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Hugging for acceptance: a Jay Tholen interview on Dropsy and fighting cynicism

October 7, 2015 5:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

DropsyInt_1.pngIf you read the review of Dropsy, you'll already know that it's a rarely wonderful, open world point-and-click adventure that can be used to bash the head of cynicism. If you now read what Dropsy creator Jay Tholen has to say about it, you'll also understand why. And how.

Flyhigh Works carefully chooses games to localize and publish on Japanese eShops

October 7, 2015 2:55 AM | Lena LeRay

fhw.jpg"I'm Taiwanese, but I was born in Japan," begins Seigai Kou. Raised in Japan until he was about 10 years old, he grew up playing Super Mario Bros. and other Famicom games. During that time, he developed a love of video games that would stay with him through his family's return to Taiwan and propel him to seek employment in the Japanese video game industry as an adult. Now he's the CEO of Flyhigh Works, a company focused on localizing and publishing games for the Japanese digital download market.

Kholat Nominated for Game Connection Europe Development Awards

October 6, 2015 12:50 PM | John Bridgman


Critically acclaimed first-person narrative game Kholat, developed by Polish studio IMGN.PRO and released earlier this year, has been nominated by in several categories for the Game Connection Europe Development Awards. Winners of these awards will be announced on October 28th during the Game Connection Europe 2015 event held in Paris, France.

Frantic, Free Shooter Relic Hunters Zero Gets New Modes & Weapons in Latest Update

October 6, 2015 8:00 AM | Joel Couture


Rogue Snail continues to improve their wild, free shooter, Relic Hunters Zero, with its newest update. You get the requisite more weapons and more items to use against the endless hordes of evil ducks and turtles, but they've also added a new Endless Mode for players looking for an even greater challenge. Improving on all aspects of the game, this update is a great way of keeping the current players engaged while giving new people another reason to try out this overwhelmingly-positive-rated free game.

Free. Overwhelmingly-positive. Shooter. Pew pew, folks. Go blast some space faces!

ORBIT brings twin-stick shooting matches to the masses

October 6, 2015 4:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

ORBIT.pngEvolving from a jam game into a full-blown local multiplayer offering for Xbox One and Steam (Windows only), ORBIT by Norwegian studio 4bit games is a brilliant -- admittedly small-- party game for 2-4 players. A local multiplayer twin-stick shooter that introduces tactics, gravity, fuel, special abilities and a menagerie of radically different weapons to the proceedings, as well as an impressive variety of game modes, procedural arenas and the chance to level up.

ORBIT is available now on Steam and the Xbox Store for $6.99. Four gamepads would come in pretty handy.

New Trailer for Knuckle Sandwich is Out to Help You Get Excited for Your New Part Time Job

October 5, 2015 9:00 AM | Joel Couture


No, not really. Nothing could make you excited for your dead-end job at the diner. Luckily, people are going missing, so you can use your minimum wage combat skills to try to save them instead of showing up to your lame job in Knuckle Sandwich. The trailer does showcase some of the surreal combat sequences and other pastimes you'll be taking part in when you should be doing work. The trailer also kicks off the game's Greenlight campaign, so if you were looking to vote for a game with punny enemies who may or may not become party members later, your super-specific wish has been granted.

It's the 2015 Interactive Fiction Competition!

October 5, 2015 8:15 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

if2015.pngIt's the textiest time of the year. The time for those who love interactive fiction (or text adventures) to gather around monitors, play, discuss and judge the latest Interactive Fiction Competition entries. The 2015 IF Comp, you see, has opened its gates and everyone is invited to partake in the many joys and exquisite pleasures of text based gaming. Of parsers and CYOAs.

A Farmergnome on A Fistful of Gun

October 3, 2015 11:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

fistfulInt.pngPaul Hart, Farmergnome, the developer of, among other lovely stuff, Under The Garden, the forthcoming Under The Ocean and brilliantly demented Wild West shooter A Fistful Of Gun which we quite frankly loved, has agreed to take some time off his hectic post-launch schedule and answer a few questions. For your eyes only.

Uncover the Dark Truth in Albert & Otto - The Adventure Begins

October 2, 2015 8:03 PM | Sean Flint


When people discuss games as a form of art, they are often found referring to the graphical fidelity of a game. While breathtaking visuals and creative, hand-drawn artwork definitely make a strong case for a game to be considered as art, I've always found storytelling, character design, and believable dialogue to be some of the best examples of why video games deserve as much recognition among the artistic community as any other medium. When it comes to storytelling and creating an interesting world, Albert & Otto - The Adventure Begins has managed to present an interesting concept along with a sinister and creepy aesthetic.

Snowden, the NSA and the Top Secret Kickstarter

October 2, 2015 9:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

Played in real-time, encrypted and via email, Top Secret by James Long is a refreshingly different type of game, that will apparently blend real-life events and people, the Snowden leaks, NSA, choose-your-own-adventure mechanics delivered via email, delayed responses, branching narratives, real-time gameplay, secrets and spies into one cohesive and -frankly- exciting whole. Casting you as a NSA surveillance recruit under surveillance in a realistically paranoid world, Top Secret will essentially attempt a retelling of the Snowden story and this simply had to happen in a less than conventional way.

You can back Top Secret for as little as £5 on Kickstarter and try its incredibly intriguing demo out here.

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