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Freeware Pick: FARG (Ditto)

October 28, 2014 7:45 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

FARG.gifIf you have a couple of joypads lying around and a desperate need for some frantic local multiplayer shooting action look no further than FARG. Granted, it may still be in beta, but it already sports 8 weapons, 7 arenas, a most appropriate soundtrack and the ability to simultaneously entertain up to 5 players. Numbers aside, it's a bloody excellent shmup too that effortlessly captures the essence of games like Super Smash Bros, all while looking colourfully surreal.

FARG is available for Windows via

Perspective shifting shooter Revolver 360 RE:ACTOR now on Steam

October 28, 2014 1:00 AM | Lena LeRay

revolver360.jpgRevolver 360 RE:ACTOR from Japanese developer Cross Eaglet looks like a regular 2d scrolling shooter at first, but it has an interesting mechanic. The playing field can be rotated towards or away from the player, making the enemies, bullets, and other objects on the screen seem to collapse into a line as the 2D plane on which they exist becomes flat from the viewer's perspective.

Freeware Pick: Mighty Retro Zero (Kronbits)

October 27, 2014 5:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

MightyRetro.pngUsing a wisely selected palette of eight colours and a resolution straight from the 8-bit era, Mighty Retro Zero (Windows) is a brilliantly frantic arcade game that's chock full of references to classic games. From Inca and Monkey Island to Arkanoid and Mario, Mighty Retro Zero will let you run free (and freely shoot) through a menagerie of lovely levels and even a playable menu screen, while you peruse its clever game modes and discover all the retro treasures it's hiding.

Oh, and as the game is still under development do expect it to get better and richer as time goes by.

Ouya Pick: world leaders save themselves (with your help) in Reagan Gorbachev

October 25, 2014 6:40 PM | Anthony Swinnich


Did you know that there was a kidnapping during the 1986 Reykjav Summit?* You won't find it in any history books. No, instead, you can learn about it in Reagan Gorbachev for the Ouya, made by educational software gurus Team2Bit.

New trailer for Lisa is as perversely haunting, yet humorous, as ever

October 25, 2014 11:17 AM | Chloi Rad

lisa1.pngLisa is gross, perverted, violent, and horrific. It tells the story of a womanless-world where aggression and degradation are the norm, where debauchery and self-destruction are the primary ways of life.

Subtitled The Painful RPG, Lisa shares its name with Lisa the First, an RPG Maker game from the same developer. In the style of Yume Nikki, Lisa the First was an obscure, sometimes gross, and constantly uneasy experience that comes with possibly every content warning in the book. You can download that one for free here.

Get a first look at the gorgeous Shelter 2 in this new footage

October 24, 2014 3:57 PM | Chloi Rad

Shelter 2 looks like a game as sharp in style as it is cruel in nature. Like its predecessor before it, you play as an animal mother - this time a lynx - who must take care of her cubs through pregnancy, birth, and then life.

This means fighting against hunger and the elements through the various seasons. Given the harsh tundra of the game's setting, I get the feeling winter will be particularly devastating.

Team Might and Delight released some early footage of Shelter 2 today, which you can watch up top. The video shows off the upcoming game's beautiful visuals, open landscapes, changing weather, and some intense hunting sequences. Also: baby lynxes.

Shelter 2 is set to release on PC and Mac in February 2015.

Free Steam keys for Rebuild: GOD, Ascendant, Hive

October 24, 2014 3:29 PM | Staff

FreekeyFridaysWeek63.jpgIndieGames and FreekeyFridays bring you another set of free indie games. Freekeyfridays was created as a way to garner exposure for indies through giving away a mix of well-known indie games and up-and-coming titles.

This week's games are Rebuild: Gangs of Deadsville (Steam, Windows), Ascendant (Steam, Windows, Mac, Linux) and Hive (Steam, Windows).

Brilliantly weird idea pick: Hybrid Play

October 24, 2014 5:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

I am pretty certain I don't have any children of my own, but, if I had, Hybrid Play would be something I'd totally adore. Actually, I think I already do. It's a completely wild idea that's seeking crowdfunding via IndieGogo in order to turn every playground into a digital/analog game for kids.

PSN Pick: how long can you fly in Race The Sun

October 23, 2014 9:05 AM | Anthony Swinnich


The first time I glanced at Race The Sun I wasn't sure what to think. The simple, stark visual style didn't immediately draw me in, probably because I saw a simple still picture. But one shouldn't judge a game so quickly, so I pressed on. Seeing it in motion, then, piqued my interest. Once I played it, I found Flippfly put together a really unique take on the autorunner genre. And now that it's on Playstation Network it can and should be discovered by many more.

Kickstarter Pick: Nubarron - The adventure of an unlucky gnome (nastycloud)

October 23, 2014 7:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

Some gnomes are luckier than others and some other gnomes just keep getting stalked by a cloud that a) constantly rains on them, b) strikes them with lightning if they ever stop moving and c) can have its lethal powers utilized to solve puzzles and help said gnomes make it to their lucky hat. Intriguingly, it's one of the latter sort of gnomes that will be the star of gorgeous and innovative puzzle-platformer Nubarron - The adventure of an unlucky gnome. Provided the game reaches is humble Kickstarter goal, that is, which I fiercely hope it will.

The game will be launched for Windows, Mac and Linux and, if you hurry, a pledge of $10 will get you a downloadable copy. Oh, and if its Greenlight campaign is successful a Steam key too.

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