Arvale on Big Fish Games at a ridiculous price!

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Arvale was just released on Big Fish Games!

And you can pick it up now for 70% off! That’s like 3 bucks. Crazy, I know.

Go check out Big Fish now and get the game!

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Give Me One Day and I’ll Give You Amsterdam, Part 1

Whip it Good!

I’m starting to wonder if I ever left… Because I’m already back!

Those PlaySlide folks? Cranked out another awesome game already. As before, the new game and is silly, fun, and and has a cool adventure hero who reminds me of Indy, which you know, is the coolest character idea ever. Available on iOS here and Android and here (at some point? it seems Google has some delay on making it live when I posted this), and here’s the info text:

“After grabbing the legendary Jewel of Pokywokyjig, all the booby-traps are triggered, so Run for your life!

The temple is falling apart, the water starts flooding like the Nile, and the monsters have come out to play!

Luckily, you can Run, Jump, and use your trusty Bullwhip to Swing into action!

Avoid Bats, Barnacles, Slimes and Spiders while grabbing as much treasure as you can without falling to your doom!

Simple to pick up and play.
No instructions required.
Easy Touchscreen controls. Tap on Whip button to Whip, Jump button to Jump.
Free!

Run, Jump, and Whip it. Whip it good.”

And of course, it’s FREE. Put it on your phone because Harrison Ford was an excellent serial adventurer.

More info on their home page here.

Enjoy!

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Recent Move to Japan, It Begins...

Aliens and Roaches

I’m back! So soon! Almost too soon…

That PlaySlide gig? Yup, just pushed out another game already. As before, the new game and is ridiculous, funny, and and has Aliens, which pretty much guarantees coolness. Available on iOS here and Android and here, and here’s the low-down:

“Save the world from Aliens using your immortal Roach as a weapon against them!

After the Alien apocalypse, the only thing that still lives is a single cockroach. And the Aliens are NOT happy!

Play as the immortal Roach and use your indestructible body as a weapon!

Intentionally get hit by the Alien weapons to fight back, before they destroy the whole planet with their mayhem! Simple to pick up and play.

No instructions required.
Easy Touchscreen controls. Tap on Left/Right side of screen to move.
Free!

End the Aliens. Save the World. Be the Roach.”

As usual, it’s FREE. Put it on your phone because you like supporting indie devs.

More info on their home page here.

Enjoy!

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Golden Week Begins

Snow Zombies

I’m back! So soon! I hope this is a good habit forming…

That PlaySlide gig I keep gushing about? Yup, still going strong. And it looks like they just secretly released  (again?!) a new game and it’s again silly, awesome, and and full of zombies, which automatically makes it cool. Available on iOS here and Android and here, and here’s the low-down:

“Ski and jump down the slopes while avoiding obstacles, bunnies, and… Zombies?!

It’s a beautiful day to be a Snow Bunny and hit the slopes… but be careful! Rumor is, the mountains are being taken over by something strange.

Glide, jump, and slalom down the hills to avoid, trees, rocks, holes, other ski bunnies, and… Zombies?!

Try to save the mountains and capture as many Zombies as possible by trapping them into holes, but don’t fall in with them!

Simple to pick up and play. No instructions required.
Easy Touchscreen controls.
Free!

Put the Bunny back in Snow Bunnies. Without the Zombies.”

Oh and also, and it’s FREE. Go install on your smart phone because you like Free and New!

More info on their home page here.

Enjoy!

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Recent Move to Japan, It Begins...

Shoot Up!

So, hey. I’m back! Again! I do that.

That PlaySlide gig I keep telling you about? Yup, still trucking along. And it looks like they just soft-released another (already?!) a new game and it’s again silly and awesome. Available on iOS here and Android and here, and here’s the low-down:

“And you thought Aliens didn’t know how to have fun!
Shoot Everything! is the most popular sport on the planet Zeeknorb!
Help Xenor blast his buddies with his Bounce-A-Ray gun! But be sure to hit all the targets within Par or it may self-destruct!

Simple to pick up and play. No instructions required. Easy, touchscreen controls. Self-Destruct button included.
Free.

Aliens playing golf. With Lasers. What could go wrong?”

Oh yeah, and it’s FREE. Go get it because you like free stuff.

More info on their hope page here.

Enjoy!

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The Lazy Man’s Way to Tokyo, Day 15

Soft Release

So, hey. I’m back! I told you I’d be back.

That PlaySlide gig I told you about? Yup, totally up and running. And it looks like they just released (soft-released? whatever that means) a new game and it’s fricking hilarious. Available on iOS here and Android and here, and here’s the low-down:

“Just when you thought it was safe to go for a country drive with the kids, it starts raining… FISH?!

Protect your family (and your vacation!) by steering your car to safety and avoid as many deadly fish as possible!

Simple to pick up and play. No instructions required.
Gyro and Touchscreen controls available.
Free.

Beware the deadly fish. From Above.”

Oh yeah, and it’s FREE. Go get it.

More info on their hope page here.

Enjoy!

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New Stuff

Hi! Long time no post. Really long time. In fact, it’s been so long, I’m not sure anyone will even notice this post (or the flower on top of my head) 🙂

But, what the hey, some exciting stuff in the world of Jaybot, Jaybot7, Arvale, Games, Music, and just awesome stuff about me, me, Me, ME! (ahem) in general.

Currently working with a new gamedev company on launching a bunch of new titles for iPhone, Android, and perhaps various other platforms soon. I’ll keep you updated somehow as it progresses. For now, there is a janky website for the upcoming company (PlaySlide ! whoohoo! I love that name!)  and its slew of titles to be released over the next year here: http://playsli.de <— Click that, do it! You know you want to!
They/We/I(?!) also have FB and twitter pages, but they’re also WIP and ghost town-y like, so nothing to see there (except clicking the Like/Favorite buttons, which could be fun if you’re into that!)

Also, for the one or two crazy fans out there who care about my personal/professional life outside of Arvale and games and music (what else? gawd I seem way busier than I actually am), I have a personal-type-ish website for lots of MEMEMEMEME!!!-ing which is really only useful if you live in Japan, speak/read Japanese and hire crazy people like me to do silly things in front of a camera or on a microphone, but anyway (there may be one or two of you out there, right? right?!) http://jasonsurguine.com <— you know what? Don’t click that one. Risky click!

Speaking of me (I haven’t done that enough already? Well, alright then!) my Pop Rock – type music/band/thing Sir Guy is somehow still alive and wrote a few new tracks awhile back and even put them up for free on that link you just read, and also on the newfangled Soundcloud web, uh, thing… Here https://soundcloud.com/jason-surguine so Enjoy those while you can.

What, more me? If you insist: I do a local radio show At FM Ichinomiya on Saturdays 12-2PM (JST). You can listen to that if you time it just right (and don’t mind hearing a lot of Japanese) and happen to use tunein (free app, available on everything) here: tunein FM Ichinomiya

Annnd, I’m starting up another business locally here in the country-side-ish area of Japan, which… you’re not really interested in that, are you? Teaching babies and Kids? The color pink?! I thought so, but for the morbidly curious: http://babybloom.jp <— I warned you! Lots of Pink and BABIES!

Oh, and Arvale. Seems to be doing on the okay side on Big Fish and Steam. Not enough for me to spend as much time as I would like developing or supporting it, unfortunately. But!! Some super-smart, and really diligent players figured out how to fix the slow-down/lag issue on recent machines (especially Windows 10) on Steam HERE <– (get ready to right-click and run things as administrator, apparently it works for a lot of folks). If things go well with all of my other endevaours, pursuing a brand-new Arvale on mobile devices (once again!) is defintely a possibility 😉

Other than that, life is slow and boring 😉

Hope you all are well!

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Eating Right, Excercise, and Japanese Sea Aliens: Keys to a Healthy Life in Japan

Arvale Cake

This totally deserved a post. Happy birthday to me!image

What a kickass cake!

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New Arvale Castle Music

Random thoughts from January 08, 2016 at 10:20AM

This surprised me today. Happy New Year! 🙂 https://t.co/LAIv035D1g

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Xmas Holidays in Japan, Part 2

Arvale: Treasure of Memories on Steam!

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Arvale also available on Steam !

After many years of being written, developed, re-written, and re-developed, and spit-polished more times than I can count (which resulted in many wet computer monitors). The latest/greatest Arvale title for PC is now available in its entirety on Steam (that’s the same link, I’m aiming to include it in this post at least 10 times, let’s see if I can do it!).

For those that need a refresher (and let’s be honest, they can be refreshing!) on what the game is all about: Here is a description from the Steam store:

“Legends say he saved the world. Too bad he doesn’t remember, because to save it again, Duncan must retrieve his memories, in this exciting 20-hour RPG full of quests and hilarious dialogues!”

Here is a random screenshot from the game:

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More pictures from the game can be found on the Steam website.

Also, a pretty nice video showing the gameplay can be found here:

A longer, fuller description of the game sounds something like this:

This installment of “Arvale”, released first on Steam , combines all four previously released episodes, making it a full, stand-alone game worth about 20 hours of gameplay.

Storyline

Duncan Forsythe is the royal gardener of Entoque Castle. He spends his days battling nasty flower beds, hunting down poisonous weeds, and occasionally doing his Royal Majesty’s laundry.

Meanwhile, the buzz around the castle is that Duncan once saved the world. This is news to Duncan. He can’t remember a thing that happened over the last few years. He definitely doesn’t remember saving the world. Unfortunately, he may have to – lest the world get thrown into turmoil yet again. Dark forces are rising, and the key to defeating them lies in Duncan’s memory – the memory that is now scattered throughout the world of Arvale.

Take him on an epic quest to retrieve those memories and thwart certain doom for the entire world, all the while battling monsters, exploring dungeons, challenging dragons, rescuing fair maidens, gathering friends and foes, and strangely enough, talking with wheelbarrows.

Features

* Large, immersive, visual world with a huge variety of locations.
* Interact with hundreds of amusing characters in the story
* Laugh. A lot. Arvale is known for its fun, hilarious dialogue
* Overachieve with many side-quests
* 2 hours of original music
* Many playable characters give a unique storytelling experience.
* Over 20 hours of Adventure game time!
* Equip your character with ever-cooler weapons, including swords, spears, whips and more
* Wield magic spells against your enemies, ranging from fire, ice and lightning spells to the stranger and more intriguing Filibuster and Minecraft.
* Battle evil beasts of all kinds, from tiny rats and bats to werewolves, demons, and ogres.
* Interact with thousands of non-player characters to learn more about the world and give you some entertainment along your way – a lot of those NPCs are pretty dang funny.
* Laugh. A lot. Arvale has become known for its fun, hilarious dialogue, and this game is no exception.
* Watch original cutscenes that unveil your character’s story. Since Duncan doesn’t know any more about it than you do, you’ll both be amazed by what you learn – and by the cool visuals.
* Overachieve with the option of many side-quests to collect more items and battle more monsters

Oh yeah, and the price? Insane. I don’t even know who decided this:
Right now there is an ALL CAPS SPECIAL PROMOTION! (it’s not actually called that, but I saw the SPECIAL PROMOTION part and thought all caps would be a funny name for a promotion)
 
Dicount: -40%
Total price for Arvale on Steam? $4.79
That’s cheaper than one of the original episodes!
(Offer ends August 21, so buy it now. But even if you’re late… $8?! Crazy!)

Did I mention the link on Steam? No? Silly me, well here it is!

TEN (I did it!)

All having fun aside. I would sincerely appreciate it if you purchase, play, and/or review the game. I spent a lot of time on it. Ended up in the hospital several times (possibly because of it), endured the largest Earthquake in Japan while in Japan, and all sorts of weird stuff which turned into their own adventures while making the game.

Will I get rich if you buy or do not buy the game. Hell no. It’s a labor of love and I wanted Duncan’s story and Arvale’s world to continue as much anything, so I wrote the game regardless. I *know* there are still some fans of the original titles on the now obscure Windows Mobile platform. In fact, I just saw this on Steam (11! heehee):

“Is this game somehow connected to these titles?
http://www.pdamill.com/prod_ji.shtml
http://www.pdamill.com/prod_ot.shtml

These are quite old games that was pretty damn good for Windows Mobile… with awesomely written adventure part in vein of old-school adventures (Monkey Island etc.). I remember that it was actually first really good game on my hp ipaq back in the days. And story, dialogs was written suprisingly good…”

The answer, of course being yes 🙂

Do you have to play the originals? Not at all. They were on  niche platform at the time and it’s expected that most have not played them. So I wrote the story to be exciting and new for anyone dropped into the Arvale universe.

Anyway. Thank you for taking time to read this post. And thanks in advance to everyone who enjoys the game!

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Trashy Novels, Buddha's Boogers, and Japanese Fireworks

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