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Cinematic platformer The Last Night channelling Another World, Flashback

October 31, 2014 9:37 PM | Anthony Swinnich


Game jams are full of great ideas, so it's always awesome to see a promising entry expanded upon. Cyberpunk Jam winner The Last Night is the latest that's going to receiving the 'full game treatment'.

Freeware Pick: Dropsy and the Black Lodge (Jay Tholen)

October 31, 2014 7:01 PM | Chloi Rad

dropsyblacklodge.pngIf you're a fan of Twin Peaks, or Dropsy - or both! - then you should definitely check out this crossover game by Jay Tholen made for Halloween last year.

Dropsy the Clown might look scary, but he's nowhere near as scary as the Black Lodge.

Actually, the Black Lodge kind of makes Dropsy cry, and it's your job to make sure that doesn't happen. In a crossover of very ambiguous association, Dropsy somehow ends up in an area that resembles the mysterious Red Room from Twin Peaks, as well as other strange locations, full of trapped souls both good and bad.

Free Steam keys for I Shall Remain, Gravi, KRUNCH, iOS keys for Brain Guzzler

October 31, 2014 6:45 PM | Staff

FreekeyFridaysWeek64.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.

Happy Halloween! This week's games are Brain Guzzler (iOS), I Shall Remain, (Steam, Windows) KRUNCH, (Steam, Windows) and Gravi (Steam, Windows).

Death's Gambit looking a little like a 2D Shadow of the Colossus right now

October 31, 2014 1:00 PM | Anthony Swinnich


The old saying about a picture being worth a thousand words is often times true. And with Death's Gambit, about all we have to go on is a few pictures. Now, I could waste your time and write a thousand-plus words, or I could put the pictures up and let you judge for yourself.

Odallus: The Dark Call pre-orders are open

October 31, 2014 11:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

odallus.pngThe stunning graphics of Odallus: The Dark Call depicting a savage world forsaken by its gods are not just beautiful. They ensured its success on IndieGogo while conveying the epic atmosphere any fantasy, action exploration game needs. Having played through the latest beta of the game though, I can assure you Odallus is not a game that merely looks good in its NES-inspired attire. It's a rich and complex game instead. A game you'll love exploring and whose hurdles you'll love overcoming; mostly using a big sword.

Happily the game is almost done and pre-orders for Windows are already open; pre-ordering will grant you access to game's latest beta too. Oh, and you can still find its old demo here (direct download).

Preview: MegaCity sequel Concrete Jungle adds deck building to city building

October 31, 2014 9:00 AM | Lena LeRay

cj_gif1.gifMegaCity, originally released in 2011 and given an HD remake last year, was a city builder which took micromanagement out of the equation in favor of focusing on planning layouts. Now it's getting a sequel for Windows and Mac with graphics inspired by classic 90s city building games and the addition of deck building mechanics that add a lot of depth to the game.

This War of Mine has a new trailer, showing off more of its stark visuals and narrative

October 30, 2014 8:11 PM | Chloi Rad

Two trailers came out today for two different war games. I was first linked off to the one for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, which contained everything you might imagine. Buff guys. Power fantasy. Cool tech. Dazzling explosions.

The next trailer was for a game of a more somber nature, a game about the people caught in the aftermath of those explosions, left in the wake of soldiers with cool tech, none of which seem that cool anymore.

This War of Mine has been called the war game that video games need. The existence of This War of Mine does not negate the existence of Call of Duty, but it is cool to see the unexplored side of an otherwise heavily overused subject in games, and to see it handled so gracefully.

Twitchy Thrones now available, free for limited time

October 30, 2014 9:00 AM | Lena LeRay

twitchythrones.pngOnce a Bird's Twitchy Thrones is a simple RTS game in which the goal is to control all the capture points on the map. The player's only input to the game is to chose which groups of troops to move where. Move troops to a location in which you already have some and they will combine into a larger force. Move them to a location with enemies present and the two forces will duke it out with the last side standing taking control. It starts easy enough, but it isn't long before the game starts requiring the player to consider their moves carefully, yet quickly. Every ten seconds, more troops spawn, and in the game of Twitchy Thrones, you move or you die.

iOS Pick: Jack B. Nimble (Sean Noonan)

October 30, 2014 6:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

jack.pngWith Halloween just around the corner pumpkins and all sorts of spooky things are in order or, well, so people tell me and that's why I thought I'd let you know of the lovable and so very retro Jack B. Nimble. It's filled with all sorts of cute pixelated horrors and also manages to be a fast, well-designed and really good endless runner. One that lets you whip and run your way to a high-score and unlock nostalgic new palettes.

Jack B. Nimble is available for iPad and iPhone and costs $1.99.

[Update:] Oh, and do keep in mind that Jack B. Nimble has been updated for Halloween and now features one new level, the Jack O. Lantern character, more music and all sorts of extra bells and whistles.

Kickstarter Pick: Laser Fury is like sci-fi Diablo

October 29, 2014 8:00 PM | Anthony Swinnich


Top-down loot grabbing RPGs like Diablo seem to be most often placed in the fantasy realm. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, but that setting doesn't appeal to everyone. Those out there who are more interested in the sci-fi realm take note of Laser Fury, as it looks like it might be able to scratch that non-fantasy loot-grabbing itch quite nicely.

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