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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?

Free keys for 140, La-Mulana, Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey

October 17, 2014 8:31 PM | Staff

FreekeyFridaysWeek62.jpgIndieGames and FreekeyFridays bring you another set of free 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 140 (Steam, Windows, Mac), La-Mulana, (Steam, Windows) and Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey (Humble, Windows, Mac).

Browser Pick: Side to Side (ABA Games)

October 17, 2014 8:28 PM | Chloi Rad

sidetoside.pngSide to Side might not look like much to some, but it's a surprisingly fun dodge 'em up that takes advantage of organic shapes and randomly generated corridors in a way I haven't seen done before.

Early Access Pick: Ziggurat (Milkstone Studios)

October 17, 2014 9:45 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

Ziggurat.pngAs much as I despise flying, small, fast enemies obviously inspired by Daikatana, I musty admit I really enjoyed my limited time with the Ziggurat early access.

Yes, it is an arena FPS and, yes, it definitely requires gaming reflexes that I so desperately lack, but it's a fine action offering already. It's a fast paced, silly, varied and fun pure fantasy shooter; sort of a highly promising, modern and obviously indie take on the Heretic/Hexen, complete with level ups, tons of enemies and rogue-like elements.

The Ziggurat Early Access is available on Steam for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Kickstarter Pick: The Very Organized Thief (Redefinition Games)

October 17, 2014 12:11 AM | Chloi Rad

thief1.jpgYou may recall a little game called The Very Organized Thief from late last year, a first-person stealth game about burglarizing a home. Such a crime rendered in virtual space might sound like a fun time, free of consequence and with lots of cool shiny things to collect, but it actually ends up being quite a tense, eerie undertaking.

Another thing The Very Organized Thief was known for was good replayability, since your list of items "to borrow" and their locations in the house vary from playthrough to playthrough. Despite this, it's still a small game, and fans have probably found the single house and its usual hiding spots predictable by now.

Good news: the developers at Redefinition Games have brought The Very Organized Thief to Kickstarter, looking to raise just $9,500 to expand on the original game, promising "more stuff 'borrow,' more levels to explore and more characters to be subdued by!"

iOS Pick: three-lane dodge 'em up SUPERHYPER is low-fi bliss

October 16, 2014 9:10 PM | Anthony Swinnich

If your iDevice has been looking for a new addiction, look no further than SUPERHYPER. Developer Sets and Settings newest release is one of those 'easy to pick up but hard to put down' types.

Movement is controlled through swiping. The action is isometric, but you swipe left to move left, and right to move right. You can also perform a dash by swiping forward. Dodging or crossing pits or avoiding or going through objects is the name of the game, and it's set to a thumping EDM soundtrack.

SUPERHYPER is addictive, but be warned: You will die. You will get better. And you will die some more. But at the low, low cost of $1, how can you go wrong? It's available now on iOS.

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