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Free Demo: Dolphin Squadron is a shmup and chase game with kamikaze mammals

April 23, 2013 6:10 PM | John Polson

Dolphin Squadron.pngThe Windows demo for Dolphin Squadron is a fast-paced, mine-chasing vertical shmup, with players assuming the role of the weaponized dolphin. Players must shoot and dodge their way to a huge mine before it reaches the surface by first destroying a mechanized angler fish that's carrying it, and then sacrificing the dolphin to blow up the mine. The power ups found along the way are key to destroying the attached angler fish.

Kickstarter Projects: Rex Rocket (Rob & Tyler)

April 23, 2013 4:05 PM | Anthony Swinnich

One of the best parts about the gaming industry is the fact that there's nothing stopping two friends with an idea from keeping the types of games they've always loved alive. While today's low bar of entry can result in some questionable releases, Rex Rocket looks like an honest attempt to prove quality need not be hindered by rose-tinted glasses.

Browser Pick: retro meets modern and hardcore collides with casual in ccatch

April 23, 2013 1:43 PM | Paul Hack

ccatch1.jpgThe full version of ccatch, which was previously available as a beta, has been released in all its glory and I suggest you don't play it if you don't want a new gaming addiction. ccatch takes bits of Breakout, Kaboom, and Tetris and uses them as a launching pad for what seems like a classic waiting to be discovered. ccatch feels retro, with its simple 2-D polygon graphics, but it's a thoroughly modern action game that bridges the divide between casual and hardcore. I would compare it favorably to a game like Super Hexagon.

Video: projectile trousers, gadgets in stealth game Gunpoint; now headed to Steam

April 23, 2013 11:59 AM | John Polson

Tom Francis' stealth puzzler Gunpoint is progressing swimmingly, as shown in this new gameplay video. The player will have what every spy needs: projectile trousers to jump high, glue-on gloves to scale walls, and a trench coat that prevents fatal falls. But the star gadget in Gunpoint is the cross link, which shows all the wiring that the player can then manipulate or re-wire with the mouse.

Vlambeer's games popular among players, cloners alike

April 23, 2013 12:01 AM | Staff

luftrauserssmall.jpgVlambeer's not only known for tight and focused games like Super Crate Box and Ridiculous Fishing. The Dutch independent game studio is also known for taking a stance against game cloning, which is all-too-common on mobile app stores.

The reason Vlambeer is so publicly anti-cloning is because Ridiculous Fishing spawned a clone, which released well before the actual Ridiculous Fishing, and that nearly tore the studio apart a couple years ago.

Now it appears that another one of Vlambeer's upcoming distinctively-styled games, Luftrausers, has been cloned and released on mobile.

Vlambeer's Rami Ismail told Gamasutra over instant messenger that the studio has emailed both Apple and Google about game, which is credited to one "RubiqLab."

"The basic consensus seems to be since [RubiqLab is] using our assets and using fake screenshots exactly like our game that we should just file a complaint," he said.

New DROD teases more dungeon puzzles; developer listening to platform requests

April 22, 2013 9:05 PM | John Polson

Caravel Games' next Deadly Rooms of Death (DROD) entry now has a teaser full of new turn-based, dungeon-crawling puzzles. The Second Sky is to be "Beethro Budkin's climactic adventure in the Great Beneath, as he goes up against the Underground Empire under the threat of a looming Grand Event," says the YouTube description. The teases in the video include new weapons, new enemies (such as the chain serpent), and duplicator puzzles.

A.N.N.E. "Metroidvania meets Gradius in an exciting, modern pixel art adventure!"

April 22, 2013 7:25 PM | James Monkman

"Your favorite 8-bit and 16-bit era games mashed into one!" is a bold promise for any developer to make, but it's one that Gamesbymo's A.N.N.E. project could possibly deliver if the seamless mash-up of space-shooter and exploratory platforming ends up being as fun to play as the short reveal trailer suggests. Recently launched on Kickstarter with a modest $70,000 target (with stretch goals up to $180,000 offering conversions to a range of platforms including the WiiU, PS Vita and Ouya) the game received a lot of interest at PAX East, and its Steam Greenlight pitch has so far received nothing but praise.

Freeware Pick: Feeling masochistic? Mario on Drugs is just what the doctor ordered

April 22, 2013 4:10 PM | Paul Hack

mariood.jpgI'm not usually interested in "fan" games, but there are things about Mario on Drugs that lift it above the usual ripped sprites and cloned gameplay common to the subgenre. The game features original art, and its wicked sense of humor kept me playing and laughing through my tears of frustration. There are some issues, such as message boxes that look like they're from another program entirely, and a jump function that keeps you hopping indefinitely if you don't lift your finger from the key. But if you can overlook those shortcomings, Mario on Drugs is a thoroughly entertaining little masocore puzzle-platformer.

FEZ up for preorder on Steam and GOG

April 22, 2013 2:04 PM | Anthony Swinnich

Good news: The PC release of Polytron Corporation's FEZ is getting closer and closer to its May 1 release. Better news: Those who preorder will receive a discount on the asking price.

Release: The Last Door (The Game Kitchen)

April 22, 2013 9:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

lastdoor.pngFollowing the successful Kickstarter campaign we covered some time ago, pixelated horror point-and-clicker The Last Door has been released. Well, for the most part really. If, you see, you backed the game you can hop over to, download episode 1 'The Letter' (essentially the Last Door's extended pilot) and enjoy a properly well crafted game with some highly expressive pixel-art. Failing that, you could help fund episode 2 and thus immediately gain access to said pilot or simply wait till May when episode 1 will be made available for free. So, yeah, more or less released.

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