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Intrepid Izzy is Now Available on Nintendo Switch!

Indie publisher Ratalaika Games, together with developer the Senile Team,announce Intrepid Izzy is released today 2nd December 2022 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Microsoft Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Nintendo Switch, priced at $10.99 EU 10.99.

Billed as a genre-defying 2D game with a unique HD art style, Intrepid Izzy offers all the very best with a compendium of genres seamlessly blending platforming with beat-’em-up and adventure elements, that will please a whole raft of gamers who want variety and tons of action.

Features:

  • Four large levels where the player will spend most of their time.
  • Many hours to explore every corner, and some areas require special powers to reach with each of these levels having a different theme.
  • ‘Aztec Greece’ – a sunny place with temples, palm trees and flowers.
  • ‘Chocolate Mine’- a subterranean maze where the way forward has to be unlocked step by step.
  • ‘Haunted Forest’ is full of ghosts, bats and other creepy things.
  • ‘East Pole” is an icy world full of dangerous ninjas.
  • Awesome soundtrack by the critically acclaimed Ben Kurotoshiro.

A story filled with humorous dialogue, eccentric characters and mysterious secrets.

Easy to pick up, difficult to put down!

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Intrepid Izzy Set to Release Dec 2nd on Nintendo Switch!

Indie publisher Ratalaika Games, together with developer the Senile Team, is pleased to announce Intrepid Izzy is set for release on the 2nd December 2022. Coming on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Microsoft Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Nintendo Switch, priced at $10.99 EU 10.99. Billed as a genre-defying 2D game with a unique HD art style, Intrepid Izzy offers all the very best with a compendium of genres seamlessly blending platforming with beat-’em-up and adventure elements, that will please a whole raft of gamers who want variety and tons of action.

Unbelievable

Gameplay is inspired by various games from the 16-bit era that will be apparent to many gamers but Intrepid Izzy has its own originality and branding. Merging together many favourite gameplay elements and challenges, it offers up a colourful feast of action and exploration! Unbelievably as the developer explained, ‘many themes, characters and enemies in the game were inspired by real life events. For example, meeting someone with an allergy to kiwifruit inspired me to design kiwifruit monsters. The various costumes that Izzy collects to gain special powers are also (loosely) based on real-world examples’.

IDs and Fluidity – HD Art

The characters in Intrepid Izzy are animated using custom-made software which took a lot of time and effort to develop, but gamers will note, it was well worth it. Intrepid Izzy contains thousands of frames of animation, which cannot feasibly be created any other way. Retaining certain characteristics of classic game graphics, evoking a sense of familiarity and/or nostalgia marks this game as a real labour of love.

Features:

  • Four large levels where the player will spend most of their time.
  • Many hours to explore every corner, and some areas require special powers to reach with each of these levels having a different theme.
    • ‘Aztec Greece’ – a sunny place with temples, palm trees and flowers.
    • ‘Chocolate Mine’- a subterranean maze where the way forward has to be unlocked step by step.
    • ‘Haunted Forest’ is full of ghosts, bats and other creepy things.
    • ‘East Pole” is an icy world full of dangerous ninjas.
    • Awesome soundtrack by the critically acclaimed Ben Kurotoshiro.
  • A story filled with humorous dialogue, eccentric characters and mysterious secrets.
  • Easy to pick up, difficult to put down!

Besides the above, there are 11 smaller levels which often provide a different gameplay experience, such as a boss fight, a time-limited mission or an introduction to new gameplay mechanics.

Grab a reward

Rewards and winning challenges are all part of the experience and most notably, new costumes for Izzy that grant her special powers is high on the priority list. For example, the flying squirrel suit that allows her to glide on air currents. There are also heart fragments to increase Izzy’s maximum health points, maps to help her find stuff, keys that open doors to new areas, coins that she can spend on various upgrades, as well as the arcade games in town, and various quest-related items. So much more is on offer.

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Save Room is Now Open on Nintendo Switch!

Indie publisher Ratalaika Games, today,11th November 2022, along with Brazilian Studio Fractal Project, celebrate the release of Save Room on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Microsoft Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Nintendo Switch, priced at $4.99 EU 4.99.

This Puzzle Inventory Management challenge has been acclaimed by a number of media and fanatical gamers for its simplicity, inventiveness, addictive nature and, above all, fun! PC GAMER commented- Finally, someone turned ‘inventory Tetris’ into an entire video game.

When you enter a ‘save room’ you know you are safe, no danger can come to you, you can relax. Take advantage of this short period of time to organise your inventory, heal your wounds and reload your weapons. Can you make all the items fit in your inventory?

The simple premise of the game is cleverly presented and what seems, looks like, a challenge without too much complication, which gets progressively tougher will soon have you engrossed wanting to get to the end.

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Save Room Opens Nov 11th on Nintendo Switch!

Indie publisher Ratalaika Games, joins together with Brazilian Studio Fractal Projects, in announcing Save Room out on the 11th November 2022 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Microsoft Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Nintendo Switch, priced at $4.99 EU 4.99. This Puzzle Inventory Management challenge has drawn inspiration from a giant of a game and has been acclaimed by a number of media for its simplicity, inventiveness, addictabilty and above all fun!

A touch of Evil to inspire

Fractal Projects, who have released a number of puzzle games, explained that this was created by their programmer who focused on the Resident Evil 4’s inventory system as his main inspiration. ‘Everyone that played RE4 remembers how fun it was to organise your items to fit in your suitcase. So I imagined that a short game with that mechanic could be a good project. What makes the game unique is this nostalgic feeling. The goal/aim is to make all the items fit in your inventory, while your guns are loaded and your life is not too low.’

Organization

When you enter a ‘save room’ you know you are safe, no danger can come to you, you can relax. Take advantage of this short period of time to organize your inventory, heal your wounds and reload your weapons. Can you make all the items fit in your inventory?

40 levels make up the game and the objective is really simple, you just need to arrange the items you are presented with and then fit them into your inventory space. You can move, rotate and combine the items. Also, all your weapons need to be reloaded and your life can be in a dangerous state so keep your eye on the screen!

The difficult curve is progressive, so in the first ten levels the player only needs to fit the items and reload their weapons. At levels 11 to 25 the player will have to use and combine healing items to keep the health metre away from the danger state. After that, a mechanism of combining gunpowder to create ammunition is presented. In the final levels………… (surprises!)

As the developer explained, ‘The gameplay mechanics are introduced at a pace that is easy for everyone and players who are familiar with RE4 find them very intuitive. When someone gets stuck on a level he just needs to restart and try to organize the items in a different way.’

Relax and Progress

There is no timer at all, and as many gamers have found out from the successful PC release, Save Room has a relaxing approach that is very calming, so the player can just relax and solve the puzzle at his own pace. Each level must be completed to unlock the next one, and the game has many achievements that encourage the player to complete levels and try new things.

Crafty idea!

Save Room blends puzzles within its puzzles, like when you begin crafting: using different vials of gunpowder to fashion specific ammo types, combining herbs to make healing items. The developer expanded on this, ‘As in Resident Evil games it’s common to combine herbs and gunpowder, I figured having some mechanics like that would bring back a lot of nostalgic memories. So, in Save Room, the player will need to combine herbs to create potent healing items and mix the right gunpowders to create specific ammunition. And when you combine items, you create more free space in your inventory, which is the key to solving some levels.

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Bones of Halloween Rise Oct 28th on Nintendo Switch!

Leon, Spain — Ratalaika Games and Petite Games are proud to announce that Bones of Halloween will be released onto Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4/5 consoles on October 28th 2022 for a price of just $5/€5!

Bones of Halloween is a small but spooky first person shooter full of thrills and chills, just in time for your favourite holiday! You awaken in a dark forest near a castle, and quickly realize that you’re being hunted by grotesque pumpkin skeletons risen from the grave, and they’re after more than just your candy. Shoot down as many enemies as you can while you are still alive! You’ll have to deal with a myriad of monster attacks including arrows, lasers, fire, and explosions. Choose from multiple gameplay modes and difficulty settings, and gain access to powerful weapons. Fortune cards will have either good or bad effects on your fate.

Features:

  • Halloween-themed first person shooter
  • Grotesque Halloween monsters
  • Multiple game modes, difficulty settings, and weapons

How long can you survive the terror?

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Caffeine: Victoria’s Legacy is Now Available on Nintendo Switch!

September 30th, 2022 – Indie publisher Ratalaika Games, together with Indie developer Kikai Digital, join forces to celebrate today’s (30th Sept) Caffeine: Victoria’s Legacy, a choice rich, fantasy visual novel, set in a steampunk Victorian alternative reality, where coffee is all that matters! Released on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Microsoft Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Nintendo Switch, priced at €17.99 / $17.99, this is one to check out!

Features, facts and fantasy!

  • Appealing and engaging story!
  • Beautiful graphics.
  • Over 25 hours of gameplay
  • Four romanceable routes with one true ending.
  • Voices characters.
  • 450,000 word visual novel.
  • Hundreds of choices.
  • Original Music
  • Animated CG scenes.
  • A rollercoaster of romance
  • Plus more

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Caffeine: Victoria’s Legacy Begins Sept 30th on Nintendo Switch!

September 23rd, 2022 – Indie publisher Ratalaika Games, together with Indie developer Kikai Digital, join forces and announce the up and coming release of Caffeine: Victoria’s Legacy, a choice rich, fantasy visual novel, set in a punk cyber victorian alternative reality, where coffee is all that matters!

Out on the 30th September for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Microsoft Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Nintendo Switch, priced at €17.99 / $17.99, this is one to check out!

Setting the scene

The backdrop story and focus to Caffeine: Victoria’s Legacy is about Taka, who, while trying to investigate the whereabouts of his mother, is mysteriously sent to a parallel world where caffeine has magical powers and technological advancement is set still at the age of steam. Taka has lost all memories of his past and his only memory is a little coffee house in the corner of an alley, where his parents happily brewed coffee and served customers from all walks of life. Whilst on a plane journey to his mum’s homeland, he mysteriously falls off the plane and finds himself in the city of Victoria, staring at a coffee house named ‘Taka Coffee House’, the same coffee house that he remembered so fondly during his childhood…

Caffeine: Victoria’s Legacy is an exciting visual novel where you have to make choices along the way to uncover the true mystery behind Taka’s history and the workings of this world. Depending on the choices you make throughout the game, you may reach the individual good and bad endings for each of the 4 romanceable characters. After completing their routes, the true ending will unlock which goes on to uncover the secrets behind the whole story. With its unique story full of plot twists and intricate world building, those who stay till the end of the journey will be rewarded handsomely.

When caffeine is consumed, it gives the drinker powers which they call ‘Caffeine’. This makes coffee beans and other caffeinated products like tea a valuable commodity, making the city which Taka ends up in one of the richest in the world. But as the story progresses, it’s also pointed out that with new technological advancements coming up, the appeal of caffeine will diminish and thus there is a danger that those who rely on caffeine powers will become irrelevant.

We won’t spoil things by giving too much detail so delve into this enticing story and see for yourself!

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The Dark Prophecy Has Begun on Nintendo Switch!

16th September 2022 – Indie publisher Ratalaika Games, together with Start Warp and Meridian4, today release The Dark Prophecy – a 2D pixel art, Point & Click, 90s retro inspired adventure game. Coming on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Microsoft Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Nintendo Switch, priced at $9.99 / €9.99.

Features & Facts:

  • explore the environment and find solutions to move the plot forward.
  • try to touch everything that you meet on the way.
  • start dialogues with other characters, choose answer options in dialogues,
  • make the main character go somewhere, and let the story unfold.
  • use items from your inventory on environmental items or on each other.
  • solve puzzles and become entwined in the story.
  • great replayability, with loads to see and do
  • visit 18 locations – stunning, interesting and enchanting.

A mediaeval adventure story with plenty to do, explore and interact with, bringing back the best and ‘feel’ of the heydays of the 90s gaming scene.

A Brilliant spiritual successor to the classic 90s adventure games!

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The Dark Prophecy Begins Sept 16th on Nintendo Switch!

8th September 2022 – Indie publisher Ratalaika Games, joins together with Start Warp and Meridian4, to announce the up and coming release of The Dark Prophecy – a 2D pixel art, Point & Click, 90s retro inspired adventure game. Due out on the 16th September 2022 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Microsoft Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Nintendo Switch, priced at $9.99 / €9.99, gamers are welcomed into a peaceful mediaeval village where life is calm and safe, but ominously its about to change, and not in a nice way!

The Dark Prophecy presents an atmospheric classic fantasy tale set in the Middle Ages, featuring magic, witchcraft, wizards, castles, kings and peasants plus a host of interesting cast and features.

At the beginning of the game, the main character, an ordinary village boy called Jacob, accidentally finds himself at the origins of an unusual situation. The goal is to progress through this story to the end, to its logical conclusion. More specifically, to get to the royal magician and talk to him; which is not at all easy for a simple village lad.

And now the adventure begins…

Jacob, sitting by the night lake, receives a message from one of the magicians of the neighbouring kingdoms. He must get to the arch mage of his kingdom, Merlin, in order to convey an important message to him – otherwise, Jacob’s entire kingdom and village will perish within a day. His path to the castle begins very modestly – right in his village. First, he will have to find a way to get into the village witch’s hut and then carefully study the familiar landscape in order to find something new and hidden from public view.

Features & Facts

  • As in the good old quests of the 90s, the player can:
  • look at something (study visually),
  • explore the environment and find solutions to move the plot forward,
  • try to touch everything that he meets on the way,
  • start dialogues with other characters, choose answer options in dialogues,
  • make the main character go somewhere,
  • use items from your inventory on environmental items or on each other,
  • solve puzzles,
  • great replayability,
  • visit 18 locations.

“One favourite puzzle is the task of making the best soup in the kingdom, where you have to select a combination of ingredients, and cracking the witch’s chest, where you have to select the correct sequence of water runes to open the lock. There are many on offer!”. Denis, founder of Start Warp

Solving puzzles, understanding and implementing multi dialogue answers is all part of solving and completing the long and challenging journey. With detailed and beautiful locations to explore, including hiding in underground settings and castle grounds, complemented with unique musical themes a wholesome and full experience is presented to the player together with a great story!

Roll back the years and and feel the retro atmosphere of a 90s classic adventure on your console!

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Catmaze – A Purrrrfect Metroidvania Begins Sept 9th on Nintendo Switch!

September 2nd 2022 – Indie publisher Ratalaika Games, joins together with RedBlack Spade, to announce the up and coming release of Catmaze – a metroidvania that’s inspired by Slavic mythology.

Out on the 9th of September for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Microsoft Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Nintendo Switch, priced at $9.99 / €9.99, secrets, magic and bounding around some enchanting settings are only a few of the compelling challenges on offer.

Variety is the spice of Catmaze

Creatures from Slavic myths cautiously keep their secrets in the magical forests and dense thickets that have become home to geese, kikimora, anchutkas, mermaids and many more mysterious forms. Now is your chance to unveil secrets where hidden paths will become visible and the road between worlds will be intertwined as you set forth…

Go Forth – Be Brave

The player assumes the role of Alesta, a teenage witch who finds her life turned upside down after a rather hapless experience. Wanting to bring her mother back from the world of the dead, Alesta soon enlists the help of cats that form the link between the world of the living and the dead, also known as Yavi and Navi. Alesta is a character with a strong spirit, but sadly not strong muscles, adding to the fact she does not attack monsters herself – others do it for her. All together there are 12 types of creatures in the game: some hit slowly and hard, some are weak and quick and others can poison enemies or freeze them.

Growing, Expanding Moving on

Throughout the game, you’ll explore the world that consists of caves, forest and villages to help her accomplish what initially was thought impossible. As you progress you will gather upgrades and new abilities that let you access previously inaccessible areas. Additional short sections of game mechanics give variety to enhance the experience – ride a wolf or fly on a broomstick, this is much more fun than solely moving all the way on our two legs!

As you advance through the Slavic villages facing some of the craziest, weirdest and spookiest confrontational encounters, ghosts, mean mermaids, bad mushrooms and more!. you must be prepared for the customary end of level big bad loathsome boss confrontations, who are devious and have some clever tactics. Fear not, it’s not called Catmaze for nothing, for some cute pussies, hedgehogs, and even birds will assist you!

Features and Facts

  • Use Spells
  • New Enhancements for Killing
  • High Replay Ability
  • Inventive Map to assist
  • Hidden Rooms
  • Save Feature
  • Side Quests
  • Platforming and action feast
  • Top soundtrack
  • Story branching
  • Endearing Story and Cast

Catmaze is a pixel perfect mixture of fun and challenges to moving and jumping on mushrooms, and to deep and thought provoking puzzles within a huge play area.

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