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Free Steam keys for Full Mojo Rampage, QP Shooting - Dangerous!!, Serious Sam DD XXL

January 30, 2015 6:10 PM | Staff

FreekeyFridaysWeek77.jpgIndieGames and FreekeyFridays bring you another set of free indie games. 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 weeks games are: QP Shooting - Dangerous!! (Steam, Windows), Serious Sam Double D XXL (Steam, Windows) and Full Mojo Rampage (Steam, Windows).

The Ember Conflict now available for iPad in nine countries

January 30, 2015 5:30 AM | Lena LeRay

Thumbnail image for emberconflict.jpgThe Ember Conflict, a competitive RTS which we first covered in January and which announced some gameplay improvements in November, has soft launched and is now available for iPad in nine countries. Those are Canada, Finland, Hong Kong, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, The Philippines, Singapore, and Sweden. Developer Substantial Games expects the worldwide release of the iPad version to happen in April, at which time the Android version will also launch.

Edit: This article has been updated with information about the Android release.

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Samurai Gunn gets a Mac port and a free update for both platforms

January 28, 2015 5:10 PM | Chloi Rad

The local multiplayer "Bushido brawler" called Samurai Gunn arrives on Mac tomorrow, a little over a year after its Windows launch on Steam.

Along with the port comes ten new levels and two new game modes, available to both PC and Mac players as a free update.

The new Master of the House mode randomly selects levels, while Showdown Shogun takes away your gun for sword-only face-offs.

It's good to see Samurai Gunn still getting some attention after its initial release in December 2013, even as creator Beau Blyth is hard at work on Hyper Light Drifter.

You can buy Samurai Gunn for Windows, and soon Mac, on its official website or Steam page.

Kickstarter Pick: Threshold, a pretty puzzle platformer in which facing matters

January 28, 2015 8:00 AM | Lena LeRay

threshold.gifThreshold was born during the 2014 Global Game Jam. It's a puzzle platformer in which the world flip-flops between summer and winter based on the player's facing. With the change of seasons comes other changes that the player will need to take advantage or be careful of to solve the puzzles.

"Rolling & extending" platformer TorqueL now available

January 27, 2015 5:20 AM | Lena LeRay

torquel_poster.pngI first saw TorqueL at BitSummit in 2013 and was immediately struck by how very different its player movement system is from that of a standard platformer. Each side of the box that is the player avatar is colored to correspond to the colors of the buttons on an Xbox controller, and pushing the corresponding button makes a bar extend straight out. The player can rotate the box (including any bars extending from it) to move, though a well-timed bar extension can also be used to push or launch the box in whatever direction the player chooses. TorqueL's mechanics are simple enough and the game quickly becomes a matter of mastering its unique mechanics.

Trailer Roundup for January 26, 2015

January 26, 2015 7:10 AM | Lena LeRay

slasherskeep.jpgToday's trailer roundup is weighted towards Windows, with the other tagged platforms only getting one or two games each. Four of the nine games listed are available now, one of which is freeware.

Kickstarter Pick: Starr Mazer by Imagos to fuse adventure games and shmups

January 23, 2015 5:15 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

Besides sporting some absolutely stunning pixel-art and what seems to be the most appropriately silly voice-overs ever recorded, Starr Mazer has also reminded me of the real point of Kickstarter: funding wild ideas. Allowing for talented teams to try all sorts of new things and, in this case, even enabling them to attempt to fuse traditional point-and-click adventures with action heavy shoot-'em-ups.

Yes, Starr Mazer does sound like something 16-years old me would fantasize about and something way older me would definitely love to see happen, if only to see just how seamless this ambitious blending of the genres can be. It already looks pretty amazing and very clever if you have to know.

Starr Mazer is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter and $15 pledge will earn you a copy upon release.

PC Pick: care&control (Slimekat)

January 22, 2015 8:56 PM | Chloi Rad

carecontrol1.pngcare&control is about creation and cultivation, but it also seems to be about destruction.

You play as the caretaker of a deteriorating world, and must travel across it planting flowers, harvesting seeds, and distributing them around dark chasms located on the planet.

The entire process, from the controls, visual effects, and sounds, is at first very soothing, but there are a few jarring moments once you begin to experiment.

2015 Independent Games Festival announces Student Showcase winners

January 22, 2015 12:00 PM | Tim

The Independent Games Festival is pleased to announce the winners for the ninth annual Student Showcase, which celebrates the brightest and most innovative creations to come out of universities and games programs from around the world in the past year, in advance of the 17th annual presentation of its prestigious awards.

This year's showcase of top student talent include the fast-paced "five minutes or less" real-time strategy game Interloper from Dutch student development team Monogon Games, the stark, fast-paced falling action game Downwell from a student developer at Tokyo's University of the Arts, and strikingly topical arcade-style experience Rooftop Cop, a game from NYU Tisch School of the Arts student Stephen Lawrence Clark, which challenges people to play through a collection of five vignettes about a police force that has forgotten who they are meant to police -- and why.

PWYW Pick: The Static Speaks My Name

January 22, 2015 7:40 AM | Lena LeRay

SCREEN3new2.jpgThe Static Speaks My Name is short first-person exploration game which is really quite disturbing. The environment makes it clear that the player's character is obsessed with this one painting, the given objectives start mundane but get creepy, and the audio cues do a fantastic job of setting the mood. It only takes about ten minutes to play, and although it doesn't currently support inverted mouse look, developer Jesse Barksdale is looking into adding that functionality.

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