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The Empty Inn Review - Funny Scares

May 19, 2015 5:30 AM | Joel Couture


After spending a few minutes wandering around Candlelight Studios' The Empty Inn, I was left wondering where all of the idiot townsfolk had gone off to. You know, the guys who say things like "Bandit hideout is to the north.", "Welcome to Cornelia", and the dreaded "Watch me dance!". Nobody was there! And my little candle seemed to be dwindling, but it was all right since someone had scattered matches everywhere. No big deal. But then the matches grew further apart, and the dark crept closer. And closer. And the something started moving out there in the shadows. With a siren on its head. The Empty Inn, while showcasing some neat pixelated creepiness, brings more humor to its horror than you might expect from its screenshots. For anyone looking for a lighter game to enter into the genre, you've found it.

Alum Seeks to Reinvent the Classic Point-and-Click Genre

May 18, 2015 7:29 PM | Sean Flint


Point-and-Click adventure games have changed quite a bit over the years. We've moved from the Lucas Arts style of point-and-click to the more modern, decision-based style of recent TellTale games. While the choices presented by games such as The Wolf Among Us are fantastic and really add a lot to the story, they lack the charm of adventure games such as Day of the Tentacle. The newly-released Alum takes the adventure game principles of old and combines them with modern storytelling to achieve an adventure that is quite enthralling.

Dungeon Crawling Priorities: Heroes of Loot

May 18, 2015 11:00 AM | John Bridgman

What's the best thing about crawling through a dungeon? Exploring the unknown? Discovering forgotten magics? Is it unraveling a fantastic plot? No! It's all about the loot. Getting riches and power the likes of which the world has never before seen is what compels us as players to continue delving deeper and deeper into dungeons countless miles below the surface, facing down the great darkness and evils below our unsuspecting feet. OrangePixel skips straight to the important business with their retro action game Heroes of Loot, coming May 26th to Steam for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Can You Make it to Grandma's Alive in Red Retold?

May 18, 2015 8:00 AM | Joel Couture


Over the river and through the woods, past the graveyard, around the bear, bypassing the witch, over the spiked pile, away from the cultists in the church, past the wolves, beyond the poison, far from the lightning bolts, down the foggy street, a hop, skip, and a jump from the haunted castle, and a few steps from the creepy marionette to grandmother's house we go! That's how it goes, right? Well, maybe in most versions, but in Barry Atkins' Red Retold, it's a lot harder to get to your grandma's house than you may remember.

Trailer Roundup for May 18, 2015

May 18, 2015 7:45 AM | Lena LeRay

peleaApollo.gifFrom real time naval combat RPGs to roguelites about controlling mobs, has you covered.

Games We Care About: Retro Game Crunch, FISHJN, Grab Them By The Eyes and more

May 17, 2015 8:00 AM | Tim

PjaqpIP1.pngGames We Care About is a Twitter feed (background) started nearly a year ago to help with new and classic discovery, all curated/recommended by developers and peers who are mentioned via their Twitter handle. The only rule is that the game needs to be out now and playable - paid or free - on web, PC/Mac, mobile, or even more exotic formats.

You can follow the Twitter feed for one daily update, every day of the week. This weekly roundup for will feature some of the games our curators liked the best from last week.

Minimalist horror game Dark Echo now available on Steam

May 16, 2015 7:35 AM | Lena LeRay

darkecho.jpgDark Echo was originally protytyped for a Minimalism-themed Ludum Dare and was released on iOS earlier this year. It's now available via Steam for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This new version doesn't seem much different from the iOS version aside from having controller support, but the controller support is good and that's how I recommend playing the PC version. Its regular price is $2.99, but it's on sale for $2 until May 18th.

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Brighter Day Brings Vibrant, Cheery Horror to

May 16, 2015 6:00 AM | Joel Couture


Brighter Day's unusually bright, colorful terror (which I spoke about a few weeks ago) has released, unleashing a torrent of unflinching eyes on Why are you in this place? Why do the eyes follow you everywhere you go? Where can you get a copy of that cute bunny tarot deck? All of these questions may or may not be answered in this release. All we know is that you don't want one of those eye to catch up with you, and short of blinding them with some bright light, they will never, ever give up. And they're everywhere, watching, unblinking. But don't worry! It's only daytime, and nothing creepy ever happens in the daytime!


Games You May Have Overlooked: Parallax

May 16, 2015 1:03 AM | Sean Flint


Games You May Have Overlooked focuses on providing a brief description of games that I found to be unique and innovative, but may not have gained a large audience. Parallax is definitely one such game. A first-person puzzler that features worlds of black and white that overlap to create the game's levels, Parallax charmed me with the unique mechanics and it's interesting visual aesthetic, which definitely make it a top contender for a game that you may have overlooked.

Hack The Planet With Dex

May 15, 2015 12:00 PM | John Bridgman


In the cyberpunk cyberfuture, hackers are anarchist heroes, mythical outlaws similar to the stories of the American cowboys. Standing up for freedom and helping the downtrodden at every turn, looking to overthrow the corruption that has seeped into the very roots of society in a new wild west of neon and grit. Dreadocks' newest release on Steam, the successfully Kickstarted Dex explores these themes in the 2D side-scrolling action RPG starring the mysterious Dex, a woman who may have an important role to play in a deadlocked struggle between a self-aware AI and the corporate virus released to control it.

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