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Archive For December, 2009

Free Fez EP

December 3, 2009 10:57 AM | Michael Rose


Polytron have released a free EP of Fez music tracks for your downloading consumption. The EP features three demos, simply called One, Two and Three. If you liked the tune in the most recent trailer, this'll probably be up your alley too.

It's available via BitTorrent, but there are also 250 CDR copies available for purchase for anyone who loves the music a bit too much.

Freeware Game Pick: Dreamside Maroon (Terraced)

December 3, 2009 10:00 AM | Tim W.

Dreamside Maroon is an exploration game that puts you in control of the scarf-wearing Aster who is on a journey to reach the moon. He does this by guiding the growing tendril of a vine with his lantern, occasionally lighting up lanterns to attract fireflies and eventually collecting them for a temporary increase in speed. Touching islands could also cause them to expand further, although only some platforms will respond to your interaction this way.

You can access a configuration menu by pressing the escape key. Be prepared to set aside an hour or two if you decide to play, since the game doesn't come with an option to resume your progress should you quit halfway through. Download it here. (Windows, 62.2MB)

Interviews: Amanita Design, Introversion and More

December 3, 2009 6:00 AM | Tim W.

Let's take a look at the latest interviews with indie game developers on the web. Highlights include: Mark Morris talks about past and present Introversion projects, a chat with Machinarium creator Jakub Dvorský, and a recorded conversation with David Hellman about Braid-related subjects. (image source)

Gamezebo: Erin Robinson talks Puzzle Bots
"Erin chats with Gamezebo about her upcoming project Puzzle Bots, and what life is like as a full-time indie developer."

Bytejacker: Erin Robinson Interview
"An interview with Erin on making her first commercial title, how best to handle hint systems in adventure games, and whether or not she is a liar."

Alternative Magazine Online: In Conversation With Jakub Dvorský
"Featuring exclusive artwork and insight into the creation of Machinarium, Alternative Magazine Online is proud to present an interview with the man behind it all, Jakub Dvorský."

indievision: Mark Morris of Introversion
"I think marketing for the indie has now got more sophisticated than it used to be as you can't just rest on your heels and send out a few press releases. They need to be working on all these areas: talking to magazines, talking to websites, checking Google analytics, make sure the company is selling from own site, make sure that Steam is in place; managing campaigns..."

Indie Christmas Advent Calendars

December 3, 2009 5:00 AM | Michael Rose

xmas.JPGA number of sites have started up indie gaming advent calendars to count down to Christmas, so I thought I'd do a little round-up so you can follow them yourselves. Of course, if there are any you know of which I have missed, give me a shout!

Mr. Indie Santa Juuso (if that IS his real name) is counting down to Christmas by focusing on a newly released indie title every day, with videos and links to each.

Those RPS guys have got their own 'Advent Game-O-Calendar 2009' going, and while you can assume it won't be completely indie filled, you can also assume there will be at least some indie-filling (especially since the first two doors have revealed discussion on Zeno Clash and Canabalt).

Kirk Israel of is creating a whole advent calendar full of tiny, Christmas-related Java games/toys. Lots of lovely things are bound to appear over the coming month.

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Announced

December 2, 2009 11:00 PM | Michael Rose

A collaboration between Superbrothers, Jim Gutherie and the guys at Capybara Games, Sword & Sworcery EP is their upcoming iPoddery project. What is Sword & Sworcery EP, you ask? Why, an excellent question. Sword & Sworcery EP is:

"a brave experiment in I/O cinema. a crude videogame haiku about life, love & death. a choice cut of myth & dreams."

Just like that. Check out the official site for all the details.

Freeware Game Pick: The Experimental Chick (Slowfoot)

December 2, 2009 6:00 PM | Tim W.

The Experimental Chick is a mission-based arena shooter in which you have to destroy surrounding red blocks and break out of the laboratory that you've been held captive in. Men in biohazard suits will appear out of these walls and try to prevent your escape, but you have a gun that can be used knock them unconscious and destroy any of the robotic contraptions that they've deployed to stop you.

Two different gameplay modes are included, although most players won't likely bother playing survival mode for too long after completing the main campaign. (Windows, 4.41MB)

Freeware Game Pick: Saut (Mabi Games)

December 2, 2009 4:00 PM | Michael Rose

Look out Canabalt, you've got a contender for 'Most Awesome One-Button Game of the Year'. Created for the Gamejolt Minimal Contest, Saut is a dark platformer in which you need to tactically time your jumps so as not to end up down one of the many pits - using only one button, of course. Oh, and it's amazing fun.

Graphically it reminded me a lot of Boss Baddie's Lunnye Devitsy - there's a lovely atmosphere about it all, especially helped along by the great soundtrack. My advice would be to only watch the first 30 seconds of the above video to get a feel for what Saut is about, then give it a try. Ortoslon created the above playthrough, and he is stupidly good at it.

Downloadable from Gamejolt, where you can also 'Quick Play' the game too straight from the browser.

Freeware Game Pick: NeonPlat (Jayenkai)

December 2, 2009 3:00 PM | Tim W.

NeonPlat is an arcade platformer where points are scored by using balls to bowl enemies off the screen. Platdude can double or triple jump in the air (with the right power-ups), climb ladders, paint over floors for points and slip below platforms, but he can never carry more than one ball at a time.

An online high score table is accessible from the main menu inside the game. Direct download link here. (Windows, 1.97MB)

Sale: Zeno Clash Only $5 on Steam

December 2, 2009 11:00 AM | Tim W.

ACE Team's first-person melee fighting game Zeno Clash is on sale for only $5 over at Steam today (original price $15). Previously-released free DLCs like the Zeno Clash model pack for Garry's Mod and three new levels for the challenge towers (called 'The Pit') are also included in this bundle.

The offer ends this Thursday, so if you haven't bought the game yet then here's a great opportunity to do so at an incredibly discounted price.

ACE Team Interview - Not so far away after all (ZillionMonkey)

4 Hour RPG Open Beta

December 2, 2009 3:00 AM | Michael Rose


Jan Willem Nijman's 4 Hour RPG (or 4hrpg) which began life as an entry into The Poppenkast's Four Hour competition is slowly but surely expanding into a full RPG experience. It has now entered open beta and anyone who signs up at the official forums can download the latest build.

9 months in the making - and counting! - it's grown quite a lot since Tim first spotted it. Definitely worth giving a download, especially for all you stat-grinders out there.

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