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Crowtel Renovations Brings Back Lazy Crows, Shoddy Hotels, & Fast-Paced Singing Action

January 6, 2017 4:30 PM | Joel Couture


Crowtel Renovations has slipped onto Steam, bringing Crowtel's classic singing action to the platform. Expect to use your high-speed chirping song to blast toilet blockages, hostile ghosts, and lazy contractors as you struggle to get your hotel up to code before inspectors pick up on how poorly you run the place.

Standby Involves High-Speed Platforming In A Glitched World

January 6, 2017 7:30 AM | Joel Couture


The world is becoming just the tiniest bit unstable in Standby, so you'll need to use all of your running, dashing, and platforming abilities to hurtle to the exit before each stage breaks down. Enjoy the distorted, pounding beats while you're at it, because this place isn't exactly easy to flee from.

Tiny Heist Delivers Fast-Paced Stealth From Terry Cavanagh

January 4, 2017 2:40 PM | Christian Valentin

Terry Cavanagh is probably best known for the brutal challenge of Super Hexagon and VVVVVV, but his library of flash games is actually quite diverse, Copycat is an old-school roguelike where you mimic the abilities of the last enemies you killed, the puzzles of Naya's Quest plays with perspective, while Don't Look Back acts as a retro retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth.

His newest game, Tiny Heist, tackles the stealth genre, challenging you to carefully sneak and sprint through randomized gauntlets of relentless guards.

Interview: The State Of Indie Game Retail

January 4, 2017 11:46 AM | Thomas Faust

Digital distribution and, more specifically, the ever-increasing number of digital storefronts as well as the success of Steam as a platform, gave rise to the vibrant and varied indiegaming landscape we've got today. A similar success would be inconceivable if it was tied to retail releases, which now seem to be a thing of the past for most indie and mid-tier titles - retail is the domain of AAA blockbusters, firmly in the hands of big publishers. Meanwhile, niche products have mostly gone digital, and a lot of them thrive this way. However, this doesn't mean that indie games have completely departed the retail space. There are a few companies still trying to brave the increasingly harsher market conditions.

Stubby Toughguys Drink & Shoot Their Way Through Operation Hardcore's Alien Hordes

January 3, 2017 8:00 AM | Joel Couture


A couple of tough guys don't seem to care for the attitude of the aliens that have come to take over the planet, so it'll be up to you and a buddy to join them on their quest to drink and shoot in co-op sidescrolling action game Operation Hardcore.

Tattletail Explores The Darker Side Of Furbies

January 2, 2017 2:00 PM | Joel Couture


Feed Tattletail! Brush its hair! Follow its demands into the shroud of darkness that hides a force that intends to feed on the fluids in your eyes! Talk to it! Tattletail is endless fun! Just don't ever, EVER let its mother know you're hanging out with it.

Lead An Army, Dogpile Your Foes, And Reclaim The Shattered Throne

January 1, 2017 5:14 PM | Thomas Faust

The fact that most people probably haven't heard of Checkmark Games' Shattered Throne could serve as a cautionary tale about the importance of doing PR. As a turn-based tactics game in the vein of Advance Wars or Battle Isle, this should have piqued my interest right away but alas, the game launched basically to no fanfare at all. So I guess it is high time to (belatedly) rally an army and vanquish my foes, one turn at a time.

A Wintry Playground Makes For Great Pinball In Snowball!

December 29, 2016 8:00 PM | Joel Couture


Snowball!, originally a browser game, has brought its winter-themed pinball fun to Steam, iOS, and Android in hopes to have more people tear up a winter's day with colossal snowballs.

Dialogue: A Writer's Story Explores Conversation

December 28, 2016 8:00 PM | Joel Couture


A writer having trouble with her sci-fi novel, a biochemist, and several other people talk to each other, sharing stories as you guide the conversation in various ways in Dialogue: A Writer's Story, a game about finding the beat of everyday chat among friends and strangers.

The Spanish Indie Game Scene And Making An Adventure Game About Art

December 27, 2016 12:45 PM | Lena LeRay

nubla_ps4-gammeranest-screenshot01.jpgSpain has been facing a severe economic depression for several years now, but that hasn't stopped its game developers from telling the stories they want to tell. According to the 2016 White Paper put together by the Spanish Association for the Game and Entertainment Software Development and Publishing Industry, there were almost 500 active video companies registered in Spain as of April. Their game industry has been active for over three decades and today's developers are bringing us games like Gods Will Be Watching, The Guest, Calendula, and Nubla.

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