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10 Indie Games to Sing Along with

September 21, 2012 2:00 PM | John Polson

As much as I love a good synthesized song, there's something special and seemingly rare about indie game music with lyrics. Thanks to the Internet, I've realized dozens of quality songs exist in indie games already. Some songs start at the title, others at the end credits, and some even in-game. To celebrate these songs, I have begun gathering them here.

First up is Beck's Cities (on Queasy Games' Sound Shapes). This PlayStation Network (Vita and PS3) game and song will make you MOVE a little, TURN a little, BREAK a little and even HURT a little. Hell, the stage itself sings along!

Demo/Release: Clean'Em Up (Omidos Entertainment)

September 21, 2012 12:00 PM | Danny Cowan

This one slipped past me when it was originally released, but @shmups recently alerted me to the existence of Omidos Entertainment's Clean'Em Up, a neon-colored twin-stick shooter for Windows. A free demo version is also available.

Clean'Em Up puts players in control of an Upgradable Antivirus charged with protecting a PC's file system from viruses and other threats. The game's Back2Back Engine allows you to launch attacks from both the front and the rear of your ship, and there are numerous weapons and power-ups you can collect throughout the 70 included levels.

Clean'Em Up is priced at $3.99.

Super Hexagon Too Tough? Try The Text Adventure Version

September 21, 2012 10:00 AM | Danny Cowan


Terry Cavanagh's minimalist action game Super Hexagon is quite a challenge, as you might surmise from his report that only 0.04% of players have seen the game's ending. Perhaps mere mortals aren't meant to see Super Hexagon's conclusion.

If you haven't yet honed your reflexes to the point where you can last more than a few seconds in Super Hexagon, you should give Casey Griggs' text-based adventure version a try.

I'm not very good at it, but maybe you'll have better luck than I did.

Browser Game Pick: Deadly Ascension (Geraud & Germain)

September 21, 2012 7:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

deadly ascension.pngClick, ascend, throw shuriken, ascend, die, try again. Sounds like fun, doesn't it? Yes? Well you'd better be playing Deadly Ascension then, which is a quirky and fun little game created for the French "make a doodle jump like" jam.

Chivalry Medieval Warfare Release Date Announced

September 21, 2012 5:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

If you could be kind enough and watch the trailer above you would both save me some time and find out Chivalry Medieval Warfare will be getting its release on the 16th of October. You would also most probably discover whether this definitely stunning yet bone-crunchingly brutal competitive FPS without guns is something for you. As for me, well, I definitely appreciate what I'm seeing, but trying to play with my eyes closed doesn't really help...

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

September 21, 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 BioWare Austin, Facebook, Cryptic 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:

Cryptic Studios: Senior Graphics Programmer:
"Cryptic Studios is a leading developer of massively multiplayer online role-playing games, with a reputation for delivering profitable, on-time and on-budget titles. Cryptic developed the innovative and successful City of Heroes, as well as its subsequent expansion, City of Villains.

Cryptic was acquired by Perfect World in August 2011 and is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Perfect World. In addition to supporting Champions Online and Star Trek Online with new updates and content, Cryptic is now developing Neverwinter and other unannounced projects. The company continues to rapidly diversify its portfolio of games with the aim of reaching beyond the traditional MMORPG genre."

Facebook: Partner Engineer - Games:
"Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Working at Facebook means doing what you love. We hire trailblazers, hackers and pioneers. We want people who can solve challenging problems, make a real impact and build something big. You should join us."

Demo and Release: Adventure Apes (ScaryPotato)

September 21, 2012 3:00 AM | John Polson

After four years of Ryan Slater gouging out his eyes (which makes for one scarypotato) comes Adventure Apes: The Mayan Mystery. For those hankering for a platform exploration game similar to Metroid, this tiny monkey named Mitch might scratch that itch. The Windows-only full version is $2.99 and is packed with over 100 rooms, 6 weapons and skills, 5 bosses, and a fully illustrated instruction booklet with area maps.

Adventure Apes has a sizable a demo, too. The developer confirmed that as long as players have saved their progress at a save point, they'll be able to load that file with the full version. A more elaborate video with the developer is after the jump.

Kickstarter, Contests Bring FTL to Life

September 21, 2012 1:00 AM | Staff

Since late last week, three simple letters have been floating around on Twitter as devs and gamers alike discover a new release on Steam that could very well be "the next big thing" in indie games.

FTL -- or Faster Than Light -- is a space-faring simulation in the same vein as the wonderful Weird Worlds, as players blast off with a custom crew, visiting randomly-generated planets and taking care of randomly-generate business.

The game hasn't exactly come out of nowhere. In 2011, it was a finalist at IGF China, and in 2012 it earned honorable mentions in two categories at the IGF -- including for the Grand Prize. Then, earlier this year, the game popped up on Kickstarter and promptly destroyed its funding goal, earning just over $200,000 in pledges.

Now, since the game released on Steam last week, it has constantly stayed in the top 10 best selling games on the service. This is a game on a mission, and the buzz it's receiving is infectious.

Torchlight II Is Out Now

September 20, 2012 11:00 PM | Danny Cowan

So this game called Torchlight II is out now on Steam. Perhaps you've been waiting for it.

Runic Games follows up on its 2009 action-RPG Torchlight with a sequel that boasts a deep character customization system and cooperative multiplayer via LAN or online. The interface has been significantly overhauled, and there's now a New Game+ mode to keep you busy long after you've plumbed the game's final dungeons. Basically, between this and Borderlands 2, you have a lot of loot to look forward to this week.

Torchlight II is priced at $19.99. A four-pack that you can share with friends is also available for $59.99.

Indie Royale Profile: Lunar Flight

September 20, 2012 8:30 PM | Staff

[Guest reviewer Colin Brown profiles each game in the Back to School Bundle currently running on IndieGames' co-created site Indie Royale.]

Ever wished for an HD remake of Lunar Lander? Because that's exactly what Sean 壮h0v0r・Edwards' Lunar Flight is, except taken to the absolute extreme. It's frankly shocking how much graphical fidelity, detail and realism can be squeezed out of such a simple premise, but that's what makes Lunar Flight such a fascinating game. With a robust physics system, complex interface and harsh difficulty, it isn't going to be for everyone. But if you've already got a good handle on the fiddly nature of flight sim games, Lunar Flight offers one of the most detailed (and perhaps only) simulations of a lunar probe out there.

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