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The Future Of Basilisk Games
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 7 comments

Basilisk Games recently posted an update on the status of the company following the release of Eschalon: Book III, the final title in its fantasy RPG trilogy. Despite selling more copies of the third Eschalon game than its predecessor the company did not gain enough revenue to immediately begin work on a new RPG series. Instead, Basilisk has entered an agreement with an investor to develop other games before continuing with its RPG plans.

First, Book 3 has sold very well! However, what has sold well is the number of copies- we've sold far more copies of Book 3 than we did Book 2 in the same amount of time. But (and this is the important part) most copies have been sold while the game was deeply discounted or bundled, meaning we've made only a few dollars per copy on average. Does anyone remember what we sold Book 1 for? $27.95 when it launched in 2007. The bottom line is that despite selling many units of the game, financially Book 3 hasn't done as well as we hoped.

What this means is that we don't have enough funds to complete our Next Big RPG on our own. We need financial help. Kickstarter is an option, but it's not a route I want to go at this time.

What I've decided to do is partner up with an investor who can help fund our future projects. The deal is that my studio will need to complete work on at least one other game first as part of our agreement. The types of games being discussed have been a sci-fi vehicle simulator, a graphic adventure game, a horror-survival game, and even a casual mobile game. These are just ideas; no decision has yet been made what we'll be working on. Also, these games will not be published under the "Basilisk Games" trademark, but rather under a different developer name not yet determined.

Learn more at the links below.

What's Next For Basilisk Games
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Control Command Escape Reviews Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 7 comments

Control Command Escape has posted a new review of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel from Gearbox Software and Aspyr Media. The prequel to the popular story based shooter gives players the chance to discover the story behind the villainous Handsome Jack in an adventure on the moon.

To this day, Borderlands 2 is the game in my Steam library that I've put the most hours into (there are actually other games that I've probably invested more time into overall, but they're on console, or at least, not on Steam). Most of that is due to the vast amount of DLC that got put out in the intervening years since its release, but there's no denying I find the game fascinating, despite its somewhat shallow nature (and the same can be of course said for my other staple gaming foodstuff, Diablo 3).

With that in mind, this is probably the easiest review I'll ever have to write: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is more of the same. It's a big old standalone expansion pack, an XXL DLC, Borderlands 2.5. The most note-worthy thing about it is the abundance of Aussie accents. If you liked Borderlands 2, you'll certainly have fun with this. If there was anything major that annoyed you about the previous (should that be later?) game, well, the Pre-Sequel won't win you over. If you have no opinion of Borderlands 2 at all, go get the game of the year edition or whatever, because this is probably not a good jumping-in point to the series.
Read the full article at the page below.

CCE: Borderlands The Pre-Sequel Review
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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

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Start Your Alchemy Quest At MGS
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Alchemy Quest from Rokapublish is available now for purchase and download at Mac Game Store. In the game players must help the wizard Calen rebuild his alchemy laboratory by completing 100 levels of Match-3 action.

Explosive magic fun! In this magical match-3 adventure you must help the wizard Calen rebuild his alchemy laboratory. When the sleepy wizard picked the wrong ingredient during a magic potion experiment, his latest creation promptly blew up in his face. That wasn’t enough to stop him, though: Calen immediately set out on a quest for new ingredients for his potions. There’s only one way to unlock them: solve all 100 exciting levels! Mean little gnomes will try to get in your way—you’ll have to help him defeat his alchemical adversaries. The lovingly-drawn comic-book style landscapes and the highly-detailed animations as well as the great story make Alchemy Quest family fun for young and old alike!

The wizard Calen accidentally blew up his magical alchemy laboratory. Now he’s set out on an exciting adventure in order to rebuild it. Help Calen puzzle his way through 100 lovingly-designed match-3 levels as he strives to get the new ingredients that he needs while defeating the pesky gnomes who are trying to stop him.

The wizard Calen lives in a remote part of a strange and magical land where he works day and night to improve his magical abilities.

One day he tried to perfect a new recipe for a magical potion. But the day was long and tiring and he was so exhausted that he accidentally mixed the wrong ingredient into the potion. You can guess what happened next: his entire laboratory was destroyed in a huge explosion.

But Calen is a very ambitious wizard—he quickly recovered from the shock and set off on a quest to rebuild his laboratory. His journey in search of new equipment and ingredients will carry him to beautiful, mysterious places. It’s not easy, though: mean little gnomes keep trying to stop him in more than 100 exciting match-3 levels—are you up to the challenge? A lovingly-drawn game that’s fun for young and old alike!


  • More then 100 magical levels
  • Blaze a trail through a beautiful, enchanted land and rebuild your magical laboratory
  • An exciting match-3 adventure for young and old alike
  • Challenging minigames
  • Shop system for upgrading power-ups
  • Lovingly-drawn graphics and highly-detailed animations with an engaging story in cartoon style
  • A game for the whole family
  • Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • 1 GHz Intel Mac
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 100 MB HD Space
  • 128 MB VRAM
Alchemy Quest is available now for $9.99 (USD).

Alchemy Quest
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Fun With Dangerous Relics In The Shopkeeper
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verse publications and Mastertronic have announced the release of The Shopkeeper, a new point-and-click interactive adventure available now for Mac, Windows, and Linux PCs. Taking place in an ordinary antique shop filled with extraordinary curiousities, the game offers short adventures and multiple playthroughs.

Andy Payne, CEO, Mastertronic, says, “Can’t wait for people to discover the hidden delights of The Shopkeeper. Its quirky narrative and charming graphics will keep players on their toes as the story twists and turns to uncover more sinister endings. This game is the perfect addition to your Steam library.”

Tom De Roeck, co-writer, verse publications, comments, “Excited to see what the world thinks of my little storytelling game."

A Pandora’s Box of treasures awaits you in the delightful point-and-click adventure, The Shopkeeper, as an ordinary antiques shop becomes an enchanting world of curiosities. Each unique piece comes with its own hidden past - some quirky, some macabre. Unravel a fascinating storyline whilst trying to source the right gift for a fussy relative. Choose wisely and carefully as what you touch will arouse a number of unexpected consequences!

Co-written by director Tom De Roeck and veteran RPG designer James Wallis (recently announced as lead designer on the new edition of classic 1980s game Paranoia), The Shopkeeper is a short, interactive multi-path game, designed for several play-throughs. Described as a fusion between ‘the Twilight Zone, classic LucasArts adventures and the Antiques Roadshow’, the game centres on a captivating narrative wrapped in the veil of a graphic novel, beautifully drawn by comic artist James Brothwell.

More about the game:

A desperate man needs to find the right antique to impress a rich relative, but his choice will have dreadful consequences. The Shopkeeper is a point-and-click narrative game set in a space between the Twilight Zone, classic Lucasarts adventures, and Antiques Roadshow.


  • Fully voiced (starring Jeff Ricketts (Buffy, Angel, Firefly, ST:Enterprise))
  • Graphic novel style graphics
  • Interactive short co-written by James Wallis (Extraordinary Adventures of Baron v. Münchhausen & Once Upon A Time game)
  • Mac OS X 10.7 or later
  • 2 GHz Dual Core Intel Mac
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 100 MB HD Space
  • 512 MB VRAM
  • Requires Steam and a Steam Account to play
The Shopkeeper is available now for $2.99 (USD).

The Shopkeeper
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