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Archive For November, 2010

Positech Winter Games Bundle

November 24, 2010 8:16 PM | Michael Rose

Even more indie gaming on the cheap! There's a Positech game pack out especially for the winter, that contains the following games for $5.99 (£4.81):

Planetary Defense
Rock Legend
Starship Tycoon

There are demos available for each if you'd rather check them out first. Given that it's a winter offer, I'd guess it'll last for several weeks yet. Go check it out!

[Source: SavyGamer]

Steam Indie Energy Pack + Shank Sale

November 24, 2010 7:56 PM | Michael Rose

Steam has done it again, bringing you indie titles at ridiculously low prices in its latest sale. Every day this week there will be new games available at silly prices, and today looks a little something like this:

Indie Energy Pack for $4.99 (£3.99)
BRAINPIPE (IndieGames coverage)
Galcon Fusion
Gridrunner Revolution (IndieGames coverage)

Shank is also available with 33% off, so if you're yet to try that out, I'd suggest grabbing it without the next 22 hours!

Results of the Super Meat Boy PC Contest

November 24, 2010 4:05 PM | Michael Rose

With the full roster of secret characters finally announced - the last character is Naija from Aquaria - we can finally reveal the winners of our big Super Meat Boy PC competition. We had over 500 guesses, and the following readers were picked at random to win a copy of Super Meat Boy for the PC each:

Brian - guessed RunMan
Shiv - guessed Viridian from VVVVVV
Q - guessed a Goo Ball
Nightmare - guessed Josef from Machinarium
elZorro - guessed Naija from Aquaria
Julian - guessed a Head Crab (and was in fact the only person who did!)

Congrats to the winners - we'll be forwarding your details on to Team Meat. For everyone else, thanks for taking part, and don't forget you can still pre-order the game for 33% off!

And Yet It Moves Pay-What-You-Want Today Only

November 24, 2010 2:00 PM | Michael Rose

[Update: Due to the large amount of traffic to the site, the offer was postponed, but is now fully available again for today! Make sure you grab a copy before it disappears!]

Or AYIMPWYW, as it's known to its closest friends. Yes indeed, the lovely And Yet It Moves costs absolutely whatever you want it to cost, including the big $0.00 if you so wish (although it is worth far more than that, so let's not be tight!).

The sale is only on today, so if you haven't played the game before, you really need to grab it asap - it really is a ton of fun. Quick recap for those who have forgotten what it's about: It's your normal platforming game, expect that you can rotate the screen through 90 degrees in either direction, making floors into walls and walls into ceilings. It also gets very weird later on, and features some lovely visuals and sounds.

We have a full review if you're into that kind of thing. Buying the game is a little fiddly - you need to click the PWYW logo on the right of the page, then create an account (or log in via Facebook). Then go back to the product page and click PWYW again, and this time it will let you choose your price. Go buy!

Indie Game Pick: Commander - World 1 (Jodi Giordano)

November 24, 2010 12:34 PM | Michael Rose

Really loving this, so much style! Commander - World 1 is a tower defense game for both PC and Xbox 360. Asteroids are approaching planets in your solar system, and you need to build huge guns on adjacent planets to shoot them down before they hit.

The paths of the asteroids are marked as a white dotted line, and over the course of each level the path's orbit changes, meaning that the direction of the asteroids is constantly changing. Not only that, but your planets are always moving too, so guns will sometimes be in the perfect position to destroy asteroids, and other times be nowhere near. It's a brilliant idea, and makes for some very challenging play.

The game oozes charm, with menus that look like a game in progress - the planets are the selections, while asteroids move around them and enter a black hole at the end - and there are plenty of levels to play through. The PC version costs $5 and is easily worth it, although if you have an Xbox it's probably best to pick it up there, as it's only 80 MS Points ($1). Jodi will be using the money he earns to fund World 2.

Make sure you at least check out the demo - if you're into your tower defense game, you'll most likely love this. Here's the PC version, and here's the Xbox.

Trailer: ZP2KX - Zombies and Pterodactyls 20XX (Ska Studios)

November 24, 2010 12:10 PM | Michael Rose

From the creators of I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES!!!1 and The Dishwasher series comes ZP2KX - Zombies and Pterodactyls 20XX, an Xbox Live Indie Game sequel to multiplayer fighter ZP2K9.

As part of the Indie Games Winter Uprising, it will be released during the first week of December. Check out our Winter Uprising podcast to hear the organisers discuss all the details.

Minecraft Survival Multiplayer Update Released

November 24, 2010 11:39 AM | Michael Rose

Yes yes I know, two Minecraft posts in two days, so feel free to troll - but this is most definitely worth mentioning. Today the Survival Multiplayer Mode (SMP) in Minecraft was given a huge update, implementing a whole host of features that MC players have been pined for.

The main new feature is that health now works in multiplayer - not only will you be able to get hurt, but you'll also be able to attack monsters, animals, and even other players. There are plenty of other smaller updates too, fixing bugs and implementing fall damage. Should now make multiplayer even more fun! Check this post to see the full list of what has been updated (apparently everything on this list is now done).

A number of users have mentioned that the update is breaking certain other parts of the game for them, but as always Notch is constantly on the case, so expect to see the update fully working by the end of the day.

Indie Game Links: A Slow Year, A Long December

November 24, 2010 8:00 AM | Tim W.

Today's collection of independent game links includes more indie game previews, a couple of development updates, and interviews with developers from around the 'net.

Cliffski’s Blog: The Indie Rules Of Acquisition
"Here are the raw slides from my presentation at the Indie World Of Love conference. For anyone actually at the conference, this is what my slides were meant to look like."

Ian Bogost: A Slow Year is Now Available
"I'm happy to announce that my award-winning game A Slow Year is now available for purchase. The game comes in two editions, a paperbound standard edition with Windows/Mac edition of the game ($19.95), or a numbered, signed limited edition that comes with Atari cartridge, Windows/Mac CD and leatherbound hardback ($500)."

Rock, Paper, Shotgun: Markus ‘Notch’ Persson Talks Minecraft
"Minecraft creator Markus 'Notch' Persson tells us what difference (or lack of a difference) money has made, the experience of starting a company, and plans for in-game video recording. And why he’s not ready to retire just yet." Super Meat Boy Bandage Guide
"Getting all the bandages in Super Meat Boy will unlock some secret characters and serve as undeniable proof of your platforming prowess. This guide will help you find whatever bandages you’ve missed."

Hello Games: New Characters Let Loose
"We love Joe Danger, but sometimes he gets a bit lonely. To keep him company we’re releasing some awesome new characters for Joe Danger, and each comes with their own unique style, new motorbike, crazy new moves and special collectibles."

Fire Hose Games: Child’s Play Auction - Name Our Characters
"We’re holding an auction to help out with Child’s Play, a charity which raises money to get sick kids video games to play while they’re in the hospital (among other things). The winner of the auction will get to name one our main characters whatever they’d like."

Half Channel Podcast: Episode 003
"In this week’s edition of the Half Channel Podcast we talked with Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes about their new Xbox Live Arcade release Super Meat Boy. If you want to hear the interview and don’t care what us Half Channel folks have say, you can skip to the 1:20:00 mark."

Retro City Rampage: Fan Art Contest
"We’re running the first of many Retro City Rampage fan art contests. The winner of this contest will receive a signed Retro City Rampage NES cartridge case."

Basilisk Games: Basilisk Games Black Friday Sale
"If you purchase Eschalon: Book II at $24.95 now, we will give you a free copy of Eschalon: Book I. This sale runs from 12:01am to 11:59pm EST on Friday, November 26."

Freeware Game Pick: Factorium (Lazy Brain Games)

November 24, 2010 7:00 AM | Tim W.

In Factorium players get to control a masked hoverboard rider as he makes his way through a forest teeming with robotic plant hybrids, armed with a selection of eight weapons that he can deploy on screen using the drag and drop method. Purple gems that defeated enemies leave behind can be collected to increase your score, which is tallied and submitted to an online leaderboard once you've beaten the game.

Factorium only features one playable level, although it will take you a good ten or fifteen minutes to reach the end of it on your first go. (Windows, 8.03MB)

Browser Game Pick: Radical Fishing (Vlambeer)

November 23, 2010 11:00 PM | Tim W.

In Radical Fishing you play as a fisherman named Billy who is trying to make a living by catching fishes, out at sea with just a pistol, a pole, and a long yet unbreakable fishing line as his starting equipment. You begin each round by casting your line into the water and guiding the hook past any swimming fishes that try to get a bite of it. The line is automatically reeled in the second a fish is caught, but you can (and should) latch on to other marine life while the hook is on its way up. Once the fishes are out of the water, they will stay airborne for a couple of seconds so that you can blast them into chunks of fish meat to sell at the market.

Any cash you've earned can be spent at the shop to purchase better equipment or increase the length of your fishing line (among other things). The game includes a couple of achievements that you can unlock and an online leaderboard for you to submit your scores to, although you'll have to sign up for a member account first before these two features are made accessible to the player.

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