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11:30 AM on 09.28.2014

Why aren't more people talking about Bacon Man?

People are still trying to figure out why some games do incredibly well on Kickstarter and others barely scratch by. Games like Hyper Light Drifter and Aegis Defenders look fantastic and deserve all the success they've ...

Jonathan Holmes

11:30 AM on 09.27.2014

Boston FIG had over 2,000 attendees this year

It felt like at least half of the videogame side of the show floor at PAX East 2014 was made up of indie games. The Indie Megabooth used to be a tiny side show. Now its pretty much a show unto itself. It was easy to think th...

Jonathan Holmes

10:30 AM on 09.27.2014

This is the most jubilant videogame developer I know

Videogame enthusiast culture isn't always a feel good thing. Between the cold, calculating marketing tactics of publishers, the increasing hostility between different gamer subgroups, and fears of certain publishers, develop...

Jonathan Holmes

5:30 PM on 09.26.2014

Eye-catching Early Access title Crawl receives its first major update: Demon Lord

Talented Melbourne-based indie developer Powerhoof has announced that its delightful local (for now?) multiplayer game Crawl is getting a fairly substantial update titled Demon Lord. Notable changes include, but are not limit...

Rob Morrow



Battle Chef Brigade looks like the actual best game photo
Battle Chef Brigade looks like the actual best game
by Steven Hansen

I love cooking, as you hopefully well know. The initial inspiration for A la cartridge was Iron Chef, though it ended up something completely different. And so here is a game that speaks tenderly to my soul.

Battle Chef Brigade, now doing some crowdfunding, is what you'd get if Iron Chef contestants had to go out and kill their own food to serve. It looks gorgeous, which just makes me hungry. It's just like how food always looks so damn good in Ghibli films. And the idea -- have a variety of chefs go out into a persistent environment to get the freshest of ingredients to cook up -- is amazing. 

Dragon's Crown's cooking minigame was not enough. This is what I need.

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10:00 AM on 09.26.2014

Two Tribes is bringing indie shooter Rive to the Wii U

Two Tribes underwent some restructuring earlier this year, but they're still trucking, and survived the ordeal. Their next project is a shooter called Rive, and in addition to a PC, PS4, and Xbox One release, it's now coming...

Chris Carter

2:00 PM on 09.25.2014

Indie developer is aiming to create a successor to Wipeout

As some of you may know, the Wipeout franchise didn't really fare well over at Sony in recent years. But that's ok with developer R8Games, which is comprised of former Wipeout developers -- they want to bring the series...

Chris Carter

11:00 AM on 09.25.2014

Doujin JRPG Sacred Tears True out now on Steam

Sacred Tears True is now available for Windows PC via Steam, Nyu Media announced today. The indie role-playing game follows a pair of private investigators who moonlight as thieves, you know, because they are woolgathering th...

Kyle MacGregor

9:30 AM on 09.25.2014

OlliOlli 2 announced for PS4 and Vita, coming in 2015

OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood is coming to PS4 and Vita, Roll7 announced today. The follow-up to this year's stellar skating game is rolling with a new look, multiplayer, a deeper combo system, and a more powerful level editor. Look out for it in 2015. OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood Coming to PS4, Vita in 2015 [PlayStation Blog]

Kyle MacGregor

3:30 PM on 09.24.2014

Curious about Hyper Light Drifter? Why not play it this weekend?

[Update: Heart Machine has pushed back the preview build to next weekend, October 3 - 5.] As we've previously reported, Heart Machine's gorgeous-looking 2D ARPG Hyper Light Drifter is being pushed back until the end of 2014, ...

Rob Morrow





11:15 AM on 09.24.2014

Kentucky Route Zero is half off (and you should buy it)

Kentucky Route Zero fought hard in a number of categories in our 2013 game of the year awards despite only the first two of five episodes having been released. It is very good. Even if Act IV isn't out yet. You can get the season pass (Acts I-III now, IV and V whenever they come out) on Steam for $12.50 at the moment, half of the usual $25 asking price. Well worth it. 

Steven Hansen

10:15 AM on 09.24.2014

Double Fine ceasing development on sci-fi sim Spacebase DF-9

Double Fine is ending its development of Spacebase DF-9 with a somewhat sudden final build of the game next month. Double Fine intends to stick around for bug fixes, but many of the game's initially planned features will...

Steven Hansen

12:00 PM on 09.23.2014

Goat Simulator is selling very well on Android and iOS

Goat Simulator is now on Android and iOS in addition to the PC, and according to Coffee Stain Studios, it's selling well -- very well in fact. So far they've reported over 100,000 sales over both platforms, which they conside...

Chris Carter

5:00 PM on 09.22.2014

Create a pharmaceutical empire in Big Pharma

One-man studio Twice Circled has announced a new strategy sim for PC that will put players in control of a pharmaceutical business and, damn, what a great setup that is. Big Pharma is described as "a really tight puzzle game ...

Jordan Devore

12:30 PM on 09.22.2014

Reflex is a new challenger in twitch FPS gaming

Watching the cycles that the game industry goes through over the years is interesting. We have previously seen adventure games and horror games peak in popularity, wane, and then come back through the indie scene. It seems l...

Darren Nakamura

11:30 AM on 09.22.2014

Poncho is a cute robot in a lovely open-world platformer

It always hurts my heart a little bit to see what looks like a great game failing to gain traction on Kickstarter. Certainly, the crowdfunding community is more cautious these days than it used to be, and with good reason in...

Darren Nakamura

10:15 AM on 09.22.2014

A monster squat competition is one thing that happens in 24 Killers

Watching the above video, I thought I had a pretty good handle on what happens in 24 Killers. After finishing it, I felt more confused than before. Upon investigating the Kickstarter campaign, it turns out that 24 Killers fo...

Darren Nakamura

4:00 PM on 09.19.2014

Doujin brawler Croixleur Sigma coming to PS4

Croixleur Sigma is coming to PlayStation 4, Playism announced this week at Tokyo Game Show.  "We're hoping we can get a western release out as soon as possible," Playism marketing manager and localization editor Nay...

Kyle MacGregor

3:00 PM on 09.19.2014

Console owners should keep an eye on Nova-111

Funktronic Labs' cool turn-based/real-time hybrid adventure game Nova-111 was originally slated for PC/Mac/Linux first, followed by consoles at a later date, but that's no longer the case. The studio is partnering with Curve ...

Jordan Devore

12:30 PM on 09.19.2014

Thomas Was Alone hopping on over to PlayStation 4

Thomas Was Alone is making the leap to PS4 later this year, Curve Studios announced this week. The PS4 version will feature cross-buy compatibility with the PS3 and Vita iterations, so veterans will be able to upgrade at...

Kyle MacGregor

9:30 AM on 09.19.2014

Explaining 4th dimension mechanics in translation is probably hard

Tokyo Game Show held its annual Sense of Wonder Night, an awards show for unique sorts of games, typically indie. Ten games were up for the prestige of being the most wonderful (in the less casual sense of the word).  W...

Steven Hansen





5:30 PM on 09.18.2014

Legend of Grimrock 2 gets a pre-order trailer and an October release date

The highly anticipated sequel to 2012's first-person dungeon crawler Legend of Grimrock is nearly upon us. Finnish indie development studio Almost Human has released a stunning new trailer for it that demonstrates some of th...

Rob Morrow

2:30 PM on 09.18.2014

Spinning limousine game Roundabout is round-a-out today

For those who have been waiting patiently for the 1970s B-movie live action and nonsensical spinning limo gameplay of Roundabout, the wait is over. We knew it was releasing today on Steam and the Humble Store, and now it is ...

Darren Nakamura

1:30 PM on 09.18.2014

Bad dog! Outpost 13 basically lets you play as The Thing

This is why you name a dog Fluffy or Fido or Spot. When you go and give it a name like Fenrir, after a mythological wolf monster, it gets taken over by an alien being and wants nothing more than to devour your flesh and bone...

Darren Nakamura

10:45 AM on 09.18.2014

Remember Triple Triad in Final Fantasy VIII? Check out Eminence: Xander's Tales

Back in the day when I first played Final Fantasy VIII, I fantasized about a world in which people could walk up to random strangers, ask to play a card game, and be treated to one without it being weird. We are not there ye...

Darren Nakamura

10:15 AM on 09.18.2014

Motorcycle combat racer Road Redemption on Steam Early Access

It has been a little over a year since the Road Redemption Kickstarter campaign launched, and to nobody's surprise, it has slightly missed its projected August 2014 launch window, but it is not too far behind yet. The Road R...

Darren Nakamura

5:30 PM on 09.17.2014

Like Robotron and Smash TV? You might dig Iron Fisticle

Silly name aside -- and, you know, at least it's memorable -- I'm all about Iron Fisticle. This is a twin-stick shooter inspired by the likes of Robotron, Gauntlet, and Smash TV, which are such terrific games to borrow from ...

Jordan Devore

12:00 AM on 09.17.2014

Thomas Was Alone jumping to Wii U, Xbox One

Thomas Was Alone appears to be hopping over to Wii U and Xbox One, according to a pair of listings from the USK, Germany's software ratings board. The indie platformer from Mike Bithell launched on PC in 2012, and has since c...

Kyle MacGregor

4:00 PM on 09.16.2014

Top-down '70s heist simulator The Masterplan now available on Steam Early Access

Shark Punch, a four-person studio operating out of San Fransisco, California and Helsinki, Finland has recently launched its lovely looking 2D tactical-action heist game on Steam Early Access. The Masterplan is said to draw ...

Rob Morrow

9:30 AM on 09.16.2014

Team17 to publish blind adventure Beyond Eyes

Team17 has really been branching out lately. Best known for the Worms series, the small developer has recently been publishing independently developed games from even smaller teams. Previously, we have heard about the studio ...

Darren Nakamura



Review: Size DOES Matter photo
Review: Size DOES Matter
by Darren Nakamura

Simple graphics, twitch gameplay, and fresh music constitute a good formula for mobile gaming. Titles like this allow for a quick bit of play during minutes of downtime, and can paradoxically keep players going for long periods of time, chasing a high score or trying to one-up a friend on the leaderboards.

Size DOES Matter follows in that legacy, with a unique gameplay hook and a pretty killer soundtrack. However, a few things hold it back from pure arcade bliss.

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Wolfire's cool, experimental FPS Receiver is free today photo
Wolfire's cool, experimental FPS Receiver is free today
by Jordan Devore

Wolfire Games' Receiver is a first-person shooter unlike any other I've played.

Instead of a quick button press to reload your gun, here, reloading is a much more realistic, multi-step process that requires effort on your part. As in, you'll need to actually practice. Also, levels are randomized and there are creepy drones out to get you. Good luck!

You can and should experience Receiver, if only for a few moments, especially now that it's free through the Humble Store. Offer's good for today only. Be sure to redeem your Steam key by September 29.

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It's official: Microsoft bought Mojang, creator of Minecraft photo
It's official: Microsoft bought Mojang, creator of Minecraft
by Chris Carter

[Update: Microsoft's Phil Spencer and Notch have chimed in with their own statements. Spencer is obviously excited (and confirms that Minecon still exists), and Notch gives us a look at his mindset over the past few years, as well as were he's headed.]

The rumors are real -- Mojang has confirmed that they are being bought by Microsoft for a "smooth 2.5 BILLION dollars."

In a post to fans, representatives of the company noted that "Minecraft has grown from a simple game to a project of monumental significance. Though we’re massively proud of what Minecraft has become, it was never Notch’s intention for it to get this big. As you might already know, Notch is the creator of Minecraft and the majority shareholder at Mojang. He’s decided that he doesn’t want the responsibility of owning a company of such global significance. Over the past few years he’s made attempts to work on smaller projects, but the pressure of owning Minecraft became too much for him to handle. The only option was to sell Mojang. He’ll continue to do cool stuff though. Don’t worry about that."

According to the post, the development and support of Minecraft on the PC, PS3, PS4, Vita, iOS, and Android platforms will continue. Minecraft will also "continue to evolve," and it is predicted that the "majority" of Mojang's staff will continue to work there. Notch, Carl, and Jakob, the founders, are leaving. The fate of their other game, Scrolls, is still up in the air -- my guess is if it's doing poorly Microsoft will can it and focus more on Minecraft.

Well, that's interesting. We'll see how this goes, and it's a real testament of how powerful AAA publishers are -- Minecraft was one of the prime examples of how sustainable independent development was in the industry.

Yes, we’re being bought by Microsoft [Mojang]

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7:00 AM on 09.15.2014

Science-themed runner Boson X coming to Steam tomorrow

After hearing about it from iOS users, I was excited late last year when Boson X first came to Android, my mobile platform of choice. A few months later, I finished the six levels included in the Android version and discover...

Darren Nakamura

7:00 PM on 09.14.2014

PvP shark-'em-up Depth swims closer to a November release on Steam

Originally begun as a student project back in 2009, Digital Confectioners' Depth has undergone a lot of changes over the years. Envisioned as an single-player ARPG focused mainly on stealth and shark avoidance, the titl...

Rob Morrow

8:00 AM on 09.13.2014

Monaco: What's Yours is Mine sells 1 million

Sales of stealth action game Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine have surpassed the one million mark, developer Pocketwatch games announced this week. Monaco was the big winner at GDC's Independent Games Festival in 2010, ...

Kyle MacGregor

11:30 PM on 09.12.2014

Shovel Knight now available for Mac

Shovel Knight is now available on Mac, Yacht Club Games announced today. The studio also supplied updates on the Linux version and European release, both of which are apparently moving forward, though no real timetables were specified. Also, physical rewards from the title's Kickstarter campaign will likely be sent out very soon.

Kyle MacGregor



Titan Souls is my PAX Prime 2014 game of show photo
Titan Souls is my PAX Prime 2014 game of show
by Abel Girmay

Confession time: I'm pretty out of the loop when it comes to the indie game scene. I love me some Nidhogg, Samurai Gunn, and Crawl, but it's not uncommon for me to have only heard about these games just before release or later. With that track record, you won't be surprised to hear that I knew nothing about Titan Souls before sitting down with it at PAX.

I am so glad that I did, though. Between the music, art, and the brilliantly challenging combat, Titan Souls is far and away one of my most anticipated releases.

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2:00 PM on 09.11.2014

Adam Freeman's Berzerk-influenced Hazard is pretty snazzy, also completely free

What if Berzerk were reborn as a first-person shooter using the DarkPlaces engine? What if the soundtrack were crafted by electronic music producer Wolfgun? What if you could be playing this game, right now, fo...

Rob Morrow

6:00 AM on 09.11.2014

Revolver 360 RE:ACTOR shoots up PC tomorrow

Revolver 360 RE:ACTOR launches its attack on PC tomorrow for $9.99, Playism announced today. The shoot-'em-up comes by way of doujin studio Cross Eaglet, and is most notable for its eponymous swivel mechanic. The t...

Kyle MacGregor