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Shoot, Swap, Shoot: How Dimension Drive Is Shaking Up Early Access

February 16, 2017 12:00 PM | Thomas Faust

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To call Dimension Drive's development history turbulent would be quite the understatement. Raising enough money on Kickstarter, just to have a very generous pledge withdrawn in the very last moment must have been a truly heartbreaking blow. After nearly giving up on the game, creators 2Awesome Studio tried again to fund continued development, and their second attempt turned out to be successful.

Today, Dimension Drive releases as an Early Access title on Steam, and 2Awesome Studio have thought of something quite special to get people to spend their money on an unfinished game.

Herald Deals With Prejudice & Inequality Aboard A 19th Century Ship

February 15, 2017 8:00 PM | Joel Couture

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Devan Rensburg, "a man of mixed heritage" in the 19th century, finds himself dealing with the squabbles, prejudices, and hatred aboard the clipper Herald, dealing with people's problems and hatreds however he (and you) choose in choice-based point & click game Herald: An Interactive Period Drama - Book I & II.

Trailer Roundup - February 14, 2017

February 14, 2017 12:03 PM | Thomas Faust

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Flowers, cooperation, giant alien bugs, and potatoes in space - this Trailer Roundup has all of that. And bunnies.

Screenshot Saturday Highlights - February 11th, 2017

February 13, 2017 9:44 PM | Christian Valentin

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From fierce Viking skirmishes to acrobatic combat against eldritch evils, you'll find a diverse selection of battles among the games in this weekend's collection

She Remembered Caterpillars - Dealing With Grief With Cute Creatures And Somber Stories

February 13, 2017 6:30 AM | Joel Couture

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She Remembered Caterpillars is a game about handling grief. Not solely, and not aggressively, but through the player's work in helping tiny, adorable forest creatures find their way through these twisting maps of caterpillars and fungus, they share in a story of loss, confusion, sorrow, and death.

People handle grief in different ways at different times. Some want to get away from it. Others seek to confront it or feel guilty about turning away from it. Dealing with it requires many things at once, and Creator Daniel Goffin and writer Cassandra Khaw worked to create an experience that would help in multiple ways.

Whether through escaping to a world of cute creatures who need help with puzzles, or by embracing the story and sharing in the pain of someone else who has suffered, She Remembered Caterpillars is a game that can help soothe the sorrow of loss.


Break Time To Solve Mind-Bending Puzzles In Induction

February 10, 2017 9:20 PM | Christian Valentin

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You've time traveled before in games. You've rewind, paused, and slowed time. You've made time move when you move. You've jumped between past, present, and future.

You control time in Induction as well. But rather than controlling the passage of time, you break it completely. Movies, books, and games have talked about time loops and paradoxes for many decades, and in Induction, you must create your own to solve its surprisingly mind-bending puzzles.

The Frostrune: Come To Medieval Norway, Meet Some Ghosts

February 10, 2017 6:57 AM | Thomas Faust

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Norway, in the year 965. Shipwrecked on an island after a summer storm, you need to find out what happened to the abandoned village nearby. Its inhabitants seem to have left in a panic and something feels odd. Might be the ice, might be the creepy ghost lady, might be the feeling of impending doom. Time to click on stuff and solve some puzzles, then!

Q&A: Bootdisk Revolution On The Making Of Bleed 2

February 8, 2017 1:00 PM | Thomas Faust

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Wryn, the best hero of them all*, is back! Bleed 2 has you dodging and reflecting bullets, slowing down time, dashing around, and saving the day in spectacular fashion. 25 bosses are awaiting their annihiliation at your hands and, even though the game is pretty short, there is a lot of replayability, with different weapons and even characters to unlock.

Bleed 2 delivers non-stop run & gun action in the vein of genre greats, and it's essentially made by a single developer. I talked to Ian Campbell about his influences and the challenges of being a solo developer.

(*Actually, Wryn is the best hero of them all because she killed all of the other heroes in the first game.)

Hauling A Glutonous Galactic Prince Has Surprising Benefits In Star Saver

February 8, 2017 7:00 AM | Joel Couture

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Star Saver will have you dragging the ravenous Prince of the Galaxy around, having him devour enemies, items, and anything else that gets in the way of you saving the missing stars. Doing so will let him change shape into handy items, making him a useful companion for helping out the galaxy.

You know, that thing he should be ruling and saving WITHOUT you hauling him around by a chain. Lazy rulership, the galaxy has.

Trailer Roundup - February 7, 2017

February 7, 2017 1:53 PM | Thomas Faust

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From lovestruck octopi to barbecue-loving bees and lost bunnies, this collection of the week's finest trailers has all the weird animals you need, and then some.

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