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The Room makes move from mobile to PC, still hurts brains

July 28, 2014 2:37 PM | Michael Rose

The Room, the tricky puzzle game from Fireproof Games that launched on mobile back in 2012, has finally seen a release on PC. This means that if you don't really play mobile games, you now have no excuse for trying The Room out.

Here's what to expect: There's a locked box in a room, and the only way to pry it open and discover its secrets is to press buttons, use keys in locks, and generally solve all the puzzles and riddles scattered all over the boxes. It gets very tricky, but fortunately there are numerous hints available just in case you have no idea what to do next.

Well worth grabbing, especially for the super cheap price. You can find The Room on Steam.

Browser Pick: Super Slalom (Thomas Bruno)

July 28, 2014 12:00 PM | Tim

sslalom.pngIn the PuzzleScript game Super Slalom, you play as a skier who has to ski down a hill and reach the finish line. Along the way you'll have to pass all of the slalom flags, avoid being eaten by wild animals, and try not to drown in freezing water.

Kickstarter Pick: Using the structure of an MMO to teach in Tyto Online

July 28, 2014 9:15 AM | Lena LeRay


MMORPG developers create large game worlds and a great many interconnected game systems. They have a steep learning curve for the uninitiated, but they are very satisfying to master. Immersed Games wants to capitalize on these inherent traits to promote learning with Tyto Online, an MMORPG which will eventually grow to incorporate many areas of learning but which is starting with teaching middle schoolers about ecologies.

Freeware Pick: Water Hazard, an homage to 90's survival horror games

July 28, 2014 2:00 AM | Tim

whazard2c.pngWater Hazard is a Ludum Dare 29 submission that was partly inspired by survival horror classics like the Resident Evil series and Alone in the Dark. Set on a boat out at sea, the adventure begins with you finding a captain on the other side of a locked fence who is too injured to move. Something is obviously bothering the man, so you'll have to go below deck and find a way to reach him.

Introducing Sundae Month, starting with ShapeDown

July 25, 2014 9:00 AM | Lena LeRay

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Sundae Month is a newly-formed collective of student game developers. It consists of two teams working on large game projects Levity and Boatventure, but the teams have committed to taking turns releasing small, free games every month as a sort of ongoing game jam to keep their skills fresh. Their first monthly release, ShapeDown, is a game which blends simple mechanics and aesthetics together in a way that results in a more engaging experience than the gif above might imply.

Freeware Pick: AGPPBP (MC Hepher, takorii)

July 25, 2014 2:00 AM | Tim

agppbp2a.pngA Ghost Porno Page by Page (AGPPBP) by tak and MC Hepher was originally one of the nine games created for DEVCHAT's Ghost Wheel Bundle. The new version that's available to download separately has been updated with several changes and additions, fleshing out the short e-book story with even more pages to flip through.

Gods Will Be Watching is out, and a bit awesome

July 24, 2014 12:52 PM | Michael Rose

Gods Will Be Watching has finally been released on Steam, and well, it's a bit of a special one. The best way I can describe this game is by calling it a cyberpunk, turn-based, decision-balancing adventure. I know that doesn't really help, so just take my word for it that it's super neat.

Take the first mission, for example: You're part of a break-in on a space station, and you have to keep an eye on the hostages, keep the other eye on the incoming SWAT team, and keep a third eye on your team mates and their jobs. Of course, no-one has three eyes, which is why this balancing act can prove disastrous -- I lost more than a dozen times before I beat the first mission. It's that sort of game.

There aren't many other games quite like this, so if you're looking for something different, picking up Gods Will Be Watching on Steam would be a rather good idea.

Browser Pick: Hypnotic Owl's The Wizard now available

July 24, 2014 9:00 AM | Lena LeRay


IndieGames ran a preview of Hypnotic Owl's puzzle dungeon crawler The Wizard back in April, and now the game is out. It plays pretty much the same now as it did then, though the developers have made a number of minor improvements which, when taken all together, do a lot to make for a better user experience.

Freeware Pick: VOMIT CRABS (Snorkelitzor)

July 24, 2014 2:00 AM | Tim

vomitcrb2a.pngIn the multiplayer game VOMIT CRABS, players get to control their own crustacean warrior as they try to obliterate their opponents by firing multi-coloured bouncy bullets at them. Crabs can only crawl sideways, so any forward movement will be greeted with tremendous difficulty and plenty of frustration.

Unrest lives up to its Kickstarter promises of being an unusual RPG

July 23, 2014 9:00 AM | Lena LeRay


Unrest is a story-heavy RPG set in a fantasy version of ancient India. It takes place in a city that has been beset by drought for so long that other problems have taken root. Unlike most RPGs, however, the player does not take the part of a party of heroes out to save everyone. Instead, the player switches back and forth between several characters who are just normal people making hard choices in an attempt to survive in desperate times. It has the same kind of moral punch as Papers, Please thrown into a branching narrative in which actions taken with one character can effect the prospects of another.

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