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Roaming The Wasteland With Buck

June 23, 2016 3:31 PM | Thomas Faust


Are you a dog person? I am a dog person. Dogs are the best. Buck, one particularly feisty little mutt, was apparently so incredibly awesome that developers Wave Interactive just had to turn him into a videogame protagonist. And here we are, with Buck - a 2D post-apocalyptic noir action-adventure - looking for Kickstarter funding. Aiming for a rather modest sum of $30.000 and a Q2 2017 release date, the small team from Israel is planning to release the game on PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox One, and Playstation 4 - that's pretty ambitious!

Bot Vice - Frantic Arcade Shooting With A Tight Time Limit

June 23, 2016 8:00 AM | Joel Couture


Erin lost her arm and partner fighting against the Wildbots before, but with her new bionic arm, she's going to blast their whole operation to bits in under 45 minutes. Well, maybe not on the first try.

Bot Vice is a 2D shooting gallery with a strict time limit. Erin can roll and shoot, as well as melee attack anything that gets too close. She'll have to blast the various cyborg enemies as fast as she can, as the game cuts you off after forty five minutes of total play. You can go back and replay older stages for faster clear times, though, getting those precious seconds back so you can attack later stages.

Showing shades of Wild Guns and Time Crisis, this gem from the developers of Super Star Path has already passed through Steam Greenlight, so it won't be long before the high-speed robot shooting can begin.

Super SteamPuff Q&A: Turning pop into SteamPuffs

June 23, 2016 12:00 AM | Jeremy Ooi


Super SteamPuff is a PVP style space shooter where you fight for weapon upgrades, beat wacky bosses and look for the Fabled Hexachron! With plenty of cute characters to unlock, references to all kinds of pop culture and a very unique art style to boot, its looks like a tonne of fun. It is out today on the iOS store for $2.99.

We got a chance to talk with the guys from Weyrdworks Studio, Shawn Beck from Velocibox fame and JT his artist and partner in crime, about making this wacky title and turning jam ideas into launch titles, and moving from F2P to premium.

Space Oddity: Fight For Your Survival In Breached

June 22, 2016 5:24 PM | Thomas Faust


I love me a good, wordy novel. An epic plot, lots of world building, and some extra flourish on top. However, a neat little short story can be just as satisfying sometimes. In a way, that's exaclty what Breached, a rather brief science fiction game about being trapped on an alien planet with a broken ship and an ever-dwindling oxygen supply, is. The game somehow defies clear genre boundaries; you're trapped inside your ship, so the only contact with the world outside is the board computer.

First standalone VRDC debuts in November, call for talks now open

June 22, 2016 2:43 PM | Tim

igf-image.jpgGreat news, VR enthusiasts: GDC organizers are proud to announce that the first ever standalone Virtual Reality Developers Conference, the premier event for creators of immersive VR (and AR) experiences, will be held this November 2-3 in San Francisco.

This will be the second edition of VRDC, following the strikingly successful debut of VRDC as a sibling conference to GDC 2016 earlier this year. Bringing an expanded focus overseen by a new advisory board, the two-day event will bring together VR/AR experts from multiple industries to share best practices, demo new technology, create new business partnerships, and exchange ideas with innovators shaping the industry.

To meet the growing demand for high-quality content in the space, VRDC's second edition will expand to cover virtual and augmented reality in games, entertainment, and beyond into subjects such as healthcare, journalism, travel, manufacturing, retail, live events, real estate, training, and so much more.

Asemblance promises mind-bending sci-fi thrills

June 21, 2016 7:01 PM | Christian Valentin

Citing inspirations such as The Twilight Zone and The X-Files, Asemblance is a first-person blend of reality-twisting sci-fi concepts and eerie horror. Guided by a helpful AI, you must escape a mysterious machine that can simulate memories. But exploring your past may dredge up long-buried thoughts and questions, or even have you questioning if the memories you're experiencing are your own.

VA-11 Hall-A Is The Best Game Of 207X

June 21, 2016 10:15 AM | Thomas Faust


Has it really been two years? Well, apparently so. Back then, Gnome was praising the prototype of post-dystopian cyberpunk bartend'em up VA-11 Hall-A and very much anticipating the full game's late 2014 release date. Fast forward almost two whole years, and it's finally out. Was it worth the extra wait? Oh yes, absolutely. As far as I'm concerned, the rest of 2016 can go home now. Game of the year right there, bam. Premature? Maybe so, but VA-11 Hall-A is really pretty amazing.

Retro-Platformer Bard's Gold Released On Consoles

June 20, 2016 11:26 AM | Thomas Faust


Treasure hunters rejoice! Charming retro-platformer Bard's Gold has been released on various consoles after being available on Steam for a while. This one is a true blast from the past, reminding me of many happy hours spent playing similar games on the C64 and Amiga home computers. Granted, stuff like optional roguelike elements and character upgrades are clearly concessions to modern game design, but at its core the game perfectly distills retro platforming goodness, one-hit kills, timed levels, and all. Our very own Luca Colosso had some nice things to say about the game last year, and I can only echo these sentiments. The console port is well-done, and I'm sure I'll carry the Bard's Gold Vita version around with me for a while. If you grew up in the home computer era, this little game is a gem you don't want to miss.

IndieBox, a Dust: An Elysian Tail Edition

June 19, 2016 11:29 PM | Jeremy Ooi


If you are a fan of indie games and miss the good old days where games comes in a package, then the IndieBox might just be for you. By subscribing to it, every month you will receive a collector's edition of an indie game delivered right to your doorstep. In the month of May, that game was Dust: An Elysian Tail, an action adventure game by Humble Hearts with a sweet combat mechanic. The devs partnered with Humble Hearts to give us this sweet package, so let us find out what's in the box.

Screenshot Saturday Highlights - June 18, 2016

June 18, 2016 9:52 PM | Christian Valentin


This weekend brings another diverse selection of games, from pixel art ninjas fighting against futuristic threats to voxel birds taking flight over scenic landscapes.

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