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Pixeljam is crowdfunding a new Dino Run DX on its own

August 21, 2015 3:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

Having apparently given crowdfunding quite a lot of thought, Pixeljam have decided to avoid ludicrous levels of hype, arbitrary time limits, semi-arbitrary budgets and the false sense of urgency we've all grown used to, and instead run a campaign to fund a new and updated version of Dino Run DX on its own. The campaign is completely transparent and comes with an incredibly sensible roadmap the team will be able to update according to both the funding it's getting and the realities of development.

The new Dino Run DX will be launched for Windows and Mac and is aiming to include a hefty multiplayer expansion, more content, new areas, more dinosaurs, extra modes, hats and even a level generator. A donation of $5 will get you a copy of the game with higher pledges getting more exotic rewards.

RymdResa Review - Blissful Solitude

August 20, 2015 12:00 PM | Joel Couture


There is a lovely calmness to travelling through space - a sense of intense peace in the monochrome void. Still, I've only been seeing it for a few hours, marveling at the strange sights while savoring the soothing darkness. Would I be as appreciative after a year of staring into nothingness? After ten? Fifteen? RymdResa puts us in charge of one such lonely pilot, sharing in their musings as decades slip away and looming celestial bodies promise doom or salvation. For all of its time spent in peaceful thought, though, it can come crashing down in a single, jarring moment. Loneliness is not the void's only cruelty.

Reign of Bullets - Fight for Financial Compensation

August 20, 2015 9:45 AM | John Bridgman

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Not too long ago, I discussed a new shmup coming to Steam. Stylish with lots of customization, Reign of Bullets caught my attention, leaving me wanting to see more. Now available on Steam, I can definitely say Critical Bit has turned their light hearted foray into the genre into a title that offers a lot of fun for your time.

Cheerful Poi is Filled With Treacherous Platforming

August 20, 2015 5:30 AM | Joel Couture


I don't know if you heard a voice going "Wa!" "Hoo hoo!" "Yipee!" in your head as you watched the trailer for PolyKid Games' Poi, but I did. Collecting coins, sliding on your butt, and triple jumping make Poi's inspirations obvious, but that doesn't lessen the appeal of the game's adorable look or devious platforming. Better start working out those legs of yours if you ever intend to take on the mantle of Master Explorer, folks. Your jumping skills are about to be put through some grueling tests.

Warlocks vs. Shadows - Battle With a Beat

August 19, 2015 12:00 PM | John Bridgman

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Good things happen when you take simple premises and add a fantastic soundtrack to it. Case in point is One More Level and Frozen District's newly released from Early Access game, Warlocks vs. Shadows, which is a 2D sprite based arena swarm game, with remarkable music accentuating the gameplay.

Sploot: The World is Your Toilet

August 19, 2015 5:30 AM | Joel Couture


Developers have been pushing the boundaries of the stories and experiences games can convey for years. Unique, innovative work is coming out every single day, making this one of the most exciting times to be playing games. You truly never know what you will see from this medium any more, which is why there is now a game called Sploot where you play a seagull and poop on people. Truly, this is the future, my friends.

This is the future.

One Way Heroics Plus adds lots of content to the JRPG roguelike

August 18, 2015 9:10 PM | Lena LeRay

owhp.jpgOne Way Heroics is a cross between a JRPG and a roguelike, the result of developer Smoking WOLF's desire to make a sidescrolling RPG. It came out in February of last year and proved to be one of the most unique indie games of 2014. Now One Way Heroics has an expansion, One Way Heroics Plus, that adds tons of new content and some new mechanics.

Between Me And The Night - Surrealism On Steam

August 18, 2015 11:30 AM | John Bridgman

11879182_400993313443809_4464518313047684296_o.pngRaindance LX have announced their upcoming surrealist action-adventure game Between Me And The Night is coming to Steam Early Access on September 4th, 2015. The developers intend on offering a significant amount of gameplay to players in its Early Access period to gather feedback and prepare for the mid-October full release. During the Early Access period, the game will be available at a discounted price.

Tiptoe Through the Dark Woods of GUILT

August 18, 2015 5:30 AM | Joel Couture


Ever feel eyes on your back when walking home alone at night? Sense that something was watching you? Think you heard it creeping up on you? In Ylzor's GUILT, you are correct in your assumption. There are things watching you. Following you. They will kill you if they catch you. And you're noisy. Clumsy. They're fast and sharp. They'll see you. Hunt you down. Leave nothing behind. So you have to be careful. Oh so very careful, or else they won't even leave a corpse behind for your friends to find in the daylight. You'll just be gone.

Preview: Uncover a Story of Corruption Among a Deteriorating Infrastructure in INFRA

August 17, 2015 8:36 PM | Sean Flint


Within the past few years, there have been quite a few games released that the community has dubbed as "walking simulators". Unfortunately, this label is often thrown on games that feature no combat, but manage to include other gameplay mechanics such as puzzle solving. While some find the genre to be dull, I really enjoy exploring the environments in such games, as well as piecing together the often abstract stories with hints found in notes and other collectibles throughout the game. A game that fits into this category perfectly is INFRA, which is an adventure game with puzzle elements that takes place in a deteriorating world.

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