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Preview: Gun Monkeys, bombastic deathmatch funtimes ahead!

May 7, 2013 11:10 AM | Christer Kaitila / McFunkypants

Gun Monkeys by Dan Marshall of Size Five Games is a bombastic physics-based online deathmatch game. It features procedurally-generated content, boasts block-rocking particle systems, and will be available on PC, Mac and Linux. It is going into beta shortly. Interested? Get in touch with @danthat on twitter and send him some encouragement!

Browser Pick: F*** This Job (Casino Jack)

May 6, 2013 9:09 PM | Paul Hack

fthisjob.pngCasino Jack emailed us with word of his his Ludum Dare 26 entry, F*** This Job, and it is definitely one of the highlights of the competition. It has been featured on and on Indiestatik, and it deserves the honors. The developer is no stranger to minimalism (see Micro Thief), and F*** This Job is probably one of the most enjoyable one-button platformers I've played.

Browser Pick: exploration game Dream Island is surreal fun

May 6, 2013 6:19 PM | Christer Kaitila / McFunkypants

dream-island-480px.jpgDream Island, by FREEZX, Xiperius, Nekk1, and Siginami is a surreal, colorful 3D browser game in which you'll encounter the likes of a dinosaur wearing purple shades who carries a ghetto blaster, a giant buried robot, islands in the sky, and a grand potato. This is a surreal, trippy, adventuresome exploration game that feels different, fresh, silly and light. It doesn't get more out-there-indie than this.

Browser Pick: just smile and Nod with this dating sim from Rose Abernathy

May 6, 2013 12:31 PM | Christer Kaitila / McFunkypants

nod-screenshot.jpgNod, by Rose Abernathy, is a simple game with a simple premise: just smile and nod. This is a browser-based dating sim where all you can do is nod. Nod at the right moments and score a date. There's something really cool about this idea: a sweet and witty comment on modern-day communication, the art of brevity, attentiveness, and timing.

Browser Pick: Coffee Mafia's quick slice of Hotline Miami-like action has kickback

May 6, 2013 10:33 AM | John Polson

coffeemafia.pngJerry Mickel's Coffee Mafia was inspired by Doom, Quake, and Hotline Miami, and it shows. The gameplay is fast and furious, with guns that you feel and sharp-shooting enemies that will kill you with one hit (or barf?) if you let them. Just don't shoot the unarmed coffee shop customers. Or do. Coffee Mafia doesn't care.

Hijack enemies, create blackholes in arena-based shmup Zero Cross

May 5, 2013 8:53 PM | James Monkman

zerocross.pngChristopher "udderdude" Emirzian, developer of the hardcore indie shmup XOP, has delivered yet another perfect slice of STG action in the form of Zero Cross, an arena-based arcade game that combines bullet-hell with intelligent gameplay mechanics, a variety of different mission goals and some impressive boss designs.

Demo: Jack the Reaper steals your heart and soul in this SNES-inspired platformer

May 5, 2013 1:34 PM | John Polson

Dream's Bell's 2D platformer Jack the Reaper for Windows takes its aesthetic cues from the 16-bit era and uses a Kirby-esque power-up mechanic to form a work-in-progress that I can't wait to see finished. After the moon crashes into the Earth and the souls that lived there were revived, Jack answers God's (phone) call to put the dead back to rest and restore order.

Freeware Pick: End - Minimalist first-person puzzle/platformer from Ludum Dare 26

May 5, 2013 1:46 AM | Nick Reineke


Developer Jake McLeman a.k.a. Aevek has created an entry for the Ludum Dare 26 competition that I would say gets to the heart of what a minimalist first-person puzzle/platformer should be. End is essentially a guided tour through its own gameplay conventions. Players will follow instructions from one placard to the next as basic game elements are introduced.

Freeware Pick: Random Legend Adventure is silly hack'n slash fun

May 4, 2013 6:20 PM | Paul Hack

randomla.pngWhat kind of adventure will you go on this time? In the Ludum Dare 26 game Random Legend Adventure, you play a virtual slot machine to determine your randomized character, weapon, and location. Then you are thrust smack dab into the middle of a mini Zelda-like level to find chests and fight a wave of enemies.

Demo: soulful, low-rez RPG Heroine Dusk

May 4, 2013 1:30 PM | Christer Kaitila / McFunkypants

Heroine Dusk ShopHeroine Dusk, a browser game by Flare developer Clint Bellanger, looks to be on its way toward soulful ultra-retro RPG perfection. The low-rez graphics are incredibly simple, in a good way: It even works on mobile!

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