Welcome back to Screenshot Weekly! Every Tuesday, IGM brings you exclusive looks at upcoming games in various stages of development. The featured image introducing each game will always be original, and made especially for IGM, so you’ll see them for the first time right here! (Make sure to click the pics to see them in their full screen glory.) Without further ado, let’s take a look at this week’s screenshots:
You want to know what the future of sports entertainment looks like? It’s all about the return of the rock. No, not Dwayne Johnson, a different rock. Here, I’ll let the developers at Grapplehook Games explain it to you: “As the people of Earth expanded their demand for resources beyond the confines of their home planet, mining operations began to take place on the moon. No work is without its slow days however, and Moon mining was no excpetion. The workers began to use their highly specialized equipment and mining tools to challenge each other in games of strange mining sport. This gave birth to their the ‘King of The Crater’ tournament! Earn respect from Lunar Mining Corp and your worker peers by mastering smashing rocks in space!” You know the funny part about that synopsis? I bet astronauts already made a sport out of lunar mineral collecting. Boys will be boys, as the saying goes, and we turn just about everything into a competition. Gameplay details about Crater Kings can be found on the game’s website.
Nova Blitz is looking to stand out amongst the many indie TCGs out there by offering an assortment of differentiating mechanics. As an example, the devs at Dragon Foundry mentioned that “turns are shared between you and your opponent, so the action takes place simultaneously. There’s no waiting for your opponent to take their turn.” There’s also a shuffler that “reduces the chances of Energy Screw (not having enough resources to play your cards).” Drafts are then done between real players, so card packs are traded with actual players and not determined by a random algorithm. Finally, “Nova Blitz booster packs will be smart packs: You get to choose the expansion the cards come from; you won’t be locked to one.” There’s a whole lot more information on the way, as the game is still in the early stages of development, but lore-wise the story pits different Novas against each other in gladiatorial combat in an effort to earn a place in the annual Nova Blitz championship, where winners receive fame and fortune.
That’s it for this installment of Screenshot Weekly. Be sure to come back next week to see more exclusive looks of the latest indie games in development! Let us know in the comments section what upcoming indie games you’d like to see featured in a future segment. As for any indie developers who would like to see their screenshots featured right here, feel free to send an email to IGM at firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject Line: “Screenshot Weekly.” Or, if you’d like to be part of our Magazine’s Screenshot Monthly segment, include that in the email as well!