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Indie Royale Debuts Seven-Game Back to School Bundle

September 15, 2012 11:00 AM | John Polson

IndieGames' co-created bundle service Indie Royale returns with the Back to School Bundle featuring seven indie games, including an exclusive debut for Bunny Must Die! from Rockin' Android.

First up is Ronimo Games' side-scrolling real-time strategy game, Swords & Soldiers and its Super Saucy Sausage Fest DLC, available for Windows, Mac and Linux on Steam, Desura and DRM-free. [NOTE: Super Saucy Sausage Fest DLC is not available for Linux users.] This beautifully crafted game offers wit and solid gameplay while controlling the Vikings, the Aztecs or the Chinese in their global quest to win the favor of the Gods. The Super Saucy Sausage Fest DLC offers ten new campaigns, an improved challenge mode, and plenty of new spells and units. GameSpot praises Swords & Soldiers: "its simple controls and abounding good humour are likely to engage even those who have never dipped their controllers into the strategy pool."

HG101 Creator Reveals Christopher Columbus Adventure Game

September 15, 2012 8:00 AM | Danny Cowan

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Kurt Kalata, creator of the niche gaming shrine Hardcore Gaming 101, revealed that he's working on a point-and-click adventure game starring a befuddled Christopher Columbus. Christopher Columbus is an Idiot chronicles the explorer's many foibles and misadventures, and serves as a follow-up to Kalata's previous work in the genre, Que Pasa, Perro?

"The story is loosely based on history, in as much as 'history' is defined by checking a Wikipedia article, translating it into another language, forgetting half of it, and then deliberately misappropriating the rest into a form that would surely baffle the academic community," Kalata explains.

"In real life, Christopher Columbus someone so deeply denial about his misdiscoveries that he wrongly identified an entire race of people - a mistake with ramifications today! - and apparently refused to acknowledge that he'd ever done anything wrong. What kind of foolish buffoon does that? That's what we seek to answer."

Christopher Columbus is an Idiot is also a competing title in Bundle-in-a-Box's Indie Dev Grant.

Release- FTL: Faster Than Light (Subset Games)

September 15, 2012 7:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

ftl.pngFaster Than Light, the brilliant-looking indie game that impressed everyone with its successful Kickstarter campaign, has been released and is indeed (rather unsurprisingly too) brilliant. And very, very unique.

Describing FTL in terms of other games is pretty tough. I mean, yes, its randomly generated galaxies wouldn't be out of place in a rogue-like and it does at times feel like an unholy mix of Elite with Command and Conquer, but FTL is something different altogether. Guess it could essentially be described as a tactical combat explore-'em-up with a hint of RPG and an odd feeling of authenticity, that is played from a top-down perspective in which you get to do what every space explorer loves doing. You know, opening hatch doors, transferring power from the shields to engineering, upgrading your spaceship, targeting enemies, ordering the crew around and handling all the PR.

FTL can be downloaded DRM-free and with all sorts of goodies via gog.com or complete with its Mac and Linux version from the developer's site. If you feel a bit more mainstream, well, you can also grab it on Steam.

Go buy it!

Demo: The Cat Lady (Harvester Games)

September 14, 2012 6:05 PM | Cassandra Khaw



The Cat Lady is a creepy point & click adventure centered on the life of suicidal 40-year old Susan Ashworth. After having failed to take her own life the first time around, she finds herself under the care of a Suicide Watch. One day, she finds out that she has, somehow, drawn the attention of five ruthless psychopaths, all of whom are intent on causing her significant harm. Will they succeed? We'll soon see. The developers are apparently hoping to release the game this Halloween.

For now, check out the demo.

Browser Game Pick: Kingdom of Liars 1 (Hyptosis)

September 14, 2012 5:23 PM | Cassandra Khaw

kingdomofliars1.jpg If there's anything that Hyptosis is good at, it's probably world-building. Set within the land of Ashbane, Kingdom of Liars 1 will have you investigating some rather criminal happenings and making acquaintances with a variety of strange creatures. Though disappointingly short, it definitely sets the stage for what may open up into a whole nest of political conspiracies and more. As is always the case with games from Hyptosis, Kingdom of Liars 1 will require a fair bit of point & clicking and, well, it's a short game. I won't spoil it for you.

Check out the game here.

Rob Fearon's DRM Debuts in New 'Deep Space' Bundle In A Box

September 14, 2012 2:00 PM | John Polson

Bundle In a Box 2.pngManta rays and space giraffes brighten deep space in Kyttaro Games' newest Bundle In A Box, offering five games for $0.99 and three more for those who beat the average.

Of particular interest, Rob Fearon's arena shooter Death Ray Manta debuts exclusively on the bundle for Windows and Mac users. Other $0.99-level games include Llamasoft's demented Space Giraffe on Windows (with Steam key), frenetic space-combat sim The Wreckless (Windows, Mac, and Desura), surreal RPG/adventure Dark Scavenger (Windows, Mac, and Desura), and the Windows remake of Commodore 64 classic Armalyte.

More space-themed games are available for those who pay over the average, too. Games in this level include space-shooter Sol: Exodus (Windows, Steam, and Desura), recently released 2.5D arcade style Miner Wars Arena (Windows, Mac, and Desura), and platformer RobotRiot (Windows, Mac, and Desura).

Freeware Game Pick - Afterlife 3: Legends of Rickard Bronson (RjB Software)

September 14, 2012 12:00 PM | Danny Cowan

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This week brings the release of Afterlife 3: Legends of Rickard Bronson, a free downloadable game for Windows that developer Ryan J. Bury describes as "some sort of 90s-inspired roguelike platformer (maybe)."

Afterlife 3 serves as a prequel to the previous entries in the series, though Bury assures that no previous experience with the Afterlife games is necessary to enjoy the latest release. Each of the game's levels is procedurally generated, and players will encounter a variety of tough boss characters and unlockable minigames throughout. The game also has online leaderboards, allowing you to compare your best playthroughs with competing players worldwide.

Gateways Out Now For Steam, Desura, Xbox Live Indie Games

September 14, 2012 10:00 AM | Danny Cowan

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Smudged Cat Games has released its portal-platformer Gateways for Steam, Desura, and the Xbox Live Indie Games service, as part of the ongoing Indie Games Uprising III.

Originally released for Windows back in March, Gateways is a side-scrolling puzzler in which players use portals to traverse long distances, flip gravity, and even travel through time to solve environment-based puzzles. As the screenshot above demonstrates, the results can often be quite disorienting (and awesome)!

The PC version of Gateways is priced at $3.99 during its launch week. The XBLIG edition is available for 240 Microsoft points ($3). A DRM-free version of the game (which includes a free Steam key) can be purchased directly from Smudged Cat's website.

Get a job: Toys for Bob and others hiring now on the Gamasutra jobs board

September 14, 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 Toys for Bob, Kojima Productions Los Angeles, 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:

Media Molecule: Experienced Gameplay Programmer:
"Media Molecule was built around the idea that it might be possible to make innovative, creative games for the 'next generation' of game consoles - all the while staying small and true to that 'family' vibe you only get when working in a small, talented team.

We've managed to stay below fifty people, and ship two innovative, award-winning Playstation 3 games, and now we're making totally brand new games! We need people with the skills and imaginations to make those games super special."

Toys for Bob / Activision: Senior FX Artist:
"We're owned by Activision. We've been together for 20 years, made a bunch of games, many of which are actually fun. Our office and work style are pretty damn awesome. We advocate the relocation of polar bear tribes to Antarctica. We have the best design tools around."

Vlambeer's and Adam Saltsman's New Games Available Via Venus Patrol

September 14, 2012 2:00 AM | John Polson

venus patrol header.jpgTwo Venus Patrol-exclusive games, Vlambeer's Gun Godz and Adam Saltsman's Capsule, are the star bonuses for new users who subscribe for a year for $25 to the brand-new website. Since the site wishes to remain ad and spam free, it is encouraging new followers who did not contribute to its Kickstarter campaign to pay to access its comment system. The site in turn showers those financial contributors with exclusive gifts.

Specifically, new Windows and Mac subscribers get two exclusive games from the Canabalt and Super Crate Box developers. Adam Saltsman's Capsule is described as "an ultra-atmospheric space survival game" and features sound design by Deep Sea creator Robin Arnott. Vlambeer's Gun Godz is a "lo-fi hip-hop first-person-shooter" and features underground hip-hop legend Dose One.

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