By Alex Walker on September 3, 2013 at 2:22 pm
Remember the Bullfrog games of the 90s? Of course you do. Peter Molyneux and his team made some of the great strategy/sandbox games of the period. Populous (OK it was in the late 80s but still), Magic Carpet, Theme Park, Theme Hospital, Dungeon Keeper: all amazing games.
When the studio eventually broke up in the late 90s, some of the original members went and formed Mucky Foot, a British-based developer that only lasted for six years. In that time, the company published three titles, one of which was the superb space-station sandbox sim Startopia.
What was fantastic about Startopia, besides the Britishness of it all, was the gradual way you were exposed to each of the game’s different mechanics. Within the space station were three levels, and as you played through the missions, you’d slowly learn each one, be taught how to deal with the crises that would eventually occur, and then work your way up.
It’s a lesson that, over a decade on, Europa Universalis IV really could learn from.
By Alex Walker on August 13, 2013 at 12:22 pm
I’d never actually been to a Gold Class cinema until last Wednesday, when I rocked up to Event Cinemas on Sydney’s George St for a night with the wonderful games.on.net community and some developers from Paradox Interactive.
It’s not that I have an aversion to big screens, big comfy chairs and a lot of alcohol. The experience, on the whole, seems rather pleasant, minus the irritation of people walking up and down the aisles serving drinks, snacks and what have you. Maybe I’m just not accustomed to having staff when I watch a movie.
Watching the live demonstration of Europa Universalis IV and War of the Vikings though? Bring on the bubbly.
By Joe Robinson on September 28, 2012 at 3:23 pm
Paradox may have had a more modest line up at this year’s Gamescom, but there was still plenty of interesting stuff to see – and all of it new! Apart from A Game of Dwarves, but with the imminent beta we’d thought we’d save ourselves so we could do a proper hands-on session for you. Click through the link for a brief round-up of what the Swedish company has in store for gamers over the coming year…