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Steam keys: A Valley Without Wind 1 & 2, Whispering Willows, RocketsRocketsRockets

November 28, 2014 4:39 PM | Staff

fkf68.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 week's games are Whispering Willows (Windows, Steam, Linux Mac), A Valley Without Wind 1 & 2 Dual Pack (Steam, Windows, Mac) and ROCKETSROCKETSROCKETS (Steam, Windows, Mac, Linux).

There are two ways to win this week.

Rollers of the Realm blends pinball and RPG to create something fresh

November 27, 2014 8:21 AM | Lena LeRay

rollers1.jpgRollers of the Realm is a pinball RPG. That might sound hard to pull off, but developer Phantom Compass has done it. At first, during the basic tutorial stages, it just looks like there's a bit of story attached to a series of fantasy-themed pinball tables, but as the game gradually eases the player into more of the mechanics, it becomes clear that the developers thought carefully about how to blend RPGs and pinball together.

Kickstarter Pick: Crossing Souls (Fourattic)

November 27, 2014 5:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

Describing Crossing Souls as an action-adventure with RPG elements might be accurate yet also a huge understatement that fails to do justice to the vision behind it all. Now, admittedly I haven't tried any playable code, but the sheer beauty and richness of ideas present in the campaign video (posted above) is impressive indeed. Impressive enough to convince me this is a game worth happening.

Kickstarter Pick: Devil's Bluff (KBJ Games)

November 26, 2014 4:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

So, a mobster, a Valkyrie, a daemon, a librarian and a wizard have a party and the daemon ends up murdered. Whodunit? Well, it's either you or up to you to find out with a little help from Devil's Bluff. The pixelated online murder-mystery currently seeking funding via Kickstarter and possibly the most intriguing rogue-like scavenger hunt anyone could come up with.

PC Pick: Glorkian Warrior (Pixeljam)

November 25, 2014 12:00 PM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

glorkianWa.pngTim loved the mobile version of Glorkian Warrior a few months ago, and I have to admit I too loved its brand new Windows/Mac port. The very same port you can grab by hoping over to the Glorkian Warrior: The Trials of Glork site and spending a very modest $3.99. The game offers the same, excellent and oddly platformer-influenced take on Galaga the original did, only this time everything feels more satisfying what with the bigger screens and tactile control methods involved. As for the adorable art of James Kochalka, well, it looks cuddlier and bolder than ever.

Lords of Xulima has old-school RPG inspirations and modern sensibilities

November 25, 2014 8:30 AM | Lena LeRay

LOX_CombatYotums.jpgLords of Xulima, which recently launched out of Early Access on Steam, is an isometric, turn-based RPG inspired by classics such as Ultima and Might & Magic. It's hard to point to anything that would make Lords of Xulima stand out from the crowd. However, when I started playing it, it was engaging enough for me to look at the clock and be surprised to find that almost five hours had passed since I started playing and I really should have been in bed already.

The colorful shadow puppet world of Amphora

November 24, 2014 7:50 AM | Lena LeRay

amphora_screen03.pngAmphora is a gorgeous, story-driven, physics-based puzzle game. It tells the story of a girl growing up, finding love, and the events of her family's life... all without a single word. Each puzzle is a scene, a slice of life illustrated with colorful cutouts inspired by shadow puppetry.

The neon landscapes of ULTRAWORLD arrive on Steam December 5th

November 22, 2014 10:35 PM | Chloi Rad

uw.jpgThe holidays have come early!

ULTRAWORLD, described as a "first-person explorer" by developer James Beech, launches on Steam on December 5th.

Zero Memory is a tiny game about expanding your memory

November 22, 2014 10:06 PM | Chloi Rad

JquRUM.gifZero Memory is like a micro version of electronic Simon Says, only with better colors.

The game takes place on a diamond-shaped board, with four points that light up in a certain order.

If you play short term memory mode, the diamonds light up in a different and increasingly more complex sequence every time you manage to copy it. In long term memory mode, you only get to see the next step of a slowly accumulating sequence, and must recreate it up to that point.

The Ember Conflict progress: reinforcements feature, specializations for units

November 22, 2014 2:20 AM | Lena LeRay

Forest_POC.jpgThe Ember Conflict is a competitive, free to play RTS currently in development for mobile platforms. IndieGames first covered the game in January, at which time developer Substantial Games shared information about how the game will work and what direction they planned to take the game. Since then, they've run an alpha test in limited regions. Based on that, they've made a couple of substantial changes (no pun intended) to the game, which is now due for release around March or April of next year.

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