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Game Dev Start-Up Incubator Shuts Down, Blames Harsh Indie Climate

October 23, 2012 1:00 AM | Staff

joystick_labs.jpgHopeful independent video game entrepreneurs have one less source to turn to for start-up money, as incubator Joystick Labs will no longer be funding new companies.

Started just over two years ago by a group that included Red Storm Entertainment co-founder Juan Beito, the group's program provided a small amount of funding and network support to get a new developer going, in exchange for a minority ownership in the company.

The group blamed a harsh independent video game climate for shutting down the program, saying that getting a digital game noticed is more difficult than it had realized.

"It has become very difficult for an independent developer to get noticed," managing director John Austin told local New England-area outlet The News & Observer. "For every Angry Birds, there are literally tens of thousands of great companies not getting noticed."

Since its inception, Joystick Labs funded seven game companies, three of which are still operational. The highest-profile game to come from Joystick funding is Mighty Rabbit Studios' Saturday Morning RPG, a mobile title that apparently has not been selling very well.

[Frank Cifaldi wrote this article, which originally appeared on Gamasutra.]

Rain-Slick 3 DLC + Ports for iOS, Android, and Mac Arrive This Thursday

October 22, 2012 11:00 PM | Danny Cowan

Zeboyd Games announced that a free DLC expansion for Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 will be released on Thursday, October 25th, accompanying the launch of new ports for Mac, iOS, and Android devices.

"The Lair Of The Seamstress" DLC for Windows and XBLIG adds a new post-game bonus dungeon designed to challenge players who have leveled their classes above level 40. The update also includes a new costume pack that turns the playable cast into zombies.

Those who purchased the Windows version of Rain-Slick 3 via Steam will receive free access to the Mac version when it launches on Thursday. Zeboyd also notes that the mobile ports of Rain-Slick 3 will feature "much better touch controls this time around than they were with the Cthulhu Saves the World port."

The final free DLC release for On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 is scheduled for release in December. The next entry in the series will launch early next year.

Browser Game Pick: Pixel Crate Box (joon/gorz)

October 22, 2012 8:00 PM | Cassandra Khaw

pixelcratebox.jpg When Vlambeer issued a challenge over Twitter for developers to create something based on their games in under four hours, many responded. Joon and gorz were two such people. Pixel Crate Box, Needless to say, is a demake of Vlambeer's much-beloved Super Crate Box and it's, er, about as much of a demake as such things can go. With Pixel Crate Box, there are literally nothing but boxes.

Play the game here.

Trailer: Ascension (Magnesium Ninja)

October 22, 2012 6:00 PM | Cassandra Khaw

Finished Lone Survivor? Bored with Amnesia? In need of something more terrifying than bad Halloween costumes? If so, you may be pleased to know that Magnesium Ninja's side-scrolling psychological horror game Ascension will be released, for free, on October 31st. Set within an abandoned skyscraper plagued by a strange disease, it looks a lot like a zombie game in waiting. There's only one way to find out, of course and that's to download it when it finally releases.

Official site here.

Freeware Game Pick: Nuign Specter (Jake Clover)

October 22, 2012 2:00 PM | John Polson

nuign specter.pngJake Clover strikes again with a game whose pacing, genre and art style are all so different than the drunk bear surfing game shared last week. He calls Nuign Specter for Windows an "atmospheric experiment." It's certainly full of atmosphere, one that feels very end-of-world and presents more questions than answers, all without any text.

Players spend their time as a seemingly old creature, who walks a bit slowly with a cane in one hand and screen-shaking shotgun in the other. What would you need to shoot and when? That's for you to discover. Nuign Specter will take only a few minutes of your time to play. As for how long it takes to win (if at all), I have no idea.

99-Cent Speedrun Platformer Ninjah Now Available for Windows

October 22, 2012 10:00 AM | Danny Cowan

Chris Mingay at Colourfy Games writes in with word that his speed-focused platformer Ninjah is now available as a downloadable Windows title for 99 cents.

Originally released as a freeware game back in 2007 and later upgraded for its Xbox Live Indie Games debut last year, Ninjah is a single-screen platformer in which the object is to get to the exit of each level as quickly as possible. Note, however, that you're only able to touch blocks that are the same color as your Ninjah; you'll need to make skillful use of your jetpack and swing rope in order to survive.

Mingay notes that anyone who buys the Windows version will also receive access to the upcoming Linux and Mac OSX ports of Ninjah, once they're available.

Kickstarter Projects: Hero-U (Corey & Lori Cole)

October 22, 2012 5:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

Quest for Glory was easily the best "Quest" series Sierra ever produced and a rare and shining example of genre-blending that actually worked. It also happened to be a series of excellent adventure-RPGs whose creators, Lori and Corey Cole, will attempt to partly revive with Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption and, hopefully, our collective help. Only this time, it will be a RPG-adventure as the Coles and the talented team they've assembled won't just be attempting to bring an old favourite back.

They'll be going for something new and innovative instead: a top-down RPG with strong adventure elements and a ton of meaningful choices that will apparently have drastic effects on the game's plot. The lovely graphics and quality music should help beautifully round the experience up, whereas a $20 pledge will get you the complete game as soon as it get gets released.

Freeware Game Pick: The Pac-Man (JMRante)

October 21, 2012 4:00 PM | Cassandra Khaw

Who needs another Mario re-make when you can have this full scale tribute to everyone's second favorite classic Pac-Man? Spanning over 70 stages and 10 varied worlds, The Pac-Man will have you taking on the familiar task of devouring as many suspicious, orb-like things as possible while avoiding the wrath of the resident ghoulies.

Personally, I'm not that big of a Pac-Man fan but for those looking to take a nostalgic trip down memory lane this Sunday afternoon, you can download the game here.

Naked Gun, Airplane, Hot Shots Inspired Adventure: Jazzpunk

October 21, 2012 12:00 PM | John Polson

Billed as both a "spy-berpunk adventure" and "first person slapstick comedy," this teaser for Jazzpunk from Necrophone Games whets my appetite for funk.

Developer Luis Hernandez told me that he and Jess Brouse are trying their best to balance the gender gags, despite the trailer having a more female focus. Hernandez says they're "going for the Naked Gun/Airplane/Hot Shots 1980s 'spoof' style."

Tutorial - Chivalry: Medieval Warfare (Torn Banner Studios)

October 21, 2012 8:00 AM | Danny Cowan

Torn Banner Studios has released a set of tutorial videos for Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, a multiplayer-focused "first-person slasher" that premiered on Steam earlier this week.

Torn Banner admits that Chivalry's mechanics are a little difficult to grasp at first, and notes that the tutorials are designed to show how much depth there is to the game's melee combat system. The second tutorial video, which covers advanced combat tactics, can be seen here

Chivalry is priced at $24.99.

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