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Here’s a full play through of the High Strangeness demo we presented at MAGFest 11. High Strangeness is a story driven 12 bit action / adventure game inspired by Super Nintendo and Nintendo classics. Towards the beginning of the demo, the player is shown a brief exposition of the story’s overall plot, leading into a short combat sequence. As the battle ends, the protagonist, Boyd, is thrown into a strange new world where the player must rely on learned techniques to solve simple puzzles.
It should be said that this is only a demo, and should be considered a snippet of things to come. High Strangeness is planned to be 3 to 4 hours in length when complete, with expanded combat mechanics and more elaborate puzzles to solve.
High Strangeness is due in 2013 for PC with other platforms pending.
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Sam Bennett - Cut Scene Illustration
Steve Jenkins - Pixel Art, Production, Direction
Ben Shostak - Development and Direction
Rich Vreeland - Music
I will be showing High Strangeness at the MAGFest 11 Indie Game Showcase Jan 3-6. Stop by to check out the game and pick up some free goodies!
This IPA takes a very subtle approach with its hops, nothing really jumps out. I found the individual hop flavors lost to the bitterness. This would be a good choice for folks who are scared away from IPAs by the strong hop profiles.
I think all the big hops were hiding in here. The aroma has a great fruit note to it. The taste brings out a lot of hop flavors, with some solid pine. This one is very drinkable - you’d gulp it down quick if it weren’t for the 9.1% ABV stamped on the can.
The name is conveyed in the aroma, you get a whiff of sweetness when you pour this beer. The taste is light and creamy but kind of plain.
Rogue Voodoo Doughnut
This extreme brew is a joint venture between Rogue Ales and Voodoo Doughnut, the crazy bakery that brought you the Maple Bacon Doughnut. In 13 listed ingredients you will find three different varieties of wood smoked grain, applewood smoked bacon, and pure maple syrup.
Holy crap this thing is intense, the smell is an intense smoky bacon with a note of sweetness. Taking a sip of it you get all that malty mapley goodness with an edge of salt and bacon fat. The rich flavor is barely in the range of what one would call beer - definitely not for the faint of heart. If you’re ever presented with an opportunity to try this insane science experiment, go for it.
Victory Headwaters Pale Ale
I picked up this Victory beer yesterday and it’s very good. The citra hops give it a lush flowery aroma, which goes great with the lighter German malt body. This is an excellent lawnmower beer, sessionable, and so drinkable you wonder what happened to the other half of the glass you just poured.
I will definitely be picking up more of this over the summer. It’s also worth noting that part of the proceeds go to cleaning up the environment, so while you’re sitting on your butt drinking it you will be doing something productive.
Dogfish Head is one of my favorite breweries - so when I saw this interesting bottle show up at my local store for a pricey $15 I mulled it over briefly before picking it up. With the wacky ingredients listed, it looked more like an artifact than a beer. The base comes from ancient wheat, with middle eastern spices, camomile, and some mystery yeast Sam and the gang must have stolen while being chased through a crowded market in Cairo.
It pours out looking like a pale lager, and the taste is reminiscent of canvas bags, tea leaves, and the spilled remains in an old forgotten spice drawer. At first it’s intriguing and strange but after the first glass you wish it had more than 4.5% alcohol to numb your taste buds a little. I wouldn’t recommend this one to anybody except beer science majors. Beer science is a thing, right?