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Watched: GameLoading - Rise of the Indies

April 28, 2015 9:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

There are a handful of documentaries that have managed to keep me up through the night and GameLoading - Rise of the Indies is the first one about gaming that actually did so. It's a very competently filmed and unexpectedly interesting movie loosely built around the journey of the Train Jam and featuring games and indie developers from around the world. Well, mainly the US and Europe admittedly, but still -- the will to cover as much ground as possible is evident and commendable.

BitSummit games to be curated this year; submissions now open

April 28, 2015 7:30 AM | Lena LeRay

Thumbnail image for bitsummit2015.pngThe dates and location of this summer's BitSummit were recently announced, and they are taking developer attendance submissions until May 15, 2015. Unlike the past two years, however, this year's games will be curated and although submitting one's game is still free, developers selected to attend will be charged "a yet-to-be decided nominal fee to help pay for t-shirts, and food for the volunteer staff and developers."

Turn Back the Threat From Beneath the Waves of Trench

April 28, 2015 6:00 AM | Joel Couture

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When an alien threat comes to our planet, you used to be able to count on old Lance and Bill to handle it. Them dang Contra boys just got lazy when it came to underwater threats, though, so instead we have to call on the brave crew of the sub from Howling Hamster's Trench to get the job done. They don't bat an eye at diving deep beneath the blue seas to find the meteor that's spawning hostile aliens, taking their loads of depth charges and torpedoes straight to the threat. Well, maybe with the occasional deviation to salvage some stuff along the way. The crew's gotta make a living, and saving the world won't pay the electric bill.

Shakespeare Meets Groundhog Day: Elsinore

April 27, 2015 6:02 PM | Sean Flint

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Groundhog Day isn't a movie that you hear mentioned every day, so imagine my surprise to see it listed as a major influence for an adventure game. Elsinore takes the time-looping ideas from Groundhog Day, meaning that you wake up to the same day over and over, and inserts them into the world of Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Every Object Tells a Painful Story in a•part•ment

April 27, 2015 5:00 PM | Joel Couture

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"My apartment reeks of thoughts" The Elsewhere Company's a•part•ment says in its trailer, and when you've just lost someone you care about, either through death or a break-up, it's true. Everywhere you look triggers some new, unwelcome memory, as if everything you own - every surface of everything that fills your living space - is polluted with unwanted throughts. The things you shared, no matter how simple, carry a weight you don't want to carry, and everything in your life just reminds you of your loss. Eventually, you have to find your way back from that state, and a•part•ment is about that journey.

Nom Nom Galaxy's recent update adds slew of features and comes with price drop

April 25, 2015 9:15 AM | Lena LeRay

nng.jpgI previewed Q-Games's Nom Nom Galaxy back in October. It was then and is still now in early access, a first for the company. They've been updating the game regularly since then, but this week saw a huge update incorporating a lot of new features. The game now feels more sharply defined than it did in October, with a better tutorial and a campaign that helps make Nom Nom Galaxy feel even less like the average sandbox than it did before.

It's Time to Explore Environmental Station Alpha

April 25, 2015 8:00 AM | Joel Couture

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If we're going to send robots to do our dirty work for us, we really need to start giving them their power-ups first. None of this 'finding equipment in the field' crap. What kind of cheapskate team of scientists sends a robot on an exploration mission without the proper equipment, anyway? Given how many times I suspect the poor robot will die with me running the exploration mission to Experimental Station Alpha (which is available right now), I'd assume it would be cheaper to outfit it with the right parts BEFORE we sent it out rather than keep sending replacement robots for the ones that I accidentally break while contending with the heavy machinery, nasty creatures, and hostile bosses that have taken over the station.

Crypt of the Necrodancer dances in the light of full release

April 25, 2015 2:25 AM | Lena LeRay

necrodancer.jpgAward-winning roguelike Crypt of the Necrodancer has launched out of early access after nine months. In the time since it hit early access, the developers have added more content and polish to the game while its core gameplay has remained as fun as ever. If you've been waiting for full release to get this roguelike with its rhythmic time pressure to think fast, now is the time.

Games We Care About: Below, Richard & Alice, Touhou Mother and more

April 25, 2015 2:00 AM | Tim

PjaqpIP1.pngGames We Care About is a Twitter feed (background) started nearly a year ago to help with new and classic alt.game discovery, all curated/recommended by developers and peers who are mentioned via their Twitter handle. The only rule is that the game needs to be out now and playable - paid or free - on web, PC/Mac, mobile, or even more exotic formats.

You can follow the Twitter feed for one daily update, every day of the week. This weekly roundup for IndieGames.com will feature some of the games our curators liked the best from last week.

Free Key Fridays: Win Steam keys for Hare In The Hat, Rotieer, Freaking Meatbags and Norna

April 24, 2015 3:56 PM | Freekeyfridays

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IndieGames and The MIX bring you another set of free indie games through our weekly promotion we call @freekeyfridays. Freekeyfridays was created as a way to garner exposure for indies through giving away a mix of well-known indie games and up-and-coming titles. This week's games are Norna (Windows, Humble), Rotieer (Steam, Windows, Linux, Mac, IOS, Android) Hare In The Hat (Steam, Windows, Linux, Mac, IOS, Android) and Freaking Meatbags (Steam, Windows)

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