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Checklist of M’sian video games launched through the pandemic & the place to play them

All through the pandemic, we’re seeing extra folks flip into avid gamers be it via board video games, cellular video games, and even video video games, which is not any shock. 

A few of the extra common video games that I’m all the time seeing from associates’ postings are Overcooked, Valorant, Genshin Influence, and so forth. And naturally, the notorious Amongst Us that was viral final 12 months. 

However all these weren’t locally-made, regardless that we’ve observed extra native ones popping up through the pandemic. So on this article, we’d like to spotlight some Malaysian video games launched through the pandemic that will have been ignored within the shadow of extra common, international ones.

Picture Credit score: 7PM

Horror fans would most likely get pleasure from this one. The sport is the primary of an anthology and it options 3 youngsters dwelling in a low-cost Malaysian condo block, with the animation illustrated in an attention-grabbing paper cutout model. 

The sport takes place through the Hungry Ghost month, and it’s a decision-based recreation with conversations and a storyline centred round getting a mysterious, new neighbour child to play with you. As you play, you’re sure to search out scenes and interactions which really feel extraordinarily acquainted, and certainly, the builders have positively captured the authenticity of the existence proven.

7PM additionally gained the Grand Jury Award at Stage Up KL SEA Video games Awards final 12 months.

Developer: Cellar Vault

Worth: RM14.90

Launch Date: September 2, 2020

How are you going to play: PC

7PM is offered for buy right here on Steam. 

Picture Credit score: Wanuxi

We all know we’re beginning off with numerous horror, however belief us after we say it’s not the one style on this record. Recognized for his or her horror recreation idea of uncovering telephones belonging to lacking individuals, Kaigan Video games has launched yet one more recreation the place you’ll need to uncover hidden clues and clear up cryptic puzzles on a misplaced cellphone that’s about to self-destruct.

You’ll be working with an ex-scientist to look via messages, emails, movies, images, and so forth. to unravel the puzzles. This recreation definitely appears extra catered in direction of the massive, international fandom of the Physician Who sequence, and it truly takes place concurrently with the continuing BBC sequence.

Kaigan Video games is understood for earlier releases like Sara Is Lacking and Simulacra, which was beforehand nominated for Finest Consumer Expertise within the Webby Awards in 2019 in addition to the 14th Worldwide Cellular Gaming Awards.

Developer: Kaigan Video games

Worth: RM19.90

Launch Date: January 31, 2020

How one can play: Cellular, PC, PS4, Xbox, or Change

Simulacra 2 is offered for buy right here.

Picture Credit score: Soar Sprint Roll

Musicians, you’re in for a journey with this recreation. No Straight Roads is an action-adventure whereby the primary characters, Mayday and Zuke, need to take over a corrupt EDM empire, Vinyl Metropolis, with rock music.

Mayday is performed by a neighborhood voice actor whom we truly coated beforehand, Su Ling Chan, and Zuke can be performed by one other native voice actor, Steven Bones.

No Straight Roads is the first in-house undertaking developed by Metronomik, a Malaysian studio launched by Wan Hazmer who’s often called the lead designer of Ultimate Fantasy XV.

Developer: Metronomik

Worth: RM77.99 for PC, and US$39.99 for PS4, Xbox, and Change (RM165.56)

Launch Date: August 25, 2020

How one can play: PC, PS4, Xbox, and Change

No Straight Roads is offered for buy here

Picture Credit score: Bake ‘n Change

This recreation’s for co-op fans. The pandemic’s baking mania wasn’t confined to only IRL, nevertheless it’s simulated on this recreation too, albeit in a much less easy method. As a substitute of baking bread usually, you’d have to select up strolling dough characters, toss them into each other till they change into an enormous piece of dough, and launch them into an oven.

Oh, and did we point out, there are slimy enemies who will attempt to corrupt your dough and damage you? So that you’ll be confronted with a number of obstacles as you attempt to bake too.

Bake ‘n Change might be performed with cooperation by as much as 4 folks, however you may as well play PvP to emerge as the highest baker. In any other case, you possibly can all the time go for the usual single-player mode. 

Developer: Streamline Video games

Worth: RM32 on Steam and US$29.99 on Change (RM124.15) 

Launch Date: August 21, 2020

How one can play: PC and Change

Bake ‘n Change is offered for buy right here.

Picture Credit score: Postknight 2

It looks as if this pandemic is breeding extra sequels for beloved native video games, and Postknight is not any exception. For individuals who aren’t acquainted, Postknight is an RPG fantasy recreation the place you ship packages like letters and even smelly socks however will likely be confronted with challenges like wolves charging at you.

The present world, Prism, is ready 7 years later after the occasions from the primary Postknight, so that you don’t really want to play the previous earlier than you play the sequel. As the sport continues to be in its improvement, you might expertise some bugs whereas enjoying, equivalent to UI sizing points, loading screens getting caught, and so forth.

Developer: Kurechii

Worth: Free

Launch Date: March 23, 2021 (early entry)

How one can play: Cellular 

Postknight 2 might be downloaded right here.

Picture Credit score: Gamer Santai

An organization launched in 2018, Forust Studio will likely be releasing their first-ever in-house recreation often called The Firm Man. It’s a 2D action-adventure recreation the place you hit your annoying coworkers with a keyboard and defeat your evil bosses with emails to pave your method as CEO.

The crew took inspiration from the favored American sitcom “The Workplace”, and from their very own experiences of working within the company world (farting coworkers are only one instance). And virtually like in the true world, espresso within the recreation has therapeutic properties.

Developer: Forust Studio

Worth: RM34.99

Launch Date: Might 28, 2021

How one can play: PC

The Firm Man is offered right here on Steam.

Picture Credit score: Fires At Midnight

Fires At Midnight is about uncovering the story of a relationship (presumably a poisonous one) between a photographer and his live-in girlfriend set in 1999. The way you’ll do that is by fixing puzzles, enjoying video games, wanting via their stuff like images and their telephones, and extra. 

One factor to notice although is that this recreation consists of mature content material which can be triggering for some, equivalent to sexual imagery, alcohol, drug use, sexual assault triggers, and even suicide. For a lot of reviewers, the storytelling capabilities of this recreation had been what actually made it memorable.

Developer: Persona Concept Video games

Worth: RM28

Launch Date: July 9, 2020

How one can play: PC

Fires At Midnight is offered to buy right here.

Picture Credit score: Ageless

The sport follows Kiara, the primary character who’s capable of manipulate wildlife to assist her via her journey. As an illustration, you possibly can quicken the ageing technique of a plant or animal that will help you get via a tall impediment or wreck a wall. The setup of the sport might remind you loads of basic outdated Bounce, together with its pixelated design. 

Nonetheless not like Bounce, Ageless is about Kiara who’s on a journey of self-discovery and discovering her place in that world amidst her struggles with nervousness and melancholy. 

Developer: One Extra Dream Studio

Worth: RM39 on Steam and £10.99 for Change (RM64.50) 

Launch Date: July 28, 2020

How one can play: PC and Change

Ageless is offered for buy right here.

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Picture Credit score: GamerBraves

Although but to be formally launched, GigaBash has already gained themselves a handful of awards and nominations from SEA Recreation Awards and extra.  

GigaBash options an area brawler of large monsters and heroes combating in cities and different components of the world. You possibly can decide to compete with 3 different associates in a recreation or combat different opponents on-line. 

Ardour Republic has additionally beforehand labored with different huge title studios for the video games Mortal Kombat X, Uncharted 4, Darkish Souls 3, Gears of Conflict and Batman: Arkham Knight.

Developer: Ardour Republic Video games

Worth: TBA

Launch Date: Hasn’t launched but, however is predicted to return out someday in 2021

How one can play: PC and PS4

Picture Credit score: Zombie Soup

One other recreation set up to now, Zombie Soup is a top-down shooter recreation that takes place within the 80s, following the primary character, Ricky, a younger faculty freshman. 

Within the recreation, you’ll be strolling into completely different locations and rooms of a small city stuffed with townspeople that become zombies. And as they arrive for you, you’ll need to shoot all of them, together with the bosses. The sport additionally features a story mode the place you’ll get to search out out who’s behind the zombie outbreak.

Developer: AeonSparx Interactive

Worth: TBA

Launch Date: Anticipated to launch someday in 2021

How one can play: PC

Zombie Soup is offered to be added to your wishlist right here on Steam.


From this record, it’s clear that there’s variety in the kind of video games native builders are placing out when it comes to idea, design, gameplay, and so forth., and it’s additionally heartwarming to be taught that our native video games have sufficient demand for some to give you sequels. 

If you happen to’ve been becoming bored of enjoying the identical common video games for the previous 12 months, it’s price giving those on this record a attempt. There’s no higher time to help native, in spite of everything, and you may get enjoyment out of it in addition.

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Featured Picture Credit score: No Straight Roads / The Firm Man / Bake ‘n Change

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