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These are your juries for the IGF 2018 Design, Audio, and Student awards

December 5, 2017 1:48 PM | Tim

As the year winds down around us, the 2018 Independent Games Festival is entering its jurying phase -- the period in which discipline-specific experts play, evaluate and discuss the highlights of the nearly 600 games entered in the 2018 Festival Competition, which together continue to push the boundaries of video game development and design.

Of course, an excellent group of game development notables are evaluating IGF 2018's most promising entries. After first-round IGF judging from hundreds of evaluators, these expert juries will ultimately determine the finalists and winners of the various IGF 2018 awards at the 2018 Game Developers Conference.

You're Gonna Need A Bigger Gun (Or Two) In Sky Force Reloaded

December 5, 2017 10:00 AM | Thomas Faust

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One game mechanic you don't encounter too often in shoot 'em ups is grind. Sure, there's repetition in mastering stages and trying to get better with each attempt, but this is usually a question of skill and pattern memorization. However, when a game like Sky Force Reloaded asks you to take on the enemy hordes and just hands you a measly pea shooter, you'd better start saving up for some bigger guns.

Raji: An Ancient Epic Is An Action/Adventure Game Infused With Hindu & Balinese Myth

December 4, 2017 7:00 PM | Joel Couture

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Raji: An Ancient Epic features architecture inspired by the medieval period in India, monsters drawn from the demonic statues and sculptures of Bali, and combat powers granted by gods of the Hindu religion, giving players a tour through Indian and Indonesian art and belief in the form of an action/adventure game.

Cattails Highlights All The Best Points Of The Life-Simulation Genre

December 2, 2017 7:00 PM | Julia Couture

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The life of a cat can be hard, and you're in control of it in Cattails. You'll have to hunt for food and fight off invading cats, but there will also be time to enjoy the sweeter side of life - even get married and have a litter of kittens. There's tons to do while exploring the wide world of Cattails, so dive in and get your paws dirty.

Kick Off A Weekend Of Worldwide Game Jamming With Ludum Dare 40's Keynote

December 1, 2017 7:00 PM | Joel Couture

Alex Rose, developer of Super Rude Bear Resurrection (and several other games about bears with poor manners), is kicking off worldwide game jam Ludum Dare 40 with a keynote offering sage Latin tips and a promise of limitless power to the victors.

The theme is still being decided, but if you really don't have anything to do for the next seventy two hours (or forty eight if you're looking for a REAL CHALLENGE), it could be worthwhile to make a game! Remember: limitless power.

Or, you know, you can watch other folks make games instead. But viewers don't get limitless power, Of this I'm reasonably sure. But you still definitely get the Latin tips.

Slice Of Life Tasks Players With Surviving As A Fawn Separated From Family

November 30, 2017 8:10 PM | Julia Couture

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There's a lot to consider if you're ever alone in the woods with no idea where you are (and dealing with active volcanoes). Which direction do you go in? What do you eat? Where can you sleep? Is it safe? These questions are all answered from the viewpoint of a fawn who has to survive alone in the woods while searching for its family in Slice of Life.

Ebony Spire: Heresy's Items Can be Used By The Player Or their Enemies

November 29, 2017 7:00 PM | Joel Couture

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Items play a large role in first-person dungeon crawler Ebony Spire: Heresy, as they're the only way to make your character tougher. There's no experience system or typical stat growth beyond them. However, the items you might want to pick up to better yourself can be grabbed by your enemies, who can also use them, making for some frantic moments when you see something good in the distance.

Path Out Is An Autobiographical JRPG Of Escaping Syria's Civil War

November 28, 2017 11:00 PM | Joel Couture

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Path Out seems like a cute, somewhat silly JRPG on the surface, but takes players through a harrowing real-life event. Telling the story of Abdullah Karam, a Syrian artist who escaped from the war-torn country back in 2014, it seeks to convey the experiences the artist had on their difficult journey through a medium the artist enjoyed as a child

Super Skelemania Is A Metroidvania Of Using Your Bony Head

November 27, 2017 7:00 PM | Joel Couture

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Super Skelemania is all about using your head - using it like a battering ram, using it to smack enemies over the head with a headbutt, or using it to bowl your way through tight spaces. Expect to find many uses for your skull as you work your way through this single-session Metroidvania, finding fun secrets, gaining new powers, and clocking things with your cranium.

Northgard brings out a new clan and talks of future release!

November 26, 2017 7:30 PM | Julia Couture

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Northgard is a real time strategy game that really makes you roll with the punches as you colonize territory in some very harsh lands Viking lands. Between enemy invasions, harsh winters, or rats invading your food stores - you'll have to think about every decision carefully.

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