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Archive For August, 2012

Trailer: Super TIME Force (Capybara Games)

August 31, 2012 9:00 PM | Danny Cowan

If you aren't yet sufficiently pumped for Capybara Games' upcoming Xbox Live Arcade game Super TIME Force, the newly released trailer above should do the trick.

Super TIME Force is a side-scrolling run-and-gun shooter starring a gang of time-bending super-soldiers. Every time you die, you return to the start of the level. On subsequent playthroughs, however, you're accompanied by past versions of yourself who repeat every action you performed during previous attempts. Sounds wild!

Super TIME Force is on display at booth 872 at PAX Prime right this second. Well, unless you're reading this after the fact. You should go play it, along with all the other great stuff at PAX's Indie Megabooth.

Browser Game Pick: Eerie Estate Agent (Choice of Games)

August 31, 2012 6:00 PM | Cassandra Khaw

eerieestateagent.jpg Dystopian futures not your thing? Disinclined towards yet another zombie game? Would rather eat cold gruel than play another game with elves in it? Try this on for size. Eerie Estate Agent is the latest game in Choice of Games' stable and a brilliant one at that. Here, you'll be playing as a real estate agent who must, somehow, raise enough money to meet your boss's requirements. Naturally, it's not going to be easy. The property you're in charge of is, er, haunted. Yes. This is going where you think it's going.

If you're interested in checking it out (and I highly recommend you do so), you can head on over here to play it.

Trailer: CYPHER (Cabrera Brothers)

August 31, 2012 4:00 PM | Cassandra Khaw



I think I may be ever so slightly in love. CYPHER is an upcoming cyberpunk text adventure game with an ambitious if familiar promise. It claims that it'd be unlike anything you've ever played before. I'm not entirely certain if the game will deliver in that area but I'm more than willing to give it a go anyway. Set within NeoSushi, a city inspired by the popcorn movies of the 80s, CYPHER will have you struggling to stay alive even as numerous unsavory characters rush after an incomplete upload in your head. Will you succeed?

Unlike most traditional text adventures, CYPHER has been outfitted with ambient sounds and rather attractive graphics, something that may please some to know. If you're curious about the game and want to know more, the official website can be found here.

Release: The Basement Collection (Edmund McMillen)

August 31, 2012 2:00 PM | John Polson

Super Meat Boy co-developer and The Binding of Isaac creator Edmund McMillen has released The Basement Collection on Steam for Windows and Mac for $3.99. Each of the nine games included has been revamped with new content, graphics, controls, Steam functionality and more.

The collection includes Aether, Time Fcuk, Spewer, Coil, Meat Boy, Triachnid, Grey Matter and two secret games. The collection also offers 15+ minutes of never before seen footage from Indie Game: The Movie, 60+ minutes of audio interviews exclusive to the collection, and 100+ pages of design sketches, illustrations and character designs.

Indie Royale Profile: Super Amazing Wagon Adventure

August 31, 2012 1:00 PM | Staff



[Guest reviewer Colin Brown profiles each game in The Getaway Bundle, now available at IndieGames' co-created site: Indie Royale.]

One of the most vivid memories of my first year of school was the introduction of a pair of Apple IIs to the classroom, loaded with Oregon Trail and not one other game. We would make our own little families, send them across the continent and watch as they slowly died of wolves and dysentery due to the fact that a pack of five year olds were making every life threatening decision for them. Sparsevector's Super Amazing Wagon Adventure is a perfect way of revisiting those fond memories. Well, it would be if I wanted to see what those memories would feel like on drugs.

Jason Rohrer's Diamond Trust Of London Now Available For Purchase

August 31, 2012 12:00 PM | Danny Cowan

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Jason Rohrer's Kickstarter-funded Nintendo DS strategy game Diamond Trust of London can now be purchased directly from its official website.

This marks the first time the game has been publicly available for purchase since the Kickstarter campaign's conclusion. I just got my Special Edition copy of the game a couple of days ago, in fact -- it came with several tiny envelopes full of dirt or some dirt-like substance!

Diamond Trust of London is priced at $30. Less than 4,500 copies remain available, as of this writing.

WiiWare La-Mulana Resurrected, Will Launch September 20th In U.S. And Europe

August 31, 2012 10:00 AM | Danny Cowan

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The cancellation of the WiiWare version of La-Mulana for North America and Europe earlier this year disappointed many fans of developer Nigoro's work, but expedited the launch of an English-translated PC version in July.

Those still waiting for a console version of La-Mulana will be able to play the game very soon, however. In an unexpected development, Nigoro announced that the WiiWare edition has been un-cancelled, and will be released in the United States and Europe on September 20th.

The Barcelona-based EnjoyUp Games (Chronos Twins DX, 99 Bullets) will publish the WiiWare version of the game, resuming the work that former La-Mulana publisher Nicalis abandoned in April, citing shifting marketplace conditions. The game will be priced at 1,000 Wii Points ($10) at launch, according to Nintendo's recently updated product page.

Freeware Game Pick: Soul Jar (Farmergnome)

August 31, 2012 7:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

The amount of quality games produced for Ludum Dare 24 is simply staggering and, though we obviously won't be able to cover everything, you should really take your time and enjoy as many of the 1406 entries as you can. You could always start off with Soul Jar, mind you. A unique and impressively polished game by Farmergnome of Under The Garden fame.

The game, besides looking beautiful in its pixel-art parallax-scrolling glory, has you platforming and adventuring along a "soul jar" from space: a robot with an evolving A.I. that collects and imitates behaviors and can thus be trained by watching your in-game actions. As Farmergnome puts it, "if you become aggressive shooting your way through the enemies the robot will take on aggressive traits, eventually even targeting you, if you heal, carry and protect him he will learn to protect you also, if you are greedy and consume all the food and liquids and items he will adopt those traits also".

Browser Game Pick: My Time (Games By Zed)

August 31, 2012 5:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

mytime.pngMy Time is so very post/meta-jam you simply have to love it; even if you can't stand them naughty words of which it has so many. It is, you see, a funny little offering created for the latest Ludum Dare, the one with the evolution theme, and, well, it stars evolution beating all the previous jam themes. It's all very silly and very worth the 60 or so seconds you'll be playing it.

Get a job: IO Interactive and others hiring now on the Gamasutra jobs board

August 31, 2012 3:00 AM | Eric Caoili

In the latest postings over the last seven days, Gamasutra's jobs board plays host to roles in every major discipline, including opportunities at IO Interactive, Demiurge, Studios, and others.

Each position posted by employers will appear on the main Gamasutra job board, and appear in the site's daily and weekly newsletters, reaching our readers directly.

It will also be cross-posted for free across Gamasutra's network of submarket sites, which includes content sites focused on independent games and more.

Some of the notable jobs posted this week include:

Harmonix Music Systems: Experienced Graphics Engineer:
"Harmonix is one of the world's leading independent game development studios. We're actively creating fun, groundbreaking, interactive experiences. Whether your work is on the existing universes of Rock Band and Dance Central or new worlds we're just beginning to create, it's an exciting time to be a part of this talented group of developers and gamers. Positions are open for exceptional artists, designers, coders and more. Curious what we're up to? Want to think big in our Cambridge-based urban hideout?"

IO Interactive: Generalist Tech Programmers:
"IO Interactive is the creative force behind some of the most talked-about PC and multiplatform videogames to emerge in the last decade. Starting with the praised and ground-breaking Hitman series, IO Interactive has since developed the cult classic Freedom Fighters, the innovative brand Mini Ninjas and the controversial Kane & Lynch series."

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