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Dungeonmen: Men of Dungeons do BETA

October 5, 2012 7:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

dungeonmen.pngI'll admit it. I always fall for a good name, but Dungeonmen: Men of Dungeons has actually more than that to it. It has some lovely Sega Genesis/Megadrive styled cover art. Oh, and it's a pretty traditional 16-bit-esque fantasy RPG too. And it actually also happens to be a rather good game, which always comes in handy.

Everything starts off with an impressive (for the '90s that is) introduction, that some might go on and describe as NSFW due to the cartoony human breasts it sports and most will find lovely in its dark-lord-rising tackiness. You then get to select your party from a variety of different characters, each with a unique skill, name them, choose their appearance and take them to meet the king and have his daughter both explain the plot and set the overall tongue-in-cheek mood of the experience.

Following that, we have the not entirely unexpected kitting out of the team with an impressive variety of weapons, armour, spells and stuff, and the sending them off to explore the land, enter dungeons, kill monsters and save the world. The 16-bit way of course. The rich, splendidly detailed and highly entertaining 16-bit way to be precise.

Dungeonmen: Men of Dungeons is still in beta and can be downloaded for free for your Windows PC. Grab it here.

Freeware Game Pick: A Murder In The Public Domain (Chris Ohmstede)

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

pdmurder.pngDirk Caliber and Mary Livingston are trying to solve the murder of Mary's suitably mysterious employer and you will apparently be trying to help them by making all the important choices in A Murder In The Public Domain. You know (well, you do now), the oddly named visual novel that tells an ever expanding story and is based on all sorts of open source and public domain material, ranging from bits of code and videos to music and art. Actually the fact that the game and its story will keep evolving based on the collage of assets its dev will be able to scavenge, make this an extremely intriguing project and something that should raise a post-modern eye-brow or two.

Download A Murder In The Public Domain.

Get a job: Facebook and others hiring now on the Gamasutra jobs board

October 5, 2012 3:00 AM | Eric Caoili

In the latest postings over the last seven days, Gamasutra's jobs board plays host to roles in every major discipline, including opportunities at Facebook, Electronic Arts Montreal, Retro Studios, and others.

Each position posted by employers will appear on the main Gamasutra job board, and appear in the site's daily and weekly newsletters, reaching our readers directly.

It will also be cross-posted for free across Gamasutra's network of submarket sites, which includes content sites focused on independent games and more.

Some of the notable jobs posted this week include:

Trendy Entertainment: Unreal Engine 3 Engineer:
"Trendy Entertainment is an acclaimed independent games developer located in Gainesville, FL. Most recently we shipped Dungeon Defenders, which sold over 1.5 million units on PC, Mac, Xbox 360, and PS3, as well as over 3 million downloads of Dungeon Defenders: First Wave and Second Wave on iOS and Android. We are focused on delivering quality midcore and hardcore multiplayer titles across mobile, PC, and console -- and we're currently working on game technology and titles that are about to change the world!"

Day 1 Studios: Producer:
"Day 1 Studios believes that extraordinary individuals create extraordinary entertainment. To continue our success, we need the best and brightest designers, composers, artists and technologists to share our quest to create revolutionary games. Join us in our Chicago and Hunt Valley, MD locations."

Gameplay: Samurai Gunn (Beau Blyth)

October 5, 2012 3:00 AM | John Polson

Beau Blyth's (Teknogames') latest multiplayer Samurai Gunn blends feudal Japanese with the Wild West, creating tense rounds of sword and gun play. Those wanting proof need only check out VVVVVV creator Terry Cavanagh and Infinite Blank developer Evan Balster duking it out in the above clip.

Basic ground rules to foster careful play are that the gun has only three bullets per fight round, swords can deflect bullets, and swords can parry opponents' strikes. Players can even chisel out rocky terrain into deadly traps with their swords. The winner is the first to 10 kills.

Curiously, Blyth's previous games, 0Space, Shoot First, and Action Fist all have a multiplayer element, too. Samurai Gunn's versus chaos caused quite a stir at the Fantastic Arcade but is not yet ready for wide release.

More videos are after the jump.

Indie Royale Profiles: Dangerous High School Girls, The Witch's Yarn

October 5, 2012 1:00 AM | Staff

[Guest reviewer Colin Brown profiles each game in the Oktoberfest Bundle running on IndieGames' co-created site, Indie Royale.]

So what is Mousechief's Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble! supposed to be? That's certainly an interesting question to ponder. On one hand it's a bit of a visual novel adventure, with plenty of dialogue, mystery, decisions and clues to discover in the unique 1920s school setting. In another light it's a RPG, where Rebellion, Glamour and Savvy take over the roles of strength and dexterity. You could easily call it a casual game, and the developers certainly do, with simple to pick-up gameplay that can be indulged in for a couple of hours or toyed with for ten minutes. Technically speaking you could even call it a board game, and the lovely visuals would fully support that claim. Regardless, it's a game that you absolutely should check out, because it's terrific.

Bit.Trip Core Out Now for Windows and Mac Via Steam

October 4, 2012 11:00 PM | Danny Cowan

The second chronological game in Gaijin Games' console-born Bit.Trip saga, Bit.Trip Core, is now available for Windows and Mac via Steam.

In Bit.Trip Core, players press up, down, left, or right in response to on-screen cues that sync to a backing music track. It's very colorful! Bit.Trip Core's rhythm-action brethren Bit.Trip Beat and Bit.Trip Runner are also available on Steam, though many entries in the series remain exclusive to the Nintendo Wii and 3DS for now.

Bit.Trip Core is priced at $9.99, and is also available in a soundtrack bundle for $11.99.

Browser Game Pick: Deep Sleep (scriptwelder)

October 4, 2012 4:00 PM | Cassandra Khaw

deepsleep.jpg If you're a fan of horror, retro-looking point & click games and enjoy squirming in your seat, chances are you may enjoy Deep Sleep. An entry in the recent 10th Casual Gameplay Design competition, Deep Sleep came in first and for good reason. The story of a person trapped within their own nightmares, Deep Sleep is creepy without being overdone and a rather lovely representation of the competition's 'Escape' theme.

Play the game here.

Trailer: College Ruled Universe (Arachnid Games)

October 4, 2012 2:00 PM | John Polson

Arachnid Games' stunning platform adventure and shoot-em-up College Ruled Universe is about to leap from mere notebook sketches to multiplatform systems. After a successful $8,000 Kickstarter campaign, the upcoming title should ship for PC, Mac and iOS in December 2012.

College Ruled Universe features two main gameplay segments: exploration and flight. In exploration, players will find new missions, collect parts, and learn about the mysterious world and tips for how to beat tough enemies. In flight, players will choose their wings, nose, and weapons to fit the mission. Abilities include shot, slash and dash to handle waves of enemies. Also, the more lives saved during the mission, the more trophies acquired at the end.

Steam users can vote for the game on Greenlight.

Browser Game Pick: Mamono Digger (Hojamaka Games)

October 4, 2012 12:00 PM | Danny Cowan


Mamono Sweeper developer Hojamaka Games has released Mamono Digger, a browser-based puzzler that offers a unique twist on the SameGame formula.

The instructions are in Japanese, but it's pretty easy to figure out with the pictures provided. The object is to eliminate colored pieces from the screen by clicking and dragging with your mouse. Bricks can only be destroyed if every square that you highlight contains like-colored pieces.

Getting rid of adjacent pieces is easy enough, but you can also eliminate faraway bricks by dragging a straight line, square, or rectangle over a stretch of empty space that separates two or more like-colored pieces. Once you reveal all of the characters hidden underneath the playfield, you win. It's pretty fun!

[Thanks, Marcus R!]

Indie Game: The Movie Now on Netflix Instant

October 4, 2012 10:00 AM | Danny Cowan


Still haven't seen the independent game developer documentary Indie Game: The Movie? If you have a Netflix subscription, you can now stream it whenever you want via Netflix's Watch Instantly service.

Indie Game: The Movie chronicles the development of Team Meat's Super Meat Boy and Polytron's Fez, with bonus input from Braid creator Jonathan Blow. If you'd prefer to own a digital copy (which includes an audio commentary track and other extras), you can purchase it at Steam or iTunes.

You can also pick up a copy directly from the official website, which is currently offering Indie Game: The Movie for 50% off with the code "BUTIDONTHAVENETFLIX".

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