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Archive For August, 2012

Indie Royale Profile: Da New Guys

August 31, 2012 2:00 AM | Staff

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

Like many games built with the Adventure Game Studio engine, Da New Guys began as a neat little freeware title from Ice Box Games. It spawned a more polished sequel, Day of the Jackass, which was picked up for distribution by everyone's favourite indie adventure house Wadjet Eye Games and which also now sits in this very bundle. And though it may lack the higher profile of Analogue or Shattered Horizon, or even fellow Wadjet Eye published games like Gemini Rue and Resonance, Da New Guys is a cheerful, funny and surprisingly clever adventure through the world of pro wrestling.

Mutant Mudds Debuts For Windows

August 30, 2012 11:00 PM | Danny Cowan

Renegade Kid's multi-plane platformer Mutant Mudds is now available for Windows via Desura, Good Old Games, GamersGate, and the Renegade Shop.

Mutant Mudds offers 60 levels filled with filthy mutants and collectible doodads. The PC version includes 20 exclusive "Grannie" levels designed to test the skills of veterans of the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, originally released for the eShop earlier this year.

Mutant Mudds is regularly priced at $9.99, but is on sale for $7.99 during its launch week. Those who want to see Mutant Mudds on Steam can check out its Greenlight page.

SpaceChem Developer Announces Card-Based Strategy Game: Ironclad Tactics

August 30, 2012 8:00 PM | John Polson

SpaceChem developer Zachtronics Industries has announced Ironclad Tactics for PC, a card-based game filled with steam-powered robots battling in an alternate American Civil War.

PC Gamer describes the gameplay as giving out orders by playing cards from a pre-arranged deck of 20. There will be 80 different cards to unlock with a single player campaign supported by an 80 page in-game graphic novel.

The above trailer does not reveal any gameplay, but after the jump are some in-game images that show how the cards play out. Literally.

Release Trailer: Snapshot (Retro Affect)

August 30, 2012 6:00 PM | Cassandra Khaw

Remember Snapshot? Yes? No? Either way, it's time to get reacquainted with the game. Snapshot is Retro Affect's spectacular tale of a lost little robot and his amazing camera. Unlike normal cameras, this guy's little device of choice doesn't just capture images, it's capable of transplanting objects and moving them around. Heck, even rotation is entirely possible here. Cool mechanics not enough for you? There'll be four different environments to explore and a hundred different levels to puzzle and platform your way through. What more can you ask for?

Those interested in picking up the game for Windows on Steam can do so over here. Mac, Linux, PS VIta and PS3 versions will be released over the next few months

[Edit: Codes have been emailed. My, so many awesome indie games! Great to see everyone playing different stuff! -JP]

Trailer: Residue (The Working Parts)

August 30, 2012 4:00 PM | Cassandra Khaw

The Working Parts' latest game following They Breathe has me rather intrigued. Residue begins with a disgraced oil tycoon named Nikolai Sitvin and his attempts at restoring the Aral Sea. Needless to say, it fails horribly. People die. Nonetheless, that doesn't stop four very different people from returning to the site years later, driven by their own set of motivations. The upcoming platform-adventure game will have you switching between the aforementioned characters even as you attempt to complete the game's thirteen chapters.

Curious? Want to find out more? Feel like helping them with the whole Steam Greenlight thing? If so, check out this link here.

IndieGames.com's Top Greenlight Picks

August 30, 2012 3:00 PM | John Polson

indiegames steam greenlight.pngWith the release of Steam's Greenlight program comes IndieGames.com's curated list of Greenlight projects. Steam Greenlight, announced in July, is Valve's newest experiment to streamline the approval process to get more games that fans want on its service.

Steam users can click the thumbs-up button to push each game closer to Steam publishing and favorite each game to track its progress.

Those interested in our top Greenlight picks should "favorite" this collection to be notified of each new addition. Consider this our Greenlight-specific RSS feed which we will update daily.

Vlambeer's Super Crate Box Now Playable For Free On Steam

August 30, 2012 12:00 PM | Danny Cowan


Vlambeer's hit single-screen action game Super Crate Box is now available on Steam as a free download.

Super Crate Box challenges players to collect as many crates as possible before dying. Each collected crate awards a random weapon, some of which are more useful than others. Problem: an endless stream of enemies wants you dead, and if any creature reaches the bottom of the screen before you kill it, it'll return at the top of the screen, angrier and tougher than before.

Super Crate Box includes a long list of unlockable stages and weapons, and it does a good job of making you want to keep playing until you reach the next score goal. An iOS version is also available, if you want to play on the go.

Mobile Game Pick: Destroy All Color! (Golden Ruby Games)

August 30, 2012 10:00 AM | Danny Cowan

App Store newcomer Golden Ruby Games has released Destroy All Color! HD, a match-three puzzler that uses the camera on your iOS device to generate in-game puzzle pieces.

Destroy All Color! examines the image within your camera's frame and produces similarly colored shapes on the playfield. By pointing the camera at a yellow object, for instance, you can create a yellow block to destroy like-colored pieces. The game includes over 100 levels, along with an Endless mode that's bound to put your shutterbugging skills to the test.

Destroy All Color! is available as a universal app, and is priced at 99 cents.

From Russia With Horror: Fibrillation

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

fibrillation.pngDisorientation. Oddness. Darkness. Hallucinations. Voices. Impaired vision. Yes, getting scared doesn't have to involve violence. At least not of the direct kind. A truly empty building can be perfect for horror, let alone a building that doesn't really make sense. A building that defies the laws of both physics and logic. Or an endless maze. Or, well, a brand new indie horror game called Fibrillation by Egor Rezenov.

Created on a shoe-string budget, Fibrillation, a "first person philosophic horror with elements of mysticism" according to its developer, is both unsettling and thought-provoking. And, despite being a gorgeous little game, it also allows you to close your in-game eyes. And be scared while enjoying the short and evocative Dear Esther-esque experience it has to offer. An experience that won't last you more than an hour and has been designed to be played through in one sitting.

Now, though Fibrillation is not a perfect game (the jarring voice-over and a couple of dull areas are a bit of a disappointment) it is definitely worth checking out. At $1.95 it's more than reasonably priced too. Besides, you will also be supporting a young and apparently really talented developer.

Demo: Captain Disaster (Team Disaster)

August 30, 2012 5:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

captain disaster.pngCaptain Disaster in Death Has a Million Stomping Boots is the first (and very ambitious) point-and-click adventure game by Team Disaster and a lovely retro-flavoured offering starring Captain Disaster and his Disaster Area spaceship. If you have ever played a Space Quest game you'll more or less know what to expect. If not, well, expect tons of weird references, odd puzzles, funny bits of dialogue and a generous serving of sci-fi humour. As an added bonus, you'll also be getting some of the silliest voice over around and certain puzzles involving tea.

Captain Disaster will be a commercial release that should appear sometime in late 2012 or early 2013. You can download its freshly released, seriously surreal and most promising demo here.

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