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Chess 2 is out today... but does it work?

August 19, 2014 10:51 AM | Michael Rose

Lena covered Chess 2 back when it was released for Ouya earlier this year, and it was quite the thing. The game is out on Steam today, and looks to reinvent the original class board game with numerous strange twists.

Said twists include allowing you to win if you can move your king onto your opponent's side of the board; Allowing you to kill an attacking piece by spending stones; And playing with "armies" that feature pieces that can do some pretty messed up things, like teleporting and killing their own side.

Does it work? I'm not completely convinced, as you can see in the video above, but it's definitely interesting to see the various iterations that the development team has plugged into the original formula. If you want to check it out yourself, you can find the game on Steam.

Trailer Roundup: Gravity, platforms, platformers, RPGs, and battle

August 19, 2014 9:10 AM | Lena LeRay


Today's trailer roundup is an amalgam of games that are available for a very limited number of platforms and games that are available for everything but the electronic kitchen sink. We have a 2D platformer with unconventional movement, an RPG trying to combine the "heart and soul" of classic JRPGs with modern game advances, a serious GBAJam entry, a physics action puzzler gone Saturday morning cartoon, a cross between survival sandbox and isometric action RPG, a retro history inspired 2D platformer, a fast-paced multiplayer game with gravity mechanics, a free and open source shooter, and a pinball game with a dash of head-on battle.

Adventure Pick: Zotnip's retro-loving Bik

August 19, 2014 7:15 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

bik.pngShould have already covered the release of the lovely point-and-clicker that is Bik, but, well, better late than ever, eh? What really matters is that you now know of its existence and can do the wise thing and grab it for either Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android. Heck, there's even demo for you to try out and be certain you love this breed of sci-fi, low resolution, finely designed, alien infested adventures.

AI War the 8th and the Destroyer of Worlds

August 18, 2014 10:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

AIWar8.pngThe venerable AI War: Fleet Command, Arcen Games' ludicrously epic space strategy game, has finally hit version 8.0 and is for the first time also available for Linux. Apparently, where other developers would have launched sequel after sequel, Arcen chose to once again upgrade and enrich its brilliant and brilliantly unique 2009 RTS opus and offer it as another free update to all who have already purchased AI War.

Gorgeous point-and-click adventure Detective Grimoire out on Steam today

August 18, 2014 5:57 AM | Michael Rose

Point-and-click adventure game Detective Grimoire has a long and interesting past. It was originally a Flash game back in 2007, after which the devs decided to turn it into a full-blown adventure. A Kickstarter occurred in 2012, and the mobile version launched at the end of last year.

Now the game is out on Steam today, and it's got a really lovely style to it. The puzzles aren't going to hurt your brain too much, but there are some really interesting mechanics in here, such as piecing sentences together to help the detective work out the questions he should be asking. You can find Detective Grimoire on Steam.

Freeware Pick: Lizard Girl (Ikuukan)

August 18, 2014 2:00 AM | Tim

tokage2a.pngTokage Shojo (Lizard Girl) is a single-screen arcade game made for the NicoNico IndiesGame Fest. The objective here is to catch over two dozen lizards in each stage to progress. If you allow a lizard to touch a passerby, they will turn green and begin to chase after the player. You lose a life if you collide with an infected person, and the game ends when you run out of lives.

Free keys for I Shall Remain, The Bridge, Traffic Craze

August 15, 2014 3:05 PM | Staff

FreekeyFridaysWeek53.jpg IndieGames 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 I Shall Remain from Scorpius Games (Steam, Windows), Traffic Craze from ZenLogic (APPSTORE, iOS) and The Bridge from The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild (Steam, Windows, Mac, Linux).

Freeware Pick: Free Fall (Alexander Hannius)

August 15, 2014 2:00 AM | Tim

freefall.pngIn the GBJam entry Free Fall, players are tasked with saving a space station by retrieving the three missing data disks. You'll have to avoid deadly spikes while searching for the missing key items, and the errand is made much more difficult by the zero-gravity environment.

PAX Australia Indie Showcase 2014 winners revealed

August 14, 2014 11:05 PM | Lena LeRay


PAX Aus is back for a second year, and they've just announced the six winners for their Indie Showcase. The games, selected from a pool of over 100 submissions, cover a variety of genres and platforms.

PAX Aus 2014 will be taking place in Melbourne from October 31st to November 2nd, where all six of these games will be playable.

PC Pick: Noir words, Beat graphics, The Maker's Eden (Screwy Lightbulb)

August 14, 2014 3:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

It may be tough being an android in a human-run world, but change is always an option and things around you really do look beautiful. Then again, everything in The Maker's Eden is beautiful and its (brilliant) neo-noir, science fiction setting seems to be on the brink of change. Also, something one would most definitely be wise to experience, if only for the masterful fusion of animated comic book style graphics with rich, text-based gameplay.

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