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Rural mystery Firewatch gets a moody first trailer

September 1, 2014 12:26 PM | Chloi Rad

The first trailer for Campo Santo's Firewatch aired at PAX Prime this weekend, providing an introduction to its lead characters and a gorgeous glimpse at the rural American wildnerness in which their story is set.

In Firewatch, you play as Henry, who has taken the secluded job of fire lookout in the Wyoming mountains as an escape from his troubled life. He's alone in his watch tower overlooking the forest, except for a handheld radio he can use to speak with his supervisor, Delilah.

As evidenced in the trailer, Henry is an anxious man, who has recently let the dangers of his job and tensions in his relationship with Delilah wear him down. When Delilah advises Henry to remain in the tower, he does not cooperate, instead letting "something strange" draw him out to the mysterious wild below.

Hexcells Infinite is the next evolution of Minesweeper

September 1, 2014 9:18 AM | Michael Rose

I wish I'd had a copy of Hexcells Infinite back when I was at university. I used to sit and play Minesweeper on an old Nokia during particularly boring lectures, and it was good... but it was no Hexcells.

Hexcells is all about poking hexagons to make them pop. Numbers tells you how many need left-clicking, and which ones you should be right-clicking. There's also some Picross elements involved, and well, this is just my perfect style of puzzle game, to be perfectly frank.

If you like numbers in your puzzlers, Hexcells Infinite is going to be a game you'll want to pick.

Ludum Dare 30: Some interesting mechanics, some well-executed concepts

September 1, 2014 6:30 AM | Lena LeRay


Here's another batch of seven Ludum Dare 30 games, all made about a week ago for the theme Connected Worlds. Some of these have interesting mechanics, some are just well done, and all are at least worth a look. Have fun! If you like these, you can find more on the Ludum Dare web site.

Giving the World of Diving Early Access a try

September 1, 2014 2:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

worldofdiving.pngThough I generally do try and avoid early access offerings, I had to give World of Diving a go, as it would immediately become the very first diving simulator I'd have played on a PC. And it was. That and an utterly soothing thing of beauty.

Ludum Dare 30: Throw things around to get off a deserted island in Driver's License

August 31, 2014 1:50 AM | Lena LeRay

In Driver's License, a freak car accident has left your character stranded on a deserted island. He is a muscley fellow who can pick items up (even large, heavy ones) and throw them at each other to combine them and try to make what he needs to get off the island. The simple animations and grunting noises the character makes make this funny enough, but the multiplayer element that ties the game to the Connected Worlds theme adds a great touch.

Win free keys for A Wizard's Lizard, Tidalis, Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs

August 29, 2014 5:53 PM | Staff

tumblr_static_freekeyfridaylogo05.pngIndieGames 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 A Wizard's Lizard (Steam, Windows, Linux, Mac), Tidalis (Steam, Windows, Mac) and Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs (Desura, Windows).

There are two ways to win:

Help a dwarf grow a beard in Bravada, now on Steam

August 29, 2014 10:10 AM | Lena LeRay


We missed Bravada when it initially released in May, which is a shame; it's one of those games which is hard to pin a genre on because it isn't quite like anything else. Bravada is turn based. It requires strategic thinking. And since it follows the story of a dwarf on a quest to finally grow a beard, it's also an adventure game. But these descriptors, while accurate, don't fully illustrate what makes Ukrainian developer Interbellum's first game so unique.

Lethal League is out, and it's ridiculous fun

August 29, 2014 8:49 AM | Michael Rose

Lethal League is a multiplayer fighting game, where you can't hurt your opponents directly - instead, you have to smash a ball into them at top speed, and hope they don't manage to hit it back.

As the ball bounces around the arena, you can thwack it to add extra speed and boost your power bar. Smash the ball enough times, and you'll begin hitting it around the constraints of time and space. It's really all sorts of mental and brilliant, and there's not a lot of moments out there that are more nerve-wracking than preparing to hit back a ball that is moving faster than your eyes can follow it.

There's tons of depth that includes "dinking" the ball and then whacking it to add additional power, and double tapping to use up your power bar for a special move. It's really fantastic stuff that works both locally and online. Well worth picking up.

Kickstarter Pick: Hive Jump (Graphite Lab)

August 29, 2014 4:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

I have been playing a short press-preview build of Hive Jump those past few days and I must say I am impressed. Not only do said early pre-alpha pieces of playable code come with some excellent, detailed pixel-art, but the core gameplay mechanic -you know, the jumping and shooting around- is already perfect. The controls are simply spot on and the game just flows.

Preview: Lights, Crossing Souls, Action!

August 29, 2014 2:00 AM | Eduardo Garabito

California, 1986. A clique of friends has found a strange artifact whose powers will make them defy the laws of Nature, allowing them to interact between two planes of reality: life and death. It's also 1985, because Crossing Souls has a bit of Back to the Future and The Goonies' flavor. And it's 1983, Wargames. These guys are about to unveil a great conspiracy, and they definitely need some thirtysomething heroes to help them.

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