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Kickstarter Pick: Hive Jump (Graphite Lab)

August 29, 2014 4:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

I have been playing a short press-preview build of Hive Jump those past few days and I must say I am impressed. Not only do said early pre-alpha pieces of playable code come with some excellent, detailed pixel-art, but the core gameplay mechanic -you know, the jumping and shooting around- is already perfect. The controls are simply spot on and the game just flows.

It's time for some toast with Toast Time on PC

August 28, 2014 10:57 AM | Michael Rose

Toasters are super underrated. You can keep your microwave, or your oven, or your George Foreman grill - sometimes I just want some toast, STAT. Toast Time gets this - it understands that having toast pronto is an important part of daily life, and it's happy to fire toast all over the place for the sake of keeping us sane.

Toast Time is a game about launching toast, bagels, french sticks and other bread-based snacks at aliens who are attempting to steal your alarm clock. It doesn't really make a great deal of sense, but all you need to know is that it was originally a mobile game, it's now also a PC game, and it's pretty wacky fun. You should consider picking it up on Steam, while you ask yourself what exactly it is that you put in a toaster.

Mobile Pick: Tiny Traffic Mania (Spyros Games)

August 28, 2014 9:00 AM | Ahmed Abdel Samea

TinyTrafficMania.png In Tiny Traffic Mania by Spyros Games (an indie development studio based in Egypt), you've been placed in charge of solving a city's traffic problems while trying to keep everyone happy. Players have to watch out for angry drivers who honk like mad, buses that stop to let people in and out, and the occasional ambulance which needs to reach the hospital quickly. Traffic mismanagement can cause a deadlock and stop cars from getting through, so you'll have to supervise the city's traffic proficiently to avoid displeasing its citizens.

Tiny Traffic Mania is out now on the App Store and Google Play at a price of $0.99 for the full game. A light version is also available for Android users to try it out for free.

Kickstarter Pick: 24 Killers (Todd Luke)

August 28, 2014 4:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

A life sim with a touch of who-dunnit mystery is the kind of genre fusion I a) never really thought would happen, b) find myself particularly excited about. Hence, I thought I'd let you all lovable people know about the 24 Killers crowdfunding campaign by Todd Luke. 24 Killers, a game of unique aesthetics and clever ideas, will be all about finding the spirits who are possessing the inhabitants of a far off island, while discovering all sorts of hidden stuff and slapping people. Oh, yes, and convincing townsfol that you are not responsible for any hauntings whatsoever too.

Gridland is a survival/match-3 crossover game

August 27, 2014 1:23 PM | Michael Rose

Lena mentioned Gridland as part of the weekly trailer roundup, but I've been playing it today, and decided it was worth a full post and video playthrough. It's a match-3 game with survival elements - in the day, you match resources to collect them and build your base. At night, the enemies come out, and you have to match attacks and defenses to hold them back.

It's really very clever, and a lot of fun. As you build your base up, new resources will appear for you to match, and matching becomes more and more difficult. You can find Gridland for free in your web browser.

Ludum Dare 30: Previous 48-hour compo winner's new entry, HopSlide (Updated)

August 27, 2014 9:15 AM | Lena LeRay


Daniel Linssen, winner of Ludum Dare 29's 48-hour compo and creator of GBJam entry Roguelight, has struck again with his Ludum Dare 30 entry. HopSlide is two separate programs, a platformer called Hop and a sliding block puzzle called Slide, which when run at the same time interact with each other. They are the two connected worlds to match the theme of this Ludum Dare.

Preview: Hands on with the Gabriel Knight 20th anniversary remake

August 27, 2014 7:30 AM | Lena LeRay

gk20th-logo-with-talisman.jpgPinkerton Road's 20th anniversary remake of the classic point and click adventure game Gabriel Knight: Sins of the fathers still doesn't have a set release date. "Mid-2014" is close to passing us by, but they've started making preview builds available to the press. This preview article comes from hands on experience with the beginning of the game. The first part of this article covers the game in a general sense before going into the game as a remake of the original. At the end of the article, fellow IndieGames writer Konstantinos Dimopoulos gives a second opinion.

Kickstarter Pick: Unnecessary Sentience (Joe Richardson)

August 27, 2014 2:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

UnSent.pngRemember lovely point-and-clicker The Long Rain? Good, for Joe Richardson, the dev responsible for said delightfully surreal game, is at it again and working on a brand new adventure: Unnecessary Sentience. Supporting him via Kickstarter should eventually provide us all with a finely animated, weird and hopefully well designed game in this style.

Deep Under the Sky is a one-button game about flinging jellyfish

August 26, 2014 11:00 AM | Michael Rose

The minds behind Pineapple Smash Crew and Incredipede have joined forces for the gorgeous Deep Under the Sky, a one-button game about flinging jellyfish and making them explode. The space bar is your friend in this lovely slice of spreading jellyfish genes all over the world.

It's pretty simple: You press the space bar to launch a jellyfish, then you hit space bar again to make your jellyfish explode, roll into a ball, zip in one direction, and lots of other actions. It looks beautiful, it sounds like a grand orchestra in my head, and it's a super easy game to just roll along with and gobble up for an evening.

You can find Deep Under the Sky on Steam - but if you don't have much cash at the moment, you could always draw something to get a free copy.

Ludum Dare 30: Connected Worlds, serious and satirical

August 26, 2014 9:00 AM | Lena LeRay


The 30th Ludum Dare game jam is here, and with it zillions of free games to try. The theme this time is Connected Worlds. Here are five to get you started and more can be found on the Ludum Dare site.

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