Friday, May 31, 2013

The Bard's Tale Available on Ouya

 Crash reports have been updated here.

The 2004 classic The Bard's Tale is now officially available in the Ouya store. Recently released on Android and Steam, this third-person RPG is one of the best looking games that Ouya has to offer thus far.

From what I am able to see from screenshots of other platforms the game hasn't been altered very heavily, such as The Ball, where the graphics where dramatically lowered to compensate for the graphics capabilities of the Ouya.  The environments are rich an detailed and the cinematic are the most impressive yet.

This is just the beginning for the little console but I hope we continue to see more beautiful games like this come to the Ouya in the near future. Here is a short video I took of the intro and some initial game-play:

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Ouya Update Fixes Overheating Issue


With the retail release of the Ouya console right around the corner, an issue arose that could have put a damper on the launch. Luckily it was not a design issue and was able to be fixed.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Dragon Maze Initial Overview


Its a rare occasion that I get excited for a game release, it is even rarer for that excitement to come from a platformer game, and its unheard of for all of this anticipation to come from an Android project. Developer Feline Arts is hard at work to bring their newest IP, Dragon Maze to the OUYA game console.

Dragon Maze follows the adventures of an adorable dragon on his way to recover his stolen treasure from the diabolical Claw Gang. Using its unique dashing and smashing abilities, it is up to you to stop them and get it back.  I know the game comes across as a relatively G rated affair, its the game play footage (seen below) that has me excited for the release.

The games features 6 unique environments from volcanoes to mine caverns. To navigate these dungeons requires a level of quickness and finesse that reminds me of something you would find in early Legend of Zelda games.  Its simple, when you take damage you lose a heart, when you lose all of your hearts, game over. The levels include perilous pitfalls, a wide variety of hazards, and complex puzzles, this promises the expected hours of frustration and enjoyment that come from a solid platforming title.


Perhaps the most important thing that draws me to this title would have to be the level of interaction from the development studio and the players. From their YouTube channel, to their website, to their Facebook page, they are always listening to feedback and take the time to interact with every fan that has a question or expresses interest in their title. It is rare you see developers so open and interactive but that is what we are beginning to expect and love about the indie devs on Ouya.

The project was originally an indoegogo campaign that failed to meet its goals (insane) so now its exact future is uncertain. The developers have continued to work on the project and are working toward their Ouya public launch. While the Ouya requires all games to feature some free content, the full version of the game is expected to retail for $5. There are also plans to release the title on Steam and then later to the Google Play and Apple App stores.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Ouya Running Netflix APK


Netflix is one of the (if not THE) premier steaming service, available for almost every device you could ask for.  We have also heard rumblings that Netflix will be coming to Ouya.  However, I wouldn't be a good Ouya owner if I just sat back and waited for an official release, would I?

So, I side loaded the Netflix APK that I downloaded from Android Drawer to see what would happen.  Sure enough it worked, however the load time was pretty long, which I assumed was because Netflix servers where trying to determine screen size, and bandwidth requirements to play and where utterly confused,.

Here is the video of my experiment:

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Ouya Running Plex Kepler



I have been a Plex user for a long time, almost since its inception.  I have Plex streaming to my Roku box form my iMac via WiFi, as well as opened the ports on my router to stream my content to my phone and laptop while at the office or on the road. Needless to say, I love Plex.

I was also an early backer of the Ouya Kickstarter campaign and was looking forward to making it into a gaming, stream box, better than all the rest.  Naturally, Plex was on my list as one of the things that would make this possible, and I have been anxiously waiting for it to finally arrive.  So you can imagine how excited I was when I started seeing forums posts popping up on the PlexPass boards about how Kepler (Plex's premium version) would be built to support Ouya as well.

When I got my Ouya I immediately downloaded the Kepler APK, side loaded it with Dropbox and this is what I got:

Friday, May 24, 2013

Ouya's Discover Section Now Available Online


Ouya's Discover section (also knows as the store) is officially viewable from the main Ouya.tv site. 

This is a big step in the ability for indie developers to take advantage of an online presence in, where the can promote their games, and gives us all a little downtime scrolling to do.  Not to mention, the game pages look great!

Another awesome feature of the new Discover page that is coming (hopefully) soon, is the Play It Soon section, where there will be a list of upcoming titles.  Yet another great page to do some scrolling for when building that list of must play games on your new Ouya.

The O-Rank page is a slight mystery to us.  I can only image that these are the games that are highest ranked in the store, but whether this list is based on downloads or thumb ups I am not completely sure.  Will update when we have more information on this.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Hidden in Plain Sight Looks Awesome


When you think of Ouya and indie games as a whole, you know there are going to be some extremely fun games.  You will find some out of the box thinking, that don't require super high end graphics to be fun.

This is precisely what Hidden in Plain Sight, has done.  With its super clean retro graphics and its simple appearance it draws you and your friends in immediately, but once you start playing... that's when you get addicted.
"HIPS is a local-multiplayer only party game which centers around stealth and craftiness. Players try to accomplish goals while surrounded by a swarm of randomly moving NPCs. It's important to blend in, however, because players also can eliminate each other from the game. Games rounds are short and always end in laughter and usually shouting. Works with two players, but much better with four (or more, including spectators)"
With multiple multiplayer action modes, and  and extreme paranoia laden game play, this is definitely one to get on your Ouya immediately, and best of all its officially in the Ouya store right now!  So go get it!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Ouya's Julie Uhrman Comments On Next Gen Consoles


With the announcement of the new Xbox One, there is a lot of talk going around on what exactly this means for console gaming in the future.

Ouya's own Julie Uhrman commented in an article on Gamesindustry.biz:
"Xbox One seemed to be more of the same and what we've come to expect from traditional consoles, more attention to trying to own all the content in the living room, and less attention to delivering great games from great developers. Only traditional, well-funded developers will be able to take advantage of their new system. Gamers have told us they want something new. They want to experience new types of games and gameplay and we are providing that by giving any developer access to our tools to bring their great idea to the television. OUYA's philosophy is the TV is for gaming first."
Its amazing that this is still the stance of the larger console companies.  In fact there has been talk about indies not being able to self publish their own titles on the new Xbox!

With the indie space exploding you would think the console companies would start to embrace it and find ways to monetize as they have (somewhat) in the past.  Making it more difficult for indie devs to publish their own content seems archaic and counter intuitive, not to mention will help companies like Ouya gain more traction in the console gaming space.

Limited Edition Ouya's Are Shipping


If you where one of the early backers to get in on the limited edition Ouya train, then today's little update is great news!  The Limited Edition Ouya's are on the way, and they look great!

via Ouya Twitter

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Ouya Software Update: 1.0.248


Today brings with it new software updates for both the ODK and Ouya's firmware itself.  It's great to see yet another round of improvements as we get closer to the actual launch.  

My favorite update that comes along with this is the less aggressive Make section pop-up. Thank you!  That was really getting annoying.  Here is what else we get:

"Back with tradition for this update and have released a firmware update ending in eight, the venerable 1.0.248!  All that's fit to print is listed below, enjoy 

Firmware 1.0.248 - New and Improved with the following:
  • Improvements to all screens during initial out-of-box experience
  • MAKE category is no longer super aggro with its pop-up
  • Improvements to game downloads if internet connection is lost mid-download
  • Performance improvements with controllers
  • Fixed null reference exception that could occur when main menu appears
  • Fixed an issue where the displayed expiration date for cards could be off by 1 month
  • Fixed an issue where ethernet connection was sometimes not recognized if the cable was inserted after boot up
  • Going to console updates with no internet connection no longer puts users into a loop
  • Cleanup on button legends to be more accurate
  • Minor layout tweaks to soft keyboard
  • Improvements to all screens during initial out-of-box experience
  • MAKE category is no longer super aggro with its pop-up
  • Improvements to game downloads if internet connection is lost mid-download
  • Performance improvements with controllers
  • Fixed null reference exception that could occur when main menu appears
  • Fixed an issue where the displayed expiration date for cards could be off by 1 month
  • Fixed an issue where ethernet connection was sometimes not recognized if the cable was inserted after boot up
  • Going to console updates with no internet connection no longer puts users into a loop
  • Cleanup on button legends to be more accurate
  • Minor layout tweaks to soft keyboard"
via Ouya Devs

Monday, May 20, 2013

Ouya's E3 booth will be open to public

If you know anything about E3, it's that it is the biggest Video Game industry show of the year. Some of the biggest games are announced and/or shown off at E3 every year. However, it is not open to the public. E3 has always been an industry only show. Ouya is keeping to their thought of "openness" by taking their booth outside to the public.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Test Bomb Squad On Your Ouya


Did you get your Ouya?  Looking for some fun multiplayer games?  Perfect.

Head over the Ouya Forums and download the apk and test Bomb Squad, the 8 player game! Yeah that's right, the dev doesn't have an Ouya yet and wants people to test his game out on their consoles.  

From the look of it, this game is going to be a blast (get it?!).  There a ton of game modes, awesome graphics, and the soundtrack is perfect. This will surely be one of the top games on my game night list!

Don't hesitate, this deal could end at any time!

Our Ouya Is Inbound


Yes... It's true! Well we have finally received a notification that our Ouya is on its way! FINALLY!  Being one of the Kickstarter backers, its nice to know its almost here.
"Yep...it’s true. 
Your OUYA has arrived at our distribution center and we expect it to land on your doorstep within the next two weeks (give or take a day or two depending on your location). 
Be on the lookout for a confirmation email that will follow once your shipment has been picked up for delivery and which will include your personalized tracking number."

It can't get here fast enough! Who else has received their email?  Better yet, do you have your Ouya already? What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below.