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Episode 53 – Willy Beamish

July 2, 2014

willy beamish box artHowdy Blockers!

In episode 53 we discuss the 1991 Dynamix adventure game, The Adventures of Willy Beamish.

Not much in the news this week.

It appears Star Citizen’s pre-alpha multiplayer functionality has just gone live.

Also, both the Steam and GoG.com summer sales have ended. I hope everyone had a good haul.

We then get into the main topic, Willy Beamish where we discuss the story, unique gameplay, technology and development.

Watch me play at: http://youtu.be/urfBHlGbyQo

Also, don’t forget about the Telltale Sam & Max giveaway! Email me with the subject line “Sam & Max Giveaway” for a chance to win!

Next time I’ll be covering my second Sid Meier game, Sid Meier’s Pirates!

See you then!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/053-UMBCast-Willy-Beamish.mp3

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Episode 52 – Rebel Assault

June 18, 2014

You’ve picked up a tail, Blockers!
rebel assault boxart
It’s episode 52 where I discuss the 1993 Lucasarts rail shooter, Rebel Assault.

Only a bit of news this week:

Star Citizen’s Arena Commander has launched for backers!

Sony, Lucasarts and DoubleFine are working on a remastering of Grim Fandango for PS4 and Vita.

Listener Carlos sent a link to his 8-bit album, Mount Analog: http://carlocarosi.bandcamp.com/

We then discuss Rebel Assault. Genre, story, gameplay, tech focus, dev story, emails and the rest!

Next time, I’ll be covering the 1991 Dynamix adventure game, the Adventures of Willy Beamish.

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/052-UMBCast-Rebel-Assault.mp3

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Episode 51 – Tesla Effect

May 29, 2014

Heya Blockers!

It’s time for episode 51! This time around I’m changing things up a bit and covering a new game, Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure which came out back on May 7th, 2014.

tesla effect logo

In the news:

More accusations in the Zenimax/Oculus VR lawsuit.

Levar Burton has launched a kickstarter to bring Reading Rainbow to the web.

We then get to the main topic, Tesla Effect. Despite this being a new game, we cover some Tex history and then talk gameplay, tech stuff, dev story read some emails and give the final verdict.

Buy Tesla Effect on GoG:
http://www.gog.com/game/tesla_effect_a_tex_murphy_adventure?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

Buy the soundtrack:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/tex-murphy-tesla-effect-soundtrack/id854785997

For more Tex Murphy info, check out UMBCast 038

Next time, I’ll be hitting some Star Wars with Rebel Assault.

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/051-UMBCast-Tesla-Effect.mp3

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Episode 50 – Warcraft

May 15, 2014

Lok’tar Ogar Blockers!

For episode 50, I cover the hugely popular 1994 RTS (and eventually MMO and TCG) series, Warcraft.

warcraft boxartIn the news:

Carmack is being sued by id.

The launch trailer for Wolfenstein: The New Order is out and the game releases next week.

A kickstarter for The Way, a game in the spirit of Another World and Flashback can use your support!

We then get on to Warcraft. I get into a big focus on lore, gameplay and development story.

Sadly, there’s nowhere to buy the games digitally!

Next time, I’ll be discussing the newly released Tex Murphy kickstarter game, Tesla Effect.

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/050-UMBCast-Warcraft.mp3

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Episode 49 – Little Big Adventure

April 27, 2014

Greetings Blockers!

It’s time for episode 49 where I’ll be discussing the 1994 Adeline Software action-adventure, Little Big Adventure.

little big adventure boxartNews:

I’ve been playing the crap out of Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls lately.

At PAX East, Star Citizen held an event where they previewed their new dogfighting module.

Abandoned E.T. cartridges found in New Mexico landfill!

In Star Wars news: Disney has announced what they will be doing with the Star Wars EU.

We then get to the main event, Little Big Adventure. Genre, story, gameplay, tech and dev story are all discussed as usual.

Buy Little Big Adventure on GoG:
http://www.gog.com/game/little_big_adventure?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

Buy Little Big Adventure 2 on GoG:
http://www.gog.com/game/little_big_adventure_2?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

Next time, I’ll be covering a big one, the quintessential Blizzard Entertainment series, Warcraft.

Thanks and enjoy!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/049-UMBCast-Little-Big-Adventure.mp3

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Episode 48 – Another World

March 30, 2014

Matsuba Blockers!

It’s time for episode 48 where I’ll be discussing The 1991 Delphine Software cinematic adventure, Another World.

another world boxartNews:

We’ve just found out Dave Cummins, writer of Beneath a Steel Sky, passed away in 2008.

GoG.com will be releasing more games with Linux support.

Julian Gollop of X-COM fame has launched a kickstarter called Chaos Reborn.

Microsoft has released the source code for MS DOS 1.1 and Word for Windows.

It’s the 25th anniversary of Space Quest 3!

We then get into the meat of the show, Another World. Story, gameplay, dev story and LOTS of emails!

Buy Another World on GoG:
http://www.gog.com/game/another_world_20th_anniversary_edition?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

Buy Another World on Steam:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/233550/

YouTube play session:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ekfc0Pz6YA

Next time, I’ll be covering the 1994 adventure game, Little Big Adventure.

Enjoy!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/048-UMBCast-Another-World.mp3

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Episode 47 – Beneath a Steel Sky

March 13, 2014

Be vigilant, Blockers!

Welcome to episode 47 where we discuss the 1994 Revolution Studios adventure, Beneath A Steel Sky.

Beneath a Steel Sky boxartFirst though, the news:

Thief 4 has released to mixed reviews.

Jane Jensen’s Moebius: Empire Rising now has a release date and it’s soon!

The BBC has released a free remake of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy text adventure in celebration of its 30th anniversary. Play it for free online!

Peter Molyneux and 22 Cans have released a big update to Godus in light of some negative feedback.

We then get on to the main event, Beneath a Steel Sky. We talk about all the usual suspects and a few listener emails.

Get Beneath a Steel Sky for FREE on GoG:
http://www.gog.com/game/beneath_a_steel_sky

Get Beneath a Steel Sky from SCUMMVM:
http://scummvm.org/games/#sky

Beneath a Steel Sky Enhanced Soundtrack Project:
http://www.jameswoodcock.co.uk/2011/11/21/my-beneath-a-steel-sky-enhanced-soundtrack-version-1-0-released-for-scummvm/

Next time, I’ll be talking about the 1991 platformer, Another World.

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/047-UMBCast-Beneath-a-Steel-Sky.mp3

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Episode 46 – Trek Games

February 23, 2014

Hailing frequencies open, Blockers!

star trek 25th anniversary box artFor this show, something a bit different. I’m away so won’t have time to put out a proper show. Instead, I’ll be bookending a Treks in Sci Fi show I did back in September of 2012 where I talk about the great Interplay games Star Trek: 25th Anniversary and Star Trek: Judgement Rites.

Still though, there’s some news:

Tim Schafer has stated that the second part of Broken Age has funded and can now begin development.

Next, it appears that Descent 1 & 2 are now available on Steam.

We then get into the TrekSF episode. It’s slightly truncated from the original which ca be found here:

http://treksinscifi.com/podcast_notes/?p=2564

Next time, I’ll be covering the 1994 Revolution Software adventure, Beneath a Steel Sky.

Hope you enjoy the show!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/046-UMBCast-Trek-Games.mp3

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Episode 45 – Dune Part 2

February 6, 2014

Hello Blockers!

Dune 2 BoxartTime for episode 45, the second part of our Dune coverage!

A bit of news:

A runthrough of the Steam game streaming beta.

The new mobile version of Dungeon Keeper is somewhat disappointing.

Then we get to the second half of our Dune coverage, covering the Westwood group of Dune games, starting with Dune 2.

Enjoy!

Play Dune 2 free online at: http://play-dune.com/

Play Dune 2000 and more with OpenRA: http://openra.res0l.net/

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/045-UMBCast-Dune-Part-2.mp3

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Episode 44 – Dune Part 1

January 26, 2014

Blockers, the spice must flow!

Welcome to episode 44 where we’re talking about the 1992 Virgin Interactive series, Dune. In this first part we’ll discuss the first game by Cryo Interactive.

Dune (1992) box artFirst though, the news:

It appears a remake of the 1989 open-world RPG, Midwinter is in the works.

SimCity is getting an online mode, despite assurances it wasn’t possible.

Some changes to the design to the Steam controller are coming.

Next, some email links:

Sierra Gamers: www.sierragamers.com
SierraHelp: www.sierrahelp.com
Quest Studios: www.queststudios.com
Sierra Music Central: www.sierramusiccentral.com

Game Center CX: http://www.sa-gccx.com

We then get to the main event, Dune by Cryo Interactive.

Next time, we’ll be discussing Dune II and its descendants.

Enjoy!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/044-UMBCast-Dune-Part-1.mp3