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Humble Indie Bundle 7 is 6 Great Games plus 1 Mega Movie

December 19, 2012 3:00 PM | John Polson

Humble Bundle returns to form after its THQ offering to include 6 Windows, Mac, and Linux games and the highly lauded Indie Game: The Movie (IG:TM).

The Binding of Isaac (and its DLC, Wrath of the Lamb), Closure, Shank 2, Snapshot, and IG:TM are available at the pay-what-you-want level. Dungeon Defenders (and its DLC) and Legend of Grimrock are the two beat-the-average bonuses. Everything except The Binding of Issac has its accompanied soundtrack in MP3 and FLAC formats, too.

The Humble Indie Bundle 7 is live for the next 14 days.

Branch, Clone, Fork Your Way through Free GitHub Game Off Games

December 19, 2012 2:00 PM | John Polson

polybranch.pngGitHub's Game Off month-long competition came to an end, yielding almost 200 free games based on the themes of forking, branching, cloning, pushing, or pulling. Organizers recently announced the five winning entries, six runners up, and seven honorable mentions for their seminal jam.

Those who enjoy the quick maneuvering may enjoy Rothschild Games' Release Cycles, "an abstract racing game where you fight against the clock and the computer to get as far as you can in a product's life-cycle" or Greg Batha's PolyBranch, a minimalist 3D dodging game where users approach terminal velocity.

Henry Hoffman's Branching Out feels like a World of Goo tribute. A personal favorite so far is Zolmeister's Avabranch, which tasks players with vertically racing as many forked lines as possible, with ever-forking control schemes.

Organizers stated that the Game Off jam will be back in 2013. Until then, those interested can try out all the winning entries here.

[Thanks, Matt H.]

C64 Release: Sub Hunter (RGCD & Psytronik)

December 19, 2012 7:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

subhunter c64.pngA modern classic for the Commodore 64, the graphically stunning side-scrolling shmup Sub Hunter, has finally been given the cartridge treatment for the retro-indie crowds that enjoy the physicality of their games. The game can now be grabbed in its slightly enhanced (that would only involve bug-fixes apparently) cartridge form, that will happily run on C64s of all regions and even the obscure C64GS console. You can buy it here in its standard or deluxe boxed version, grab the game on disk, tape or even as a download from Psytronik or just download the freeware version via CSDB.

Freeware Game Pick: Tick! (purrpurr)

December 19, 2012 5:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

tick.pngI browsed through hundreds of the 1326 Ludum Dare entries. Played a couple dozen, was impressed by more than a few and intrigued by most, yet here I am writing about Tick! - a game that bravely makes no sense whatsoever. Why? Well, because I really do love nonsensical games. Especially those combining gratuitous button-mashing with point-and-click navigation and surreal humour that actually works.

Browser Game Pick: Holly Jolly Pyromaniac (UndergroundPixel)

December 19, 2012 12:00 AM | Cassandra Khaw

hollyjolly.jpg Though definitely not the deepest experience around, Holly Jolly Pyromaniac is a silly albeit joyful Ludum Dare entry that will have you taking on the role of a villainous Santa Claus. Angered by how some of his elves have decided to revolt against his despotic rule, the mad monarch of gifts has taken to the skies in order to land explosives on the would-be opposition. Again, I'm going to have to stress that Holly Jolly Pyromaniac is probably one of the simpler Ludum Dare entries out there but it's hard not to grin at it.

Check out the game here.

Browser Game Pick: Tyranoforce (blob)

December 18, 2012 9:00 PM | Cassandra Khaw

tyranoforce.jpg Picture this. You're the last tyrannosaurus in existence. As the last surviving member of your prehistoric species, you're intent on returning earth to the dinosaurs. Somehow. Unfortunately, there's an intrepid hero in the way. Guess whose responsibility it is to get rid of him? Made for the most recent Ludum Dare, Tyranoforce is a gorgeous-looking reverse shoot 'em up that will have you launching ships at the would-be savior of humanity. It's an awesome twist on a familiar concept, easily finished within the span of ten minutes, a great take on the theme and, well -

Just go play it already.

Top 10 Indie Games Of 2012 (+2!)

December 18, 2012 6:00 PM | Staff

spelunky gama.jpgA Top 10 Indie Games of 2012 list just couldn't fit all of our must-play titles of the year. Instead, we're shoehorning the industry standard by adding two more, because we can and more importantly, because we must.

If 2011 represented an "indie boom" for the scene, 2012 was an indie-vasion on all fronts. Free, paid, and free-to-play indie games revitalized aging Sony and Microsoft consoles, were often the highlight software of new gadgets such as the Wii U and PlayStation Vita, and even overwhelmed Steam to the point of Valve restructuring its entire submission process.

Free and paid indie games continue to spawn from a variety of game jams and competitions. These games take up residence in more online stores, browser-based mega sites such as Kongregate and Newgrounds, mobile devices led by Android and Apple, and every other platform that has now warmed up to "indie." Social gaming, however, remains occupied by mostly indie tumbleweed.

We needed to increase the residence of our own top 10 indie games of 2012 list to 12 because these developers deserve the recognition, and our readers deserve a chance to learn about the diversity and opportunity that presently exists. We are here to celebrate games that challenge our skills as much as they challenge our beliefs and expectations.

These are our top games of 2012.

Browser Game Pick: Denki Word Quest

December 18, 2012 12:00 PM | Danny Cowan


Denki presents an RPG-inspired take on its hit word game Quarrel with Word Quest, an HTML5 browser game that sees players stringing together words in order to battle fierce armies of skeletons, spiders, and...kittens.

I enjoy how quickly the game flows from one challenge to the next; the battles themselves are briskly paced, and fast answers are rewarded with additional damage. It's a shame, then, that the experience is saddled with unoriginal sound design -- the opening theme is lifted directly from Capcom's Commando, for instance, and other cues sample iconic sound effects from games like The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario World. It's not a deal-breaker, but it's disappointing nonetheless.

The first two levels of Word Quest are playable for free. The full version is priced at $5.

Indie Royale Debuts Seven-Game Xmas Bundle 2.0

December 18, 2012 10:30 AM | John Polson

IndieGames' co-created bundle service Indie Royale has just released its Xmas Bundle 2.0, filled with seven great indie games for the holiday season.

The bundle leads with two 'first ever bundle' games - physics-intensive puzzle title Colour Bind from Finn Morgan, and Kyle Pulver's puzzle platformer Offspring Fling! (plus an IR-exclusive bonus game, Namiko!); adorable point and click adventure puzzle game Puzzle Bots; addictive turn-based strategy land grab game Little Kingdom; and a double barrel of action and RPG in the form Serious Sam: The Random Encounter and Serious Sam Double D.

Trailer: Randal's Monday (Albarranch & Gomez)

December 18, 2012 5:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

Just running into adventure games one had never heard of before, especially when said games come from dev teams that are just starting out, is one of the finest ways to start ones day. Well, my day actually, but I'm pretty sure most point-and-clickers will be interested in Randal's Monday and its just released and rather lengthy trailer. It's all about a sociopathic, heavily drinking kleptomaniac, a cheap cursed ring, paranormal activity and the Monday that never ends. It's all very Withnail And I meets Monkey Island actually and I think I'll love it.

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