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Browser Game Pick: Antibody (Tim Dawson, Sanatana Mishra)

October 25, 2012 12:00 PM | Danny Cowan

Working together on a personal weekend project, Australian developers Tim Dawson and Sanatana Mishra (together with musician Syama Mishra) have produced Antibody, a browser-based arena shoot-'em-up. Downloadable freeware versions for Windows and Mac are also available.

In Antibody, controls are mapped entirely to the mouse; left-clicking shoots, while right-clicking makes the player's character dash to a specified point on the playfield. Be warned: some enemies are heavily armored, and must be circled around and attacked from behind. Also keep in mind that you're not invincible while dashing. The mechanics are a little difficult to grasp at first, but the control scheme is very satisfying, once mastered.

Release: Hyperspace Pinball (Gamieon)

October 25, 2012 10:00 AM | Danny Cowan

After premiering for iOS and Android last year, an upgraded Windows and Mac version of Gamieon's Hyperspace Pinball is out of beta, and is now available at Desura.

According to developer Christopher Haag, Hyperspace Pinball is an arcade-style shoot-'em-up that plays like a pinball game. Enemy squadrons must be destroyed with well-timed shots, while bumpers and loops award power-ups and other bonuses. It's a neat concept that recalls video pinball classics like Alien Crush and Devil's Crush, with a bit of Pinball 2000 influence for good measure.

Hyperspace Pinball is priced at $3.99.

Freeware Game Pick: Goblet Grotto (The Catamites)

October 25, 2012 7:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

goblet grotto.pngI went into Goblet Grotto having only seen a screenshot and having merely read a slightly demented description involving more than a few mentions of goblets and some vague instructions, meaning that I frankly didn't know what to expect. Really. Slightly surreal graphics and some obvious RPG elements aside, I had no idea of what the game was all about or how it worked and that's why I died within seconds of my first attempt at playing it, but know what? It was definitely better like this. Getting to discover, explore and eventually properly play games such as Goblet Grotto is incredibly satisfying and an experience I had honestly missed, and that's why I've decided to suggest you too just dive into it.

[Tips hat to Porpentine and]

IndieGoGo Project: The Samaritan Paradox (Andail)

October 25, 2012 5:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

Involving dead fathers, secret novels, the weapons industry, helpless children and '80s Sweden, The Samaritan Paradox is a truly indie attempt at a point-and-click thriller that has set out to become the perfect interactive fusion of Stieg Larsson and the Brothers Grimm. Yes, it does sound like an overtly ambitious project for what is practically a one-man team, but Petter Ljungqvist seems like he's actually going to both release the game and make sure it lives up to our classic point-and-click standards.

The game, you see, is already looking beautiful and charmingly low-res and you can even give its rather hefty demo a try.

What's more, you can help its development by supporting it via IndieGoGo where $10 will earn you a copy of the thing upon release and will help The Samaritan Paradox reach its humble goal and be all the better for it. The fundraiser will apparently help cover the voice acting costs and we all know how important quality voice work can be, don't we?

Demo: The Galactic Asteroids Patrol (Invigo Studios)

October 24, 2012 11:00 PM | Danny Cowan

Invigo Studios has released a free demo version of The Galactic Asteroids Patrol, a modernized take on Atari's arcade classic Asteroids for Windows and Mac.

In The Galactic Asteroids Patrol, your job is to clear floating debris from a series of space sectors using explosive weaponry. You can customize your weapons load-out before each level, and you'll earn a variety of unlockable upgrades to outfit four playable ship types. While it's not featured in the demo, the full version will include cooperative and competitive online multiplayer modes.

The Galactic Asteroids Patrol is set to premiere in November.

Browser Game Pick: Frog Fractions (Twin Beard)

October 24, 2012 9:00 PM | John Polson

frog fractions.pngFrog Fractions starts out as a simple arcade style game that reminded me a bit of Missile Attack, if the frog's tongue were the weapon and the bases to protect were the fruit. Then the insane upgrades start, and the game undergoes a bit of its own metamorphosis. And it keeps changing.

Adorned with odd music and sound effects, an indignity meter (losing at a game is a shameful thing, after all), and a fractional point system, it all adds up to an unforgettable experience! Life gets really interesting for this frog after he befriends a turtle and a dragon, too. Without spoiling more, go flex your flippers with Frog Fractions.

[Source: Brandon Sheffield]

Browser Game Pick: Machine Cares! (Failbetter Games/Channel Four/Childline)

October 24, 2012 6:30 PM | Cassandra Khaw

machinecares.jpg An occasionally uncomfortable experience, Machine Cares! is an interactive story that was developed to 'tackle the issues surrounding youth suicide and the feelings young people experience. Centered around a young boy who finds himself being moved into a room once occupied by a youth that had recently committed suicide, Machine Cares! will have you dealing with a mysterious A.I who insists on calling you by the deceased's name and the people he once knew. I'm not really big on the art in this particular game, but it's still worth the playthrough -- if you're willing to sign in with Facebook, that is.

Play the game here.

Steam's Canadian Indie Bundle Is Sweet As Maple Syrup

October 24, 2012 5:00 PM | Cassandra Khaw

canadianindiebundle.jpg This midweek Canadian Indie Bundle is filled with awesome, so much so that I'm willing to bet that most indie game connoisseurs already have all of the titles included in this offer. However, if you have spare cash and do not already own everything in the collection, now's a great time to get Dungeons of Dredmor, Shank, Shank 2, Capsized, HOARD, Space Pirates and Zombies, Superbrothers: Sword & Sorcery EP, Warp, and Waveform -- all for 15 bucks. I don't usually get completely worked up about midweek bundles but, really, if you don't have any of these games already, do yourself a favor and get the bundle now.

Check out the bundle here.

Release: Majestic-12 (Exis Interactive)

October 24, 2012 12:00 PM | Danny Cowan

Exis Interactive has released Majestic-12, an excellent-looking multiplayer run-and-gun shooter created as a side project by a team of developers from Firaxis (XCOM: Enemy Unknown) and Irrational Games (Bioshock Infinite).

Described as a blend of Konami's classic Contra and The Behemoth's multiplayer brawler Castle Crashers (or "Contra Crashers," as the developer succinctly puts it), Majestic-12 allows up to four players to team up and battle armies of bizarre enemies -- and each other -- throughout a series of cooperative and competitive gameplay modes.

The game also has a good sense of humor about itself. Witness, for example, Indie Mode -- a crucial feature that should be included in all indie games, really.

Majestic-12 is priced at $9.99. A free demo version is available here.

Indie Gala 10 Offers 9 Games, Upcoming Bonuses

October 24, 2012 10:00 AM | Danny Cowan


Indie Gala has launched its tenth pay-what-you-want bundle featuring a collection of nine Steam-redeemable games, along with two DRM-free titles and a set of bonus content.

Pay any amount for Indie Gala 10 and you'll receive downloadable copies of Omegalodon (DRM-free), Praetorians (DRM-free), East India Company, and Majesty 2. Beat the bundle's average purchase price (currently $5.31) and you'll also receive Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West, Europa Universalis: Rome - Gold Edition, Knights of Honor, Elven Legacy and Hearts of Iron II Complete.

Buyers who exceed Indie Gala 10's average will also receive two unnamed bonus games, which will be unlocked in the campaign's second week. Purchase proceeds can be divided between the bundle's featured developers, the Able Gamers Charity, and the Italian Red Cross.

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