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Release: Gimbal (8888888 LABS)

September 1, 2012 5:00 AM | Danny Cowan

8888888 LABS has released Gimbal, a multiplayer top-down space shooter in which players are able to build their own ships.

Gimbal includes an impressive amount of customization features -- players are able to upgrade every facet of their ship (including engines, fins, and turrets) and buy new parts using currency earned from bounties. Multiplayer battles support up to 16 players (over a LAN or online), and several team-based modes are included. The game has already earned a dedicated player base, and several community-run servers are available.

Gimbal is available as a DRM-free download, and is priced at $14.99.

Browser Game Pick: Eerie Estate Agent (Choice of Games)

August 31, 2012 6:00 PM | Cassandra Khaw

eerieestateagent.jpg Dystopian futures not your thing? Disinclined towards yet another zombie game? Would rather eat cold gruel than play another game with elves in it? Try this on for size. Eerie Estate Agent is the latest game in Choice of Games' stable and a brilliant one at that. Here, you'll be playing as a real estate agent who must, somehow, raise enough money to meet your boss's requirements. Naturally, it's not going to be easy. The property you're in charge of is, er, haunted. Yes. This is going where you think it's going.

If you're interested in checking it out (and I highly recommend you do so), you can head on over here to play it.

Trailer: CYPHER (Cabrera Brothers)

August 31, 2012 4:00 PM | Cassandra Khaw

I think I may be ever so slightly in love. CYPHER is an upcoming cyberpunk text adventure game with an ambitious if familiar promise. It claims that it'd be unlike anything you've ever played before. I'm not entirely certain if the game will deliver in that area but I'm more than willing to give it a go anyway. Set within NeoSushi, a city inspired by the popcorn movies of the 80s, CYPHER will have you struggling to stay alive even as numerous unsavory characters rush after an incomplete upload in your head. Will you succeed?

Unlike most traditional text adventures, CYPHER has been outfitted with ambient sounds and rather attractive graphics, something that may please some to know. If you're curious about the game and want to know more, the official website can be found here.

Release: The Basement Collection (Edmund McMillen)

August 31, 2012 2:00 PM | John Polson

Super Meat Boy co-developer and The Binding of Isaac creator Edmund McMillen has released The Basement Collection on Steam for Windows and Mac for $3.99. Each of the nine games included has been revamped with new content, graphics, controls, Steam functionality and more.

The collection includes Aether, Time Fcuk, Spewer, Coil, Meat Boy, Triachnid, Grey Matter and two secret games. The collection also offers 15+ minutes of never before seen footage from Indie Game: The Movie, 60+ minutes of audio interviews exclusive to the collection, and 100+ pages of design sketches, illustrations and character designs.

Indie Royale Profile: Super Amazing Wagon Adventure

August 31, 2012 1:00 PM | Staff

[Guest reviewer Colin Brown profiles each game in The Getaway Bundle, now available at IndieGames' co-created site: Indie Royale.]

One of the most vivid memories of my first year of school was the introduction of a pair of Apple IIs to the classroom, loaded with Oregon Trail and not one other game. We would make our own little families, send them across the continent and watch as they slowly died of wolves and dysentery due to the fact that a pack of five year olds were making every life threatening decision for them. Sparsevector's Super Amazing Wagon Adventure is a perfect way of revisiting those fond memories. Well, it would be if I wanted to see what those memories would feel like on drugs.

Freeware Game Pick: Soul Jar (Farmergnome)

August 31, 2012 7:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

The amount of quality games produced for Ludum Dare 24 is simply staggering and, though we obviously won't be able to cover everything, you should really take your time and enjoy as many of the 1406 entries as you can. You could always start off with Soul Jar, mind you. A unique and impressively polished game by Farmergnome of Under The Garden fame.

The game, besides looking beautiful in its pixel-art parallax-scrolling glory, has you platforming and adventuring along a "soul jar" from space: a robot with an evolving A.I. that collects and imitates behaviors and can thus be trained by watching your in-game actions. As Farmergnome puts it, "if you become aggressive shooting your way through the enemies the robot will take on aggressive traits, eventually even targeting you, if you heal, carry and protect him he will learn to protect you also, if you are greedy and consume all the food and liquids and items he will adopt those traits also".

Browser Game Pick: My Time (Games By Zed)

August 31, 2012 5:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

mytime.pngMy Time is so very post/meta-jam you simply have to love it; even if you can't stand them naughty words of which it has so many. It is, you see, a funny little offering created for the latest Ludum Dare, the one with the evolution theme, and, well, it stars evolution beating all the previous jam themes. It's all very silly and very worth the 60 or so seconds you'll be playing it.

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

August 31, 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 IO Interactive, Demiurge, 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:

Harmonix Music Systems: Experienced Graphics Engineer:
"Harmonix is one of the world's leading independent game development studios. We're actively creating fun, groundbreaking, interactive experiences. Whether your work is on the existing universes of Rock Band and Dance Central or new worlds we're just beginning to create, it's an exciting time to be a part of this talented group of developers and gamers. Positions are open for exceptional artists, designers, coders and more. Curious what we're up to? Want to think big in our Cambridge-based urban hideout?"

IO Interactive: Generalist Tech Programmers:
"IO Interactive is the creative force behind some of the most talked-about PC and multiplatform videogames to emerge in the last decade. Starting with the praised and ground-breaking Hitman series, IO Interactive has since developed the cult classic Freedom Fighters, the innovative brand Mini Ninjas and the controversial Kane & Lynch series."

Indie Royale Profile: Da New Guys

August 31, 2012 2:00 AM | Staff

[Guest reviewer Colin Brown profiles each game in The Getaway Bundle, now available at IndieGames' co-created site: Indie Royale.]

Like many games built with the Adventure Game Studio engine, Da New Guys began as a neat little freeware title from Ice Box Games. It spawned a more polished sequel, Day of the Jackass, which was picked up for distribution by everyone's favourite indie adventure house Wadjet Eye Games and which also now sits in this very bundle. And though it may lack the higher profile of Analogue or Shattered Horizon, or even fellow Wadjet Eye published games like Gemini Rue and Resonance, Da New Guys is a cheerful, funny and surprisingly clever adventure through the world of pro wrestling.

Mutant Mudds Debuts For Windows

August 30, 2012 11:00 PM | Danny Cowan

Renegade Kid's multi-plane platformer Mutant Mudds is now available for Windows via Desura, Good Old Games, GamersGate, and the Renegade Shop.

Mutant Mudds offers 60 levels filled with filthy mutants and collectible doodads. The PC version includes 20 exclusive "Grannie" levels designed to test the skills of veterans of the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, originally released for the eShop earlier this year.

Mutant Mudds is regularly priced at $9.99, but is on sale for $7.99 during its launch week. Those who want to see Mutant Mudds on Steam can check out its Greenlight page.

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