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Unrest lives up to its Kickstarter promises of being an unusual RPG

July 23, 2014 9:00 AM | Lena LeRay


Unrest is a story-heavy RPG set in a fantasy version of ancient India. It takes place in a city that has been beset by drought for so long that other problems have taken root. Unlike most RPGs, however, the player does not take the part of a party of heroes out to save everyone. Instead, the player switches back and forth between several characters who are just normal people making hard choices in an attempt to survive in desperate times. It has the same kind of moral punch as Papers, Please thrown into a branching narrative in which actions taken with one character can effect the prospects of another.

PWYW Pick: 12$ (Klondike Collective)

July 23, 2014 7:00 AM | Tim

12$ is a fantastic hotseat multiplayer game in which up to four friends can compete against each other in a series of urban jobs. These jobs range from feeding a three-headed hound, avoiding enraged bulls, dodging giant feets and more, all for just a handful of coins. After all twelve events have been completed, the person with the most coins will be declared the winner.

Hard-as-nails skateboarding game OlliOlli now on Steam

July 23, 2014 5:40 AM | Michael Rose

Why is it that some of us love to play games that make us want to rip our hair out, all for those rare moments when everything goes right and you feel like a champion? Super Meat Boy is the perfect example, although I'd suggest that OlliOlli is not far off taking its crown.

Out on Steam this week, OlliOlli is a side-scrolling skateboarding game about landing perfect flips, tricks and grinds for maximum points, all the while completing special missions to unlock pro levels. You've also got the Daily Grind, a randomly-generated level that you only get one shot at - if you mess up, you can't enter the online leaderboard for that day.

I adored this game on PS Vita, and having now played the PC version, I can assure you that OlliOlli is well worth picking up.

Kickstarter + Demo: 16-bit inspired JRPG Legena: Union Tides

July 22, 2014 8:45 AM | Lena LeRay


Legena: Union Tides is to be Grandpa Pixel's first game and the first game in a series of three. Development on the game began in 2013 when it was just a project to learn programming with, but it's grown into a high-quality project which aims to touch on mature themes while offering a robust gaming experience. If the demo (Windows) is any indication, the game is going to be a steal at the price of $5.

Browser Pick: Sokoboros (Trevor Newton)

July 22, 2014 7:00 AM | Tim

sokoboro2a.pngTrevor Newton's Sokoboros is a PuzzleScript game in which you play as a baby snake who has to eat to grow. It features multi-room puzzles similar to the ones found in Cyber-Lasso, the excellent Space Cowboy Jam entry by Alan Hazelden. Players will have to traverse back and forth between rooms regularly, solving the sort of challenges that require some planning in advance.

Adventurous iOS Picks: Blackwell Legacy, Unbound and Convergence

July 22, 2014 6:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

BlackwellIOS.pngThree of the finest and arguably most important indie point-and-click adventures have finally made it on Apple's App Store and you, oh tasteful adventurers, can now enjoy Wadjet Eye's terrific Blackwell Legacy, Blackwell Unbound and Blackwell Convergence from the portable comfort of your touch-screen. Mind you, the games run equally well on iPhones and iPads, look lovelier than ever and your meetings with the ghostly Joey and a pixelated New York still provide all the intrigue, puzzles and fine storytelling the PC versions offered.

Trailer Roundup: A variety of platformers, some RPGs, and more

July 21, 2014 10:25 AM | Lena LeRay


Today's trailer roundup features a multiplayer action RPG shooter, a space tunnel game with mechanics reminiscent of Super Hexagon, a gorgeous platformer about a hunter turned into prey, a retro-inspired action platformer, a tactical RPG with destructible environments that pays homage to classic games, an isometric tactical RPG with anime style and mature themes, a three-color first-person horror game, a Vita-exclusive platformer with unusual mechanics, a free and slow-paced platformer about community, and a game about ghosts beating each other up on stage.

Sokobond, a chemistry lesson/puzzle game, is out today on Steam

July 21, 2014 5:48 AM | Michael Rose

I had to slap myself in the face this week, when I discovered that the glorious Sokoban passed me by last year. It's a lovely puzzle game about chemical bonds, in which you shift atoms around small spaces in a bid to connect them all up.

It's very clever stuff, and it quickly gets to the point of making you want to reach into the screen and break the game with your bare fists, as such additional ideas are introduced as breaking bonds, doubling up on bonds, and pushing Helium around. The game is out today on Steam, so if you're the kind of person who only buys games via Valve (or you missed it first time around like me), you totally need to grab Sokobond today.

Bacon Man takes his fight to reclaim the vaunted Meat Throne to Kickstarter

July 20, 2014 2:45 AM | Anthony Swinnich


Food-based heroes are something of a rarity in gaming, though the few that exist are well-loved. Whether it's through the Chef tasked with tackling giant killer hot dogs in Burgertime, the waitress in Diner Dash or those lovable scamps in M.C. Kids, gamers have long since valued the tradition of mixing food with gaming. Bacon Man is the latest food-based action platformer, being made to order on Kickstarter.

Free keys for Life Goes On, Hive, and AI War: Fleet Command

July 18, 2014 1:05 PM | Staff

FreekeyFridaysWeek49.jpgIndieGames and Interabang Entertainment bring you another awesome FreekeyFridays which means another chance to win a set of cool indie games. 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. This week's games are Life Goes On, Hive, and AI War: Fleet Command.

There are two ways to win this week.

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