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PAX hands on: Alaska folklore-based platformer Never Alone is inspired

September 2, 2014 7:20 PM | Anthony Swinnich

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I will freely admit that I am uneducated when it comes to IƱupiat folklore. I'm going to go out on a limb and say it's possible many people are. We all might learn a thing or two now that Upper One Games is drawing upon their Alaskan roots to pass along an unipkaaq to a new generation through Never Alone. The game's latest build was available at PAX Prime and I was fortunate enough to spend some time with it.

Make spells! Kill things! Die lots! Runers has it all

September 2, 2014 6:54 PM | Michael Rose


It's fair to say that we now have enough dungeon crawlers to last us until eternity, or the sun explodes, or whichever comes first - but we still don't have enough. Enter Runers, a crawling of the dungeons that comes with its own subtle twist.

In Runers, when you kill enemies and break rocks over your head, you'll sometimes get runes. These can be combined to create spells, and your job is to keep collect spells until you've found them all. It's like a Pokedex for spells... a Spelledex! But you get the idea. You can find Runers on Steam.

Trailer Roundup: Many D's and lots of variety

September 2, 2014 8:55 AM | Lena LeRay

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This trailer roundup features a unique mystery life sim, a puzzle platformer set in a crumbling world, a runner with lots of personality, a 2D adventure about self-acceptance, a 2.5D platformer with action and transforming levels, a 4D puzzle platformer, a Lovecraft-inspired multiplayer survival horror game, a robotics sandbox/adventure game, an action adventure in which you're a zombie-controlling zombie, and a 3D point and click adventure out of Spain.

Kickstarter Pick: Mark of War (Warpforged Games)

September 2, 2014 7:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

MarkOfWar.pngI've been waiting for a game like Mark of War ever since I quit Warhammer Fantasy Battles (probably the most expensive tabletop wargame known to humankind), though I never really expected to see Gav Thorpe be a part of it. Nor did I believe it would try its best to feel like a proper miniatures game, complete with virtual tabletops, digital minis on stands and a brand new fantasy world to conquer. It all sounds pretty exciting I have to admit, though reaching the Kickstarter funding goal of $500,000 might end up being a tad too difficult.

Mark of War will be released for Windows and Mac and a $20 contribution will secure you a copy of the game upon release.

Rural mystery Firewatch gets a moody first trailer

September 1, 2014 12:26 PM | Chloi Rad

The first trailer for Campo Santo's Firewatch aired at PAX Prime this weekend, providing an introduction to its lead characters and a gorgeous glimpse at the rural American wildnerness in which their story is set.

In Firewatch, you play as Henry, who has taken the secluded job of fire lookout in the Wyoming mountains as an escape from his troubled life. He's alone in his watch tower overlooking the forest, except for a handheld radio he can use to speak with his supervisor, Delilah.

As evidenced in the trailer, Henry is an anxious man, who has recently let the dangers of his job and tensions in his relationship with Delilah wear him down. When Delilah advises Henry to remain in the tower, he does not cooperate, instead letting "something strange" draw him out to the mysterious wild below.

Hexcells Infinite is the next evolution of Minesweeper

September 1, 2014 9:18 AM | Michael Rose


I wish I'd had a copy of Hexcells Infinite back when I was at university. I used to sit and play Minesweeper on an old Nokia during particularly boring lectures, and it was good... but it was no Hexcells.

Hexcells is all about poking hexagons to make them pop. Numbers tells you how many need left-clicking, and which ones you should be right-clicking. There's also some Picross elements involved, and well, this is just my perfect style of puzzle game, to be perfectly frank.

If you like numbers in your puzzlers, Hexcells Infinite is going to be a game you'll want to pick.

Ludum Dare 30: Some interesting mechanics, some well-executed concepts

September 1, 2014 6:30 AM | Lena LeRay

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Here's another batch of seven Ludum Dare 30 games, all made about a week ago for the theme Connected Worlds. Some of these have interesting mechanics, some are just well done, and all are at least worth a look. Have fun! If you like these, you can find more on the Ludum Dare web site.

Giving the World of Diving Early Access a try

September 1, 2014 2:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

worldofdiving.pngThough I generally do try and avoid early access offerings, I had to give World of Diving a go, as it would immediately become the very first diving simulator I'd have played on a PC. And it was. That and an utterly soothing thing of beauty.

Ludum Dare 30: Throw things around to get off a deserted island in Driver's License

August 31, 2014 1:50 AM | Lena LeRay

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In Driver's License, a freak car accident has left your character stranded on a deserted island. He is a muscley fellow who can pick items up (even large, heavy ones) and throw them at each other to combine them and try to make what he needs to get off the island. The simple animations and grunting noises the character makes make this funny enough, but the multiplayer element that ties the game to the Connected Worlds theme adds a great touch.

Win free keys for A Wizard's Lizard, Tidalis, Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs

August 29, 2014 5:53 PM | Staff

tumblr_static_freekeyfridaylogo05.pngIndieGames 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 A Wizard's Lizard (Steam, Windows, Linux, Mac), Tidalis (Steam, Windows, Mac) and Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs (Desura, Windows).

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