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Windward

Windward: RPG lootin' on the high seas


Sea-ablo
Feb 10
// Darren Nakamura
To a sailor, a ship represents freedom. It grants the ability to go anywhere and do anything. In Windward, players take on the role of a captain, dropped into a tropical archipelago sandbox. True to theme, there are many opt...
Portal: Outside Influence photo
Portal: Outside Influence

After five long years, Portal: Outside Influence nears completion


Morris' labor of love also features some of my favorite industry personalities!
Feb 08
// Rob Morrow
It seems like we were just posting about Portal mods the other day, doesn't it? Well, we've got another one for you to look at today, but there's a quite a bit more going on under the surface of this stel...
Impact Winter photo
Impact Winter

Impact Winter's post-apocalyptic squad survival goes to Greenlight


Don't starve, freeze
Feb 06
// Darren Nakamura
Impact Winter looked cool when it showed up last year on Kickstarter, but potential backers gave it an icy reception; it only made about 22% of its initial funding goal. Any who were worried that it may not see the light of ...
Luckslinger Kickstarter photo
Luckslinger Kickstarter

Luckslinger blends 2D shooting, westerns, and hip-hop


With an interesting luck mechanic
Feb 05
// Darren Nakamura
Luck is a concept rarely addressed directly in games. Sure, there are tons of games that use random number generators for everything from environment generation to damage calculation, and luck does factor into those. But the...
Besiege photo
Besiege

Medieval contraption builder Besiege looks splendid


The incredible death machine
Jan 27
// Jordan Devore
Word of Besiege has gotten to me slowly, but now that it's here, I feel obligated to pass the message on. This is a physics-driven medieval puzzle game about building killer contraptions, like this ingenious windmill on wheel...
Aerobat photo
Aerobat

My brain can't handle this 'absurdly high-speed arcade shmup-like'


Let's get this through Steam Greenlight
Jan 23
// Jordan Devore
Not ten seconds into watching this video for Aerobat, a shoot-'em-up about "reckless self-endangerment," I fired off a staff email to call dibs on posting it. Holy shit! Gimme. Your pilot's ship doesn't have enough power to ...
Dungeon crawling photo
Dungeon crawling

Smack a naked mole rat in the face in Slasher's Keep


Cel-shaded dungeon crawling
Jan 22
// Jordan Devore
This isn't what I would have expected to see from the developer of Double Hitler, but consider me pleasantly surprised. Slasher's Keep is a first-person dungeon-crawler up on Steam Greenlight for user feedback and voting. I'm...
Space Beast Terror Fright photo
Space Beast Terror Fright

Space Beast Terror Fright is my new drug


Nornware's FPS manages to distill the intensity of Aliens
Jan 18
// Rob Morrow
Space Beast Terror Fright is Johannes "johno" Norneby's interpretation of the sci-fi first-person shooter: take the artful tension-building and high-octane muzzle flash from James Cameron's Aliens, add in the corridor c...
Anoxemia photo
Anoxemia

Anoxemia finds horror at the bottom of the sea


Add drowning to the list of things to be terrified about
Jan 13
// Darren Nakamura
The thought of dismemberment and/or mutilation freaks me out, for sure. The thought of instead being stuck at the bottom of the ocean with a dwindling oxygen supply evokes a different kind of terror. Sure, there will probabl...
Path to the Sky photo
Path to the Sky

Path to the Sky teaser debut, game details revealed


It's been a long time coming, but it's been well worth the wait
Jan 11
// Rob Morrow
I've been talking with Berlin-based solo developer Johannes "Dek" Märtterer since early September of last year. Some of you may already be familiar with his work. He's the creator of the charming neo-retro-sty...
A Quiver of Crows photo
A Quiver of Crows

A Quiver of Crows looks lovely, seeks Greenlight approval


Flying skeletons and laser-firing birds can have all of my votes
Jan 10
// Rob Morrow
Although I'm not a shmup aficionado by any stretch of the imagination, I do enjoy playing them from time to time. The ones that I tend to go for are typically on the unusual end of the spectrum. They either stand out du...
Hatred Greenlight photo
Hatred Greenlight

Hatred returns to Greenlight after being pulled by Valve


Devs purport to have an email apology from Gabe
Dec 26
// Rob Morrow
Earlier this month we received word that Polish developer Destructive Creations' controversial title Hatred was removed from Steam Greenlight within hours of its launch. While some would say good riddance to the title a great...
Fossil Echo Greenlight photo
Fossil Echo Greenlight

New Fossil Echo trailer shows off its Oddworld influence


Shadow of the Colossus influence still apparent
Dec 12
// Darren Nakamura
When we first saw Fossil Echo earlier this year, all we really had to go on was its sharp cartoon art style and a list of influences: Shadow of the Colossus, Studio Ghibli films, and Oddworld. Some of those influences were a...
Orphan Greenlight photo
Orphan Greenlight

Sci-fi 2D platformer Orphan looks like a mashup of Limbo and H.G. Wells


And I'm totally OK with that
Dec 06
// Rob Morrow
Let’s go ahead and get this out of the way, shall we? Yes, Orphan immediately brings to mind Limbo. That’s perfectly fine by me, though. I have enough room left in my heart for more games that can leverage the de...
Hollow Knight Kickstarter photo
Hollow Knight Kickstarter

Ironically, the Kickstarter for Hollow Knight looks solid


Alternate game title: Just an Empty Suit of Armor I Guess
Nov 26
// Darren Nakamura
I have had my eye on Hollow Knight for a few days, but had not yet pulled the trigger on highlighting it. It is a pretty 2D action game (though the color palette is a bit muted for my taste) starring some sort of insect-pers...
Why Am I Dead at Sea photo
Why Am I Dead at Sea

Solve your own murder in Why Am I Dead At Sea


Ghost of Starman Trick
Nov 25
// Darren Nakamura
You have been murdered, and you are now a ghost. It is up to you to solve the mystery of your own death. No, not like that. No, not like that either. Okay actually, it is sort of like Ghost Trick. It looks like the spirit in...
Snot photo
Snot

This seems like a bad title for a game, but it's Snot


But seriously, don't name games after bodily fluids
Nov 06
// Darren Nakamura
I'll admit: I very nearly deleted the email about Snot without a second thought. How could a game named after nasal mucus be worth even a few seconds of my time? Still, I did my due diligence and played the video attached, a...
Steam photo
Steam

GRAV is a survival sandbox set on alien worlds


Purple trees? I'm listening
Nov 05
// Jordan Devore
I don't know when I'll be in a state of mind to play another "sandbox survival experience," but I do like the look of GRAV and its vibrant alien worlds. The dancing is a nice touch, too. This is a PC game in development at B...
Haha, weird photo
Haha, weird

If you wish to kill this fly, you must first destroy your house


Fly in the House
Nov 03
// Jordan Devore
I didn't expect much from Fly in the House. Its creator emailed our tips line overnight with a nondescript subject line -- "Exploration and destruction game !" -- which is not normally something I'd feel compelled to investi...
Scrap Mechanic photo
Scrap Mechanic

Scrap Mechanic lets players build vehicular monstrosities from gathered materials


It looks like Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, and that's great
Nov 03
// Darren Nakamura
I said it when the TerraTech Kickstarter was running and I'll say it again: Building vehicles from individual parts and then driving/flying/careening them around is awesome. Scrap Mechanic looks like it really takes that to ...
Concrete Jungle photo
Concrete Jungle

Concrete Jungle combines city planning and deck building


On Kickstarter for a final push
Oct 29
// Darren Nakamura
As diverse and varied as games have become (particularly the independent scene), it can be easy to fall into a routine of only trying out titles with established gameplay. Part of what caught my eye about Concrete Jungle is ...
Laser Fury Kickstarter photo
Laser Fury Kickstarter

Laser Fury looks like Diablo but neon and radical


Dibs on laser bow with black hole arrows
Oct 28
// Darren Nakamura
I do not mean to suggest that Diablo is not good, but the dreary look never really grabbed me, even with Diablo III's improvements in that respect. Laser Fury, on the other hand, takes a hold of my eyes immediately...
Particulars photo
Particulars

Particulars explores the subatomic world next month


Set to release on November 19
Oct 28
// Darren Nakamura
I always appreciate seeing science represented in games, outside of the typical "heroes need to clean up the mess these mad scientists made" trope. Videogames can be so powerful as tools for learning, and that potential is s...
Horizon Danger Greenlight photo
Horizon Danger Greenlight

Horizon Danger looks like my kind of PvP platformer


Think Smash but with more Skynet
Oct 25
// Rob Morrow
Horizon Danger is described by its lone creator, SCaffa, as a "2 to 4 person local-multiplayer action game set in a cyberpunk dystopian future." Without a doubt, this is the kind of local PvP multiplayer game that I would be...
LISA the painful RPG photo
LISA the painful RPG

LISA the RPG stuck in Greenlight limbo, releases badass new trailer


I love this trailer so, so much
Oct 24
// Rob Morrow
[Disclosure: LISA contains characters based on past and present Destructoid employees.] I've seen a lot of Kickstarter projects during the last few years. Some make it, some don't. A rare few manage to stick with me, though....
Forward to the Sky photo
Forward to the Sky

Forward to the Sky looks like a fun platforming romp


Headed to Greenlight
Oct 24
// Chris Carter
Every once in a while a game will come along that reminds me of the Dreamcast era, filled to the brim with great looking games like Skies of Arcadia. Forward to the Sky looks like one such title, an action platformer that ju...
Horror photo
Horror

Five Nights at Freddy's 2 jump scares onto Greenlight


SCREEEECH!
Oct 22
// Nic Rowen
Just getting over the PTSD of your last visit to Freddy Fazbear's Pizza? Well too damn bad, because it's time to get spooked again. Normally I'd roll my eyes at the idea of a sequel being announced barely three months since t...
Tales of Cosmos photo
Tales of Cosmos

Tales of Cosmos is a point-and-click starring a space corgi


Perseus the dog is made of star stuff
Oct 14
// Darren Nakamura
Sure, there is also a chimpanzee named Professor Gagayev, but we all know that Perseus the Dog is the star here. He's got valor! He reminds me of Missile from Ghost Trick, except I'm pretty sure Perseus is a corgi rather tha...
The Land of Eyas photo
The Land of Eyas

The Land of Eyas is back on Kickstarter with a lower funding goal


Happy Square Productions is only looking for $5,000 this time
Oct 07
// Darren Nakamura
Earlier this year we got a brief look at The Land of Eyas, which has Super Meat Boy-style platforming with a gravity switching mechanic, as well as a kid in a cute cat suit. At the time, it was seeking approval on Steam Gree...






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