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11:30 AM on 10.29.2014

Concrete Jungle combines city planning and deck building

As diverse and varied as games have become (particularly the independent scene), it can be easy to fall into a routine of only trying out titles with established gameplay. Part of what caught my eye about Concrete Jungle is ...

Darren Nakamura



7:30 PM on 10.28.2014

Laser Fury looks like Diablo but neon and radical

I do not mean to suggest that Diablo is not good, but the dreary look never really grabbed me, even with Diablo III's improvements in that respect. Laser Fury, on the other hand, takes a hold of my eyes immediately...

Darren Nakamura



3:00 PM on 10.28.2014

Particulars explores the subatomic world next month

I always appreciate seeing science represented in games, outside of the typical "heroes need to clean up the mess these mad scientists made" trope. Videogames can be so powerful as tools for learning, and that potential is s...

Darren Nakamura



4:00 PM on 10.18.2014

A zombie game featuring Jesus is a lot better than it sounds

In what looks like a mash-up of Monty Python's Life of Brian with the low-budget special effects and gore seen in films like the Toxic Avenger, Spain-based Mutant Games brings us the Fist of Jesus -- an arcade-styl...

Rob Morrow



5:00 PM on 10.17.2014

Retro-Pixel Castles is all the work of just one person

Trendy survival games like Rust and Don't Starve have had one interesting feature that rarely get's talked about: you can't actually win at these games. That's the main concept behind the small-scale Retro-Pixel Castles, an ...

Alasdair Duncan



4:00 PM on 10.15.2014

FPS platformer Deadcore is the kind of game I want to play on Oculus Rift

Deadcore is a futuristic first-person shooter/platforming hybrid that got its start in a 7DFPS game jam in 2012 by five friends who met while studying videogame design in Angoulême, France. Extended work on the prototy...

Rob Morrow



9:30 AM on 10.15.2014

The intro cinematic for Civilization: Beyond Earth is actually pretty touching

I have been working on a review for the upcoming sci-fi strategy game Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth, and one of the things I could not wait to talk about is the introductory cinematic. It seems silly, but for a seri...

Darren Nakamura



4:30 PM on 10.14.2014

Ethereal is a puzzle platformer with pretty polished pixels

When developer Thomas Finch first showed bits of Ethereal, I almost wanted to share it simply because of how pretty it looked (especially in motion), but at the time, there was not a lot of other information to go on. It is ...

Darren Nakamura



1:00 PM on 10.09.2014

Ziggurat welcomes its upcoming official launch with a great-looking trailer

A couple months ago, Rob wrote about Ziggurat making it on Steam Early Access, and it looks like this one will not be wasting away there for long before its full release, which developer Milkstone Studios says is "very close...

Darren Nakamura



8:00 PM on 10.07.2014

Children of Morta looks real, real good

I love this flowing, watercolor reminiscent pixel art. It benefits all the happy dancing in the trailer and the exaggerated, unrealistic movements sort of remind me of the animation style of Masaaki Yuasa (Ping Pong: The Animation).  Anyway, Children of Morta basically looks exactly like something I want to play real bad.

Steven Hansen



6:00 PM on 10.07.2014

The Flame in the Flood is Toobin' meets Oregon Trail

What a lovely combination. You know The Oregon Trail, but do you know Toobin'? It's a late-1980s arcade game about inner tubing down a river, and it was awesome (still is!). There's also a hint of Beasts of the Southern Wild...

Jordan Devore



1:15 PM on 10.07.2014

The Land of Eyas is back on Kickstarter with a lower funding goal

Earlier this year we got a brief look at The Land of Eyas, which has Super Meat Boy-style platforming with a gravity switching mechanic, as well as a kid in a cute cat suit. At the time, it was seeking approval on Steam Gree...

Darren Nakamura



4:30 PM on 10.06.2014

Still waiting for a new 2D Metroid? Take a look at Beyond Human

Every few months, I think about how great Metroid: Zero Mission and Metroid Fusion were. So, so great. Why isn't Nintendo doing more like that? I don't know, but the indie community seems to share my lamentation, creating ga...

Darren Nakamura



3:15 PM on 10.06.2014

Rogue Wizards has a bad name but it looks like a cool dungeon crawler/city builder

Many of us have crawled through dungeons hundreds of times, so it takes some special kick to get us to notice. Rogue Wizards has two: a city-building component that seems like it could be addictive and a cool visual effect r...

Darren Nakamura



12:00 PM on 10.02.2014

Sand Sailor's atmospheric Black The Fall slinks to Kickstarter

Romanian development studio Sand Sailor has recently taken to Kickstarter to fund its stealth-action platformer, Black The Fall. Inspired by the communist country they grew up in, the developers would like their game to impa...

Rob Morrow



5:30 PM on 10.01.2014

This Satellite Reign pre-alpha footage is looking pretty sharp

Brisbane-based studio 5 Lives recently announced that backers who pledged for alpha access during the Kickstarter campaign for Satellite Reign will be getting their playable build some time in early October. The rest of us w...

Rob Morrow



2:00 PM on 10.01.2014

The Sims 4 is getting pools, ghosts, and Star Wars costumes

Pools. Get to the pools! They were notably absent from The Sims 4 at launch but they're arriving in November as a free update. Sim deaths are going to skyrocket. Speaking of which, more immediately, the game is adding ghosts...

Jordan Devore



9:30 AM on 10.01.2014

Civilization: Beyond Earth trailer outlines the new features

Last week I detailed a lot of the new experiences that Civilization V veterans will find in Civilization: Beyond Earth. I loved what I played of it and you can read about that if you want, but those who are more visual ...

Darren Nakamura



8:30 AM on 10.01.2014

Elegy for a Dead World makes a game out of writing fanfiction

One of the great things about games today is that we are seeing new ideas in addition to the tried and true shooters and platformers. Elegy for a Dead World has one of those ideas, and it will be interesting to watch how it ...

Darren Nakamura



12:30 PM on 09.30.2014

Metrocide gets a developer walkthrough, Early Access coming in October

Flat Earth Games, comprised of brothers Leigh and Rohan Harris, walk us through the first few minutes of their new top-down, cyberpunk-noir, contract killing simulator, Metrocide. In the grim, futuristic world of Metrocide, ...

Rob Morrow



12:00 PM on 09.30.2014

War for the Overworld is the Dungeon Keeper sequel you wanted

When the recent Dungeon Keeper mobile game was released by EA, it went down like a barrel of stinking fish; it took the core concepts of the franchise and saddled them with a freemium model that made it a chore to play. Than...

Alasdair Duncan



1:00 PM on 09.29.2014

Horror title Noct reaches its Kickstarter funding goal, Greenlit on Steam

Noct, a 2D top-down multiplayer survival horror game that blends arcade combat with RPG survival elements has recently met and exceeded its Kickstarter funding goal of $20,000 CAD and has been Greenlit on Steam. The game's b...

Rob Morrow



1:30 PM on 09.27.2014

Puzzle Fighter-inspired indie confirmed for Wii U

Puzzle games used to be big business on home consoles. Sadly for fans of the genre, these days they're usually relegated to phones and handhelds. That may be why we've seen so few games in the style of seminal classic Super ...

Jonathan Holmes



7:00 PM on 09.26.2014

Kodoku Chronicles is an actual game after all, and here's a video

Carnivore Studio's eerie Kodoku Chronicles has been approved for Steam Greenlight in only five days, despite still having not reached its Kickstarter funding goal. As a thank you to fans for supporting the game, there's a br...

Brittany Vincent



10:30 AM on 09.26.2014

Battle Chef Brigade looks like the actual best game

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...

Steven Hansen



1:00 PM on 09.25.2014

Live out your Elder God fantasies in That Which Sleeps

A Lovecraft-themed re-imagining of the god game has recently popped up on Kickstarter, and has already reached its funding goal of $12,000. That Which Sleeps is a turn-based strategy game where the player assumes t...

Rob Morrow



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



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



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



2:30 PM on 09.16.2014

Possibly seizure-inducing arcade racer The Collider smashes into Steam today

Shortbreak Studios, a part of Techland (Dead Island, Call of Juarez), has just released its PC port of the iOS and Android arcade racer The Collider today on Steam. You might recognize that name as the studio behind the mobi...

Rob Morrow



2:30 PM on 09.15.2014

Standalone version of Shadowrun Returns: Dragonfall releases this Thursday

The new standalone Director's Cut of Shadowrun Returns' Dragonfall expansion is right around the corner, releasing this Thursday, September 18. Before it does, I'd like to share some of the highlights from the last four developer diaries Harebrained Schemes has posted leading up to the title's launch.

Rob Morrow



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



3:00 PM on 09.13.2014

Survival racer Distance speeds to Steam Early Access this fall

Seattle-based independent games studio Refract's experimental survival racer Distance will be coming to Steam Early Access this fall as an open beta. Until now, access to the futuristic arcade racer has been limited to a pri...

Rob Morrow



7:00 AM on 09.09.2014

Extrasolar Season 2 is being funded through Kickstarter

I do not envy Lazy 8 Studios with the balancing act it has trying to market Extrasolar. By revealing too little, only a relatively small demographic will ever try out the exoplanet rover simulator. By revealing too much, a t...

Darren Nakamura



7:00 AM on 09.08.2014

2D survival horror Uncanny Valley has a demo out now

Way back in April, we first heard about Uncanny Valley, and we all had a nice juvenile moment of pointing and snickering at pixelated medical diagrams of human genitalia. The trailer also showed slightly less funny stuff: da...

Darren Nakamura



3:30 PM on 09.03.2014

The Dark Phantom hits up Kickstarter for funding to complete game

The Dark Phantom is a neo-noir comic-book influenced third-person shooter about a man calling himself the "Dark Phantom" as he hunts down criminals across the city. Sound familiar? The Dark Phantom is reminiscent of Rorschac...

Brittany Vincent



10:30 AM on 09.03.2014

Warlocks takes its cooperative fantasy brawling to Kickstarter

Risk of Rain was pretty cool, so anything that reminds me of that catches my attention. Warlocks looks to have a similar feel in some ways, bringing frantic 2D battles to a fantasy world. I typically shy away from fantasy in...

Darren Nakamura



1:30 PM on 09.02.2014

X-ray hands and digital immortality in Soul Axiom

The idea of replicating human consciousness within a computer program has fascinated me since I was first introduced to the concept. Living on, existing only in cyberspace without the need for a meat body seems lik...

Rob Morrow



11:30 AM on 09.02.2014

Gang Beasts out on Steam, fight your friends like a drunk on skates

Gang Beasts is fun as heck. That's probably why Double Fine picked it up. And now you can pick it up as it's come to Steam on Early Access.  I played it for a good while last week. Laughs and cries of exaltation we...

Steven Hansen



7:00 PM on 08.31.2014

Italian indie title The Town of Light is haunting

Italian independent game studio LKA.it's Greenlit project The Town of Light is described as a first-person psychological adventure that is set in a notorious former psychiatric hospital. Part historical documentary...

Rob Morrow



12:01 AM on 08.31.2014

Fire watch with me: Firewatch gets first, mysterious trailer

I am into this. It's a bit inscrutable, sure, but a mystery game needs to be mysterious. I was into Firewatch as soon as I heard of the talent involved. Artist Olly Moss, whose work we enjoy regularly, along with Mark o...

Steven Hansen



10:30 AM on 08.29.2014

Nefarious 'gamifies' kidnapping the damsel in distress

Inspired by the likes of Earthworm Jim and Mega Man, Nefarious sticks with platformer tropes, with one inversion: you are kidnapping princesses. And each princess you kidnap changes how your character controls and ...

Steven Hansen



9:53 AM on 08.29.2014

Harmonix announces A City Sleeps, a musical shoot 'em up

Harmonix announces A City Sleeps, a musical twin-stick shoot 'em up a heaping helping of anime and bullets. It's like a musical Geometry Wars. Harmonix says that soundtrack synchronization drives projectiles, movement, bulle...

Dale North



7:00 PM on 08.26.2014

Shadowrun: Dragonfall Director's Cut features alternative endings

Shadowrun Returns' main expansion, Dragonfall, is getting a stand-alone Director's Cut on September 18. This is a trailer for that. With the expansion you can expect, "5 all-new missions, alternate endings, ne...

Steven Hansen



4:30 PM on 08.25.2014

Screencheat lets you look at your friends' screens guilt free

Screencheat is one of the more conceptually interesting shooters I've seen in quite some time. This is a multiplayer game in which you're not only encouraged to look at your opponents' screens but are essentially required to...

Jordan Devore



9:00 PM on 08.24.2014

You can buy Deep Under the Sky with fan art

Colin Northway (Incredipede) and Rich Edwards (Pineapple Smash Crew) have a new game out, and it looks beautiful. Deep Under the Sky is obstacle course exploration game about a one eyed Venusian Jellyfish that doubles as "a ...

Jonathan Holmes



1:30 PM on 08.22.2014

Ray's the Dead lives on with a new and improved Kickstarter

I liked Overlord, I loved Pikmin, and I'll probably dig Ray's the Dead. You might remember the game from its successful Steam Greenlight campaign, its showing at Sony's E3 2013 press conference, or that canceled Kickstarter....

Jordan Devore






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