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Kickstarter Projects: Pro Wrestling X (Wrestling Gamers United)

November 19, 2012 7:00 AM | Danny Cowan

Wrestling Gamers United has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Pro Wrestling X, an in-progress PC title that aims to combine the gameplay mechanics of Nintendo 64-era wrestling games like WWF No Mercy and WCW/nWo Revenge with the in-depth character customization features of Human's Fire Pro Wrestling series.

The game has been in development since 2002, and its creators have faced numerous issues along the way. "Our programmer doesn't own a desk; he sits on a couch cushion and works on a coffee table," graphic designer Eric Schmidt explains.

Schmidt goes on to list the problems that have plagued the project since its inception, which include: "Near-death experiences. Black mold. Death threats. Stolen code sold to us. Money. No money. Less than no money. Eviction notices. [And] a crew less like the nWo and more like Spinal Tap."

Despite a few rough patches during development, however, Pro Wrestling X's engine has been successfully built, and the project has earned the support of wrestler Lance Storm and WWF No Mercy producer Sanders Keel. The team has set a funding goal of $75,000 to cover the cost of redesigning the game's art and animations.

F*ck These Picks: Final Fantasy Football, Final Football

November 19, 2012 4:00 AM | John Polson

final fantasy football.pngOf course, Final Fantasy and Football make a natural pairing, and not just because of the alliteration. Another Fuck This Jam entry, Ted Martens' Final Fantasy Football for Windows takes a game and sport I really don't enjoy and makes something I would actually play more if fleshed out. I'm generally not a fan of random, turn-based fighting without at least an action element involved. Thankfully, Final Fantasy Football manages to implement action quite well, keeping players quick on their feet. The win condition is the same as American football: get to the end zone marked "touchdown" within four downs.

For a more traditional turn-based experience with thumping music, I also encourage you to try out toaster's Final Football.

IGF China 2012 Winners Led by CubeTractor, Fish

November 19, 2012 1:00 AM | John Polson

cubetractor gdcc.jpgThe Independent Games Festival China has revealed the Main Competition and Student winners for its 2012 award ceremony, which celebrates the most creative indie games from throughout the Pan-Pacific area.

The GDC China co-located event is now in its fourth year, and the victors were led by Best Game winner, retro-inspired puzzler Cubetractor, and abstract action Best Student Game winner Fish.

Drawing from a prize pool totaling 45,000 RMB (roughly $7,150), IGF China's Main Competition gave away awards covering Excellence in Audio, Design, Technology, and Visual Arts, as well as the Best Mobile Game and Best Game awards.

Three awards -- for Best Student Game and Excellent Student Winners -- offered 13,000 RMB (roughly $2,050) in cash prizes, and the winners were revealed in a ceremony in Shanghai during GDC China.

Here are the winners for this year's IGF China:

Release: LAZA KNITEZ!! (Team Buttfighters)

November 18, 2012 10:00 PM | John Polson

Team Buttfighters' single- and multiplayer arena game LAZA KNITEZ!! has just released with a pay-what-you-want model for its XXL version. The first person to shoot his or her opponents 20 times in a battle of lethal laser tag decides the fate of all futures.

The newly released paid version adds three more battle arenas and control over the game parameters. Players can customize knight names, choose which power-ups to include, and set the speed of the game. A CRAZINESS mode allows players to use a microphone to transform their yells into a more intense game experience, too.

Those unsure about diving into the intense XXL version can grab the one- or two-player browser version or four-player freeware version.

Browser Game Pick: Why Am I Dead? (Peltast Games)

November 18, 2012 6:30 PM | Cassandra Khaw

whyamidead.jpg If you were a fan of Ghost Trick, you're probably going to do a few backflips over this one. A browser-based title that will have you playing as a ghost intent on figuring out exactly who murdered him, Why Am I Dead? will have you possessing random hotel guests and using them as part of your investigative efforts. It's certainly not perfect, but Why Am I Dead? is brilliant enough to be worth a few confused hours this late Sunday evening.

Play the game here.

Source: JayIsGames

F*ck This Pick: Dear Esteban (ursa)

November 18, 2012 12:00 PM | John Polson

DearEsteban.pngA hilarious parody of not-game Dear Esther, Ursa's Dear Esteban takes users through a bizarre, audio-visual landscape. In order to enjoy every audible joke, though, I'd advise you walk slowly.

This Fuck This Jam entry ends its stay prematurely, but I had plenty of laughs along the way. Grab Dear Esteban here to play in your browser or to download for your Windows or Mac machine. Shamu commands it.

Multiplayer Aerial Action Game Chasing Aurora Launches with Wii U Today

November 18, 2012 8:00 AM | Danny Cowan

Austria-based indie developer Broken Rules has launched its multiplayer action game Chasing Aurora as a downloadable title for Nintendo's Wii U system, which hits retailers today in North America.

Chasing Aurora is a 2D flight game featuring a variety of modes for up to five players. The Hide & Seek mode, demonstrated above, challenges the player holding the Wii U GamePad to hide from the other players until time runs out. Other game types include Chase Mode, Freeze Tag, and the single-player time trial Trail Challenge.

Chasing Aurora is priced at $14.99. The release trailer is available after the jump.

Trailer: Might of Ancient Remnants (Enigmati Inc)

November 17, 2012 4:30 PM | Cassandra Khaw



While I'm slightly skeptical about Enigmati Inc's claims that Might of Ancient Remnants will be 'the first hardcore game on mobile and tablet for both serious and casual gamers who seek competitive thrills through a portable online experience', Might of the Ancient Remnants still looks rather intriguing. What's even more intriguing, perhaps, is the fact that they have weekly public alpha multiplayer sessions for those interested in seeing what the game is all about.

Official IndieDB page can be found here.

Open Hexagon: Clone or Seriously Inspired?

November 17, 2012 2:00 PM | John Polson

Vittorio Romeo's (Vee Software) Open Hexagon is a freeware game that looks and feels pretty much like Super Hexagon, except a lot slower. One could consider it to be good practice for those who find even the easiest setting of Terry Cavanagh's game, especially with it being open sourced and having options for adjusting speed. With so many basic similarities, though, the larger question remains of what to label this, even if the developer didn't mean to snuff Cavanagh.

The developer states on Facebook: "I want to make clear that the resemblance to the original game is very high, even if it's not an exact clone.

"I've credited Terry Canavagh everywhere I could, and I don't want my game to be competition, but a tribute to his work. I got his permission to make a 'Super Hexagon inspired game,' I just hope this is not stretching it."

Thirty Flights of Loving Now Available for Mac

November 17, 2012 8:00 AM | Danny Cowan

Mac users, your day has come! Blendo Games' first-person short story Thirty Flights of Loving is now available for Mac via Steam.

A follow-up to Blendo's Gravity Bone, Thirty Flights of Loving is a brief (around 20 minutes long) tale of love, thievery, and bootlegging. Despite its length, the pacing is brisk and satisfying, taking players through a variety of interesting scenarios at breakneck speed. It's great stuff!

Thirty Flights of Loving is available for $4.99.

[via Joystiq]

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