Dinosaur Machines Game Club PodcastNov 21, 2022
Return to Monkey Island
You listen to podcasts like a dairy farmer! The legendary Ron Gilbert and Devolver Digital bring us back to one of gaming's coziest pirate coves: Monkey Island! In Return to Monkey Island, players once again on the hunt for the secret of Monkey Island. Strapping on the fancy boots of Guybrush Threepwood; players will solve puzzles, crafting a powerful mop, and navigate winding forests through this nostalgic-yet-new adventure. But, is Return to Monkey Island leaning too heavily on the past, or is it paving its way through new frontiers?
Then, Dave and Dan are on their own journey through this episode's Trivial Tastemaker! Mark is their ravishing captain on this quest through a set of multiple choice puzzle solutions! Who can make it out of this challenge ALIVE!? Or, at least as a winner?
MAIN TOPIC: 28:38
TRIVIAL TASTEMAKER: 1:02:43
Take a seat and shuffle some cards; it's time to play for your life in Inscryption by Daniel Mullins Games. Join Mark, Dave and Dan as they peel away the layers of this surprisingly complex deckbuilding adventure. Is there life beyond the cabin? And, what's up with all of these chatty cards? Each of these mysteries will meet their maker in this extra-inky episode of the Dinosaur Machines Game Club Podcast!
After all the cards have been dealt, Dave has one last challenge for Mark and Dan -- the Trivial Tastemaker! In the name of this scary season, it's a test to see who can name more horror-themed games. Which player has seen more of gaming's frightening side?
MAIN TOPIC: 30:54
TRIVIAL TASTEMAKER: 1:20:31
Cult of the Lamb
As the summer months wind down, the Dinosaur Machines can be seen emerging from their cavernous hideaway! And, they come bearing gifts for loyal... followers of their cults!? No need to be alarmed, they simply want to chat with you about Cult of the Lamb by Massive Monster, and published by Devolver Digital. Players are tasked with managing their very own cult! However, they've also got to feed, house, and manage their followers while also appeasing a higher power of horrific strength. So, get cozy and pour a glass of delicious Kool-Aid as we go on a journey through demonic oaths and sacrificing your friends.
After that, Dan brings the Trivial Tastemaker back the only way he knows how: by completely forgetting to make a unique challenge for Mark and Dave! Instead, they'll be trying to Guess That Game! What game is Dan thinking of? Only he knows, probably!
MAIN TOPIC: 19:29
TRIVIAL TASTEMAKER: 1:01:42
150th Episode Spectacularrrrrr!
One hundred and forty-nine episodes later, we're still doing this thing! Join us on this sesquicentennial episode of the Dinosaur Machines Game Club Podcast! Mark, Dave, and Dan will share each of their favorite games featured on the last twenty-four episodes. And, they'll also compare the games which the found to be less than favorable. Regardless, this is sure to be a celebration of the ages!
MAIN TOPIC: 2:27
TRIVIAL TASTEMAKER: 43:28
You are the Ghostrunner. With no memory, you've got a voice whispering orders... or, "suggestions" in your head. Weakened and confused, you climb Dharma Tower while cutting through any opposition that stands in your way. This sharp adventure through the dystopian future challenges players to dodge bullets and dispatch enemies with unbelievable accuracy. If at first you don't succeed, slice and dice and slide again.
Mark, Dave, and Dan hone their edges in an attempt to unravel the truth of this bleak future they find themselves in. Then, Mark challenges Dave and Dan to figure out which games have gained value over the years. Will they cash in on their investments, or be left with a mountain of duds?
MAIN TOPIC: 30:38
TRIVIAL TASTEMAKER: 1:04:29
A Memoir Blue
Wade through a flood of memories with Miriam in A Memoir Blue by Cloisters Interactive. Published by Annapurna Interactive; this heartfelt story explores Miriam's complicated relationship with her mother. In spite of being a world-renowned swimmer, Miriam is left to navigate the sometimes murky waters of her past in this interactive narrative.
Dive into this beautiful journey with Mark, Dave, and Dan as they learn more about Miriam's past.
Then, Dave challenges Mark and Dan to his own gaming-themed version of Wordle. Who can decipher Dave's hidden words first?
MAIN TOPIC: 27:27
TRIVIAL TASTEMAKER: 1:02:55
Greak: Memories of Azur
Greak: Memories of Azur is a single-player puzzle platformer by Team17 that features three playable heroes. With Greak's cunning, Adara's magic and Raydel's strength, the Urlags don't stand a chance! By their powers combined, can the three siblings defend against an invasion?
Meanwhile, a different trio takes their hand at saving the world. Can Mark, Dave, and Dan bring peace to the Courines?
Then, Dan challenges Mark and Dave to... Guess That Game! Can Mark and Dave piece together which character Dan's making them guess? Find out in this spine-tingling Trivial Tastemaker!
MAIN TOPIC: 21:04
TRIVIAL TASTEMAKER: 43:57
Solar Ash by Heart Machine is what happens when the creators of Hyper Light Drifter play a bit too much Jet Set Radio. Skate through the vibrant yet dying worlds as Rei: the last Voidrunner. Her goal is to prevent the Ultravoid from swallowing the known universe into its abyssal innards. Each area features an epic creature that will stop at nothing to keep Rei from her mission. Unfortunately for the Ultravoid's minions, Rei only grows more cunning and agile as this adventure progresses.
Mark, Dave, and Dan each take their chances against the all-consuming black hole. Will they emerge victorious, or discover an even darker truth to the circumstances before them?
Then, Mark challenges Dave and Dan to create an accurate release timeline of games. Who will be able to retrace the footsteps of gaming history?
MAIN TOPIC: 25:25
TRIVIAL TASTEMAKER: 1:03:20
Sifu by Sloclap tells a tale about vengeance by means of martial arts mastery. Players take on the role of an orphan who spends their life mastering hand-to-hand-and-sometimes-knife combat. Their mission? They're gonna kill Bill... I mean, Yang. Sifu requires players to succeed and fail on their journey. With each loss comes a chance to learn new moves and unlock passive perks. However, they'll literally age every time they perish in combat. Age enough times, and it's game over! Well, obviously, but we're still talking about Sifu here.
After this flurry of kicks and punches subsides, Dave challenges Mark and Dan to identify a series of characters that have something very mysterious in common. Can you name these individuals before they can? Or, will you have to tap out of the fight?
MAIN TOPIC: 15:05
TRIVIAL TASTEMAKER: 1:08:19
Agent A: A puzzle in disguise
The name's A... Agent A. Well, that's at least the moniker by which this episode's game goes by! Agent A: A puzzle in disguise is a point-and-click puzzle game by Yak and Co. Unravel the web of lies and danger that's been spun by the notorious Ruby LaRouge. Work your way from a chic supervillain loft, to an ultra high-tech, ultra dangerous underground base! Pick locks, find hidden switches, and cause many controlled explosions in this escape room inspired adventure.
Then, Dan challenges Mark and Dave to one of the most chilling rounds of Twenty (or More) Questions yet! Will these sleuths be able to crack Dan's code? Or, will they be left to the sharks that have laser beams attached to their heads!?
MAIN TOPIC: 28:05
TRIVIAL TASTEMAKER: 48:01
Death's Door, ft. Ron Chan
Grab your sword (or umbrella), and get ready for your first day on the job at the Reaping Commission! In Death's Door by Acid Nerve and Devolver Digital, you take on the role of a Crow who has been tasked with finding a missing soul. Before long, it becomes clear that this is much more than a simple case of spiritual theft. The only way forward is by fighting through giant Spirits who each have a tale of their own.
Mark, Dave, and Dan are joined on this adventure through Death's Door by none other than Ron Chan! As a self-proclaimed Death's Door aficionado, Ron is more than prepared to share his experience with this isometric adventure.
Then, Mark challenges Ron, Dave, and Dan to a special edition of the Trivial Tastemaker! With Dan fighting for survival and Dave competing for this season's championship, Ron stands to secure a victory out from the Dinosaur Machines' grasp. Who will prevail in this contest of epic proportions?
MAIN TOPIC: 27:47
TRIVIAL TASTEMAKER: 1:00:53
Deltarune - Chapter 2
Head back into the Dark World of Deltarune by Toby Fox! Kris is reunited with Susie and Ralsei as they embark on another journey through mysterious portals. Along the way, they'll encounter even more quirky characters than in Chapter 1. Can they stop The Queen before it's too late?
Mark, Dave and Dan take turns discussing their return to the world of Deltarune. Who relates most to Berdly? Which of the Dinosaur Machines thinks Queen is the best character ever? All of this and more on yet another mirth filled episode!
Then, tensions rise as Dave challenges Mark and Dan to unravel even more NeuralBlender masterpieces! Which games were used to inspire these abstract yet familiar pieces of art?
MAIN TOPIC: 22:01
TRIVIAL TASTEMAKER: 58:53
Feeling trapped in a dead-end marriage, Veronica Villensey decides to take drastic measures. In an effort to take her life back, she ends another -- by throwing her husband, Malcolm... overboard! With no remorse, Veronica must now convince the crew and passengers that she's innocent. Can she get away with murder, or will she find herself locked up?
Mark, Dave, and Dan take a toss at getting away with the crime of the century. Which of them made it out with insurance money, and which got thrown behind bars?
Then, Dan challenges Mark and Dave to his own version of the popular hit word game, Wordle. He introduces... Gaming Wordle!
MAIN TOPIC: 22:24
TRIVIAL TASTEMAKER: 54:49
I Am Dead
After gracefully passing on from the world of the living, Morris Lupton finds himself on a quest to save the island of Shelmerston from volcanic disaster. Morris teams up with his dearly deceased pooch, Sparky, to find the island's next spiritual protector. Along the way, they'll give other ghosts some much needed rest and closure.
Mark, Dave, and Dan share their thoughts on this thoughtful puzzle adventure game by Hollow Ponds. Join them as they traverse the intricacies of the afterlife! Hopefully, they'll finally find that missing sock.
Then, Mark challenges Dave and Dan to guess which version of Monopoly doesn't exist. With a stunning portfolio of properties under his belt; has anything escaped the grasp of Mr. Monopoly?!
MAIN TOPIC: 25:56
TRIVIAL TASTEMAKER: 53:43
Some cartographers make maps, others use maps to create their own versions of the world -- like Carto! After being separated from her Granny, Carto must find her way home by gently manipulating the world. On her quest, Carto will make friends, solve mysteries, and create memories that'll last a lifetime.
Mark, Dave, and Dan take the universe into their hands in this lovely puzzle / adventure game. Will they create the perfect map, or is this journey fated for catastrophe?
Then, Dave challenges Mark and Dan to the classic "Synonym Challenge!" Will his co-hosts be able to unravel the riddles that hide each game?
MAIN TOPIC: 26:09
TRIVIAL TASTEMAKER: 55:48
TOEM is a photo adventure that takes players through charming locales. A hobbyist photographer takes their first steps on a journey to meet a mythical being known as the TOEM. Along the way, they'll solve photo-based puzzles and aid townsfolk in their tribulations. So, grab some film and clean your lens -- it's time to see the world through the eyes of a camera!
Mark, Dave, and Dan compare photos and experiences from their time with TOEM. Does the game live up to its focus, or is everything just out of frame and blurry?
Then, Dan challenges Mark and Dave to figure out what game he's hiding *in his mind.* Will they be able to decipher what series he's thinking of, or will Dan's game remain forever hidden?!
MAIN TOPIC: 24:04
TRIVIAL TASTEMAKER: 49:30
It Takes Two
Cody, May, and Rose are one big happy family! However, things have been getting somewhat murky for this seemingly happy picture. As Cody and May begin to finalize the ends of their relationship, they're suddenly transformed into living dolls. With the aid of a talking self-help book by the esteemed Dr. Hakim, Cody and May embark on an unforgettable journey through a surreal version of their own home. Along the way, they begrudgingly cooperate to navigate through this perilous experience. But, does this help them find what brought them together in the first place?
After Mark and Dan played this game with Dave in the backseat, the Dinosaur Machines sat down to discuss this serious-yet-goofy adventure by Hazelight Studios.
Then, Mark challenges Dave and Dan to decipher art that was created by an amazing AI called Neural Blender. Will they be able to think like a machine and identify which games inspired this art, or will SkyNet finally win? And, if you'd like to play along, check this Twitter thread!
MAIN TOPIC: 20:23
TRIVIAL TASTEMAKER: 49:20
Chicory: A Colorful Tale
In a world without color, what's left to do but paint? In Chicory: A Colorful Tale, it's up your job to bring vibrancy back to a land facing monochrome doom. As the most talented artist around has evidently thrown out their brush, can you take on this daunting role of creative heroism?
Mark, Dave, and Dan each take to the canvas in an effort to assist the citizens of these food-inspired towns. Will they paint themselves into a corner, or does Chicory: A Colorful Tale get more interesting the longer they look at it?
Then, Dave challenges Mark and Dan to a contest involving unusual weaponry found in video games! Who will be immortalized as the champion of this episode's Trivial Tastemaker?!
MAIN TOPIC: 17:41
TRIVIAL TASTEMAKER: 56:24
Last Stop is an adventure game that puts you in control of three individuals who each face reality-altering experiences. John, Donna, and Meena embark on unique journeys before ultimately converging with each other in a fated union. What forces have brought these otherwise disconnected individuals together?
Mark, Dave, and Dan embark on their own quest to get through this supernatural story. Will they emerge unscathed, or are their fates already decided? Then, Dan exposes Mark and Dave on a treacherous Trivial Tastemaker. Can Mark and Dave deconstruct Dan's fake game titles?
MAIN TOPIC: 23:42
TRIVIAL TASTEMAKER: 1:09:56
Procession to Calvary
Have you ever wanted to cause an outrageous ruckus in your favorite historical works of art? Well, aren't you a lucky scamp! Procession to Calvary lets you frolic about as an agent of chaos in multiple Renaissance paintings. As a soldier from the Crusades, it's your quest to slaughter Heavenly Peter in the name of Immortal John! On this adventure, you'll break into castles, perform street magic, and successfully make an offering to the Devil themself. Can Mark, Dave, and Dan fulfill their destinies, or will they carve a new path?
Then, Mark throws Dan and Dave to the lions in this episode's Trivial Tastemaker! Who will survive this gauntlet of wits and wisdom?
MAIN TOPIC: 15:02
TRIVIAL TASTEMAKER: 48:11
Juke! Side-step! Maneuver! And if all else fails: DODGE! What’s with all the evasion, you ask? It’s because we played Dodgeball Academia by Pocket Trap. Attend a school dedicated to the art of throwing rubber balls with great strength, and skillfully avoiding them when your opponent strikes back. You’ll make friends, create rivalries, and settle local disturbances every day of each semester! Mark, Dave, and Dan hit the courts with unwavering determination in their hearts. You’ll definitely want to catch this tournament of champions as it unfolds.
The excitement continues as Dave challenges Mark and Dan to a game for true sportsmen: video game sports trivia! Can he beguile his cohosts? Or, will they prevail VICTORIOUS?! Find out!
MAIN TOPIC: 18:32
TRIVIAL TASTEMAKER: 48:19
The only thing worse than being a cop with amnesia is having a necktie that just does not stop talking. Such problems merely scratch the surface of the warped encounters you'll experience in the world of Disco Elysium. After waking up from what seems like an epic bender, it's your job to solve a murder, remember who you are, and re-learn simple concepts such as currency. Why is this place in shambles? Where are your shoes? Will a spin kick really be the next logical course of action?
Mark, Dave, and Dan take this journey through their broken minds together as they share stories from Revachol. In this hefty episode, it's anyone's guess how their investigations went.
MAIN TOPIC: 22:15
TRIVIAL TASTEMAKER: 1:20:55
What happens when you mix Tron and Lord of the Rings? Studio Koba has an answer: Narita Boy! Traverse the Digital Kingdom as a being of ultimate power. Using the radical techno-sword, only the true Narita Boy can bring down the corrupt programs known as Stallions. Do you have what it takes to aid Motherboard before total system failure?
Mark, Dave, and Dan downloaded their consciousnesses into the pixelated realm. Sharing thoughts on their individual journeys, will Narita Boy be code complete, or does it rest in force?
MAIN TOPIC - 29:21
TRIVIAL TASTEMAKER - 1:05:36
Before I Forget
In this episode, we take a look through the eyes of a woman who faces her life one flashback at a time. Developed and published by 3-Fold Games; Before I Forget is a walking simulator that brings the player on an unforgettable stroll in the shoes of a woman named Suni. Throughout the game, we're given a unique perspective into what it's like to live with a fading memory.
Mark, Dave, and Dan work together to put the pieces of Suni's tale back together. Who is Dylan? And, what was Suni's life like before we met her?
MAIN TOPIC - 24:13
TRIVIAL TASTEMAKER - 1:01:28
Mark, Dave, and Dan join forces to solve some of the most hair-raising mysteries to ever hit the digital domain. Will they make it out alive, or are they doomed to get "bacon brain?!"
Then, Dan challenges Mark and Dave to a rousing match of "Twenty (or more) Questions." Can they be able to decipher his riddle, or will they be lost to the dark net?
Main Topic: 17:39
Trivial Tastemaker: 51:22
Call of the Sea
The sea beckons to Norah as her lifelong condition worsens. As her husband Harry goes missing on the search for her cure, Norah takes her fate into her own hands. Solve puzzles, explore ancient mysteries, and discover the truth about Norah's unspoken connection to an island in the Southern Pacific.
Call of the Sea is an adventure game developed by Out of the Blue, and published by Raw Fury. To contrast the game's beautiful landscapes, Call of the Sea challenges players to solve riddles and track down Harry's missing expedition.
Mark, Dave, and Dan bring you along on this expedition through the unknown. So, get those gills ready for deep sea adventures!
Main Topic: 22:34
Trivial Tastemaker: 1:03:09
Begin your ascent to freedom in Hades by Supergiant! Zagreus -- the son of Hades -- begins his journey towards the surface. In defiance of his father, Zagreus will find himself locked in combat with individuals who he once called allies and family. Can Zagreus break free of his birthright as the lord of the Underworld? With help from his relatives on Mount Olympus, Zagreus may yet have a chance to discover the truth around his origins.
Mark, Dave, and Dan share their experiences from their attempts (and successes!) to free Zagreus from Hades' oppressive parenting tactics. Then, things get combative as Mark and Dan are thrust into combat by Dave's Synonym Challenge on this episode's Trivial Tastemaker.
Main Topic: 26:29
Trivial Tastemaker: 1:05:47
Star Renegades is a turn-based, roguelike strategy RPG by Massive Damage Inc. With stunning pixel art and a unique take on turn-based combat, Star Renegades brings the player on a high-risk-high-reward journey through space and time. Will you be able to lead your army to ultimate quantum victory? Mark, Dave, and Dan take their shot at being the best time traveling commanders that the universe has ever seen. Will Star Renegades satiate their thirst for success?
After the dust has settled, Dan challenges Mark and Dave to a rousing round of Roguelike Trivia. Or, as Dave calls it: "Random Roulette!" Which of the Dinosaur Machines' resident cousins will emerge the champion of this contest?
Main Topic: 24:48
Trivial Tastemaker: 58:18
125th Episode Spectacularrrrr!
Another twenty-five glorious episodes of the Dinosaur Machines Game Club Podcast have come and gone! To celebrate our momentous one-hundred and twenty-fifth episode, we once again compare and contrast our individual experiences with each of the last twenty-four games. Will one of your favorites be featured by our trio? Or, will Dan snuff a great game once again?
Gather 'round, and find out! This laid back jaunt is sure to be a barrel of laughs and memories.
Work your way through a series of surreal scenarios in Stories Untold by No Code. Sample the best of classic PC gaming with a text-based adventure, first-person exploration, and puzzle solving! As you relive these old school genres, you may find yourself reading between the lines to uncover an even deeper reality.
Mark, Dave, and Dan are your guides through this strange journey of CRT monitors and gigantic safes.
Then, it's time for the Trivial Tastemaker! Mark challenges Dave and Dan to decipher what game he's talking about based on Molly's description of its trailer. Will they be able to dive into her mind, and find the truth?
Main Topic: 26:22
Trivial Tastemaker: 1:03:00
What do you get when a hat-loving ship captain embarks on a journey to save his town? As it turns out, an epic quest lies in wait. Play as Lord Faraday as he finds himself in way over his head in Olija. Using unnatural abilities, Faraday can traverse impossible distances while quickly striking down his enemies. But, will it be enough to fend off the mysterious Terraphage? On his journey, Faraday crosses paths with a revered princess named "Olija." What might her role be in all of this?
Mark, Dave, and Dan set sail on this story-heavy action game by Skeleton Crew Studios. Does Faraday's spear strike true? Or, will we find ourselves adrift in this dreary landscape?
When we finally return to port, Dave challenges Mark and Dan to a Dinosaur Machines classic: "(More Than) Twenty Questions." Mark and Dan must use smart questions to learn the identity of Dave's hidden games. Who will emerge victorious in this nail biting season finale??
Main Topic: 23:54
Trivial Tastemaker: 56:07
In The Pathless, players take on the role of a Hunter who stands as the last hope of a dying world. As the final guardian of the light falls, impossible odds are stacked against any chance of survival. Armed with nothing but a magical bow, the Hunter has their work cut out for them. But, is it too late?
Mark, Dave, and Dan do their best to shine some light on this open world adventure / puzzle experience by Giant Squid Studios. Does The Pathless hit its target, or is it off the mark?
Then, Dan challenges Mark and Dave to a simple test: "was that Laura Bailey?" With a storied career in her wake Laura Bailey also plays the Hunter in The Pathless. And, in this Tastemaker, we learn even more about her previous roles!
Main Topic - 22:41
Trivial Tastemaker - 1:00:29
Downwell is a game all about falling down... a well! This classic indie title was created by Moppin, and published by Devolver Digital. Navigate your way to the depths of this seemingly-bottomless well equipped with nothing more than a pair of fancy Jump Boots. Will you discover what awaits in the depths?
Get vertical with Mark, Dave, and Dan as they guide you through this minimalist journey toward the center of the Earth. Once we hit bedrock, it'll be time for the Trivial Tastemaker! Then, Mark tests Dan and Dave's knowledge about animals. But, some of these animals are actually Pokémon? Can the Dinosaur Machines' Pokémon Masters unravel Mark's bubble-net of lies? Find out!
Main Topic - 22:30
Trivial Tastemaker - 57:12
It'd be pretty sus if you haven't heard of Among Us by now! It's the hit multiplayer social deduction game by InnerSloth! As a Crewmate, it's your goal to survive! But, Imposters lurk within your midst. They'll do everything in their power to literally murder you and your friends, while acting as if they're innocent. Mark, Dave, and Dan all have a very hard time trusting one another on this episode.
After many sessions of the Among Us, the Dinosaur Machines are ready to share their harrowing experiences. Then, Dave challenges Mark and Dan to pick a pair of characters, and explain why they'd team up and betray their own causes. Deception runs deep!
Have you ever heard the old saying, "you are what you eat"? Well, the creators of Octodad made an entire game about it. Young Horses presents Bugsnax! Seek the truth about Snaktooth Island as a journalist who may bitten off more than they can chew. The wildlife of this mysterious place looks and tastes like ordinary food. Is that a red spider? Why, no -- it's a Strabby! Deeelicious.
Mark, Dave, and Dan share their experiences after investigating the strange individuals and events of Bugsnax. Will they come back for seconds, or is it time for dessert?
Then, Dan challenges Mark and Dave to an extra-sweet Trivial Tastemaker. Three games on a list, but only one of them came out exactly 20 years ago. Who will take the cake!?
WARNING. An unknown biological threat is on the loose. Luckily, that biological threat is you! Carrion by Phobia Game Studio sets you loose on a laboratory filled with helpless scientists. Uncover the truth behind your wretched existence, and give your creators a taste of very gross revenge.
Mark, Dave and Dan are your hosts on this horrifying trip through the corridors of Carrion. Does it make being evil look good, or is this game too toothy for its own good? Then, Mark pits Dan and Dave against one another in a game of "Either This or That!" But, is there a surprise guest in Mark's back pocket? Find out on this uncomfortable episode of the Dinosaur Machines Game Club Podcast!
Yoku's Island Express
Have you ever imagined yourself as a dung beetle Postmaster? If you answered "yes", then you're in for a treat with Yoku's Island Express by Villa Gorilla! Take on the role of Yoku in this pinball-powered platformer. What should have been a simple career delivering mail turns into an epic quest to save the diety of Mokumana.
Join Mark, Dave, and Dan as they flip their flippers in this colorful jaunt. Then, Dave challenges Mark and Dan to some good, old fashioned gaming trivia. Can they answer some normal questions for once? Or, will they crumble as their brains go into overdrive?!
Creature in the Well
Creature in the Well brings us to a world being endlessly battered by a tremendous sandstorm. One gigantic machine within a mountain was humanity's last hope, but it hasn't operated in ages. The mountain now echoes with sinister groans and an eerie stillness. Suddenly, a maintenance bot has sprung to life. Can BOT-C reactivate the machine, and save the world? Or, will the Creature in the Well crush them... and their efforts?
Mark, Dave, and Dan each took their chances against Creature in the Well by Flight School Studios. Join them as they share their battle stories in this episode of the Dinosaur Machines Game Club Podcast!
Then, Dan challenges Mark and Dave to guess numbers associated with Guinness World Records that pertain to pinball! Given the silverball inspired nature of Creature in the Well, this should be an educational Trivial Tastemaker!
The Last Campfire
The Last Campfire is a puzzle game about finding meaning and a way home. After being separated from their group, a lone Ember must travel through mysterious terrain. Along the way, the Ember will encounter various individuals who could use some guidance of their own!
Mark, Dave, and Dan each navigated this lonely journey. Now, they emerge! And, they're prepared to share their experiences. Does this charming puzzle game by Hello Games hold a flame to some of their favorites?
Then, Mark challenges Dave and Dan to the most puzzling experience of all: how well do they know... themselves?! Do they know how good (or bad) they are at their respective games of choice? Find out on this stunning Trivial Tastemaker!
Imagine if you will, Internship Simulator: Bring your boss coffee, pay for your own supplies, and make absolutely no money! Thankfully, Going Under by Aggro Crab is none of these things. Instead, you'll spend your time beating up dungeon dwelling evil-doers who have fallen victim to daaaark maaagic. As Jackie - Fizzle's latest marketing intern - can you unravel the mystery that surrounds these ill-fated startups?
Mark, Dave, and Dan dive right into this opportunity of a lifetime. Is their experience at Fizzle enough to start a career? Or, will they be headed back to the job board?
Then, Dave challenges Mark and Dan to name items found in games of his choosing. What a deliciously tense Trivial Tastemaker!
A Short Hike
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of every day life - by going on A Short Hike! This indie morsel by Adam Gryu explores the simple hike of a bird named Claire. What awaits our fair bird at the top of Hawk Peak? And, who will Claire meet along the way? Mark, Dave, and Dan each share their experiences with this cozy day in nature.
After reaching the summit of Hawk Peak, it's time for the Dinosaur Machines' biggest challenge - the Trivial Tastemaker! Dan challenges Mark and Dave to Guess-That-Game! Mark and Dave get the chance to cross-examine Dan's mind to see if they can determine the game on his mind. What will it be?!
It's just you and a fist full of quarters. The room is lit by nothing but high scores and power-ups. You choose an arcade cabinet, and nothing can stop you. It's this kind of nostalgia that Hi-Bit Studios wants you to revel in as you step through their indie timepiece, 198X. You play as Kidd; a youth just trying to find their way in a rapidly growing world. With their childhood in the rearview mirror... what's next?
Mark, Dave and Dan share their experiences in this pixelated paradise. Does this game do a good job as a love letter to 80s gaming culture, or is it game over?
Then, Dave and Dan duel for this season's Trivial Tastemaker trophy: the coveted Silver Monkey. Who will emerge victorious? Will they still be friends after this jarring match? What *is* a podcast, really? All of these questions are answered in this - the 112th episode of the Dinosaur Machines Game Club Podcast!
Creaks is a puzzle adventure side-scroller by the creators of Machinarium and Samorost. Amanita Design brings us into a world behind the wallpaper of a mild-mannered gentleman. In this episode of the Dinosaur Machines Game Club Podcast, we find ourselves solving compelling puzzles and dodging mysterious creatures that take on the shape of regular household objects. Does Creaks keep things flowing, or is it dead in the water?
After their chat, Dave challenges Mark and Dan to a classic Trivial Tastemaker format: the Synonym Challenge! Find out the winner of this season's Silver Monkey in this thrilling competition of wit!
Sea Waves sampled from http://soundbible.com/885-Sea-Waves.html by Mike Koenig
Fall Guys is your chance to experience obstacle course mayhem from the comfort of a couch cushion! Mark, Dave, and Dan share their experiences in this light-hearted frolic by Mediatonic, and published by Devolver Digital. Will the slime be climbed, or does this one get eliminated right off the bat?
To get things started, the Dinosaur Machines discuss the dramatic events that surround this year's jump to the next generation of consoles. Will the surprises ever cease?!
Finally, Dan challenges Mark and Dave to guess the names of various failed game shows. Can they decipher the correct answer with no useful hints?! Cozy up with your favorite beverage, and find out!
Streets of Rage 4
On this episode of the Dinosaur Machines Game Club Podcast, we take to the streets! Of course, we're referring to Streets of Rage 4 by DotEMU, LizardCube, and Guard Crush Games. The classic arcade brawler is back, and better than ever! But, does this tried and true format stand the test of time? We'll go through our bare-knuckled emotions, while also kicking around some good ol' fashioned mirth. So pull up a chair, throw it, and get cozy.
After that, Mark challenges Dave and Dan to decipher his video gamed theme haiku! Can his co-hosts pick up on what he's puttin' down? Find out as this most Trivial Tastemaker unfolds.
AER Memories of Old
In this episode, the Dinosaur Machines take to the skies in AER Memories of Old! Developed by Forgotten Key; AER Memories of Old utilizes simple puzzles and stress and minimalist graphics, delivering players to floating islands of mysterious nature. So, swoop on into this episode as your faithful trio puts the wind beneath your wings!
And then, Dave is Thy Dungeonmaster!! That's right! The return of Thy Dungeonman can only spellst despair for yon Mark and yon Dan!
Slay The Spire
On this episode of the Dinosaur Machines Game Club Podcast, you've activated our TRAP CARD! Wait, wrong trading card game... instead, we discuss Slay The Spire by Mega Crit Games. We discuss our favorite card combos, most successful strategies, and how much we loved this deck building indie game.
Then, this episode's Trivial Tastemaker challenges Mark and Dave to "Guess That Magic: The Gathering Card"! Dan reads a card's flavor text, and it's up to his co-hosts to figure out which card he's talking about. Who will win this nail-biter of a competition?!
Grab your briefcase, because it's time for some sleuthing in The Occupation by White Paper games. By uncovering evidence and sneaking into top secret files, it's your burden to decide the fate of an entire nation. Can you prevent a national legal disaster in 1980s England?
Then Mark challenges Dave and Dan to figure out the fastest known completion times for games of his choosing! As always, this Trivial Tastemaker is one for the ages!
Enter The Gungeon
Join the Dinosaur Machines as they... ENTER THE GUNGEON. That's right! Our heroes three venture forth into one of the most critically acclaimed indie games ever! Listen as they dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge their way through a discussion about this top-down 2D pew-pew party - developed by Dodge Roll and published by Devolver Digital.
And then - Dave challenges Mark and Dan to a rousing match of (Way More Than) Twenty Questions. Who will guess the game first?
Main Topic - 30:45
Trivial Tastemaker - 1:01:22
On this episode, Mark, Dave and Dan make some questionable decisions in Late Shift by CtrlMovie. Will their next choice spell certain doom for the hero of this game? Find out in this discussion of their perilous journey through a London-based heist.
Then, Dan challenges Mark and Dave to a rousing game of Thy Dungeonman 3 by Videlectrix. Who will be responsible for Thy Dungeonman's demise in this dangerous Trivial Tastemaker?!
Main Topic - 20:20
Trivial Tastemaker - 1:04:17