March 10, 2016

Broken Bootlegs- Somari

Posted on March 10, 2016 by Erika

Somari title screen

Broken Bootlegs is a weekly series covering unlicensed games (also known as bootleg games) for mainly 8-bit and 16-bit consoles. This week’s edition covers possibly one of the most well-known bootlegs out there: Somari!

As briefly mentioned in the first entry of this series, Somari is not only is a bootleg of one game, Sonic the Hedgehog, but also redone to star Mario! Developed by Hummer Team, known as Someri or Somari Team for this release, is standard fare of their in-house conversions of 16-bit games to the Famicom. Things are similar enough, while having that A+ bootleg quality one would expect from Hummer Team. With that said, it’s a mixed experience while playing the game. It starts off with the Sonic 1 title screen with Mario’s face plastered on it, which was actually nicely done. While playing, I’ve noticed that the physics were a bit off, just like with other Hummer Team games, which can make timing some jumps and attacks a bit difficult. Fortunately though, is that Somari can spindash! While not cannon to the original Sonic, this does help out during a play-through and can make the game a little easier. The stages are similar to the source material, which is also good, but if you’re expecting something right out of the original game, then you’re in for a surprise. Read More


Deponia Doomsday Review: “We call this place ‘The Waste of Time’”

Posted on March 10, 2016 by Fionna Schweit

Review by Guest Editor: Luce

Having never played a Deponia game before, I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. 10 hours of time looping nonsense later, rather unfortunately, I still wish I didn’t.

Deponia Doomsday follows the entirely unlikable lead character Rufus, as he self-narrates his way through time and space. Along the way he runs into a fairly large cast of characters, that range from the rather funny Nilbot (Chillbot, Killbot, Illbot), to the frankly offensive Manly-man-turned-manly-forced-transwoman Lotto (later Lotti). Confused by that description? Don’t worry, I’ll come back to it.
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Cities Skylines ‘Urban Planning’ Documentary To Screen At SXSW

Posted on March 10, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Paradox Interactive has partnered with film production company Luckyday to bring fans a documentary focused on their city simulation title Citites: Skylines and the intersection between gameplay and urban planning. Titled My Urban Playground the feature length documentary will make its debut during The Sweedish Affiar program block at South by Southwest. If you’re going to be there it will be screened Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Central Time at the Waller Creek boat house, 74 Trinity, Austin, Texas.

Here’s what Paradox Interactive COO Susan Meza Graham had to say about the game’s enthusiastic player-base that includes members of many real world occupations that work in urban planning:

“It shouldn’t come as a surprise that among our millions of players, we have plenty of architects, urban planners, public officials, and many more people who have found parallels between the game and their professional lives. Working with Luckyday to capture this new project here in our hometown has been a wonderful experience and we’re eager to share the process and results with the world.”

Here is the official trailer for the feature length film, here’s hoping Paradox will release it sometime after SXSW for all to enjoy.

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Stardew Valley has sold 425,000 copies

Posted on March 10, 2016 by Fionna Schweit

I wonder if Eric Barone ever thought that a game about farming would be his crowning achievement? Stardew valley started out as a way for Barone to learn to program, and in an interview with PCGamer, Barone has now confirmed that the game has sold over 425,000 copies as of yesterday. To put that in perspective, that is just 12 days after its launch.  You cant go anywhere on the gaming related internet with out seeing this game. My discord is full of pictures of people’s farms, its on Twitches list of top games for the last week straight, and videos of farms are all over YouTube. I never imagined that a game so small could generate so much hype. Not since the holy Minecraft have I seen a game that was developed by one person, and experienced so much sucess.


To put in to pespective how monumental it is to sell a half million games on Steam only six titles managed to do it in 2015.  Stardew Valley is halfway there aready, and its only been two weeks. The game is already one of the most sucessfull steam games of all time, and has shot up the popularity charts and stayed there. Something that is extremly difficult to do with the likes of Tom Clancys: The Division, Hitman, and The Culling all vying for space.

Barone told PCGamer “he never expected the game to be this popular. ‘I thought it would be popular with people who were fans of Harvest Moon or Rune Factory, and I thought that would pretty much be it,” Barone said, “I never expected it to have such wide appeal. I mean, I’m super happy about it and I’m blown away by the reaction, but I’m surprised too.'”

To put that in to back of envelope math, Baron is probably getting about 1/3 of each of the sales of the game, with Steam taking 1/3 and Chucklefish taking the other. Even if Baron only get 5$ per sale hes walked away in just 9 days with over 2 million dollars. Even with all of that money Barone told PCGamer “I don’t want it to affect my life in any way. My lifestyle isn’t going to change. and that  he also intends to keep the scale of development at a similar level, saying he’d consider hiring help for more technical aspects of the game, but that he generally prefers to work alone. ” No matter how you cut this cake, this is a monumental effort, and Barone has onece again shown that indie games can fight with the big dogs.

Are you playing Stardew Valley? Show us your Farm on Facebook or Twitter!


New Pokemon Title Announced For Mobile Phones

Posted on March 10, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

The Pokemon Company and mobile developer HEROZ Inc (developer of smartphone Chess titles) have joined forces to announce a brand new title for smartphones in Japan.  No official title, press-release or gameplay synopsis has been released thus far. As far as we can tell the brief teaser video, which is entirely in Japanese, appears to be teasing a new virtual strategy board game for mobile phones. Honestly, the whole thing elicited a reaction of “what the hell did I just watch?” from BrokenJoysticks staff upon stumbling on the below video.

The title of the video roughly translates (according to Microsoft Translate):

“In the spring of 2016 [official] Pokemon Star”

and the description of the video reads:

“Pokemon and HEROZ INC. from the creators of the Pokemon in the latest installment of the Pokemon game for smartphones!”

Do you think Nintendo will bring out a physical line of figures to go along with this game? Is there a chance that this title will come stateside? Perhaps we will find out more in the coming days.

Source: YouTube

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Square Enix Unveils GDC 2016 Panel Line-Up

Posted on March 10, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Square Enix

Square Enix announced their line-up of talks for the 2016 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco California. In total Square has 9 presentations set across the first four days of the conference. Topics range from the use of interactive story mechanics to handle tough issues like suicide, mental illness and loss in Life Is Strange, to the process of optimization that Just Cause 3 developer Avalanche Studios used in conjunction with Iris graphics to make the world of JC3 explode with such fidelity. In terms of franchises, this year’s session line-up from Square focuses on games that have already been released like the two mentioned above or titles that are on the horizon like the upcoming Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Final Fantasy fanatics looking for more information on FFXV will have to look elsewhere – that title will get its own huge event at the end of the month.

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Staff from will be in SF for a portion of GDC and will bring you every video, podcast and article that we can line-up! In the meantime here is a small selection of Square Enix’s GDC 2016 line-up:Read More


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