The catch-up coffee: May 13, 2024

Three words: HADES. EARLY. ACCESS.

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You can get Hades II in Early Access for PC now

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you would have heard the news about god-like roguelike dungeon crawler Hades II getting a surprise Early Access drop for PC. Without a doubt, the sequel to 2020’s mega hit game Hades is one of the most anticipated games at the moment – sequel or not. The original was designed for Early Access from the beginning, allowing the developer to use player feedback to help shape Major Updates that include things like new features, characters, environments, and more and development progresses; the same thing will happen this time around. The initial Early Access version of Hades II already has more environments, foes, and voiced characters than Hades; it is missing key areas, characters, foes, narrative events, and systems.

Get ready for an all-new, action-packed, super replayable experience set in the Underworld of Greek Mythology. You’ll play as the immortal Princess of the Underworld, vanquishing the force of the Titan of Time. All of Olympus is behind you as you explore a world bigger and deeper than that in the original Hades. Your weapons can be infused with ancient magick. Meet lots of new faces and some old friends along the way.

Developed and published by Supermassive Games, Hades II is available now in Early access for PC via Steam/Epic. It will remain in Early Access until at least the end of 2024.

Teach orcs to develop mindfulness in Don’t Kill Them All

Being an Orc is surprisingly rough. They’re so good at destroying stuff, but not so good at anything else. It’s also not a super healthy lifestyle when basic resource gathering leads to murder. Don’t Kill Them All allows you – a half-Orc self-proclaimed life coach raised by elves – to save the Orcs from their urges by helping them self-reflect. Build a camp for them, gather resources (sans murder), and earn the clan glory… but also remain mindful, prioritize relationships, and sustain the environment.

When it comes to battles, restraint isn’t an easy feat for an Orc. When attacking, they might damage the resources you’re collecting or the creatures you’re protecting. They also don’t listen well, and will only listen for so long (so many turns). Back at camp, Orcs can embrace their passions and focus on their wellbeing through things like yoga, baking, raising animals, or putting on a magic show. Or they can fight. Orcs will be Orcs, after all.

Developed and published by Fika Productions, Don’t Kill Them All will be released for PC via Steam and consoles in 2026. There is a Kickstarter campaign running now.

Fitness Boxing Feat. Miku is launching with new languages in Asia

While the Western world waits for news regarding Fitness Boxing Feat. Miku launching in their territories (it’s been rated in several already), the game is set to launch in Asia in two months. This version will have multiple language options. The audio is available in English, Korean, and Chinese; the text is available in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Korean, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese.

Fitness Boxing Feat. Miku retains the basic features of Fitness Boxing but adds famous vocaloid Hatsune Miku and friends to the mix. Choose your partner from four characters: Miku herself, Kagamine Rin, Kagamine Len, and Megurine Luka. Each can be dressed up with different outfits. Partners will encourage you in Exercise Mode, where there are over 99 routines and 60 songs to choose from. Exercises can be performed to original Miku songs like Melt and God-like, and to newly-composed songs like the title track.

Developed by HexaDrive and published by Imagineer, Fitness Boxing Feat. Miku will be released in Asia for Nintendo Switch on July 12. It is currently available for Nintendo Switch in Japan, where it launched during March 2024.

There’s a new teaser trailer out for Amanda the Adventurer 2

It’s been a big week for little Amanda the Adventurer. First came the announcement about the original viral hit game coming to consoles, and now there’s a new trailer for Amanda the Adventurer 2! Amanda the Adventurer is one of those games that appears all cute and stuff, until you look past the mask and experience the horror within. Think Dora the Explorer meets… well, a bad end?

As the first game did, Amanda the Adventurer 2 follows Riley as she continues to investigate the mysterious tapes she found in an attic. She heads to Kensdale Public Library, where she is greeted by a masked someone who says they knew Riley’s Aunt Kate prior to her death. They need Amanda to help them find something that Aunt Kate left in the library. They also warn her of a powerful entity that is drawn to the tapes. During the original game, Amanda became aware of Riley’s presence and is desperately trying to free herself… and it’s not only her that’s coming after poor Riley…

Developed by MANGLEDmaw Games and published by DreadXP, Amanda the Adventurer 2 will be released for PC later this year.

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Lindsay picked up an NES controller for the first time at the age of 6 and instantly fell in love. She began reviewing GBA games 20 years ago and quickly branched out from her Nintendo comfort zone. She has has developed a great love of life sims and FMV titles. For her, accessibility is one of the most important parts of any game (but she also really appreciates good UI).

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