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Ludum Dare 30: Four more before the final score

September 14, 2014 9:00 AM | Lena LeRay

7211-shot1.png The Ludum Dare 30 voting period is almost complete. While waiting for the winners to be announced, why not check out a few more games?

Kickstarter Pick & Demo: the surreal Paradigm by Jacob Janerka

September 14, 2014 4:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

Point-and-click adventures have always been a natural fit for surreal stories and offbeat comedy, whereas post-apocalyptic, Borat-influenced Eastern Europe has been a mostly unappreciated setting begging to be explored and, well, here's Paradigm. It's a thing that already exists (up to a point) and also quite handily a surreal point-and-click adventure set in a post-apocalyptic, post-pseudosocialist Eastern Europe starring an ugly mutant hero and an evil sloth villain. Supporting it on Kickstarter will most probably ensure its continued and proper existence.

Oh, and the rather impressive and excellent looking alpha demo of Paradigm (Windows) should be downloaded and enjoyed; Mac and Linux versions are coming soon.

Step into the bizarre world of Rituals

September 13, 2014 11:11 PM | Chloi Rad

Every glimpse into the world of Somewhere proves infinitely more enchanting than the last.

Rituals, crafted by the bizarrely imaginative Studio Oleomingus, is the second alpha demo for the larger work-in-progress, Somewhere. Following the same odd, stealth-based gameplay as its first demo, Fictions, Rituals sends you stumbling head first into a colorful, topsy-turvy world that is one part a surreal, reimagined Colonial India and another part straight out of Magritte's absurdist daydreams.

Rituals is admittedly more confusing than its predecessor, Fictions, possibly due to the labyrinthine and almost claustrophobic nature of its environment.

While neither of these qualities remove from the experience on their own, I would recommend getting a feel for the character-swapping and narrative-bending mechanics in Fictions first, which you can download here. That way, you can bypass at least a portion of the confusion.

Still feeling lost? That's okay. A game where giant teacups are the norm and walking into photographs to get around is just business as usual isn't really meant to keep you fully in the know. The air of dazed mystery is what makes Oleomingus' work so intriguing in the first place, so long as you come prepared with an open mind and a stubborn will to understand.

Download Rituals for free on

Sci-fi survival racer Distance headed to Steam Early Access sometime this fall

September 12, 2014 11:30 PM | Chloi Rad

distance.pngIf you weren't among the thousands of Kickstarter backers who were given access to Distance's private beta last month, and are still patiently awaiting some of that high-speed, survival racing goodness, then I have some exciting news for you.

Distance, the shiny spiritual sequel to Refract's student game Nitronic Rush, is headed to Steam Early Access this fall. While a precise release date has not been announced, news of a soon-to-be public beta for Distance is still hugely welcomed, especially a near two years after its successful Kickstarter.

Read about the full update here.

PAX hands on: eat your problems away in Pig Eat Ball

September 12, 2014 7:12 PM | Anthony Swinnich


Mommy's Best Games has never been known to shy away from a slightly odd concept, so it's no surprise that Pig Eat Ball fits right into their wheelhouse. It's a top-down action-puzzler where he or she who eats the most balls wins... and it sports a barf mechanic. The build I played at PAX Prime even had rumbling chairs, making for a butt-shakingly good time in multiplayer especially.

Free Steam keys for Unclaimed World, Whispering Willows, RocketsRocketsRockets

September 12, 2014 3:26 PM | Staff


IndieGames 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 Unclaimed World (Steam, Windows), ROCKETSROCKETSROCKETS (Steam, Windows, Linux and Mac) and Whispering Willows (Steam, Windows, Linux, Mac).

Celestial Tear: Demon's Revenge returns to Kickstarter with a playable demo

September 12, 2014 9:12 AM | Lena LeRay


We covered Celestial Tear: Demon's Revenge during its previous run on Kickstarter back in May. It's to be a Japanese-style RPG, and although it will have an art style influenced more by western comics than Asian cartoons, it will be heavily influenced by classic JRPGs and be designed to explore mature themes such as racism. Now that it's up for crowdfunding again the developers at White Guardian Studios have released a playable demo which shows off the writing, art, and battle system quite well.

The Dragon Interview

September 12, 2014 7:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

dragonRPG.pngWith action-RPG Dragon about to allow people to early-access it on Steam in a week, I decided to ask Erik Johnson of Red Level Games (and Arcen Games) a few questions. Happily, he decided to answer them.

DELTA is a trippy look inside the head of a game developer

September 11, 2014 11:02 AM | Michael Rose

DELTA is the latest release from Hermit Games, and it's filled with flashing lights and psychedelic goings-on. You're travelling down the inside of a tunnel, a bit like in Velocibox, except that you can barely see what you're doing because OH GOD COLOURS.

There are triangles to collect that alter the sound and visuals a little, but honestly, the real task is to just stay alive long enough to unlock the next difficulty. Think Super Hexagon down a corridor and you're sort of there. You can find DELTA on Xbox Live Indie Games - a PC version is bound to follow soon.

SUPER III to rise from the ashes of Frog Sord, currently Kickstarting

September 10, 2014 9:56 PM | Anthony Swinnich


It was a shame to see a project like Frog Sord not make it out the door, but sometimes unfortunate things lead to good things down the road. Some of the team from that game went on to form SUPER 91, and they are now working on a new game called SUPER III. Screen-wrapping levels and a teleportation mechanic make this quite the intriguing action-platformer.

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