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Botanicula Demo Now Available For Your Browser-Based Pleasure

June 15, 2012 8:00 PM | Cassandra Khaw



If you've been putting off your purchase of Amanita Design's gorgeous new (relatively speaking, of course) point & click adventure Botanicula, here's something to help nudge you along. It looks like the good people over at Amanita Design have decided to make the demo of the game as accessible as it can possibly get. As of today, you'll be able to play the first part of this lovely little game on your browser.

Demo available here.

Freeware, Browser Game Pick: Straight, No Chaser (Mario von Rickenbach)

June 15, 2012 4:00 PM | John Polson

Mirage and Krautscape developer Mario von Rickenbach ditches his fantastic, dazzling aesthetic for something minimal yet effective in his two-player, arcade game Straight, No Chaser.

Players build their "score" (represented on the sides of the screen) by moving straight and making a trail. The other player can steal the trail by catching the player who has it. To give the game some back and forth play, the color without the trail gets a speed boost by moving in the same (parallel) direction like his opponent.

Browser Game Pick: War Game (Pippin Barr)

June 15, 2012 3:00 PM | Staff

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By Friday, most of us start to feel a little glitchy. Imagine what a week in the battlefield would do to your brain. Pippin Barr superficially explores one soldier's glitchy breakdown in War Game, while tugging on the nostalgia strings with its handheld LCD aesthetic. Controls are pasted around the device, and players earn points by killing the opposition. Intermittently, players undergo psych evaluation. No matter what excuse is given, Barr confirmed to me, players are sent back to the field to fight a progressively glitchy war.

Barr blogs that the glitch effect he's going for wasn't meant to be too complicated. His goals were to mix up the sprite sheet for a particular element in the game and to break down the distinction between game modes by allowing them to overlap. Good luck playing this after several trips to the psych ward!

Indie Royale Profile: Escape Goat (Magical Time Bean)

June 15, 2012 1:00 PM | Staff


[Guest reviewer Colin Brown from Backlog Journey profiles each game in the June Bug Bundle available on IndieGames' co-created site Indie Royale.]

You ever hear about a console game everyone just raves about, and you just wish and wish it would come to PC so you can join in on the fun? Escape Goat, released on the XBLIG marketplace, was that game for me. Everything about it sounded right up my alley and my friends just raved about how fantastic it was. After a previous series from the developer, Soulcaster, made its debut in the Indie Royale, I loved it and named it my favourite part of the bundle. My interest was piqued even further. Escape Goat had taken on this sacred cow (goat?) status in my mind, and I had some pretty sky high expectations for the PC release. I'm happy to say that I was not left wanting.

Xona's Bullet-Hell Shooter Score Rush Now Available In Chrome Web Store

June 15, 2012 12:00 PM | Danny Cowan

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After a successful run on the Xbox Live Indie Games service, Xona Games' twin-stick scrolling shooter Score Rush is now available via the Chrome Web Store as an HTML5 Google Chrome app.

Score Rush pits players against swarms of enemies and a series of difficult bullet-hell boss battles, but evens the odds with ample power-ups and screen-clearing bombs. The HTML5 edition switches the XBLIG original's dual-stick controls with a keyboard-and-mouse setup that proves to be a suitable replacement, after some practice.

Score Rush is free to play, but requires players to sign up with the (also free) Turbulenz portal.

Demo: Gratuitous Tank Battles (Positech Games)

June 15, 2012 5:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

gtb.pngThe sort-of sequel to Positech's brilliant strategy-'em-up Gratuitous Space Battles, the aptly named Gratuitous Tank Battles, has finally gotten its demo. Better head off to the GTB site, click on that "Demo" tag and download it for your PC. You'll immediately find out whether this unique tower-defense, strategy, management and RTS hybrid is for you. It definitely is for me, mind you, and I can't help but appreciate both the tons of customization options on offer and the excellent multiplayer.

Free Indie Games Spotlight: Love Punks (the Love Punks/Yijala Yala Project)

June 15, 2012 2:30 AM | John Polson

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Love Punks is a browser-based, full motion video game with ridiculous props and animation strewn across the pathway you explore. You build your score by walking around and triggering wild events, touching coins, and attacking zombies.

The Love Punks online game was created by a group of 9 to 11 year-olds from Roebourne in West Australia, using stop motion animations of themselves and friends in Photoshop and Flash. The game stems from the Yijala Yala Project, a long-term, inter-generational cultural arts project that "seeks to highlight cultural heritage as living, continually evolving and in the here and now."

[Game reposted from Free Indie Games with permission.]

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

June 15, 2012 1:00 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 Lucasfilm, Sucker Punch Productions, 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:

WayForward Technologies: Senior Programmer:
"WayForward Technologies is an independent developer located in Valencia, CA. We are most well known for our 2D titles like Bloodrayne: Betrayal, Batman: Brave and the Bold, Mighty Swich Force and Shantae, but that's not all we do! Our more recent titles are Silent Hill: Book of Memories for the Vita and Double Dragon Neon for XBLA and PSN."

Lucasfilm: Senior Producer, Digital Apps:
"Lucasfilm Ltd. is one of the world's leading film and entertainment companies. Founded by George Lucas in 1971, it is a privately held, fully integrated entertainment company. In addition to motion picture and television production, the company's global businesses include visual effects, sound, video games, licensing and online activity."

Teaser Trailer: Amnesia - A Machine For Pigs

June 14, 2012 9:31 PM | Cassandra Khaw



I know, I know. Teaser trailers can be frustrating. They never tell you enough. However, I couldn't resist sharing this glimpse of the upcoming Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. While mostly a look into the environment of the game, there's a sequence towards the end of that one minute that is evocative of Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Eek.

Official website here.

Zelda + Ultima Mash-up: The Real Texas (Kitty Lambda Games)

June 14, 2012 8:00 PM | John Polson

Who cares how the West was won? I want to know about how one pixelated man took the "other" Texas.

Kitty Lambda Games has just released The Real Texas, described as an action RPG mash-up of Zelda: Link to the Past and Ultima VI, but without the standard fetch quests and use of hit points. Players assume the role of rancher Sam who is vacationing in England when he falls into a blue portal and lands in The Strange Texas.

On top of those deviations listed above, the developer touts a rather novel gun-play mechanic. Players can't move and aim simultaneously. Instead, they must press the space bar or right mouse button to draw a gun, and then press the left mouse button to shoot. The Real Texas also promises a "handful of weapons which all work very differently" to mix up the fighting.

The Real Texas is available now for Windows, Mac, and Linux, on sale for $7.95 until Sunday (regularly $14.95).

[ Source: @increpare ]

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