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Browser Pick: don't get crushed in nail-n-scale platformer Stakes!

November 17, 2014 11:56 AM | Anthony Swinnich


Sometimes all you need is a simple game to have a good time. Stakes! from Folmer Kelly of Sets and Settings fits that bill to the letter. It's a survival platformer Kelly tagged a "nail-n-scale" game, where you need to avoid getting crushed by the blocks falling from overhead. You can destroy them by throwing nails into them, or use the nails to jump up in case you become trapped.

It's free, and it's available to play through your browser on Newgrounds.

[Play Stakes! here]

Demo & Kickstarter Pick: Kelvin and the Infamous Machine (Blyts)

November 17, 2014 10:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

With adventures being the genre that helped create the Kickstarter phenomenon (when it comes to games at least), it's lovely seeing more highly polished and extremely promising point-and-clickers trying to crowdfund themselves to existence. You know, games like Kelvin and the Infamous Machine. Judging by the demo (available for Windows, Mac and Linux), this is bound to become a great, humorous, cartoony, time-travelling adventure and a pledge of $15 will secure you a copy upon launch.

Trailer Roundup: Build castles, protest your innocence, and more

November 17, 2014 8:25 AM | Lena LeRay

kinamania.jpgFor the first time in a while, one of our trailer roundups has a lot of violence in it, in various forms. There are, however, a couple of games that don't. About half of these are available now.

Cardboard, wood, clay and the fifth episode of The Dream Machine

November 17, 2014 5:15 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

DreamMachine5_1.pngIt has been over a year since the last installment in the brilliant and stunningly hand-crafted The Dream Machine adventure series was released, but waiting for chapter 5 has been absolutely worth it. This is the best and biggest Dream Machine entry so far and is probably heftier than all the previous ones combined.

Cyberpunk adventure Read Only Memories gets its first public demo, available for free

November 15, 2014 6:40 PM | Chloi Rad

Read Only Memories, an upcoming cyberpunk adventure game set in Neo-San Francisco, has popped up at several game events during the past year: GDC, IndieCade, PAX, E3, and GaymerX2.

Now its developers at MidBoss Games are ready to release ROM's first public demo, available on Windows, Mac, and Linux, for free.

Handmade Hero wants to teach you how to build a game from the ground up

November 15, 2014 1:05 PM | Chloi Rad

If you frequent, chances are you already love playing games. A smaller number of you probably make games yourself, while some may have a passing interest in game development, but not know where to start.

Handmade Hero is an upcoming project that its developer hopes will serve as a "de facto class" on the art and science of programming games.

Review: Framed is short and sweet

November 15, 2014 6:30 AM | Lena LeRay

framed.pngFramed, from Loveshack Entertainment, is a noir-themed puzzle game in which the player rearranges comic panels to change the outcome of the puzzle-page. Each panel represents multiple possibilities, with the action that occurs in one panel dependent upon the context created by the panel before it, and if the panels are not in the right order, then the story gets cut short. The player shapes the story in a very tangible sense.

Free keys for Pixel Piracy, Whispering Willows, Shattered Haven

November 14, 2014 4:30 PM | Staff

fkf66.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 weeks games are: Shattered Haven (Windows, Steam, Mac), Whispering Willows (Steam, Windows, Linux, Mac) and Pixel Piracy (Desura, Windows).

Commercial version of Ludum Dare 29 winner The Sun And Moon available today

November 14, 2014 7:40 AM | Lena LeRay

SS13.pngDaniel Linssen's The Sun And Moon is a platformer in which the player can dive into the platforms, retaining their momentum but in an environment in which gravity is reversed. I wrote a preview for The Sun and Moon a little over a month ago based on a 15-level demo and everything I said then holds true in the release build. The game has come a long way in the six months since Ludum Dare 29, gaining polish and content without much if any change to the core mechanic which makes the game stand out.

Adventure Pick: Randal's Monday (Nexus Game Studios)

November 14, 2014 3:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

Randals1.pngWe do have to admit that the average adventure game protagonist is a raging, often manipulative and generally anti-social kleptomaniac. Happily, Randal, the star of Randal's Monday (Windows, Mac), is pretty much open about being all this and a bona fide sociopath. And is most appropriately voiced by the brilliant Jeff Anderson of Clerks' fame.

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