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Perspective's Nous Breaks the Fourth Wall in a (Nitronic) Rush

June 21, 2012 2:00 PM | John Polson

Team Widdershins at DigiPen Institute of Technology is working on experimental platformer Perspective, turning heads and quite literally shifting perspectives. The player controls a character (who moves a bit like Mega Man) in a 2D space that transforms when the player changes the 3D perspective.

Widdershins was recently nudged to build a website for Perspective, having been included in the Develop Indie Dev Showcase this summer. The site reveals a bit of a DigiPen dream team including developers from Nous, The Fourth Wall, and Nitronic Rush.

IndieGames has an interview with Jason Meisel and Pohung Chen to find out more about the game. Until then, enjoy the show and feel free to leave any questions for the team below.

Orcs Must Die! 2 Coming To Steam On July 30th

June 21, 2012 1:04 PM | Cassandra Khaw



The boys at Robot Entertainment are back with the second installment of their insanely awesome Orcs Must Die and it looks like you'll be able to bring a friend along for a ride this time around. Featuring a questionable new companion in the shape of the Sorceress, Orcs Must Die 2 will feature a new upgrade system, new spells, new trickets, new enemies and the ability to actually earn skulls by replaying levels. Yay? Yes. Definitely 'yay'.

Official announcement here.

Release: Cool-B In Search Of Floyd (Solanimus Inc.)

June 21, 2012 12:00 PM | Danny Cowan

Indie studio Solanimus Inc. has launched its debut project Cool-B In Search Of Floyd, a speed-focused platformer for Windows based on a true story of feline brotherly love.

Players control Cool-B, a cat who travels the world in search of his departed brother Floyd. Controls are simple, and use the arrow keys exclusively. The platforming increases in intensity throughout each level, and the game occasionally issues Survive and Escape challenges to keep players on their toes.

Developer David Klingler also notes: "There is also a survival mode separate from the main adventure in which players try to survive for as long as they can by jumping on objects moving across the screen from both sides. The game features numerous options for customization, detailed statistics tracking, and things such as game timers for speedrunners to use to time themselves easily."

Cool-B in Search of Floyd is priced at $8.99. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to animal charities.

GamersGate's IndieFort Bundle No 2 Offers Six PC Games For $5.99

June 21, 2012 10:00 AM | Danny Cowan

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GamersGate's second IndieFort Bundle is now available, offering a collection of six Windows/Mac games for a minimum purchase price of $5.99.

Featured games include Phr00t's Software's first-person RPG 3079, Nemesys Games' "reverse turret defense game" Fortix 2, Citérémis' Aztec-themed action-RPG Aztaka (Windows only), Psydra Games' turn-based adventure title Dark Scavenger, Decklin's Domain's legacy-style RPG DEMISE: Ascension (Windows only), and Vap Games' platformer Intrusion 2 (Windows only).

Buyers also get access to a collection of bonus content, including downloadable music and art from Dark Scavenger and DEMISE: Ascension.

While GamersGate has set a minimum price of $5.99, it also offers buyers the option to increase the purchase price in order to contribute cash directly to the bundle's featured developers.

[Thanks, k perry!]

Browser Game Pick: N3rd Boy (CodinSoft)

June 21, 2012 7:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

n3rd boy.pngI have never been much of a fan of Super Meat Boy and its platforming, wall-jumping sub-genre, but I can't deny it's a very good game indeed, that has gone on and inspired more than a few knock-offs.

N3rd Boy, being one of said knock-offs, is a brutal wall-jumping affair that will have you die a lot while trying to beat its 42 levels. It's quite enjoyable too you know, and I can't help but admit its pixelated graphics and retro-esque music hold a certain charm, as does the speedrun-focused gameplay. Oh, and the thing does come packed with a healthy dose of surreal humour.

Following its free browser release N3rd Boy will soon make itself available on iOS.

Freeware Game Pick: FreedroidRPG

June 21, 2012 5:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

freedroidrpg.pngBack in 2007 when the wise founder of this very blog was retro-reviewing Paradroid he did mention a most interesting remake of said Commodore 64 classic: Freedroid. Interestingly, said interesting remake has evolved quite a bit since then and, even though you can still grab the latest version of the Freedroid retro-remake, it has actually morphed into an action-RPG. An open-source, isometric action-RPG to be exact!

The game shares more than a few gameplay mechanics with Diablo, but is set in a dystopian world destroyed by the robots-humans wars. What's more, FreedroidRPG stars Tux, offers numerous paths and rich dialogue trees, and, importantly, borrows some of the original Paradroid ideas. Gamers can actually hack enemy robots in order to alter their behavior or even directly control them.

You can download FreedroidRPG for your PC, Mac on Linux computer here and you can help with the game's development by visiting this link.

Trailer: Environmental Station Alpha (Hempuli)

June 21, 2012 3:00 AM | John Polson

This visual dose of pixel pampering comes courtesy of Hempuli's Environmental Station Alpha, a Windows-playable ode to Metroid which has been in development for over half a year now and sparked a lot of great discussion here months ago. Also worth noting is the soothing audio ambiance courtesy of Roope "Noby" Mäkinen, the trailer and in-game music man.

Hempuli says that the game is about halfway done and hopes to finish the project by the end of the year. Belated Happy Birthday, Hempuli! What a great way to celebrate!

Free Indie Games Spotlight: Run (Christopher Whitman)

June 21, 2012 2:00 AM | John Polson

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Christopher Whitman's Run is a literary game triple threat that weaves together text platforming, Snake and Space Invaders arcade segments, and farming strategy. Whitman describes it as a "cross-genre experiment in games and intertextuality... an attempt to produce a serious art game, inspired by classic weird fiction[.]"

Run is available to play for free online in its entirety. Those who wish to support Whitman can purchase Run along with its soundtrack for $3.99 at Desura.

[Reposted from Free Indie Games with permission.]

First Glimpse of Point & Click Adventure Patchwork

June 20, 2012 6:00 PM | Cassandra Khaw

patchwork.jpg Information about Ilyich's upcoming Patchwork is threadbare at best, right now. However, it's hard to not want to swoon over the decidedly non-retro 800x600 artwork and Studio Ghibli-like aesthetics. Featuring 'minutes of gameplay' and two playable characters, Patchwork will have you exploring a parallel universe after a failed teleportation experiment leaves a young scientist ... somewhere else.

More screenshots behind the cut. Forum thread can be found here.

MoaCube's Cinders Now Out On The Market!

June 20, 2012 4:00 PM | Cassandra Khaw



I think I've been on a visual novels kick lately but that's probably because there been so many excellent offerings lately. We first heard about Cinders way back in May last year when TIGsource posted a mention of the game. And now? It's ready for public consumption. For those who missed the memo, Cinders is a modern re-telling of the old Cinderella story. Instead of making the protagonist a weak-willed victim to circumstances, MoaCube chose to make her a somewhat tougher heroine. It looks like there's going to be a whole lot more voodoo going on.

Curious as to how it will all work out? You can check out a demo of the game at the official website.
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