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2017 BitSummit Details Announced, Developer Applications Now Open

December 10, 2016 8:45 PM | Lena LeRay

bitsummit5.pngDates have been set for the fifth annual BitSummit event in Kyoto, Japan. Titled A 5th of BitSummit, it will be held May 20-21, 2017 at Kyoto's Miyako Messe. Developer submissions are open until January 19, 2017.

Splasher gives new meaning to fluid platforming

December 9, 2016 1:24 PM | Christian Valentin

Fast frenetic platformers have been a staple of indie games for years, from Super Meat Boy to the flowing mastery of Dustforce. Splasher looks to be bring colorful charm and quite literally fluid platforming to the genre, as you race and leap through its challenging gauntlets aided by spraying ink.

Corrupting And Glitching Is The Only Way To Move Through Deios II // DEIDIA

December 9, 2016 11:30 AM | Joel Couture


Deios II // DEIDIA takes players to the corrupted world of an abandoned BBS system, letting them use forced glitches to find new paths through this broken digital land.

Heartwarming Smiles - How One Night Stand Creates An Emotional Bond With Its Main Character

December 8, 2016 7:00 AM | Joel Couture


"The main thing I wanted players to feel was compassion for the woman, or guilt if they snuck out as soon as they could." says Lucy Blundell, creator of One Night Stand, a game about waking up next to a naked stranger after a drunken night. In it, players will be able to play out this uncomfortable situation in multiple ways, deciding on whether they want to get to know the smiling young woman they've awoken with or not.

Many likely will want to get to know her, as Blundell creates an instant bond between the player and the woman, Robin, using visual style, the gameplay, and the environment around the player to paint a picture of an interesting person with a delightful grin, charming players and drawing them in to know more.

Magic Arrows Help Solve The Puzzles Of Free-To-Play Adventure Ley Lines

December 7, 2016 7:00 PM | Joel Couture


An archer stands as the last hope of a ruined world, attuning her arrows to various powers she can use to help restore the severed ley lines by solving environmental puzzles in Ley Lines, a free-to-play adventure.

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun Delivers Silent And Deadly Real-Time Tactics

December 6, 2016 9:38 AM | Thomas Faust

When Commandos was released in 1998, it successfully combined real-time tactics with a focus on stealth. While other companies tried to copy the game's winning formula - there were Wild West, Star Trek, and Robin Hood-themed Commandos clones - none of these games could ever live up to the original. Until now, that is. The new king of sneaky real-time tactics is called Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun, and it's out today.

Screenshot Saturday Highlights - December 3rd, 2016

December 5, 2016 7:46 PM | Christian Valentin

From the desolate lunar surface of the Moon to eldritch horror-overrun streets, the games this weekend covered all manner of battlegrounds and environments.

Ohr Is A Martial Arts Fever Dream Mingled With Shmup Action & Cow-Raising

December 2, 2016 6:00 PM | Joel Couture


Tang Soo Do spin kicks delivered to the faces of deadly businessmen. Shmup action where you need to guide satellites out of danger, embracing non-combat before your peaceful nature overwhelms your interstellar enemies. Guiding a flying cassette around a world map. Managing cows. Ohr is its own unique mixture of genres and play styles, drawing you into an ever-changing dream where your first order is finding your place in the chaos.

Expeditions: Viking Promises Cold Weather, Mead, And The Sounds Of Battle

December 2, 2016 11:22 AM | Thomas Faust

The thegn is dead, long live the new thegn! That's you, by the way. New Viking ruler on the block, having inherited the reign over your lands from your father. However, some of your fellow tribesmen don't seem too happy with that, and before you know it, your inauguration is interrupted by unfriendly northmen, crashing your party. This is merely the start of a grand adventure, but it sets the tone of Expeditions: Viking from the get-go. Cold weather, mead, and the sound of battle. If that sounds tempting, you should read on.

Akuto: Mad World - Guns, Swords, & Deadly Arenas Make For Messy Multiplayer

December 1, 2016 4:00 PM | Joel Couture


Akuto: Mad World is all about making a bloody mess of your friends by having them fight with swords and guns in arenas where people probably shouldn't be walking around without hard hats on.

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