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Watch a chicken kick butt with a sword in this ChickenSword GIF parade

March 27, 2015 9:10 PM | Lena LeRay

cs1.gifA fellow who goes by Miguelito has been working on a humorous, retro-inspired action platformer with a world map in his spare time. The game, which has a working title of ChickenSword, is currently slated for a PC release (to be ported to consoles, including handhelds, afterward) with a broad estimate for its release date as sometime in 2016. In the meantime, Miguelito has answered a few questions for us to go with the GIFs he's been showing off during development. You can also keep up with the game's development at the TIGSource forums or by following Miguelito on Twitter.

Music Video(game) It'll All Be Ok Proposes a Surreal Sidescrolling Journey

March 27, 2015 6:50 PM | Luca Colosso

itllallbeok01.pngOut of all the freeware titles that James Earl Cox III had made over the last few years, there's a specific type of games which he labels as music video(game)s. They're different. In a sense, they're much more thoughtful. In fact, they're created starting from the soundtrack rather than the gameplay or the artwork, and their goal is to embody the chosen tune into an interactive experience that has to be as long as the song itself (and not a single second more). It'll All Be Ok is his latest addition to that series of games. It lasts roughly five minutes, and yet it manages to present the strong theme of the loss of a loved one in a fresh and extremely touching fashion.

Surreal Platformer Dreaming Sarah Available Now

March 27, 2015 7:00 AM | Joel Couture


The dreaming world can be a frightening place - taking you to a world where reality crumbles and shifts with no reason, yet your mind simply connects the dots. What you're seeing shouldn't make sense, yet everything in a dream is logical to the dreamer. This is the kind of dangerous place poor Sarah has found herself in after an accident put her in a coma, leaving her stranded in a twisting dream landscape. Dreams and nightmares can be scary enough as is, but at least most of us have the ability to wake up. In the recently-released Dreaming Sarah, the title character does not.

Freekey Fridays: Win Steam keys for My Dream, Road Redemption and Prismata

March 27, 2015 4:10 AM | Freekeyfridays

FreekeyFridaysTheMIXPresentsWeek85.jpg IndieGames and The MIX bring you another set of free indie games through our weekly promotion we call @freekeyfridays. 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 we are featuring games that were featured at this years SXSW Media Indie Exchange Showcase. MyDream (Steam, Windows, Mac), Road Redemption (Steam, Windows, MAc) and Prismata(Steam, Windows, Mac, Linux) are some great up and coming games from amazing developers.

@Freekeyfridays is reaching 3,000 followers! Once that goal has been reached one lucky indie gamer will win a set of 100 indie games from the amazing developers we have worked with over the year!

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Serve Thirsty Ghosts in the Dreamy Summon The Apgrod

March 26, 2015 9:20 AM | Luca Colosso

apgrod01.pngSummon The Apgrod is the second release in a four game bundle that is currently being developed by ceMelusine. The first one, ORACLE, has been covered by Lena not too long ago, and now that purchasing East Van EP gives you twice the games than before, the deal has become significantly more appealing. But let's stick to the topic. Summon The Apgrod is a surreal bar-tending experience of reasonable length, which is actually perfect to enjoy it at its fullest without falling eventually into the repetitiveness of the job that you're forced into.

Please, Don't Touch Anything... especially the big red button in the middle

March 26, 2015 8:05 AM | Lena LeRay

pdta.jpgIf someone leaves you in front of a panel with one big red button in the middle and tells you not to touch anything while they just go to the bathroom real quick... well, of course pushing the button is what you want to do. In Please, Don't Touch Anything, a button-pushing puzzle game originally prototyped during Ludum Dare 31, you can do just that.

Lakeview Cabin Collection Preview - Creativity Saves

March 26, 2015 5:00 AM | Joel Couture


When a killer's on the loose in your campground, you're kind of stuck with the tools you have on hand. Still, what are you and your friends going to do to defend yourselves when you've only got some matches, a case of beer, and a rake to defend yourselves with? Probably die, as I've done many times in the first episode of Hypnohustler Games' Lakeview Cabin Collection. It's not easy to survive the attacks of a demented killer with improvised tools, especially when you're just part of a group of dumb teenagers, but with a little persistence, maybe one of you will make it out alive. Maybe.

Ironcast brings steampunk mechs and lots of depth to the match-3 RPG genre

March 25, 2015 8:05 AM | Lena LeRay

ironcast.jpgDreadbit's Ironcast is a match-3/strategy RPG hybrid along the lines of Puzzle Quest, but with greater depth to its gameplay and the addition of permadeath. Framed as duels between steampunk mechs and set during a French-British war, the player gets to balance the gathering and spending of resources to defeat their enemies and emerge victorious for the glory of Britain.

Deadwood: The Forgotten Curse - Protecting a Sleeping Pal from the Lumbering Dead

March 25, 2015 7:00 AM | Joel Couture


Deadwood: The Forgotten Curse has a pretty cute exterior. The wooden, marionette-like characters, good and bad, have a charming, cartoon-style appearance that makes them look adorable even when they're trying to be menacing. Your golem, Roguard, is always smiling despite being set upon by the wooden dead, and even when he falls asleep and the dead close in, it's still got this strange cuteness to it. Then you notice that something is deep and terribly wrong about what Steamroller Studios has created. Something unsettling.

Homesick: Tending Gardens and Fleeing From Nightmares

March 25, 2015 6:00 AM | Joel Couture


It's nice to have a little garden to yourself. It's great to unwind by wandering through the gray, empty complex you live in, find a bathtub filled with dirty rainwater, and then water the plants and watch them grow. After that, why not take a little nap to forget that you haven't seen food in days? I mean, other than the fact that you'll be dogged by flames of darkness until the sun rises again, it's good to catch up on some sleep. Then again, not dreaming of living night pouring into your home is pretty great too, so maybe you should get to work helping the poor person living in the world of Lucky Pause's Homesick get out of there.

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