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js13kGames jam winners announced

September 23, 2014 12:52 AM | Lena LeRay

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The js13kGames game jam, in which developers use JavaScript and their file size must be under 13 kilobytes, recently concluded. Prizes were awarded in three categories, Desktop, Mobile, and Server, with Pest Control: Weasels, an anti-Lemmings game (pictured above), taking first place in the Desktop and Mobile categories and Pong taking first place in the Server category.

Resist and Refuse is a Game & Watch-inspired game about Brazilian protesters

September 22, 2014 7:10 PM | Anthony Swinnich

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The one thing I always said while playing Game & Watch games was "You know this is great, but it could really use more tear gas". Thankfully developer Viole(n)t Blue has heard my cries, and they've released Resist and Refuse through Desura.

All joking aside, Resist and Refuse is a game made in reference to Brazilian current events. As explained by the developer on the game's page: "This instance deals with violent police repression to nation-wide protests that have struck the country in mid-2013, which happened on a much smaller scale during 2014's World Cup."

If successful, Resist and Refuse will be the first in a line of games covering similar issues faced by those living in Brazil. It's available now for Windows through Desura for $2.

Trailer Roundup: Many games in which you can't see yourself

September 22, 2014 9:43 AM | Lena LeRay

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Today's trailer roundup features a tactical strategy game in which drones destroy each other, a first-person adventure game about escaping a locked room, a horror dungeon crawler, a 2D puzzle platformer created by a South African youth, a sci-fi puzzle game, a strategic tower defense/dungeon builder hybrid, a 2D platformer that asks players to travel back and forth between parallax layers, a fast-paced god game, an arena fragfest first-person shooter, and a matching puzzle game that lets you match both same and different glyphs.

Steam Pick: Hunters Of The Dead (Traptics)

September 22, 2014 2:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

Hunters.pngHunters of the Dead (Windows) is a simple game; all it asks of you is to click on buildings to liberate them from the undead, manage a team of vampire hunters in RPG-light fashion and have the occasional turn-based skirmish with everything from zombies to lich priests. Well, okay, it's not that simple after all, but everything does feel intuitive and you'll have complete control of this unique tower-defense, roguelike, RPG, stratregy sort of thing in no time. Then you'll most probably become addicted to it.

Freeware Pick: VIDdeO (DuneWorld)

September 20, 2014 9:32 PM | Chloi Rad

viddeo.jpgVIDdeO is a game that's as clunky, repetitive, and item-oriented as the survival horrors of yore, and I mean that in the best possible way.

Kickstarter Pick: Blossom Tales is an action-RPG from the developer of Rex Rocket

September 20, 2014 6:15 PM | Anthony Swinnich

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It's a little surprising that there hasn't been more games directly inspired by The Legend of Zelda up to this point. Castle Pixel is looking to fill the void with its new Kickstarter project Blossom Tales. It's a top-down action-RPG that looks to spin a charming yarn of adventure and wonderment... with unexpected twists from the mind of a child.

Ghost whisperer: Sylvio is an upcoming horror game about recording spirits

September 19, 2014 10:03 PM | Chloi Rad

I'd say most of us have probably heard the words "inspired by Silent Hill and David Lynch" so many times, that we know how rare it is for anything to actually meet our own expectations for that. I would be lying if I said the phrase didn't at least pique my interest time and time again, though, especially when it's accompanied by similarly intriguing descriptors.

Enter: Sylvio.

Sylvio is an upcoming horror game that puts you in the role of an audio recordist named Juliette Waters, who specializes in capturing the sounds of the supernatural. Juliette is drawn to an abandoned family park haunted by a curse from the surrounding woods, hoping to capture some good ghost wails with the help of her stereo microphone and oscillator.

Naturally, her endeavors take a horrific turn when she finds herself somehow trapped in the park, and at the mercy of the spirits haunting it.

Looks and sounds pretty neat so far. The only thing that's a little off-putting is the character model's face, which you can see in the trailer up above. It does feel a little David Lynch-y, but not in the way I'd hope. For anyone who played Siren, the effect looks similar.

If you like what you see, you can vote for Sylvio on Steam Greenlight. It's currently being developed for PC and Mac, with no conclusive release date yet.

Free keys for Freaking Meatbags, Circulets, Serious Sam Double D XXL

September 19, 2014 7:17 PM | Staff

FreekeyFridaysWeek58.jpgIndieGames 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 Freaking Meatbags (Steam, Windows), Circulets (IOS) and Serious Sam Double D XXL (Steam, Windows).

There are two ways to win this week.

PC Pick: Velocibox (Shawn Beck)

September 19, 2014 3:45 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

Having evolved from an impressive ludum dare entry you can still play here into a fully fledged Steam release for Windows, Mac and Linux, Velocibox is a brilliant, twitch action game that feels both like a 3D version of Super Hexagon and like running through a Mondrian painting. Grab it and you'll get to spin and flip your lovely orange box through a wonderful and deadly maze, that'll have you constantly coming back for more.

This fantastic, hardcore little game will set you back $4.99.

Gabriel Knight 20th anniversary remake now available for pre-order

September 18, 2014 9:30 AM | Lena LeRay

The 20th anniversary remake of classic point and click adventure game Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers is now available for pre-order on outlets such as Steam and GOG.com. Set for release on October 15th, the game's regular price will be $19.99. Pre-ordering it costs only $17 and the remastered soundtrack comes with it as an exclusive pre-order bonus.

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