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Browser Game Pick: Tone Fu (Catlard Studios)

October 27, 2012 8:00 AM | Danny Cowan

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Carlard Studios presents a unique tool to supplement Chinese language learning with the online Unity game Tone Fu. Downloadable versions for Windows and Mac are also available.

In Tone Fu, you must correctly identify the tones of a series of spoken sounds, after which your teacher will reward/punish you by throwing objects that must be kicked. An alternate gameplay mode focuses on Chinese-to-English translation. It's a difficult game, but a potentially valuable one, if you're struggling with learning the Chinese language.

Trailer: The Escapist (Backstab Games)

October 26, 2012 11:00 PM | Danny Cowan

Backstab Games has released a new gameplay trailer for its upcoming speedrun platformer The Escapist in advance of its planned launch in November.

In The Escapist, players must rush toward each level's exit using a variety of unique abilities. In addition to being able to run and jump, the game's protagonist is also able to rebound off of walls at high speed -- a move that will prove crucial in avoiding the deadly obstacles found throughout each level.

The Escapist is up for vote at Steam Greenlight.

Browser Game Pick: Adrift (Tom Campbell)

October 26, 2012 4:30 PM | Cassandra Khaw

adrift.jpg Okay. The title may be a bit of a misnomer. Adrift is less of a game than it is a minimally interactive wallpaper. Crafted for a recent mini-Ludum Dare, Adrift is a boat simulator of sorts. After losing your sail, somehow, you find yourself unable to do more than sit and drift across the ocean. It looks like the vista will be affected by your computer's clock.

Fancy something simple and serene? Check out Adrift here.

Steam Greenlight Tips from Successful Campaigns Not about Zombies

October 26, 2012 1:00 PM | John Polson

greenlight box.jpgDevelopers behind three of the second round of Steam Greenlit games believe you get what you give when it comes to cultivating a successful campaign. Contrast, AirBucaneers, and Secrets of Grindea succeeded, like all other games, in spite of not having access to traffic stats or sources. This led to a bit of guesswork determining from where visitors were coming, if not casual Steam community browsers.

None of the titles prescribed to popular PC gaming tropes. They were not FPSes, Minecraft-likes, nor zombie-filled survival horror games. Secrets of Grindea and Contrast even seem like retro and next-gen console experiences.

Some of them also succeeded despite having seemingly low social media support. While Secrets of Grindea has 562 followers and AirBuccaneers has 268 on Twitter, Contrast only has 94. Facebook stats are a little higher with 1,064; 508; and 258 respective likes.

What's the trick then? From icons and Kickstarter-inspired trailers to "Valve Super Drives" and media outreach, the developers share their observations here.

Indie Royale Debuts Five-Game Halloween Bundle

October 26, 2012 11:00 AM | John Polson

The IndieGames' co-created service Indie Royale offers up five spooky games for the holiday in the Halloween Bundle. This ghoulish pack includes the full five-episode season of Telltale Games' spooky Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse; the exceedingly disturbing horror adventure, Home; the rare, macabre first-person adventure game from Ice Pick Lodge, Pathologic; and more. The top purchaser for this bundle will also get the sold out physical Old-School Collector's Edition for Home which includes a map, game manual and game-universe artifacts.

On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 goes Mac and Mobile

October 26, 2012 5:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

pennyarcios3.pngWell, we did warn you, and you should thus have already prepared your Mac, Android or iOS device for Zeboyd's Penny Arcade On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3; for one of the quirkiest indie RPGs of the year. The game is finally available on Google Play, the App Store and the Mac App Store and even comes with its promised, free "Lair of the Seamstress" DLC expansion.

Do keep in mind, that everyone who has already grabbed the game on either PC or Xbox 360 will also be getting access to the free DLC.

Get a job: Riot Games and others hiring now on the Gamasutra jobs board

October 26, 2012 3:00 AM | Eric Caoili

In the latest postings over the last seven days, Gamasutra's jobs board plays host to roles in every major discipline, including opportunities at PopCap Games, Riot Games, and others.

Each position posted by employers will appear on the main Gamasutra job board, and appear in the site's daily and weekly newsletters, reaching our readers directly.

It will also be cross-posted for free across Gamasutra's network of submarket sites, which includes content sites focused on independent games and more.

Some of the notable jobs posted this week include:

Riot Games: Director of Marketing:
"Riot Games was established in 2006 by entrepreneurial gamers who believe that player-focused game development can result in great games. In 2009, Riot released its debut title League of Legends to critical and player acclaim. Over 11 million play every month. Players form the foundation of our community and it's for them that we continue to evolve and improve the League of Legends experience."

PopCap Games: Sr. Software Developer - iOS:
"PopCap Games is the leading global developer, publisher and operator of casual video games: fun, easy-to-learn, captivating games that appeal to all ages across PC, mobile, social and other platforms. Based in Seattle, Washington, PopCap was founded in 2000, was acquired by Electronic Arts in 2011. PopCap's games have been downloaded over 1.5 billion times by consumers worldwide, and its flagship franchise, Bejeweled, has sold more than 50 million units."

Freeware Game Pick: Rotation Fixation (Above Par Studios)

October 26, 2012 3:00 AM | Danny Cowan

Above Par Studios (modest slogan: "We like to think we're better than average.") has released Rotation Fixation, a freeware multiplayer action game for Windows.

Described as "an 8-bit bullet-hell survival platformer," Rotation Fixation pits up to four players against one another in a series of arena deathmatches. It's not as simple as it sounds, though; level layouts rotate wildly during gameplay, leaving unaware players vulnerable to surrounding hazards and death traps. Make sure you read up on the game's mechanics before you take on your competition.

Trailer: Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime (AsteroidBase)

October 25, 2012 4:30 PM | Cassandra Khaw



Set within the distance reaches of a neon-colored universe, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is a 2-player, co-op micro-platformer that will have you and a friend (preferably an attractive one) running about the insides of a circular spaceship in an attempt to fend off bad guys. There will be turrets, lasers, shields and thrusters to worry about. The developers described it as, 'Jumpman meets Asteroids meets Han saying "Don't get cocky."'

We agree. Check out the official site here.

Release: Incredipede (Northway Games)

October 25, 2012 3:00 PM | John Polson

Stare into the hypnotic eye and succumb to Northway Games' Incredipede, released today on Windows and Mac for $14.99 with a browser-based demo. In this choose-your-own-QWOP-adventure with a stunning landscape realized by Thomas Shahan, players assemble the limbs and muscles of Quozzle and control her appendages via keyboard.

Incredipede is currently #22 on Steam Greenlight, says developer Colin Northway, which should place it close to approval. He told me he would give Steam keys (Valve permitting) to all who pre-ordered and who purchase post-release. Those unsure should definitely try the demo and then give it quick Greenlight vote.

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