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The Power of Three Goes Portable as Frozenbyte’s ‘Trine’ Trilogy Arrives on Switch

Remember how much fun it was to swap between characters in The Lost Vikings, using their unique abilities to overcome obstacles and/or enemies in that classic platformer? Well, even if you don't, that's quite alright. It's just that this very mechanic sits at the core of the Trine trilogy, the wizard, knight and thief each bringing a unique set of tools to its puzzle-filled worlds - in a really fun way.
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Experience the Mystical World of Kynseed Over the Course of Several Generations

In just about every game I've played where the protagonist actually aged, growing old meant he/she was nearing the end of the road for... well, everything. No continuing, second chances at life, and certainly no more tales to tell. That isn't quite the case in Kynseed, as a mysterous acorn enables you to pass down both skills and powers to the next generation. Undeniably a good thing, as this world holds far too many wonders (and obstacles) for a single lifetime.
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Dinosaurs in Top Hats and Tutu Skirts Fight Aliens as They ‘Roarr!’ and Cause Mayhem

Meet Rex. Rex is a dinosaur, and probably mankind's last line of defense against alien invaders, starring in his own very game, wearing a top hat and... a tutu skirt? Oh boy. This is a weird one, isn't it? Well, whatever the case, there are aliens - and cities - to demolish, and you can even bring friends (Rex clones, surely) to help with the mayhem. Don't forget to Roarr!
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Keep Changing the Color of Your Alien in ‘Joggernauts’ to Ensure Everyone’s Survival

It's time to conga... in space. As colorful aliens. Plural. Because even if only one person is playing, there'll still be two aliens to manage. At the same time. In a conga line. Did I mention the conga bit? Right. Anyway, in Joggernauts, it's all about making sure the appropriate alien is always at the front; by which I mean, match the color of an upcoming obstacle or face terrible consequences. In space.
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Gamedev of the Dead: itch.io Adds Devlog Postmortem Support

It's taken a while but your game's out the door and... is not all that popular. What do you do, aside from trying to figure out why and - hopefully - fixing the cause? Well, most would probably move onto something else, admitting defeat. But before you do that, why not write a postmortem, detailing the development process, what went right/wrong and such? Especially if your project is on itch.io, as they recently added devlog support for these!
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Level Up: Kongregate Indie Gaming Platform/Store Kartridge Open Beta Launched

Another competitor for our hard-earned time (and money) enters the fray, Kongregate having recently launched its own indie-centric gaming platform/store, Kartridge, in open beta. But unlike its competitors, this is more than yet another place to pick up and play games - not all of which carry a price tag either, I might add - as a degree of gamification has been applied: earn XP and level up... by playing games!
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MAGS November Ain’t Afraid of no Birds With its “Scarecrows” Theme

Halloween may have come and gone for 2018, but that apparently won't stop this month's MAGS from tasking aspiring adventure game creators from coming up with something featuring, well, a scarecrow. Perhaps even an iteration of the same-named Batman villain? Who knows. Also, it doesn't have to be a game set strictly in the horror genre, so long as it features something that will scare crows.
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‘ELDERBORN’ [Early Access] Pitches Medieval Melee Against the Forces of Darkness

ELDERBORN is described as a game that does not hold your hand. This is a good thing, seeing how... well, it's all but glued to your weapon! But seriously, we could do with more melee-centric no-nonsense, so hopefully this slashy adventure will prove more than a little entertaining. The prospect of stepping into the shoes of a mighty warrior to demolish a dungeon overflowing with corruption and evil is certainly enticing.
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Cut Corners Aggressively to be the Last Car Standing in Combat Racer ‘Party Crashers’

Forget whatever you know about the rules of the road and throw caution to the wind the instant you get behind the wheel in Party Crashers. Unless you enjoy being smashed to bits that is. Some do enjoy that, and to each their own, ya know? But if you're the type who prefers winning, best be an absolute jerk on the track. Oh, and watch out for giant bananas.
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Old Will be New (and Epic): ‘Ion Maiden’ Out of Early Access and on Consoles in 2019

As someone who grew up playing way too much Duke Nukem 3D and other timeless classics of the era (Doom, Quake, Heretic, etc.), Ion Maiden is a match made in heaven: Build - the engine that powered Duke Nukem 3D, Blood and Shadow Warrior - also runs this one. That's right, a game due in 2019 on an engine almost 25 years old. Doesn't get more old-school, or awesome, than this!
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Wii U Exclusive No More: ‘Swords and Soldiers 2’ Tweaked ‘n Tuned For Upcoming Ports

It's been a long time coming, ports of the once Wii U exclusive Swords & Soldiers II, although I suspect it will have been worth the wait. Especially for those who have already enjoyed the original, treacherously tactical 2D turmoil and all. Swords and Soldiers 2 Shawarmageddon will after all feature many an enhancement/addition over the 2015 original (hence the title changes), when it hits PC, PlayStation 4 and Switch.
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Construct a World With Card Houses in ‘Where Cards Fall’ to Strengthen Fragile Memories

Ah, to be young again, building card houses to create a world full of puzzl-- wait, what? Oh right. Video game. Forgot for a second that Where Cards Fall is in fact a video game, likely due to how amazing it would be to experience something like this in real life: a trip down memory lane through... actual card houses. Confused? Me too, but darn if this game doesn't have immense potential.
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Take up the Mantle as an Old Berserker in ‘Fimbul’ This November… to Save Midgard!

Normally when someone falls in battle, that's it. No more. But for Kveldulver, death is not the end. His revival - courtesy of the sisters of fate - does come with a task attached to it, however: this old berserker must find the strength... to prevent Ragnarök. Nothing, neither man nor beast (or worse, trolls) shall stop him, in the action-adventure that is Fimbul. So take up the mantle and fight. Fight like never before.
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The Search for Long-Lost Pets in ‘Love is Dead’ Proves That… Zombies Have Feelings?

To the best of my knowledge, zombies can't feel anything. That's what we've been lead to believe throughout numerous portrayals across all kinds of media, at least. But what if we're wrong? Love is Dead certainly seems to think so, featuring an undead couple still very much in love, longing to be together again. Oh, and with their pets too, while you're busy puzzling their path towards a happily ever after, anyway. Ah, nothing quite like zombie romance.
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‘Parsec Rivals’ Impressions: In Space Soccer, With Lasers We Thrust

These days there exists a multitude of ways to play soccer in video game form: from the traditional way in FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer to blazing fast RC cars in Rocket League. But how about... in space, only one player on each team, movement controlled entirely by thrust, ball moved by shooting it? Crazy? That's what I thought too, but Parsec Rivals is actually an amusing take on the sport.
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Eat to Grow, Barf to Shrink: Size Does Truly Matter In the Twisted World of ‘Pig Eat Ball’

I don't know what it is with monarch and their crazy crusade to force their daughters into marriage, rather than letting them choose - you know, like normal human beings. Although in Pig Eat Ball, king Cake's daughter, princess Bow, is... well, not human, as you can surely tell from her father's name. Oh, and she's also not interested in an arranged marriage. Smart girl. So, time to embark on a relentless mix of eating and barfing, to thwart the king's plans!
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