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Memoranda: the pragmatic needs of magical realism

October 8, 2015 11:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

Memoranda looks beautiful in a very unique, very '90s-French-animated-movie way. I already love its expressive characters and melancholy backgrounds. The weird touches of fantasy in its almost naturalistic backgrounds. Its stunning colours and obviously vibrant imagination.

What's more, I'm almost certain I will deeply appreciate Memoranda when it becomes the ambitious and incredibly promising Murakami inspired point-and-click adventure it's so close to being. All it needs is a little support on Kickstarter so that it can reach its modest funding goal and cover its final (mainly audio and coding) needs.

Roughly $12 will get you a copy upon launch. Memorand will be released on Windows, Mac and Linux.

Play with the mysterious, surreal, noir words of PataNoir on iOS and Android

October 8, 2015 8:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

patanoirIG.pngPataNoir is a text adventure. A work of interactive fiction and thus a game utilizing words, even though, unlike most adventures of its kind, one that seems intent to actually manipulate and play with said words. To conceive figurative language as literal, somehow without losing the allure of a remarkably accessible offering; one ideal for i-f newcomers.

Get Your Prehistoric Platforming On in There Was a Caveman

October 8, 2015 7:00 AM | Joel Couture


With the entire caveman race facing annihilation at the tiny, useless hands of deadly dinosaurs, a single heroic neanderthal rises up to stop it the only way he knows how: hitting everything over the head with a big stick. The guy can use that stick in some creative ways, though, knocking back enemy projectiles or swinging it over his head to glide (?) in There Was a Caveman, out today on Steam. Danger abounds as you cross the caveman's world, fighting huge bugs, squid, mammoths, undead dinosaurs, and all kinds of other beasts while navigating treacherous platforms. He's determined, if not too bright, and could really use your help in getting past all these troubles and saving his prehistoric world!

Reverse Crawl: Back To The Castle

October 7, 2015 10:20 AM | John Bridgman

It is fairly commonplace for the royalty in fantasy kingdoms to go into dark dungeons and root out evildoers at their very source. Gaming history is full of these sorts of stories, so it's good once in a while to go the other way. From the dungeons to the castle, Reverse Crawl is a lighthearted turn-based tactical role-playing game by Nerdook Productions where you fight your way back as a Necromancer Princess and her reanimated father, the Revenant King.

Hugging for acceptance: a Jay Tholen interview on Dropsy and fighting cynicism

October 7, 2015 5:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

DropsyInt_1.pngIf you read the review of Dropsy, you'll already know that it's a rarely wonderful, open world point-and-click adventure that can be used to bash the head of cynicism. If you now read what Dropsy creator Jay Tholen has to say about it, you'll also understand why. And how.

Flyhigh Works carefully chooses games to localize and publish on Japanese eShops

October 7, 2015 2:55 AM | Lena LeRay

fhw.jpg"I'm Taiwanese, but I was born in Japan," begins Seigai Kou. Raised in Japan until he was about 10 years old, he grew up playing Super Mario Bros. and other Famicom games. During that time, he developed a love of video games that would stay with him through his family's return to Taiwan and propel him to seek employment in the Japanese video game industry as an adult. Now he's the CEO of Flyhigh Works, a company focused on localizing and publishing games for the Japanese digital download market.

Kholat Nominated for Game Connection Europe Development Awards

October 6, 2015 12:50 PM | John Bridgman


Critically acclaimed first-person narrative game Kholat, developed by Polish studio IMGN.PRO and released earlier this year, has been nominated by in several categories for the Game Connection Europe Development Awards. Winners of these awards will be announced on October 28th during the Game Connection Europe 2015 event held in Paris, France.

Frantic, Free Shooter Relic Hunters Zero Gets New Modes & Weapons in Latest Update

October 6, 2015 8:00 AM | Joel Couture


Rogue Snail continues to improve their wild, free shooter, Relic Hunters Zero, with its newest update. You get the requisite more weapons and more items to use against the endless hordes of evil ducks and turtles, but they've also added a new Endless Mode for players looking for an even greater challenge. Improving on all aspects of the game, this update is a great way of keeping the current players engaged while giving new people another reason to try out this overwhelmingly-positive-rated free game.

Free. Overwhelmingly-positive. Shooter. Pew pew, folks. Go blast some space faces!

ORBIT brings twin-stick shooting matches to the masses

October 6, 2015 4:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

ORBIT.pngEvolving from a jam game into a full-blown local multiplayer offering for Xbox One and Steam (Windows only), ORBIT by Norwegian studio 4bit games is a brilliant -- admittedly small-- party game for 2-4 players. A local multiplayer twin-stick shooter that introduces tactics, gravity, fuel, special abilities and a menagerie of radically different weapons to the proceedings, as well as an impressive variety of game modes, procedural arenas and the chance to level up.

ORBIT is available now on Steam and the Xbox Store for $6.99. Four gamepads would come in pretty handy.

New Trailer for Knuckle Sandwich is Out to Help You Get Excited for Your New Part Time Job

October 5, 2015 9:00 AM | Joel Couture


No, not really. Nothing could make you excited for your dead-end job at the diner. Luckily, people are going missing, so you can use your minimum wage combat skills to try to save them instead of showing up to your lame job in Knuckle Sandwich. The trailer does showcase some of the surreal combat sequences and other pastimes you'll be taking part in when you should be doing work. The trailer also kicks off the game's Greenlight campaign, so if you were looking to vote for a game with punny enemies who may or may not become party members later, your super-specific wish has been granted.

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