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Kickstarter Pick: Fire With Fire (and attack defensively)

July 29, 2014 11:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

An offensive twist is an odd thing to insert into a tower defense game, but that's exactly what Skull Skill Studios are aiming to do with their Fire With Fire Kickstarter campaign. They are creating a multiplayer (well, two-player), competitive tower defense game focused on both defending (in a more or less traditional genre manner) and attacking by constructing armies of creeps. Handily for us misanthropes a single player campaign will also be included.

Fire With Fire has launched a Steam Greenlight campaign too and is set to appear on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS and OUYA.

Browser & Mobile Pick: Xibalba (PhobosLab)

July 29, 2014 11:00 AM | Tim

xibalba.pngXibalba is a first person shooter originally designed for the 7DFPS competition last year, but was only completed just recently and released online as a free browser game. It features six levels to play through, where players will get to face masked natives, alien creatures and tree monsters as they make their way to the final boss.

Freeware Pick: Explore and solve puzzles in Cloudfall

July 29, 2014 10:00 AM | Lena LeRay


Croatian developers Vatigo and Bitserum put their heads together for the recent Game Maker 2014 contest and the result of their efforts was Cloudfall. In it, the player is a cloud who must float around, exploring the environment and solving puzzles with no hints beyond explanations about the controls.

You can now Mount Your Friends on PC, and you really should

July 29, 2014 6:25 AM | Michael Rose

Mount Your Friends is out on Steam today. The original Xbox Live Indie Game saw players climbing atop one-another, naked flesh and swinging manhoods akimbo, and this PC version is no different.

What you can expect this time around is online multiplayer, and lots of new single and multiplayer modes. If you've never played Mount Your Friends before, let me assure you that this is an experience you need to have. It's hilarious, but it's also one of the best modern party games you can play. Mount Your Friends is out today on Steam.

Miopia, a '2D endless Katamari' game

July 29, 2014 5:00 AM | Tim

miopia2a.pngMiopia is a procedurally-generated devouring game where players have to eat other microorganisms to grow. Playing as a tiny purple blob, you are only able to consume other entities which are smaller than you. Larger organisms won't hurt you when you bump into them, but touching any sharp protrusions can harm or even kill you if you're not careful.

Freeware Pick: Even The Stars (Pol Clarissou, Nicholas Gavan)

July 29, 2014 3:15 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

eventhestars.pngGetting old, getting lost, getting stranded. Disappointment, boredom, old age, lack of purpose.

Yes, Even The Stars definitely isn't about starry-eyed space heroes and interstellar excitement. It doesn't promise anyone a riveting journey. Or dogfights. What it promises and promptly provides players with is a wonderful galactic journey of contemplation and exploration, after which only a captain's log will remain to remind everyone of the wondrous artifacts, structures and places you discovered. It's the journey that matters after all and this is one you'll be taking mostly via text controls in a beautifully crafted universe.

Even The Stars can be played online or downloaded for your Windows, Mac or Linux machine.

Browser Pick: Figure of Eight (ABA Games)

July 29, 2014 2:00 AM | Tim

figure8a.pngIn Kenta Cho's Flash game Figure of Eight, your objective is to destroy the enemy ships and gather red collectibles for points. There's no way to control the ship directly as it moves back and forth mimicking the shape of an infinity symbol, but you can always left-click on the game window to make the ship move at a fraction of its original speed.

The Room makes move from mobile to PC, still hurts brains

July 28, 2014 2:37 PM | Michael Rose

The Room, the tricky puzzle game from Fireproof Games that launched on mobile back in 2012, has finally seen a release on PC. This means that if you don't really play mobile games, you now have no excuse for trying The Room out.

Here's what to expect: There's a locked box in a room, and the only way to pry it open and discover its secrets is to press buttons, use keys in locks, and generally solve all the puzzles and riddles scattered all over the boxes. It gets very tricky, but fortunately there are numerous hints available just in case you have no idea what to do next.

Well worth grabbing, especially for the super cheap price. You can find The Room on Steam.

Browser Pick: Super Slalom (Thomas Bruno)

July 28, 2014 12:00 PM | Tim

sslalom.pngIn the PuzzleScript game Super Slalom, you play as a skier who has to ski down a hill and reach the finish line. Along the way you'll have to pass all of the slalom flags, avoid being eaten by wild animals, and try not to drown in freezing water.

Kickstarter Pick: Using the structure of an MMO to teach in Tyto Online

July 28, 2014 9:15 AM | Lena LeRay


MMORPG developers create large game worlds and a great many interconnected game systems. They have a steep learning curve for the uninitiated, but they are very satisfying to master. Immersed Games wants to capitalize on these inherent traits to promote learning with Tyto Online, an MMORPG which will eventually grow to incorporate many areas of learning but which is starting with teaching middle schoolers about ecologies.

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