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This week: A New Zealand man is readying his commercial jet-pack prototype...
Jet-Pack Joe Schmoe
"Tomorrow's World has come a little closer with a manned jetpack about to take to the skies. Inspired by childhood TV shows such as Thunderbirds and Lost in Space, New Zealander Glenn Martin began working in his Christchurch garage 30 years ago on a device which he hoped would one day see a man speeding through the air under his own power. The result is an extraordinary piece of machinery in which a 'pilot' stands on a platform at the front, and uses a console to control two vertical engines that mimic the behaviour of the jet engines on a aircraft and can reach a height of up to 8,000ft and travel at 45mph."
In Jet Pack Joe Schmoe, you play the role of the eponymous Joe. He is just a regular guy. A regular guy who happens to have saved up 120,000 from years of work as an accountant. Its time to tackle his mundane life in a totally new way: With a jet pack.
The game begins when you pick up your new toy from the jet pack emporium. The salesman takes you round the back of the building to a field where you can safely test your new mode of transport. This acts as a training level, although there are several achievements to earn here, such as Oops! Crashed it already! and So long sucker--I didnt even pay you.
The aim of the game is to incorporate jet pack travel into your everyday life. You must travel safely to and from work, rescue your pet cat from the tree at the bottom of the garden and take part in an optional dating sim, where you can woo Brenda from HR by flying her to the Blackpool Tower and back stopping every 30 minutes to refuel, obviously.
However, flying your new jet pack irresponsibly will land you in trouble with the police. Minor altercations will yield warnings or a court summons, but flagrant disregard for the law will result in fighter jets being scrambled to escort you back to terra firma.
Will you give up your mundane existence and use your new jet pack to fight crime? Will you use it for nefarious means and turn into a drug smuggler? And will you ever dare to travel above 5mph? The choice is yours in Jet Pack Joe Schmoe.
DLC for Jet Pack Joe Schmoe will include: Jet Pack Jet Pack where famous gladiator Jet wears a jet pack and has to wait for the second wHistle every time you start a new level, the Joan Jet Pack where every level is accompanied by I Love Rock n Roll on a continuous loop (which Joe complains is too loud and aggressive, causing him to have to lie down for a few minutes after every mission), the Co-op co-op Pack where two players can play in split-screen to tackle the weekly food run and the Zombies pack where Joes jet pack is broken, but everyone else has one but theyre zombies and just end up crashing into things a lot because theyre zombies and dont have terribly good hand/eye co-ordination or reaction times required to pilot a jet pack because theyre just zombies who are, in actuality, just that little bit hard of thinking. But they still try to bite you.
Sharks on a Train: Caution, Jaws Closing
A dead shark has been discovered on the subway in New York City, transport officials have confirmed. The unlikely passenger, about 1.2m (4ft) long, was found under a row of seats on a Queens-bound train. The conductor asked passengers to leave the carriage and the train continued to the end of the line, where a supervisor disposed of the shark.
As if the hobos, weirdos and sex pests werent enough, now theres an even bigger threat in the subway. Sharks. In Sharks on a Train: Caution, Jaws Closing, you are a commuter on the New York Metropolitan subway system. All you need to do is get to work and back while avoiding the finned fiends that lurk under the seats.
Level 1 is a standard trip from home to work, only with a shark in your carriage. Its up to you to manoeuvre around the carriage, managing the space and the other passengers so that you emerge alive at your destination. You can push people towards the shark to distract it, but youll lose humanity points.
Level 2 sees you returning, only while carrying a big bag of groceries. Each new level adds more items to use and protect from the sharks jaws, and adds more sharks to the train. At the end of each level, you can use the Wii Us gyroscope function to take humourous pictures of defeated sharks with various props around them, like cigarettes, tube tickets and comedy moustaches.
Can you keep all the passengers alive? Can you keep the sharks from eating your baloney? And can you find the secret subterranean shark nest and defeat the queen in the final epic showdown? Its up to you in Sharks on a Train: Caution, Jaws Closing.
DLC for Sharks on a Train: Caution, Jaws Closing will include: The London Underground pack which gives you Going Underground by The Jam and extra props for the photo mode. Like (fittingly) an Oyster Card. And a rat. Then theres the Sharky & George pack where new levels are set in Seacago and the sharks are replaced with eponymous duo Sharky & George. And you play as CatDog. And, of course, theres Zombies mode where the sharks try to bite you and if you kill them, they still try to bite you. Oh, and they come in waves.
Waaah! *Snap* Kerching!
"The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy, Kensington Palace has announced. The baby was delivered at 16:24 BST at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, west London, weighing 8lb 6oz."
Its the days leading up to the birth of a new heir to the throne of the United Kingdom. You are a freelance photographer and have fallen on hard times. Drink, gambling, weddings & Bar Mitzvahs You need to get a picture of that baby. Its time to get creative.
The game starts with expectant mum Kate in labour. You know which hospital shes at, but thats all. Its up to you to use your sneaking, climbing and infiltration skills, navigating the grounds and corridors of the hospital without getting chucked out on your ear.
You must use the Wii U Gamepad's gyroscopic control to take pictures that are later graded by the paper's editor. Successful snaps of anything to do with the royal family are worth in-game credit. A picture of a HRH-branded towel is worth 20, pics of any of the royal family 500 each and so on. Any picture of Prince Harrys bare behind is worth 5,000. Use your money earned to buy new equipment like better zoom lenses, disguises and higher-capacity memory cards.
Levels progress through the various stages of the happy occasion. Photos of the baby are worth more the sooner after birth they are taken. Can you push to the front at the first public appearance? Can you manipulate the situation so that a Corgi licks the newborns face? Can you do all this AND get a decent, non-blurry shot at the same time? Thats the aim of the game in Waaah! *Snap* Kerching!
Downloadable content is set to include: The Dont say a bloody word Pack where you can use a Wiimote as a Dictaphone to try and catch the Duke of Edinburgh saying something inappropriate, the God save the Queen 1977 Pack where all your photos are defaced by an anti-royal punk rocker (rendering your snaps worthless to the virtual press but fun to share on MiiVerse) and the Boy George Pack where all of the in-game sound is replaced by songs (and soundbites) from Boy George.
Two suspected robbers were seized by passers-by after a raid on Selfridges. The men were pinned down by members of the public after their moped slipped over while turning a corner at speed in central London.
The city is under constant threat from thieves, hoodlums and vandals. But you can help make a difference to the normal citizens who need a helping hand to rise up against the criminal threat. You are not a policeman. You are not a politician. You are not a vigilante. You are Crimefinger.
As Crimefinger, you can influence events using the power of your finger on the touchscreen. You have an overhead view of the city and can see where crimes are breaking out. You dont have any physical presence at city level, but lets just say you can make things happen.
See criminals escaping the scene of a ram raid? Touch the tyres on their getaway car and theyll burst. But be careful! We want the suspects to be arrested without any civilian casualties. So you must judge each situation on the fly and determine the best course of caution before making your plan come to fruition with just a tap from Crimefinger.
With thousands of interactive scenery elements like traffic lights, level crossings and manhole covers, the potential for crime-thwarting fun are endless. Create and download custom levels and challenge your friends to a Crimefinger competition. Can you poke your way to number one Crimefinger in the world?
Downloadable content for Crimefinger will include: The Godus Pack where your game is interrupted by some kid who was the only person left bothering to indulge Peter Molyneux and now for some reason is in charge of your game, the Fingerbang Pack where the action is set to the cast of South Park singing their song about making their fingers look like guns, and the Zombies Mode Pack where the criminals are zombies and fall apart a little each time you poke them. Which is more fun than it sounds, especially when theyre still trying to ride away on a moped.
Pupils at a Suffolk school were "horrified" to discover they had been taught the wrong Gothic text, two weeks before their A-level exam. Sixth-formers at Newmarket College were studying Bram Stoker's Dracula instead of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
Its the night before your A-Level English Literature exam but youve been taught the wrong text. Instead of learning Mary Shelleys Frankenstein, youve been taught Dracula. Youve been cramming so hard for the past two weeks, your head is now awash with a weird mix of both books. And now youre *trying* to sleep.
But its the most troubled nights sleep youve ever had. The two gothic worlds have fused into one. The world of Frankenstein is awash with bats and vampires. Its not really Frankenstein or Dracula. Its Fracula.
So its up to you to banish everything Dracula-related from the strange world that has appeared in your mind, leaving it all a clear and distilled understanding of Frankensteins universe. With a quiz at the end of every level to test the knowledge you have gained from completing it, its just possible you can clarify the key points enough in your mind to complete the final exam at the end of the game.
Can you unmuddle the two worlds before dawn? Can you defeat the master vampire himself? And can you find all the parts of Frankensteins Monster to see the real ending? Its up to you to overcome this revision collision in Fracula.
Planned DLC for Fracula will include: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Pack where a third universe is chucked into the mix leaving you facing a nervous breakdown if you should fail to deal with the maddening situation, The Skool Daze Pack where the graphics are replaced with 8-bit Sinclair ZX Spectrum graphics (complete with colour overlap issues) and the Count Duckula Pack where your mind gives up trying and regresses into a childhood state, forcing you to take on hordes of animated vampire ducks.
"The first 'hard evidence' that other universes exist has been found by scientists. Cosmologists studying a map of the universe from data gathered by the Planck spacecraft have concluded that it shows anomalies that can only have been caused by the gravitational pull of other universes."
Sid is a snake. A snake whose own confusion and stupidity led to the discovery of the most amazing talent. One day, when feeling peckish and sssssslightly inebriated, Sid sat down to eat a sandwich. Holding it with his tail, he absent-mindedly kept chewing and ate his own tail.
Not realising his mistake until it was too late, Sid devoured his entire body until nothing was left. Not even the tip of his nose. But instead of vanishing from existence, he realised he was still whole. Only now he was in another universe.
Sid Multiverse is a massively-multiplayer online game which sees you taking control of the eponymous Sid, exploring the wondrous possibilities opened up by 100 billion alternative universes. Every Sid you meet is another player. But only certain players will have the abilities that work with your own to enable you to gather the ingredients needed for a perfect sandwich. Will they help? Or will you have to fight to win items?
At the press of a button, you can eat yourself and ssssswitch planesss of exissssstence (jump servers). Or you can stay and explore your wildly different or curiously familiar surroundings (always with at least one major difference, like the houses are made of jam or everyone wishes their games consoles would let them change TV channels) instantly appearing in another world.
Will you find the perfect look with the deep customisation options consisting of snake colour and hat combination? Will you reach level 50 by making the ingredients for 49 sssssumptuousssss sssssarniesssss? And will you ever make it back to your own universe? Its time to find out. Its time to play Sid Multiverse.
Downloadable Content will include: The Family Guy Pack where the plethora of wondrous and beautifully-crafted environs born of a respect for the potential of a principal as exciting as a multiverse are swapped out for bland, repetitive shooting experience punctuated with rampant homophobia, the Snakes, why did it have to be snakes? Pack where you can play as Harrison Ford, a capuchin or a snake with a lion-tamers whip for a tongue, and the Picnic Pack where you can pay 50/$60 for a virtual Tupperware container containing 49 sandwiches to level you up to 50 so you don't have to actually play the game.
Graverobber: Quest for Quetzalcoatls Gold
"Researchers believe they may finally have uncovered the lost 'White City of gold' in Honduras using hi-tech scanners that let aircraft 'see' through dense forest. Researchers from the University of Houston and the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) flew over the Mosquitia region in a small plane shooting billions of laser pulses at the ground to create a 3D digital map of the topology beneath the jungle canopy."
There it is: A new lead in the quest for one of the famous Lost Cities of Gold, said to be the birthplace of the Aztec deity Quetzalcoatl. But youre damned if youre going to be beaten to the site by a bunch of idiot archaeologists. Fotunately, their expedition is planned for the autumn. Turns out youve got a 100 day gap in your schedule starting next week. Awesome.
As morally bankrupt graverobber Robert Graves, you arrive near the suggested site by helicopter. Theres nowhere for the chopper to land so youre lowered down through the canopy and into the dense jungle with the simple instruction Well be back here at 8pm every day.
From here on out, youve got precisely 100 days to find the city, strip it of any gold you can find and then get out again before the archaeologists show up. The game works on either a real-time or accelerated clock depending on your preference, allowing you to make the daily trek from the helicopter drop-off point to your destination and back again, before returning to a makeshift basecamp.
The camp can be upgraded as you progress, allowing you to set up mosquito nets, hang a hammock and even display any trinkets you may have found. You have a limited number of rounds for your gun for defending your camp from the local wildlife, and you can tell the helicopter what to bring each day, paying for bigger items with any gold you discover. Of course, the helicopter crew need payment too, so make sure you dont run out of money or theyll come less frequently, or even stop coming at all, ending the game.
Can you find the city? Can you uncover Quetzalcoatls lost gold? And can you make it into the underground chamber where its rumoured the feathered reptile himself resides? Its up to you to reach 100% completion in 100 days in Graverobber: Quest for Quetzalcoatls Gold!
DLC will include: The Mysterious Cities of Gold Pack where you can dress like Esteban, Tao or Zia while listening to the amazing music from the 1983 animated series, the Call him Dr Graves, Doll Pack where you have a young AI companion with you named Short Round and a female companion who loses her voice when she gets flustered, and (of course) Zombies Mode where the ruins are still home to their original inhabitants. Theyre actually really friendly and invite you in for tea and a biscuit while they explain the hardships of being zombies in a jungle and how they dont have iPhones or TV or anything like that. A fascinating account well worth the 2.99/$4.99 asking price.
The rotting carcass of a mysterious-looking 'sea monster' has been found washed ashore on a New Zealand beach. A YouTube video filmed by Elizabeth Ann on Pukehina Beach shows the half-buried head of the carcass with jagged teeth and gaping jaws.
Its 10:37 am when you get the call. A mysterious carcass has washed up on a New Zealand beach. But this is no ordinary whale or orca. This is something different. Something never seen before. This is a Holotype.
Only theres a difference between this and most new discoveries of entirely new species. Most are fossilised, yet this specimen has been dead for only a couple of weeks which means there must be others that are still alive.
And so begins your quest to uncover the truth about the Holotype. Prepare for third-person action adventure as you move between your basecamp lab in Auckland and the sea itself. Fortunately youre not alone, although, your boat is only big enough for two at a time. So who will you bring? The weathered old sea dog who can get you to the best sites (for the right fee)? Summer, the local surfer girl, who says she can talk to dolphins? Or perhaps Brent, the IT geek, who can provide you with the latest and greatest sonar equipment.
Late in the game, youll have access to deep-sea diving gear and dive down into the deep-sea lair of the Holotype. What will you find when you enter its domain? This is where the adventure truly begins as you discover life thats been evolving for some 65 million years, unseen to the rest of the world
DLC is set to include: The XBL Avatar Pack where you can accessorise your XBL Avatar with a genuine (virtual) Holotype tooth pendant, the Nik Kershaw Pack which plays Save The Whale every time you enter the aquatic wonderland and I Am The One And Only whenever you look at the Holotype carcass, and the Zombies Pack where you start the game again, only the Holotype starts trying to bite you when you lean in for a closer look at its rotting face.
"Dr Kevin Ma from Harvard University and his team, led by Dr Robert Wood, say they have made the world's smallest flying robot. This "robo-fly", built from carbon fibre, weighs a fraction of a gram and has super-fast electronic "muscles" to power its wings. Dr Ma even suggested that the robots could behave like many real insects and assist with the pollination of crops."
You are a bee in the year 2027. Your species is on the brink of extinction. And now, all of a sudden, a strange swarm is causing a buzz by encroaching on your turf: The Bugs. They are metallic, faceless and completely non-stripy. You cant stand for this. They must be destroyed.
So its up to you to bee the hero by defending your hive and local crops from these menaces before they force you out of business. Debug is a real-time strategy game with third-person chase-cam action as you manage the action within 3D environments. There may not be many bees left in the world, but youre damned if youre going to bee extinctified by robots. Time to bring out the big guns.
As a Honey Bee, you have several weapons at your disposal. First and foremost, you have your stinger. A quick jab of the X button will let you dash forward and give the unwitting recipient a little prick.
Secondly, you have honey--something these bugs dont have. You can use it to booby-trap the crops so that the robot bugs get stuck to the blooms allowing you to come in and take them out.
You can also call in the help of other animals. Spider webs can be set up to protect your favourite nectar spots, sparrows can be brought into play with careful kiting and if your XP is high enough, you can even bring in more exotic weaponry like Venus Fly Traps. And frogs. Youve got to be serious if you want to Debug your neighbourhood!
DLC for Debug will include: The Jeff Goldblum Pack where Jeff Goldblum gets his DNA mashed together with that of a robot fly and turns into a flying, metallic cyborg for you to defeat (best tackle this on four-player co-op if you want to bee in with even the slimmest chance of victory), the Achtung Baby where all the Bugs are wearing Bono shades and the soundtrack repeats The Fly endlessly and, of course, the Zombees Mode Pack where all your fellow bees turn into zombies and try to bite you. Which, thankfully, is impossible because they dont have any teeth. Win.
Harvest Planet: A Spaced-Out Life
Want to go to Mars? Dutch organisation Mars One says it will open applications imminently. It would be a one-way trip, and the company hopes to build a community of settlers on the planet.
The year is 2023. Harvest Planet: A Spaced-Out Life begins with your rocketship touching down on Mars. Its a barren landscape but its up to you to start a new colony of human life amid the red rocks and solar winds.
Youve brought a modest amount of food supplies with you, but its strictly rationed. When its gone, its gone - at least until the next supply arrives, which is months away. So its up to you to survive by planting crops and harvesting them.
Fortunately, youre not alone on your quest. Some 20 fellow colonists have arrived with you and you must interact with them to complete your tasks. Later in the game, you will be able to begin dating, with the aim of marrying and boosting the numbers of your colony.
However! Its an alien world so part of your time must be spent exploring. Looking for water, seeking prime locations for building new areas of the settlement and hunting any lifeforms that may be lurking amid the rocky outcrops... Its an otherworldly adventure where everything is an unknown quantity!
Can you exercise enough to keep your muscles from wasting away? Can you find enough natural water to prevent the need for daily recycling? And can you build a space ship strong enough to carry you back to Earth when you realise living on Mars sucks?
Future DLC packs will include: The Kibo Pack where everyones favourite space robot turns up to keep you entertained and then goes rogue, turning the game into a survival horror spin-off, the Space Oddity Pack where David Bowies Starman, Space Oddity and Life On Mars plays over the colonys sound system (and Bowie himself turns up, oddly around the time all your balled-up socks start disappearing) and the Mars Attacks Pack where Tom Jones and Michael J Fox are among the colonists. Oh, and of course Zombies Mode, where Bowie, Jones and J Fox are zombies and try to bite you and you have to stop them from trampling your turnips.
"Researchers have so far failed to prove the existence of 'dark matter', the theoretical building blocks of the universe. Despite a 1.3 billion ($2bn) experiment on the International Space Station finding glimpses of dark matter, it has never been directly observed. However, a dramatic new theory claims it could be hiding a 'mirror world' that would rewrite our understanding of the Universe."
Maggie Matter was just a regular little girl until her older brother and his wife were blessed with the birth of their first child. Staring at little baby Matter, Maggie realised she had become 'Auntie' Matter. Unwittingly sharing a phonemic bond with one of the most baffling mysteries of the universe antimatter, it was at this moment she first looked into a mirror and saw Mirror World.
As Maggie Matter, its up to you to make sense of your new gift and explore Mirror World. By pressing triangle in front of any mirror or reflective surface you can hop between dimensions.
Mirror World is outwardly very much like our own, only with a few very subtle differences. Sweets taste sour. Haribo Tangfastics taste like sweets. And bankers are well-respected, honest people who are incredibly careful with their money.
However, this also means the safe, friendly places Maggie Matter knows and loves, like her bedroom, the nursery and the fairground, have become the home of terrifying monsters. Its up to you to navigate between the two planes of existence and find a way to stop the inhabitants of Mirror World finding their way through the mirror that everyone has in their bathroom...
Dare you step into the Hall of Mirrors and confront the mysterious and ghastly Mirror Man? Will you find enough shiny brass buttons to zap you out of trouble in a jiffy? And can you avoid breaking a mirror and getting stuck in Mirror World for 7 years?
DLC for Mirror World will include: The Deed Poll Pack where you opt out of your heroic role by changing your given name from Maggie to Doesnt and just enjoy normality, or augment the atmosphere by changing your surname from Matter to May, which loops Rod Stewarts greatest hits over the action. The Alan Partridge Pack sets the dark matter side's day/night cycle permanently to mid-morning. Finally, Zombies Mode makes every reflective surface a portal for zombies to come through. They try to bite you.
Plans for a giant new 2bn theme park on the edge of London to rival Disneyland Paris have been halted - by a colony of rare spiders. Developers say the Paramount scheme will be the third biggest theme park in the world and twice the size of the Olympic Park. But an environmental audit of the 872-acre brownfield site in the Swanscombe Peninsula in Kent has found it is home to distinguished jumping spiders.
In Teem Park, you play the designer of a brand new theme park, only youve got more to think about than just the price of rides and keeping the hotdog stands stocked and busy. Youre building on some very wild wasteland and the wildlife wants to play too.
The wildlife in question is all kinds of creepy crawlies and things that go hoot in the night. Rare spiders, moths, beetles, owls and even kestrels are all on hand, causing mischief like skittering, swooping and fluttering at peoples faces.
Problem is, all of these beasties are protected. So while the temptation might be to squash them with your stylus, somehow youve got to keep the park running with the wildlife en suite.
Its up to you how you do this. You can try to manage nature via the 3DSs touch screen functionality, installing scarecrows, consigning park space to areas of natural beauty (that the public cant access) and contructing hedgehog bridges so the spiny folks paths arent crossed by sandal-wearing tourists.
The other method is more fun you can make the beasties part of the attractions. How about a ghost train where the walls crawl with beetles? Or maybe you can charge visitors for the privilege of feeding the wildfowl? Just make sure nobody gets bitten by a rare spider or you might get a phoned-in Tobey Maguire voice-over for the rest of the day
Teem Park DLC will include: Zombies mode where zombies are a protected species meaning you have to somehow keep the park going without decapitating a single one (will you give in to the temptation?), the BGM Pack where you can manage your park to Blurs seminal 1994 album Parklife (where everyone goes around the park hand-in-hand which makes rollercoasters a bad idea) and the 2013 City Pack where you can only play Teem Park online, only the servers dont work and it's your job to hold back the tears of horrible, horrible frustration.
Turns out the scientists spent so long wondering about whether they could, they didnt stop to think about whether they should. As a result, nature is back to bite us quite literally in the ass.
Many of these extinct species were wiped out by humans in the first place so it was hardly likely theyd come back and give us a hug. No, they're all-too-familiar with the prospect of 'genetic memory' and theyre declaring war on the human race. Theyve broken free from their pens and cages thanks to unforeseen mutations caused by the DNA-swapping process and wiped out almost all of the remaining scientists. An ad hoc eco-system is being established and youre no longer top of the food chain.>
Dodos, Tasmanian Tigers, Wooly Mammoths... even Passenger Pigeons are out to get you. Worse still, theyve trampled almost all the ammunition, leaving you to fend for yourself with just a few tranquiliser darts and occasional live rifle rounds to see off these de-extincted adversaries.
The game takes place in a free-roaming, 3D island environment (which looks suspiciously like the one in Far Cry 3), spanning an entire island off the coast of Costa Rica. The behavioural characteristics of these long-dead species have been altered by their ungodly creation, causing the animals to behave erratically. They think nothing of leaping to their deaths from high above you just to exact their revenge. Some will run backwards, charging at you with their butts. Others will simply shuffle towards you like the nurses in Silent Hill. This is Erratic Park - and its a nightmare.
Can you escape Erratic Park without becoming extinct yourself?
Downloadable content packs include: The Chaos Theory Pack, which sees you joined by NPC Jeff Goldblum who keeps asking whether you think theyll include that on the tour, Zombies Mode where the island is infested with zombified versions of the scientists who tried their own cloning methods on themselves (badly) and the BGM Pack where you get to fight the feral hoards to such uplifting tunes as Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses by Thom Yorke, Whats new, Pussycat? by Tom Jones and Monkey Gone to Heaven by The Pixies.
Independent Seat of Rage
Controversial MP Eric Joyce has been arrested over his alleged involvement in another bar brawl at the Houses of Parliament just over a year after headbutting a Conservative MP in a similar incident.
According to eye-witnesses, Mr Joyce wrestled with the attending officers of which there were around a dozen before he was handcuffed and taken away in a police van. One policemans hats was knocked off during the scuffle on the floor outside the bar which was packed with around 150 people, it has been reported.
You have decided to forgo the normal career path and put your political life on the line. You are without weapons, but possess great hand-to-hand combat abilities. Take them into the heart of the political system and battle the most dangerous wave of bad dudes and chicks ever assembled. Make the country a place where political candidates no longer have to sit in the Independent Seat of Rage!
As independent political candidate Indy Pendant, its up to you to knock some sense into your political peers. You start off at a riotous rally for your local seat in the English Parliamentary system, where things get out of hand and youre forced to take out supporters of all the major political parties with your fists.
The hand-to-hand combat system can be augmented with context sensitive environmental moves and bolstered with any objects you find, such as using the ballot box as a bludgeoning weapon. For extra score, you can knock the hats off police officers and participate in a Karaoke minigame.
As your political career progresses, you take the fight to several key arenas in the British political system, fighting past such iconic backdrops as the front door at Number 10 Downing Street, live on air in a televised electoral debate and finally on the famous green leather chairs of the House of Commons.
Downloadable content includes: US Presidential Pack where you can fight as President Obama or First Lady, Michelle Obama, The Hislop DLC pack where the action is described by Private Eye Editor Ian Hislop and the Prescott Pack where former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott steps in to demonstrate how its done.
Shark Ranger: Son of a Beach
Coming into March, we're getting tens of thousands of sharks close to shore. In one flight from the Boca Raton Inlet to the Jupiter Inlet, we counted over 15,000 sharks less than 200 yards from shore. Dr. Stephen Kajiura, an associate professor of biology at Florida Atlantic University, speaking after thousands of sharks forced closure of several beaches in southern Florida.
In Shark Ranger: Son of a Beach, you play as a plucky coastguard tasked with protecting the public from tens of thousands of sharks as they make their migratory journey past the sunny coastline of southern Florida.
To succeed in this top-down puzzler, you have several tricks at your disposal. Firstly, you have red flags, which can be put down to indicate that your beach is not safe for bathing. However, with only limited flags and sooo many sharks, its up to you to manage this massive shiver of finned fiends in a different way.
Sharks are known to be drawn to orange and yellow colours as well as silver jewellery which looks like fish scales to their sharky eyes. So you can use a paintball gun to fire coloured paint into the water and manage the beaches via careful luring.
Advanced players can play hoopla with silver jewellery around those iconic shark fins when they surface. Depending on the size of the hooped shark, this can cause larger sharks to accidentally eat smaller ones. Careful use of further lures can create chain reactions, not dissimilar to the ever-expanding reaction frenzies of Every Extend Extra.
When all the sharks are eaten or have simply moved on, the level is complete and youre graded based upon how many swimmers were eaten, how many sharks were eaten by other sharks and how many shark clichs you can tick off the Dun dun dun dun' checklist.
DLC packs include: Bikes where someone warns you about shark bites but you mishear them and have a dream where all the sharks have motorbikes, Zombies mode where the sharks try to bite you but theyre green and their fins are a bit mouldy and the Loan Shark DLC Pack where you have to avoid a shifty shark in a suit and tie until you can pay back his ludicrous rates of interest.
Can you find the bonus compressed gas cylinder for a mega-bang? It's up to you, Shark Ranger: Son of a Beach!
"KIBO the robot is set to join the crew of the International Space Station this summer - to act as their space buddy. He will be sent up with Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata and will be able to talk to him in his own language which has been programmed into his circuits."
KIBO is a survival-horror game set on the International Space Station. Playing as one of the crew, at first you and your team are delighted by the arrival of KIBO, a walking, talking, adorably diminutive robot who is sent to help keep you amused during long and lonely weeks in orbit.
Your new robot pal is fitted with a camera, voice synthesiser and the ability to send back tweets and photos to Earth. Early stages of the game see you continue your daily life on board the Space Station, completing your usual chores (harder than it sounds in zero gravity) and keeping your colleagues and KIBO entertained.
As time passes, KIBO starts to become mischievous. Isnt it funny that hes turned off all the lights? And opened all the food? Disabled the communication module? And wait... Did his eyes just flash red?
Once everyone realises KIBO has in fact gone rogue, its too late. Hes missing. Its up to you to survive, counter KIBOs dastardly attempts to destroy you and find a way of eliminating the super-cute robot threat once and for all.
Skilful players may be able to hack into his camera to see through his eyes and get one step ahead of his plans. You might also be able to intercept his tweets to try and find out his motives. Youll also need to use re-route power from non-essential systems in order to help. Basically, its the Aliens game we outlined here.
DLC packs for KIBO include: The Laika pack where zombified space dogs attack the space station, the BGM pack which deactivates KIBOs voice synthesiser and instead plays Paranoid Android by Radiohead and the Chibi Robo pack which sees Nintendos adorable Gamecube hero tidying up around the space station after the massacre. And inevitably running out of batteries every five minutes.
No Brakes: Keys to the Popemobile
"It is a miracle that I survived. There is no other word. Whatever happens, I am never going back in that car."--French driver Frank Lecerf after spending an hour stuck at 125mph after his cars speed regulator (allegedly) jammed and his brakes (allegedly) failed. In other, sadly unrelated real news, the Pope resigned this week, leaving the Popemobile temporarily redundant
No Brakes: Keys to the Popemobile is the automotive equivalent of an infinite-run platform game. Tasked with driving the bullet-proof Popemobile back to the Vatican, you play as a valet who becomes trapped within its bullet-proof confines as the throttle sticks, leaving you careening through Rome at a white-knuckle 6mph.
Particularly skilled or brave gamers can try to apply the brakes, which then raises the malfunctioning Popemobiles speed to a breakneck limit of 12.5mph. At this speed, things get anywhere between mildly perilous to really actually quite unnerving.
No Brakes: Keys to the Popemobile is also Better with Kinect, as you can shout at the microphone to get people to leap (read: walk calmly) out of your path. Shouting in Italian has a more pronounced effect, adding an edutainment element to the mix.
Any collision with other road-users, street caf furniture or shops will take points away from your score, plus youll likely have to start all over again. Can you park the Popemobile at the Vatican just as the fuel runs out to see the end sequence? Can you make it out of Italy for a 10,000,000 point bonus? Its up to you with No Brakes: Keys to the Popemobile.
Downloadable content packs include: International Pass so you can attempt to survive the perils of England, France and Belgium, the BGM pack that gives you a looped version of the song No Brakes by The Offspring (which also gets stuck on play and cannot be removed, adding an extra layer of drama to the proceedings) and the Stereotypical Italian Voice Pack, which substitutes your character for Charles Martinet.
Monopoly Cat: Token Gestures
"I think there were a lot of cat lovers in the world that reached out. Tokens are always a key part of the Monopoly game... and our fans are very passionate about their tokens, about which token they use while they play."Hasbro vice president of game marketing Jonathan Berkowitz, on the fan-voted decision to replace Monopoly's iconic iron with a cat.
We know what cats are like, dont we? They're much less happy to sit still than an inanimate iron! In Monopoly Cat: Token Gestures for Wii U its up to you to make sure the new Monopoly token does what its told. Depending on the game mode selected, you could be challenged to complete one lap of someone else's game of Monopoly. Or perhaps you'll choose the ultra-challenging Endurance mode, and play an entire game of Monopoly yourself while wrangling your token?
But you're not alone with your feline avatar. You have a variety of tools at your disposal! These are:
The Laser Pointer: Use your Wii-mote as a laser pen and keep your kitty occupied while trying to remain inside the square youre supposed to be on. But be careful not to shine it on the wall next to the table, or Monopoly Cat could be taking an early trip onto the floor.
Scratching post: The scratching post can be used as a distraction, keeping your kitty in place for the duration of a full turn. But you only have three at your disposal so use them wisely!
Stroke the kitten mode: Turn your pointer into a nice, friendly hand and stroke your kitty to sleep.
Piece of string: Witness the very finest string physics as you use your Wii-mote to dangle string in front of your cat token. Wii MotionPlus is fully supported, allowing for expert, 1:1 movement of your makeshift cat toy. Can you unlock the better toys by raising the Meow-o-meter?
Monopoly Cat: Token Gestures will bring its feline fun for all the family to Nintendo Wii U in the summer of Cat Year seventy-mouse.
Whack-a-Microbe: Ice One, Son
"TESTS on water from a sub-Antarctic lake have shown signs of life, according to reports from the scene. Tests on water from Lake Whillans located 2,600 feet below the surface of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet detected cells which glow green with the addition of DNA sensitive dye, according to reports."
Whack-a-Microbe: Ice One, Son is a fast-paced whack-a-mole game for iOS, Android, PS Vita, 3DS and Nintendo Icecube. As a scientist based at Lake Whillans in Antarctica, it's your job to bore down into the ultra-thick, ancient ice and then deal - physically - with whatever it is you discover!
The first level starts off with just one small hole to examine and document, but as you play, you'll earn more funding based on the discoveries you make. Successfully harvesting previously undiscovered microbes from the bottom of the ancient lake can earn you enough money to buy new drills to make more and deeper holes.
But that's when things get serious! Who knows what's lurking under the ice? It soon turns out microbes are the least of your worries as larger undiscovered creatures with venomous tentacles lash at you in protest at having their slumber disturbed. And then there's the problem of the local wildlife getting in on the act. Can you stop penguins and seals from venturing down into your dig site? Can you remember not to whack them on the head when they pop up somewhere else? Hilarity ensues.
With new dig sites opening up as you progress and fiendishly addictive 'just one more go' gameplay, Whack-a-Microbe: Ice One, Son is well worth the asking price. And it never gets boring when you're bore-ing.
Additional downloadable content includes: Tracking tags you can fire at the local fauna allowing you to see where penguins are before they appear, whether from above the sheet or from under it, the David Attenborough DLC pack providing narration from the iconic documentary-maker as you play and the BGM pack. This includes ice-based classics such as Ice, Ice, Baby by Vanilla Ice, Cold as Ice by Foreigner and Under Pressure (Ice, Ice Baby) by Vanilla Ice & Jedward.
Polokwane Snap: Gotta catch 'em all again
"We've been recapturing them as and when the local farmers phone us to tell us that there are crocodiles on their property. In Weipe there were a lot, and I also heard there was a crocodile on school's rugby field in Musina." -- Rakwena Crocodile Farm worker Zane Langman, after releasing 15,000 crocodiles from his father-in-law's farm into a local river in an effort to save the owner's home from a flood.
As the plucky farm hand at a now croc-less Crocodile Farm, it's up to you to bring home 15,000 escaped crocodiles. Working from your base in Polokwane, you must man the phones and listen to reports of croc sightings before taking to your trusty 4x4 and travelling to your destination through accurately mapped African countryside.
After travelling to your location, the action switches to GamePad as you use the Wii U's gyroscopic sensors to scan the area in breathtaking 3D. Most croc captures take place at night, where you will be able to see your slimy targets by their eyes, which glow red in the dark just like in real life. Not that you'll need to see any red with your ultra-cool night vision goggles equipped.
Things can get tense... especially when the crocodiles get snap-happy and start hunting you. 'Clever girl', indeed. With only the equipment you have on you and, just maybe, the help of other players on the Nintendo Network, you'll need to be aware of your surroundings at all times if you want to avoid being turned into a fashion accessory for a middle-aged and fashion-blind crocodile.
As a special bonus for players who successfully recapture all 15,000 crocodiles, a limited edition set of crocodile shoes, belt and tears will be made available for your Mii. DLC is planned for the game incuding Polokwane Diamond where you can augment your farm with a diamond mine, Jurassic Polokwane where the crocs are replaced with velociraptors and, of course, the ever-popular Zombie Mode, where the crocodiles become zombie crocodiles and try to bite you. Which is totally different from the regular crocodiles that also try to bite you.
Polokwane Snap: Gotta Catch 'Em All Again will be released to co-incide with the real-life recapturing of all 15,000 crocodiles, so expect the game to arrive in the Fall... of 2027.
Stealth Horse: Adventures in Burgerland
"There is no clear explanation at this time for the presence of horse DNA in products emanating from meat plants that do not use horsemeat in their production process. In Ireland, it is not in our culture to eat horsemeat and, therefore, we do not expect to find it in a burger.-- Food Safety Authority of Ireland chief executive Prof Alan Reilly, commenting on an investigation in which horsemeat was found in hamburgers being sold in the UK and Ireland.
Stealth Horse: Adventures in Burgerland is a third-person Stealth Action game for Nintendo 3DS, which sees players take the reins of the eponymous Stealth Horse and infiltrate a burger production line at various stages in an attempt to get into the burger business. Literally.
To do this, Stealth Horse must carry out a variety of strict, time-based challenges at various stages of the burger production process. Whether intercepting a convoy of delivery vans in high-speed chase sections or quietly locating and utilising a meat grinder in the factory, 3DS' 3D capabilities are used to the fullest in this stylish, cel-shaded action game.
Choose your horseshoes carefully as you equip Stealth Horse with customised equipment for the next level. Will you go for silenced horseshoes for an extra edge while sneaking? Or perhaps titanium alloy for increased health specs and kick attacks? It could mean the difference between whinneying and losing.
Stages end with a series of vaults over hedgerows or production line equipment in order to build up enough speed to leap into the van or grinder. And if you fail at the main game, there's always the chance to dive between two pieces of bread in the fast food restaurant showdown. Can you find all the hidden sugarlumps? Can you solve the mystery pig challenges to save your own bacon? It's up to you, Stealth Horse!