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11:30 AM on 03.26.2014

Spate explores a man's loss and fight with alcoholism

Games are maturing, and not just in the sense that they feature a lot of sex and violence. Truly mature themes can be explored, like the loss of a loved one and a resulting downward spiral of addiction. Spate takes on those ...

Darren Nakamura

10:00 PM on 03.25.2014

Dead Synchronicity is great-looking sci-fi adventure game

I think it's fair to say Kickstarter has given point-'n'-click adventure games a boost, not that the genre really needed it. Dead Synchronicity is a new adventure game from Spanish developer Fictiorama Studios which tells th...

Alasdair Duncan

5:45 PM on 03.25.2014

AdverCity is the cyberpunk tycoon game I didn't know I wanted

Whether it's down to our ever growing dependency on technology or fears about our privacy, cyberpunk has never been as in vogue as it is now. Hence the recent Cyberpunk Game Jam which resulted in some cool-looking games, one...

Alasdair Duncan

9:00 AM on 03.21.2014

Super Action Squad on hold after $53,000 Kickstarter

For every Kickstarter success there is a troubled project, and it appears as if Super Action Squad (otherwise known as Super Retro Squad) is a victim of the latter camp. After a tumultuous development process and a 2012 Kicks...

Chris Carter

2:15 PM on 03.20.2014

More alpha footage of Mega Ma--I Mean Mighty No. 9: It's great

I've kept up cold indifference towards Mega Man 9 -- I mean Mighty No. 9 -- since its announcement and Kickstarter success. With the recent alpha footage coming out, though, I'm sold. Look how gorgeous those animations are. Look how smooth. Mega Man is dead. Long live Mighty No. 9. Capcom, you need to get right. The last six years have not been good compared to the six prior.

Steven Hansen

10:00 PM on 03.19.2014

Bear Simulator is a game where you live the life of a bear

It's very hard for me to pay attention to all the Kickstarter pitches we get. There's dozens a day that fill up our inbox. You need to have an interesting hook for me to click the link, and developers Farjay Studios have succ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz







Hyper Light Drifter is gorgeous and punishing photo
Hyper Light Drifter is gorgeous and punishing
by Alessandro Fillari

In recent times it seems as though games in 'retro-style' are on the rise. Perhaps this is nostalgia at work for a bygone era of gaming, or maybe there's an endearing spirit and honesty from gaming's past that people still resonates with people. One such title that believes in the later is Hyper Light Drifter. After an enormously successful Kickstarter campaign, the developers have been keeping things pretty close to the vest since it was funded.

During GDC, IGN hosted their Media Indie Exchange event to show off new and upcoming titles from independent developers and on-hand were the developers of Hyper Light Drifter with a new build. After getting some much appreciated hands-on time, we spoke with Heart Machine's Alex Preston, got to learn how the development of Hyper Light Drifter has been going, and how you can incorporate retro games into modern game design.

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6:30 PM on 03.17.2014

Is there a Frog Fractions 2 ARG already underway?

The original Frog Fractions was one of the most bizarre things you could play in in a web browser, so it wasn't a surprise to see a potential sequel arrive on Kickstarter last week. What is odd is that, if the Kickstarter is ...

Alasdair Duncan



Barkley 2 developers hope to release in late 2014 photo
Barkley 2 developers hope to release in late 2014
by Alessandro Fillari

It's not often that you see fan games actually go anywhere beyond the initial gimmick. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the developers at Tales of Games spent the last year and a half hard at work creating the sequel to their cult hit, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden. The announcement of Barkley 2 took many by surprise, especially coming from such humble beginnings. Speaking with Liam Raum, President of Tales of Games, he spoke honestly about how the development has progressed, and why they chose to switch things up for more action oriented gameplay.

At GDC's Indie Mega Booth, Tales of Games, along with several other developers, showed off a playable build of their title. While Barkley 2 is a sequel, this title also works as a stand alone game. Because of this, the developers wanted to make something that set itself apart from the original. "The concept of Barkley 2 actually predated the original game. We always wanted to make a game in this fashion," Liam Raum said. This time around, players take on the role of an amnesiac Cyborg by the name of X114JAM9, who must explore the Cyberpocalyptic Wasteland in search of answers about his past.

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8:00 PM on 03.14.2014

Giant mecha battle! Japanese Chroma Squad trailer is great

We heard about Chroma Squad last year and it looks great. It's one half Sentai studio management sim, one half tactical, turn-based battler. You buy better actors, special effects, answer fan mail and fight people. I like it...

Steven Hansen

5:45 PM on 03.14.2014

The Hero Trap lets you play as a berserk luchador bear

"Lightning fast dungeon crawler" may seem like an oxymoron, but the trailer above for The Hero Trap shows what it means by that: frenetic action gameplay within an ever-changing combination of dungeon arenas. To be honest, I...

Darren Nakamura

5:00 PM on 03.14.2014

Here's some info on how Hyper Light Drifter is going to play

Hyper Light Drifter was one of the rare successful Kickstarters from 2013 that wasn't a reboot or a known developer looking for funds. Its eye-catching art style was a big draw and little by little we're getting more info ab...

Alasdair Duncan

8:00 PM on 03.13.2014

Jumping from jet to jet is business as usual in JetGetters

TinyBuild has taken to Kickstarter for JetGetters, a ridiculous multiplayer game in which players fly jets around and shoot at one another until they decide to leap out of said vehicle, fire their gun while in a freefall, an...

Jordan Devore

5:30 PM on 03.13.2014

Epoch: Return Kickstarter showcases space parkour

Last week, we got our first look at Epoch: Return, the sci-fi exploration game designed by former Mass Effect developers. To our chagrin, what was presented then was mostly concept art and design philosophy, so it seemed lik...

Darren Nakamura

12:30 PM on 03.13.2014

Ex-Blizzard, Insomniac dev working on tactical, turn-based Duelyst

This game looks amazing. Duelyst, which I'm too in awe of to poke at the "y" in the title, started as a tabletop game that the team at newly formed Counterplay Games decided to turn into a videogame. That vision has come stu...

Steven Hansen

3:00 PM on 03.12.2014

Proven Lands explores colorful, procedurally generated planets

Exploring space is awesome. It always has been, and it always will be. With the rise of procedural content generation, the potential for utterly massive universes to explore has been unlocked, and a flood of titles are showi...

Darren Nakamura