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Free keys for Pixel Piracy, Whispering Willows, Shattered Haven

November 14, 2014 4:30 PM | Staff

fkf66.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 weeks games are: Shattered Haven (Windows, Steam, Mac), Whispering Willows (Steam, Windows, Linux, Mac) and Pixel Piracy (Desura, Windows).

Commercial version of Ludum Dare 29 winner The Sun And Moon available today

November 14, 2014 7:40 AM | Lena LeRay

SS13.pngDaniel Linssen's The Sun And Moon is a platformer in which the player can dive into the platforms, retaining their momentum but in an environment in which gravity is reversed. I wrote a preview for The Sun and Moon a little over a month ago based on a 15-level demo and everything I said then holds true in the release build. The game has come a long way in the six months since Ludum Dare 29, gaining polish and content without much if any change to the core mechanic which makes the game stand out.

Adventure Pick: Randal's Monday (Nexus Game Studios)

November 14, 2014 3:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

Randals1.pngWe do have to admit that the average adventure game protagonist is a raging, often manipulative and generally anti-social kleptomaniac. Happily, Randal, the star of Randal's Monday (Windows, Mac), is pretty much open about being all this and a bona fide sociopath. And is most appropriately voiced by the brilliant Jeff Anderson of Clerks' fame.

New trailer for There Came An Echo showcases notable voice talent

November 13, 2014 11:50 PM | Anthony Swinnich

Iridium Studios is hard at work on There Came An Echo, a new isometric voice-controlled squad shooter. The newest trailer provides a little peek behind the curtain covering the story, and with it, some of the voice acting as well.

The game stars Wil Wheaton, but includes work from Ashly Burch, Laura Bailey and Yuri Lowenthal among others as well. A late 2014 release is planned on Steam for Windows, with the Mac and Linux version to follow after. You can preorder the game at this page for $15. Those looking for a peek at the gamelay should check here.

Funding trifecta: Courier of the Crypts, Epic Manager, Kelvin and the Infamous Machine

November 13, 2014 5:25 AM | Lena LeRay

epicmanager.gifHere are three great-looking crowdfunding projects. One is an adventure game, another is a fantasy football style RPG party manager, and the third is a point and click adventure. Two of them have demos available.

Indies VS PewDiePie: The Game Jam

November 13, 2014 2:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

GameJoltJam.pngYou know those YouTube personalities and Let's Players and everything? Well, I don't, but I understand many of you young and jolly people actually enjoy watching others playing games for you. I also understand that PewDiePie is apparently one of the most popular YouTubers and, interstingly, the host of the forthcoming Indies VS PweDiePie game jam by GameJolt.

Dodge 'em up Lost Orbit drifting into the PS4's space shortly after the new year

November 12, 2014 7:20 PM | Anthony Swinnich

Ever wonder what it was like to fly through space? It probably seems scary given that any one collision could be your last moment ever. Well, wonder no longer, as the interstellar dodge 'em up Lost Orbit is coming to the Playstation 4.

Unrest developers return to Kickstarter with a new theme: the Cold War

November 12, 2014 7:50 AM | Lena LeRay

lttp.pngPyrodactyl Games ran a Kickstarter to fund the making of Unrest last year. They pulled in twelve times their $3,000 goal and put the money to work to create a unique, if short, RPG in which the stories of several characters are intertwined and there is no black and white answer to any problem. Rather than being about a party of chosen heroes saving the day in a Tolkien-esque fantasy setting, it focused on the lives of ordinary people caught up in the currents of... well, of unrest... in a fantasy setting based on ancient India. Now Pyrodactyl has returned to Kickstarter, hoping to fund a new game in an improved version of the engine that powered Unrest called Late to the Party.

Moon Pick: A Bird Story (Freebird Games)

November 12, 2014 3:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

birdstory.pngTo The Moon was a touching masterpiece of interactive storytelling and, even though I haven't actually tried A Bird Story yet, I am confident it will be one of those games than can bring a tear to your eye; even if it seems to be on the less interactive side of things. A Bird Story, you see, is apparently a dialogue-free short adventure about a kid and an injured bird. It might even involve sadness and, possibly, death, but you can't hold me to that, though you could give its trailer a chance.

A Bird Story is available for Windows, Mac and Linux on Steam, GOG and the Humble Store.

Pre-order Mushroom 11 now and receive instant access to a preview level

November 11, 2014 8:16 PM | Chloi Rad

Mushroom 11, the experimental platformer with the glowing blob thing, is creeping up to its eventual release date, with pre-orders now available on its website.

You can purchase the pre-order here for $19.99, which will come with DRM-free versions of the game for Windows, Mac, and Linux. You'll also get a Steam key that can be redeemed once it's officially out, two digital wallpapers, and a playable preview level that you can play right now!

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