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Vagante wanders onto Steam Early Access photo
Vagante wanders onto Steam Early Access
by Rob Morrow

When we last reported on Nuke Nine's retro-inspired action platformer Vagante, the title was campaigning for funding on Kickstarter. After unfortunately falling short of its funding goal the developers have brought Vagante back as an Early Access title on Steam. Just goes to show, you can't keep a good game down.

Vagante was described as a "Spelunky-style RPG" by Rock Paper Shotgun's Graham Smith, and after recently having a go at it myself, I think that's an apt description. The emphasis here is on style, so if you're worried that the game is just a cheap knock-off of the treasured roguelike platformer, you'll be happy to know that Vagante is its own game entirely.

Admittedly, it does share some feature's with Mossmouth's title. Both have shops that appear within the level with randomized gear available for purchase. Levels are procedurally generated, complete with ladders connecting the different parts of the map. Even with these shared elements, Vagante still feels completely fresh to me because of its firm rooting in role-playing game design.

Each run through the caves offers new opportunities for loot. Some gear will be better suited to your character's class than others. Each piece has stat-effecting properties that can either compliment your build or degrade certain aspects of it. It's up to you to decide what you want to do. Higher Defense at the cost of losing a point of Dex? Entirely up to you.

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3:30 PM on 01.15.2015

Seasons after Fall is fiendishly cute, coming in 2016

Swing Swing Submarine, the talented studio behind well-received puzzlers such as Blocks That Matter and Tetrobot and Co., has been hard at work on its latest project, Seasons after Fall. The exquisit...

Rob Morrow

1:45 PM on 01.15.2015

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty gets PC, Xbox One, PS3 release dates

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty, the remake of the 1997 PS1 platformer Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee, hit PS4 last July. Now, it finally has a release date for some of its other planned platforms.  It is coming to PC, Mac, and Li...

Steven Hansen

2:30 PM on 01.14.2015

Kickstarter-funded Crystal Catacombs arrives on Steam tomorrow

After nearly three years in development, Levels or Lives' retro-inspired roguelike pixel art platformer Crystal Catacombs is almost ready to make its debut on Steam. Successfully funded on Kickstarter in July of 2012,  ...

Rob Morrow

1:00 PM on 01.14.2015

Mighty No. 9 developers show off a new highway-themed stage

The developers of Mighty No. 9 have recently stated that the game is almost done, which is good news for the gameplay and not-so-great news for the uninspired art style. But the porting process has begun, and they're rea...

Chris Carter



JumpJet Rex revels in old-school charm, hits Early Access January 14 photo
JumpJet Rex revels in old-school charm, hits Early Access January 14
by Alessandro Fillari

There's just something about the 8-bit and 16-bit eras of gaming. Even after decades, it's still a remarkable and enduring period that's managed to stand the test of time. With a slick focus on charming visuals and deeply refined gameplay, the classics of the time are still played today. And, with a sizable amount of fans clamoring for the return of such titles, it's easy to see why the endearing nature of 2D games holds strong. Honestly, games just felt more pure back then, and it looks as though some devs are looking to emulate the example set by games from the past.

Originally created as a quick title for GameJam 2014, the developers at Tree Fortress found something special about this peculiar T-Rex wearing jet boots, and decided to flesh it out into a fully featured title. Taking inspiration from classic games like Mega Man and Sonic, the talent behind JumpJet Rex wanted to offer players a new 2D platformer that's not only goofy fun, but also tough as nails.

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10:00 PM on 01.12.2015

Gravity Ghost's zen planetoid platforming coming on January 26

Funny, I feel like I just posted about the release date for a delayed indie game featuring voice work by Ashly Burch and music from some of my favorite composers. Talk about déjà vu. In contrast to There Came an...

Darren Nakamura

1:30 PM on 01.11.2015

Path to the Sky teaser debut, game details revealed

I've been talking with Berlin-based solo developer Johannes "Dek" Märtterer since early September of last year. Some of you may already be familiar with his work. He's the creator of the charming neo-retro-sty...

Rob Morrow

2:30 PM on 01.08.2015

Xbox One inherits Rogue Legacy

Xbox One owners can plan on plundering many a castle with their extended lineage sometime in the future. Cellar Door Games has confirmed via Twitter that indie treasure Rogue Legacy will eventually release on Xbox One. T...

Brett Makedonski



Absurdly tough I Wanna Be The Boshy looks effortless in this speedrun photo
Absurdly tough I Wanna Be The Boshy looks effortless in this speedrun
by Jordan Devore

Here's speedrunner witwix playing I Wanna Be The Boshy -- a precision platformer meant for so-called "humans" who find I Wanna Be The Guy, one of the most challenging games ever devised, too easy -- for the charity marathon Awesome Games Done Quick 2015.

He pledged to donate $10 to the Prevent Cancer Foundation every time he died in this hour-long, 100% run of a maniacal game that requires pixel-perfect jumps and a hell of a lot of patience.

Here I am, 32 minutes in, terrified for witwix's bank account despite his mastery. Simply captivating.

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1:15 PM on 01.07.2015

Tearaway is back with a cameo in Joe Danger 2 for PS Vita

Before No Man's Sky, there was Joe Danger 2, a lovable side-scrolling racing/platform game about a motorbike-riding daredevil. After appearing on Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation 3, the game is now primed for its PS Vita debut, ...

Jordan Devore

12:00 PM on 01.07.2015

Gunman Clive 2 will be delayed for several extra weeks

Gunman Clive was a brief blast of fresh air on the Nintendo 3DS, before it rode off into the sunset on other platforms. A sequel was eventually announced, which has been in development for some time. We were supposed to...

Chris Carter

9:00 AM on 01.07.2015

Poi trailer offers hope for the 3D platformer

This is the kind of thing I like to find when I wake up in the morning. It's a teaser trailer for a 3D platformer, Poi, and watching it makes me think that there's a bold adventure just waiting out there for me to exper...

Conrad Zimmerman

12:15 PM on 01.05.2015

Stylish indie platformer Chester gets sequel this year, demo right now

Chester has not been in the news lately, but back in 2011 it was known for being one of the few worthwhile games on the Xbox Live Indie Games channel. It widened its audience after that by releasing on PC. Our own Jordan dev...

Darren Nakamura

10:00 AM on 01.05.2015

This Mario 64 HD fan project is coming along nicely

While the Super Mario 64 HD fan project has been in the works for a while, it's all coming together as of recently. Multiple fans are hard at work on the game, and you can get a glimpse at the art style and gameplay abo...

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 01.05.2015

Maybe you want to play Limbo on PS4 too?

If you own a device, chances are you can play Limbo on it. Blenders? Yep, I think those are equipped for Limbo. Those high-tech war machines where two guys have to turn a key at the same time to launch a nuke? Fact:...

Brett Makedonski