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Freeware Pick: Water Hazard, an homage to 90's survival horror games

July 28, 2014 2:00 AM | Tim

whazard2c.pngWater Hazard is a Ludum Dare 29 submission that was partly inspired by survival horror classics like the Resident Evil series and Alone in the Dark. Set on a boat out at sea, the adventure begins with you finding a captain on the other side of a locked fence who is too injured to move. Something is obviously bothering the man, so you'll have to go below deck and find a way to reach him.

Introducing Sundae Month, starting with ShapeDown

July 25, 2014 9:00 AM | Lena LeRay

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Sundae Month is a newly-formed collective of student game developers. It consists of two teams working on large game projects Levity and Boatventure, but the teams have committed to taking turns releasing small, free games every month as a sort of ongoing game jam to keep their skills fresh. Their first monthly release, ShapeDown, is a game which blends simple mechanics and aesthetics together in a way that results in a more engaging experience than the gif above might imply.

Freeware Pick: AGPPBP (MC Hepher, takorii)

July 25, 2014 2:00 AM | Tim

agppbp2a.pngA Ghost Porno Page by Page (AGPPBP) by tak and MC Hepher was originally one of the nine games created for DEVCHAT's Ghost Wheel Bundle. The new version that's available to download separately has been updated with several changes and additions, fleshing out the short e-book story with even more pages to flip through.

Gods Will Be Watching is out, and a bit awesome

July 24, 2014 12:52 PM | Michael Rose


Gods Will Be Watching has finally been released on Steam, and well, it's a bit of a special one. The best way I can describe this game is by calling it a cyberpunk, turn-based, decision-balancing adventure. I know that doesn't really help, so just take my word for it that it's super neat.

Take the first mission, for example: You're part of a break-in on a space station, and you have to keep an eye on the hostages, keep the other eye on the incoming SWAT team, and keep a third eye on your team mates and their jobs. Of course, no-one has three eyes, which is why this balancing act can prove disastrous -- I lost more than a dozen times before I beat the first mission. It's that sort of game.

There aren't many other games quite like this, so if you're looking for something different, picking up Gods Will Be Watching on Steam would be a rather good idea.

Browser Pick: Hypnotic Owl's The Wizard now available

July 24, 2014 9:00 AM | Lena LeRay

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IndieGames ran a preview of Hypnotic Owl's puzzle dungeon crawler The Wizard back in April, and now the game is out. It plays pretty much the same now as it did then, though the developers have made a number of minor improvements which, when taken all together, do a lot to make for a better user experience.

Freeware Pick: VOMIT CRABS (Snorkelitzor)

July 24, 2014 2:00 AM | Tim

vomitcrb2a.pngIn the multiplayer game VOMIT CRABS, players get to control their own crustacean warrior as they try to obliterate their opponents by firing multi-coloured bouncy bullets at them. Crabs can only crawl sideways, so any forward movement will be greeted with tremendous difficulty and plenty of frustration.

Unrest lives up to its Kickstarter promises of being an unusual RPG

July 23, 2014 9:00 AM | Lena LeRay

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Unrest is a story-heavy RPG set in a fantasy version of ancient India. It takes place in a city that has been beset by drought for so long that other problems have taken root. Unlike most RPGs, however, the player does not take the part of a party of heroes out to save everyone. Instead, the player switches back and forth between several characters who are just normal people making hard choices in an attempt to survive in desperate times. It has the same kind of moral punch as Papers, Please thrown into a branching narrative in which actions taken with one character can effect the prospects of another.

PWYW Pick: 12$ (Klondike Collective)

July 23, 2014 7:00 AM | Tim

12$ is a fantastic multiplayer game in which up to four friends can compete against each other in a series of urban jobs. These jobs range from feeding a three-headed hound, avoiding enraged bulls, dodging giant feets and more, all for just a handful of coins. After all twelve events have been completed, the person with the most coins will be declared the winner.

Hard-as-nails skateboarding game OlliOlli now on Steam

July 23, 2014 5:40 AM | Michael Rose


Why is it that some of us love to play games that make us want to rip our hair out, all for those rare moments when everything goes right and you feel like a champion? Super Meat Boy is the perfect example, although I'd suggest that OlliOlli is not far off taking its crown.

Out on Steam this week, OlliOlli is a side-scrolling skateboarding game about landing perfect flips, tricks and grinds for maximum points, all the while completing special missions to unlock pro levels. You've also got the Daily Grind, a randomly-generated level that you only get one shot at - if you mess up, you can't enter the online leaderboard for that day.

I adored this game on PS Vita, and having now played the PC version, I can assure you that OlliOlli is well worth picking up.

Kickstarter + Demo: 16-bit inspired JRPG Legena: Union Tides

July 22, 2014 8:45 AM | Lena LeRay

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Legena: Union Tides is to be Grandpa Pixel's first game and the first game in a series of three. Development on the game began in 2013 when it was just a project to learn programming with, but it's grown into a high-quality project which aims to touch on mature themes while offering a robust gaming experience. If the demo (Windows) is any indication, the game is going to be a steal at the price of $5.

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