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Freeware Game Pick: The Megaman Sprite Game

November 1, 2012 7:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

megamanrpg.pngRemember how Megaman answered the door and slapped that ghost? Remember the 8-bit JRPG he starred in? How about his masterful use of the English language? Or the humour? The rotten teeth smile perhaps? Why, that's absolutely excellent, for you can now relive all the Megaman memories you never had via the brilliant and just released megaman sprite game. Probably the funniest top-down RPG you'll ever play.

VHS-quality trailer is after the jump.

Kickstarter Projects: Maia (Simon Roth)

November 1, 2012 5:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

Anyone remember Sierra's Outpost? Well, no wonder you don't, as it was a rather obscure yet initially high-profile space-station management sim that promised much but, sadly, delivered little. It also made sure that I imagined a strategy/god game set in space that would probably never exist. Until Simon Roth's Maia, that is; an incredibly ambitious indie project that already looks pretty impressive and promises to blend elements of Dungeon Keeper, SimCity, Dwarf Fortress, the works of both Arthur Clarke and Douglas Adams, and a brilliant '70s sci-fi aesthetic into one cohesive whole.

You can help make this happen (and secure a copy of the game and all sorts of other goodies) by funding Maia on Kickstarter and making sure we all enjoy one of the few games to ever feature a huge, humorous, procedural world infested with bi-polar androids and, should the first stretch goal be reached, cats and dogs.

Maia will be released for PC, Mac and Linux sometime during the summer of 2013.

Might and Delight's Pid Out Now for Windows, Mac, XBLA

November 1, 2012 3:00 AM | Danny Cowan

The team of ex-Grin developers at indie studio Might and Delight has released the gravity-defying puzzle-platformer Pid for Xbox Live Arcade and for Windows and Mac via

In Pid, players are equipped with a tool that can attach itself to surfaces within the game's world and alter gravity within the area of a projected beam. This leads to some tricky platforming sequences throughout Pid's 12 promised hours of gameplay. The included two-player cooperative mode should be even more challenging.

The Xbox 360 version of Pid is priced at 800 Microsoft points ($10). A deluxe edition for Windows and Mac, which includes the game's soundtrack, a Steam key, and other bonus goodies, is available at for $20.

Indie Royale Profile: EvilQuest

November 1, 2012 1:00 AM | Staff

[Guest reviewer Colin Brown profiles each game in the Halloween Bundle from IndieGames' co-created site Indie Royale.]

First launching on the XBLIG marketplace to positive reviews, EvilQuest eventually brought its role reversed brand of NES inspired action RPG to the PC and by extension to this very bundle. The main hook is that EvilQuest removes the slaying evil aspect from your typical RPG and inserts evil slaying in its place. Of course, this just sets the stage for some old school axe swinging that takes a lot of influence from some very interesting sources.

Gradius and Touhou Hybrid Halloween Treat

October 31, 2012 10:00 PM | John Polson

itazura.pngThis Halloween-themed vertical bullet hell shmup from Inatsuka Haru will seem mostly like a Touhou game on the surface, but it offers players a frantic, Gradius-like upgrade system which should help it stand out. Also, excuse my dropping the title formatting convention, as it was a bit long: お菓子くれなかったから、街破壊(いたずら)しちゃうよっ!(romanized as okashikurenakattakara, gaihakai [itazura] shichayo! and translated to Because you didn't give me candy, I'm going to prank you!)

Those who think this Windows freeware is also simply a vertical alternative to Deathsmiles would trivialize the experience a bit. The game has no continues. Let's get that frustration out of the way. However, the game cascades with crackers (even during boss battles) that cash into stronger weapons, a shield, a bomb, and more life. A rank meter that dictates the in-game difficulty also builds with each collected cracker, too. Lastly, I feel I should mention that the pause menu is adorably written in English as tea time!

If nothing else, I think this teaches an appreciation for simpler power-up systems in bullet hells.

[Download link]

You Have to Put the Stake [and the Steak] in the Dracula (Sergio Cornaga)

October 31, 2012 8:00 PM | John Polson

you have to put the stake into the vampire.pngThe Passage and Canabalt hybrid developer Sergio Cornaga returns with a delectable holiday treat that bites back in more ways than one. Spotted on Glorious Trainwrecks, this homophonically clever Windows freeware title actually offers two different scenarios: a maze game and a miniature text adventure. Cornaga thankfully rewards players who take the time to find a way to Dracula's heart.

[You Have to Put the Stake in the Dracula]

Browser Game Pick: The Silver Tree (Failbetter Games)

October 31, 2012 6:00 PM | Cassandra Khaw

silvertree.jpg Ever wondered how Failbetter Games' London ended up a subterranean metropolis populated by demons, talking cats and an assortment of other strange creatures? Well, now's your chance to find out. Maybe. Not that it matters, given the variety of other things you can do here.The Silver Tree is the stand-alone text-based prequel to Failbetter Games' Fallen London. Set in the 13th century, it will have you serving as an emissary to the Mongol empire. The writing's excellent as always, though I do find myself missing the gothic overtones of its successor.

Still, if you're interested in checking it out, here's the appropriate link.

Pre-Alpha Trailer of Rebirth

October 31, 2012 4:00 PM | Cassandra Khaw

While alpha footage may be common enough, it's still a bit of a rarity to see pre-alpha stuff. Rebirth is an upcoming survival game that will have you struggling to survive in a chaos-riddled world with a barely breathable environment. The game will apparently have things like crafting, third-person combat, RPG elements and so forth. Most interestingly, perhaps, Rebirth will feature what the developers call 'Full Body Awareness'. Right now, all it does is show what kind of equipment you're carrying but there are apparently plans of having it integrated into gameplay itself. We'll see.

You can keep track of the game here.

Freeware Game Pick: Katabasis (Tyler Snell)

October 31, 2012 2:00 PM | John Polson

Katabasis (Greek for "descent") for Windows and Mac is a frightening first-person adventure where players wander through bizarrely marked environments in a Russian wilderness, "while attempting to understand things that might not be understandable." While the game is light on mechanics and interactivity, the bleak atmosphere helps tell a twisted tale about a father, a son, and some ancient gods.

Release: Blood, Grain and Steel (David Walters)

October 31, 2012 12:00 PM | Danny Cowan

Cruise Racing and Super Box Factory developer David Walters has released his first commercial product: the turn-based strategy game Blood, Grain and Steel for Windows. A free demo version is also available.

Blood, Grain and Steel takes a streamlined approach to the strategy genre, boasting quick battles and speedy gameplay ideal for lunch breaks and other moments in which time is limited. Battles can be waged in over 280 included maps against an AI opponent in a single-player campaign, or with friends in hotseat, LAN, and e-mail multiplayer modes.

"Blood, Grain and Steel was inspired by classic board games such as Chess but I've taken a slightly more realistic approach by incorporating simple terrain types into the board (modelled as if they were physical wooden pieces from a real board game) and used more conventional movement rules for the units," Walters notes. "The units themselves are inspired by the statues that the Gods played with in the original Clash of the Titans movie and are presented as abstract marble figures."

Blood, Grain and Steel is regularly priced at $15, but is available for $9.99 until November 17th.

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