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10:45 AM on 06.30.2014

Team17 to publish post-apocalyptic strategy-sim Sheltered

In years past, Team17 has mostly been known as the studio behind Worms, but lately the studio has been expanding that image by publishing other UK-based, independently-developed games. Last month we saw the publisher pick up...

Darren Nakamura

7:30 PM on 06.27.2014

Xbox One profiles are coming to Xbox.com

Xbox.com user profiles are getting an overhaul soon, and with these updates comes the ability to view Xbox One profiles on the web. That of course means viewing and comparing Achievements with friends -- nothing new there --...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 06.27.2014

No pools or toddlers in The Sims 4 at launch

The new Build Mode for The Sims 4 looks fantastic in that it just works -- you aren't fighting with the tools to design something halfway decent looking. There's one problem, though: no pools! In a blog post, The Sims Studio ...

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 06.26.2014

You probably read English, but The Banner Saga's now in six new languages

By most accounts, The Banner Saga is a dark and emotional journey that evokes strong feelings of vulnerability. Now, a whole new diverse group of people will be able to experience that uneasiness, as the game has been lo...

Brett Makedonski



Thomas Was Alone's jetpack DLC is free on Steam photo
Thomas Was Alone's jetpack DLC is free on Steam
by Jordan Devore

Benjamin's Flight, a set of new levels (and music and lovely narration) for Thomas Was Alone, debuted exclusively on PlayStation systems. Now, here the DLC is on Steam, for free.

You get to use a jetpack in it, so, yeah. Nothing more needs to be said about the subject.

Although, it is worth mentioning Thomas Was Alone is on sale. Fund it with the store credit you earned by flipping Steam Trading Cards, if you must. It's a real charmer.

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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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