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Freeware Game Pick: Wages of Darkness (Baron)

June 23, 2012 6:00 PM | Cassandra Khaw


The winner of April's MAGS competition, Wages of Darkness was recently, in the words of its developer, optimized for general release. Set within the innards of a top secret military facility, Wages of Darkness will have you stepping into the shoes of a soldier named Marina. Determined to get to the 'Shelter' before Protocol 13 is evoked, Marina will, it seems, discover a variety of unpleasant things along the way. I'll admit it. I'm a little too chicken to actually play this myself but for those interested in 10 minutes of AGS-driven survival horror fun, I'm certain it'd be a great time.

Download the game here.

Try and Buy: Gateways (Smudged Cat)

June 23, 2012 6:00 PM | John Polson

Adventures of Shuggy developer Smudged Cat Games has released his portal-puzzle Metroidvania title Gateways. Along with the Windows release, players get to sample a demo. Heads up: the title screen was hard for my integrated-GPU laptop to handle, but importantly, performance in-game was fantastic!

The lengthy demo (I finished around 40-50 minutes) allows players to tinker with the torch/flashlight, standard portal, and shrinking portal to solve various puzzles: hard-to-reach, laser, switch, light sensor, time sensitive, and more. Thankfully, the developer confirmed the full game will read the demo's save file without losing progress.

Browser Game Pick: Zombie at the Gates (Ridlake)

June 23, 2012 4:00 PM | Cassandra Khaw

zombieatthegates.jpg The monarch in Zombie at the Gates has a rather novel solution for an undead infestation: the construction of a hot-air balloon of a castle. Unfortunately for him, castles cannot be built for a day. Therefore, it is your mission as the player to help the king defend his castle from a legion of adorable, blank-eyed zombies. To do so, you're going to have make use of a roster of upgrades, your ability to tap on buttons really fast and a small amount of luck. Short and sweet, Zombie at the Gates doesn't really offer any particular innovation but that does not stop it from being a relatively engrossing way of wiling away some time this weekend.

Play the game here.

Free Indie Games Spotlight: Vertical Impulse (Leon Arnott)

June 23, 2012 2:30 PM | John Polson

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Created for Glorious Trainwrecks' Five Years of Glorious Games, Leon Arnott's Vertical Impulse is a Pong-like dungeon crawler or as one commenter put it, "Metroid-pongia." Players bounce a ball back and forth, using it to smash like-colored barriers while avoiding anything purple. Players can use up and down arrows to change speed, too.

My first victory was at 298 bounces. I am slightly curious about what happens when you hit the last of the two blue barriers that doesn't lead to the exit... Play Vertical Impulse online via HTML 5 or as a Windows download.

[Reposted from Free Indie Games with permission.]

Be Mine Bundle 3 Offers Avernum Trilogy 2, Hamilton's Great Adventure, And More

June 23, 2012 8:00 AM | Danny Cowan

So many bundles! This is the third one to debut this week, by my count. If your wallet can afford to take another hit, Groupees' latest Be Mine bundle has launched with a collection of seven titles (or eight, if you pay more than $6) from a motley group of indie and non-indie developers.

Be Mine 3 features Fatshark's puzzler Hamilton's Great Adventure and the fourth, fifth, and sixth entries in Spiderweb Software's Avernum series. Also included in the basic ($4 minimum) bundle are Tripwire Interactive's Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 and the classic puzzlers Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee and Abe's Exoddus from Oddworld Inhabitants. Paying $6 or more will unlock Dead Mage's indie action title Garshasp: the Monster Slayer.

All games are playable via Steam, and most are available as DRM-free downloads. The bundle also includes a collection of music albums, and if funding reaches a certain amount (yet to be determined), all buyers will additionally receive "a cult-masterpiece and genre defining game for PC/MAC and Linux."

A Valley Without Wind 1.1

June 23, 2012 5:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

Arcen Games, following their brilliant AI War tradition, keep evolving the excellent A Valley Without Wind without charging us for what are essentially DLC expansions. The game's latest and heftiest update since its release brought AVWW to version 1.1 and can be downloaded by everyone who owns it.

Among the ton of tweaks, fixes, updates and new additions, you can expect everything from new music tracks and enemies to over 160 new room maps and the fresh infestation mechanic. As the complete v.1.1 release notes come in at around 48,000 words, well, here's a handy summarized list of what to expect.

Cthulhu Saves The World Hits Mac, iOS, Android On June 28th

June 22, 2012 11:00 PM | Danny Cowan


Robert Boyd announced that Zeboyd Games' retro-styled comic RPG Cthulhu Saves the World will debut for Mac platforms and iOS and Android devices on June 28th.

The release follows up on Cthulhu's Xbox Live Indie Games debut in 2010 and its subsequent launch for Windows via Steam last year. The new ports are developed in cooperation with TinkerHouse Games, and will feature all content from the latest console and PC version of the game.

Zeboyd's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 is also on track for release for Windows and Mac later this month, though it was recently announced that the Xbox Live Indie Games version has been delayed.

Release: Oniken (JoyMasher)

June 22, 2012 8:00 PM | Danny Cowan

Do you enjoy NES platformers? Do you have fond memories of being knocked into bottomless pits by flying Medusa heads and various species of bird? If so, you should check out JoyMasher's 8-bit sidescroller tribute Oniken, released today at Desura.

It's obvious that Oniken's developers love 8-bit platformers -- the trailer above recalls classics like Shatterhand and Power Blade, and the rail-hanging move reminds me of Ninja Gaiden III, in particular. Hopefully it's not as brutally difficult as NG3 was, despite JoyMasher's warning that players will suffer many deaths before they complete the game.

Oniken is priced at $4.99. A free demo version is available here.

(Bonus! JoyMasher also recently released MRC6-454, a freeware platformer developed in just five days. It uses Oniken's code as a base, and the end result looks quite nice!)

Windforge: Is Aerial Whalecrafting the Next Big Thing?

June 22, 2012 6:06 PM | Cassandra Khaw

windforge.jpg I'm a tad bit mortified by what they're offering over at Snowed In Studios. On some intrinsic level, the idea of being able to carve your way through a Skywhale is somewhat horrifying. Then again, it could be just me. Morbid as the concept is, it remains a fairly curious part of the upcoming 2D building-block RPG Windforge. Set on the planet Cordeus, it looks like Windforge will have you plumbing the depths of the land and its inhabitants as you build airships and complex structures. Yeah.

According to their latest post, it looks like you might even be able to make housing out of the massive Skywhales that you encounter. Curious as to how this all works out? Want to know if PETA will come down on them like a ton of bricks? You'll have to wait till their release in late 2012 to find out.

Official website here.

Go Home Dinosaurs! Open Beta Now Up On The Chrome Store

June 22, 2012 4:00 PM | Cassandra Khaw

Nothing quite says summer like the crackle of meat (or portabello mushrooms, if you're vegetarian) upon the grill, right? Unfortunately, dinosaurs are apparently in full agreement with this too. In Go Home Dinosaurs!, you'll be called upon to protect your BBQ from an army of brightly-colored prehistoric reptiles. At your command? Gophers. And a lot of them. Cards too. Yes, this bite-sized tower defense title from Fire Hose Games is a tad bit silly.

Nonetheless, if you've been looking for a delectable side dish to your weekend diet of games, why not give it a whirl? The open beta is free and can be found here.
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