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Trailer: Psychic-platforming title psyscrolr for Wii U uses touch screen creatively

September 30, 2014 7:05 PM | Anthony Swinnich


The Wii U's touchscreen game pad has never really caught the creative eye of the development community, indie or otherwise. Sure there are games that use it, but few do so in a creative way. That's part of why psyscrolr stands out. The game is a platformer that uses the screen for environmental interaction, which sounds kind of obvious until you realize almost no one has done it.

Gamasutra's Talking Devs podcast: Desert Golfing

September 30, 2014 6:38 AM | Michael Rose

talking devs.jpgIf you enjoyed the podcast a few years ago (you can still find the episodes archived here!), then a new podcast we've started over on sister site Gamasutra might tickle your fancy. It's called Talking Devs, and essentially, we pull a couple of developers in front of the mic each week to talk about a game that is currently on their minds.

The first episode is about the glorious Desert Golfing from Justin Smith -- a mobile game that looks simple, but (maybe) houses a whole host of mysteries. I've got JS Joust creator Douglas Wilson and QWOP dev Bennett Foddy on to discuss the game, so it's well worth a listen.

You can also find the podcast on iTunes, and as an RSS feed. The intro track is called Timelapse Kingdom, and is from Daniel Rosenfeld, also known as C418.

Cosmochoria now available on Steam early access

September 30, 2014 2:50 AM | Lena LeRay

Cosmochoria-Screenshot-3.jpg30/30's Cosmochoria, the action roguelike about a naked man with a jet pack planting seeds in space, is now available on Steam early access for Windows, Mac, and Linux after successfully meeting (and exceeding) its Kickstarter goal in May.

Trailer Roundup: Bedlam, Bedlam, and other games

September 29, 2014 9:08 AM | Lena LeRay


This week's trailer roundup features a multi-genre shooter game based on a novel, a post-apocalyptic tactical RPG with permadeath, an action adventure game about a mailman with a magic torch, a horror game born of the developer's experience with depression in the wake of an unsuccessful previous release, an RPG about a hospitalized boy overcoming problems with the power of imagination, a digital TCG which aims to be as deep as Magic and as accessible as Hearthstone, a competitive multiplayer typing game, and a fantasy action RPG brawler with both co-op and versus play.

Let's Play Cosmonautica, a space trading game with elements of The Sims

September 29, 2014 5:47 AM | Michael Rose

I'm terrible at space trading games, but that didn't stop me enjoying Cosmonautica. It's a Steam Early Access title that sees you catapulting your tin can around space, completing missions for cash and trading materials for, well, even more cash.

You pick a crew based on their skills, and there are some slight "Sims" elements going on, whereby you have to satisfy their ongoing desires to stop them from striking. You can check out our playthrough above, and find the game on Steam.

Kickstarter Pick: No Pineapple Left Behind (Subaltern Games)

September 29, 2014 3:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

After that particularly nasty wizard turned all children into pineapples, things got really simple for schools and principals. Pineapples, you see, are incredibly simple beings themselves and, unlike proper children, they never tire of being tested and graded and, handily, giving tests and grades is what schools are being paid for. Even better, should No Pineapple Left Behind meet its funding goal you'll actually get to run such a school.

Kickstarter Pick: hunt and cook magically in Battle Chef Brigade

September 26, 2014 8:18 PM | Anthony Swinnich


Magical abilities aren't often applied to mundane tasks in fiction. Cinderella and Mary Poppins stick out as some of the more memorable ways you can apply special abilities to normal, every day activities, but they're not too exciting. Heck, those are just about chores. How about cooking? Or hunting for the goods you wish to cook? That sounds a bit more exciting. Then, what if your dishes were judged in an Iron Chef-style competition? Now we're talking. Battle Chef Brigade is a game that does just that.

You can now play NaissanceE with the Oculus Rift

September 26, 2014 5:23 PM | Chloi Rad

Ne_VR_01.jpgThere are some games that just make sense for the Oculus Rift. NaissanceE is one of them.

The massive scale of everything, the layers of terrifying, labyrinthine mega structures, the brooding soundtrack, all make for an extremely fitting first-person experience - one that you can have, now!

Any player who owns or dishes out the money for a regular copy of NaissanceE on Steam will have access to its new virtual reality mode.

For detailed instructions on how to launch this mode and set it up for Oculus Rift, developer Limasse Five has setup a discussion on the NaissanceE Steam forums.

NaissanceE is available on Windows only.

Purchase it on Steam for $19.99.

Crawl receives loaded first update on Steam Early Access

September 26, 2014 4:54 PM | Chloi Rad

crawlupdate.pngThe local multiplayer action RPG Crawl has enjoyed mostly positive reception following its launch on Steam Early Access on August 6th. Now, the dungeon crawling couch co-op has received its first major update.

The list of additions and bug fixes is huge. Four new monsters, including a ghost girl and flying demon, join the line-up, as well as four new deities, new traps, and new artifacts. The ability to inhabit spawned blobs, redesigned health and XP bars, and even arcade cabinet input compatibility have also been added.

Read the full changelist on its Steam Early Access page here, or check out the GIF the folks at Powerhoof have put together, illustrating the updates.

Let's Play Reprisal Universe, a Populous-inspired god game

September 26, 2014 4:29 AM | Michael Rose

You may remember Reprisal as one of our Top 10 Indie Strategy Games of 2012. Reprisal Universe is an expanded version of that original browser game, with a big focus on delving into what make classic god games so irresistible.

The game launched on Steam recently, and it certainly retains the charm that the original release spewed forth. It's all about building up your settlements, then telling your villagers to grab the nearest pitchfork and attack the settlements owned by other gods. You can watch our playthrough above.

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