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Embark on a Grand Adventure to Disperse an Evil Entity In Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles

At first glance, Gemea may seem like quite the lovely place, what with its lush beaches, snowcapped mountains, and everything in-between. But unfortunately, all is not well here as an evil entity - murk, according to the locals - is wreaking havoc across the land. An entity only you possess the ability to vanquish. Only you can save Gemea from certain doom, in Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles! Uh, with the help of the locals, that is...
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The Time For Submitting to This Year’s Unity Awards Is Finally Upon Us

As anyone with a calendar handy can tell, 2017 still has several months in it, and yet here we are, Unity preparing their annual celebration of recently released projects made with the popular engine. There's method to the madness though: the 'recently' bit in this case actually refers to projects that came to be (as in, made publicly available) during the 2016-2017 school year (October 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017). Some pretty groovy awards up for grabs too, and not just for the game dev folks either.
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Space Tyrant Gets You All Grim and Evil in the 5X Depths of a Wartorn Future

In space, no one can hear you scream - or so they say. Chances are whatever enemies you choose to make in Space Tyrant will be screaming plenty, as they feel the wrath of an absolutely ridiculous army. One so powerful it just might be enough to conquer an entire galaxy! Muahahaha. I mean, what good is war if you're not on the winning side? Not that it's a guarantee in this case, but if you play your cards right - maybe? Also, 5X, because 4 is not enough. Or something.
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6DoF Shooter Sublevel Zero Becomes Sublevel Zero Redux With Massive Overhaul Patch

Remember how much fun it was to blast through narrow corridors in classics like Descent and Forsaken, each encounter a thrillride leading to the next fun laser-and-missile bout? Well, even if you don't, Sublevel Zero - now Sublevel Zero Redux - looks like a game that packs a lot of such old-school 6DoF (six degrees of freedom) fun, albeit with a few modern twists. Oh, and it's a roguelite, which means... wouldn't get too attached to my save if I was you. Among other things.
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A Winter’s Game Wants to Wage War With the Power of… Obsolete Technology!

Somewhere, at some point in the 20th century, war is being waged in A Winter's Game... from a concrete nest. Or rather, orders are given from said nest - the actual army, however few in numbers, is out there running and gunning the best they can. All while you sit safely in said area, barking orders by way of a command line interface. How's that for mixing the old with the new?
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Ashworld is “95% playable” With Scarce Resources In a Mutated Post Apocalyptic World

Welcome to the ragelands. Hope you brought plenty of food and water, because here, those things pretty much the equivalant of money (like in so many other post apocalyptic worlds, ya know?). Needless to say, surviving means playing it smart, so... probably best not to piss off the Ragers, as that lot won't think twice before putting you six feet under. Who? Oh, just the jerks who's in control of this particular part of Ashworld.
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After the Massacre: Grab Your Mop to Work for the Mob in Serial Cleaner

Little known fact: Serial Cleaner's protagonist is a ninja! Just kidding, although he is pretty good at avoiding detection and... well, his work does involve murder. Even if it's an after-the-fact thing, rather than him actually, you know, doing the killing. See, in this game, you're working as a cleaner for the mob, tasked with removing blood, bodies, all that nasty stuff - while avoiding the cops. Also, the whole thing takes place in the 1970s (or at least, it's straight out of the 70's). Groovy.
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Once Upon a Timeline: the Unity 2017 Cycle Is Upon Us With the Release Unity 2017.1

As time goes by, software - and hardware - changes. Sometimes it's minor stuff, things most are unlikely to even notice. Not quite so for the release of Unity 2017 though, as this is a pretty big deal, and one that'll have quite the impact on video game development as a whole, given the popularity of this particular engine. Oh, and it's also the first step on the road to (finally?) deprecating Direct X 9.
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Show the Restaurant World How a Top Chef Operates In Cook, Serve, Delicious 2!… Soon

"Mash your keyboard to cook delicious dishes! It'll be fun! It'll be easy!", is how a friend described Cook, Serve, Delicious! to me way back. Well, he was mostly right, but it certainly wasn't easy and I suspect the upcoming sequel will feature a nice difficulty curve too as you cook all kinds of crazy foods. From apple pie to piz-- okay so maybe not super crazy, and I'm not sure apple pie made the cut (get it?). But what I do know is that Cook, Serve, Delicious 2! looks amazing, and...
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Let’s Get It Kickstarted: AdventureX 2017

I know what you're thinking, and you're right: AdventureX isn't specifically about indie games, which means an article about it on my site might seem a tad odd. But it [AdventureX] is about point 'n click adventures, interactive fiction, visual novels and similar stuff, all of which I do enjoy a great deal. So... let's get this seventh iteration kickstarted!
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Be a Crazy Risk-Taker as You Glide Through Void Wisp to Rack Up Points

Void Wisp, being a score chaser and all, is not the most complex thing out there. But hey, that's quite alright because I have a feeling it's still fun, and at the end of the day, the fun factor is - or should be - what really matters. That and with only two things to remember in terms of gameplay, it also ticks that all-important pick-up-and-play box: staying close to an obstacle will increase your score, while the opposite will, well, slowly decrease it. Also, don't crash...
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Not Enough Steam Reviews! January ’17 Edition

Remember how, once upon a time, getting your game onto Steam was considered an accomplishment in its own right? Because if you do, my goodness, your memory's a lot better than mine! Considering the amount of shovelware that is added to Valve's digital storefront on a daily basis, I'd say times sure have changed, and not necessarily for the better. Time will tell if Steam Direct is going to change that, but for now, what say we focus on... the hidden gems? Or rather, titles with barely any user reviews.
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Stop the Rain From Falling to Reveal the Past of a Mysterious Girl in Flood of Light

Amnesia, rain, a submerged city - something tells me this is gonna be a gloomy experience. Or perhaps not? Flood of Light, for its slightly dark-ish themes actually... kinda... revolves around light, surprisingly. To progress, you'll have to illuminate lamp and stone posts, revealing more and more of this peculiar place, her past, and of course, exactly what is going on. Groovy stuff.
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itch.io Does Discounts by Seasonally Scratching That #itchsummersales

Unless you've been living under a rock, you're well aware of how Steam's annual summer sale is alive and kicking, featuring thousands upon thousands of discounted titles - some as heavily as 90% off! Impressive to say the least, although itch.io's attempt at a sizeable summersale is nothing to sneeze at either, even if the scale is somewhat smaller. Oh, and we mustn't forget about the DRM-free aspect, of course. Something that Steam... well, doesn't really do. Not entirely anyway.
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Eskimo Bob: Starring Alfonzo Aims to Scratch That Puzzling 8-bit Fish Catching Itch

These days, it's not exactly uncommon for a new indie game to claim it'll bring players back to the 8-bit days. Days from many, many, many... many... many... (and now I feel old!) years ago. But just how many of them have actually seen a NES release, prior to hitting PC? Yeah. Eskimo Bob: Starring Alfonzo is definitely a rarity in that regard, fishy platforming and all. (Get it? Because... Bob collects fis-- aw.)
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Console Developers Rejoice: GameMaker Studio 2.0.7 Brings PS4, Xbox One Support

It's been a couple of months since GameMaker Studio made the rather significant leap to GameMaker Studio 2, and YoYo Games haven't simply been kicking back, watching the money roll in either. Quite the opposite almost, as shown by this recent update - one which adds PlayStation 4 and Xbox One export, among other lovely new things. Also, something something GameMaker Studio Ultimate...
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Interplanetary Tags On ‘Enhanced Edition’ This Summer With a Huge Update

Waging war in a planet-against-planet setting certainly sounds like a good time to me, and while Interplanetary is mostly about multiplayer, the team did eventually add AI opponents prior to leaving Early Access. But that was then, this is now, and earlier this month we got a peek into the future of said title. A future which is looking mighty bright, what with a rather significant Enhanced Edition overhaul/update set for launch this very summer!
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SABRE Is the Slashiest Four Color Score Chaser, and a Great One at That

Have you ever played a twin-stick shooter and wondered what it would be like if instead of spraying bullets, missiles, and other crazy weaponry, you were instead... armed with a melee weapon? Probably not, but even so, SABRE is a perfect example of just that. Nothing but you and a very short-range blade between you and an infinite swarm of pink balls. Oh, and you'll be playing as that cyan ball in the middle of... a cyan circle.
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A Room Beyond’s Finale Awaits With Pixellated Lovecraftian Inspired Horror

Like The Fog, John Carpenter's 1980 classic, A Room Beyond revolves around an evil entity looming in that very smoke-like, thick entity, an entire village troubled by a so-called fog wanderer (translation: creature on a murderous rampage). Nothing mysterious about that, really. As for why you are here, or how, on the other hand - now that's significantly more puzzling. Were you summoned to vanquish said evil, saving so many innocent souls, or was it mere coincidence? My money's on the former.
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Cognition Episode 2: The Wise Monkey Review

When last we stepped into the shoes of supernatural FBI agent Erica Reed, in Cognition Episode 1: The Hangman, things were bad. Really bad. Her ability to sense, or perhaps even see things that no one else could was causing her headaches, and with friends and colleagues alike becoming targets of a ruthless killer, she needed to remain focused now more than ever. Try as she might though, in the end, things did not go her way... and in Cognition Episode 2: The Wise Monkey, a whole slew of brand new trouble is brewing. Oh boy.
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