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Entfremdung offers alienation for free

June 26, 2015 3:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

entfremdung.pngAs far as clever, political and a tiny bit satirical games go, Entfremdung --alienation, that is-- sits easily among the cleverest and most intriguing ones. Under the guise of a time management financial game Entfremdung manages to provide a quasi-realistic and rather entertaining business/personal simulation, that is fully explore-able in under ten minutes and allows you to both wantonly cut wages and even work yourself to complete and utter exhaustion.

Entfremdung runs under Windows and is available as freeware from itch.io.

Preview: Dad Beat Dads Has You Punching Dads and Stealing Babies

June 25, 2015 11:25 PM | Sean Flint

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Video games. Some are epic storytelling experiences, while others provide a beautiful atmospheric environment for the player to explore. Some games aim to terrify the player with horrific sequences, and other games aim to make you smile with a heartwarming tale. Dad Beat Dads has angry dads that fight each other, steal babies, and throw babies and diaper-covered bricks.

Minesweeping In Dungelot: Shattered Lands

June 25, 2015 11:00 AM | John Bridgman

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It's always welcome to find something unique and fresh in games, especially when you're dealing with the Roguelite genre. Procedurally-generated dungeon crawling is all well and good, but it's not absurd to suggest there's been a fair bit of it going on of late. It's a saturated market and it's going to be difficult to stand out amongst all the others in it. Tiny Build Games and Red Winter are certainly mixing things up in Dungelot: Shattered Lands, which promises to combine dungeon crawling with Minesweeper of all things in an intriguing, if surprising, blend.

Devastate Household Items for a Sudden Bonus

June 25, 2015 5:30 AM | Joel Couture

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"Oh! My Car!" These words were burned into my heart and soul the day I made Haggar wreck some dude's car in Final Fight. I don't know what it was about Capcom that made them love breaking cars for bonus points, but the same affliction has hit Lek Chan, a painter and game developer from Taiwan who's just released Sudden Bonus. In it, you can put years of breaking random object training to work as you help the Yonekura family win fabulous prizes for wanton destruction.

BAFTA To Showcase Volume

June 24, 2015 10:00 AM | John Bridgman

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts, or BAFTA, has invited Mike Bithell Games to showcase their highly anticipated stealth title Volume on July 28th, 2015. They will be discussing how the team, working remotely, have managed to create a player centric and customizable world for the futuristic Robin Hood story. The showcase will be held at the Princess Anne Theatre in London, England. Time and ticket booking information can be found on the BAFTA site.

Freeware adventure Zak McKracken Between Time & Space gets its Director's Cut

June 24, 2015 7:15 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

zak.pngCreating an adventure game is far from an easy task. It's a convoluted, complex, multi-disciplinary effort and that's why most freeware genre offerings do tend to be relatively short. Also, that is definitely why games like Zak McKracken Between Time & Space Director's Cut seem so utterly implausible. Trust me, I know. I have been working with three other lovely people on a two-rooms long point-and-clicker for almost a year know and I can only imagine just how much work has gone into this brilliant Zak McKracken fan game.

In Luckslinger, Chance is Your Weapon

June 24, 2015 5:30 AM | Joel Couture

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Good luck is a pretty sweet power. At a job interview you're not qualified for? Bam, landed the position. Need a couple of bucks? Buy a lottery ticket to become an instant millionaire. Controllable good luck is an amazing idea, one that gets even better once you have people shooting at you and your best duck pal, Duckbridge. Just skew luck so those bullets whiz right past. Still, being able to do that all the time would suck all of the fun out of a gunfight, so Luckslinger, a hip-hop western from developer Duckbridge (of no relation to your mallard ally), makes managing your luck an important gameplay mechanic. Sure, you can dodge bullets when your luck is good, but what happens when it goes bad?

Kickstarting Charlotte's Dream

June 23, 2015 12:25 PM | John Bridgman

charlotte1.jpgKickstarter has been in the news a lot lately. Discussions have been everywhere about the purpose and uses of crowdfunding platforms. Lost in the shuffle can be the interesting projects that can be found on the site. One such project is the point and click adventure game, Charlotte's Dream by Robert Guiscard.

Trailer Roundup for June 23, 2015

June 23, 2015 8:00 AM | Lena LeRay

dadbythesword.pngThis week's trailer roundup only has seven trailers. They include a couple of interesting shooters, a swordplay game with tactical decapitation action, and a strategic seafaring game set after the events of Moby Dick.

Super Chibi Knight Review - Courage and a Smile

June 23, 2015 5:30 AM | Joel Couture

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Did her people know her name after she'd saved them from demonic forces? Did anyone remember the little girl who left home with a wooden sword and a smile on her face, ready to stop the world's destruction? Even I don't know the name of the charming, cheerful warrior who stole my heart as we roamed the countryside together, exploring hidden tombs and fighting colossal monsters. All I know is that it's impossible not to get caught up in her boundless, jubilant nature as you go on wild adventures together through Super Chibi Knight.

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