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Trailer Roundup for January 19, 2015

January 19, 2015 7:45 AM | Lena LeRay

Gameplay1.gifThis week's trailer roundup is quite colorful and includes four free games that are available now.

Alt.Ctrl.GDC alternative input exhibit reveals GDC game lineup

January 19, 2015 5:00 AM | Tim

Game Developers Conference 2015 organizers have chosen 15 teams for the return of alt.ctrl.GDC, an on-site exhibit of alternative control schemes and interactions.

This time, attendees will wear a snail controller in Snail Run, disable a bomb while wearing Oculus VR in Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, chef with finesse in Robo Mama's Cooking Kitchen, stick their hands inside Ferdinand Laboite's controllable head, and more.

alt.ctrl.GDC is open to all attendees and will make its second showcase on GDC's Career Center Floor from Wed-Fri, March 4th-6th. Out of over 100 submissions, organizers have chosen 15 teams and 18 indie-centric, one-of-a-kind game peripherals and unique tech pairings that challenge commonly accepted forms of input.

Just a few of the other unique interactions will include Space Beagles' pug simulator, Sam Sheffield's collection of playable masks, and SuperSoul's live racing and sumo-wrestling of rumble-triggered Xbox 360 controllers.

The entire roster of 18, which includes winning entries from the first ever ALT CTRL Game Jam sponsored by GDC, is as follows:

Racy Steam Pick: Goscurry (Demigiant)

January 19, 2015 2:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

goscurry.pngEver wanted to speed across a skyroad that's building itself in real time right in front of you? To race over lovely procedurally generated cities? To show off your twitch arcade skills on a brilliantly colourful racer? Well, you are in luck. Demigiant's Goscurry is the game you've been looking for and it's finally made its psychedelic self available as an all singing all dancing Steam release for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Freeware Pick: The Bear, the Cat, and the Rabbit (Rostok)

January 17, 2015 7:50 PM | Chloi Rad

bcr.pngThe Bear, the Cat, and the Rabbit is an odd one. It has the look and feel of old, isometric PC games and is as unforgiving in its challenge as classic point-and-click adventures.

In a world overcome by dust, you take control of the three eponymous characters, anthropomorphic animals each stranded in a separate part of the game's "map."

Free Steam keys for Neverending Nightmares, Pushcat, Bix

January 16, 2015 5:26 PM | Staff

FreekeyFridaysWeek75.pngIndieGames 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 Neverending Nightmares (Steam, Windows,Linux, Mac), Bik (Steam, Windows, Mac, IOS, Android) and Pushcat (Steam, Windows, Mac).

Mechs & Mercs: Black Talons goes indie RTSing on Steam

January 16, 2015 5:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

mechsmercs.pngCreating a shiny RTS with proper AI, interesting units and 3D graphics is far from a simple (or cheap) thing, but developers Camel 101 have done exactly that with Mechs & Mercs: Black Talons.

Avernum 2: Crystal Souls now available and doesn't disappoint

January 15, 2015 7:51 AM | Lena LeRay

Av2AvitShot1920x1080.jpgAvernum 2: Crystal Souls is the newest release from Spiderweb Software, a single-developer game studio that's been producing tactical RPGs for the PC since the mid-nineties. It takes place sometime after the end of Avernum: Escape from the Pit, though its story is self contained. The events of the previous game sparked an all-out war between the people of the underground caverns called Avernum and the tyrannical empire that rules the surface. Now, magical barriers have mysteriously appeared, cutting the caverns of Avernum off from each other, and the wizards have been unable to figure out how to remove them. The player is a soldier in the armies of Avernum, doing what they can to help amidst these difficulties.

Freeware Pick: Beneath Floes (Bravemule)

January 15, 2015 3:15 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

beneathfloes.pngShe dwells beneath the ice. She's the fish woman, the stealer of children, the qalupalik. People have been telling dark stories about her for ages and now it's your turn to craft your own tale of the Inuit horror, via the fully scored, atmospherically illustrated and quite frankly brilliant Twine Beneath Floes.

Freeware Pick: Get your competitive typing on with Typefighters

January 13, 2015 7:05 AM | Lena LeRay

mode-stream.gifTyping games come in many shapes and sizes. There are comical murder mysteries and rail shooter typing games, to name a couple of examples. But Typefighters does something I haven't seen before: it takes typing and makes it a weapon in head-to-head combat.

Technocrat and Wadjet Eye Games announce Technobabylon

January 12, 2015 5:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

technobabylon.pngSeasoned indie adventurers should have already played through the first, freeware and rather excellent cyberpunk Technobabylon adventures, though now both they and everyone else looking for some top quality point-and-clickable science fiction should prepare for the ultimate release of Technobabylon; sometime this Spring.

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