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The Last Federation Evolved and Expanded

November 18, 2014 10:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

betrayedhope.pngSci-fi strategy sim The Last Federation by Arcen Games has just reached version 2.0 and has thus become a better and even richer experience. Among the myriad of improvements that have been made you will now find that permadeath is optional, several new quests have been added, bugs have been fixed, the UI has been improved and the battles now come with lovely new graphics. Oh, and you can grab the game with a 50% off discount via both GOG and Steam.

Japanese indie game Monken now available free in your browser

November 18, 2014 8:35 AM | Lena LeRay

monken.gifMonken is a Japanese indie game inspired by a hostage situation, an incident which left a lasting impression on Japan because it was the subject of Japan's first nonstop news marathon. It was also an odd sort of situation; the political extremists involved and their hostages were holed up inside a building, and the police elected to wreck the building. Monken is a simple game which asks players to take control of a crane with a wrecking ball attached and destroy buildings in which terrorists are hiding with hostages.

Browser Pick: Faith No More (Demigiant)

November 18, 2014 8:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

faithnomore.pngFaith No More has absolutely nothing do to with music; it's all about enjoying a brief and beautiful semi-interactive comic/game thingy with excellent pixel art (and animation) by Demigiant. If you love your sci-f stories, you'll love it and hope it eventually evolves into something more.

Browser Pick: don't get crushed in nail-n-scale platformer Stakes!

November 17, 2014 11:56 AM | Anthony Swinnich

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Sometimes all you need is a simple game to have a good time. Stakes! from Folmer Kelly of Sets and Settings fits that bill to the letter. It's a survival platformer Kelly tagged a "nail-n-scale" game, where you need to avoid getting crushed by the blocks falling from overhead. You can destroy them by throwing nails into them, or use the nails to jump up in case you become trapped.

It's free, and it's available to play through your browser on Newgrounds.

[Play Stakes! here]

Demo & Kickstarter Pick: Kelvin and the Infamous Machine (Blyts)

November 17, 2014 10:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

With adventures being the genre that helped create the Kickstarter phenomenon (when it comes to games at least), it's lovely seeing more highly polished and extremely promising point-and-clickers trying to crowdfund themselves to existence. You know, games like Kelvin and the Infamous Machine. Judging by the demo (available for Windows, Mac and Linux), this is bound to become a great, humorous, cartoony, time-travelling adventure and a pledge of $15 will secure you a copy upon launch.

Trailer Roundup: Build castles, protest your innocence, and more

November 17, 2014 8:25 AM | Lena LeRay

kinamania.jpgFor the first time in a while, one of our trailer roundups has a lot of violence in it, in various forms. There are, however, a couple of games that don't. About half of these are available now.

Cardboard, wood, clay and the fifth episode of The Dream Machine

November 17, 2014 5:15 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

DreamMachine5_1.pngIt has been over a year since the last installment in the brilliant and stunningly hand-crafted The Dream Machine adventure series was released, but waiting for chapter 5 has been absolutely worth it. This is the best and biggest Dream Machine entry so far and is probably heftier than all the previous ones combined.

Cyberpunk adventure Read Only Memories gets its first public demo, available for free

November 15, 2014 6:40 PM | Chloi Rad

Read Only Memories, an upcoming cyberpunk adventure game set in Neo-San Francisco, has popped up at several game events during the past year: GDC, IndieCade, PAX, E3, and GaymerX2.

Now its developers at MidBoss Games are ready to release ROM's first public demo, available on Windows, Mac, and Linux, for free.

Handmade Hero wants to teach you how to build a game from the ground up

November 15, 2014 1:05 PM | Chloi Rad

If you frequent IndieGames.com, chances are you already love playing games. A smaller number of you probably make games yourself, while some may have a passing interest in game development, but not know where to start.

Handmade Hero is an upcoming project that its developer hopes will serve as a "de facto class" on the art and science of programming games.

Review: Framed is short and sweet

November 15, 2014 6:30 AM | Lena LeRay

framed.pngFramed, from Loveshack Entertainment, is a noir-themed puzzle game in which the player rearranges comic panels to change the outcome of the puzzle-page. Each panel represents multiple possibilities, with the action that occurs in one panel dependent upon the context created by the panel before it, and if the panels are not in the right order, then the story gets cut short. The player shapes the story in a very tangible sense.

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