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Freeware Pick: In Magurodon, fish eat you

October 2, 2014 9:30 AM | Lena LeRay

magurodon.pngThere is an entire category of Japanese foods which come in the form of something on top of plain rice in a bowl. These foods all end with don. Katsudon is pork cutlet on a bowl of rice, oyakodon (where oya means parent and ko means child) is chicken and eggs on rice, and magurodon is a kind of tuna on rice. In Magurodon, a freeware game from Uta, you play a naked man with a knife on a boat full of naked, hungry customers and must serve them magurodon made from the freshest tuna. Tuna which will kill the customers if you don't dice it up first.

Kickstarter Pick: H.P. Lovecraft's The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (Senscape)

October 2, 2014 2:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

Nobody ever did cosmic horror the way Lovecraft did almost a century ago and apparently very few people seem to get what it was the gentleman from New England actually did. Thankfully though, horror-adventure maestro Agustín Cordes and his Senscape team seem to have finally come up with the solution to the perfect and perfectly atmospheric lovecraftian game: The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. The first officially licensed Lovecraft game ever and the first one based on the writer's only novel-sized work.

Lesbian Spider-Queens of Mars (Anna Anthropy) released, uncensored, for desktop

October 1, 2014 8:15 PM | Chloi Rad

lesbianspiderqueens2.pngToday, Anna Anthropy released the original, uncensored version of Lesbian Spider-Queens of Mars, a Wizard of Wor inspired arcade game where you guide a half-arachnid space dominatrix through her palace, trying to recapture her escaped harem.

We covered this game when it was first released on Adult Swim back in 2011.

The free, browser-based version added bars over the characters' chests, an act of creative censorship given the game's subversive sexual themes.

With permission from Adult Swim, though, Lesbian Spider-Queens of Mars can now be experienced in its intended shameless glory.

Dual-character action platformer Virus takes on Mega Man X formula, crowdfunding now

October 1, 2014 6:57 PM | Anthony Swinnich


Much like 2D Metroid and 2D Castlevania, 2D Mega Man (or heck, any Mega Man for that matter) has become something that feels like we'll never see again. And much like those properties, the fans have learned that if you want to play a new entry, it'll have to come from somewhere else. That's not to say Virus is a direct clone of Mega Man X, but it's vastly inspired by it. And if it's half as good it's going to be one kick ass game.

Freeware Pick: Tsunami Cruiser (Boris van Schooten)

October 1, 2014 12:00 PM | James Monkman


Released for Windows yesterday (and Android and Ouya last week), Boris Van Schooten's wavy-navy, Geometry-Wars-at-sea twin-stick shooter Tsunami Cruiser has come on a long way since the early prototype developed for Ludum Dare 29. With tighter controls, super-clean redesigned vector graphics and a new speaker-buzzing, arcadestep soundtrack from BitBurner, blasting away marauding sea critters and alien saucers whilst bouncing about on an increasingly choppy ocean has never been so much fun!

Kickstarter Pick: Graywalkers Purgatory (Dreamlords Digital)

October 1, 2014 3:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

The Graywalkers: Purgatory Kickstarter somehow manages to combine all sorts of buzzwords and influences in what will hopefully become one ambitious and unique RPG. Actually, make that one ambitious and unique episodic, post-apocalyptic, strategic, turned based RPG with procedurally generated elements set in a dynamic, emergent world, inspired be X-COM, Fallout and Jagged Alliance. See? Buzzwords.

Trailer: Psychic-platforming title psyscrolr for Wii U uses touch screen creatively

September 30, 2014 7:05 PM | Anthony Swinnich


The Wii U's touchscreen game pad has never really caught the creative eye of the development community, indie or otherwise. Sure there are games that use it, but few do so in a creative way. That's part of why psyscrolr stands out. The game is a platformer that uses the screen for environmental interaction, which sounds kind of obvious until you realize almost no one has done it.

Gamasutra's Talking Devs podcast: Desert Golfing

September 30, 2014 6:38 AM | Michael Rose

talking devs.jpgIf you enjoyed the podcast a few years ago (you can still find the episodes archived here!), then a new podcast we've started over on sister site Gamasutra might tickle your fancy. It's called Talking Devs, and essentially, we pull a couple of developers in front of the mic each week to talk about a game that is currently on their minds.

The first episode is about the glorious Desert Golfing from Justin Smith -- a mobile game that looks simple, but (maybe) houses a whole host of mysteries. I've got JS Joust creator Douglas Wilson and QWOP dev Bennett Foddy on to discuss the game, so it's well worth a listen.

You can also find the podcast on iTunes, and as an RSS feed. The intro track is called Timelapse Kingdom, and is from Daniel Rosenfeld, also known as C418.

Cosmochoria now available on Steam early access

September 30, 2014 2:50 AM | Lena LeRay

Cosmochoria-Screenshot-3.jpg30/30's Cosmochoria, the action roguelike about a naked man with a jet pack planting seeds in space, is now available on Steam early access for Windows, Mac, and Linux after successfully meeting (and exceeding) its Kickstarter goal in May.

Fiction writing adventure game, Elegy for a Dead World, now on Kickstarter

September 29, 2014 11:16 PM | Chloi Rad

Text-based games exist in several forms, including interactive fiction, but never had I seen a game where the player is the one in charge of writing the prose until Elegy for a Dead World.

Elegy for a Dead World, which we've covered previously here, is a text-driven adventure game about exploring and documenting the remnants of dead civilizations. You do this by adventuring through gorgeous hand-drawn scenes, and reacting to writing prompts by filling in the blanks.

Completed narratives can then be shared and read through Steam Workshop.

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