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Screenshot Saturday Highlights - July 9, 2016

July 9, 2016 6:07 PM | Christian Valentin

This weekend, our perusal of Screenshot Saturday reveals Norse warriors, eldritch horrors, and distant astronauts;

Click To End The Torments Of Let's Play: Ancient Greek Punishment: Limited Edition

July 9, 2016 9:30 AM | Joel Couture


Players can embrace the rock rolling, apple eating, liver saving action of Let's Play: Ancient Greek Punishment: Limited Edition, helping some mythological Greek characters out of their respective binds. By clicking rapidly, players can help Prometheus out of his eagle jam, as well as loan Sisyphus some back strength to get his boulder up and over the hill.

IndieBox, Galak-Z: The Dimensional edition

July 9, 2016 7:52 AM | Jeremy Ooi


Back by popular demand, here is another IndieBox unboxing. Before the next IndieBox arrives, I'm going to take a look at a previous IndieBox for fun. This time, it's for the April subscription and the game is Galak-Z. If you love mecha based anime from the 1960s, this game pays a homage to the retro charm and style of the era, and this theme carries on in the IndieBox as well. Lets take a closer look.

Puzzle Your Way Through A Light-Driven World In Lumote

July 8, 2016 4:39 PM | Christian Valentin

The shadows are deep in Lumote's mysterious technological world, but your cubic hero is more than capable of finding its way through the darkness. Developer Luminawesome's puzzle-platformer revolves around the power of illumination and using light to manipulate the game's environments and its geometric denizens.

imprint-X - Hack Minds To Free Them From Robot Viruses

July 8, 2016 7:30 AM | Joel Couture


Morgondag, developer of the delightfully peaceful galactic exploration game RymdResa, are moving from the vastness of space into the limited space within your skull in their new game, imprint-X.

Hold On To Your Cleric, Because A Healer Only Lives Twice

July 8, 2016 4:35 AM | Thomas Faust

Let's talk about the most important class in RPG parties for a second. No, not that guy in front with the big sword. Nah, not that cackling fool of a mad wizard either. And the thief, that old kleptomaniac, he's completely useless most of the time. Oh no, I am talking about the healer. Cleric, white mage, whatever - that guy is the best. It was high time that this underrated support hero gets his time in the limelight, and here we are: PonPon Games' A Healer Only Lives Twice let's you feel the thrill of non-stop healing. Escort a hapless knight through a seemingly endless dungeon and watch him cut down monster hordes while you try to keep him all in one piece.

Replica is an immersive point and click game that simulates a mobile phone

July 8, 2016 2:16 AM | Jeremy Ooi


Replica is a point and click game developed by solo dev Somi from South Korea. You play as an investigator of sorts trying to solve a terrorist-related mystery about the owner of a mobile phone in your possession. The entire game takes place on the interface of said phone. You can pull down the status bar from the top, tap on icons to access apps, look through the contact list, and make and receive phone calls. Your mouse basically simulates a finger where you can swipe and tap on buttons when needed. Using all these tools, you have to find evidence that a potential crime has been committed for another investigator.

Scale Beasts And Survive Blizzards In Prey For The Gods

July 7, 2016 1:26 AM | Christian Valentin


Games love their towering bosses, as seen by Dark Souls, God of War, Dragon's Dogma, Jotun, and their towering monsters and deities. No Matter Studios' Prey for the Gods is seeking funds on Kickstarter to make its own wintry mark, combining survival elements, exploration, and desperate combat with dynamic battles against massive creatures.

Leaving Your Friends Behind And Killing Time At Lightspeed

July 6, 2016 3:02 PM | Thomas Faust

Born out of a game jam and greatly expanded upon for its recent Steam release, Gritfish's Killing Time At Lightspeed is based on a truly excellent idea. It is 2042. Traveling through space, towards an uncertain future, your only means of contact with the life you left behind is social media. While you're experiencing the journey as nothing more than a short trip, years go by on Earth, and every time you refresh your FriendPage feed, another year has passed by.

A Creative Marathon - A Developer's Journey To Create 100 Games In 5 Years

July 5, 2016 8:00 PM | Joel Couture


"If I don't create something before I try to sleep, I'll be laying there in the dark, trapped by ideas."

With the completion of Landers back in 2012, developer James Earl Cox III set out to develop one hundred games within five years. Now having completed seventy-seven games, he's well on the way to meeting his goal on time, having done so through a mixture of hard work, curiosity, and a need to question why games play as they do.

Running a gamut of play styles, genres, stories, and themes, Cox explores many varied territories with his games. Still, why so many in such a short time? For Cox, it involves a powerful need to create, a desire to grow his skills as a developer, and a constant search for the answer as to what games and play can mean for people.

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