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Tale of Tales celebrates 11th anniversary with Experiments & Prototypes Bundle

December 19, 2014 6:09 PM | Chloi Rad

Tale of Tales, creators of The Path, Luxuria Superbia, and the work-in-progress Sunset, turned 11 this year. To celebrate, they've re-released the Experiments & Prototypes Bundle from their 10th anniversary last year.

Many of the projects in this bundle are not available anywhere else, so if you want the chance to get in on some rare Tale of Tales work, you better get on it today. You can pay a minimum of $5 USD to receive the bundle, though the bundle's page defaults to a suggested price of $15 USD if you can afford it.

Dys4ia by Anna Anthropy finds a new home on

December 19, 2014 5:36 PM | Chloi Rad

YtELGo.pngThis week, Anna Anthropy released her autobiographical game Dys4ia on

You can purchase it for Windows or Mac for $5 USD, or donate more if you wish.

Dys4ia is a short, reflective collection of mini-games based on Anthropy's experiences starting hormone replacement therapy, each sequence a glimpse into different moments, decisions, and feelings encountered during those first six months.

Freeware Pick: Flippin' Phones (BlauwPrint)

December 19, 2014 4:56 PM | Chloi Rad

The title of Flippin' Phones could be taken two ways: either as a disdainful exclamation, "Flippin' phones!" spoken by someone truly disappointed by today's digitized pasttimes, or "flipping phones," which is the actual thing you do in the game.

With arms flailing, your only goal in Flippin' Phones is to flip as many phones out of the hands of unsuspecting mallgoers as possible, in an attempt to warn them about... something. "Chocolate" was one prompt. "A leak in internet explorer" was another. "Game of Thrones spoilers."

Whatever the pressing issue happens to be that particular round, the people are always the same: stuck to their smartphones and ignorant of the world around them. And no matter how many people you manage to snap back to reality and stuff into a cardboard box in the middle of the mall (as is the safety protocol of the given emergency, I guess), the cops will always be on your tail. Saving people or not, flipping phones is still probably assault.

Win Steam keys for Imagine Earth, Momodora III, KROMAIA

December 19, 2014 4:48 PM | Staff

FreekeyFridaysWeek71.jpgIndieGames and FreekeyFridays brings 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 weeks games are: Imagine Earth - Planetary Colonization (Steam, Windows) Momodora III (Steam, Windows) and KROMAIA (Steam, Windows).

There are two ways to win:

Out There: Ω Edition is looking tasty

December 19, 2014 11:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

OuThereOmega.pngHaving spent more than a few hours on the iOS version of Out There, I was intrigued to find out this excellent sci-fi exploration game is both getting a thorough update on iOS and Android and about to make its Windows, Mac and Linux debut with Out There: Ω Edition.

Ludum Dare 31: Murder in space, a really fast piano, and more

December 19, 2014 8:55 AM | Lena LeRay

fabulousescape.jpgHere are five games from the most recent Ludum Dare, the theme of which is Entire Game on One Screen. Not all of these fit the theme well, though. We have a murder mystery set in space, a platformer that does something interesting with the theme, a ballet-themed arcade game, a piano racing game, and a small survival sandbox.

SanctuaryRPG: Black Edition brings ASCII roleplaying to Steam

December 18, 2014 5:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

sancturayBlack.jpgWe have already declared our love for SanctuaryRPG and I can't help but feel happy to see this unique, bonkers and quite hilarious ASCII RPG grow. Not only has it received countless of updates, but it has finally expanded itself into SanctuaryRPG: Black Edition which is available for early access (Windows) on Steam.

Great Big War Game dev's tale is a warning to be careful when choosing publishers

December 18, 2014 2:05 AM | Lena LeRay

gbwg.jpgGreat Big War Game is a critically-acclaimed turn-based strategy game for tablets and Windows. When it originally released for mobile in 2012, it drew comparisons to Advance Wars and was IGN's 2012 mobile game of the year. It was later nominated for a BAFTA award. Unfortunately, developer Rubicon Development chose the wrong publisher for the PC version of their game. It got on Steam, but the publisher was slow to push updates and quickly stopped paying royalties to Rubicon Development. Now the game is back on Steam, being sold by Rubicon Development directly, and although they can't make up for lost time and revenue, co-founder Paul Johnson has released a statement which doubles as a cautionary tale about choosing publishers wisely. The full statement is below.

Kickstarter Pick: Prismata boils RTS down to a card game with Hearthstone's accessibility

December 17, 2014 5:55 AM | Lena LeRay

prismata.gifPrismata is a digital card game with no deck building. Instead of deck building, the players are given identical sets of units to choose from, a standardized base set plus some randomly chosen units to make each game a little different. After that, the game is about building up the resources needed to enact one's strategy while watching what the enemy is doing to try to predict their movements. It's got all the transparency of a board game's rules with a uinque and brilliant blend of the strategy found in deck building card games and real time strategy games.

iOS Adventure Pick: Bertram Fiddle's Dreadly Business (Rumpus Animation)

December 17, 2014 4:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

There definitely aren't enough comedic, mystery point-and-click adventures set in Victorian London but the very first episode of The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle has valiantly attempted to change this despicable trend. What's more, it's a lovely adventure game complete with excellent animation and beyond quirky characters, top quality humour, outrageous noses, good puzzles and a dastardly murderer to catch. And did I mention it looks wonderful and sports some fine voice-acting? Well, it does and as an added bonus is a way bigger game than I expected it too.

Bertram Fiddle: Episode 1: A Dreadly Business is currently available only for iPad with an Android and PC version scheduled for the first months of 2015. You can also vote for it on Steam Greenlight.

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