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Suppressed - A Child's Journey Through A North Korea-Like State

June 30, 2016 5:00 AM | Joel Couture


Developer Angela He, in doing studies on refugees for a game, found many horrific stories of North Korea's struggles under Kim Jong Un's leadership. Even so, he seems to be the butt of jokes - his cruelty somehow something funny - and she set out to cast a more sobering eye on life under his rule in Suppressed, a game of a child trying to escape a totalitarian regime.

A happy boy finds himself in a dark place after his family gets exiled, leaving him alone and depressed. After a while spent struggling on his own, the boy decides to escape his fate, trying to find a way to leave the regime that controls his country. Along the way, he can choose to help other people, learning their own bleak stories and of the full extent of what this rule has done to his fellow people. Through platforming and story, the developer hopes to inspire a little more empathy, and less crass humor, about the people living this kind of life.

Pharaonic Teaches You To Brawl Like An Egyptian

June 30, 2016 4:01 AM | Thomas Faust

The most impressive thing about Milkstone Studios' Pharonic is its simplicity. There's no metagame, no builds or deep strategies you need to follow. Pick up the controller, hack and slay your way through ancient Egypt, that's it. And that's really good.

The game plays like a side-scrolling Dark Souls, with tense one on one fights that involve a lot of dodging, parrying, and blocking. Pharaonic can be pretty unforgiving, as getting hit removes a big chunk of your health bar, and the way to the next save point is usually a long one. But then, fights are incredibly satisfying, and getting better at stabbing other people always feels like a good use of your time, right?

Steam Summer Sale Recommendations - Part 3

June 29, 2016 3:03 PM | Christian Valentin

As the Summer Sale continues, so does our ongoing list of recommended games. Interesting projects and solid discounts await within.

Steam Summer Sale Recommendations - Part 2

June 28, 2016 2:40 PM | Thomas Faust


Our list of recommendations continues while the Steam Summer Sale keeps ravaging our poor wallets. Make sure to add some of the following indie treasures to your shopping cart, and feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments!

Megamagic: Wizards Of The Neon Age Delivers Ultimate Eighties Flashbacks

June 28, 2016 10:51 AM | Thomas Faust


BeautiFun Games, developers of the puzzle platformer Nihilumbra, are tackling the action RPG genre with Megamagic: Wizards of the Neon Age. Join Phoban and his magical sidekick Fum on a fantastical adventure, featuring techmagic, summoned monsters, and more eighties flashbacks than you can shake an original G1 Transformers figure at!

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.

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