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The Master Approves of MANOS: The Hands of Fate's Release on Steam Today

July 30, 2015 5:30 AM | Joel Couture


Bad horror movies can be a comedy goldmine, but I never expected to see someone plumb those depths in search of an idea for a video game. FreakZone Games has, turning the terrible MANOS: The Hands of Fate ( just kind of need to watch) into a video game of the same name. Capturing some of the movie's striking moments in pixels, the game puts you in the shoes of Mike as he tries to retrieve his family from the clutches of the Master and his occult powers. His journey won't just take him across caverns and cemeteries, but also through other gems in horrible cinema as he fights to bring his loved ones home.

Trailer Roundup: BitSummit, Part IV

July 30, 2015 2:25 AM | Lena LeRay

DET_crakhed1.pngThis is the last of the BitSummit trailer roundups for this year. That fact is a little sad, since there were so many good games at BitSummit, but at least the games contained herein are worth checking out.

Kyn - Modernizing the Classic RPG

July 29, 2015 8:21 PM | Sean Flint


Classic RPGs such as Baldur's Gate, Ultima, and Icewind Dale have been a staple of many of our game libraries for over two decades. While the genre features great depth, customization, and epic stories, it's needless to say that the core mechanics needed a bit of a revamp to prevent the genre from becoming stale. Kyn attempts to take these classic mechanics and put a more fast-paced twist on them to create an RPG with the depth of the classics, and the quick combat system we've come to expect from today's games.

You Are A Dark God: Desolation Road on Kickstarter

July 29, 2015 1:35 PM | John Bridgman

Seeking to blend narratively strong genres together, Manly Mouse Studios have recently started a Kickstarter campaign for their upcoming title, You Are A Dark God: Desolation Road. The game is planned to be a hybrid visual novel using RPG mechanics, with a strong emphasis on narrative and characterization.

Adorably Interfere With Wizards in Tsioque

July 29, 2015 5:30 AM | Joel Couture


When the wizard took over the kingdom of crescent and double star, he likely prepared for reprisal. He probably bulked up defenses against warriors battering down his gates and cast counterspells to stop other intruding wizards. What he didn't anticipate was the machinations of a young princess he carelessly threw into the dungeon, nor the destructive, disruptive capabilities this little girl held. Not that Princess Tsioque has any special ability or holy power - she's just an intelligent girl with an unbreakable spirit, endless courage, and the ability to wreck the particular kind of havoc only a small child can.

BitSummit 2015: Brave Yamada-kun programs for love... in his skivvies

July 29, 2015 4:40 AM | Lena LeRay

Onion Games has yet to release Million Onion Hotel, the game that won them two awards at BitSummit last year (their web site says it's coming soon), but this year they were showing a new offering. It's called Brave Yamada-kun and it's a cross between an RPG and the kind of puzzle game in which you have to go over every space before leaving the room. It also has a wacky story about a boxer-clad programmer in love.

Bierzerkers Impressions - Welcome to Brewhalla!

July 28, 2015 9:59 PM | Sean Flint


When it comes to games that are largely focused on multiplayer matches, I always find myself worrying about the longevity of titles. Having a successful multiplayer game relies heavily on creating a tight-knit community that will keep coming back to play more of the game and keep the servers alive. Bierzerkers currently suffers from an unfortunate lack of players, but with the game's fun and lighthearted Nordic themes and entertaining, yet accessible, combat, I predict that the community will only continue to grow as the game nears a full release. I've played a few hours of Bierzerkers now, and it's time to offer my early impressions on this early access title.

Belladonna: Macabre Beauty

July 28, 2015 10:00 AM | John Bridgman

Frankenstein is possibly one of the most timeless tales of both science fiction and horror. Dealing with subjects on such a broad scope and yet so personal, it resonates deep with its reader and has had a long-standing impact on media. Thus it only follows to see it thematically and narratively inspire other works of fiction. One such tale, Belladonna, by the appropriately named Neckbolt, is at times beautiful and at others quite chilling, as suits a work inspired by Shelley's work.

I joined the Guild of Dungeoneering and can't stop building dungeons

July 28, 2015 7:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

guild1.pngEven though it's becoming increasingly improbable to be into games and not run into dungeon crawlers and rogue-likes around every other corner, the Guild of Dungeoneering actually felt refreshing. Yes, and that's despite also managing to cram another well-used gameplay mechanic, card based combat, in its brilliantly presented self. Oh, and a bit of dungeon building too, but as any game designer worth her (or his) salt would tell you, features and a list of mechanics alone do not make a game good.

Embrace the Loneliness of Space Travel with RymdResa

July 28, 2015 5:30 AM | Joel Couture


Being alone for extended periods can have odd effects on the human mind. So, what does that mean for the long-term space travel involved in Morgondag's RymdResa? Mainly, it has produced this odd beauty in the way the protagonist thinks, turning his every thought to poetry as he narrates his experience in the stars. It can be strangely wonderful to watch the pilot's mind corrode, spewing out dreamy, abstract thoughts as he travels the procedurally-generated cosmos, adding a human touch to the cold duties of gathering supplies for a dead planet.

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