Video Game Review: Turmoil – The Heat Is On

We’re coming back to the oil-grabbing game, which sees you playing as an oil tycoon trying to make some quick cash off digging up precious oil reserves. Last time we played Turmoil, we had oil, gas and stone, along with Diamonds. This time however, we’re back and we’ve now got to contend with magma and precious stones of different kinds, all in the name of earning plenty of dosh. However, will our oil barons be able to handle the heat, as we’re back with the first DLC for the game, simply called ‘The Heat Is On’.

We’re coming back to the oil-grabbing game, which sees you playing as an oil tycoon trying to make some quick cash off digging up precious oil reserves. Last time we played Turmoil, we had oil, gas and stone, along with Diamonds. This time however, we’re back and we’ve now got to contend with magma and precious stones of different kinds, all in the name of earning plenty of dosh. However, will our oil barons be able to handle the heat, as we’re back with the first DLC for the game, simply called ‘The Heat Is On’.

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Top 10 Weaponised Toys

What was once a symbol of childish innocence and the joyous revelries of youth so easily turned into an engine of death. Perhaps by design, by mistake, by technology or by mysticism, there’s nothing quite so creepy as a toy turned deadly. Despite their cuddly and fun exterior, you wouldn’t want your kids playing with these…

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What was once a symbol of childish innocence and the joyous revelries of youth so easily turned into an engine of death. Perhaps by design, by mistake, by technology or by mysticism, there’s nothing quite so creepy as a toy turned deadly. Despite their cuddly and fun exterior, you wouldn’t want your kids playing with these…

Or would you?

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Video Game Review: Turmoil

There are few things in life more boring than the fluctuating market that is the oil industry. I mean seriously, prices go up, prices go down… And to make a full game out of that concept sounds like a dreadful idea. Or is it? Join Timlah for a full review for this oil drilling simulation.

There are few things in life more boring than the fluctuating market that is the oil industry. I mean seriously, prices go up, prices go down… And to make a full game out of that concept sounds like a dreadful idea. Or is it? Turmoil is a single-player oil extracting and selling game, which sees you buying the equipment to drill into and suck out all of the oil of a plot of land, then sell it on for a profit to Left Inc or Right Inc. Intrigued about selling oil? Then be prepared to check out Turmoil in this in depth review.

*No, this isn’t Turmoil from the ZX Spectrum.

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Windback Wednesday – Theme Hospital

Theme Hospital. This game consumed so much of my youth, it’s not even funny. It’s as if Theme Hospital was made to be one of these games that you sorta go “Okay, perhaps I’ll play it through again… Just because I remember it being good.” So, I decided to do a recording of me playing level 1… because why not?

Theme Hospital. This game consumed so much of my youth, it’s not even funny. It’s as if Theme Hospital was made to be one of these games that you sorta go “Okay, perhaps I’ll play it through again… Just because I remember it being good.” Then you play it… And you remember that it’s actually quite slow during the gameplay, so you’re constantly set to speed setting 5 (That’s the fastest)! Well okay, that doesn’t sound like a good thing but it actually is. I’ll explain more about that as we take a trip down memory lane.

The game was created by Bullfrog Productions back in 1997. Bullfrog were well known around this time, one of the most established British games companies out there in fact. They were in charge of the highly successful Theme Park franchise, which still goes on today under the guise of RollerCoaster Tycoon. The latest in the RollerCoaster Tycoon series, RollerCoaster Tycoon World, is set to be released this year and utilising the Unity 5 engine.

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Kickstarter Highlight – River Town

Recently, a game came out that happened to be all about the destructive creatures known only as “Goats”.

Whilst this has nothing to do with Goat Simulator, we’re talking about farming, animals, crops, romance and RPGs?

River Town – Click here to go to the Kickstarter campaign.


What is it?

River Town takes heavy influences from two major game franchises: Harvest Moon and The Sims.

This is a game about relationships, looking after a farm and starting a new life. The relationships aspect seems quite important, as you interact with the many people of River Town in whatever way you wish to.

This game takes pride in the fact there are so many different elements to it and we can see why. From the running your own farm, to the relationships you can build and the exploration aspect of the game, there is something for a vast array of people in the world of River Town.

Sweet graphics, I mean check that adorable dog out!

The thing that immediately strikes the casual observer of River Town, is the pure loveliness the game seems to extrude. With wonderfully pleasant graphics and the use of vibrant and bright colours, down to the detail of the animals and environment, all whilst not being very specification heavy to your computer, River Town seems to be visually pleasing for everyone.

Another great point about River Town, is the incredibly catchy and enjoyable music, which adds to the whole jolly experience. This is why I immediately would compare this game with Harvest Moon. The jolly music, the pleasant atmosphere – Everything is reminiscent of Harvest Moon and I’m not complaining. There are some key features that separates this from Harvest Moon, however, which I will go into later.

Interestingly, they put a question up about “Is this a Farmville clone?” and retort by saying they feel Farmville in their opinion is no fun due to the lack of storyline, characters and dialogue. This should go to explain why they have made River Town a single player game which is all about having a great time, feeling liberated from working in a city and running a pleasant farm. You’ll get to meet some interesting characters, of which I think Maynard is my favourite character out of the bunch of characters they have provided below.

Another interesting little line from their Kickstarter campaign; is that they believe the story of the game explains our current economical climate. People are allowing themselves to be underpaid or even exploited for fear of losing what they currently have. The devs behind this game say that people are not reaching their full potential, so this is a game to allow you to reach the full potential of your character, whatever route you go down.

Personally, I love stories where you can choose what sort of path you want to take. I am excited for this game and had to share it with you all.


How much do they need, what do they need funds for and what do we get as early backers?

 

The funds of this Kickstarter campaign goes towards more assets, paying fees/taxes/licenses and more.

They have kindly provided a chart to explain exactly what your cash goes towards and it all sounds very reasonable.

They need to raise £24,000 and they have 34 days left to get it. Plenty of time. I’ve put in my pledge, but of course – You’ve come here to find out what are the rewards. As always on here, we focus on the lower tier rewards, as not many people have access to the higher rewards. But, if you do have the kind of cash to help them out, please do consider it!

  • Pledge £1 or more

    Every little helps ************************************************* Our eternal love and gratitude, and access to backers-only updates.

     
  • Pledge £6 or more

    Early Bird Farmer! ************************************************* [1] Digital, DRM-free, with Kickstarter-exclusive content copy of River Town for all supported desktop platforms! (PC, Mac, Linux) [2] “Backer” badge on our forum, which will allow you to vote in our backers-only polls (see stretch goals for more info).

  • Pledge £10 or more

    Farmer ************************************************* [1] Digital, DRM-free, with Kickstarter-exclusive content copy of River Town for all supported desktop platforms! (PC, Mac, Linux) [2] “Backer” badge on our forum, which will allow you to vote in our backers-only polls (see stretch goals for more info).

  • Pledge £15 or more

    Art Lover ************************************************* [1] Digital book with exclusive and unpublished artwork! [2] Digital DRM-free copy of River Town for all supported desktop platforms! [3] “Backer” badge on our forum, which will allow you to vote in our backers-only polls.

    River Town – Click here to go to the Kickstarter campaign.


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So, that’s just a quick look at River Town and honestly, I’m expecting great things from this little game. I’m going to go for a copy of the game, myself. If it is successful, later down the line I’ll have to do a review on this game!

Visually pleasing, audibly intoxicating and pleasantly picturesque. Yes, I’m excited for this.

What are your experiences with “Farming games”? Have you played Harvest Moon? How about Farm Simulator, or Farmville? Do you think this is something that could appeal to you? Come join in the discussion by posting your comments below!