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Kickstarter Pick: Nubarron - The adventure of an unlucky gnome (nastycloud)

October 23, 2014 7:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

Some gnomes are luckier than others and some other gnomes just keep getting stalked by a cloud that a) constantly rains on them, b) strikes them with lightning if they ever stop moving and c) can have its lethal powers utilized to solve puzzles and help said gnomes make it to their lucky hat. Intriguingly, it's one of the latter sort of gnomes that will be the star of gorgeous and innovative puzzle-platformer Nubarron - The adventure of an unlucky gnome. Provided the game reaches is humble Kickstarter goal, that is, which I fiercely hope it will.

The game will be launched for Windows, Mac and Linux and, if you hurry, a pledge of $10 will get you a downloadable copy. Oh, and if its Greenlight campaign is successful a Steam key too.

Steam Pick: Vampires - Guide Them to Safety! (CBE Software)

October 23, 2014 3:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

vampiresSteam.pngAwww, just look at those adorable little vampires... All they want is some peace and quiet and a well-earned rest in their crypts away from the sun. Having though suddenly developed the intelligence of the average lemming the poor bobbleheaded blood-suckers just can't find their way home and need you to frantically solve all sorts of puzzles and clear their way. How? Why, by grabbing and playing Vampires, which has just made it on Steam for Mac and Windows.

It's a lovely reverse tower defense offering that will tax both your mind and your reflexes and one that comes with an exquisite soundtrack.

Foxy Pick: TRI - Of Friendship and Madness (Rat King Entertainment)

October 22, 2014 3:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

TRI1.pngI always knew that TRI: Of Friendship and Madness was shaping up to become something special indeed, but I honestly never expected it to be this good and so amazingly polished. Actually, were I to pick my favourite 3D puzzler between Portal and TRI, I'd simply chose TRI. Yes, it's that good.

Browser Pick: Late Night Driver

October 21, 2014 9:55 PM | Chloi Rad

latenightdriver.pngLate Night Driver is like a violent, vehicular version of Air Hockey, where the table is a stretch of dangerous highway devoid of dividing traffic lanes, and the pucks are unsuspecting cars you must use continually collide with to take out the most oncoming automobiles, without running into said oncoming traffic yourself.

It's as intense as it sounds.

The Joylancer: Legendary Motor Knight coming to Steam Early Access

October 21, 2014 6:00 PM | Anthony Swinnich


February brought us The Joylancer: Legendary Motor Knight in demo form. Now, a few months under a year later, this Game Boy-styled action platformer will soon be available through Steam Early Access.

Kickstarter Comedy Pick: HM SPIFFING (BillyGoat Entertainment)

October 21, 2014 11:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

Being all quaint, stunning and actually funny, Her Majesty's SPIFFING is one sci-fi adventure that simply has to be made and with this being it's second attempt at Kickstarter it also seems like our final chance to support it.

Besides, both Captain Frank Lee English and the HMSS Imperialise look better than ever, whereas the available alpha demo (Windows, Mac) is already mightily impressive. And, yes, clever and funny too and, rather impressively, sporting a controller interface for puzzle solving that should finally make point-and-clickers playable without a mouse. Not that mouse won't be supported, mind you, but I thought you should know.

The game will be out for Windows, Mac and Linux and a pledge of 12 British pounds (that'd be less than $20) will get you a copy of the game upon launch.

The Ruins of Old Earth is a moody and low-fi Metroid-style game

October 20, 2014 11:35 PM | Anthony Swinnich


Metroid fans rejoice: it looks like Axiom Verge isn't the only notable game coming in this style. The Ruins of Old Earth look as though it's going to take the dark, moody pixelated atmosphere of Samus' first adventure and run miles with it.

Kickstarter Pick: Basement (HalfBus)

October 20, 2014 10:15 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

Remember a lovely little strategy game called Basement? Well, good for you, for it was lovely indeed and it's about to get much lovelier with a little help from the Basement Kickstarter campaign. A campaign to drastically improve upon the original drug-dealing strategy game with all sorts of bells and whistles, including a deeper plot, cut-scenes, more drugs, more options, wildly improved music and way better pixel-art graphics.

The game will be available for Windows, Mac and Linux and a pledge of $8 will secure you a copy upon release.

Trailer Roundup: Speedy platforming, player-created narratives, classic inspirations

October 20, 2014 7:55 AM | Lena LeRay

elegy.gifToday's trailer roundup features a first-person puzzle FPS prototyped during the 2012 7DFPS game jam, a game in which players engage in creative writing about what they find, a falling block puzzle in which the player moves the blocks that are already placed instead of the ones that fall, a Lemmings-style game with tetrominoes thrown into the mix, a 2D psychological horror game about a man whose failed suicide led to amnesia, a space station building game with away missions clearly inspired by Star Trek, and a game that mixes Joust with soccer.

Co-op battler LAZA KNITEZ!! gallops its way onto Windows and Mac

October 19, 2014 7:50 PM | Anthony Swinnich

Maybe you missed LAZA KNITEZ!! back in March, either because you didn't see it or don't have an Ouya. But if you're into local vs multiplayer games, it's worth noting that the game is now available on Windows and Mac.

LAZA KNITEZ!! is a top-down four-player interstellar space joust simulator. You've got access to seven powerups, so you're at no shortage of powerful ways to take down your friends during battle. It's available at right now for $2 and will be that price for the next five years, then the 98 percent discount ends and the game goes back up to its normal $100 price tag. Sounds a bit like a steal, eh?

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