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Face Avian Enemies With Bows and Bolts in Roguelite Platformer Path To The Sky

June 27, 2016 5:00 PM | Christian Valentin


Two years ago, we first wrote about Path to the Sky, a pixel-art roguelite platformer set across airborne islands that was seeking votes on Steam Greenlight. Today, in the wake of its major 0.2 update on Early Access, the game has evolved and expanded in myriad ways, as your hero fights feathered foes with an arsenal of weapons and upgrades.

Steam Summer Sale Recommendations - Part 1

June 26, 2016 4:30 PM | Joel Couture


With the Steam Summer Sale in full swing, the team has gotten together and created a list of recommendations for great, varied indie games at cheap prices.

Screenshot Saturday Highlights - June 25, 2016

June 26, 2016 3:30 PM | Christian Valentin

This week's highlights are slightly belated, but no less varied or interesting, ranging from wall-running platforming and top-down dogfights to blind horror.

Keep Your Little Starship Safe With Diplomacy & Warfare In OESE

June 25, 2016 6:00 AM | Joel Couture


Customize a little ship and take to the stars, floating lazily through space in OESE. Maybe not lazily for long, as you're bound to run across something as you fly around. Once you do, you're given the option to contact, be aggressive, or be passive towards the inhabitants of the ships and planets you come across. These decisions may have grave consequences for your little ship, but when you're all by yourself in space, you have to make hard calls.

The game has seven races and four different factions that will either love or hate you based on your behavior across the game's one hundred encounters. That's a lot of people and situations where you might find your ship full of holes, so do take care with that temper when you meet your next space stranger.

Customize Your Mech For Antraxx's Multiplayer Shooting Action

June 24, 2016 10:00 AM | Joel Couture


Customization is a big part of massively multiplayer online mech game Antraxx. You can create your own mech with parts you buy and acquire, customizing its weapons and abilities to your play style. You can build your own zones after you've acquired the lands. You can even create your own factions within the game's world, having other players unite under your banner for conquest,

That teamwork will come in handy, as no one mech will last long without friends in the hostile world of Antraxx's live arcade-style combat. Working together with your faction, someone else's, or strangers will make all the difference when facing down multiple enemies. Combat isn't your only route to win, though, as clever players will be able to use diplomacy to turn the tide, gaining wealth, land, power, and mechs with a few careful words.

And you can get in on building mechs and spreading mayhem right now with the Alpha Demo of the game.

Dungeon Rushers Uses Steam Workshop - It's Super Effective!

June 24, 2016 5:55 AM | Thomas Faust

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Dungeon Rushers is a neat dungeon crawler that plays a bit like a board game with turn-based JRPG fights. It's a pleasant little game with a lovely sense of humor, probably featuring the only dwarven warrior who is actually an accountant. A recent patch introduced Steam Workshop support, and that one really turned out to be a game changer.

Build your own dungeon and fill it with traps and monsters! Cackle with glee as other players fail repeatedly! And, of course, attempt to conquer their creations as well. You see, before the patch the game only had ever so slightly randomized dungeons, but now, everything is possible. You're entirely at the mercy of your fellow players, which makes dungeon delving so much more fun. Beating someone else's creation isn't just satisfying, it also allows you to unlock more stuff for your own dungeons.

Harness the power of the elements in spell-chaining roguelite Wizard of Legend

June 23, 2016 5:12 PM | Christian Valentin

Striking down your virtual enemies with steel or arrows can be satisfying, but mortal weapons often pale in satisfaction and spectacle compared to the power of the mage. Laying waste to armies and undead with flame and ice from your fingertips, summoning meteors from above, bending space and time to your will. Wizard of Legend understands that thrill, focusing its combat around such powerful abilities, as you prove your wizardry skills against both mystical foes and other players. The magical roguelite is currently seeking funds on Kickstarter for an early 2017 release on PC, Mac, and Linux.

Roaming The Wasteland With Buck

June 23, 2016 3:31 PM | Thomas Faust


Are you a dog person? I am a dog person. Dogs are the best. Buck, one particularly feisty little mutt, was apparently so incredibly awesome that developers Wave Interactive just had to turn him into a videogame protagonist. And here we are, with Buck - a 2D post-apocalyptic noir action-adventure - looking for Kickstarter funding. Aiming for a rather modest sum of $30.000 and a Q2 2017 release date, the small team from Israel is planning to release the game on PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox One, and Playstation 4 - that's pretty ambitious!

Bot Vice - Frantic Arcade Shooting With A Tight Time Limit

June 23, 2016 8:00 AM | Joel Couture


Erin lost her arm and partner fighting against the Wildbots before, but with her new bionic arm, she's going to blast their whole operation to bits in under 45 minutes. Well, maybe not on the first try.

Bot Vice is a 2D shooting gallery with a strict time limit. Erin can roll and shoot, as well as melee attack anything that gets too close. She'll have to blast the various cyborg enemies as fast as she can, as the game cuts you off after forty five minutes of total play. You can go back and replay older stages for faster clear times, though, getting those precious seconds back so you can attack later stages.

Showing shades of Wild Guns and Time Crisis, this gem from the developers of Super Star Path has already passed through Steam Greenlight, so it won't be long before the high-speed robot shooting can begin.

Super SteamPuff Q&A: Turning pop into SteamPuffs

June 23, 2016 12:00 AM | Jeremy Ooi


Super SteamPuff is a PVP style space shooter where you fight for weapon upgrades, beat wacky bosses and look for the Fabled Hexachron! With plenty of cute characters to unlock, references to all kinds of pop culture and a very unique art style to boot, its looks like a tonne of fun. It is out today on the iOS store for $2.99.

We got a chance to talk with the guys from Weyrdworks Studio, Shawn Beck from Velocibox fame and JT his artist and partner in crime, about making this wacky title and turning jam ideas into launch titles, and moving from F2P to premium.

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