We’ve recently built up a prototype of our Invent! system (www.inventblocks.com) using the Raspberry Pi. Invent! is a system to rapidly build robots, learn coding in schools, and even prototype inventions by engineers. We’ve now got three versions of the system, each using different microcontrollers.
The 4 Best 2020 Games for All Ages
We give you a round-up of some of the most exciting games released in 2020.
Another exciting year for gaming is kicked off to a great start with some fantastic new games, either already released or set to be released. Here is the low-down on some of our personal favourites - maybe some of them can provide you with inspiration for creating your own games!:
Please note that release dates may change due to the current Covid-19 pandemic.
Minecraft Dungeons - 26th May 2020
The ever-popular game of Minecraft is bringing us a fresh new adventure! MInecraft Dungeons is an all-new action-adventure game, created with classic dungeon crawlers in mind and set in the ever-familiar Minecraft universe! You fight your way through the game, exploring all the levels full of treasure and hard-hitting action to try and save the villagers and defeat the ‘Arch-Illager’!. You can play alone, or with friends - up to 4 players. It is going to be coming to PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox Game Pass. Brave the dungeons alone, or team up with friends!
Marvel’s Avengers - 4th September 2020
Not just an iconic comic book series and blockbuster movie franchise, Marvel’s Avengers is bringing an action-packed, heroic adventure to video gaming. The game combines an original story with single-player and co-operative gameplay - in teams of up to four players. You can “master extraordinary abilities, customize a growing roster of Heroes, and defend the Earth from escalating threats.” The content will be regularly updated, meaning this game will take you on an epic quest lasting a number of years. Exciting stuff! It will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Google Stadia and Microsoft Windows.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons for Switch - RELEASED
This new Nintendo game is only for the Switch, and brings the latest in the legendary Animal Crossing game. It allows you to create your own desert island, with all the usual exploring, collecting and creating of the older games. There will be even more bits and pieces to discover, as your island is full of natural resources you can use to craft tools and creature comfort. You can hunt insects, decorate your island, fish in the ocean and more - all in time with the real-life seasons and time of day. The game is updated all year round, so there are plenty of surprises in store! People can visit your island or you can visit theirs, making it a fun and collaborative experience.
Marvel Iron Man VR- Release Date TBC - Playstation VR is suitable for 12+
Playstation are introducing an exciting new interactive game mode with this VR game - the VR accessories sold separately. The story suggests that
“Tony Stark has retired from making weapons and instead creates technology used to battle evil as Iron Man.
After several years as a world-famous Super Hero, Tony is attacked by the mysterious Ghost, a hacker and anti-corporate activist who repurposes old Stark Industries weapons.
In her efforts to topple his empire, Ghost attacks Stark’s corporate locations around the world, leading to ever-escalating stakes and a final showdown.”
This game is only compatible on the Playstation 4, and requires two PlayStation Move motion controllers, which allow you to fire up Iron Man’s Repulsor Jets and shoot off into the skies with an arsenal of Iron Man gear at your disposal. You can upgrade tech in Tony’s garage, customise his armour, and face off against foes in action-packed battles.
So keep an eye out for these high-energy, thrilling new games! If you have an interest in VR, Minecraft or game design and consoles, why not try out some of our online courses?