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Kickstarter Pick: prison life isn't fun with Prisonscape

April 17, 2014 5:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

Romanticizing the lives of inmates, besides bordering on the bestial, simply fails to help us understand how these people actually live and what they have to endure on a daily basis. Now, I really do not want to expand on the topic and I obviously cannot be sure as to how Prisonscape portrays prison life, but it does seem to be trying to provide us with a gory and harsh, albeit gameified, reality. So, uhm, why don't you visit its kickstarter page and see whether this adventure-RPG hybrid is to your liking? It definitely seems more than intriguing.

Adventure Pick: Moebius - Empire Rising

April 17, 2014 3:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

Moebius: Empire Rising (no, not just Moebius anymore) by Jane Jensen's crowdfunded Pinkerton Road studio and Phoenix Online has been released for Windows and Mac. And, yes, it is a mystery point-and-click adventure and it is both very good and available via Steam and GOG.

Choice Chamber an uncommon mix of new ways to fund and play games

April 17, 2014 12:15 AM | Staff

[by Alex Wawro]

I find the Twitch game streaming service fascinating because it allows me to welcome the internet at large into what has -- for me, at least -- historically been a private experience. But until recently, the rabble had to take a passive role -- watching and commenting from the comfort of a chat room, never able to take an active role in the game.

2D + FMV metroidvania Heart Forth, Alicia funding fast; Chucklefish to publish

April 16, 2014 8:30 PM | John Polson

heart forth.gif"90s-inspired metroidvania RPG" Heart Forth, Alicia has already obtained over $40,000 of its $60,000 Kickstarter funding in the first day, with Starbound developer Chucklefish announced to publish the game and help release it on platforms beyond PC. Readers fell in love with Heart Forth again last month with its GIF collection, and seeing it in extended motion, along with some FMW scenes, has me beyond intrigued.

Freeware Pick: Abomination (William James Dyce)

April 16, 2014 6:00 PM | Tim

abomination.pngSpotted by Noyb at freeindiegam.es, Abomination is another wonderful find from Steve Cook's The Pirate Bay Bundle. In it, players have to help the titular character retrieve his precious teddy bear throughout a series of dangerous-looking rooms.

PAX preview: whup or be whupped turn by turn in Treachery In Beatdown City

April 16, 2014 3:30 PM | Anthony Swinnich

NuChallenger was hanging out in the Kickstarter room during PAX East showing off the latest build of Treachery In Beatdown City. This unique mashup of the brawler and RPG genres took my preconceived notions of how these conventions normally combine and savagely beat them into the ground.

Freeware Picks: Braingale's interactive Architects EP

April 16, 2014 1:15 PM | John Polson

up arrow.pngBraingale's Architects EP is a collection of 9 interactive works that you can play, watch or listen to for free, featuring tracks from devs such as Sean Hogan, Todd Luke, Andrew Brophy, Alec Stamos, and Andrew Marrero.

Cutting Room Critique: the latest top indie game trailers

April 16, 2014 10:30 AM | Staff

[by Kert Gartner]

I make indie game trailers, and as a result I watch A TON of online video. I try and digest as many movie, book, and game trailers as possible to see what other studios are up to and make sure that my work keeps up with the latest and greatest.

Every two months or so, I've be rounding up some of the best game trailers I've found online and discuss what I think makes them good/bad, and effective or ineffective in marketing their respective game.

PAX preview: Upsilon Circuit aims to turn Twitch into The Hunger Games

April 16, 2014 8:30 AM | Anthony Swinnich

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Permadeath is a pretty hot concept in gaming these days. Reloading a save to undo a mistake is something popular games like Spelunky and Minecraft in survival mode do not allow. Still, if you die you can always restart from the beginning. Legend of Dungeon developer RobotLovesKitty is taking that one step further. If you die in their upcoming MMO Upsilon Circuit, you will likely never, ever get the chance to play again. And it's one of the elements that makes the project sound so damn exciting.

Freeware Pick: Crash and burn like a true hero in Rubble 'N' Strafe

April 15, 2014 11:00 PM | James Monkman

rns01.pngBased on an ancient Amstrad CPC 'classic', Rubble 'N' Strafe from one-man studio Far From Sleep is a near-perfect example of rose-tinted nostalgia done right. An endless flier/shmup hybrid (yet refreshingly NOT a Flappy Bird clone), RNS clearly draws its inspiration from Durell's Harrier Attack, bringing the 8-bit gameplay up to date by adding the unpredictability of procedural generation and some heavy duty explosive action to the mix. Oh, and the crashes are awesome, almost to the point where you'll want to nose dive into the enemy troops to see how much destruction is caused by your hopeless plane as the wreckage tumbles through watch-towers, skyscrapers and ... flocks of incendiary sheep.

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