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4:00 PM on 12.13.2014

SanctuaryRPG is now out on Steam Early Access

SanctuaryRPG, which has been available on itch.io for some time, has now made its way to Steam as SanctuaryRPG: Black Edition. It's an ASCII RPG with an approachable, yet intricate and rewarding battle system and light-h...

Patrick Hancock

3:00 PM on 12.13.2014

Abandoned title 5734L3R reboots as RE5734L3R

5734L3R (pronounced Stealer), the intriguing post-apocalyptic robotic future title that seemed to disappear as quickly as it had arrived is back, perhaps; or at least this shiny new teaser trailer for it seems to indica...

Rob Morrow

12:30 PM on 12.12.2014

Tough but fun roguelike FPS Tower of Guns coming to PS3, PS4, Xbox One

Tower of Guns was in a recent Humble Indie Bundle, which means I played a little of it but didn't stick around quiiite long enough for it to take hold of me. It's good, though! Hard, too. The roguelike first-person shooter o...

Jordan Devore

12:00 AM on 12.12.2014

New Fossil Echo trailer shows off its Oddworld influence

When we first saw Fossil Echo earlier this year, all we really had to go on was its sharp cartoon art style and a list of influences: Shadow of the Colossus, Studio Ghibli films, and Oddworld. Some of those influences were a...

Darren Nakamura

3:30 PM on 12.11.2014

I don't know WTF #IDARB is but I want it

I've heard that title before, #IDARB. I know it's coming to Xbox One. But other than that, I'm clueless. Brett came into chat today wondering about it, and Nic said the game looked "amazingly silly" on Giant Bomb months ago....

Jordan Devore

11:30 AM on 12.11.2014

Papers, Please was originally refused by Apple for pornographic content

Papers, Please, Lucas Pope's 2013 indie standout about an immigration officer just trying to provide for his family, makes its debut on iPad tomorrow. However, the version available on the App Store will be slightly diff...

Brett Makedonski

10:30 AM on 12.10.2014

Sean Bean does not simply narrate an indie game

It can be a challenge these days, getting people to notice your game. There are thousands out there, all of them competing for limited mind share. It's critical to find a way to set your product apart from the competition an...

Kyle MacGregor



Grab some free tunes from the Dungeonmans soundtrack photo
Grab some free tunes from the Dungeonmans soundtrack
by Darren Nakamura

I spent a lot of time listening to Hitoshi Sakimoto's work with the soundtrack for Final Fantasy Tactics. Heck, it is still in my rotation for background music during board game nights. From the sound of it, Andrew "zircon" Aversa did the same, as he composed the soundtrack for the Kickstarter-funded roguelike Dungeonmans taking inspiration from Sakimoto.

We have some exclusive tracks available for download. "Cimmerian Cavern" is subdued, and like a musty cave, it almost feels damp itself. "The Tower Invincible" evokes a more adventurous feeling, like a song played by minstrels as knights march into battle. Check them out below, or head to OverClocked for the full album.

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3:30 PM on 12.08.2014

Prehistoric god game Before looks magnificent

Rust isn't the only survival game in development at Facepunch Studios. During the Game Awards on Friday, we were reacquainted with Bill Lowe's Before, a pleasant-looking title in which players guide a prehistoric tribe, "sha...

Jordan Devore

1:00 PM on 12.08.2014

Two new characters revealed for indie brawler Rivals of Aether

I am a little surprised that we have not yet properly talked about Rivals of Aether on Destructoid. Aside from a brief mention among dozens of other games, we have not looked at the 2D pixel art Smash Bros.-like fighting gam...

Darren Nakamura







Review: Ultraworld photo
Review: Ultraworld
by Darren Nakamura

During the first fifteen minutes of Ultraworld, I was blown away by how bad it was. It was "you have got to be kidding me; this must be a joke; one out of ten" bad. The gameplay was trite, and it was matched with some of the most inane, pseudo-intellectual drivel in recent memory.

Fortunately, it gets better. After a fourth wall-breaking twist, the game opens up and becomes more enjoyable as a relaxed exploration game through its sharply colored world. However, better than terrible can still be pretty bad.

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9:30 AM on 12.08.2014

The Banner Saga 2 picks up on PS4, Xbox One, PC

The Banner Saga 2, which was just revealed at the Game Awards over the weekend, is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in 2015, Stoic Studio and Versus Evil announced today. The strategy role-playing game will resu...

Kyle MacGregor

2:20 PM on 12.07.2014

Sup Holmes goes live with the creators of Pocket Rumble

[Update: Thanks for watching everybody! Since the stream is over, I put up the Pocket Rumble episode of Two Best Friends up there in their place. Rumor has it a storm is coming...] Capcom recently announced Street Fighter V,...

Jonathan Holmes

11:30 AM on 12.07.2014

Hot Sticky Mess is the 'hardest' Electronic Super Joy DLC to date

[Update: The levels in Hot Sticky Mess were designed by Don Nguyen and Cassie Chui, not Michael Todd and Cassie Chui as originally reported. Apologizes for the error.] Electronic Super Joy is a happy, scary game about a...

Jonathan Holmes



Megan Fox talks Lego Universe, pigeon racism and nonviolent gun play  photo
Megan Fox talks Lego Universe, pigeon racism and nonviolent gun play
by Jonathan Holmes

 

[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.]

Last week on Sup Holmes we welcomed Megan Fox of Glass Bottom Games to the studio. Megan is a powerhouse of imagination and business acumen. We chatted about her time working for Lego on Lego Universe, how your portfolio is more important than your degree when applying for work in the business, the right and wrong way to do Steam sales, the non-intrusive themes of race and sexuality in her upcoming game Hot Tin Roof and a lot more. 

Thanks again to Megan for hanging out with us, and tune in today at 4pm EST when we welcome the developers of Rocket Rumble to the program. 

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2:08 PM on 12.06.2014

Not enough gorgeous 2D games? Skytorn coming to PS4

Gorgeous, procedurally generated Metroidvania, basically. It's joining an enormous group of games, yet they all seem to have a distinctive enough art style that I get excited for all of them. Though I'd rather play them on Vita than PS4, probably. Oh well. Skytorn looks lovely. 

Steven Hansen

1:57 PM on 12.06.2014

Steal your enemies limbs and use them in Severed

I still get giddy over Sir Dan in MediEvil using his own arm as a starting weapon. In Severed, you'll hack up enemies and use their body parts to make you even stronger. And, like Guacamelee, it's stylish as heck. 

Steven Hansen

1:10 PM on 12.06.2014

Bastion coming to PlayStation 4 and Vita in 2015

Good news, everyone! Bastion is coming to PS4 and Vita next year, Sony revealed today as part of its PlayStation Experience keynote. Bastion comes from Supergiant Games, the independent studio behind Transistor, who...

Kyle MacGregor

1:00 PM on 12.06.2014

Enter the Gungeon: Go get a big gun and kill the past

Devolver Digital has announced it is publishing Enter the Gungeon next year. Something about, "A gun...THAT CAN KILL THE PAST" just won me over. I don't even have to understand what it means. Plus there's table fli...

Steven Hansen

10:30 PM on 12.05.2014

No Man's Sky also has purple, is still amazing

No Man's Sky showed off a particularly purple planet in its Game Awards trailer. It's still exciting, walking amidst bioluminscent fauna and dinosaurs, getting into your ship and zipping off to another planet. Oh, and t...

Steven Hansen

8:38 PM on 12.05.2014

Gone Home developer teases next project, Tacoma

Gone Home developer The Fullbright Company showed off its new thing this evening at the Game Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada. Not much was revealed, but Tacoma looks like it's going to be out of this world. You know, because it welcomed us to lunar transfer station and all. Now go argue in the comments about whether or not it's a videogame.

Kyle MacGregor







Buy these nine games to support the Ferguson Public Library photo
Buy these nine games to support the Ferguson Public Library
by Steven Hansen

Altruism is better when you get something in return. Contradictory? Sure. Ignoble? Someone will tell you why from their high horse. But wouldn't it be sweet if in paying your internet bill or buying a new blender, all the proceeds went to the World Wildlife Fund or Doctor's Without Borders. You get something, the world gets something, Comcast gets nothing. In a perfect world.

Of course, we live in a tragically imperfect world, which is why game developers have bundled nine games together, "in support of the Ferguson Public Library and in solidarity with protesters resisting antiblack state violence and white supremacy."

For $9 (or more), you'll get 9 games, 8 of which are provided as direct downloads, the 9th as a Steam key because of the filesize. All proceeds go to the Ferguson Public Library. The bundle will be up until tomorrow, December 6, at 11:59 Eastern. If you do donate, make sure to download your games before then, as the bundle page will be taken down then.

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Waifu bartending: VA-11 HALL-A seems like the best dive this side of Catherine photo
Waifu bartending: VA-11 HALL-A seems like the best dive this side of Catherine
by Steven Hansen

I love Catherine. Part of the reason is its block puzzles. Part of the reason is its small scale, with most playable segments taking place in the homey bar Stray Sheep. VA-11 HALL-A--or Valhalla--is that same sort of bar, packed with regulars just trying to get through their nightmarish cyberpunk existence. Games don't always need to be bombastic save-the-world-'em-ups.

Over 20 clients will come into Valhalla, where you tend bar, serving an odd cast drinks as they serve up their life stories. And the bartending is as important to the stories as the stories are to bartending as you learn what clients like and, maybe, why that talking corgi is such a racist.

You can download and play the prototype here for free or at your own price if you can spare it. You can also pre-order the full game (and get a Steam key) for $5, which is less than the full game will be at launch. With that, you'll get the Prologue as well, which you can play until Sukeban gets the full game finished. Eight bucks gets you the Prologue, full game on release, and the soundtrack.

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9:30 AM on 12.05.2014

Dragon Dating Simulator is...well, duh, you date dragons

I'm imagining the beginning to Stand By Me, but, instead, "Hey, kid, you ever plow a dragon?"  Dragon Dating Simulator is a visual novel with a "novel-sized script" and "at least" four dragons (two male, two female...

Steven Hansen



Review: Secret Ponchos photo
Review: Secret Ponchos
by Chris Carter

I'm loving how much easier it is to bring indie games to consoles this generation. With tons of nasty hold-ups like WiiWare sales thresholds, lengthy and expensive certification and patching processes, and a general negative attitude towards indies by big publishers, every console manufacturer has made strides in that department.

In the case of Secret Ponchos, Sony actively helped developer Switchblade Monkeys bring their game to the PS4, by offering up development kits and additional assistance. That partnership paid off as Ponchos has just launched by way of the PlayStation Plus program.

It turns out that it was an endeavor worth pursuing, but I'm hoping there's more meat on its bones down the line.

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1:30 PM on 12.03.2014

Devil's Bluff turns to Kickstarter for its online-only murder mystery

One of my favorite mechanics that is prevalent in tabletop games but not so much in videogames is having hidden roles. Battlestar Galactica's concealed Cylons and Werewolf's bloodthirsty lycanthropes induce real paranoia bec...

Darren Nakamura

10:30 AM on 12.03.2014

OlliOlli jumps over to Wii U, Xbox One, 3DS next year

OlliOlli is bringing its hot moves and catchy beats to Nintendo 3DS, Wii U and Xbox One early next year, British indie publisher Curve Studios announced today. Roll7's side-scrolling skating game launched exclusively on Play...

Kyle MacGregor

7:00 PM on 12.02.2014

Love You to Bits is a sci-fi spiritual successor to Tiny Thief

Oh, this is cute. Some of the people behind the acclaimed mobile point-and-click adventure Tiny Thief are back with a "spiritual successor" about a human explorer scouring the universe for his robot girlfriend. It's called L...

Jordan Devore

5:30 PM on 12.01.2014

Threes! designer's Close Castles is a fast, cute, console-bound RTS

The designer of mobile puzzle sensation Threes (obligatory entrancing .gif here) has spoken about his next game, a real-time strategy title called Close Castles, on the PlayStation Blog. In it, players will expand their kingd...

Jordan Devore

1:00 PM on 12.01.2014

Brighten your morning with I am Bread

It's been over a month and, conceptually, I am Bread still tickles me. I'm giggling over the prospect of sentient bread going on a quest to become toasted (what happens next?). Ahead of the game's Steam Early Access release ...

Jordan Devore

8:00 PM on 11.30.2014

Sportsball dev on inciting rivalries, Wii U exclusivity, and big birds

[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.] Last week on Sup Holmes, w...

Jonathan Holmes

2:15 PM on 11.30.2014

Megan Fox talks indie bubbles, detective cats and business for pleasure

[Update: Show's over folks! Thanks for tuning in. We'll have the rerun up next weekend in case you missed it. Here's 10 minutes of Hot Tin Roof to tide you over in the meantime.] Today at 4:00pm EST, Sup Holmes goes live wit...

Jonathan Holmes





6:00 PM on 11.29.2014

Owlboy creator proposes a new Wario Land

D-Pad Studio has been working on Owlboy for a long time. When a game looks this good, expectations run high, and the pressure to deliver can be overwhelming. Like a lot of developers, it seems that they escape from the s...

Jonathan Holmes

12:00 PM on 11.28.2014

Potatoman Seeks the Troof coming to Steam this December

The creative minds at Pixeljam Games are gearing up for the Steam re-release of their challenging "potatosophical" platformer, Potatoman Seeks the Troof on December 3. It's been a while since a game trailer had me ...

Rob Morrow

10:00 AM on 11.28.2014

The Deer God hits Early Access on December 2

It seems like I've waited an eternity to get my hands on Josh Presseisen's gorgeous-looking pixel art game about survival, reincarnation and karma. In reality, it's only been a little over a year and a half, but I'm sure&nbs...

Rob Morrow

10:30 AM on 11.27.2014

Want a free game? Tell us how gaming makes you feel less alone

[Update: Codes have been sent to winners through Destructoid Private Message, so smoke 'em if you got 'em.] Today is Thanksgiving in the United States, a holiday that normalizes the sin of gluttony by couching it under the g...

Jonathan Holmes

11:00 AM on 11.26.2014

Strafe is the goriest, most realistic shooter of 1996

I am tempted to just post the email we got about Strafe (stylized as STRAFE®), because it is a masterpiece of videogame marketing. With phrases like "not for the faint of heart" and "we understand if our game is too real...

Darren Nakamura

10:00 AM on 11.26.2014

Ironically, the Kickstarter for Hollow Knight looks solid

I have had my eye on Hollow Knight for a few days, but had not yet pulled the trigger on highlighting it. It is a pretty 2D action game (though the color palette is a bit muted for my taste) starring some sort of insect-pers...

Darren Nakamura

6:00 PM on 11.25.2014

Solve your own murder in Why Am I Dead At Sea

You have been murdered, and you are now a ghost. It is up to you to solve the mystery of your own death. No, not like that. No, not like that either. Okay actually, it is sort of like Ghost Trick. It looks like the spirit in...

Darren Nakamura

4:30 PM on 11.24.2014

Need something free to pass the time? 0h h1 is sort of like binary sudoku

I have always been an unapologetic fan of Minesweeper. I have been playing it for longer than any other single game, and I will be playing it as long as I can imagine. It never changes in any fundamental way, but it always wo...

Darren Nakamura