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Freeware Pick: Within (RageKit)

July 17, 2014 2:00 AM | Tim

within2a.pngWithin is an exploration game developed by RageKit during his masters program at the University of Art and Design in Geneva (HEAD), where the subject was on how to tell a story via interaction. From a quick glance it looks pretty similar to Alexander Bruce's Antichamber, though you wouldn't need to worry about any tough puzzles in this short experimental project.

Free Game Pick: Solve puzzles quickly in Radical Squad - Explosive Locomotive

July 16, 2014 9:00 AM | Lena LeRay


It hasn't been long since the release of The Cow Flew Over the Moon, but Jonny Pickton has put out another free game. This one is about solving puzzles under pressure, putting the player in the shoes of a bomb squad agent with only a few minutes to defuse four bombs spread out across a train.

Mobile Pick: Timberman (Digital Melody)

July 16, 2014 7:00 AM | Tim

In Timberman you play as a lumberjack tasked with chopping as much wood as he can for points, all the while trying to avoid getting whacked by one of the many branches of the tree. Players can switch between the left and right positions by tapping on either side of the screen, and each swing of the axe takes away a sizable chunk of the tree every time.

The Nightmare Cooperative: A wonderful new roguelike out on Steam today

July 16, 2014 6:13 AM | Michael Rose

All the best games start as game jam prototypes: FACT. The Nightmare Cooperative started as a seven-day Roguelike Challenge game just four months ago, and is now getting a full-blown Steam release. That's a quick turnaround if I ever saw one!

If you've played 868-HACK, you're going to enjoy this latest Lucky Frame a fair bit. It's a turn-based roguelike in which you must grab as much gold as possible, and then get out alive. Two twists: You have multiple heroes, and they all move in the same directions at the same time. Oh, and when you open treasure chests, it spawns more enemies.

It's a balancing act between spawning too many enemies, and making sure to grab enough gold to top the online leaderboards, and I love it. You can check out the game on Steam.

Game Jolt opens its jam management platform to the public

July 16, 2014 1:00 AM | Lena LeRay


Game Jolt has hosted a lot of game jams lately, including Glitch Jam, LowRezJam 2014, Accessibility Jam, and the currently running Indie Quilt Jam. These have all been run under its new game jam management system, which is designed to make it easy for anyone to run a game jam and is now out of closed beta and available for anyone to use.

Mobile Pick: Bowl Faster (Jared Bailey)

July 15, 2014 7:00 PM | Tim

bowlfast2a.pngBowl Faster is a mobile game that drastically shortens the amount of time it takes to complete ten frames of bowling. Arguing that normal bowling is too slow, the app offers a quick way to finish a full session of bowling in around sixty seconds or less (depending on the number of strikes you get).

Shadowcrypt: a 2D arcade/platformer inspired by Zelda II

July 15, 2014 2:00 PM | Ahmed Abdel Samea

Shadowcrypt by One-Bit Punch is a combat-oriented 2D arcade/platformer inspired by Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. It's a room-based action platformer game, where in each room you'll have to kill all the enemies to get to the next room (just like in Zelda). The goal of the game is to reach the Necromancer and defeat him, and there are lots of interesting enemies and different weapons to find.

The Windows version of the Shadowcrypt is on sale now for only $8.99 (original price is $10) until the 21st of July.

Rooks Keep is a chess game where you can fight back

July 15, 2014 9:10 AM | Michael Rose

Rooks Keep has finally been released on Steam, three years after we originally featured it. It's worth the wait though, because this is chess with a difference.

When you attack a chess piece in Rooks Keep, the defender then has a chance to kill you before you can finish them off. Stronger pieces have a better chance against weaker pieces too, so a Pawn can't just roll in and take out a Rook so easily. This makes the game of Chess rather difficult, and forces you to completely change the way you'd normally approach the game.

It's not a completely new idea, of course, but it's still as crazy as it sounds -- just check out my utter failure against the AI in the above video. You can find Rooks Keep on Steam today.

Coated, a color-blending puzzle platformer for a wide audience

July 15, 2014 9:00 AM | Lena LeRay


Mamoniem's Coated, which was an IGF-China 2013 Finalist, is a puzzle platformer in which players are asked to coat the player character in different colors of paint, mixing and matching, to enable them to interact with the environment in different ways. Players who prefer twitchy platformers with finely-tuned controls won't find what they're looking for in Coated, but it's a game which is suitable for players of all ages. Remarkably, it also includes a wide range of color settings to allow colorblind players to tweak things any way they need to so that they can play the game, too.

Trailer Roundup: lots of puzzling, quite a bit of retro, and a dash of kitten

July 14, 2014 9:00 AM | Lena LeRay


Today's trailer roundup features an adorable riot simulator, a 3D puzzler inspired by classical surreal art, a physics-based action puzzler for mobile devices, an arcade game involving kittens, a 16-bit-era-inspired JRPG tackling mature themes, a retro-style platformer, a puzzle platformer in which different kinds of light illuminate different things (good and bad), an action platformer involving the wanton shattering of stained glass windows, a stealth action game in which the goal is to stab your friends, and a turn-based roguelike whose battle system involves poker elements.

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