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Free keys for Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey, The Joylancer, Serious Sam Double D XXL

August 1, 2014 12:45 PM | Staff

FreekeyFridaysWeek51.jpgIndieGames and FreekeyFridays bring you another set of free indie games:
Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey from Bacon Bandit Games (Windows, Mac, Humble), The Joylancer: Legendary Motor Knight from alpha six productions (Desura, Steam) and Serious Sam Double D XXL from Mommy's Best Games (Windows,Steam).

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. There are two ways to win this week.

Take Proteus, inject open-world survival elements, and you get Eidolon

August 1, 2014 8:50 AM | Michael Rose

Eidolon is out on Steam today, and it's rather gorgeous. It's an open-world exploration game with survival elements, and it looks a whole lot like Proteus, which can only be a good thing.

I'm awful at survival games, but that's partly down to how worried I always am about, well, surviving instead of enjoying my surroundings. Eidolon focuses on lot more on the views and the discoveries than the dying (although there is still dying, as I've discovered), and it's a much more calm and peaceful experience than most survival games. You can find Eidolon on Steam.

iOS Pick: Passepartout's puzzling and exhausting 80 Days (inkle)

August 1, 2014 4:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

80days.pngI am pretty sure that future historians will be shocked to discover that Victorian London never really had any steam-powered robots and that steampunk was, indeed, an imaginary thing. Then again, we'll all be dead by then and it'd probably be wiser to simply focus on contemporary matters. The freshly released 80 Days (iPad, iPhone) for example.

Recruits is still a thing, and now it's on Steam

August 1, 2014 2:10 AM | Michael Rose

Recruits has been around literally forever. It's a squad-based action game about throwing a bunch of soldiers into awful situations, and asking them to kill everyone and destroy everything, and we've previously covered it as far back as 2012.

It was an alpha build back then, and well, it's still an alpha build now - except this time, the game has made it onto Steam Early Access. It still feels very early in development, so I'm not entirely sure what's going on there but, but perhaps the injection of cash from the Steam launch will help the dev team to go full throttle at it. You can find Recruits on Steam.

Browser Pick: Wriggler (Ardith Johnson)

August 1, 2014 2:00 AM | Tim

wriggler.pngA remake inspired by Andrea Gilbert's Wriggler puzzles, ardeej's PuzzleScript effort tasks players with getting the "wrigglers" (snake-like creatures) to their designated coloured spots to pass each level. A wriggler can only be dragged by its tail using an in-game cursor, making it slightly more challenging than the original game it was based on.

Lineup for the Indie Megabooth at Gamescom 2014 revealed

July 31, 2014 8:50 PM | Lena LeRay

Gamescom 2014 takes place August 13-17 in Cologne, Germany, and there are a lot of European games showing this time around. This is the Indie Megabooth's first full showing at Gamescom, with 34 developers bringing 36 games to the floor.

Pirate-y videos courtesy of the fine, swashbuckling Nelly Cootalot

July 31, 2014 9:10 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

NellyVid.pngBeing all excited about Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet means I feel obliged to let you know that the still unreleased game is gambling itself over at Steam's Greenlight and that LeChuck and every pirate to ever star in an adventure would like to see it make it on Valve's service. Also that I'm pretty confident it will end up a hilarious and beautiful point-and-clicker.

Anyways. Enough with the pleasantries. Just hit the jump and check two of Nelly's videos:

LA Cops gets all shootybang on Steam Early Access

July 31, 2014 6:52 AM | Michael Rose

LA Cops is a bit like Hotline Miami, if you replaced the dark, gritty theme with an 80s style cop drama. This new Early Access game from Modern Dream puts a squad-based spin on the concept, and is really rather slick-looking.

A word of warning: LA Cops is what I'd deem Very Early Access. You get one level, which will take you around 15 minutes to beat, and the mechanics aren't completely set in stone just yet. Of course, part of the fun of buying Early Access for some people is giving ideas to the developer based on what you've played, and watching the game come to life bit by bit.

It's definitely worth keeping in mind, though, since this is more of a prototype than a game right now. You can find LA Cops on Steam.

Mobile Pick: FlyCraft Herbie and the Crazy Machines (nlogn)

July 31, 2014 5:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

Though I'm frankly bored of casual-looking, free-to-play games for my tablet, I must admit that FlyCraft Herbie: Crazy Machines seemed both intriguing enough to try out and, well, good enough to actually recommend. Developers nlogn have created a physics-based action game that transcends its cute graphics and enters brutal, satisfying, hardcore territory. Just using the two rockets strapped to each of your demented flying(-ish) contraptions you get to attempt to navigate cartoony mazes, when performing a simple 90 degrees turn is a task that will take time to master.

Getting even simple things done though is a reward in itself.

FlyCraft Herbie: Crazy Machines is free to download for iOS, Android and Blackberry. It comes with relatively unobtrusive in-app purchases.

Crypt of the Necrodancer now available on Steam early access

July 30, 2014 1:21 PM | Lena LeRay


IndieGames reviewed Brace Yourself Games' award-winning rhythm roguelike, Crypt of the Necrodancer, last September. It's come a long way since then, with a number of additions and improvements, and has finally made its launch into early access for Windows, Mac, and Linux. It's sound advice not to buy anything on early access unless you're interested in playing the game in its current state. Even if Crypt of the Necrodancer were to be abandoned in the next five minutes, though, it would be worth the price.

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