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Your Story starts at a fork in the road

July 1, 2015 7:45 AM | Lena LeRay

your-story-splashscreen.jpgYour Story is a choose your own adventure style interactive fiction game for iOS that was inspired by Robert Frost's poem The Road Not Taken. The game isn't that long; it's designed to be played through at least twice, teasing the true ending the first time. Once that true ending is seen, the player unlocks two hours of developer commentary and gains the ability to modify character stats on the fly to see all of their possible options in every scene.

Bark Your Way to the Stars in the New Tales of Cosmos Demo

July 1, 2015 6:30 AM | Joel Couture


Not everyone is as easily won over by a cute dog in an orange spacesuit as I am, so Red Dwarf Games recently announced a free demo available for those who were curious about their space-travelling point and click game, Tales of Cosmos. If you thought you had problems trying to solve puzzles set on several island chains, wait until you try to solve them in space! Wait...Space Quest. Right. But did Space Quest have a cute dog in an orange space suit? Yeah, that's what I thought.

That dog really is a lynchpin to this whole operation.

Preview: 10 Minute Barbarian Provides Short Bursts of Solid Entertainment

June 30, 2015 5:52 PM | Sean Flint


As someone who manages to keep busy between work and school, I often don't have multiple hours at a time to devote to games. Lately, I've found myself investing more in short gaming experiences that I can manage my way through in a day or two, at the most. I've also been greatly enjoying games where I can hop in, play for ten or twenty minutes, and then move on to another task. 10 Minute Barbarian is a great game for doing so, as it provides a good bit of entertainment that is sectioned into fairly short levels, making it a great option if you have a busy schedule.

Noir Puzzler Renoir Launches Kickstarter

June 30, 2015 11:00 AM | John Bridgman

Announced in February, Soulbound Games' upcoming noir-themed puzzle-platformer Renoir has just launched on Kickstarter. Fully embracing the film noir aesthetic, this heavily stylized game challenges the player to take on the role of private detective James Renoir as he investigates his own murder at a slow, almost adventure game pace.

Block breaking, puzzle, non-platforming Blockadillo

June 30, 2015 8:30 AM | Lena LeRay

blockadillo.jpgYou don't often see changes to the basic block breaker game formula. Paddle at the bottom, blocks at the top. Maybe some new obstacles or warps or something. Occasionally someone does something new with the genre, though. In the case of Blockadillo, that something is having the player be the ball itself in the form of a whirling, colorful armadillo character.

Warm Up Your Throwing Arm to Hurl Cash and Potions for A Hole New World

June 30, 2015 5:30 AM | Joel Couture


A Hole New World, Mad Gear Games' gravity-twisting game of cranky demons and potion-tossing heroes, got Greenlit a short time after our initial coverage. Not content to stop there, they have recently announced a Kickstarter with a modest goal, looking to make a small chunk of cash to help them release on multiple platforms and help them with some translations into other languages. If you liked the concept or just wanted to see some of the other screenshots they've posted about the game, head on over to their campaign and have a look.

UPDATE: The Tower - Correcting My Horrible Blunder

June 29, 2015 8:18 PM | Sean Flint

Last week, I wrote up a brief preview of The Tower, which is a survival horror game that is currently seeking funding through Kickstarter. In the article, I praised the game for its interesting concept and entertaining mechanics. Upon publishing, I was informed through the comments that the game was, in fact, a fraud and that the developers were apparently attempting to scam players into thinking that the game was more than it actually is. I've looked into the issue, and decided to publish a brief update to my original article, which I've removed to prevent the game from receiving any additional press.

Dolly - A Short, Yet Amazing, Puzzle Platformer

June 29, 2015 7:51 PM | Sean Flint


Free games are nothing new to the market, but it is unusual to see one that features the production quality of Dolly. A puzzle-platformer at its roots, Dolly sends you on a journey through a mysterious world as you seek to discover its hidden secrets. A short game, featuring anywhere between 10-30 minutes of gameplay, Dolly still manages to leave a lasting impression with its unforgettable visuals, and its solid platforming mechanics.

Castaway Paradise Celebrates Women's World Cup

June 29, 2015 1:40 PM | John Bridgman

The Animal Crossing inspired island life sim Castaway Paradise has released free DLC to join in the celebration of women's soccer. This release coincides with the Women's World Cup currently ongoing in Canada.

Trailer Roundup for June 29, 2015

June 29, 2015 8:20 AM | Lena LeRay

shapesofgray.pngA few of today's games are neat combinations of dissimilar genres, but there are some good-looking entries in established genres, too.

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