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Sci-fi survival racer Distance headed to Steam Early Access sometime this fall

September 12, 2014 11:30 PM | Chloi Rad

distance.pngIf you weren't among the thousands of Kickstarter backers who were given access to Distance's private beta last month, and are still patiently awaiting some of that high-speed, survival racing goodness, then I have some exciting news for you.

Distance, the shiny spiritual sequel to Refract's student game Nitronic Rush, is headed to Steam Early Access this fall. While a precise release date has not been announced, news of a soon-to-be public beta for Distance is still hugely welcomed, especially a near two years after its successful Kickstarter.

Read about the full update here.

PAX hands on: eat your problems away in Pig Eat Ball

September 12, 2014 7:12 PM | Anthony Swinnich

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Mommy's Best Games has never been known to shy away from a slightly odd concept, so it's no surprise that Pig Eat Ball fits right into their wheelhouse. It's a top-down action-puzzler where he or she who eats the most balls wins... and it sports a barf mechanic. The build I played at PAX Prime even had rumbling chairs, making for a butt-shakingly good time in multiplayer especially.

Free Steam keys for Unclaimed World, Whispering Willows, RocketsRocketsRockets

September 12, 2014 3:26 PM | Staff

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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 Unclaimed World (Steam, Windows), ROCKETSROCKETSROCKETS (Steam, Windows, Linux and Mac) and Whispering Willows (Steam, Windows, Linux, Mac).

Celestial Tear: Demon's Revenge returns to Kickstarter with a playable demo

September 12, 2014 9:12 AM | Lena LeRay

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We covered Celestial Tear: Demon's Revenge during its previous run on Kickstarter back in May. It's to be a Japanese-style RPG, and although it will have an art style influenced more by western comics than Asian cartoons, it will be heavily influenced by classic JRPGs and be designed to explore mature themes such as racism. Now that it's up for crowdfunding again the developers at White Guardian Studios have released a playable demo which shows off the writing, art, and battle system quite well.

The Dragon Interview

September 12, 2014 7:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

dragonRPG.pngWith action-RPG Dragon about to allow people to early-access it on Steam in a week, I decided to ask Erik Johnson of Red Level Games (and Arcen Games) a few questions. Happily, he decided to answer them.

DELTA is a trippy look inside the head of a game developer

September 11, 2014 11:02 AM | Michael Rose


DELTA is the latest release from Hermit Games, and it's filled with flashing lights and psychedelic goings-on. You're travelling down the inside of a tunnel, a bit like in Velocibox, except that you can barely see what you're doing because OH GOD COLOURS.

There are triangles to collect that alter the sound and visuals a little, but honestly, the real task is to just stay alive long enough to unlock the next difficulty. Think Super Hexagon down a corridor and you're sort of there. You can find DELTA on Xbox Live Indie Games - a PC version is bound to follow soon.

SUPER III to rise from the ashes of Frog Sord, currently Kickstarting

September 10, 2014 9:56 PM | Anthony Swinnich

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It was a shame to see a project like Frog Sord not make it out the door, but sometimes unfortunate things lead to good things down the road. Some of the team from that game went on to form SUPER 91, and they are now working on a new game called SUPER III. Screen-wrapping levels and a teleportation mechanic make this quite the intriguing action-platformer.

Freeware Pick: Troubled Football (Kayabros)

September 10, 2014 1:20 PM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

TroubledFootball_header.pngDescribed as FIFA 99 meets QWOP meets Call of Duty Modern Warfare meets Need for Speed, Troubled Football by the Kayabros is reassuringly silly. And almost playable too; a fact that can actually lead to some good footie-esque times now that the World Cup is safely over and everyone needs to do athletic stuff with their mouse in front of their PC screen.

Troubled Football comes in two varieties: browser based and downloadable both available here. Happily, the two are identical and have you cross the ball and then battle with your mouse in a vaguely calculated attempt at scoring, all while wondering whether you like the eyesore mode or not.

Altitude0 soars onto Steam Early Access

September 10, 2014 8:24 AM | Michael Rose


Altitude0, an aerial racing game, was originally revealed back in early 2012. Today the game launches on Steam Early Access, and there's already plenty to enjoy in this Early Access package.

I've always been terrible at flying planes in games, and my experience with Altitude0 is no different. You fly short courses against the ghosts of online players, in a bid to unlock better licenses and more tracks. It's pretty difficult, and takes a whole lot of practice to get it right. You can find the game on Steam.

Kickstarter Pick: Band Saga melds music and roguelike in a creative and destructive way

September 9, 2014 9:00 AM | Lena LeRay

bandsaga.gifGame developers can do some amazing things with music these days. Dynamic soundtracks that change with how the game is played was apparently only the start of things, though, because we have a here a Kickstarter project for a game in which not only are the levels and everything in them generated by music that is synthesized in real time while the game is in play, but the player will be able to (and probably need to) modify the soundtrack as they go change the game in their favor.

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