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Mobile Pick: get whipped in autorunner Jack B Nimble

October 13, 2014 7:20 PM | Anthony Swinnich

If you're looking for a Game Boy-themed autorunner with serious style, look nor further than Jack B Nimble. Originally created for GBJam back in 2013, the game has made its way to mobile devices and is a perfect fit due to its simple controls.

The tap-based gameplay is simple enough to get. One tap jumps, while tapping again in the air swings your whip. The goal is to hit as many candles as you can without dying. It's available on iOS for $2. The website lists that there's a Windows 8 Store version as well, though I could not find working links to it so it may have been removed. You can check out the game jam version here.

Adventure Pick: A Golden Wake (Grundislav Games, Wadjet Eye Games)

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

A Golden Wake, as mentioned in the preview/interview, is a unique offering indeed and one of the select few adventure games to have read and understood their history. A well designed point-and-clicker built on top of real historical events and a most iconic movement of architecture and urban planning. A game set in the era of jazz, speakeasies, Mr Ford's famously black cars, organized crime and real estate. A game you can finally play as it has just been released!

A Golden Wake is available for Windows, Mac and Linux via Steam and DRM-free via GOG and the WEG site.

Preview: Soup tycoon survival sandbox Nom Nom Galaxy

October 11, 2014 7:00 AM | Lena LeRay

nng.jpgI first laid eyes on Q-Games' Nom Nom Galaxy, the latest entry in their PixelJunk series, at BitSummit earlier this year. It caught my attention with its fun, colorful graphics, but what really stuck in my mind was when the person playing finished drilling a tunnel only to have the ground above him shudder and fall on his head. It was easy to see then that Q-Games was tossing its hat into the survival sandbox ring, but instead of being a pure sandbox the game asks players to build a soup factory and outperform rival corporations. The current build of Nom Nom Galaxy is still rather rough and subject to change, but it shows a lot of promise.

Free Steam keys for Ethan: Meteor Hunter, The Bridge, Fist of Awesome

October 10, 2014 6:32 PM | Staff

FreekeyFridays61.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 Ethan: Meteor Hunter (Steam, Windows), The Bridge (Steam, Windows, Linux, Mac) and FIST OF AWESOME (Steam, Windows, Mac).

Team Indie released for Windows and Mac

October 10, 2014 5:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

The wonderfully cameo-filled Team Indie platformer has been launched for your Windows and Mac machines and is available both on Steam and as a DRM-free download on the Brightside Games site.

If you have to know, Team Indie is a vibrant, smart and cartoony platformer you'll get to --uniquely-- play in single-player co-op mode. You'll thus get to use the abilities of a selection of famous indie characters from Captain Video and Clunk to Super Crate Box Guy and Dustgirl in order to make runs through each level that will clear the way for your main character; a cute cat that's been transported to a video gaming universe.

Confused? Good. Just have a look at the trailer posted above and all will become clear. Oh, and do know that this is a delightful thing to play with.

Horror Pick: Silence of the Sleep (Jesse Makkonen)

October 10, 2014 2:00 AM | Eduardo Garabito

Games such as Depression Quest and Actual Sunlight are interesting approaches to the increasingly-common representation of mental illness in video games. While many of these experiences are designed as a fiction-y tool for everyone to gain an understanding of the bleak world that is depression first-hand, countless classic horror stories are still waiting for us out there, lurking behind the veil of mental disorder. Silence of the Sleep explores that fictional, fantastic path that is (apparently) far from the real world mental struggle, but no less interesting.

Trailer: Xeodrifter from Renegade Kid looks to channel the spirit of Metroid

October 9, 2014 7:25 PM | Anthony Swinnich


From the minds of Mutant Mudds comes a Metroid-style game called Xeodrifter, and its trailer is now available to be seen by all.

Preview: The Sun And Moon, now with more levels, more deadly things, and more colors

October 9, 2014 9:10 AM | Lena LeRay

tsammenu.pngDaniel Linssen has been on a roll in the game jam scene this year. He took 3rd place overall in the Ludum Dare 28 Jam with Javel-ein, 1st place overall in the Ludum Dare 29 Compo with The Sun And Moon, 3rd place overall in the Ludum Dare 30 Compo with HopSlide, and 1st place overall in GameBoy Jam 3 with Roguelight. Of these, he's chosen to develop puzzle platformer The Sun And Moon for commercial release. The demo we were sent had only 15 levels, but those show off a much greater variety of challenges than the original prototype offered.

Aaron A. Reed on Ice-Bound and the novels of reconfiguration

October 9, 2014 2:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

aaron.pngAs was quick to let you know, Ice-Bound by Aaron A. Reed and Jacob Garbe is a properly unique interactive storytelling project. One that combines the physical joys of the printed book with the dynamic nature of digital gaming and then, just to make sure everyone's impressed, adds some augmented reality tech and excellent writing into the mix.

It's a project you should support via Kickstarter and then come back here and read what co-creator Aaron A. Reed has to say about both it and interactive storytelling in general.

PSN Pick: going deeper and deeper with Pix The Cat

October 8, 2014 7:18 PM | Anthony Swinnich


Pastagames is back with Pix The Cat on the Playstation Network, and fans of score-attack style arcade games should take note. It's every bit as manic and bombastic as you'd expect from a Pastagames jam, with easy to learn gameplay that fosters that just-one-more-try feeling.

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