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Trailer Tuesday – Reign of the Fallen Damsel

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 15:00

You’ll seek the meaning of life in neon space, use a shortwave radio to help your buddies, and give Dracula a hard time in this week’s Trailer Tuesday.

 

Escape from the Universe



“It’s year 104 of Universal Galactic Calendar; after the destruction of the Earth, human survivors are scattered all over the universe, trying to persevere in the hostile environment of the war-torn outer space. Join the fight as one of the pilots born post-Exodus, travelling through galaxies in search for their meaning of life.”

Escape from the Universe is available now on the Nintendo Switch.

 

Damsel



“Cause distress in this challenging fast-paced action platformer. Experience a dark cartoon world come to life as frenetic gameplay meets comic book visuals and storytelling. Dash through beautiful arenas vanquishing vampires, rescuing hostages, disarming bombs, hacking servers and much more.”

Damsel is available now on the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Steam.

 

Interference



“Armed with only a shortwave radio and the items scattered around your booth, will you put aside your differences and help your friend survive? Or will you go radio-silent? It’s up to you.”

Interference is currently in development, but in the meantime, you can follow its creation on the developer’s site.

 

Las Históricas Aventuras de Daniela



“Daniela is a fun platform adventure Arcade game. Daniela enters prehistory and has to face a series of challenges to overcome each level. She is accompanied by Lolo, her pet parrot. There is an extra special level for Lolo where you can get an extra life for Daniela.”

Las Históricas Aventuras de Daniela is available now on Google Play.

 

Exodemon



“Possessed by an alien entity, slash and tear countless enemies with your monstrous claws, you must find a way to escape the planet before you lose what’s left of your humanity!”

Exodemon is available now on Steam.

 

Fallen Angel



“TAKE THE ROLE OF LUCIFER AND EXPLORE A TWISTED VERSION OF HEAVEN.”

Fallen Angel is currently in development, but in the meantime, you can follow its creation on the developer’s site.

 

EMMA: Lost in Memories



EMMA: Lost in Memories is a 2D puzzle platformer game in which all the platforms and walls start disappearing progressively as you touch them. Think, strategize, run, jump and feel in a surreal and poetic world where everything fades away.”

EMMA: Lost in Memories is available now on Steam.

 

Moonrise Fall



Moonrise Fall is an atmospheric exploration puzzle game about a boy who finds himself lost in a supernatural forest after losing both parents in a car crash.”

Moonrise Fall is available now on Steam.

 

Artifact Adventure Gaiden DX



“Your own choices lay the foundation for the future…Three years later, upon your arrival in the world of the future,
will the choices you made bring you happiness? Or misfortune? Or something else altogether…?”

Artifact Adventure Gaiden DX is available now on the Nintendo Switch and Steam.

 

Wallachia: Reign of Dracula



“The year is 1462. Prince Vlad Dracula is 6 bloody years into his second reign.”

Wallachia: Reign of Dracula is currently in development, but in the meantime, you can follow its creation on Facebook and Twitter.

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‘What Remains’ Hides Dire Secrets in an NES Cartridge

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 09:00

You’re all excited when you think you’ve got a neat brand new game in What Remains, but all you end up with are secrets that may stop an imminent threat. BORING.

Well, not at all boring, actually. You’re coming home from a skate session to find that a game cartridge has found its way into your lap. You naturally race to your buddy’s place to give it a shot, but instead of finding yourself playing some platformer, you’re faced with an array of encrypted files and mysterious images. It’s a little concerning, especially since you’ll need to figure out these files if you’re to save the town of Sunny Peaks.

Having a friend to help you (as well as a kind cat for backup) will go a long way in unraveling these secrets, but don’t rely on them too much. You’ll want to hurry things along yourself, because while you’re working on these strange files, you’ll find your town of Sunny Peaks is constantly changing for the weirder. Not that the eighties backdrop doesn’t already make things a little bit weird to begin with.

What Remains aims to offer some charming nostalgia alongside some dangerous mystery and tales of heartwarming friendships. It’s also got a touch of that mystery that surrounds a strange new game you’ve just discovered, capturing that sense of surprise, delight, and horror that can come from finding out what your new game is actually like.

What Remains is available now as an NES rom on itch.io, or you can order a physical cartridge of the game from the developer’s site.

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‘Sproots’ Combines ‘Pikmin’ & ‘The Sims’ in a Cute Survival Game

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 03:00

Micromanagers, assemble! If you’re a fan of commanding every detail of your little creatures, especially adorable ones, Sproots is for you.

You’ll have to use your amazing leadership to ensure the survival of these precious leafy-friends.

You will be in control of a small colony of creatures called Sproots. The Sproots are a complicated bunch and need a lot of help to survive. Each sproot needs food and water to live; you can command each sproot to gather these things. Easy, right? Well, now you can get into the more intricate details.

Sproots aren’t just cute, they’re smart too! They can study, learn skills, craft, and even pass on knowledge to other sproots. You’ll want to make good use of these techniques because, like all things, sproots are mortal. So, what better use of a knowledgeable elder than to pass on their smarts to a sapling. Balancing gathering, studying, and nesting to create more sproots will be tricky, but if you use all those methods provided to you, you’ll have a thriving colony in no time.



Sproots is available now on itch.io.

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‘Arida: Backland’s Awakening’ Seeks Survival During a Drought

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 15:00

Hunger and thirst will be huge concerns as you explore the Brazillian backlands in the late nineteenth century, but if you know where to look, you might have a chance of surviving this lethal dry land.

Cicera is just trying to find her destiny during a brutal drought in historical survival game Arida: Backland’s Awakening. You’ll be taking the journey alongside her as you look for sources of water and food, make use of the things you can find, and chat with the other people you meet along the way to learn about local legends and folklore.

The backlands are a harsh place during this drought, though, so you will always need to be on the lookout for something useful. You can learn some recipes to craft helpful items out of the odd flora and fauna that can survive these dry temperatures. You’ll want to keep some sharp tools on hand to harvest them, though, as overworking yourself in this heat won’t help. Be sure to keep something on hand to keep them from getting dull, too.

Helping people can get you some food and water as well. The people you find out here all have some legends and stories to share, and if you help them out with a few quests, you could get some of the items you need. Beats trying to find them for yourself, honestly. Plus you can learn some interesting folklore to boot.

If you’re craving a little history with your survival game, as well as some truly rough terrain to thrive in, Arida: Backland’s Awakening has a lot to offer.



Arida: Backland’s Awakening is available now on Steam.

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‘One Monster RPG’ is About Raising a Slime So You Can Kill It

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 09:00

You’re level 99, reaching the end of the grind. All that’s left to achieving your level 100 glory is one more kill, but all that’s left is one simple slime.

In One Monster RPG: Running Out of Slime,  you’ll have to put down your weapons for a moment and put your paternal cap on to raise this slime into a formidable opponent.

You will play as an all-powerful hero stuck at level 99 and needing just one more ferocious foe to topple. Unfortunately, this little slime, at its most basic form, is only worth a measly 3 experience points. And it’s the only monster in sight. In an innovative, and slightly cruel, twist, you will be tasked with finding appropriate food for this slime and raising it to really earn that last kill. I don’t know if I’d have the stomach for it, though.

Because this slime is persistent, it will chase you to the ends of the earth. You’ll be able to put this to your advantage by luring your slime to level-appropriate snacks. As it eats, it will level up and require stronger sustenance… Hopefully you won’t lose your hero title feeding a few grandpas to your ‘Frankenslime’.

In this Katamari-inspired adventure, you will get to enjoy a cartoonish, cheerful style to go with this bittersweet mission of murdering something you raised. Will you remain stone cold as you draw your sword against the blob you created, or will you turn tail and live your days as a new owner of a pet slime?

One Monster RPG: Running Out of Slime is available on itch.io.  

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‘Overpass’ Finds the Beat of a Laid-Back Drive

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 03:00

Your hand’s on the wheel, your head’s lolling back on your headrest as you take in the skies ahead, and you’re just trying to steer to the rhythm. Which is a bit harder than your relaxed position implies.

Overpass sets you down the street on a variety of road trips, your eyes always on the skyline. This kind of distracted driving makes for some lovely visuals, but you need to concentrate on the road to some extent. Luckily, some industrious person has marked all of the changes in direction on the objects that pass overhead. As long as you tap the right buttons and drift in the right directions indicated, you’ll be able to stay on the road and keep up with the beat of the chill songs.

The trouble is, these pretty views can be a bit distracting. It’s easy to get caught up watching the world slide by your car and lose track of where the next direction is marked on the landscape, forcing you to continually scan for your next command to keep up with the beat. It captures that sensation of getting lost in the beauty of a view when you really have something else you should be doing, often bringing you crashing back until you get the flow of the music down for yourself.

Once you get comfortable with the music, you can start to explore a little bit in Overpass. Branching paths will let you guide the soundtrack to the game, allowing you to shape the view and musical narrative. Just try not to get too distracted, lest your soothing soundtrack turn into angry horns and the crunching of metal. You really ought to pay attention to the road.



Overpass is available now on Steam.

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Best-in-Show at Develop: Brighton: ‘Touch Type Tale’

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 15:00

Real time strategy is not often paired up with the typing genre, but what Touch Type Tale has done in combining the two is simply amazing.

Being a real time strategy typing game, Touch Type Tale isn’t about being the fastest typer, but instead about making decisions and typing out the right words to aid your plans. Placed out in levels following various stories, you’ll need to decide how to spend your time. Your goal is normally to capture or defend an area, but how you will do that is up to you.

Creating soldiers costs money, which can be earned in a number of ways. You’ll need to type out the word of the build you want to access, then type out more words to play various mini-games that will earn you cash. From planting fields of wheat to mining some coal, you’ll soon end up with enough money to open your tavern and train your soldiers. 

After you’ve gotten a bunch of soldiers ready, you can start typing the words by various lanes to lead them closer to the enemy. They will automatically attack and try to conquer buildings; you just need to lead the way. You can use hot keys to divide up your current ocean of soldiers so that they can more strategically attack as well. 

Personally, I am a huge fan of typing games, so I was already excited when I saw Touch Type Tale at Develop: Brighton. Normally, the goal is to type fast and accurately, but in this game it’s not the case. You’ll need to type accurately, but make sure you are making the right decisions before you start typing out words. The game also has an interesting, beautiful visuals, and is overall a fantastic game. I gave Touch Type Tale my personal Best-in-Show trophy and anxiously await it’s release date.



Touch Type Tale is currently in development, but in the meantime, you can add it to your Steam Wishlist

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‘Chicory’ Returns Color to its World With a Magic Paintbrush

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 09:00

Chicory solves puzzles, stirs up creativity, and creates friendships through painting its world back into colorful life. If you can help a certain dog get a handle on its magic, that is.

Some drab force has sapped all of the color out of the world, as well as the presence of its number one painter, Chicory. As Pizza (yes, that’s your cute name), you’re a big fan of their work, though, who finds themselves taking up that brush and trying to bring a similar talent into the world through your own creative hand. The animal folks of Picnic Town are counting on you, so now’s the time to let your fanhood spur you to your own acts of creativity and care.

Chicory is an adventure in a coloring book, having you explore black and white worlds, restoring color to them as you see fit. Not that you’re just playing around with this magic paintbrush, as you can use its powers to deal with puzzles or challenging areas. A little glow-in-the-dark paint could be just what you need to explore a bleak cave, or a few swipes of the brush could color an image that makes troubling blockades disappear. A mixture of playful fun and useful painting abilities will go far in getting around this world.

You can apply that creativity to yourself by collecting lovely clothes and items to accessorize Pizza with, as well as fancy brush styles that will allow you to further refine your coloring abilities. Maybe you can even design your own, if you look hard enough? Not that I suspect you’ll have a hard time finding reasons to comb over every bit of Chicory‘s charming, creative lands.



Chicory: A Colorful Tale is currently in development, but in the meantime, you can support its creation on Kickstarter or add it to your Steam Wishlist.

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‘Cadence’ Creates Music Through its Pulsing Puzzles

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 03:00

If you love music and you love games, why not combine the both of them? In Cadence, you can play puzzle levels, make music loops, or create your own puzzles that play beautiful music you design.

As someone who doesn’t really like the challenge of making my own puzzles, but does enjoy level creation areas, I focused on the main game during my limited time with Cadence at Develop: Brighton

Cadence is pretty straightforward and minimalistic to look at. The various levels each have a starting point, ending point, and a few black dots for you to interact with. These black dots need to be connected so that the starting platform can send a pulse out that satisfies the needs of the ending platform. These needs mainly pertain to getting a specific number of pulses to the end platform.

The real highlight of Cadence is, of course, it’s audio. All of the levels sound so lovely, even when you mess up and don’t make the pulse all the way to the platform or figure out the level correctly. There is something about the notes the game plays and the way they are strung together that make the game itself really lovely to hear. 

Cadence is currently in development for iOS, Windows, and Mac but in the meantime, you can add the game to your Steam Wishlist.

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‘Grief – How to say Goodbye’ Takes Players on a Therapeutic Journey

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 15:00

Anyone who has lost someone can tell you it’s extremely hard to put those feelings into words. Grief – How to say Goodbye takes those feelings and presents them as an artistic and harrowing journey of letting go.

In this short game, you will be taken on an emotionally-punishing journey. You’ll be trying to keep a stiff upper lip as you accompany the protagonist through the various ways they cope with their loss.

Anyone who has experience this tragic feeling likely knows the stages ahead. Denial, anger, bargaining, and acceptance. Players will be guided through these stages, chasing after a lost loved one in hopes of twisting fate until the bitter end.

Although only 10 minutes long, Grief- How to say Goodbye is sure to evoke some raw feelings even in the coldest of hearts. Perhaps it will even help some with the pain that comes from losing someone. If anything, it illustrates the intensity of these emotions and the tranquility and bittersweet feeling with grace.



Grief – How to say Goodbye is available now on itch.io.

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‘Atoms’ Teaches the Periodic Table Through Space Ship Combat

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 03:00

Atoms is on the subtle range of educational games, teaching you about the abbreviations for the Table of Elements through space shooter action.  

You’ll be controlling a ship that automatically shoots, taking on enemy after enemy. These foes fly in, following different paths and shooting out patterns of bullets. These bullets harm your ship, but if you can guide your own shots to the enemies first, you should be able to take them out.

At the top of the screen there is the name of an element, which changes as you play, almost as if on a timer. As you float around space, elements in the form of atoms appear here and there. These atoms have different abbreviations stating what element they are. You must collect the atom that matches the element listed on the top of the screen. When the element appears for the first time, you’ll be shown the abbreviation, but over time these hints disappear. 

If you pick up the wrong atom, you’ll lose your multiplier, but if you pick up the correct atom, you’ll end up with better shields, weapons, and become stronger overall. Big batches of power-ups and atoms appear in the form of balls in the sky, which you can destroy and collect. 

Atoms, like most space shooters, also has boss fights which take the form of powerful creatures looking to gun you down. This game is a very nice space shooter that feels good to play, while also rewarding you for knowing exactly what atoms you’re meant to be picking up.



Atoms is available now on Google Play and The App Store.

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