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2:30 PM on 06.26.2014

There are a lot of Kickstarter games for sale on Steam

There's still a debate about crowdfunding's ongoing viability as a way of game development but when you look at just how many videogames have found life through Kickstarter, it seems like it isn't going away any time soon. St...

Alasdair Duncan



Free Octodad: Dadliest Catch DLC 'Shorts' coming late summer photo
Free Octodad: Dadliest Catch DLC 'Shorts' coming late summer
by Darren Nakamura

Since its release in January, Octodad: Dadliest Catch has sold over 250,000 copies, according to developer Young Horses. The awkward octopus-in-dad's-clothing simulator is a lot of fun for those who take the time to really learn how to control it, and it looks like we will be seeing more content for the game, at no extra charge. Ah, the wonderful world of indie gaming.

Young Horses says that it had too many ideas to fit neatly into the release version of Octodad: Dadliest Catch, but the studio still wants to explore those ideas through downloadable scenarios. Two of these "Shorts" will be released in a few weeks as a title update. They are meant to be "stand-alone Octodad levels which are self-contained stories."

One screenshot from each level has been released. The first shows Octodad and Scarlet on their first date in a fancy restaurant, while the second involves Tommy and Stacy imagining their dad as a character in a television medical drama. Hopefully things do not get quite as messy as Surgeon Simulator 2013, but with Octodad manning the scalpels, it probably will not end well.

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9:00 PM on 06.25.2014

Timespinner evokes Symphony of the Night, but with time manipulation

Metroidvanias are totally in vogue right now, but a lot of the time (as with Ghost Song or ReVeN), they feel more Metroid than 'Vania. Not so with Timespinner. Former Bungie employee and founder of Lunar Ray Games Bodie...

Darren Nakamura



Keep your eyes on GOG.com to get some free games photo
Keep your eyes on GOG.com to get some free games
by Alasdair Duncan

GOG.com's summer sale format is something that almost single handily justifies tabbed web browsers. Whilst its range of flash deals have been worth keeping an eye on, this 24-hour Adrenaline Rush promotion will be offering free games over the next 19 hours.

If you're reading this now, you've already missed getting Omerta: City of Gangsters for free but there's still plenty of big discounts happening.

There's Hotline Miami, Carmageddon II, and Lily Looking Through for just $1.99 whilst more recent titles like Kentucky Route Zero and Broken Sword 5 are half price at $12.49. As always, just keep refreshing and checking back every 30 minutes to check what's new. 

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8:00 AM on 06.24.2014

Dear god! The Deer God is on Kickstarter with 3D pixel art

"The Deer God is a breathtaking 3D pixel art game that will challenge your religion and your platforming skills," the Kickstarter page reads. Challenge well accepted. I am incredibly good at both platformers and religion. I ...

Steven Hansen





5:30 PM on 06.23.2014

Former S.T.A.L.K.E.R. devs announce Areal

Ahead of a Kickstarter campaign launching this Thursday, West Games has announced Areal, a post-apocalyptic, non-linear game for Windows, Mac, Linux, Wii U, Xbox One, and PS4. This is a studio made up of "the people behind" M...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 06.23.2014

People like you helped raise $1M for charity through the Humble Store

Since its launch last November, the Humble Store has raised $1 million for charity. That's the result of ten percent of all store proceeds going to charities -- the American Red Cross, Child's Play, the Electronic Frontier Fo...

Jordan Devore

2:00 PM on 06.19.2014

Midorable: Midora is like 2D Zelda starring a young girl

Here's a lovely little Zelda and Secret of Mana inspired Kickstarter, Midora. What would happen if you made the dramatic move and swapped the hero's gender? Nothing. It'd be pretty much the same game.  A good ...

Steven Hansen

8:00 PM on 06.18.2014

Here's how co-op works in The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

We've long known that The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth will have an all-new local cooperative feature but here are the specifics, as broken down by designer Edmund McMillen. When the second player presses start, they'll randomly...

Jordan Devore

6:15 PM on 06.18.2014

Tormentum sure looks like a messed up adventure game

It seems that both horror and adventure games are in rude health in 2014, so it's no surprise to see a game combine the two. The trailer above is for Tormentum, a new indie point-and-click game from developer OhNoo that has ...

Alasdair Duncan



Magrunner: Dark Pulse is free on GOG.com today photo
Magrunner: Dark Pulse is free on GOG.com today
by Jordan Devore

Have a GOG.com account? You should, if for no other reason than to hit up promotions like this. For 24 hours, the digital distributor is offering first-person puzzler Magrunner: Dark Pulse for free. It's a decent enough game that you might as well add it to your library.

This deal is part of the site's summer sale special, which is also running some tempting bundles today -- the Bullfrog lineup for $9.79, the original Thief trilogy for $5.97, and the Wing Commander series for $9.52, to name a few. GOG.com is doing the hourly flash sale thing, too, so check back in. (Or don't! The Steam sale will be here before we know it -- pace yourself.)

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The Talos Principle explores philosophy and lasers photo
The Talos Principle explores philosophy and lasers
by Darren Nakamura

Nestled in a parking lot across the street from the convention center in Los Angeles was Devolver Digital's phalanx of air conditioned campers. The publisher had a good mixture of highly anticipated titles like Hotline Miami 2 and Broforce, and more recently announced titles. The Talos Principle is one such game, and as usual, Devolver knows how to curate good content.

Though it is being developed by Croteam, which is probably best known for its over-the-top first-person shooter series Serious Sam, The Talos Principle has more in common with Portal. Its first-person puzzle platforming is not built off the most mindblowing ideas, but it is only part of the focus. The rest is on a deeply philosophical narrative, courtesy of Tom Jubert, who delivered a fantastic story in my favorite game from 2013: The Swapper.

Suffice it to say, I left the camper with fairly high expectations for this.

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4:00 PM on 06.17.2014

Nolan North returns as the Merc with a Mouth in Deadpool Pinball

Heh. There's a mini Deadpool pinball table in this Deadpool pinball table. That's fun. Quick-time events, even if they're supposed to be a joke? Less fun. But I like that Zen Studios is giving Deadpool a table all his own --...

Jordan Devore

5:45 PM on 06.16.2014

Back Catlateral Damage on Kickstarter, get some indie games

When we first saw Catlateral Damage earlier this year, I thought it was a fun little game, a kind of spiritual successor to the Katamari series only instead of cleaning up, you're just a cat wrecking stuff. Because that's th...

Alasdair Duncan

12:00 PM on 06.13.2014

GOG.com kicks off its summer sale

Never mind the World Cup, you know summer is underway when you see online stores start their big summer sales. You're going to have to keep checking GOG.com on a regular basis as it's got some daily deals and bundles, mixed i...

Alasdair Duncan



VVVVVV's user-created levels and editor are now free photo
VVVVVV's user-created levels and editor are now free
by Jordan Devore

Designer Terry Cavanagh has release a free version of VVVVVV that features player-created levels and the full level editor. It's called VVVVVVV: Make and Play Edition, and it can be downloaded as of today for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Version 2.2 of the full game is out now, fixing "a bunch of long standing bugs (for example, player level warp lines) and makes the 2.1 changes official (like player maps, colored text in player levels, editor direct mode, etc)." Steam Achievements have been implemented as well, so if you've put in the effort already, expect to unlock a bunch of those at once after updating.

That was far from the only VVVVVV news this week, as Cavanagh also released the game for iOS, Android, and Ouya, in addition to a related minigame called Super Gravitron for mobile. That's free, too! And there's a metal cover album for that special someone in your life.

Outer Space [Distractionware]

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