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Alpha Release: Recruits (Commotion Games)

July 25, 2012 12:00 PM | Danny Cowan

The team at Commotion Games has released an alpha version of its overhead-view tactical shooter Recruits, which is available for download at Desura.

Managing a small squad of troops, players earn points with each kill that can be used to upgrade squad stats and unlock new abilities throughout the game's campaign. Each level includes a variety of objectives, ranging from straightforward seek-and-destroy operations to POW rescue missions.

Recruits can be purchased for $4.95 during its alpha stage. The game will be priced at $14.99 upon completion.

Kickstarter Project: Volgarr the Viking

July 25, 2012 2:00 AM | John Polson

Crazy Viking Studios wants to bring hardcore, action platforming back like in Ghost'n Goblins and Castlevania with Volgarr the Viking. With the project at roughly 50% of its $18,000 Kickstarter goal and a month left on the clock, the game may have a chance to finish financially. Volgarr won't be just a side-scrolling, button masher, as players will use power-ups strategically to take out enemies and reach hidden areas.

As for perks, the $150 Collector's Edition Sega Genesis Game Spoof includes a recycled, redesigned game cart that contains a customized USB drive with a digital version of the game. The Windows digital game only pledge is $10, with an estimated release of Volgarr February 2013. The dev-muscles behind Volgarr are Shinobi 3DS lead designer Kris Durrschmidt, programmer Taron Millet, and sound designer Kochun Hu.

[Volgarr the Viking on Kickstarter]

Demo: Twenty Twelve (Sugar Pill Studios)

July 24, 2012 11:00 PM | Danny Cowan

This week will bring the release of Sugar Pill Studios' Twenty Twelve, a Mayan-themed puzzle-platformer for Windows, Xbox Live Indie Games, and Windows Phone 7 platforms. A demo of the Windows edition is available here.

Twenty Twelve includes a series of single-screen puzzles in which players must indirectly control stone robots in order to open each level's exit. Robots can be activated by vertically aligning them with the player's character, after which players can make them turn, dash, dig, or jump to activate switches and navigate level layouts.

Twenty Twelve will launch on July 26th.

Freeware Game Pick: Bromancing Saga 2 (Daniel Remar)

July 24, 2012 8:00 PM | John Polson

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Iji and Hyper Princess Pitch developer Daniel Remar released the touching Bromancing Saga 2, a two player game made in two days at No More Sweden. The controls for its three mini-games require a Fingle-like criss-cross of players' hands on the keyboard, where the left player should use A and G and the right player should use D and J.

In the first game, the players must communicate in real life to time a simultaneous fist bump. In the second game, the left player shoots and aims at the enemies, and the right player chooses between increasing the left's firepower or distracting him. The bromance builds to a climax in the last game, where the players must tap their pat button quickly and avoid pressing the rub button, paying attention to when their buttons switch.

Remar shares that Bromancing Saga 2 is a parody of co-op shooters with burly men and macho culture. "The controls are meant to reveal if the players find close contact awkward in real life, as the awkwardness of the game itself steadily increases."

Browser Game Pick: ASCIIvania (gharding3)

July 24, 2012 6:00 PM | Cassandra Khaw

asciivania.jpg An unusual take on Metroidvania games, ASCIIvania will have you doing the whole 'explore, acquire new powers, backtrack, explore more' thing. However, there's a twist. Instead of handing you control a humanoid-looking protagonist, ASCIIvania will have you taking command of an alphabet. As you progress the game, you'll be able to morph from one letter to another, an ability you'll have to use in order to get through certain places in ASCIIvania.

You can check out the game here.

Trailer: Fighting Is Magic (Mane6)

July 24, 2012 4:00 PM | Cassandra Khaw



A fan-made, 2D tribute to everyone's favorite My Little Pony series, this upcoming indie fighting game is Mane6's first title and an almost surprisingly good-looking one at that. While exposure to certain bronies have me permanently terrified of anything related to the franchise, Fighting is Magic actually looks too delectable to pass up. Featuring six playable characters at release, the game will eventually see a roster of seventeen characters, a fact that will likely delight the closet bronies in the audience.

If you're interested in keeping tabs on the project, you can bookmark the official page here.

[via Diygamer]

Release: P-3 Biotic (BatCat Games)

July 24, 2012 2:00 PM | Danny Cowan

BatCat Games has released an enhanced Windows version of P-3 Biotic, a microbiology-themed twin-stick shooter that originally launched as an Xbox Live Indie Game back in January.

P-3 Biotic charges players with protecting a nucleus at the center of a petri dish by constructing minefields and using power-ups to fend off invasive bacteria. The game has seen a number of additions and enhancements since its initial XBLIG release, and offers 14 enemy waves and boss encounters.

"We've enhanced the graphics to take advantage of the extra graphical horses inside most PCs, expanded and improved on the soundtrack, rebalanced the gameplay, and added a much nicer front end with all the bells and whistles of PC gaming," BatCat's Andrew O'Connor says.

P-3 Biotic is available via Desura, IndieCity, and IndieVania for $3.99.

Indie Royale Returns with 10-Game July Jubilee Bundle

July 24, 2012 11:00 AM | John Polson

IndieGames' co-created Indie Royale game bundle site shows off with the July Jubilee Bundle, featuring ten independent games - valued at over $50 - for a bargain, fluctuating price of around a tenth of the cost.

First up is a super-smart indie adventure with a puzzle twist: Telltale Games' Puzzle Agent. Downloadable for Windows and Mac on Steam, Desura and DRM-free, this game uses indie comic creator Graham Annable's unique art style to reveal FBI Agent, Nelson Tethers, who is on his first mission for the U.S. Department of Puzzle Research.

Check out the game that AdventureGamers dubs "a charming lite adventure filled with quirky characters and challenging puzzles that anyone can enjoy solving", featuring 30+ puzzles spanning math, logic and spatial thinking.

On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 Free DLC Coming "Soon" From Zeboyd

July 24, 2012 10:00 AM | Danny Cowan

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Penny Arcade's Jerry Holkins revealed that the first batch of downloadable content for Zeboyd Games' retro-styled RPG On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 is nearing completion, and is set to premiere "soon."

"The Lair Of The Seamstress" DLC package will be available as a free download. Holkins adds that Zeboyd is also working on a full sequel title, along with a second batch of Rain-Slick 3 DLC that will mark the return of the rake-wielding player character from the first two games in the series.

A release date for The Lair Of The Seamstress has not been officially announced, but Holkins hints at the possibility of a launch during PAX Prime, which is being held in Seattle from August 31st through September 2nd.

Indie Tools: Pyxel Edit

July 24, 2012 7:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

PyxelEdit.pngPixel art is handy both for the artist who wants to create something jaw-dropping and for the developer that couldn't draw to save his or her life, but can at least try to come up with something simple and passable. Pyxel Edit on the other hand is a tool that makes the creation of pixel art, sprites and tilesets as easy as can be, and a utility that may even become my graphics tool of choice.

It does after all come with an incredibly elegant interface and some very handy tools, especially when it comes to designing, managing and updating tilesets and tilemaps. It obviously allows you to draw freehand and of course supports such things as transparencies and layers.

Pyxel Edit runs on Windows and Mac machines and has been made with Adobe Air. It is still in beta and it's absolutely free to grab and use.

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