Bestselling and multiple-award winning author Katherine Rundell returns with a brilliant new story packed with adventure and excitementFOYLES CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019'An amazing adventure story, told with sparkling style and sleight of hand' JACQUELINE WILSON'Rundell is the real deal, a writer of boundless gifts and extraordinary imaginative power whose novels will be read, cherished and reread long after most so-called "serious" novels are forgotten' ObserverVita set her jaw, and nodded at New York City in greeting, as a boxer greets an opponent before a fight.Fresh off the boat from England, Vita Marlowe has a job to do. Her beloved grandfather Jack has been cheated out of his home and possessions by a notorious conman with Mafia connections. Seeing Jack's spirit is broken, Vita is desperate to make him happy again, so she devises a plan to outwit his enemies and recover his home.She finds a young pickpocket, working the streets of the city. And, nearby, two boys with highly unusual skills and secrets of their own are about to be pulled into her lawless, death-defying plan.Katherine Rundell's fifth novel is a heist as never seen before - the story of a group of children who will do anything to right a wrong.Likely to be the best children's book you'll read this year The Times Children's Book of the WeekRundell, KatherineKatherine Rundell spent her childhood in Africa and Europe. After completing a degree in English and a doctorate on John Donne, she is now a full-time writer and a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, where she studies Renaissance literature and climbs old buildings at night. Katherine has won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the Blue Peter Book Award and has been shortlisted for many others. In 2017 she was selected as one of Hay Festival's Hay30 influential young thinkers to watch.
A new game in the Granblue Fantasy universe is now available!This fantasy game blends fighting game action and RPG-style adventure.The gorgeous graphics and sound you expect from Granblue Fantasy, with an intuitive game system easy for both console and smart phone gamers to pick up. Throw yourself into matches or enjoy powering up your characters!RPG Mode:The Granblue Fantasy: VS RPG mode features a brand-new tale set in the world of Granblue Fantasy, fully voiced in both English and Japanese! Play through the story and upgrade your characters and weapons!Versus Mode:GBVS features an intuitive yet extensive battle system, with skills that can be activated with the touch of a button, a unique skill cooldown system, and super skybound arts that can dramatically turn the tables on your opponent!Players new to fighting games will enjoy the ease of controlling their favorite characters, while fighting game veterans will be able to experience the thrill of intense, tactical battles!
BlazBlue: Cross Tag BattleDistinguishing itself with fast-paced, spectacular clashes, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle will take you to a 2.5D arena, where you will fight against various opponents. BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Deluxe Edition contains the base game along with all DLC characters in one pack.Get ready to fight!Developed by the Arc System Works, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle features a world of fast-paced, dynamic battles, where skilled fighters come to test their fighting skills. Only one can win and there’s no time for cold calculation or delaying tactics.The quicker you are, the more you can surprise your opponent with a devastating combo. Inflict heavy blows which will take your opponents down! Unleash each character’s unique special attacks and combos, making the best use of each character’s moves. Control your energy meter, conserve power and deliver the finisher, leaving no doubts who’s the best on the arena!Choose from 40 charactersFeaturing a total of 40 characters in the basic Cross Tag Battle—20 in the base version and another 20 available in the DLCs, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Deluxe Edition guarantees a gripping, kinetic and stylish gameplay for you and your friends! Play as Ragna and Jun from the BlazBlue series, Yu Narukami from the Persona 4 Arena, Hyde from Under Night In-Birth or even Ruby Rose from the famous RWBY animated Youtube show. Explore each fighter’s unique moves. Try new moves, discover combos and first of all—have fun while beating your opponent!Explore Tag BattlesThe most important feature of the game, the tag system lets you take part in spectacular 2v2 Cross Tag battles. Choose the members of your team and take up arms against your opponents, smoothly switching between your chosen fighters. Filled with crazy action, with tight mechanics, dynamic gameplay, and gorgeous 2D graphics, the battles will engage the pros and newcomers alike!Find your favorite game modeIf you like playing solo, check out the lengthy and varied campaign offering a tailored experience which will guide you through the game’s features. You can also challenge the AI and beat your enemies in single battle.Those who like testing their skills against other players can do it through the multiplayer mode giving everyone a chance to fight other players’ teams online and locally thanks to the split-screen mode.Key FeaturesTest your reflex, agility and combat skills in one of the most fast-paced, crazy fighting games ever madePlay solo or jump into the online community and fight against players from all over the worldChoose your favorite character from a gallery of 40 availableEnjoy the exclusive DLC content included in this special BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Deluxe EditionGet enchanted by the vibrant, hand-drawn visual style and high-quality animations, characteristic for the franchise
It's the year 3030, and technology offers humankind unimaginable entertainment. What used to be virtual reality is now reality, and sports that once occupied your flat-screen now occupy the world stage. The largest of them embodies the evolution and integration of athleticism and machinery. Once every five years, hundreds of millions of viewers tune in to witness the spectacle that is M.E.C.H.s: Mechanized Entertainment Combat Heroes. Tiny Epic Mechs is an arena-style player-vs-player action-programming game. It features ITEMeeples with plastic molded power armors and a Mech suit that the ITEMeeples actually go inside of. In Tiny Epic Mechs, players take on the roles of highly skilled and athletic Mech pilots. They compete in a free-for-all battle royale over the span of six rounds. In each round, players select four of eight available actions to program. These actions keep you moving around the arena while allowing you to deploy high-scoring defensive turrets, plant explosive land mines with hidden values, collect resources, purchase weaponry, and power up into your Power Armor or eventually the highly-sought-after Mech Suit. While each player has their own Power Armor, there is only one Mech Suit, reserved for the king of the hill. Your programmed actions are played out one at a time around the table until all players have executed their four actions. When you cross paths with another player, combat ensues. During combat, players exchange fire until one player is out of ammo and must retreat, or they are defeated and forced to reset. Combat is fast, and you can use each weapon only one time per fight, so the more weapons you have, the longer you'll last. Weapons are categorized into three types, and each type counters one of the other types. If you time your weapons correctly, you can counter your opponent and unleash a more powerful attack and gain an edge over them. Dealing a lot of damage to your opponent will wow the audience and earn you lots of points, which brings you closer to victory. You also score victory points every other round based on area control and who controls the Mech. At the end of the game, you also earn points for each weapon you own.
If you wish to step into the arena with a double ax and a longbow to slash all red knights in a powerful style, buy Chivalry: Medieval Warfare and travel back in time. Arm in arm with your team, get bloodstained and show the power of your war hammer.Getting ready for the warSelect your team. At your disposal, there are various classes of warriors. Eg. there is an archer, a man-at-arms, and a vanguard knight.Select weapons. The selection is amazing: double axes, throwing axes, maces, longbows, battle axes, spears, shields, and swords. Group them in primary, secondary, or special categories. Watch your rank and the current score. Check the numbers of kills and deaths.Decent tactics brings a victory inChivalry: Medieval WarfareSkilful fingers on the keys are a must in this game. Do the training before you face the first enemy, as there will be no mercy. With your team, go around the arena to kill the other team with medieval weapons.Use different types of attacks. Practise combinations of a stab and a slash, plus a high kick, or a thrust and a downward. Make each of your attacks quick and surprising for the opponent. Blocking is quite important in every combat. Block properly or you are hit and dead. Get your opponent off-balance. Watch your head, as it is easy to have it cut off. Do not let the opposing knights run away.There is a lot to do during a medieval war: besiege castles, raid villages, push wagons with corps, destroy war machines, fight for spectacular glory in the crowded arena. Doublethink how to trick the defenders, as you do not have too much time to take the castle.Amazing medieval interiorsThe game creates a unforgettable atmosphere of medieval war in original locations. Set in the realistic world of castles, villages, and arenas, the scenario will take players inside amazing chambers, fields, and corridors.Feel the adrenaline of charging warriors within a sandy arena, surrounded by enthusiastic spectators, that cheer and swear loudly. Walk over bloody puddles and clean your sword from bloody drips.Run along endless stone corridors in a mighty castle with a bunch of knives ready to throw. Step on thick carpets and sneak between shapy sculptures of guarding lions. Run steep stairs up and down with a heavy ax and feel like an undefeatable knight.Intensive online battlesChivalry game has sophisticated online fight system gives a sensation of a very intensive gameplay. The duels are brutal and can be quite long lasting. Well designed battle modes give players loads of fun and adventure.Take a team perspective as well. This view is quite rare and fascinating, get involved in a vast picture. Follow the sequence of events and become an attacker or a defender. Chivalry unrolls the battle scenarios in well-designed phases. If you do not like battles there are four other modes to select from.
If you like destruction and mayhem, this 2D turn-based artillery video game is made for you. In Worms W.M.D you are presented with an arsenal out of this planet available right now for your Windows, Mac OS or Linux. Team17 Digital Lab put a lot of effort to make this part of worms series even more destructive and satisfying than ever before, with a huge arsenal, many single-player campaign levels, and beautiful, hand-drawn style, graphics.GameplayChallenge yourself going through 30 levels of the single-player campaign, where you can test new pieces of the arsenal such as dodgy phone battery as well as the classic weaponry like a bazooka. In Worms WMD (PC)you can play versus AI, in a local or online multiplayer, where you can face up to five opponents each one having up to eight different worms in their team. Conquer your enemies and make your mark on the pages of history.ArsenalCause mayhem with more than 80 useful weapons and pieces of equipment as well as a number of powerful guns, strategically situated on the maps. You can use them to gain an advantage over your opponent and create even more destruction on the battlefield.For those, who still crave more, the developers prepared a special feature, which allows players to create more powerful weapons of mass destruction while the opponent’s turn takes place. The ‘crafting’ feature allows the player to collect materials falling from the sky in crates during their turn, and make use of them in the same or opponent’s turn to create special kinds of already offered weapons. The crafted piece can be used in the next turn of the player, as the production of weapons takes time.Vehicles in Worms!Additionally, for the first time in the series, the developers gave the worms access to vehicles, which allow them to conquer the arena even faster. Now, you can become the pilot of a helicopter, or a driver of a tank, a Rocket League car or the Mech walker. Each vehicle has its own style and features, for example, the Rocket League car can help the worm to move faster and easier through the map and the tank can cause huge damage to the enemy team.In this game, you can gain tactical advantage and keep your worms safe by hiding them in the buildings scattered across the maps or set a trap for the opposing worms, who cannot see the interior. The developers also did not forget about the old fans of worms, as this edition uses a well-known classic physics system and the Ninja Rope.All these features are now topped off by the beautiful graphics, made in a hand-drawn style as well as many great visual effects accompanying the explosions. The sound effects and funny voices of the worms make the experience enjoyable for everyone.ReceptionThe game met with an overall positive response from the players, who highly praised its 2D graphics and the tremendous amount of new weapons. Additionally, the return to the formula of classic Worms games, while presenting new features keeps the game fresh and makes the PvP gameplay one of the best modes.
Episode 1: Ice Station Santa - He’s the most ancient and powerful opponent they’ve ever faced, a hairy, bloated, pagan God - Santa Claus! With Christmas presents on the attack and carols of gunshots drowning out the bells, Sam & Max must storm the North Pole to bring down a less-than-jolly foe. Can the Freelance Police make sense of this Christmas conundrum in time to save the world's children from a holiday tainted by tears, turmoil, and Torture-Me-Elmer?Episode 2: Moai Better Blues - A surprise trip to the tropics turns into a working vacation when Sam & Max sign up to stop a massive volcano eruption. Will their special blend of bewildering wit and renegade justice be enough to win over the gods? (Not to mention the locals?)Episode 3: Night of the Raving Dead - Zombie attack! Droves of undead are converging in the streets. Now Sam & Max must confront their leader - a Eurotrash vampire with a style all his own. Are the Freelance Police cool enough to outsmart this emo before his flesh-eating army usurps the western world?Episode 4: Chariots of the Dogs - Bosco’s vanished from the face of the Earth—literally! When Sam & Max manage to track him down, what they find is so mind boggling, you'll have to see it to believe it. Can the Freelance Police set things right, or will life as they know it fall victim to the capricious whims of T-H-E-M?Episode 5: What's New Beelzebub? - Judgment day is at hand, and it’s time for a showdown with the guy downstairs to bargain for Bosco’s soul. But in the corporate wasteland known as Hell, not even the Freelance Police are safe from eternal damnation. Can Sam & Max fight free from Satan’s grasp, or have they reached the end of the line?
Dead or Alive 6 is a 3D fighting action game for PC developed by Team Ninja and published by Koei Tecmo. It was released in March of 2019 and is the sixth installment of acclaimed Dead or Alive series, which started in 1996 on arcades. The game lets the player choose one of over 20 playable fighters, such as fan favorites Kasumi, Hayabusa and Tina, and take them through of several modes, including story mode, online and offline versus, survival and more.GameplayDead or Alive 6 is a fighting game set in a 3D environment. Players can freely move their characters around the field of battle, which is sometimes divided into levels, accessible by launching enemy character against the wall, out the window or into the floor. The arenas include what is called “danger zones”, located usually at the opposite ends of the stage, but also on the floor. If player or enemy fighter is launched into the danger zone they receive more damage. Danger zones are stage dependent and rage from breakable walls to exploding barrels and out-of-control cars.DOA 6retains most of the core combat mechanics of its predecessors adding a few new tools play with. Fighting is still focused on dealing damage through kicks and punches as well as timely countering enemy attacks. Gameintroduces a simplified combo mechanic called Fatal Rush, where pressing an attack button several times chains into a combination. Another new feature is Break Gauge, which fills in with time. When full, Fatal Rush ends with a powerful attack, similar to Dead or Alive 5’s Critical Blow. Last but not the least of new mechanics is Fatal Reversal, which reverses and stuns the opponent, leaving them open for a counterattack.Dead or Alive 6 saw some improvement in terms of graphics as well. Certain actions trigger slow-motion mode when the camera focuses on cinematic blow landing on the enemy. Fighters receive visible battle damage, such as bruises and bloody scratches, are covered in dirt and sweat after an intense fight. Controversial breast physics on female character remains intact, contrary to pre-release information, however, it can be adjusted by the player, just like the level of violence.The plot and playable charactersAfter the events of the previous game, Kasumi, a Mugen Tenshin clan ninja and one of the female protagonists of the Dead or Alive series lives as a recluse in a mountain village. However, a new threat throws the world into chaos and Kasumi must return to face it.Dead or Alive 6 includes fighters returning from the previous games in the series, as well as a couple of new faces. The returning characters include fan favorites such as:Kasumi – a Mugen Tenshin ninja and the main protagonist of the series; her ninjutsu fighting style is both fast and deadly.Ayane – Kasumi’s half-sister and fellow Mugen Tenshin ninja; due to circumstances of her birth she both hates and admires Kasumi.Hayate – Kasumi’s older brother; former guinea pig of DOATEC research lab, he swears to avenge his treatment at the hands of its chairman, Donovan.Hayabusa – Hayate’s friend and rival and Kasumi’s mentor; Hayabusa is also the main character of DOA spinoff series, Ninja Gaiden.Helena – the current leader of DOATEC and young heiress to the Douglas fortune; she fights using the Pi Gua Guan style, easy for dodging and countering attacks.Tina -daughter of the legendary pro-wrestler Bass Armstrong and a capable fighter herself, Tina pursued various paths of life to step out of her father’s shadow. Her trademark wrestling style allows midair grapples and throws.New fighters in DOA 6 are:NiCO – a codename for the genius scientist working on a new secret M.I.S.T. project; her analytical mind and natural talent at martial arts make her a foe not to be treated lightly.Diego - a street brawler from New York, he uses the money from illegal fights to support his sick mother; his style of fighting has little in the way of elegance, for which it makes up with brutality and underhanded moves, like headbutts.ReceptionDOA 6 received positive reviews from critics and players, who liked the refined graphics and gameplay mechanics as well as new modes. The game was praised for several gameplay improvements over its predecessors, detailed graphics and engaging story mode witch engaging plot and interesting characters.
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered is a role-playing video game with an interesting story and an amazing world that can bring hours of entertainment and many long-lasting memories. The game is played in a third-person view which allows you to even better appreciate the art style, as the graphics were created in collaboration with Studio Ghibli. If you’re a fan of Studio Ghibli productions such as, “Your name” (“Kimi no na wa”) or “Spirited away” (“Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi”) then this game will bring you the nostalgic feeling.The story The player takes control over the character named Oliver whose mother died after saving him from an accident. The boy embarks on a quest, hoping that she can be brought back to life with the help of mysterious characters from a magical world. Gameplay In Ni no Kuni player controls Oliver while exploring the world, which is open right from the very beginning, and progressing with the story, unlocks new gameplay elements. Running around on your foot can be tiring but don’t be discouraged as with the exploration of the new places you will be able to learn how to travel by boats or on the dragon! While facing the enemy the players can use various spells and abilities as well as the companions called familiars. Familiars can be tamed and their abilities can be upgraded to make them more efficient in battle. You can choose to bring out one of your familiars in a fight or go yourself to defeat your opponent. Go on a quest Naturally, main quests push the story forward, and doing side quests may be beneficial in upgrading your character and learning about the world. For instance, running errands or doing tasks from a “Taskmaster” can earn you useful upgrades. You are also equipped with the Wizard’s Companion book, which includes the main character’s spells, list of potions, maps, and a bestiary. Reception Ni No Kuni remaster met with a positive reception from the players for its visuals, storyline, gameplay, and variety. The remastered pc edition gave many players an occasion to play the game for the first time and others, an occasion to live through the memories once more, now with improved visuals and performance.