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Freeware Game Pick: Tripod (JAk HAk)

May 4, 2012 7:30 AM | Steve Cook

Tripod.png In Tripod, you control a deformed man with three feet. Whilst you are not able to jump, you can use the third foot that sits on top of your head to latch onto ceilings or the bottoms of platforms and pull yourself straight up. You must avoid spikes and poison syringes, although the men throwing the syringes are not dangerous.

Movement feels rough, which might make Tripod feel frustrating to begin with. However if you can adjust to this, the game is surprisingly engaging.

Tripod was developed for the GMC Jam #6. Download it here.

Freeware Game Pick: Little City (dustmyte)

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

little city.pngLittle City is weird. It also looks lovely in black-and-white and could be described as a (very) short exploration-platform-adventure game set in an often hilarious and self-contained game world. Wont say anything else in fear of spoiling it for you though. Just play it; it will only take 10 minutes of your time and you'll most probably laugh. Twice.

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

May 4, 2012 3:00 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 Bethesda Softworks, Ready At Dawn Studios, 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:

Bethesda Softworks: Future Generation Console Programmer:
"Bethesda Softworks, one of the premier creators of entertainment software, has been producing quality games since it was first founded in 1986. As part of the ZeniMax Media Inc. family, Bethesda has access to some of the most talented artists, designers, and programmers in the industry. Bethesda Game Studios is the award-winning studio that won 2006 Game of the Year awards for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and 2008 Game of the Year awards for Fallout 3."

Ready At Dawn Studios: Texture Artist:
"Ready At Dawn is a game development studio founded in 2003 best known for the critically acclaimed and best selling PSP games, Daxter, God of War: Chains of Olympus and God of War: Ghost of Sparta. Be part of the Ready At Dawn team as we staff up to work on an exciting new IP for a Next-Generation home console."

'EA Indie Bundle' Ruffles Feathers

May 4, 2012 1:00 AM | John Polson

eaindiebundle.jpgPublicly-held megapublisher Electronic Arts has ruffled the feathers of a number of indie developers by launching a bundle of games called the "EA Indie Bundle" via Valve's Steam digital distribution platform.

The bundle contains a selection of titles from independent studios whose games have been published by EA, and includes DeathSpank and DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue from Hothead Games, Gatling Gears from Vanguard Games, Shank and Shank 2 from Klei Entertainment and Warp from Trapdoor Inc.

However, Twitter has been abuzz with developers noting their distaste at the use of the word "indie" from a huge corporation like EA, with some accusing the company of trying to cash in on a grassroots term. The bundle's name once again opened up the old argument of what "indie" means today, if anything at all.

One developer against the use of the word is Minecraft creator Markus Persson, who tweeted, "EA releases an 'indie bundle'? That's not how that works, EA. Stop attempting to ruin everything, you bunch of cynical bastards."

"Indies are saving gaming. EA is methodically destroying it," he continued, reiterating that he does not consider his company, Mojang, to be "indie" any longer.

Tiny & Big: Grandpa's Leftovers Coming To Steam In June

May 3, 2012 11:00 PM | Danny Cowan

The acclaimed "comic styled jump and slice platformer" Tiny & Big: Grandpa's Leftovers is coming to Steam next month, developer Black Pants Studio announced.

In Tiny & Big, players are equipped with a grappling rope and an environment-altering laser, which must be used to overcome obstacles and solve puzzles in a forsaken desert. The game earned an honorable mention in the Technical Excellence category of this year's Independent Games Festival, and was previously a Student Showcase winner at IGF 2011.

Tiny & Big: Grandpa's Leftovers will unlock for Windows and Mac on Steam June 19th.

Coffee Stain Studios Adds New Free DLC And Various Other Goodies To Sanctum

May 3, 2012 4:00 PM | Cassandra Khaw

sanctum_dpsmaster.jpg Swedish-based Coffee Stain Studios' first-person shooter/tower defense game Sanctum is a familiar favorite in these here parts. While it began on a slightly shaky note, the game has enjoyed considerable improvement since it was first released. I don't play it all that much anymore but you can still catch me pitching in an hour or so every now and then.

Anyway, before I derail myself, here's the deal. It looks like the chaps over at Coffee Stain Studios have recently added a medal system on top of a brand new DLC, one that had been produced in co-operation with the dubiously good folk at Yogscast. If that wasn't enough, they also have a Free-To-Play weekend coming up and a 75% sales on, well, everything. Yeah. If you haven't checked out Sanctum before, now's a pretty good time to remedy that oversight.

Check them out over here.

Demo: FFracer (Jordi Colomer)

May 3, 2012 1:00 PM | Danny Cowan

Independent developer Jordi Colomer has published FFracer, a unique train racing title that uses video footage of real-world locales.

The footage featured in FFracer was taken from Bergensbanen, a seven-and-a-half hour Norwegian documentary showcasing a scenic train ride from Bergen and Oslo. In FFracer, the footage speeds up and slows down depending on how well players are able to navigate turns.

A free demo version featuring three tracks is available for download from Colomer's website. A 17-track version will be released soon for $10.

Indie Royale Debuts May Hurray Bundle

May 3, 2012 11:21 AM | John Polson

mayhurraybundle.jpgIndieGames' co-created bundle effort Indie Royale is in full bloom with its May Hurray Bundle, offering five fantastic independent games available at a bargain, fluctuating price.

Headlining the bundle is Trendy Entertainment's addictive tower defense RPG Dungeon Defenders, available for Windows and Mac on Steam, Desura and DRM-free. The game puts players in the role of one of four distinctive hero classes, tasked with fending off hordes of invading beasties by strategically summoning a variety of defenses & traps throughout their castle.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun called it, "A superb thing: gloriously colourful, robustly made, filled with tonnes of loot and skills and towers." All of this can be enjoyed in seamless online and split-screen local multiplayer. Combining the depth of strategic gaming with the satisfying action of RPG character building, in a beautifully stylized 'toon fantasy setting, Dungeon Defenders is designed to be a distinctly addictive, easy-to-play experience for casual and hardcore gamers alike!

Also featured is Digital Eel's grand space opera Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space, available for Windows, Desura and DRM-free. Set in a randomly generated universe of endless possibilities, this single-player experience will let you explore new worlds, meet exotic aliens, discover black holes, witness the deaths of stars, encounter drifting space hulks that promise untold riches or untimely death, and much, much more.

Freeware Game Pick: I Dub Thee Able (Spydog)

May 3, 2012 7:30 AM | Steve Cook

i dub thee.png I Dub Thee Able is an entry in the GMC Jam #6, in which the theme was Tranquility. Participants were also encouraged to include achievements to unlock within their games, separate from the main objective.

You control a small pixelated creature that has the ability to spit tranquilizer at your enemies, which will send them to sleep for a very short period of time. Red enemies must be avoided at all costs, while green enemies can be used to scale platforms that you would otherwise not be able to reach. The mechanics make for a far too short but enjoyable experience.

I Dub Thee Able does include a slight incentive to replay: it has 5 achievements, ranging from tranquilizing your first enemy to making it through all 9 levels without dying.

You can download the game here.

Artemis - Spaceship Bridge Simulator

May 3, 2012 5:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

artemis.pngThe fantasy of commanding the Enterprise in glorious space battle is pretty common, but I have frankly never really shared it. I'd rather, you see, helm a Firefly-class transport, Battlestar Galactica or a Babylon 5 White Star for not everyone's sci-fi tastes are similar. Happily though and to the satisfaction of all parties concerned the Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator does let you (and me) run free with our fantasies by not imposing a specific game world and by providing an authentic-feeling space ship bridge to play with.

Artemis is after all the only multiplayer-only game that simulates a spaceship bridge by networking several computers together; preferably in the same room. One computer runs the core of the sim and handles its main screen, whereas the others serve as terminals for the normal (yet quite fictional) jobs a bridge officer might do: Helm, Communication, Engineering, Science and Weapon Control. There is also room for one player that will not actually have a terminal: the captain, who will stand and give orders.

Intrigued? Good. You can buy Artemis for you and five of your friends for $40 or try a two-player demo. Mind you, the thing only runs on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. Oh, and it does come with some apparently powerful modding tools too.

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