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Ghostrunner

Ghostrunner

2022-06-1201:21:20

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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dinosaur-machines/message
A Memoir Blue

A Memoir Blue

2022-05-2501:22:06

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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dinosaur-machines/message
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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dinosaur-machines/message
Solar Ash

Solar Ash

2022-04-2701:25:25

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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dinosaur-machines/message
Sifu

Sifu

2022-04-0601:28:51

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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dinosaur-machines/message
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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dinosaur-machines/message
Death's Door, ft. Ron Chan

Death's Door, ft. Ron Chan

2022-03-0801:18:56

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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dinosaur-machines/message
Deltarune - Chapter 2

Deltarune - Chapter 2

2022-02-2301:18:36

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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dinosaur-machines/message
Overboard!

Overboard!

2022-02-0201:13:50

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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dinosaur-machines/message
I Am Dead

I Am Dead

2022-01-2301:14:29

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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dinosaur-machines/message
Carto

Carto

2022-01-0701:21:15

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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dinosaur-machines/message
TOEM

TOEM

2021-12-2301:26:18

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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dinosaur-machines/message
It Takes Two

It Takes Two

2021-12-0901:11:30

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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dinosaur-machines/message
Chicory: A Colorful Tale

Chicory: A Colorful Tale

2021-11-2201:10:37

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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dinosaur-machines/message
Last Stop

Last Stop

2021-11-0601:23:44

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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dinosaur-machines/message
Procession to Calvary

Procession to Calvary

2021-10-1901:03:18

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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dinosaur-machines/message
Dodgeball Academia

Dodgeball Academia

2021-10-0301:06:09

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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dinosaur-machines/message
Disco Elysium

Disco Elysium

2021-09-1301:33:59

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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dinosaur-machines/message
Narita Boy

Narita Boy

2021-08-3001:28:51

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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dinosaur-machines/message
Before I Forget

Before I Forget

2021-08-1201:20:47

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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dinosaur-machines/message
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