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12:30 PM on 03.05.2015

These are the 2015 Independent Games Festival winners

The winners of the 17th Annual Independent Games Festival were revealed last night in San Francisco and, my goodness, I've got names to Google today. I hardly recognize any of these! Excellence in Visual Art ($3,000) - Metam...

Jordan Devore

12:00 PM on 03.05.2015

Paradise Never brings some Majora's Mask to a revolutionary action RPG

Kitty Lambda, the developer behind The Real Texas and Paradise Perfect Boat Rescue has just announced his next game: Paradise Never. Taking place on an island colony of France during the Revolution of 2027 (complet...

Patrick Hancock

3:30 PM on 03.04.2015

GDC 15 DLC #1: Chicken shawarma wrap

We're at the Game Developers Conference all week. GDC is pretty cool, but also a convention, which means gross convention center lunches. We want to have nice lunches all week. Not too nice. Downtown food is overpriced, even...

Steven Hansen

12:45 PM on 03.04.2015

Nintendo's big release schedule for Never Alone, Don't Starve, and lots of other indies

Klei's wilderness survival game Don't Starve: Giant Edition is headed to the Wii U eShop this spring with a convenient map viewable on the GamePad screen (or Off-TV play, if you'd rather). Great! Also cool: E-Line's charming ...

Jordan Devore

12:00 PM on 03.04.2015

Upsilon Circuit's creators lived in a tree fort to help save money

PAX East is almost here, and from what I've seen, there's going to be more interesting and exciting games at the show than ever before. A lot of these games are exciting because they are fun to play. Upsilon Circuit can't ge...

Jonathan Holmes

3:30 PM on 03.03.2015

Oxenfree is bringing some flair to new-school adventure games

Last year a group of former Telltale and Disney employees came together to form Night School Studio. At GDC this morning, the indie developer unveiled its first project, "supernatural teen thriller" Oxenfree. The studio's Te...

Darren Nakamura

2:00 PM on 03.03.2015

Escalator Pitch: Would you shell out for Sonic 2?

Indie developers make some cool as heck games, but they're not always so great at selling them. We want to them work on their pitch game until they're at Bumgarner levels and we want to take advantage of the the horrible, ho...

Steven Hansen



The Flock is an intense, scary game of flashlight tag photo
The Flock is an intense, scary game of flashlight tag
by Alessandro Fillari

With so many horror titles out, it's difficult to keep things interesting for players. While some focus on throwing countless monsters at you, others seek to make players feel nearly powerless against a limited number of foes. But what about a title that seeks to create a blend of the two? The Flock is a unique title that mixes multiplayer action with the sense of dread felt in horror games.

At the Indie Megabooth at GDC 2015, developer Vogelsap showed just how intense flashlight tag can feel in an unnerving and darkly atmospheric setting.

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Megaton Rainfall is superhero action on an epic scale photo
Megaton Rainfall is superhero action on an epic scale
by Alessandro Fillari

Last month, we got a tease from an upcoming indie action title that will put players in the role of a superhero during an alien invasion. The trailer certainly inspired a lot of interest, as it was more somber and earnest, not loud and over the top like other superhero games we've seen.

Watching the footage, I got the impression Megaton Rainfall was a mix between Superman and Earth Defense Force, which sounds like it would make for an exciting title. Thankfully, we didn't have to wait too long to play, as the sole developer Alfonso Del Cerro was excited to get the game in player's hands at GDC 2015's Indie Megabooth.

Dubbed a "first-person superhero game" by its creator, Megaton Rainfall feels like a unique blend of genres.

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Mushroom 11 is a very different game than we saw in 2014 photo
Mushroom 11 is a very different game than we saw in 2014
by Brett Makedonski

We haven’t gotten a look at Untame’s Mushroom 11 since we gave it a Best of PAX East award in 2014. It captured our hearts at the Boston show, with its approach to kinetic energy proving absolutely entrancing. Seeing it at GDC 2015, Mushroom 11 isn’t the same game we played 11 months ago. It’s come a long way.

The PAX demo put a lot of emphasis on forcing your way from the right to the left as quickly as possible. Environment served as the primary obstacle, walls and whatnot requiring creative erasing of the omnipresent green blob to hopefully get up and over. It was a skill-based affair, through and through.

Now, Mushroom 11 wants you to think. Each chapter is littered with puzzles that put a halt to the endless scurry leftward. For instance, we saw a bit that necessitated using the blob to form a ramp that would launch a rolling boulder. Another section needed a bridge that would cover five sensors at the same time.

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Review: Blackhole photo
Review: Blackhole
by Conrad Zimmerman

There certainly have been a lot of creative 2D platform games releasing over the last couple of months, enough that there seems to be some genuine competition in the genre. If you're finding yourself in a position where it has become difficult to choose, allow me to make it easier. 

Get Blackhole. Problem solved.

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9:30 AM on 03.02.2015

GIFs surface for Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015

So, this is a GIF of a small child trying to find the correct naked dad to shower with at high speed.  The GIF is from an indie game called Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015: Do You Still Shower With Your Dad and...

Laura Kate Dale

4:30 PM on 03.01.2015

Watch me die in Castle in the Darkness on Beard View Live

Hey Beard View fans, I'll be playing Castle in the Darkness over at our Twitch channel at 6:30 pm Eastern / 3:30 pm Pacific. You can obviously watch it embedded below, but I encourage to come join the chat and keep me co...

Jed Whitaker

1:30 PM on 03.01.2015

Sup Holmes finds out why kitty loves robot with Robot Loves Kitty

[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on YouTube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.] [Update: Thanks to Calvin ...

Jonathan Holmes

11:00 AM on 03.01.2015

Cibele is a game about love, sex, and the Internet

Nina Freeman (How Do You Do It?, Space Dad) is the first and only person to talk to me at length about how Smash Bros. could be a metaphor for an orgy. You can watch her full Sup Holmes episode here. We talk about magical gi...

Jonathan Holmes

10:00 PM on 02.27.2015

Kill immortals for Death in Death's Gambit

Death's Gambit is a beautiful Castlevania-like title just revealed by developer White Rabbit that pits you as Death's agent sent to end the lives of immortals. Clearly a bit of influence from Shadow of the Colossus can ...

Jed Whitaker