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Rainy Day Is About The Challenges Of Facing The Day

August 12, 2016 6:00 PM | Joel Couture


Every day can be a challenge with depression. Getting out of bed, getting dressed, and grabbing a shower can be herculean tasks, with every one leading you to the same self-doubt and scathing self-examination, which is what Thais Weiller explores in Rainy Day, a free game about trying to get yourself out of bed and ready on a rainy day.

Chasing Samsara In Cubway

August 12, 2016 10:08 AM | Thomas Faust

When I saw the achievement names of Cubway, I was certain I'd be in for something weird and wonderful - or something awfully pretentious. The likes of "I saw the wheel of Samsara," "Death is the Road to Awe," and "Touch the art" don't really hint at lightweight casual fun. Turns out the following experience was neither wonderful nor pretentious - in fact, I don't know how to feel about Cubway. It utterly defies interpretation.

Rebel With Style In Frenetic Shooter Boiling Bolt

August 11, 2016 11:13 AM | Christian Valentin


Armed with vibrant weapons and time-shifting powers, Boiling Bolt drops you into the frenetic conflicts of a futurisitic rebellion. Your ship is crafted with the powerful tech of a forgotten era, giving you an effective edge in this side-scrolling shooter's stylish battles.

Laser Disco Defenders Lets You Build Your Own Bullet Hell

August 11, 2016 11:02 AM | Thomas Faust

Sometimes, developers take a single idea, build a whole game around it, and it works exceptionally well. In the case of Laser Disco Defenders, this idea is your own shots ricocheting off walls and bouncing back, essentially building a self-inflicted bullet hell. It's actually pretty simple, and it's genius. This one idea saves the game from being "just another arena shooter" and, with some funky 70s styling added on top, turns it into something quite special.

Tons Of Ammo Types Change Up Your Shots In Run & Gun Game Halt

August 11, 2016 5:30 AM | Joel Couture


A pair of members of a private police force find themselves under siege from a bizarre criminal gang known as The Human, and the only way to clean up the streets is to mow down every one of the gang's machines, creatures, and oddball members in run & gun game Halt.

Trailer Roundup for August 10, 2016

August 10, 2016 3:45 PM | Lena LeRay

sandigma.pngIt's been a while since I put together a trailer roundup feature. Sorry for the delay! I hope you're ready to learn about some good-looking games, though, because here are ten neat game trailers to check out.

Expand Your Reign With Kingdom: New Lands

August 9, 2016 11:16 AM | Thomas Faust

It is time to rejoice, Your Highness, for your kingdom has grown and is now encompassing even more lands. Will you conquer them all, or succumb to the darkness? It is time to find out! Last year's Kingdom was a bit of a smash hit, catapulting "unpublisher" Raw Fury and developers Noio and Licorice into the limelight. The aptly titled Kingdom: New Lands is a free upgrade for owners of the game and also marks its console debut as an Xbox One exclusive. It adds new content including different mounts, mysterious new characters, a revamped endgame, and the introduction of seasons.

Brut@l Is A Roguelike. Literally.

August 9, 2016 6:22 AM | Thomas Faust


Taking the concept of "roguelike" maybe a little too far, Brut@l plays like an action-filled dungeon crawler which borrows its aesthetics from the original 1980 release. It exchanges the original's ASCII-filled dungeons for a contemporary playing field, but they are still all around you, like reminders of an era long past. Your character, your enemies, weapons, and items are all made out of ASCII characters. This is more than an aesthetic choice; it also has a direct effect on the gameplay. Crafting a weapon requires you to collect the correct letters first. Then you can watch as all those Ls and Ts form the spikes on a club, for example. It's pretty neat and makes you wonder why nobody thought of this before.

Magic Wand - A Narrative JRPG About A Crocodile Fighting For World Peace

August 7, 2016 7:30 AM | Joel Couture


Heroic crocodiles and loveable/hostile oddballs await in thecatamites' new game, Magic Wand. As Radiget, a crocodile in a robe and floppy hat, it's up to you to make small talk with a bunch of people you don't know who are still perfectly willing to talk about their lives to a complete stranger. Then, that information may or may not form a story, or you may just end up getting roughed up by creatures who don't appreciate you prodding in their lives.

Screenshot Saturday Highlights - August 6th, 2016

August 7, 2016 2:46 AM | Christian Valentin


Screenshot Saturday comes back with an longer collection of games in development after last week's break, from colorful puzzle platforming to intense sci-f action.

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