The Screenshot Saturday showcase - July 7

Dogs with swords and lasers galore? It could only be this week's #screenshotsaturday showcase!

Every Saturday, studios and individuals the world over take to Twitter to share images and videos of their games in development as part of #ScreenshotSaturday. It’s a fantastic celebration of how widespread and varied game creation has become, not to mention a great way to keep an eye on upcoming gems or spot incredible artwork. Collected below are some of the coolest stills, gifs and videos from this weekend which we’ve gathered for your perusal pleasure.

This week we're dealing with rowdy customers and rodents on the run as we push to explore strange new worlds of both beauty and aggression. At least we have a Valiant hound by our side to protect us!  

Oi, Inkeep! - Bad Bandit Games

After becoming seasoned chefs in Overcooked, we reckon we’re more than ready to take things to the next level and run our own inn. Lay out some tables, serve hot food and beer — how hard could it be? Oh god. There’s a fight on again, that man’s vomiting on the floor and half the room in on fire. Who could have foreseen this? Actually, thinking about it that’s fairly similar to our time in Overcooked after all...

Oi, Inkeep! is a tavern management game in which you take a down-in-the-dumps establishment and attempt to haul it up from the dirt and shape it into a respectable business. However, if the town’s rowdy inhabitants are anything to go by, that might be more difficult than it looks. Running your inn requires more than just patron managing though, you’ll also need to farm crops, adjust your recipes to fit the season, and improve the pub’s decor. The inkeeping life isn’t easy, but developer Bad Bandit Games certainly looks set to make it a grog-filled barrel of laughs. Oi, Inkeep! is aiming to release on Steam this year.

Macrotis: A Mother’s Journey - Proud Dinosaurs

After an unexpected flooding, a young mother Bilby (that’s a rabbit-bandicoot) is separated from her children and must embark on a perilous journey to save them.  This 2.5D puzzler asks you to guide her as she travels far from her native desert environment, traversing through tricky, physics-based challenges as she hunts down her lost brood.

This mother macrotis is no weakling though, capable of projecting a spirit version of herself to solve dangerous puzzles from afar or open up new routes for you to progress. Developer Proud Dinosaurs has created a captivating world that’s both beautiful and threatening, and we can’t wait to give it a more in-depth look when it launches in Fall this year.

Shape of the World - Hollow Tree Games

We don’t normally cover released games in our weekly showcase, but considering Shape of the World launched just last month, we figured we could let it slide just this once. A gorgeous indulgence in exploration, it sees you visit lucid fantastical worlds, passing through gateways which shift and enrich the surrounding environment as they open the way forward. Flora and fauna spring to life as you progress, letting you interact in creative and often amusing ways

There’s very little traditional “game” on offer, but honestly, who really cares? We love to see creativity rewarded in the indie scene, and Shape of the World’s breathtaking landscapes offer a soothing respite from the action-heavy world of AAA gaming. If nothing else, the entire game makes for superb wallpaper fodder. Shape of the World is available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam.

Nimbatus - Stray Fawn Studio

When it comes to solving the problems of aggressive alien creatures, hazardous planets and, well, pretty much anything, our view at AllGamers has always been to follow the site’s official motto: Lasers, lasers and more lasers (yes, that really our motto — don’t ask). Blocky spaceship crafter Nimbatus is right up our alley then, letting you design and operate your own ship to explore its procedurally generated universe. You’ll be able to build your ship from the ground up before reworking it with each failure. Ship not fast enough? Add more boosters. Having trouble crashing into things? Give yourself some shields or more manoeuvrability. Anything else? More lasers will probably fix that.

As with the likes of Besiege and other machine-building games, Nimbatus’ fun looks to lie not just in designing the perfect vessel to overcome all challenges, but also in seeing what utterly ludicrous ships players concoct to somehow succeed with regardless. Nimbatus will launch in Early Access on Steam this year, and there’s a demo available now to those who sign up on the game’s website.

Hounds of Valor - DogAtWorkGames

We wish every Screenshot Saturday showcase could include as many Good Boys (and Girls) as Hounds of Valor kindly offers us. A third-person action game in which you play as one of a team of elite doggos, Hounds of Valor cites Okami, Doom and God of War (or was that Dog of War?) as its main sources inspiration. Solo developer Greg Wark hopes to produce mobile, fast-paced combat with a flexible camera system that’ll shift depending on which enemy you’re tackling.

The story follows the Valiant dog force who serve as safeguards of the realm, protecting it from a range of monstrous creatures that need to be sent packing. While they may have sharp teeth and claws at their disposal, the dogs of Valiant appear to have taken lessons from Dark Souls’ Sif, wielding swords and even throwing knives to impressive effect. Designed for controller play, Hounds of Valor is being developed first and foremost for Steam, but may make the jump to console in the future.

Associate Editor

Henry Stenhouse serves an eternal punishment as the Associate Editor of AllGamers. He spent his younger life studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a PhD in the subject before video game journalism stole his soul. Confess your love of Super Smash Bros. via email at henry.stenhouse@allgamers.com, or catch him on Twitter.

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