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Neverending Nightmares Developer Moves on to Devastated Dreams

May 30, 2015 6:00 AM | Joel Couture


Matt Gilgenbach gave us a window into his own personal fears in Neverending Nightmares, an excellent, streamlined horror game. Life is full of things to be afraid of, though. New terrors creep up as you grow older and reach new milestones. Now expecting a new child with his wife, Gilgenbach has found more reasons for sleepless nights, channeling those feelings into a new horror game that captures the unique fears of oncoming parenthood: Devastated Dreams.

Early Access: Home Improvisation - Let's Build A Crooked, Unstable Chair!

May 30, 2015 12:06 AM | Sean Flint


We've all been there before. Just gotten home with a new piece of furniture that requires assembly. We all open that box, searching for instructions that will give us some sort of hint at how to combine these twenty pieces into something that resembles furniture. Looking through the box, we wonder where the instructions could be. Did they not put instructions in our box? After a few moments of frustrating and frantic searching, we come to the realization that the picture on the front of the box is as close as we are going to get to instructions, and we move on from there. This, in a nutshell, is Home Improvisation.

Fallen London Coming to iOS

May 29, 2015 10:50 AM | John Bridgman

fallenLondon1.jpgFallen London is something unique in browser-based gaming. With extremely deep writing and a wide variety of interactions to have both with story and other players, it is an engaging and dynamic experience that few games of its sort can approach. Now, Failbetter Games has announced that they are bringing the award winning predecessor to Sunless Sea to iOS devices this year.

Perception: How Do You Hide From What You Can't See?

May 29, 2015 6:30 AM | Joel Couture


It's dark. The house is supposed to be abandoned. But you hear it, footsteps creaking against worn floorboards above you. Is it the house settling? You wish it was, but you feel something in your guts, instincts stirring, churning your insides. You know something is there. You can feel the thing's presence, tracking every heavy thump on the floor overhead. You wonder if it can hear you, too. If it's listening to you murmuring to yourself, trying to comfort yourself with your own voice as the shadows clutch you tight. But you already know that it can hear you, and that it is coming your way. Slowly, slowly coming your way. If only you could see it. If only you weren't blind.

Local Multiplayer Mayhem - Skyhook

May 29, 2015 2:38 AM | Sean Flint


Multiplayer games have been a great source of social interaction for mankind since the dawn of the gaming medium. Playing games while sitting on the couch with friends was one of the main forms of entertainment for many years. Eventually, with the dawn of online multiplayer, we began to see a decline in the production and demand for and of games that featured local multiplayer modes. Recently, however, there has been a resurgence among the gaming community, especially on PC, which has led developers to begin adding local multiplayer to their games or even designing games that are completely based around the local experience. While we all know about games like Castle Crashers, Towerfall: Ascension, and Mount Your Friends, there is a new contender for game night: Skyhook.

0RBITALIS leaves Steam early access with level editor, daily challenges

May 28, 2015 11:00 PM | Lena LeRay

ss_aead0ed98a46394dc168daf588907f02036cd92c.1920x1080.jpgI'm writing this article on my laptop even though I'm sitting in front of my desktop computer. I've managed to achieve a very stable satellite orbit in 0RBITALIS on my desktop, but the game pauses if you tab out. I will call 0RBITALIS an action puzzle game because there really isn't an established genre that fits it better, though I don't think the game has "puzzles" so much as "situations the player must survive for a certain amount of time." It's been in early access for a while, and now that it's officially out, it's time to take a look at its final form.

Shining Through Prism Shell

May 28, 2015 11:00 AM | John Bridgman

Mobile game controls can be hit or miss, and when they're brought over to PC, they usually need some sort of adjustment to keep them engaging. Most of the time, implementing more traditional controls is a requirement, and yet it can also manage to be a stumbling point. Controls that worked okay on mobile might not translate well into keyboard and mouse setups, and that can hamper what should be a fun experience for players. Brooklyn Gamery's new title for Android and PC, Prism Shell, is doing something different in regards to its control scheme by trying to have a system in place that works consistently through whatever device you play on.

Ossuary virtuously corrupts Steam

May 28, 2015 6:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

The black and white graphics, the thousands of words, the odd puzzles involving the cunning use of sins, the alien, corrupt setting and the unsettling soundtrack of Ossuary have finally made it into the dark and rather popular halls of Steam. It's the same bizarrely humorous and incredibly atmospheric game we've all learned to love in its DRM-free version for Windows and Mac, only with Steam achievements and trading cards.

Oh, and you'll be able to grab Future Proof's opus for a nice 15% off if you do the wise thing and buy it before the 3rd of June.

SturmFront - The Mutant War: Shoot Gross Creatures to Soothe Your Robo Soul

May 28, 2015 6:00 AM | Joel Couture


Mankind may be in chains, but that hasn't put a stop to Dr Grisgram's work building a cyborg that will save humanity. His machine, known as Siegfriend von Hammerstein, has been built with only two sets of instructions to follow: blast the mutants and chill out to psychedelic grooves. Hammerstein may be great at mowing down the sickening threats, but he can only do so while listening to some of the most laid-back, trippy tunes I've ever heard in a top-down shooter. Andrade Games promises these tracks will touch your robo soul, and I'm inclined to believe that after seeing the trailer for their free game, Sturmfront - The Mutant War.

Early Access Review - OBEY: Fluffy Bunnies, Silver Tongues

May 27, 2015 10:56 PM | Sean Flint

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For the past few months, I've been a member of one of the best multiplayer communities out there in OBEY. Almost every night I am kept up late by the intense and strategic matches that continuously pull me in for "just one more". It is a game of deception, yet requires much more than just lies if you want to be successful. Simply put, OBEY is one of, if not the best, multiplayer games I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing, and the reasons behind this are clearly detailed in this review.

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