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Freeware Pick: VIDdeO (DuneWorld)

September 20, 2014 9:32 PM | Chloi Rad

viddeo.jpgVIDdeO is a game that's as clunky, repetitive, and item-oriented as the survival horrors of yore, and I mean that in the best possible way.

Kickstarter Pick: Blossom Tales is an action-RPG from the developer of Rex Rocket

September 20, 2014 6:15 PM | Anthony Swinnich


It's a little surprising that there hasn't been more games directly inspired by The Legend of Zelda up to this point. Castle Pixel is looking to fill the void with its new Kickstarter project Blossom Tales. It's a top-down action-RPG that looks to spin a charming yarn of adventure and wonderment... with unexpected twists from the mind of a child.

Ghost whisperer: Sylvio is an upcoming horror game about recording spirits

September 19, 2014 10:03 PM | Chloi Rad

I'd say most of us have probably heard the words "inspired by Silent Hill and David Lynch" so many times, that we know how rare it is for anything to actually meet our own expectations for that. I would be lying if I said the phrase didn't at least pique my interest time and time again, though, especially when it's accompanied by similarly intriguing descriptors.

Enter: Sylvio.

Sylvio is an upcoming horror game that puts you in the role of an audio recordist named Juliette Waters, who specializes in capturing the sounds of the supernatural. Juliette is drawn to an abandoned family park haunted by a curse from the surrounding woods, hoping to capture some good ghost wails with the help of her stereo microphone and oscillator.

Naturally, her endeavors take a horrific turn when she finds herself somehow trapped in the park, and at the mercy of the spirits haunting it.

Looks and sounds pretty neat so far. The only thing that's a little off-putting is the character model's face, which you can see in the trailer up above. It does feel a little David Lynch-y, but not in the way I'd hope. For anyone who played Siren, the effect looks similar.

If you like what you see, you can vote for Sylvio on Steam Greenlight. It's currently being developed for PC and Mac, with no conclusive release date yet.

Free keys for Freaking Meatbags, Circulets, Serious Sam Double D XXL

September 19, 2014 7:17 PM | Staff

FreekeyFridaysWeek58.jpgIndieGames 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 Freaking Meatbags (Steam, Windows), Circulets (IOS) and Serious Sam Double D XXL (Steam, Windows).

There are two ways to win this week.

PC Pick: Velocibox (Shawn Beck)

September 19, 2014 3:45 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

Having evolved from an impressive ludum dare entry you can still play here into a fully fledged Steam release for Windows, Mac and Linux, Velocibox is a brilliant, twitch action game that feels both like a 3D version of Super Hexagon and like running through a Mondrian painting. Grab it and you'll get to spin and flip your lovely orange box through a wonderful and deadly maze, that'll have you constantly coming back for more.

This fantastic, hardcore little game will set you back $4.99.

Gabriel Knight 20th anniversary remake now available for pre-order

September 18, 2014 9:30 AM | Lena LeRay

The 20th anniversary remake of classic point and click adventure game Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers is now available for pre-order on outlets such as Steam and Set for release on October 15th, the game's regular price will be $19.99. Pre-ordering it costs only $17 and the remastered soundtrack comes with it as an exclusive pre-order bonus.

Hat Pick: Max Gentlemen (The Men Who Wear Many Hats)

September 18, 2014 3:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

Being blessed with the best and funniest hat-sporting trailer of all time, Max Gentlemen is a wonderfully simple and delightfully silly arcade game, that's all about simulating extreme manners and stacking hats upon hats upon hats. Oh, yes, and about avoiding all sorts of birds too, for as we all know birds are a gentleman's worse enemy. As an added bonus, this is the only game ever to have been inspired by penis enlargment pills spam and an unholy desire to see Victorian gents show off their muscles.

Max Gentlemen is a free-to-play offering for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS, but worry not. Its in-app purchases are unobtrusive and there's tons of fun to be had before buying anything.

DESYNC is a sleek cyberpunk FPS currently on Steam Greenlight

September 17, 2014 8:28 PM | Chloi Rad

The FPS genre is a favorite of mine, but it's rife with games of the gritty, blood-spattered lens-flare look that, while not inherently terrible, do falter a little aesthetically in my book.

So when a game like DESYNC comes around, with its super sharp low poly look and stylized anaglyphic coloring, you've immediately got my attention.

What's that you say? It's on Steam Greenlight right now? YES VOTE.

DESYNC, by The Foregone Syndicate, is a single-player FPS with a focus on stringing together creative attack sequences. Everything in the game, from the enemies to the environment, will react and change according to your skill level and play style. You can read a bit more about what DESYNC has to offer on its official website.

That's about all the info there is so far, as the game is still in a very early pre-alpha state. Still, if it looks and sounds like your kind of thing, give it an upvote on Steam Greenlight.

PAX hands on: carting around a dead king is co-op bliss in Chariot

September 17, 2014 7:08 PM | Anthony Swinnich

When you're a king you get to decide all kinds of things. One of the last things you get to decide is where you want to be buried. And if you're the king in Chariot, you get to decide -- as a cantankerous ghost -- that you want to be buried with vast riches. The task falls upon the Princess and her fiancé to deliver the mortified monarch to his final resting place while collecting treasure on the way.

Cosmonautica now available in early access for Windows and Android

September 17, 2014 6:00 PM | Lena LeRay

We've covered Cosmonautica before, but for the uninitiated: Cosmonautica is a cross between space trading and life sims. The player must hire crew members, assign them jobs and schedules, and customize the space ship to suit their needs in order to maximize the ship's efficiency.

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