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Win free keys for Full Mojo Rampage, Ascendant, Retrobooster

August 22, 2014 7:00 PM | Staff


IndieGames 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 Full Mojo Rampage (Steam, Windows), Ascendant (Steam, Windows, Linux and Mac) and Retrobooster (Desura, Windows).

Make sweet, sweet music with Sentris, out on Steam today

August 22, 2014 10:46 AM | Michael Rose

Following a successful Kickstarter campaign late last yar, music-based puzzler Sentris is now out on Steam Early Access today. You're presented with a rotating disk on which you place notes, beats, drum slaps and more, to beat each puzzle - and if you accidentally create some sweet music along the way, then hey, that's a bonus.

Or you can just experiment with creating your own groovy loops and make beating each level your secondary objective. Sentris is really a music-making game, but the puzzle elements of dropping certain colors in specific areas give it a real gamey feel. It's a great package that's already got a fair bit to it - I'm excited to see what else is to come.

You can find Sentris on Steam Early Access.

Browser Pick: In Progression, the title has multiple meanings

August 22, 2014 9:01 AM | Lena LeRay


Progression is a short Twine game by Alex Kriss in which you progress deeper and deeper into a dungeon with your brother, seeking the treasures that lie within. The surprises along the way can kill you, and if you make it to the end, you discover that you'll have to die and restart anyway to progress.

PC Pick: Rex Rocket (Castle Pixel)

August 22, 2014 4:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

rexrocket.pngFollowing a humble but successful Kickstarter campaign, promising sci-fi platformer Rex Rocket has been released on Steam (Windows) and isn't promising anymore. It just delivered. In spades.

Halfway is essentially the indie XCOM

August 21, 2014 11:03 AM | Michael Rose

I've been playing Halfway lately, an XCOM inspired strategy game about a bunch of soldiers who wake up aboard their spaceship to discover that something is very, very wrong. You lead your companions through the belly of the ship, dealing death to aliens and zombie-like creatures in a turn-based style.

It's all very stylish and lovingly presented, and while it doesn't do much more than be another XCOM game, can that really be a bad thing? It's quite simplified compared to recent XCOM games, so if find all the crazy management stuff in those games to be a turn-off, perhaps Halfway will do it for you. You can find the game on Steam.

PWYW Pick: SanctuaryRPG blends old-school aesthetics and new-school mechanics

August 21, 2014 10:50 AM | Lena LeRay


Black Shell Games' SanctuaryRPG flew in under our radar back in April. It looks and sounds like a very old game, for the most part, though it has splashes of color that the games of yesteryear might not have been able to get away with. It's not the only game with such an aesthetic, and though it hopefully won't be the last, SanctuaryRPG distinguishes itself from seemingly similar games with a unique blend of turn-based RPG combat, exploration, humor, and modern game design choices that allow for the player to customize the game's level of challenge to suit themselves.

Freeware Pick: Meowgical Tower (Neon Deity Games)

August 21, 2014 4:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

meow.pngOur very own Anthony Swinnich, also a proud member of Neon Deity Games, is partly responsible for the excellent and excellently named Meowgical Tower; a freeware retro 8-bit action-RPG you can either play on your browser or download for Windows and Linux via GameJolt.

Mobile Pick: FreudBot (slash games)

August 21, 2014 3:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

freudbot.pngWith the help of the titular robotic psychoanalyst, FreudBot allows you to overcome your splendid UFOphobia psychosis, provided of course you grab it for your Android or Windows 8.1 machine; and lie on that lovely couch over there. The game is free and comes complete with innovative mechanics, lots of digital cards, 46 levels and some brilliantly cartoony graphics.

The Escapists dares you to break out of prison today on Steam

August 20, 2014 10:54 AM | Michael Rose

The Escapists dumps you in a prison, gives you a life sentence of 30 years, and dares you to try and escape. And escape you will try, try and try again, as you attempt to live a regular locked-up life, keep the guards happy, and dig tunnels when they're not looking.

But how can you escape? Well, you could dig a hole using a plastic spoon. Or perhaps cut a hole in the ceiling vents and go a-crawling. Or maybe you'll find the tools to create a make-shift key and simply walk out of the front gates. It's up to you how you go about beating The Escapists, and as more and more content is added during the game's Early Access phase, there's bound to be plenty of reasons to come back to it.

You can find The Escapists on Steam.

Glitchhikers dev has released ORACLE, the first of four games in his east van EP

August 20, 2014 7:48 AM | Lena LeRay


We covered Glitchhikers, an experimental freeware game, earlier this year. It was a short, introspective sort of game in which the player's actions were limited to controlling the speed of a car on a highway at night and making conversation with hitchhikers that randomly appeared in the passenger seat. ORACLE is similar in some ways, with an aesthetic and interface that Glitchhikers players will find familiar, but this game puts the player in the shoes of an oracle in the woods and asks them to interpret procedurally generated visions.

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