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KakeXun: a game about math, the world, and the self

November 20, 2014 2:15 AM | Lena LeRay

kakexun.jpgKenji Eno was one of Japan's first indie developers. He's best known in the west for games such as the D series, Enemy Zero, and You, Me, & The Cubes. His games have won awards in both Japan and the U.S. and one game he created was a Sega Saturn game for the visually impaired. After Eno died of heart failure in early 2013, some of his old friends and coworkers banded together to try to make his last game design a reality. Called KakeXun (pronounced kah-keh-zoon), the game is to be a "sci-fi action art game" tying cosmology, parallel worlds, mathematics, and philosophy together in a story about sentient magma trying to understand its own existence while it works to give shape to an infant world.

The Troll Song's lovely new screenshots

November 19, 2014 9:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

TrollSong1.pngTroll Song has been flying under the radar for quite some time now and that's a crying shame. It is after all shaping up to become one lovely point-and-click adventure indeed and one of the few games to feature trolls as its stars. Happily and beside the short demo (Windows) they released a while ago, the dev team have also shared a selection of fresh and most promising screenshots.

Have a look and do not fail to notice the "Roar" command and the fact that you'll get to play as multiple trolls:

Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick to revive classic adventuring with Thimbleweed Park

November 19, 2014 4:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

Thimbleweed.pngDid you know that the modern point-and-click adventure was born back in 1987 with the release of Maniac Mansion? Did you also know that Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick were the people responsible for it? Well, chances are you actually did, but a reminder is always a handy thing to have around. Especially as that very same Maniac Mansion, Gilbert-Winnick team has just unveiled Thimbleweed Park; a brand new, classic adventure game.

To Azimuth is an adventure game about small town mysteries, possibly aliens

November 18, 2014 7:55 PM | Chloi Rad

toazimuth2.pngThere's an eeriness that lurks in some small towns across America, even without anything truly fantastical going on behind the scenes.

To Azimuth, described as an "alien abduction mystery," captures this uncanny stillness with subtlety and grace even before anything paranormal begins to creep in from the corners. It has the muted tones of a David Fincher film and the mise en scène of a slow nightmare.

It's on Kickstarter now with a gorgeous trailer, and a gameplay video showing off its dynamic environment.

The Last Federation Evolved and Expanded

November 18, 2014 10:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

betrayedhope.pngSci-fi strategy sim The Last Federation by Arcen Games has just reached version 2.0 and has thus become a better and even richer experience. Among the myriad of improvements that have been made you will now find that permadeath is optional, several new quests have been added, bugs have been fixed, the UI has been improved and the battles now come with lovely new graphics. Oh, and you can grab the game with a 50% off discount via both GOG and Steam.

Japanese indie game Monken now available free in your browser

November 18, 2014 8:35 AM | Lena LeRay

monken.gifMonken is a Japanese indie game inspired by a hostage situation, an incident which left a lasting impression on Japan because it was the subject of Japan's first nonstop news marathon. It was also an odd sort of situation; the political extremists involved and their hostages were holed up inside a building, and the police elected to wreck the building. Monken is a simple game which asks players to take control of a crane with a wrecking ball attached and destroy buildings in which terrorists are hiding with hostages.

Browser Pick: Faith No More (Demigiant)

November 18, 2014 8:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

faithnomore.pngFaith No More has absolutely nothing do to with music; it's all about enjoying a brief and beautiful semi-interactive comic/game thingy with excellent pixel art (and animation) by Demigiant. If you love your sci-f stories, you'll love it and hope it eventually evolves into something more.

Browser Pick: don't get crushed in nail-n-scale platformer Stakes!

November 17, 2014 11:56 AM | Anthony Swinnich

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Sometimes all you need is a simple game to have a good time. Stakes! from Folmer Kelly of Sets and Settings fits that bill to the letter. It's a survival platformer Kelly tagged a "nail-n-scale" game, where you need to avoid getting crushed by the blocks falling from overhead. You can destroy them by throwing nails into them, or use the nails to jump up in case you become trapped.

It's free, and it's available to play through your browser on Newgrounds.

[Play Stakes! here]

Demo & Kickstarter Pick: Kelvin and the Infamous Machine (Blyts)

November 17, 2014 10:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

With adventures being the genre that helped create the Kickstarter phenomenon (when it comes to games at least), it's lovely seeing more highly polished and extremely promising point-and-clickers trying to crowdfund themselves to existence. You know, games like Kelvin and the Infamous Machine. Judging by the demo (available for Windows, Mac and Linux), this is bound to become a great, humorous, cartoony, time-travelling adventure and a pledge of $15 will secure you a copy upon launch.

Trailer Roundup: Build castles, protest your innocence, and more

November 17, 2014 8:25 AM | Lena LeRay

kinamania.jpgFor the first time in a while, one of our trailer roundups has a lot of violence in it, in various forms. There are, however, a couple of games that don't. About half of these are available now.

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