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Comic Market 82 Previews and Demos

August 2, 2012 8:00 PM | John Polson

The 82nd Touhou... errr, Comic Market (Komike or "comiket") will take place at the Tokyo Big Sight on August 10-12 and bring a slew of manga, music, and independent games to enjoy. Finding anything announced without a Touhou influence has been difficult, but these four Windows titles have gameplay I don't see every day in our inbox.

Take the above "real time, high speed, action RPG" 双子魔法組曲 -WORLD OF TWAIN- or (roughly Magical Twins Music Suite) from circle 永久る~ぷ (Eternal Loop). Players use mouse and keyboard to assign different commands in a real time battle that resembles a chaotic Deathsmiles, complete with turning your character's direction. According to the story path you choose, the party members you use change. Those members also get to go on dates during the campaign. The character's chemistry can affect potency of magical powers and more. iPad, please! (Keep an eye on this download page for a free trial).

Browser Game Pick - Cooking Mama: Breaking Bad Version (Juan David Gómez)

August 2, 2012 12:00 PM | Danny Cowan


Developer Juan David Gómez makes methamphetamine production seem downright cheery in his recently released browser game Cooking Mama: Breaking Bad Version.

The game replaces the bubbly Mama from Office Create's Cooking Mama series with Walter White, protagonist of the popular television series Breaking Bad. Further elaboration isn't really necessary -- it plays exactly how you'd think it would play.

I love how happy Walter is through the whole thing. Even if you end up making the world's worst meth, that smile never leaves his face.

[via @brandonnn]

Browser Game Pick: Medieval Wars 2 (GianLuca Malagnini)

August 2, 2012 7:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

medieval wars 2.pngMedieval Wars 2 does sound totally familiar, I know, but give it a chance and you'll discover an incredibly addictive hex-based strategy game that's somehow managed to go casual while retaining most of the satisfying depth of everything hex-based. You'll get to create a hero, tailor him (and not her, this is a most medieval game) to suit your tactical needs and start slaughtering people with the cunning use of (no, not flags) units and terrain over several historical campaigns and hundreds of turns. Interestingly, a level editor will also be released soon.

IndieGoGo Project: Dominique Pamplemousse in It's All Over Once The Fat Lady Sings! (Deirdra Kiai)

August 2, 2012 5:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

From The Game That Takes Place on a Cruise Ship and Life Flashes By to The Play and BLEARGH!, Deirdra Kiai has been doing some pretty fabulous things with her games for almost ten years now and has been gracious enough to be letting everyone enjoy her stuff for free. Apparently though the time has come for Deirdra to attempt something hugely ambitious and something no one has ever tried before; the time, you see, has come for the multi-talented dev to create the very first stop-motion musical adventure game ever. Yes, that is indeed musical; as in singing characters musical and I frankly couldn't be more excited. I mean, well, why don't you have the look at the pitch video posted above?

Brilliant name aside, Dominique Pamplemousse in It's All Over Once The Fat Lady Sings! is shaping up to become an audiovisual masterpiece and a great and definitely well-written detective game. It will though (and as you have probably already guessed by now) need a little help and that is why I have to ask everyone to visit the Dominique Pamplemousse in It's All Over Once The Fat Lady Sings! IndieGoGo fundraising page. A mere $5 will reserve you a copy of the game, though perks do include having a sculpture of your head made or ending up owning one of the game's puppets.

Indie Horror Beta: The Corridor (Al-exe)

August 2, 2012 12:30 AM | John Polson

The Corridor.pngEver been freaked out by an empty hotel hallway, especially late at night? Is that bucket of ice really worth leaving the security of your room? In Al-exe's first-person horror The Corridor, players wake up from a sense of unexplained anxiety, leave their room, and find themselves in a dark, long hallway. The hotel slowly turns into an endless maze of walls that forebode something sinister. They then must go deeper into the darkness to escape.

While the developer's website is in Russian, the game narrates in English (choose the top red button on the title screen) and should be played with a headset. The developer states a full version of The Corridor will release between August and September, but players can get a good scare out of this current build. For a few terrifying minutes of play, check out The Corridor beta for Windows.

After the jump is a non-English playthrough, for those who prefer to watch instead of play.

Kickstarter Project: Kickstarter Indie Bundle

August 1, 2012 6:00 PM | Cassandra Khaw

With so many games turning to Kickstarter for funding, why not an actual bundle? The Kickstarter Indie Bundle is exactly what it sounds like: a collection of nine indie games that are in need of financial support. Featuring the likes of Enola, Metagolf, Inner Dream, Ensign - 1, The Host Holic, and more, the selection of games actually aren't half bad at all. The Kickstarter Indie Bundle is asking for roughly $45,000 - a moderate amount given that it'd be spread between nine development studios.

Those interested in helping out should go here.

Warsow Finally Enters 1.0 ... After Seven Years

August 1, 2012 4:00 PM | Cassandra Khaw

Warsow 1.0 Official Trailer - Indie DB

The manic lovechild of Team Fortress 2 and Quake, Warsow has been in development for a rather long time now. The free-to-play FPS is set within the confines of a cartoon-like world, and people buy things like rocket launcher-wielding pigs and laser gun-carrying cyberpunks. No, I'm not sure why either. Outfitted with a variety of preexisting game modes, Warsow also comes with a game type editing system that permits users to develop their own game types. Though it doesn't innovate the genre, Warsow is still a lot of good, bloody fun to play. If you've never checked it out before (or have played it but forgot about it), now's an excellent time to check it out.

Download the game here.

Demo and Release: A Virus Named TOM

August 1, 2012 3:00 PM | John Polson

Tim Keenan and wife Holly (formally paired as Misfits Attic) released action puzzler A Virus Named TOM today for Windows with a free demo. The titular character is on a revenge rampage, wanting to "fix" an unnatural utopia that harbors cities without traffic and dogs that don't poop. Players use Pipe Mania-like mechanics to redirect circuits and spread viruses while avoiding, and later glitching, life-threatening drones.

The game promises evolving mechanics across its 50-level single player mode. TOM has 50 more levels in a 2-4 cooperative mode, too. Beyond those 100 levels, players can go head-to-head in a battle mode.

A Virus Named TOM is on sale until August 8 for $7.49 through Steam, on Desura, and the Humble Store. Players can try a demo of the stand-alone version or the Steam version before purchasing.

Rain-Slick 3's Free "Fanfiction Pack" Swaps Genders, Adds Furries

August 1, 2012 12:00 PM | Danny Cowan


The first batch of DLC for Zeboyd Games' 16-bit RPG throwback On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 is now available, and should prove especially alluring for certain subsets of Penny Arcade's fanbase.

First and foremost, the DLC offers a gender-swapping option, which changes character sprites and animations during gameplay and cutscenes.

"Purely for headcanon purposes, this Tycho is called Tyche, this Gabe is called Gabbie, this Moira is Manuel, and this Jim is Benjamina," Penny Arcade's Jerry Holkins notes. "I can't take credit for all the names; there's a substantial community invested in this concept, and I saw no reason to crowd out their excellent work."

You might also opt to enable furry mode, which transforms Tycho into a lion, Gabe into a pony, Moira into an American red fox, and Jim into a turtle. The Fanfiction Pack is available as a free download for the Steam version of Rain-Slick 3, and will be released soon for the Xbox Live Indie Games edition.

[via Joystiq]

Trailer: Tiny Barbarian DX (StarQuail Games)

August 1, 2012 10:00 AM | Danny Cowan

Astroman creator StarQuail Games is currently working on Tiny Barbarian DX, an expanded follow-up to its freeware platformer Tiny Barbarian.

There's a lot of action packed into the gameplay snippets above, which do a good job of showing off the game's varied environments. You can also catch a glimpse of what appears to be an endless survival mode; its setup reminds me a bit of Ziggurat, and it looks like a lot of fun.

"The first game was free, this one will be inexpensive," developer Michael Stearns explains. "It is going to be much longer, and although in an early state it is already more substantial than the original, and I've worked hard at making it smoother, faster, and more fun! Currently it is for PC only but interest in other platforms is of course noted for the future."

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