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27
Feb 17

Sonny Coming to Steam

4/18/2017: Sonny is now available on Steam!

Remember when we released Sonny on iOS earlier this year? Remember when you were all, “You should release it for Steam”? And remember when we were all, “We’ll make an announcement as soon as we have everything finalized and know for sure”? Well… surprise! Announcement time.

Sonny is coming to Steam! And not even, like, “eventually” or “next year” or “if you wish upon a star”. But soon! You can check out Sonny right now on iOS. Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far!

As on iOS, Sonny will release on Steam with a single flat fee. The game’s interface is currently being tweaked and polished to make the transition to desktop, along with other small changes, though at the moment our primary concern is balancing the game to address player comments about overall difficulty and balance. This extra polish means we don’t have an exact date for you yet, but we will let you know as soon as we do. In the meantime, thank you for your support of indie developers.

For more on Sonny, get Sonny on iTunes, check out Sonny’s official press kit, check of the official Sonny Launch Trailer, visit Sonny on Indie DB, follow the official Sonny Twitter account, and follow Armor Games on Twitter and Facebook.

10
Jan 17

Sonny Releasing 1/12/2017

**UPDATE** Like Sonny? Sonny 2017 is now available on iTunes for $2.99!

That’s right. After years of hard work, Sonny releases on January 12th, 2017, for $2.99 on iOS. The cult-hit RPG series has been reimagined, featuring familiar faces and places, and an all-new story for one epic adventure. It’s not a port. It’s not a remake. It’s not a remastering. It’s a game that will fight you every step of the way, with bigger and meaner challenges, and that’s exactly how we like it.

Developed by Krin Jaungbhanich with art by Jet Kimchrea and an original soundtrack by David Orr, Sonny is proudly published by Armor Games Studios. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating the release of Sonny and help us spread the news, and of course, let us know what other platforms you would like Sonny to come to.

Sonny is a challenging turn-based strategy RPG that begins with its titular hero coming back from the dead. With no memories to guide him and enemies at every turn, Sonny sets out to discover the truth… and maybe save the world in the process. As the story unfolds through beautiful graphic novel-style cutscenes, players will guide Sonny and his team against enemies both bizarre and dangerous.

With new skills and mechanics to master, tactical combat against new foes in new locations that will test you, and a brand new story with twists and surprises for fans and newcomers alike, Sonny is an engaging and complex RPG that will keep you hooked. Who can you trust? And will you survive?

 

Sonny

For more on Sonny, check out Sonny’s official press kit, check of the official Sonny Launch Trailer, visit Sonny on Indie DB, follow the official Sonny Twitter account, and follow Armor Games on Twitter and Facebook.

6
Jan 17

Preview: Sonny and Strategy

**UPDATE** Like Sonny? Sonny 2017 is now available on iTunes for $2.99!

When it comes to Krin’s cult classic RPG Flash series Sonny, even more than the confusingly handsome zombie heroes, the one thing the players love is the strategy. If you’ve been worrying that the upcoming Sonny game would move away from that, let this preview soothe your fevered brow. While it’s designed to be winnable without grinding for extra levels, the catch is that doing so relies on some thoughtful planning and tactics. Even players who do decide to grind an extra level or three will find the game to be a challenge if they just go in swinging thinking might makes right. Let’s take a look at how combat in Sonny works, and how skills are used to gain the upper-hand and keep you alive. Of course, we won’t be revealing everything in this article… we have to keep some things a surprise, don’t we? Visit the Sonny Press Kit for more, and follow the official Sonny Twitter account.

… uh, or in Sonny’s case, not any deader than you already are. Look, zombies are complicated, okay?!

Sonny Preview

As you may already know, Sonny is a turn-based RPG. While the green health bar is self-explanatory (don’t let that deplete or you’ll lose the fight!), the blue bar beneath characters represents Focus. When Focus is filled, it’s that character’s turn to attack, be they friend or foe, though only Sonny can be manually directed. While every character has a basic attack they can use over and over, most skills have cooldowns so that you have to wait a few turns before you can use them again. How long you have to wait varies depending on the ability, but as Sonny levels up, you’ll unlock new abilities to use that you can choose to equip on your skill tree with a wide variety of affects. Some skills are passive, meaning they apply an automatic bonus you can’t manually activate, but can be extremely useful nonetheless… Expose, for example, gives every attack Sonny lands a chance to reduce an enemy’s defense by a large amount for the next hit.

Understanding the balance between Focus and skills can be the difference between glorious victory and painful defeat. To use a basic example from the early areas of the game, let’s say you have a powerful enemy with an attack that can K.O. whoever it hits. You could try just defending, but wouldn’t it be easier if the attack didn’t happen at all? An ability like Sonny’s Break will actually stun an enemy it strikes, making them miss their next turn, and completely cancelling the enemy’s powerful attack. You could also use this to temporarily disable an enemy who has boosted itself until its power-ups run their course.

Sonny Preview

But what if you’re facing multiple enemies? Since you can’t order your teammates around, how do you get them to attack the target you want? Well, an ability like Sonny’s Wound not only temporarily causes incoming attacks on whoever it targets to do more damage, it also makes the other party members more likely to target that enemy as well. You can make use of skills like this to take out foes who are healing other creatures, or otherwise making a nuisance of themselves, more effectively. This is doubly helpful when considering that certain party members have skills that deal damage more easily against specific enemy types, like heavily armored baddies who may be weaker to corrosive attacks.

Sonny Preview

Of course, all this is no good if you aren’t planning and watching your timers. Since you can’t spam skills over and over, it’s important to watch your enemies and learn how and when they use their attacks to fight back. This goes double for healing, since ways to recover health are limited, and factors like being poisoned, burned, or otherwise debuffed can put a big hamper on things. You’ll need to look for patterns, take note of how many turns pass before a certain ability is used, and of course, pay attention to any hints your party offers up. There are even certain items you can find and equip that bestow passive bonuses, like Haste or Lifesteal.

Sonny Preview

There are a lot of other factors that come into play during combat, of course. Take the Frost Wolf in the above screenshot… notice the icon above its health and status display? That means it has the Blood Hunger ability, which allows it to recover half of all the damage it deals as health. Taken with a small enemy like this, it might not seem like such a bad thing, but when enemies come in packs with different abilities that play off of one another, they can become devastating. Many enemies, especially boss characters, will have a massive pool of hit points and much higher stats than Sonny and his teammates, so those seemingly minor buffs get a lot scarier. Add in enemies that are resistant to certain types of damage, or those that deal negative status effects, and, well, you have a game where brains rule before brawn.

Sonny Preview

For more on Sonny, check out Sonny’s official press kit, visit Sonny on Indie DB, follow the official Sonny Twitter account, and follow Armor Games on Twitter and Facebook.

30
Dec 16

Coming Soon: The Big Journey

Armor Games Studios is proud to announce that in early 2017, our fuzzy family will be growing a bit with the addition of The Big Journey. Developed by Catfishbox and releasing first on iOS with other platforms to follow, The Big Journey is a roly poly physics-based platforming adventure starring Mr. Whiskers… a snuggly, squishy blue cat who loves to eat dumplings more than anything else. When the man who makes the best dumplings in the world goes missing, Mr. Whiskers sets out to bring his buddy home, and travels across the land in the process.

The Big Journey is designed to be an all-ages game, as friendly and accessible for kids as it is gorgeous and relaxing for adults. To play, you can use the onscreen buttons to rotate the world and roll and jump Mr. Whiskers around, or tilt your device. Each new location you travel to has friends to find (including a familiar face!), bugs and dumplings to eat, baddies to avoid, and optional objectives to complete. Add in an original soundtrack and beautiful storybook visuals, and you have a recipe for one delicious adventure… assuming you like bugs and dumplings, that is. And really… who doesn’t? It’s a taste sensation!

The Big Journey

For more about The Big Journey, visit the official website, follow Catfishbox on Facebook and Twitter, and visit The Big Journey press kit. Follow Armor Games on Facebook and Twitter.

21
Dec 16

Coming Soon: Sonny

**UPDATE** Like Sonny? Sonny 2017 is now available on iTunes for $2.99!

From developer Krin Juangbhanich and publishers Armor Games Studios, challenging strategic RPG Sonny is a reimagining of the hit Flash series beloved by millions, and coming soon to a device near you. Sonny will launch first on iOS, with other platforms currently being discussed. Featuring stunning artwork by Jet Kimchrea and an engrossing original score by David Orr. Visit the Sonny Press Kit for more, and follow the official Sonny Twitter account.

 

Sonny

 

As the game opens, our hero awakens on a burning ship with no memories other than his name, and the discovery that he has been brought back from the dead. He soon discovers that vicious undead creatures and mindless, mutated monstrosities lurk at every turn… and he’s got a target on his back from a deadly military organization with secrets of its own. A strange and dangerous awaits as Sonny sets out to understand his origins and his place in the world, with a group of unlikely would-be heroes with unique powers of their own at his side.

 

Sonny

 

Sonny, originally called Sonny 3, is a turn-based combat-focused RPG with a heavy emphasis on strategy and challenge. Players will level up Sonny as he defeats powerful new foes, and unlock abilities whose status effects can be used to pack even more of a punch when used tactically alongside a rag-tag group of eclectic warriors. Venture forth into a world filled with bizarre creatures and shadowy conspiracies. Experience an all new adventure, or dive in for the very first time.

 

Sonny

 

For more on Sonny, check out Sonny’s official press kit, visit Sonny on Indie DB, follow the official Sonny Twitter account, and follow Armor Games on Twitter and Facebook.

9
Nov 16

Five Relaxing Games

Sometimes you just want to slump in you chair, load up a simple game with calming music, and relax. While the game might be challenging, frustration is never around the corner, because you’re too relaxed to get worked up by the difficulty.

 

4 Differences

This game made a previous list, but its atmosphere is undeniable. Spot the four differences in each dynamic scene set to relaxing atmospheric music. Watch clouds drift lazily by and airplanes soaring slowly to their destinations.

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Starlight & Starlight 2

Move the stars around as you try to find the right perspective to view each constellation. The first two Starlight games are set to relaxing piano music.

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Armor Logic 2

Solve nonograms of while listening to cool jazz. Or just leave the music on in the background while you go about other things.

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Echogenesis

While this is not a “game”, Echogenesis is a relaxing interactive experience. Modify the music as you explore different landscapes. Click, drag, and move the cursor mouse around. Listen and watch the flow of the music and the creatures and elements in the environment change.

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Symphony

In a similar vein, listen to the music change as you get closer to solving each level in this minimalist game. Volumes rise as you fill the colored circles with energy. Your efforts are rewarded with the full song at the end of each movement.

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If you enjoyed some of the music in these games, check out our Good Music tag for other games with good music.

What games do you find relaxing?

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Writer: Gantic has been on Armor Games since 2008 and has listened to the Armor Logic 2 music on loop too many times to count. True story.

1
Nov 16

Games that Didn’t Get Sequels

Have you ever read a story that didn’t have an ending? Or watched a television show that was cancelled just before anything was answered? Then these games are right up your alley. No sequels have been released in the last six years.

 

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Dawn of Sorcery (2010) – Episode 1 of ?

Get swept up in the treachery and intrigue within the Sun Empire in this turn-based adventure. Make unlikely allies as you unravel the lies and mysteries that mask that goings-on around the Empire. The Imperium is missing. The Dree are attacking again. The Wraith have returned. Someone within is stealing the Empire’s Quicksilver. And the new Emperor is nearing ascension to the throne. Is this all a coincidence? Or are there greater things at play?

 

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Ge.Ne.Sis (2009) – Part 1 of ?

With the help of their Tarots, Nera, Gely, and Sisi adventure through a dream world trying to figure out why they’re there in this tile-based strategy game.  After stopping Reciful from destroying the alternate worlds, the trio find more questions than answers. Who is the mystery girl? Is Reciful gone for good? What is down the rabbit holes? We did get a spinoff in 2010, though.

 

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Neverending Light (2009) – Part 1 of 3

It’s your birthday. Your girlfriend takes you on a tour of the Cablad Caverns, but when the lights go out monsters in the cave eat your tour group, leaving you alone. Is your girlfriend okay? Where did these monsters come from? Will monsters invade the surface and devour everyone? What are those juvenile sprites? Collect the glowing sprite droppings and find out what was in store for Part 2.

 

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Sonny 2 (2008) – Part 2 of ?

Who is Sonny? What is the Seed? Where do zombies come from?

Just kidding. Sonny 3 is in production. We even interviewed Krin earlier this year. But it’s true that it’s been almost 8 years since the release of Sonny 2.

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Writer: Gantic has been on Armor Games since before Sonny 2. Those were some pretty dark times, because most people weren’t staring at their smartphones all the time. True story.

23
Sep 16

Sentry Knight Tactics Thunderclap

On October 4th, Sentry Knight Tactics arrives on Steam. If you’ve enjoyed the free Flash Sentry Knight games, Sentry Knight Tactics is crafted with all the same passion, care, and splatterable slime baddies you’ve come to expect.

To help make this launch a success, we’ve started a Thunderclap campaign for Sentry Knight Tactics! Thunderclap allows people to sign up to automatically post an announcement on a certain date on their social media accounts.

By throwing your support in with Sentry Knight Tactics this way, Thunderclap will automatically make a one time only post on Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr (or all three!) with your authorization on October 4th to help spread the news.

We hope you’ll consider checking it out and adding it to your library, or helping us spread the word to support indie games like these and the people who make them, and help us keep delivering more games like this to your computer and your browser for years to come.

Want to support Armor Games and the indie developers we publish? Sentry Knight Tactics, a challenging and charming real-time strategy game by the creators of the hit Flash series, is now available on Steam. Check it out!

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Writer: Dora Breckinridge / Dora has been writing about games for the better part of a decade, and playing them for even longer, using the glow of the monitor to keep her warm in the frozen wilds of her native Canada.

11
Aug 16

The Adventure Pals Demo

When you’re friends with someone, you share everything. Cool hats, lunches, alibis when the other person shows up sweating with a shovel on your doorstep at three in the morning. Well, The Adventure Pals consider you an honorary pal, and so they’re sharing a demo for their upcoming indie platforming RPG adventure with you. Why, that’s almost as nice as a giraffe ride!

The Adventure Pals Demo

The Adventure Pals is currently in funding on Kickstarter following a successful Steam Greenlight campaign, and while it won’t be out until early 2017, you can play some of it right now! The game is being created by Massive Monster, whose massive talents you may remember from Give Up 2, and the original Super Adventure Pals. Thanks to the support of cool buddies like you, The Adventure Pals is nearly halfway funded as of this writing. Play The Adventure Pals demo, and help us spread the word and make this campaign a success, for the intrepid hero, noble giraffe steed, and sentient pet rock inside us all!

Want to stay up to date with The Adventure Pals? Check out the official website to sign up for updates, and follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and of course, help us spread the word about The Adventure Pals Kickstarter campaign!

The Adventure Pals Demo

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Writer: Dora Breckinridge / Dora has been writing about games for the better part of a decade, and playing them for even longer, using the glow of the monitor to keep her warm in the frozen wilds of her native Canada. Her website is here!

20
Jul 16

Cursed Treasure 3 Footage

Just when you thought your gems were safe, those pesky humans are at it again. Ready your demons, orcs, and necromancers and take a peek at the Cursed Treasure 3 alpha. Cursed Treasure 3 comes with new graphics, new villains to upgrade, the same angry humans, and one very evil Dark Lord.