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Metamorphabet invites everyone, old or young, to poke at the alphabet

May 5, 2015 10:00 PM | Lena LeRay

Antlers.gifFrom Vectorpark, the studio that made Windosill, comes Metamorphabet, a poke-and-find game in which the player must manipulate letters of the alphabet to find visual and often animated representations of words that start with that letter. It's great for kids, of course, but even playing it as an adult, the game is entertaining.

Latest Galacide Update Introduces Phase Ship

May 5, 2015 6:38 PM | Sean Flint


Featuring a unique combination of shoot-em-up and puzzle mechanics, Galacide warped its way onto Early Access on April 24th. Since then, it has done a great job of attracting an audience with the unique gameplay experience that it offers. Galacide plays like a side-scrolling space shooter combined with a block matching puzzle game, which results in an experience that is not only unique, but extremely entertaining as well. The latest update to the game implemented a third ship variety known as the Phase Ship, which features the ability to phase through blocks while also leaving a decoy behind to distract enemies.

Taking the Ratventure Challenge

May 5, 2015 11:54 AM | John Bridgman

Physics puzzle games are one of the simplest types of game around, yet they manage to remain compelling to players. Overcoming new obstacles and experimenting with new tools to complete the challenges will likely continue to draw an audience for a long time coming. Now, mobile app developer Estelion is bringing one of its titles, Ratventure Challenge, to Steam on May 8th.

Freeware Pick: TUNDRA by PaperBlurt

May 5, 2015 10:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

tundra.pngSpoiling anything regarding PaperBlurt's freshly released Twine TUNDRA would be a downright nasty thing to do. Its title and the screenshot posted above should provide you with more than enough hints before, wisely, deciding to clicking on and playing this incredibly clever, well written and excellently presented text-adventure. Trust me, it's different in more than one ways and it's really, really good.

Ludum Dare 32 Picks: poke with a finger of doom, diffuse text bombs, and more

May 5, 2015 8:20 AM | Lena LeRay

functor2.jpgThis set of games from Ludum Dare 32 (theme: An Unconventional Weapon) has a high ridiculousness quotient. A couple of them have Unity Web Player options, but Unity Web Player no longer runs in Chrome by default. Most of these require downloads; none of them require installation.

Drifting Lands Brings Skills and Loot to Shmup Action

May 5, 2015 5:00 AM | Joel Couture


I've played many excellent shmups that are just you, your reflexes, and your one weapon against the hordes that scroll ever closer. Sometimes I crave new tools and skills to use along the way, though, wishing I could dash out of danger or find my way out of an impenetrable swirl of shots that intend to rip my ship to pieces. Drifting Lands adds those kinds of skills to its colorful shmup action, throwing in loot and crafting systems while it's at it. Purists can forego all of those things and meet the enemy with no bonuses, but clumsier pilots like myself can work on building an unstoppable, teleporting juggernaut that will leave the enemy fleet in ruins.

Do Some Rearranging in Rooms: The Unsolvable Puzzle

May 4, 2015 6:01 PM | Sean Flint


Being trapped in unsettling, twisted mansions is never something that can be considered fun. Having no idea where each door will lead, and being unfamiliar with the building itself make it a spooky experience, to say the least. However, Rooms: The Unsolvable Puzzle manages to instill a sense of hope by allowing Anne to rearrange the rooms through the use of a slide mechanic in order to discover and reach the exit. Along her journey to escape, Anne will witness the dark legend of the mansion unfold before her eyes.

Transforming Into Chroma Squad

May 4, 2015 9:54 AM | John Bridgman

Get your colour-coded uniforms and your best bad special effects ready, because Chroma Squad by Behold Studios, perhaps best known for Knights of Pen and Paper, has escaped from Kickstarter and has teleported its way onto Steam. Gather your actors with attitude and set out to produce your own sentai series, from its most humble beginnings to the dramatic final episodes of the show's run. The combat, faithful to the sentai genre, involves beating up waves of generic minions who fall quickly to basic attacks before progressing on to boss enemies which often require a bit more strategy and have more involved attacks. In a very flavourful twist, you are rewarded for performing a special teamwork attack with all your squad to finish off the bosses.

Trailer Roundup for May 4, 2015

May 4, 2015 7:05 AM | Lena LeRay

strike_680.gifToday's trailer roundup features sheep getting sliced in half by lasers, commentary on British politics, a co-op metroidvania, and more. This is probably the best variety of games I've had in a trailer round up in a good long time.

Hostile Boxes, Competitive Bloodbaths, and Political Pong Come From Multijam Ultra 2015

May 4, 2015 6:00 AM | Joel Couture


Brooklyn Gamery, developers of Prism Shell, hosted a 48 hour multiplayer-themed game jam a few weeks ago, releasing thirteen games for people to try out. MultiJam Ultra 2015: Arcade Edition had no particular focus on whether it was friendly or competitive co-op, and the devs created a handful of neat titles where players worked together to face down galactic threats, battled to see who could cover the other player with the most blood, or solved all online political issues through rousing games of ping pong. If you've got a pal sitting alongside you, there's something for you to try out here.

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