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Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries is a dark reinvention of classic fairytale fiction photo
Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries is a dark reinvention of classic fairytale fiction
by Alessandro Fillari

Over the last three years, Kickstarter has totally changed the game for many developers. With the option to crowdfund projects, cut out the middle-man (publishers), and communicate directly with fans to help create the game, we've seen a number of projects find audiences well before their release. And many of these projects seek to offer something a bit different than what you'd expect from retail releases.

That's what the developers at GRIN Game Studio (no relation to former developer GRIN of Bionic Commando: Rearmed fame) are planning with their uniquely macabre journey through fairy-tale fiction in Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries. In this re-imagining of the classic tale, Red must exact revenge against an army of clockwork soldiers while traveling through a dark and twisted world filled with monsters and other foes from fairytale fiction.

During our chat with the CEO of GRIN at the Game Developers Conference, we learned about their vision for this two-part adventure, and how crowdfunding breathed new life into the project.

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5:15 PM on 03.15.2015

Descent: Underground is on Kickstarter

Do you guys remember Descent? (No, not the Freespace series). I certainly do and I'm very pleased that a new entry to the series is coming our way with Descent: Underground. The Kickstarter for this game has already hit an im...

Claire Sharkey



Amplitude's multiplayer mode has been reworked for the better photo
Amplitude's multiplayer mode has been reworked for the better
by Darren Nakamura

I have some good memories of playing single player FreQuency years ago. However, the only memories I have of the multiplayer mode are of me playing against my friends in high school and crushing them, then going off to college and playing against a guy in my dorm and being crushed. Neither situation was particularly fun.

With Harmonix's new Kickstarter-funded Amplitude, the multiplayer is getting a nice upgrade. Instead of FreQuency's simple head-to-head score attack, it uses something closer to the system found in Amplitude (2003). From that starting point, the player count has increased from two to four, and a handful of other tweaks have been implemented, turning it into a party game I can imagine a group switching to after arms and voices are shot from playing too much Rock Band.

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10:00 PM on 03.11.2015

The Vagrant Kickstarter shows us how to use a belt

Two bearkin, a mad hatter, and a vagrant with a belt covering her nipples go into a dungeon -- no, it's not a Tumblr joke but a new beat-'em-up on Kickstarter called The Vagrant. I imagine if Dragon's Crown and Muramasa: The ...

Jed Whitaker

7:30 PM on 03.11.2015

Adventure RPG Unraveled journeys through a child's imagination

Indie developer RosePortal Games has been working on an adorable adventure RPG called Unraveled, about a young girl with a wild imagination searching for her lost parents. The story is based on real events, inspired by a docu...

Ben Davis

7:00 PM on 03.10.2015

The Homestuck videogame isn't as dense as the comic

You know where you stand when it comes to Homestuck. Even if you don’t know what Homestuck is, you’ve already taken a side. The infamously dense webcomic has more than its fair share of rabid fans, avid haters, an...

Mike Cosimano





6:00 PM on 03.10.2015

Mother original arranged soundtrack is being printed on vinyl

Mother (aka EarthBound Zero) had a very peculiar official soundtrack which, until now, has never been released outside of Japan. Rather than taking music straight from the game, composers Hirokazu "Hip" Tanaka (Metroid, Kid ...

Ben Davis

2:30 PM on 03.04.2015

Wasteland 2 on Xbox One and PS4 is a pleasant surprise

[Update: On top of the Xbox One release, Wasteland 2 is also coming to PlayStation 4 this summer, inXile confirmed today. CEO Brian Fargo noted that "if you are backer of Wasteland 2 or have already purchased it on PC, fear ...

Jordan Devore

11:30 AM on 02.26.2015

Slain! is an homage to a particular kind of gothic, gory classic

We are not wanting for loving pixel art in this nostalgia-fueled retro renaissance, but Slain!'s Gothic horror manages to stand out the same way the sort of off kilter Altered Beast or Castlevania still do. Before "pixel art...

Steven Hansen

9:00 PM on 02.25.2015

Liege is like chess, but with more face-stabbery

Coda Games' sole developer John Rhee just uploaded a revealing new pre-expo teaser for his Kickstarter-funded SRPG trilogy, Liege. In it, we get to see the most recent gameplay footage of the elegant, turn-based/tactica...

Rob Morrow

5:30 PM on 02.25.2015

ToeJam & Earl bring the funk to Kickstarter

The funkotronic duo are back in ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove, and this time the developers are turning to Kickstarter to make sure the game gets made without publisher interference. Greg Johnson, one of the two crea...

Jed Whitaker

3:15 PM on 02.25.2015

Hahah what: Don't Be Patchman is a 'sneak-and-grow' game

As I watched the first video of Don't Be Patchman (below), I thought I had an okay feel for what it is. Plant apples, get an apple tree, shake it for more apples. Got it. I'm no Animal Crossing slouch. Next video, ...

Darren Nakamura

6:30 PM on 02.23.2015

Spooky Poo's Happy Hell launches Kickstarter

Spooky Poo's Happy Hell recently launched on Kickstarter hoping to get funded for PC, with stretch goals for Wii U and PS4.  This romp through hell is a call back to N64 platformers, with music and graphics clearly insp...

Jed Whitaker

2:00 PM on 02.23.2015

Duke Nukem is six months from retirement in This is the Police

Freeburg police chief Jack Boyd, voiced by Duke Nukem's Jon St. John, is 180 days away from a forced retirement in This is the Police. After a career of being a Good Cop rather than a good ol' boy, Boyd wants to use his offi...

Steven Hansen



Review: Hot Tin Roof: The Cat That Wore a Fedora photo
Review: Hot Tin Roof: The Cat That Wore a Fedora
by Jason Faulkner

I’ve really been delving into the indie scene lately. There’s a huge amount of games coming from smaller development studios, and I’ve found a few that really impressed me. When I heard that a “crime noir Metroidvania with a cat in a fedora” was available to review, I was all in. I mean Cave Story, Terraria, and Shovel Knight are indie titles that could all fall under the fairly vague “Metroidvania” genre and they’re some of the most critically acclaimed games of all time.

As I played Hot Tin Roof: The Cat That Wore a Fedora, I found myself alternately intrigued and absolutely disinterested. Some things were well executed, while others were distracting and annoying. Having such fond memories of exploring Castle Dracula and Zebes, I expected a title that took on their mantle to continue the gaming traditions they established, but what was here was sandpaper compared to those classics’ smooth marble.

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2:30 AM on 02.23.2015

Horror project NightCry raises $300K on Kickstarter

Nude Maker's Clock Tower spiritual successor NightCry just concluded its Kickstarter campaign. The point-and-click survival horror game is fully funded, having successfully cleared its $300,000 funding goal. The project raise...

Kyle MacGregor