Today: Not all Lego games are cheesy crossovers with kid’s movies — Nintendo follows in Ghibli’s footsteps and opens a museum — The whole Crysis trilogy is getting the remaster treatment on all platforms
Babylon’s Fall closed beta on Steam
Square Enix and PlatinumGames are still working on Babylon's Fall, but very little news about the project has escaped since its announcement via this teaser trailer in June 2018.
However, the latest Steam update includes a new entry that SteamDB lists as “BABYLON'S FALL (Closed Beta Test)”.
Delayed gratification:Babylon's Fall was originally supposed to launch in 2019, but was delayed and then got caught in the COVID-19 vortex, further complicating the production.
Summertime: The first proper Babylon's Fall trailer debuted in December 2019 and promised more details the following summer, but nothing materialised the following year. Maybe they skipped a summer, and all will be revealed at E3 this month?
Fill in the blank for this Band-based video game: _____: the eYe.
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FACT OF THE DAY
Mamma mia, who a-painted the a-ceiling?
Mario is Missing! was an educational game for PC, NES and SNES from 1993 which stars a globetrotting Luigi hunting for stolen artifacts in order to rescue Mario and put a stop to Bowser’s dastardly plans.
Most of the game consists of puzzles and quizzes, and one of the questions you need to answer in Rome concerns the famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. The choices are, of course, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reference: Was is Leonardo, Splinter, Michelangelo or Donatello who painted it?
It was always a bit surprising that Lego should find success in the games market with action-platformer mash-ups like Lego Star Wars, but since then most Lego games have followed that formula of silly humor and family-friendly action.
Lego has made some forays into other genres such as MMO, and now they are really pulling out all the stops with an artsy puzzle game. Featuring tasteful and atmospheric abstract artwork, Lego Builder's Journey takes a whole new approach to the Lego gaming experience.
Telling an odd tale about two characters made from Lego, you build paths and other level features to help them progress through the world and story. At first glance, it looks a bit like Hitman Go or Lara Croft Go, but Builder's Journey focuses on creativity rather than action, and the game is happy to let you solve problems your way rather than the prescribed way.
Each puzzle starts out with a few blocks, and then you decide where to place them. Some puzzles are straightforward, like finishing a path by adding steps, while others demand a bit more attention and require you to explore the location to find the right pieces. Overall, the game is relaxed and is content to move at your pace, and the breezy pacing fits well with the overall aesthetic.
It's also a remarkably attractive game considering it is entirely made from Lego blocks. It features ray-tracing and the mix of realistic materials and accurate lighting gives Builder's Journey a very solid and grounded appearance. The developers have also taken a bit of license with Lego's range of bricks, introducing their own new bricks that facilitate the unique aesthetic, and the result is really quite noteworthy.
Even if you don't really care about Lego, you'll probably be both impressed and intrigued by Builder's Journey. It is currently available on Apple Arcade, and will launch on PC and Switch on June 22nd.
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POKEMON NEWS AND EVENTS
A slow start to the Season of Discovery
Pokémon Go's Season of Discovery is underway, but no need to rush: The first event is A Very Slow Discovery and features Slowpoke, Galarian Slowpoke, Mega Slowbro, and Galarian Slowbro. The Season of Discovery event marks the 5th anniversary of Pokémon Go, and coincides with Pokémon Go Fest 2021 which will introduce new Pokémon to the game.
Season of Discovery
Lasts from June 1st to September 1st
Regirock, Regice, and Registeel return to 5 star raids between June 1st and June 17th
Surprise Pokémon in 5 star raids after June 17th
Mega Raids feature only one Mega-Evolved at a time
Hemisphere Pokémon will enjoy increased spawn rates
Free Remote Raid Pass from Research Breakthroughs through June
A Very Slow Discovery – June 8th to June 13th
Galarian Slowpoke and Mega Slowbro make their debuts in Go
Slowpoke, Slakoth, Gulpin, Spoink appear more in wild
Galarian Slowpoke, Alolan Grimer, Shellder, Shinx, and Timburr in 1 star raids
Snorlax, Slowking, Slaking, and Toxicroak in 3 star raids
Event exclusive Field Research with very slow rewards
Slowpoke-themed Collection Challenge with avatr shirt, 30 Ultra Balls, 3k XP
Slowpoke-inspired avatar items in shop
20 Poké Balls, 10 Great Balls, and a King’s Rock from event-exclusive free box
Old plant becomes Nintendo museum
Nintendo is converting their Uji Ogura plant and its surrounding property into something tentatively called The Nintendo Gallery, which will become a showcase of the company's history and philosophy.
The site will be renovated and offer tours taking visitors through a number of exhibits detailing Nintendo's rich, century-long history. The gallery is expected to open before March 2024.
Playing cards: The facility was known as the Uji Plant, and was built in 1969 then renamed to the Uji Ogura Plant in 1988. Hanafuda cards were produced here, and the plant also had workshops housing Nintendo's repair services.
Guided tours: The goal is to “share Nintendo’s product development history and philosophy with the public”, and the project is a collaboration between Nintendo and the City of Uji which is embarking on a major redevelopment initiative.
WHAT ELSE HAPPENED TODAY
Fan-made 3D printed and painted Crash Bandicoot amiibo which the creator hopes to display alongside an official amiibo soon
Nintendo has finally confirmed its plans for E3 2021 with a 40 minutes Nintendo Direct planned on 15th June showcasing software, mostly releasing in 2021
Super Mario Bros: The Morton Jankel Cut has been posted online and extends the original version of the movie with restored footage
Fill in the blank for this Band-based video game: _____: the eYe.
Few games are quite as bizarre as Queen: the eYe, which presents a future dystopia where rock music is banned. The main character Dubroc discovers an archive of lost rock music, and is promptly sentenced to death by the eYe. Dubroc must escape and put an end to the eYe's anti-rockist ways in a tank-controlled adventure in pre-rendered locations.
Sounds like we're just making it up, right? Queen: the eYe was released to relatively little fanfare after multiple delays, and didn't fare too well with critics since its graphics and gameplay were dated by the time it was launched. Sure, it featured music and remixes from one of the greatest rock bands in history, but even that can't save a bad game.
Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey. If you have any feedback or news tips for the team, please email us!