Baboon!

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Game: Baboon!
Developer: Relevo
Release: January 2015 (EU) – Later (NA)
Genre: Puzzle Platform

 

 

 

 

Pirate Baboon, the most perfidious baboon on little monkey’s island, has wreaked havoc with his anti-gravity ray gun, he’s gone and fired his lethal ray at every banana on the island. Now they are floating around! What can we do now?

Baboon! is a new Vita game made by Spanish developer Relevo. It is heavily influenced by Japanese games though, and a lot of art and the music is produced by Japanese artists. You control a bomb-equipped baboon named Tumbili that uses his bombs to propel himself up to platforms and collect bananas. Equipped with his grandpas helmet, he must save his island from the evil Pirate Baboon. Check this trailer out for more information. This is a Vita exclusive game and for the moment it will only be released in Europe. But developers say that a North America release will eventually happen as well. Read more at the playstation blog.

 

 

 

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Roundabout

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Game: Roundabout
Developer: No Goblin
Release: 2015
Genre: Puzzle

 

 

 

 

What’s Roundabout? It’s a ’70s B-movie game where you get to drive a constantly spinning limousine. We’re using a cutting edge next-gen technique called “full motion video” to recreate and render each passenger that rides in the limo with lifelike accuracy.

Roundabout has been released on PC for a while already and is now coming up for the PS Vita and the PS4. It is similar to the old GBA game Kuru Kuri Kururin, if anyone remember that one. You play as the driver Georgio who has to “drive” a limousine that is constantly spinning around itself. You need to pick up and leave passengers while avoiding obstacles and pedestrians. Or not avoiding pedestrians, the game is kind of gory and it doesn’t seem to matter… Have a look for yourself here in this trailer or in this Giant Bomb Quicklook. Between stages you get to watch cheesy Full Motion Video cutscenes with “actors” that are really random people from the gaming industry. There is also cross play and cross buy between the Vita and PS4, and, as the developers say themselves, “really anything else that we can find that starts with the word ‘Cross’”.

 

 

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Zodiac

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Game: Zodiac
Developer: Kobodjo
Release: 2015
Genre: RPG

 

 

 

 

Embark on an exciting journey into a world that was once ruled by powerful gods. Explore an ancient prophecy that will lead you to uncover your destiny. Will you be able to master the power of the 12 Zodiac Signs?

The upcoming Vita title Zodiac does at first glance share much resemblance with Dragons Crown. But even if the artwork is similar the gameplay is not. Zodiac is an RPG with turn based battles where the classes are represented by the different zodiacs. For a nice trailer and more information visit the games website. Even if it is developed by a French company, there are som classic japanese composers, artists and writers working on it. For example, Hitoshi Sakimoto who made the music for Final Fantasy Tactics and FF XII, and Kazushige Nojima who was the writer for a whole bunch of Final Fantasy games including VII. It is unclear exactly what platforms Zodiac is coming out on, but it was shown on iPad and Vita during the last TGS.

 

 

 

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