JiG: Episode 7

Welcome to episode 7 of JiG.  A very special happy holiday wish to all of you!

Today, our premium subscribers are getting the following:
1500 in-game currency for Guildmaster (worth $8.99)
Custom artwork from the game Hippie Skate (worth $20)
Steam code for the game TopSwap ($1.99 value)

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Free Key Giveaway For: TopSwap

Enter a realm where the lines between human and machine become indistinct, and the destiny of humanity teeters on the brink, or so it seems. Topswap is an exhilarating first-person shooter that combines the high-octane excitement of traditional shooters with a distinctive twist that will keep you on the edge of your seat. As the final beacon of hope for the world, you must wield the might of machines and transform into the very robots that pose a threat to our existence. Are you prepared to exchange your fate?

TopSwat is available on Steam

Free Subscriber Game Giveaway: Space Frontier (Early Access)

Embark on an expedition across the planet Arcadia. Confront alien creatures, endure challenging environments, and contend with other desperate survivors. Compete for precious resources to transport back to your home planet. Encounter diverse NPCs during your exploration, recruiting them to join your crew. Fulfill quests to obtain rare resources and valuable rewards.

We have 1 early access key to giveaway: Reply with the word 'key please' and we will select one subscriber.

Space Frontier is not yet released on Steam.

The game combines isometric action-shooting with crafting and building, complemented by a compelling narrative to drive the overall experience. While encountering occasional hiccups, the game, for the most part, is nearing completion in its early access phase, delivering a blend of enjoyment and mild addiction. It offers a healthy dose of stop-and-go gameplay, making it easily accessible for both short sessions and extended play.

Upon creating your character, you find yourself on the planet Mytilus, facing the remnants of a former Cygnus Enterprises base. The fate of the previous occupants remains a mystery, and your task is to restore the base, explore Mytilus, and uncover the events that transpired. Gathering materials, battling alien inhabitants, and traversing diverse landscapes are essential to rebuilding the base and piecing together the puzzle of its destruction.

As the game progresses, the storyline reveals itself incrementally, adding depth to the overall experience. Although the story doesn't take center stage in gameplay design, it permeates all aspects, providing motivation for engaging with Cygnus Enterprises' crafting, RPG skills tree, and building features. The synergy between the narrative and gameplay elements creates an addictively entertaining dance.

The game unfolds in three distinct segments. The primary element features isometric action gameplay, where you embark on hunts for evidence, resources, and survival. Armed with weapons and unlimited ammo, this aspect introduces an enjoyable dynamic, alleviating potential monotony. Gathering materials and salvaging parts contribute to crafting useful items back at the base.

The secondary facet involves role-playing game elements, with a backend skills tree progressing through in-game activities. Performing tasks, manufacturing items, and achieving promotions from the company enhance your character's abilities. The depth extends to promoting and upgrading clones, adding purpose to the overall experience.

Bottom Line

One notable critique lies in the initial lack of enemy variety, a hiccup that becomes more apparent early in the game. While the evolving situations and unfolding story mitigate this issue, encountering repetitive enemies at the start is inevitable. Despite the distraction provided by weapon experimentation and upgrades, this remains a noteworthy concern, albeit one that diminishes as the game progresses.

Cygnus Enterprises offers a captivating and engaging experience, skillfully integrating purposeful gameplay elements. Team Miaozi has effectively balanced the various components, promising a game with both immediate appeal and long-term enjoyment. Keep an eye on this title, and consider giving it a try if you seek a fun and enduring gaming experience for the holiday season, with the expectation that it will only grow and improve over time.

Game released on December 19th on all platforms. Currently (as of today) it is $16.24 on Steam.

Free Key Giveaway For JiG Premium Subscribers: Custom Artwork

Here is a fun one. EddyGames recently released a game call Hippie Skate which is fun and visually exciting skating game.

The essence of this game revolves around mastering the rhythm to conquer the advanced levels. The game mechanics enable you to achieve a significant speed boost by holding the crouch button (down arrow) while descending hills. Moreover, this mechanic facilitates a substantial speed increase when holding crouch (down arrow) while navigating through a series of consecutive small bumps. It's important to note, though, that there's a cooldown on crouching, preventing prolonged use; holding crouch for too long will bring you to a halt.

The game is free to play, so the developer has offer to take his time to turn premium subscribers into a character with some custom artwork.