Akies Games – Interview

Catharsisjelly was able to speak to the wonderful team of Akies Games on their upcoming Wii U Puzzle title: Aenigma Os. Check out this sweet gap matching puzzler.

While I was at Play Expo I mentioned that I was able to talk to Duncan and Becca from Akies Games. Their match three style puzzle game called Aenigma OS is currently only available for Wii-U but is at a low price of £4.99 ($6.99 USD, €6.49 EUR). Duncan e-mailed me this week to mention that there might actually be a PC version on the cards as there was a lot of call for it at the show (Mac & Linux too please, Duncan!)

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Meltdown London

It’s hard finding a really good geeky bar in England. If you don’t believe me, go step outside and have a look around. See if you can find some really good geeky bars near you (and tell us all about them!)

In Bristol, we don’t have many. We’ve got Kongs of King Street and The Bag of Nails for suitably geeky pubs in Bristol… and I’m sort of accidentally on purpose changing the King William Ale House into a very geeky pub. But don’t tell them that, wait until they find this website and decide to take down our Geeky Shenanigans and make us look elsewhere. I think we should trademark Geeky Shenanigans.

It’s hard finding a really good geeky bar in England. If you don’t believe me, go step outside and have a look around. See if you can find some really good geeky bars near you (and tell us all about them!)

In Bristol, we don’t have many. We’ve got Kongs of King Street and The Bag of Nails for suitably geeky pubs in Bristol… and I’m sort of accidentally on purpose changing the King William Ale House into a very geeky pub. But don’t tell them that, wait until they find this website and decide to take down our Geeky Shenanigans and make us look elsewhere. I think we should trademark Geeky Shenanigans.

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Little Inferno – Burn all the things (Except that)!!!


Platforms:
Windows; OS X; Linux; Steam; Nintendo Wii U; iOS; Android; Official website.
Price (As of March 2014): Steam price (£6.99); Official website ($10.00); Wii U price ($9.99); iOS price (£2.99); Android price ($2.99).
Little Inferno is a game where you are given free reign to buy the things, then burn the things. That’s right, this is a game that lets you buy all the things, then burn all the things. This sounds like it could be fun!

One thing you might notice about Little Inferno already, is the beautifully rendered looking imagery. That’s because, this is game is as High Definition as a HD game should be. This does make a difference in this game, trust me.

 

Simple, clean. Nice!
Simple, clean. Nice!

So with all this being said and done, we can tell simply from the first screen/main menu here that there’s not much in terms of choices for the game play. In fact, you simply just play. That’s always good, as after all, a classic such as Pac-Man never gave you much choice bar “1 Player” and “2 Player”! I believe there was no options at all within the game. Mind you, this is a very light game that basically all systems can play.


Story

The world is very cold outside, in fact you cannot get outside because of how cold it is. Oddly enough, there’s always Tomorrow Corporation who are promising to keep you entertained with your new Little Inferno Entertainment Fireplace! From their vast catalogues of items, you can buy more and more items to fuel your Little Inferno.

This is the first of many catalogues you get access to.
This is the first of many catalogues you get access to.

You’re given a few gifts to burn to begin with and your little game of Little Inferno rewards you with a little cash.

Burning things and getting paid for it, sounds like a great game and life, right?

Some items are more interactive. Hey, the picture in game gives me deja vu!
Some items are more interactive. Hey, the picture in game gives me deja vu!

But things aren’t quite so normal in the world of Little Inferno. No, there are secret combinations waiting for you to watch and people who want to talk to you and collaborate, communicate and cause conflagration! No, really. But you can’t meet these people. It’s all rather sad as you’re cooped up indoors; buying items for and playing with your Little Inferno Entertainment Fireplace.

To progress through the game, you receive communication with a few key characters, such as the little girl and the people who run Tomorrow Corporation.

 


Graphics

So graphically, this game is beautiful, which can be continued into the animations. It’s a little bit, shall we say, Burton-esque in looks (Which is the second time I’ve said that about a game. Huh.) With all this said and done, however, Little Inferno is visually very fascinating. There’s something about watching your virtual fireplace and making things burn that just makes this a truly surreal, yet highly enjoyable experience.

This Fire Burns - What an apt song for now!
This Fire Burns – What an apt song for now!

I know whenever I look back at this game, I always get a warm feeling. Yes, because it’s a fireplace. It just feels cosy to me.

 


Music/sounds

The whole way through, the music and sounds in this game are very homely, except for the times you’re burning crazy stuff.

All of the sounds are wonderfully imagined and make you think you are definitely burning the things that are burning in front of you. The little burning sounds are a joy to the ear, as the flames merrily leap around the screen.

One thing I would say irked me somewhat was the sound of reading letters. It just felt too cheesy, but this could be because I associate it with a character that I’m not a big fan of.

I found this character grating.
I found this character grating.

 


All in all

Why won't she leave me alone!?
Why won’t she leave me alone!?

So this game is full of great, easy listening music that fits the games theme.

It’s “creepy” in style and the animations are absolutely spot on. The story is good, but, something bothers me about this game at the same time.


4/5 for this game from me.

Whilst this game is technically sound and it’s actually really quite a pleasant experience to play through, I can’t help but shake the feeling that this game is just another game like Achievement Unlocked. This isn’t to say this isn’t a fun game, as it is great fun.

You simply need to unlock COMBOs to progress in this game.
You simply need to unlock COMBOs to progress in this game.

Just the fact this game is all about unlocking achievements and following what people in the game say, there isn’t much freedom. You can enjoy as many funny little combinations of burning things as you like, but I’ll admit – Even I could grow tired of burning virtual objects.

Pity, too. I never thought that was possible… Now, if only someone get me some of these objects and a Little Inferno Entertainment Fireplace in the real world!