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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Brazil's Indie Scene Brings it to OUYA!

Brazilian OUYA Games

You may not have heard of many game developers from Brazil, but they exist! Games like the amazing upcoming "Dungeonland" for PC (video), mobile MOBA "Legendary Heroes", and deliciously addictive "Monster Cube" (video) all came out of Brazil.

OUYA has some great games coming for it from Brazil, too. Let's take a look!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Ittle Dew - Ouya Jewels

Today was a pretty big day for OUYA, with the official announcement of support from the popular XBMC app. But enough with all this media stuff, where are the games? Real, great-looking games are definitely coming to OUYA, but they're not getting any attention. So, here's one OUYA game that's shooting for launch that you probably haven't seen yet: Ittle Dew.

You can probably tell just by looking that they're taking quite a bit of inspiration from the Zelda series, but brushing it off as a clone would be a mistake. This game's being made by Ludosity & Daniel Remar, who have put out a number of well-loved indie hits, including Iji, Hero Core, and Bob Came In Pieces, and they're putting all that experience & talent into making Ittle Dew something really special. It has a style all its own that really shines through.

But it's not just great art style that this game is bringing. Tricky gameplay abounds. Ittle Dew looks to be putting a lot of focus on making this more than just a simple action RPG, by giving the player a variety of powers, like fire & ice wands, so you can really play around with the enemies and the environment. I could talk more, but here, just watch this video:

Ittle Dew is releasing for other platforms this fall, so Ludosity is hoping to have the OUYA version ready for the March launch next year. I don't know about you, but this game is looking like a day one purchase to me.

If you're looking for more confirmed OUYA games, look no further than the "Upcoming OUYA Games" link in the top right of this page. That list is updated many times daily and I guarantee it's the best repository of the OUYA's line-up you're gonna find online. If you have something there that I've missed, though, feel free to tweet me @bluecollarart and tell me what's up!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Things are brewing...

So, we're well into the final week of the OUYA Kickstarter and I finally decided to start writing some posts. This blog won't always just be about the OUYA, but for now it's gonna be a pretty big focus. So, what's going on with it right now? Not much. But that may be about to change.

Despite generally showing a good online presence, Boxer8, CEO Julie Uhrman, and the OUYA staff have been pretty silent for the past few days, even though it was the final weekend of their KS. Uhrman tweeted that she'd been spending a lot of time making sure she answered every developer inquiry, so that's probably part of the reason we haven't heard from them in a while.

But now they're done with that. Could they have a few final surprises to unleash for the final push? I wouldn't bet against them. Say what you will about the OUYA's chances in the market, Boxer8 has shown itself to have damn savvy marketers. I'd expect OUYA to make the news several times in the next few days.

But even if OUYA works up some new buzz, sometimes the biggest Kickstarters don't receive much of a "final push", the big flood of donations in the last few days of a project that most successful Kickstarters see. Take a look at the graph from the Pebble watch's Kickstarter:

Amount of Pledges per Day in USD

You can see that after a certain point, money just stopped coming in. It's possible OUYA has pretty much maxed out, and almost everyone that's interested has already donated. So, with less than three days left, will they break $7 million? Maybe even cross the $10m mark and end up breaking Pebble's record?

I'll leave you with one thing to consider. Many people are still very skeptical about the OUYA. If Boxer8 can do something this week to meaningfully increase their credibility, don't be surprised to see a few more dollars roll in. But, that's a pretty big "if".

Coming up next:
Where are all the OUYA games? If you look at what Boxer8 has announced, there's only about 4 or 5 games. But if you do some digging, there's dozens of worthwhile games coming. They just haven't gotten any exposure yet. Now, none of them are huge AAA games, but if you're an OUYA fan you probably already know that there's a lot of fun to be had with smaller-scale indie games. I'll be highlighting a few of these "Ouya Jewels" every day or two, so check back if you wanna see what's really out there.

Ouya Jewels