Game Giveaway – Mechanism 3

In an effort to help you pinch the most out of those pennies this holiday season, I’d like to bring to your attention two free download websites, Give Away Of the Day, and Game Give Away Of the Day. These websites offer a new piece of software or game that can be downloaded for free on the particular day to which it is posted.

Today’s Game Give Away Of the Day is a Steampunk inspired physics based game called Mechanism 3.

The following is the developers introduction to the game (edited):

Mechanism 3 is the third instalment in the Mechanism physics-based puzzle series inspired by Splitter, which is available for the PC,Mac and soon the iPad, where players cut an incredible variety of shapes to save the world from time collapse. Immersed in a steampunk world with stunning visual design, Mechanism is pure eye candy. And with 80 unique levels and level-editor, we’ve packed in hours of entertaining and addictive fun.

So today, enjoy some Steampunk gaming freebies from Game Give Away of the Day, and be sure to check back often. They seem to have a decent offering of Steampunk influenced games for your daily entertainment.

Steampunk and Bioshock

A few years ago, it seems like every gamer was playing Bioshock and with good reason. The game was positively amazing. The graphics, the setting, the story… it was all so creepily captivating that we couldn’t help but be entranced by the underwater city of Rapture.

The trailer for the newest version of Bioshock Infinite is now out. In Infinite, we are pulled out from the waters of Rapture and into the skies themselves to our new setting, the flying city of Columbia. Would you kindly take a look at the trailer below?

Bioshock and Steampunk? I don’t know if I’m going to be able to handle all of the awesomeness that is likely to come from this game. Unfortunately, though, Bioshock Infinite is not set to be released until 2012. And yet, for being so far from the release date, there is a respectable amount of information available about the game’s story, inspiration, and development available on Wikipedia (so take it with a grain of salt, please.)

Supported platforms will include Windows, the PS3, and the Xbox 360.

The Gamer’s Realm

While I was sitting in line for hours for the Abney Park concert, I was randomly given a flyer by someone for a Steampunk themed game shop in Richardson. Admittedly, at the time, I didn’t pay much attention to the flyer. I was way too excited about the concert to think about anything else at all, really.

Fortunately for the person handing out this information, I was together enough with it to slip it into my belt pouch where it sat until I starting gathering all of the business cards and other Steampunk goodies I had gathered throughout the course of the weekend so I could share them all with you.

And after finally reading the flyer and paying even the smallest amount of attention to it, I became very excited indeed.

The Gamer’s Realm is a Steampunk themed gaming store in Richardson, TX. They carry a variety of table top and strategy games, miniatures, science kits, etc. They even have a meeting room that can be reserved for private gatherings.

Sometime soon, I’m hoping to drop by and check this place out for real. In the meantime, I wanted to let you all know about it. If you happen to make in there before I do, let me know what you thought of it! The very notion of a Steampunk gaming store anywhere in the DFW area excites me to no end, is definitely an establishment I would like to support!

Backlash 1.0

In what seems to be a growing population, another Steampunk I-Phone app has appeared on my radar, Backlash 1.0, by Sinecure Industries. I’ve seen a lot of games that assume that shading their game in brown and gold and throwing some gears in the background will make it sufficiently Steampunk to boost sales. I don’t review that garbage, and I don’t waste all of your time with it. This game stands out and seems intriguing because it is heavily based in physics and yet still succeeds at being amusing.

If you want to learn more about the game, you can read about it on Sinecure’s website. I think the music is only meh… it has absolutely no Steampunk aspects to it whatsoever, but thankfully, the music is one thing that is easily enough muted on an iPhone game. But for 40 levels of Physics based gameplay, at 99 cents, it’s not a bad deal.

If this suits your fancy, you can buy the game here via the iTunes Store.

Cogs and the Steam Minded iPhone

I have a treat for all you iPhone users! A new application called Cogs is sure to race your boilers. It’s a fantastic, 3D puzzle game that challenges its players’ engineering prowess. This game is what happens when the basic puzzle slider meets a Steampunk Rubik’s Cube.

You can watch their trailer here to get a good feel for the game. It features two ways to play: Inventor Mode which introduces the player to what the finished product should look like before they begin, and Challenge Mode, which forces the player to work within an unforgiving 30 second time frame.

You can pick Cogs up in the iTunes Store. The demo is just 99 cents.

And, since we are on the topic of iPhones, I figured I’d deliver this secondary video featuring a modified Steampunk iPhone to give you all some ideas to modify your own phone. I think Meggrs did a fantastic job. Pictures are available here, on the inventor’s Flickr account. While you are over there, be sure to look into her “Steampunk Stuff” album. She has some fantastic talent!

Steam Powered Gaming

If there’s one thing that I love as much as Steampunk, it’s gaming. Both things are just so nerdy that it makes my inner geek do a gleeful happy dance.

Many of us remember the original Game Boy that came out some twenty years ago, but I can assure you that you don’t remember it like this:

That’s right folks, a Steampunk modified Game Boy! I would love to pull this baby out somewhere in public and just see how many stares I could get while playing on this gorgeous piece of technology! You can check out the artist’s DeviantART site here for a link to the Game Boy and to browse his incredible inventory of uniquely modified Game Boys.

And, if that’s not enough, check out this video demo of this beauty in action!

I could do without the midi music, but we’re here to review the mod and not the music, right? I do hope it’s a working model, though. To me, it looks as if the Game Boy has a distorted screen. It would be quite disappointing for all that modification work to have a damaged display screen!

Nevertheless, this is an excellent modification of modern technology into the Steampunk look. Well done, Thretris!