Yes, you read that correctly, Jump—the on-demand video-game subscription service with an emphasis on independent games—has implemented a “random” button that will allow players to let Jump choose a game for them…randomly. As well, Jump brings an array of games ranging from excellent explorers to perfect platformers, releasing weekly throughout April, and kicking off on April 1 with the heart-pounding tower defense game Dead Ground and the innovative new-retro 90’s 3D-style puzzle/platformer ZORKRON 1998 Edition.
Perfect for players to discover a new game and a fun way for streamers to entertain viewers, Jump’s “random” button rapidly loads a surprise game using its usual minute-or-less, you-won’t-believe-it-until-you-try-it HyperJump delivery technology. This “random” feature also demonstrates how Jump can serve up games with no long installs or downloads, and even more spectacularly, with no latency. Players can give it and Jump’s complete library a risk-free shot with a 14-day free trial at www.playonjump.com.
Jump is also maintaining its limited-time introductory pricing of $4.99/month, while it continues to grow its catalog and features.
NEW GAMES TO JUMP
- LAUNCHING APRIL 1: Dead Ground—Tower defense reimagined! Dead Ground, by ShotX Studio, is a fast-paced procedurally generated tower defense game with rogue-like elements. Each playthrough will offer randomly generated guns, skills and augments. Players have to travel, collect scrap, water, manage inventory and upgrade their base to survive in this highly-rated and innovative take on a tower defense game. (Retail price: $9.99)
- LAUNCHING APRIL 1: ZORKRON 1998 Edition— Another worldly new-retro 90s 3D-style sci-fi puzzle/platformer game in three acts by Star Palm Games, the ZORKRON 1998 Edition features purposely old-school low-fi graphics like pixelated, neon textures and jagged edges. In 5.832 a.n., one of the Korllerian gods, Nydroor, woke up from an outer-time sleep caused by the explosion of two distant moons. Full of anger, Nydroor opened dimensional black holes searching for Zorkron, one of his most feared enemies and lord of many stars. When they finally meet, the battle is a cataclysmic event of unmeasurable proportions on the surface of Blukol, one of the remaining sacred spaces of a Blukannian cosmic system. Controlled by Nydroor´s greed and powerful mind, cyber-fungus grew up from the deep bluish soil of the destroyed planet. Legend has it that banned natives from other solar systems continue to explore its dangerous canyons and lakes. ($1**)
- Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller (Episode 1)—FBI agent Erica Reed has an uncanny talent: She can see the past and piece together how a crime unfolded. But not even this sixth sense could save her younger brother, Scott, from a brutal serial killer. Three years later, the investigation into Scott’s murder has gone cold—but Erica’s work has only just begun. This exciting four-part series, developed by Phoenix Online Studios, features a serial killer is loose in Boston—one who seems to be leaving deliberate clues that only Erica, with her unique post-cognitive abilities, can uncover. Winner of six 2013 Reader’s Choice Aggie Awards, including Game of the Year, the game features contributions from veteran game designer Jane Jensen (Gabriel Knight, Gray Matter) and comic book artist Romano Molenaar (Batman, X-Men, The Darkness). (Retail price $14.99*)
- Fuse Balls— Developed by talented game designer Dilmer Valecillos, Fuse Balls features a minimalist-designed collection of puzzles with a soothing soundtrack. Circles of various colors fall towards a center gravitational force creating smooth transitions and requiring color matching to fuse circles. Gravity reacts to circles, while the circle gravity movements, music, and sound effects help provide unique game experience from an elegantly simple, yet challenging, match-3 bubble shooting concept. (Retail price: $2.99)
- STRUCTUS— A new-retro 90s 3D-style sci-fi puzzle/exploration game by Star Palm Games, STRUCTUS, has players discovering mysteries, exploring strange alien voxel architecture, and contemplating weird angles. In a world influenced by the works of Donald Judd, William Gibson, Philip K. Dick, and Moebius, nothing is what it seems. ($1**)
- WORLD END ECONOMiCA Ep. 03—In the third and final episode of the highly acclaimed three-part visual novel from the creator of Spice and Wolf, Isuna Hasekura, and developer Spicy Tails, WORLD END ECONOMiCA Ep. 03 (Episodes 01 and 02 are also available on Jump), The conclusive episode in this visual novel trilogy is set in the far future on the moon, 16 years after humans have begun to colonize it. Will Hal’s dream be realized? It’s been eight years since the events of Episode.01 and his dream is still to stand where no man has stood before, and in order to do so he still needs a ludicrous amount of capital. With the economics of lunar city going out of control, find out what happens in this thrilling conclusion. ($12.99)
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