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Freeware Pick: Troll Song Verse One - Completely Stoned (Team Disaster)

February 18, 2015 2:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

Troooolsong.pngI've had enough with the vile vilification of Trolls. Yes, they may be restricted to kicking, grabbing, smashing, biting and roaring, but they are also pretty handy with an inventory and can apparently do humour especially well. Oh, and they are a noble and endangered species too. One that requires you to play through the lovely, first and freeware episode of Troll Song (Windows) which lets you control a team of properly funny trolls and shout at things in a not particularly traditional point-and-click fashion.

New NightCry Gameplay Trailer Released During Final Week of Kickstarter

February 17, 2015 8:11 AM | Joel Couture

c461912b2aa13845eac403efdce788d2_large.png An extended gameplay trailer for NightCry (formerly known as Project Scissors), a new game from Nude Maker and Hifumi Kono (Creator of the Clock Tower franchise), released a few days ago. This trailer sheds some light on some previously unclear gameplay mechanics, such as the use of in-game social media when being hunted down by an evil spirit using a giant pair of shears, while also giving an idea on the various ways poor Monica will meet her end once the game comes to PC.

Early Access Pick: We Slay Monsters, a roguelike with poker inspirations

February 17, 2015 8:00 AM | Lena LeRay

weslay.jpgWe Slay Monsters is a roguelike currently in early access. In some ways it's a traditional roguelike, being turn-based and involving movement through the dungeon on a square grid. Its biggest departure, and its unique selling point, is that the player has a hand of five cards that they must use to create poker-like card combos with which to combat their enemies.

Trailer Roundup for February 16, 2015

February 16, 2015 6:20 AM | Lena LeRay

house-lq.pngThis week's trailer roundup features a lot of puzzle games and games with puzzles in them, but watch out for those stealth games. They'll sneak up on you.

Live Within the Music of Jake Kaufman & Jessie Seely's [NUREN] The New Renaissance

February 14, 2015 7:43 PM | Joel Couture


The world is at peace, but it is a joyless one. Humanity has been forced to a lifeless calm through the banning of any stimulus like art or music that might stir up dangerous, troubling emotions. In this world, born from the imaginations of Jake Kaufman (Composer for Shovel Knight, Double Dragon Neon, and Ducktales Remastered) and Jessie Seely (Vocalist for Double Dragon Neon), two robots gain the ability to sing. This power will help them bring the world, and you along with it, back to joys of art and music through an inhabitable, musical experience like no other in [NUREN] The New Renaissance.

iOS Pick: Minimalist horror game Dark Echo

February 14, 2015 8:20 AM | Lena LeRay

DarkEcho_Screen_C.jpgDark Echo is a very simple game. The player is a pair of feet in a sea of darkness, tasked with finding the exit in each level. With every step, the sound of the player's movement (represented visually) bounces off the walls and gives the player the information they need to move forward. White is safe, red is dangerous, and the exit glows more strongly than do regular safe areas. At first the game is easy, but after a few levels a monster starts chasing the player through the darkness, and the player must navigate pathways blindly but swiftly to escape.

Win Steam keys for Usagi Yojimbo: Way of the Ronin, samurai_jazz, Air Guardians

February 13, 2015 2:42 PM | Staff

FreekeyFridaysWeek79.jpgIndieGames 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 samurai_jazz (Steam, Windows), Usagi Yojimbo: Way of the Ronin (Steam, Windows, Mac, IOS, Android) and Air Guardians (Steam, Windows).

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Interview: Jeff Vogel of Spiderweb Software

February 13, 2015 7:55 AM | Lena LeRay

Thumbnail image for avernum2.jpgSpiderweb Software is an independent development studio that has been around for over 20 years now, pumping out an average of one tactical RPG per year since before it was reasonable to distribute large games via the internet. Spiderweb's most recent release is Avernum 2: Crystal Souls, a remake of the remake of the company's second game, Exile 2. Founder Jeff Vogel let IndieGames pick his brain about Spiderweb Software, its games, and being an indie developer for so long.

Breed some Freaking Meatbags to defend your mechanical self from wild robots

February 12, 2015 8:05 AM | Lena LeRay

unnamed.pngWild Factor's Freaking Meatbags is an RTS. Where RTS games usually have creatures of flesh building machines and upgrading their tech to improve their capabilities, however, Freaking Meatbags puts players in the chassis of a robot with a DNA combining machine. What could easily have been just a comical gimmick gave the developers the chance to do something different with the genre, and they did. Instead of strict upgrade trees, the player can choose any two existing workers and cherry pick traits to pass on to new ones.

Sci-Fi Pick: The Right Side of Town (Javy Gwaltney, Kitty Horrowshow)

February 12, 2015 6:45 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

therighside.pngQuality sci-fi is rarely about huge battles and heroic pilots. It's about strange yet sensible societies. Well-written characters and age old questions examined through the prism of a distant future. Quality sci-fi is a bit like twine-powered interactive fiction The Right Side of Town by Kitty Horrowshow and Javy Gwaltney. An excellently written, grim and intriguingly illustrated choose-your-own-adventure where choices matter and the remnants of humanity struggle to preserve their humanity; or, traditionally, get richer in expense of the many. Possibly even murder each other in particularly nasty ways or show off their xenophobia by hunting androids.

You can grab the (lovely) The Right Side of Town for $3.50 over at complete with its soundtrack, a collection of poems and a selection of artwork.

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