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PC Rhythm Game Pulsen Updates With Magnus "Souleye" Pålsson Track Pack

June 4, 2012 12:00 PM | Danny Cowan

4-Panel Footprint has released a new track pack for its Dance Dance Revolution-like rhythm game Pulsen featuring 12 exclusive songs and remixes from VVVVVV composer Magnus "Souleye" Pålsson.

Though the gameplay will be familiar to DDR fans, Pulsen boasts a number of features and additions made in response to feedback from its player community. You can see several gameplay modifiers in the video above, including In The Groove-style mines and drum roll-like hold notes. Pulsen also supports numerous rhythm game peripherals, including dance mats, Pop'n Music controllers, and Rock Band drumkits.

Pulsen is available as a free download for Windows and Mac. The Souleye song pack can be purchased via GamersGate, Indievania, and Pulsen's website for $6.99.

The C64 gets its Soulless Cartridge

June 4, 2012 7:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

soulless c64.pngRGCD and Psytronik Software, two stalwarts of indie gaming on retro platforms, have joined forces and produced the impressive Soulless for the venerable Commodore 64. The game, that can even be played on the Commodore 64GS console, was created by Georg Rottensteiner and Trevor Storey and is a jaw-dropping exploration platformer.

Soulless comes in a LED-illuminated purple transparent cartridge shell complete with two printed soul-stone sheets, an A3 map and poster, stickers, a companion CD containing 600MB of bonus material and a 16 page comic/instruction booklet and you can buy it over at the RGCD store. The disk, tape and digital download versions of the thing are available over at Psytronik.

Freeware Game Pick: & (Lancer-X)

June 4, 2012 5:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

megaz_rpg.png& isn't the most evocative of names one would have to admit. And I never really expected to be wasting my few free weekend hours with a full-blown, Megazeux-crafted dungeon crawler, but, well, life is full of surprises and & a brilliant game.

It's a proper, old-fashioned RPG inspired by such classics as Akalabeth and Card of Destiny, featuring mind-blowing Megazeux graphics, elegant game mechanics and a weird plot involving everything from ominous towers and dead mothers to digital simulations and the kitchen sink. Oh, and it's a pretty big and varied game too.

You can download & here. To play it, you'll also be needing a version of Megazeux available here.

(Hat tip to the lovely Free Indie Games)

Browser Game Pick: Spin Spin Episode I (Chris Hughes)

June 4, 2012 3:00 AM | John Polson

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Chris Hughes' Spin Spin Episode I feels like a short, fun mix of VVVVVV and And Yet It Moves. Players move left or right, or rotate in either direction, to reach checkpoints and ultimately get the girl.

Hughes says he's looking for feedback on how to improve all aspects of the game for future episodes, with #2 coming in July. Gameplay seemed solid, but I would loop smoothly the awesome music from No Soap Radio.

For those worried Spin Spin is too much like VVVVVV, it seems to have Terry Cavanagh's blessing. Play Spin Spin Episode I here.

Demo: Long Live The Queen (Hanako Games)

June 3, 2012 4:00 PM | Cassandra Khaw


Need more morbidity in your life? Long Live The Queen may have just what you were looking for. Centered around the life of a 14 year old queen-to-be, Long Live The Queen may, at first, appear better suited for your younger cousin than you. However, it looks like the developers have decided to hold no punches. The protagonist will apparently be subjected to a myriad of possibly dangerous people, people that will want her dead at every turn. You will die, it seems. And you will die a lot.

Curious about how it plays? You can check out the demo here.

Hungry for more Hanako? Check out the recently released Magical Diary on Steam for Windows and Mac, too.

Browser Game Pick: Super Busker (JP Stringham)

June 3, 2012 2:00 PM | John Polson

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Life after developing an award-winner like PEZ is hard, suggests JP Stringham's rhythm-busking Super Busker. The core gameplay is rather simple, even if the timing feels a little off: hit the keys when the characters cross the green line.

As your homeless man earns more money, you upgrade your swagger, earning "better" pets, musical instruments and hygiene. Once the police come, if you don't "bribe" them to the rhythm, you'll end up in jail and less hygienic.

For a quick laugh, make your and this busker's Sunday a little brighter with Super Busker.

Indie Royale Profile: The Void (Ice-pick Lodge)

June 3, 2012 12:30 PM | Staff

[Guest reviewer Colin Brown of Backlog Journey looks at the games in The Graduation Bundle, available now from the IndieGames co-created site, Indie Royale.]

Whoa. Let me just... ok. Let's try to talk about The Void, and also let me emphasize the try part. You can't really explain The Void, because there are so many things going on at once. It's not a mindless game you can just dive into, and playing it is going to take some learning and practice. When was the last time you played  a game where the manual was requiring reading? Because in this case, it took me a manual, a guide and a bunch of forum surfing to figure out exactly what I was supposed to be doing. It's certainly unforgiving, and you'll probably have to start from scratch two or three times before you save your own soul.

Freeware Game Pick: Happy Jets of Water (Zsolt Bartok)

June 2, 2012 5:30 PM | John Polson

Ragmeg Alleycat developer Zsolt Bartok returns to show that arena shooters can be fun and silly, without zombies, neon graphics or gore in Happy Jets of Water. Squirt or be squirted as you face off in a game of water-tag that accommodates 2 to 8 players (two of which can be local humans).

Players have to complete 25 water-gunning challenges, which often involves tweaking the game's variables in the Building a Battle mode, to unlock new features including arenas, weapons, game modes.

Happy Jets of Water feels a little taxing in that I wanted to explore different modes such as "steal the dog" and "fill the bucket" aside from "soak'em all" quickly. The first mode may be more fun with another player next to you, but it was a little frustratingly bare-bones as an extended initiation.

Indie Royale Profiles: Dead Pixels and LaserCat

June 2, 2012 12:30 PM | John Polson

[Guest reviewer Colin Brown of Backlog Journey looks at the games in The Graduation Bundle, available now from the IndieGames co-created site, Indie Royale.]

Dead Pixels is neat little game where the wit extends far beyond the very clever name. The game itself claims to be "an 8-bit zombie sim", but in reality it's far closer to a mash-up of Left 4 Dead and River City Ransom. So while zombies aren't exactly fresh gaming fodder these days, it's been a while since a beat-em-up with the depth of River City Ransom came along.

Teaser Trailer - Tiny & Big: Grandpa's Leftovers (Black Pants)

June 2, 2012 8:00 AM | Danny Cowan

As its release date draws near, Black Pants Studio has opened preorders and released one last trailer for its "nerdy jump'n'slice adventure" Tiny & Big: Grandpa's Leftovers.

Tiny & Big can be preordered via Steam and at a discount, and the game is also available directly through its official website. If you live in Germany, you might opt for a retail version available at

Tiny & Big will launch June 19th.

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