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iOS Pick: Jack B. Nimble (Sean Noonan)

October 30, 2014 6:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

jack.pngWith Halloween just around the corner pumpkins and all sorts of spooky things are in order or, well, so people tell me and that's why I thought I'd let you know of the lovable and so very retro Jack B. Nimble. It's filled with all sorts of cute pixelated horrors and also manages to be a fast, well-designed and really good endless runner. One that lets you whip and run your way to a high-score and unlock nostalgic new palettes.

Jack B. Nimble is available for iPad and iPhone and costs $1.99.

Kickstarter Pick: Laser Fury is like sci-fi Diablo

October 29, 2014 8:00 PM | Anthony Swinnich


Top-down loot grabbing RPGs like Diablo seem to be most often placed in the fantasy realm. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, but that setting doesn't appeal to everyone. Those out there who are more interested in the sci-fi realm take note of Laser Fury, as it looks like it might be able to scratch that non-fantasy loot-grabbing itch quite nicely.

Prophour23 is a compact yet fully-fleshed RTS game with character

October 29, 2014 9:20 AM | Lena LeRay

prophour.pngProphour23 looks opaque at first. Its theme is a bit abstract. As a quick example, the game starts you off with a heart and four random organs like muscles and stomachs that can be turned into screams and lungs, respectively. Players who jump into the game without going first to the tutorial are pretty much guaranteed to be lost. But behind the strange facade is brilliant game complete with the sort of resource management and unit (organ) trees that RTS players love. Prophour23 was designed to be played from start to finish, if you're good enough to reach the end, in under 15 minutes of challenging and intense gameplay.

Agustín Cordes on H.P. Lovecraft's The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

October 29, 2014 4:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

HPL1.pngAgustín Cordes, the soul of Senscape and driving force behind horror adventures Scratches, Asylum and the freeware Serena, has agreed to answer the questions of regarding the incredibly exciting H.P. Lovecraft: The Case of Charles Dexter Ward Kickstarter campaign. It is a 3rd person point-and-click cosmic horror adventure, it is, and one wisely set in Lovecraft's Providence and already looking rather fantastic.

With just a bit over two days left for the campaign to reach its crowdfunding deadline you'd better hurry and read up though...

Ziggurat officially launched

October 28, 2014 11:41 PM | Lena LeRay

Ziggurat.pngArena FPS/roguelike crossover Ziggurat has been in early access for about two months and is now officially launched. It's a fast-paced, fantasy-themed FPS roguelike in which each room is a sort of self-contained challenge. Well, some of them aren't challenges, instead just being a place to pick up a special item. Most of the rooms, however, have doors that lock behind you as you enter and won't unlock until you've eradicated all the enemies that spawn within. In others, the floor is lava and you must carefully navigate rocks set in it to avoid death.

Ziggurat is available on Steam for Windows, Mac, and Linux. It's currently 15% off the regular price of $14.99 for its launch.


Open the pod bay doors, HAL... Event[0] is coming through

October 28, 2014 8:37 PM | Chloi Rad

You could argue that angry AIs are a tired trope and probably be met with minimal disagreement. There's nothing new about being trapped in an abandoned space station, or ship, or lab, with a sentient computer who has plans of its own.

So why does Event[0], an upcoming game about exactly that, sound so cool?

Forward to the Sky and its Greenlight float precariously into view

October 28, 2014 1:05 PM | Anthony Swinnich


Forward to the Sky highlights one of the things I want in real life but can't have that exists video games -- giant mysterious structures that float on their own. In contrast, I don't know if I'd be all about the puzzles and the immediate threat to my life in real life, but I'm looking forward to them in this Greenlight-hopeful game. It's all about compromise, I guess.

Trailer Roundup: 13 games that are all quite different from each other

October 28, 2014 9:50 AM | Lena LeRay

fmeow.pngThis week I was unable to narrow the trailer roundup down to ten games. Instead, here are thirteen games that cover a great deal of ground in terms of variety of both theme and mechanics.

Freeware Pick: FARG (Ditto)

October 28, 2014 7:45 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

FARG.gifIf you have a couple of joypads lying around and a desperate need for some frantic local multiplayer shooting action look no further than FARG. Granted, it may still be in beta, but it already sports 8 weapons, 7 arenas, a most appropriate soundtrack and the ability to simultaneously entertain up to 5 players. Numbers aside, it's a bloody excellent shmup too that effortlessly captures the essence of games like Super Smash Bros, all while looking colourfully surreal.

FARG is available for Windows via

Perspective shifting shooter Revolver 360 RE:ACTOR now on Steam

October 28, 2014 1:00 AM | Lena LeRay

revolver360.jpgRevolver 360 RE:ACTOR from Japanese developer Cross Eaglet looks like a regular 2d scrolling shooter at first, but it has an interesting mechanic. The playing field can be rotated towards or away from the player, making the enemies, bullets, and other objects on the screen seem to collapse into a line as the 2D plane on which they exist becomes flat from the viewer's perspective.

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