midsummer infos over the years and always postponed it – today is the
day. Not exactly as planned but thats the way it is.

Unfortunatly there is very little time to work on at the moment so i wanted to share at least a glimpse, raw and totally unedited look of the the game.

Enemies are missing in this video captures, but you know, thats en vogue at the moment.

This is captured directly from a Dreamcast, there will be no Kickstarter/Crowdfunding/Preorder
or anything of that sort. It will be finished when its done or when there will be enough time to work on it.

You can check the video here, what do you think? Is this the sort of game you could get excited for?

Volgarr the Viking Sees Second Physical Print Run.

Some of the more hardcore Dreamcast fans out there may remember that back in 2015, Crazy Viking Studios granted permission for Volgarr the Viking to be ported to the machine, initially as freeware. This polished but unforgiving platform game was met with praise upon release which led to users over at the Circuit-Board community self-publishing 100 physical copies of the game complete with manual and certificate in the PAL blue boxes, these mega-exclusive versions very rarely come up for sale, and we kick ourselves every time we think about missing out on one of these gaming keepsakes.

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Image found on Dreamcast-Talk of the original 100 print run version

Fast forward to 2019, and JoshProd have stepped on up to bat, supplying a DC home run in the form of a new issue of the game, taking cues from the already impressive work these guys have done with previous releases so far, the Dreamcast will thankfully play host to Volgarr once more, this time around 19.90 Euros secures you a PAL style version, with no doubt the other region styles coming later on as usual. Worth mentioning is that only 3000 will be produced and sold via PixelHeart so get in there quickly to secure yours today, the release date in May 15th 2019.

 

 

https://www.pixelheart.eu/shop/dreamcast-pal/volgarr-the-viking-dreamcast-pal-1006-40604.htm

Captain Tomaday Also Making It’s Way To DC.

Following on from Armed Seven being announced today, it turns out that another game is rounding off the latest selection from JoshProd; Captain Tomaday is a conversion of the Neo Geo game from 1999, released on the CD system by Visco, the game has been given a second chance of life 20 years later for the Dreamcast system.

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Playing like a shoot-em-up, you control a mutated Tomato who uses his fists(!) to irradiate enemies in a very non-violent sort of way. This game seems very different from anything that has launched of the Dreamcast previously and hopefully it’ll find a whole new audience, although worth noting, like Finding Teddy, FX Unit Yuki and Armed Seven, only 2000 copies (of the PAL version we presume) will be available via Pixelheart.eu with a certificate of authenticity with each.

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We are really feeling this batch of releases, what do you think? Pre-orders are available now on Pixelheart.eu and we’ll wager through Rushongame in the near future too.

Armed Seven Has Just Been Revealed For Dreamcast.

As you well know, JoshProd have been working hard to bring loads of new games to the Dreamcast, we already know that a new beat-em-up is coming (also to Saturn) and Guns of Mercy will be making an appearance, however, as per usual, there’s a shoot-em-up that’s often offered in the mix.

Armed Seven seems to be the identified title of such genre filler this time around. Armed Seven was released on Steam in 2015 and is developed by Astro Port with publishing duties handled by Nyu Media. The description of the game taken from Steam is below :

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It’s already been confirmed that the game will feature a high score save – always highly important with this genre. Visually the game looks pretty good with some impressive GFX, hopefully the Dreamcast will continue the legacy often handed to the Saturn for high quality Shoot-em-up games.

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What’s your thoughts? Will you be pre-ordering this one along with FX Unit, Finding Teddy and Magic Pockets?
Armed Seven launches on 30th April 2019 and is available to pre-order right now on Pixel Heart :

Retro Surge Games appear to have something to tell us.

It would be easy to overlook plenty of going ons in the Dreamcast community currently. There’s so many projects on the way and quite a few that haven’t even got off the ground over the years, with publishers like JoshProd, GOAT Publishing, Watermelon and to a lesser extent, Senile Team all releasing games, when a new publishing team come along, we eventually get around to looking into it.

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Enter Retro Surge Games, these guys have been busy on social media recently, chatting about an upcoming Dreamcast game called Reaperi Cycle, an isometric adventure game which is penciled in for a 2019 release date. What we can imagine is happening is the team at Retro Surge (perhaps better known for their retro indie selling side, The Bit Station)  will be handling the publishing duties of the game and perhaps are ready to show off some details which so far have been hidden away (unless you support the developers Patreon)  ——–>  https://www.patreon.com/reapericycle

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The game looks pretty intriging and we haven’t seen an adventure game released on the DC since Elansar & Philia a few years ago, we’re quite interested to see what Retro Surge have instore for us in the coming months and years with fond hopes that this fresh-faced outfit become the next big Dreamcast powerhouse.

You can follow Retro Surge Games on Facebook by clicking here ——->

https://www.facebook.com/RetroSurgeGames/

Guns of Mercy coming to Dreamcast.

Recently you may have heard about a Nintendo Switch game doing the rounds called Gun of Mercy : Ranger Edition, this game appears to be an enhanced version of the iOS and Android release of the game with a few more bells and whistles, well, it turns out that the Switch isn’t the only console to enjoy a port of the game; the Dreamcast is also confirmed to be in on the action too according to published, JoshProd.

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It’s probably a fair assumption that the DC release will be closer to the mobile versions rather than the Switch version which of course is HD and widescreen displayed. The game is developed by Storybird Studio and is set in an unspecified time in the 21st century with Earth being mostly a wasteland due to a war that has raged on from an alien invasion, with humanity reduced to hiding, this is where you come in – fighting to claim back the lands and see off the enemy once and for all. Your task is to shoot, shoot and shoot some more.

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The game is 4 player on the Switch and it looks to be a vibrant side moving shooter with a power up system present, the game has been reviewed well on the Google Play Store and it’s refreshing to see this sort of port on the Dreamcast.

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Currently no release date has been set for the game but it’s probably reasonable to expect it this year with Play-Asia and Rush On Game no doubt covering the global releases.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finding Teddy shipping soon for Dreamcast.

 

It doesn’t seem like 5 minutes ago that we had the last batch of Dreamcast games from stalwarts JoshProd, but in fact this was back in the summer that these games started to ship, so like all hungry gamers, we’re looking at what the next slice of 128-bit gaming entails and when.

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Finding Teddy has long been talked about with it’s inclusion on one of JoshProd’s reveal videos last year, many assumed it would either ship with the last batch of releases or manage to make the last part of 2018, however it looks like the game will now be in this quarter of the year with Play-Asia having a listing with the box art for some time now (which looks absolutely lovely) what it unknown at the moment is when (if at all) a PAL blue case and USA style release will be revealed, we’d assume it’s a given these are happening as this is the business model that JoshProd apply to their publishing method.

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If you haven’t heard of Finding Teddy yet, we’ve linked a trailer, this game was developed by Songbird and is a point-and-click game of sorts, tasking you with taking control of a girl looking for her stolen teddy bear, as well as two other characters, Mister Cat and Mister Fly, plenty of puzzles and side quests with music and riddles being the main cue points being favoured over dialogue – it’s certainly a change of pace from what we’ve had already on the DC and the game reviewed well when it was released for Steam back in 2013. We can’t wait for this one!

Happy (Belated) Birthday, USA Dreamcast!

We’ve all seen around the Internet over the last few days that the Dreamcast has hit it’s 19th birthday, that’s right – let that sink in; 19 years ago on 09/09/1999 (October 1999 for us Euros) the first 128 bit system to hit the market would appear and of course with Sega’s dwindling finances, consumer support and lack of faith and communication internally we saw the tragic end of the machine in 2001 with the year coming and going and the console not missed by those moving on to the other choices at the time, it’s in the death of the console that a real fanatical movement happened, much in the way an artist is at their most popular post-death, the Dreamcast’s fire burns stronger today than anytime before.

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Recent years have been especially kind to the console, support is at an all-time high, perhaps based on the foundations of lofty Kickstarter campaigns in previous years, the promised software count is perhaps at it’s highest since say, 2002. We’ve certainly had more ups rather than downs, the console has seen the once pioneering online aspect resurrected via Dreamcast Now!, the console’s alternative and updated idea based around the foundations of DreamArena many years before.

Game releases have become more and more high profile, who could have predicted that your almost 20-year-old hardware would be playing host to a port of Fade To Black? What about a port from the PSP in the shape of 4×4 Jam? Perhaps a selection of Neo Geo games thrown into the mix… Maybe even it would be a seeing is believing scenario to expect a licenced title based on Saber Riders? It’s all here thanks to dedication from publishers like JoshProd, with a continual stream of diverse software filling the console library (and our gaming shelves) long after Sega decided to leave the Dreamcast in the hands of the gamers. In previous years, RedSpotGames, NGDev.Team and Hucast have picked up the support for the console where times have been quiet but these teams have all but faded away, leaving JoshProd and to a lesser extent, GOAT Publishing to pick up the reigns with the former actually crafting some of the best boxed product we’ve seen since the demise of the machine.

So ultimately, rather than looking back, let’s look forward – where do we stand in 2018? Well, we’ve been lucky enough in recent memory to finally resurrect machines with tired and burnt out GD drives with the GDEmu SD solution, and although these have proven hard to obtain, this year has seen the biggest breakthrough with reverse engineering this sort of product to allow a more mainstream penetration, keeping consoles out there on the market. Also we have seen Sega team up with RetroBit to release a range of retro-inspired controllers based around Sega’s legendary pads.

As we mentioned earlier in this post, the highlight has to be the support which has been building steam since 2017, in the old days, we’ve have to put up with lengthy crowd-funding campaigns with sometimes no sign of any actual product at the end of it or information being dangerously sparse perhaps due to real life getting in the way and high ambitions, one would question when games like Elysian Shadows will become a tangible product, although lengthy blog posts show plenty of progress, whether the product can match the tech-packed development remains still a mystery, the same could be thrown in the direction of SlaVe, having almost forgotten about this one, it is still a hangover from the days of massively unfinished projects being prematurely announced with nothing but a lengthy to show for this to date, Hypertension and Scourge sit comfortably in this area too.

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This is perhaps what makes JoshProd with their partnership with Rushongame and Play-Asia a unique approach for Dreamcast gamers, taking games that have already been on the market or ports of existing software with a maximum of 6 months waiting time between announcement and product really restores the confidence that was in danger of being lost by even the most die-hard Dreamcast consumer in recent years whilst not drowning the market in re-releases, we’d love to see Piko Interactive follow in these footsteps since they have dipped their toes into Dreamcast interest recently.

So there we have it, the Dreamcast is still very alive today, the games are there, the repair parts are coming along leaps and bounds, online support is there again and respect for what this machine achieved both yesterday and today is discussed in greatly fond detail in today’s market. Happy birthday Dreamcast – we’ve all still got your back.

Wave 3 Dreamcast Releases Available to Preorder on RushOnGame.

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As you have most likely seen by now, JoshProd has been teasing a reveal banner this week to which each day leading up to the 10th May has shown another blank square where a ‘hidden’ Dreamcast release hides. Well, we now have a clear picture of all the the games we can expect in the 3rd round of releases! There’s some interesting titles here  with one which is a surprise entrant, we already knew about Flashback 2 (Fade to Black), Battlecrust and The Escapee but Bang 2 Busters and Another World are interesting choices that weren’t common knowledge beforehand.

Bang 2 Busters is a cutesy platform originally for the Neo-Geo developed around 2000, you take control of the character using enemies as your projectile with careful aiming, an enemy can be used to dispatch the other threats in the level and pick-ups are available once enemies are taken care of, it’s an odd blend really that perhaps wouldn’t look out of place on the Amiga but gameplay-wise, it looks like it could be a whole load of fun, check the video below of the AES version.

 

Next up is Another World, which has seen an unofficial release on the console before this point but this time around, the game looks to have additional features some of which are shared in the 20th anniversary release if the trailer is to be taken literally. Another World follows in the same gameplay mechanic as Flashback which is featured in the last wave of releases for the console, we look forward to giving this one a shot when it comes out later in the year.

The Escapee, Flashback 2 and Battle Crust will prop up the aforementioned games too, all 5 are available to pre-order as a set from RushOnGame or individually too, it’s worth noting that the later style ‘ Dreamcast ‘ banner and swirl aren’t featured on the packaging for these games, one would hope that JoshProd reconsider this as all later software featured such design whereas earlier software had no logo on them, it would be nice to stick to the uniformity from the previous wave of games.

Here’s a handy link to get your pre-orders in now :

https://en.rushongame.com/sales/dreamcast-may-2018/