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Trailer Roundup: Dungeon crawling, RPGs, local multiplayer, and more

August 25, 2014 8:30 AM | Lena LeRay


This week's trailer roundup features a multiplayer dungeon crawler in which players play both monsters and hero, a digital dungeon crawling board game, a Japanese RPG (from Japan) with a very non-standard battle system, a match-3 game that appears to be a survival sandbox game, a midieval themed shoot 'em up, an action RPG focused on storytelling through exploration, an arcade-ish runner-ish game which tests player reflexes, and a visual novel/dating sim headed by a female character leading an army during wartime.

Fluffy Horror Pick: Five Nights at Freddy's (Scott Cawthon)

August 25, 2014 3:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

freddy.pngAnimatronics do not sound scary enough to base a horror game on, I know, but Five Night's at Freddy's somehow manages to be a successfully terrifying and incredibly jump-scary offering. It's the gaming equivalent of the amusement park variety of the haunted house, it is, and I am quite loving it for this.

Freeware Pick: Gay Cats Go to the Weird Weird Woods

August 24, 2014 10:57 PM | Lena LeRay


Anna Anthropy has released a new freeware game called Gay Cats Go to the Weird Weird Woods. It features her and her partners' cats, which "go on a magical adventure to the woods together!" It's a short game, about 10-15 minutes long, and designed to be a low-pressure, enjoyable, exploratory experience.

Win free keys for Full Mojo Rampage, Ascendant, Retrobooster

August 22, 2014 7:00 PM | Staff


IndieGames 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 Full Mojo Rampage (Steam, Windows), Ascendant (Steam, Windows, Linux and Mac) and Retrobooster (Desura, Windows).

Make sweet, sweet music with Sentris, out on Steam today

August 22, 2014 10:46 AM | Michael Rose

Following a successful Kickstarter campaign late last yar, music-based puzzler Sentris is now out on Steam Early Access today. You're presented with a rotating disk on which you place notes, beats, drum slaps and more, to beat each puzzle - and if you accidentally create some sweet music along the way, then hey, that's a bonus.

Or you can just experiment with creating your own groovy loops and make beating each level your secondary objective. Sentris is really a music-making game, but the puzzle elements of dropping certain colors in specific areas give it a real gamey feel. It's a great package that's already got a fair bit to it - I'm excited to see what else is to come.

You can find Sentris on Steam Early Access.

Browser Pick: In Progression, the title has multiple meanings

August 22, 2014 9:01 AM | Lena LeRay


Progression is a short Twine game by Alex Kriss in which you progress deeper and deeper into a dungeon with your brother, seeking the treasures that lie within. The surprises along the way can kill you, and if you make it to the end, you discover that you'll have to die and restart anyway to progress.

PC Pick: Rex Rocket (Castle Pixel)

August 22, 2014 4:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

rexrocket.pngFollowing a humble but successful Kickstarter campaign, promising sci-fi platformer Rex Rocket has been released on Steam (Windows) and isn't promising anymore. It just delivered. In spades.

Halfway is essentially the indie XCOM

August 21, 2014 11:03 AM | Michael Rose

I've been playing Halfway lately, an XCOM inspired strategy game about a bunch of soldiers who wake up aboard their spaceship to discover that something is very, very wrong. You lead your companions through the belly of the ship, dealing death to aliens and zombie-like creatures in a turn-based style.

It's all very stylish and lovingly presented, and while it doesn't do much more than be another XCOM game, can that really be a bad thing? It's quite simplified compared to recent XCOM games, so if find all the crazy management stuff in those games to be a turn-off, perhaps Halfway will do it for you. You can find the game on Steam.

PWYW Pick: SanctuaryRPG blends old-school aesthetics and new-school mechanics

August 21, 2014 10:50 AM | Lena LeRay


Black Shell Games' SanctuaryRPG flew in under our radar back in April. It looks and sounds like a very old game, for the most part, though it has splashes of color that the games of yesteryear might not have been able to get away with. It's not the only game with such an aesthetic, and though it hopefully won't be the last, SanctuaryRPG distinguishes itself from seemingly similar games with a unique blend of turn-based RPG combat, exploration, humor, and modern game design choices that allow for the player to customize the game's level of challenge to suit themselves.

Freeware Pick: Meowgical Tower (Neon Deity Games)

August 21, 2014 4:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

meow.pngOur very own Anthony Swinnich, also a proud member of Neon Deity Games, is partly responsible for the excellent and excellently named Meowgical Tower; a freeware retro 8-bit action-RPG you can either play on your browser or download for Windows and Linux via GameJolt.

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