Alone With You and Home Creator Launches Latest 'Worse Than Death' On iOS

Benjamin Rivers, the indie developer behind Home and Alone With You announced Worse Than Death earlier this year, and now, in a celebration of Canada Day you can play the game on iOS right now.

WORSE THAN DEATH is a scary, emotional thriller about a high school reunion that goes horribly wrong. As Holly runs for her life, desperate to rescue her best friend Flynn from a terrible force that's hunting them both, she must survive unexpected truths about her home town, her friends, and even herself.

The game is still expected to come to PlayStation 4, Switch, and Steam and considering the game is obviously finished, hopefully we don’t have to long to wait. You can download Worse Than Death on iOS right here for $5.49 CAD.


Worse Than Death - The Next Game From The Developer Behind Alone With You, and Home

Benjamin Rivers, the developer behind 2012’s Home, and 2016’s Alone With You has announced his latest - Worse Than Death, for PlayStation 4, Switch, Steam, and iOS. The game will be an emotional thriller about a high school reunion that goes horribly wrong.

“Run for your life, hide in the shadows, and use your wits to avoid terrible enemies and solve a mystery that sees you trapped in your home town.

Worse Than Death fuses a page-turning, pulp horror story with action-adventure gameplay.”

We don’t have a release date yet, but we’re told it will be soon. In the meantime, you can hit up the developers Discord channel to catch a prequel story, and vote on what happens next!

Interview -Indie Game Dev Benjamin Rivers

This week on our weekly interview show, I chilled out with Benjamin Rivers. An indie developer here in Toronto, Ben has released Home on PlayStation 4, Vita, iOS, and Steam, as well as Alone With You on PlayStation 4, Vita, and Steam. He is also a teacher, illustrator, and Twitch streamer.

We talked about his history as a gamer, and then game developer, as well as his two releases and teases for his next game. Remember to subscribe on iTunes and Google Play!

This interview was available to Patron's first.

Limited Run Games Releases Home On PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita [Updated]

Limited Run Games will be releasing Benjamin Rivers' horror adventure game Home physically on PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita.

Home was released digitally on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita in 2014, and later ported on iOS and Steam.  You can buy the physical version on Vita here, and PlayStation 4 here.

"Awakened by an oncoming storm, you open your eyes to discover yourself in a strange, dark room—tucked away in a house that’s not yours.

As you play the game, it changes—subtly, almost imperceptibly—to reflect your perspective. It's a horror game unlike any other, and as you'll discover, its truths are entirely subjective."

Update: Originally the title was that the game came out on Xbox One - which should of read PlayStation Vita. 

Alone With You Out Now On Steam

The sci-fi romantic adventure game Alone With You from Benjamin Rivers is out now on Steam. The originally PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita game is currently enjoying a 15% discount on Steam which you can check out right here.

I enjoy Alone With You when it came out last year, you can check out the video review below:

Alone With You Coming To Steam Next Month

Well we now know that Benjamin Rivers is a man of his word. Just like what we thought on the podcast, the sci-fi romance adventure game Alone With You will be getting a Steam release next month, just in time for Valentines Day.

If you can't wait until Valentines Day, you can always pick up the game on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.

More News For Alone With You Coming Next Week

Alone With You came out last year on PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation 4. It hit Number 7 on our Game of the Year voting, and was a personal favourite of mine as well. As hinted by Benjamin Rivers on Twitter, it looks like we'll be getting some news next week on the sci-fi adventure:

Could we be in for a rerelease on a new platform? Some DLC? Something else? We'll have to wait and see, but make sure to follow Ben on Twitter in the meantime.

TorontoGameDevs.com 2nd Annual Game Of The Year Voting - Results!!

Well, it was a solid 2016, and there were a lot of great games that were created in Toronto and Southern Ontario. Just like last year, supporters and fans of local content took part in the 2nd Annual Game of the Year voting, and here are the results!

10) Maize - Finish Line Games

9) Kapsul Infinite - Luke O'Connor

8) Far Cry Primal - Ubisoft Toronto

7) Alone With You -  Benjamin Rivers

6) Watch Dogs 2 - Ubisoft Toronto

5) Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander - Massive Damage Inc

Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander had a huge Kickstarter. After a successful funding thank to Square Enix Collective, the game came out in Early Access, followed by a full release later in the year. The developers are still updating the game, so make sure you head over to Steam to pick it up.

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4) Runbow: Satura's Space Adventure - 13AM Games

Back-to-back Years of placing 4th in voting, 13AM Games released a healthy chunk of DLC for its party platformer. Satura's Space Adventure gives players more single, and multiplayer content - while also releasing the game on Steam, and 3DS.

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3) Severed - DrinkBox Studios

The first-person hack-n-slash found eventual homes on 3DS, iOS, and Wii U, but it was made from the ground up for the little Sony portable that could. Probably one of the last "exclusive" Vita games, Severed has you playing as a daughter trying to find out what happened to her family. Now I'll be praying for a Guacamelee 2.

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2) Hard Vacuum Lullaby - One More Story Games

Friends of the site, One More Story Games claims our top two spots in this years Game of the Year voting, first with Hard Vacuum Lullaby. "After a savage battle in deep space, the 2nd Yagoshan Expeditionary Fleet Battlecruiser #6 retreats to the orbit of a gas giant with other damaged vessels to undergo repairs by the fleets logistics and repair corvettes."

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1) Mandatory Upgrade X Marks The Spot - One More Story Games

Joining the ranks of N++, this years winner is Mandatory Upgrade: X Marks The Spot from One More Story Games. The story based game was written by Chris Tihor from Ironic Iconic Studios, and tells the tale of Special Agent Rachel Varley who has to investigate the death of a runaway cybernetic exosuit on her first day back to work. You can pick it up here for $3.99, which includes a demo as well.

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Thanks to everyone for voting, and congratulations to everyone who released a game in 2016. Onwards to 2017!

Toronto Developers Highlight the 7th Annual Canadian Video Game Award Nominations

The nominations for the 7th Annual Canadian VideoGame Awards have been announced, and there are quite a few Toronto developers being nominated for various awards. I tooked at the local games being developed, which you can check out below.

Nominations (Local Developers Only)

Game of the Year:

  • Severed
  • Far Cry Primal (Ubisoft Montreal nominated)

Best Console Game:

  • Far Cry Primal (Ubisoft Montreal nominated)

Best Mobile/Handheld Game:

  • Alone With You (Benjamin Rivers)
  • Severed (DrinkBox Studios)
  • Loud on Planet X (Pop Sandbox Inc)

Best PC Game

  • Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander (Massive Damage)

Best Virtual Reality Game:

  • Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes (Steel Crate Games)
  • Modbox (Alientrap)

Best Animation:

  • Far Cry Primal (Ubisoft Montreal nominated)

Best Art Direction:

  • Severed (DrinkBox Studios)
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Best Audio:

  • Far Cry Primal (Ubisoft Montreal nominated)

Best Educational Game:

  • Modbox (Alientrap)

Best Game Innovation:

  • Modbox (Alientrap)

Best Indie Game:

  • Alone With You (Benjamin Rivers)
  • Severed (DrinkBox Studios)

Best Musical Score:

  • Alone With You (Benjamin Rivers)
  • Severed (DrinkBox Studios)
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Best Narrative:

  • Alone With You (Benjamin Rivers)
  • Severed (DrinkBox Studios)

Best New Character:

  • Sasha - Severed (Drinkbox Studios)

Best Technology:

  • Modbox (Alientrap)

Fans’ Choice Award: Best Canadian-Made Game:

  • Alone With You (Benjamin Rivers)
  • Severed (DrinkBox Studios)

You can check out the full nominations at the official site.