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The Demands of Porting Unity-based Teslagrad and its Physics to Vita and Beyond

April 18, 2015 12:00 AM | Tim

hunt_1024.png[The following article was written by Fredrik Ludvigsen and Eduardo Garabito of Rain Games]

More than a year ago we announced the PS Vita version for Teslagrad, and sadly we haven't been able to deliver it yet. But this time has definitely not been wasted; apart from the Wii version, both PS3 and PS4 owners can download and play our game now in Europe, North America and Japan. Furthermore, during this period we've got to know the PlayStation platforms fairly well; we've solved a couple of issues (or a hundred), and considering Vita's popularity among indie developers (and how much indie game fans appreciate that console) we're glad to share our experience, hopefully saving other developer's time. We wish someone had told us what we are about to tell.

Free Key Fridays: Win Steam keys for Zombie Kill of The Week, 19XX, Lockdown Protocal

April 17, 2015 3:06 PM | Freekeyfridays


IndieGames and The MIX bring you another set of free indie games through our weekly promotion we call @freekeyfridays. 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.

@Freekeyfridays There are two ways to win this weeks contest:

The Good, The Bad and Westerado: Double Barreled

April 17, 2015 7:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

westerado1.jpgHaving just drawn my gun and decisively ended a conversation that wasn't really going anywhere, I must now do the right thing and let you know that Westerado: Double Barreled has just been released on Steam for Windows and Mac. Actually, if you hurry you might even grab it with a 20% off discount too.

I'm Good, You're Good, It's All Good in Tcheco in the Castle of Lucio

April 17, 2015 5:00 AM | Joel Couture


Seeing how he's frowning most of the time, I get the impression that Tcheco doesn't want to be in the Castle of Lucio. With all the spikes, monsters, laser-shooting paintings, evil soccer games, fire chains, and hostile swimmers, it's no wonder he's just trying to get the keys and get out. Much like the castle in Castlevania, this place shapes and changes itself, although instead of gothic halls, this structure seems to like classic platformers, sending poor Tcheco to any number of city streets, dark halls, and skateboard parks. Will you turn his frown upside down and help him get out of Marcelo Barbosa's Tcheco and the Castle of Lucio?

Retro Arcade Platformer Bard's Gold Has Been Greenlit

April 17, 2015 3:50 AM | Luca Colosso

bardgold01.pngBard's Gold is an arcade platformer with several RPG and roguelike elements. The retro feel created by developers Erdem and Jennifer Sen suits the gameplay very well, and even if there's a lot more that needs to be added I can see myself playing this for hours already. The alpha build available has been recently released for all the targeted platforms, which translated into an almost immediate success of the Steam Greenlight campaign that was ongoing since the early days of February.

The Charnel House Trilogy Review - Steady Dread

April 16, 2015 12:00 PM | Joel Couture


Horror works by eroding our faith that the world around us is safe. It creeps under your skin by telling you that things aren't entirely as you perceive them, and that forces you can't see are closing in, tightening the invisible noose around you. It doesn't have to be monsters or ghosts, either, but something a bit more ordinary in its evil. It could be the friendly neighbor, one of the people at your birthday party, or a stranger on the train, and any of them could be far more terrible than some imagined spectre. The horror in Owl Cave's The Charnel House Trilogy works so well because it erodes that faith that your life is normal and safe, chipping away at it bit by bit with the supernatural and ordinary in subtle ways. By its end, you may be left wondering if you really know whats going on with the friends you invited over or even the person sharing your bed tonight.

A Tale of Tales Interview on Sunset

April 16, 2015 5:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

sunsetInt.jpgAuriea Harvey from Tale of Tales has agreed to answer our questions on the forthcoming Sunset. A unique, artful and even revolutionary first person offering that's appropriately all about revolution. A game that you can already pre-order and will soon be released.

Hard Platforming for a Good Cause: Your Bizarre Eyes

April 16, 2015 3:50 AM | Luca Colosso

ybe01.pngThis isn't the first time we mention developer Shilov. About a year ago we highlighted his adventure game The Rats in the Wall, and after a semi-silent period where he managed to let people forget about him, here he comes with a brand new experience. Your Bizarre Eyes is a short platformer however, so despite maintaining a very similar art style it's difficult to find more elements that the two games have in common.

The Zachtronics Podcast: Episode #1

April 15, 2015 12:25 PM | Tim

Podcast-Cover.pngOn The Zachtronics Podcast we go behind the scenes of how indie games are made and interview independent game developers, asking them the questions that only another independent game developer would know to ask.

In episode #1 of The Zachtronics Podcast we interview Zack Johnson and Kevin Simmons of Asymmetric Publications, the studio behind the long-running Kingdom of Loathing. Topics covered include the history of Kingdom of Loathing, the ups and downs of running an independent game studio, the merits of version control, making money despite our best efforts, colossal screw-ups, and much, much more!

There's More to Charmixy: Witch Academy Than Just Puzzles

April 15, 2015 5:00 AM | Joel Couture


Chicmonster could have been content to create a fun little puzzle game to give away for free, but there's a whole lot more to Charmixy: Witch Academy than just that. I mean, witches don't just use magical powers to make sure they win at tile-based puzzle games. You've also got to learn to duel, cook, and explore, all while hanging out with the other witches and making friends. Maybe you could even unearth a threat to the school while you're at it. It's a busy life learning to be a young witch, but at least the free admission means you won't need to get a part-time job as a necromancer's assistant at the graveyard to support yourself.

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