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Dorfromantik devs outline Early Access plans

Dorfromantik devs outline Early Access plans

Since Dorfromantik released into Early Access towards the end of March, I’ve been playing a decent amount of this village builder. When I brought word of Dorfromantik a couple of weeks ago, I described it as a peaceful stress-free game that sounded like bliss. After a few hours of play, it certainly is blissful, and wonderfully relaxing.

Over the weekend, the team at Toukana laid out their plans for their time in Early Access in more detail. The first phase will see a number of updates squashing bugs and improving general accessibility and usability, but the second phase is more interesting.

The second phase will comprise two content updates, the first will see a creative mode land which I am very keen to see, while the second update will add new biomes, tiles and challenges. The team are still planning a full release in mid/late 2021, and I’ll be looking to deliver a Verdict at that point.

For now, check out Dorfromantik on Steam and enjoy.

Risk Your Own Kitchen Nightmare in Recipe for Disaster

Risk Your Own Kitchen Nightmare in Recipe for Disaster

Have you ever thought about becoming a restaurateur, but feared Gordon Ramsey himself coming along, shout obscenities at you and filming an episode of Kitchen Nightmares in your own domain? Put those fears to one side as Dapper Penguin Studios (of Rise of Industry) have unveiled restaurant sim, Recipe for Disaster coming to PC later this year.

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Gorgeous village builder, Dorfromantik looks relaxing

Gorgeous village builder, Dorfromantik looks relaxing

In these trying times, a relaxing city builder is just what we need. I reported on how I was put off by SimCity when returning a couple of weeks ago, but I think Dorfromantik might be more my cup of tea.

Launching into Early Access on the 25th March Dorfromantik is a village building game based on placing hexagonal tiles to strategically grow your world. Take a look at the trailer after the break to get an idea of what it’s all about.

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For The King Expands Today

For The King Expands Today

When I read a press release with a subject title starting “Celebrated’ I tend to roll my eyes. When it’s regarding For the King though, a smile comes to my face as it actually is celebrated. I wrote back in May 2019 that the Switch release “brought new life to what is a gem of an RPG“, and I am very pleased to read that the game now has over 3 million players across the numerous platforms it released on, success which has brought about an expansion which releases today on PC.

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The indie hits keep coming to the Switch

The indie hits keep coming to the Switch

Indie games are indeed everywhere, they’re no longer confined to the PC landscape with the three console manufacturers all expanding their investment in the indie gaming scene. So the news that two indie hits are coming to the Switch shouldn’t be surprising, but when it is Behold the Kickmen and Yes, Your Grace, I feel the need to let the world know that soon they will be landing on the Switch.

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Adventure in Aellion Beta, Release Date(!)

Adventure in Aellion Beta, Release Date(!)

You might remember that back in January, when life was normal, I previewed Adventure in Aellion based on my hands-on time with it at EGX last year and a chat with Luke O’Donoghue, director of developers The Game Product Company. I described it back then as “a Zelda-like with drop-in drop-out multiplayer”, and if you want to check it out yourself a beta is now available, with all the details and a new trailer below the cut.

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Football Manager 2020 – Welcome to the Cymru Leagues!

Football Manager 2020 – Welcome to the Cymru Leagues!

There’s a new Football Manager due for full release in a little over a week, but of course anyone who pre-ordered will already have access to the Beta on Steam. I’ve been trying my hand at the new version, there’s lots of things which look good. But the most important for me is the expanded Cymru Leagues (Welsh Leagues for you everyday folk).

Most of my time in Football Manager is spent with clubs such as The New Saints and hometown club, Cardiff Metropolitan University. I always have fun, but without any leagues below the old Welsh Premier, there wasn’t the depth I craved.

However, following the restructuring of the Welsh pyramid and associated rebranding, the Cymru Leagues are now present and correct in Football Manager. That means you have the Cymru Premier, along with Cymru North and Cymru South sitting below the top division. All the teams are there, and as you can probably tell from my video walkthrough of the leagues, I’m very pleased about this development.

There’s no doubting that Welsh football is at the bottom of the football land in Britain, with the Irish leagues getting more exposure on a regular basis, with thanks to their clubs recently appearing in Europa League group stages. Welsh football has been performing better in Europe in recent seasons, and the Cymru Premier is becoming ever more competitive thanks to the resurgence of Barry and consistent performers elsewhere. It’s true though that TV coverage is minimal, and mainstream press coverage doesn’t exist beyond coverage of Cardiff Met’s European adventures this season, and that’s largely because they’re students.

All this means that a big round of applause goes out to Matthew Burgess who is the new Head Researcher for Wales for Football Manager. It must have been tireless work for him to collate as much information as has on the teams below the Cymru Premier, and he has a must-read blog about his adventures in this role. I’m looking forward to the final data updates that will come with the final release next week and getting stuck into a proper career.

Cymru am byth!

Train Valley 2 Comes Tomorrow

Train Valley 2 Comes Tomorrow

There’s a bunch of games due to leave Early Access in the coming weeks, some that I have long had an eye on (Rise of Industry, I’m looking at you) while others like Train Valley 2 have snuck up on me out of nowhere!

That’s clearly a failing of my journalistic abilities, but it doesn’t mean that it isn’t a game worthy of attention. The original got positive reviews, even if we only talked about the upcoming release of that! I promise to do better with Train Valley 2 and will take some time to write further thoughts on it after it launches this Saturday.

It’s a lovely concept to combine puzzling elements with traditional tycoon game mechanics. Add to that, a wonderfully cute art style and you have something that is going to steal my heart away pretty quickly.

Alongside the deep Company Mode which features 50 levels, there are numerous locomotives from across 6 generations of train with heaps of buildings and train cars. Special events, including launching a rocket, will feature and it comes complete with a level editor and Steam Workshop integration.

Choo-choo!