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Crash A Robot Party With Neurovoider

August 31, 2016 3:18 PM | Thomas Faust

The robots have taken over Earth and are throwing a huge party after getting rid of all humans. We can't have that, so you, presumably the last human, reduced to a brain in a jar, break out of your predicament, enter a robotic body, and go out there to cause some trouble for those pesky tin cans! Now shoot your way through small mazes full of evil robots, face fearsome bosses, and be sure to collect all the loot. But be careful: you've only got one life.

Trailer Roundup - August 31, 2016

August 31, 2016 2:55 PM | Lena LeRay

Balloons.jpgWelcome to another Wednesday and another trailer roundup. It was hard to narrow it down to ten this week. If you have more time, consider checking out Don't Let Them In!, Grab the Bottle, Metrico+, Moekuri, and Where Cards Fall.

Bring A Sword To A Boss Fight In Bleed 2

August 30, 2016 11:22 PM | Christian Valentin

The first Bleed was a challenging gem of an action game from the XBIG era, mixing fast-paced platforming with the screenfuls of bullets usually reserved for the most relentless shmups. Slow motion, triple aerial dashes, and balletic gunplay let you weave through the incoming hailstorms of bullets and lay waste to enemies on a quest to become the ultimate hero.

Four years later, Bleed 2 will be bringing even more chaos to its unique brand of bullet hell platforming on PC, Mac, and Linux.

Silver Trigger 64 - Restrained Rail Shooting For One Button Jam

August 30, 2016 6:30 PM | Joel Couture


Silver Trigger 64, a rail shooter created for One Button Jam, asks you to behave yourself like a secret agent. Yes, you can try to shoot up the place, but that kind of defeats the SECRET part of your title, doesn't it? A little restraint would be nice, don't you think, 0064?

Gamescom 2016 - Knicks And Knacks

August 30, 2016 11:45 AM | Thomas Faust

As promised, here are some more Gamescom discoveries that impressed me this year. I'll probably do one more of these roundup posts and also feature single games in the next few weeks. Enjoy!

Flatshot Delivers Minimalist Bullet Hell Action

August 29, 2016 10:20 PM | Christian Valentin

Bullet hell games often fill the screen with spectacle and chaos, your ship nearly overwhelmed in the sheer color and amount of incoming projectiles. Flatshot aims for something different, stripping down the bullet hell action to minimalist boss rushes with simple controls. That doesn't mean developer Rosalila Studio is making an easy game, but quite the opposite. From minimal simplicity comes laser-focused tests of evasion and combat, where tense risks are key to faster victories.

Approaching The Final Station: Crafting a Zombie Shooter/Train Driver Simulator

August 29, 2016 5:40 PM | Lena LeRay

ss_8025581bd570c5f9ca8b5592afdda0827052373a.1920x1080.jpgThe Final Station, due out tomorrow, is a story-driven, sidescrolling shooter in which ammo is as scarce as friendly faces. Taking place 106 years after an unexplained event called the First Visitation, society has been rebuilt around preparing for a Second Visitation. Trains are the links between towns that keep things running. The player takes on the role of a train driver as things start to fall apart, looking for survivors, keeping them alive, and trying to fulfill a mission that may be of vital importance to the survival of humanity.

Stars In Shadow Sends You Back To The Future

August 29, 2016 10:29 AM | Thomas Faust

StarsinShadow-1.jpgReleasing into Early Access after 6 years of development time, 4X game Stars In Shadow looks like a lovely homage to the venerable granddaddy of the genre, Master of Orion 2. Developed by only two people, Sven Olsen and artist Jim Francis, the game started out as a labor of love and evolved from there, with its colorful comic book style being probably its most striking element.

Celebrating Roguelikes in San Francisco

August 29, 2016 10:00 AM | John Bridgman


A group of developers and enthusiasts have grouped together in San Francisco to hold a Roguelike Celebration on September 17th. With an exciting group of speakers including the original developers of Rogue (Glenn Wichman, Ken Arnold & Michael Toy), and Dwarf Fortress (Zach and Tarn Adams), and limited exhibition space, tickets to the event at the Eventbrite office will be on sale only until September 1st. Organizer Noah Swartz shared some more information about the event and the club that's helped to form it.

Long Gone Days - Exploring the Emotional Tolls Soldiers Pay In Wartime

August 29, 2016 6:30 AM | Joel Couture


"A veteran shared a story about how killing enemy soldiers is sometimes more frightening than the thought of getting killed - realizing your enemy is not an inferior being, but a person who's serving the same purpose as you."

Many games explore the life of a soldier through action and gunplay. Camila Gormaz, creator of modern military RPG Long Gone Days, set out to do more than that, focusing on the emotional toll that war has on soldiers. Through the narrative, characters, and unique systems she has created for the game, players can experience the mental effects of being in combat, all designed based on experiences of real veterans.

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