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Show Off Your Ball Handling Skills In HackyZack, Fill Out a Book of Stickers

HackyZack
At some point, young or old, most people have tricked kicking a ball around; perhaps even a hacky sack. You know, a tiny round bag filled with sand used to show off by... well, keeping it in the air... I think. It's been a while! Anyway, HackyZack is a lot like that, and yet at the same time, not really. Upon stepping into the shoes of its protagonist, Zack, you're tasked with juggling balls to, well, fill a book of stickers. Why? Oh, he needs it to unlock stuff (in the game). Groovy stuff. Stickers! Balls! Platforming!
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Speculating Screenshots (25th March 2017)

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For most, weekends means two days off work with some much-needed R&R. But for game developers, it’s also a time during which they get to show off what they’ve been working on. I am of course referring to Screenshot Saturday, which involves tweeting screenshots with the #ScreenshotSaturday hashtag. Screenshots which I will be critiquing some of every single Tuesday, in Speculating Screenshots.
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The Last Birdling Spins a Tale of Friendship Torn Apart by Racial Differences

The Last Birdling
Why humans and Birdlings can't just get along is beyond me, but in The Last Birdling, humans are to be killed on sight by Birdlings. Doesn't matter who you are or how you feel about the whole thing, because that's just how it is. And this is also where things get complicated for Bimonia, one of few remaining Birdlings, as she one day, of all things, ends up becoming friends with Tayo, a human! Logic dictates that Bimonia should simply kill Tayo, no matter the cost. But instead the two decide to take on the world, tradition, warring races, and all that, be damned. Groovy? Hell yeah!
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Loot Rascals Has a Space Theme Park With Other Players’ Hard-Earned Loot

Loot Rascals
You know what every space theme park needs? A pan-dimensional godbeast of course - or so Hollow Ponds, Loot Rascals developer, thought. Not sure I agree, but here we are, big bulky badass beast invading an otherwise lovely looking locale of fun and laughter. Which would probably matter at all, were you not busy laying waste to other, smaller baddies. Oh, and do try to stop them from stealing your precious Loot Cards...
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Paradigm Is Almost Ready to Mix Electronic Music With Point ‘n Click Adventuring

Paradigm
Ever been to the Eastern European country of Krusz? Me neither, but hey - we'll soon be able to visit it by stepping into the shoes of Paradigm, in Paradigm... the game. And what better way than as a mutant with a troubled past who dreams of becoming the world's greatest electronic music artist, really? Doesn't matter if you utterly despise the genre, because this guy needs help: an evil genetics corporation, of all things, is trying to capture the poor guy. Time to point, click and make magic happen!
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Let’s Get It Kickstarted: All Walls Must Fall

All Walls Must Fall
It is often said that war is hell, and let's face it - the Cold War was no exception. Not in the slightest, but fortunately, like history's other gruesome battles, this too came to an end... eventually. Except in All Walls Must Fall, the upcoming tactical tech-noir title from inbetweengames, where, well, it didn't. Not even all the way into the futuristic year 2089! A terrifying thought, if not for the fact that we are talking about a video game here. One with quite the lovely aesthetic, time travel, grid-based strategy and a protagonist from 2017 (I think). Wait, did I mention time travel?
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Speculating Screenshots (18th March 2017)

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For most, weekends means two days off work with some much-needed R&R. But for game developers, it’s also a time during which they get to show off what they’ve been working on. I am of course referring to Screenshot Saturday, which involves tweeting screenshots with the #ScreenshotSaturday hashtag. Screenshots which I will be critiquing some of every single Tuesday, in Speculating Screenshots.
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Meganoid(2017) Lets You Hack a Pixelated World to Escape Crazed Security Drones

Meganoid(2017)
Hack the pixels, the world... heck, hack everything, in Meganoid(2017)! Or, alternatively, rush for the exit. Choice is yours. Just keep in mind that this place is anything but hospitable and everything is out to kill you, so don't stand around for too long, admiring them lovely pixels. I mean, there are all kinds of goodies to grab, most of which will definitely help even the odds - like, say, a jetpack, for added mobility, or a rocket launcher to make things go kaboom! KABOOM! Kaboom?
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Xbox Exclusivity No More: Voodoo Vince Remastered (Finally) Reveals Release Date

Voodoo Vince Remastered
Generally speaking, voodoo is bad. Really bad. Not quite so in Xbox - as in, the original - exclusive platformer Voodoo Vince, surprisingly (and fortunately, I might add). I mean, it does feature a voodoo doll protagonist, and yes, he does have voodoo powers... but we're talking about the good guy here, ya know? A good guy/voodoo doll who's shenanigans everyone will soon be able to experience with a much-needed modern look. Very groovy.
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In Forts, Towers Are Made to Clash, and Eventually They Will be… DEMOLISHED!

Forts
Build, fight, destroy. That's pretty much Forts - or so the trailer below all this text would have you believe. Fortunately, there's much more than that to this tower builder, which has two sides build what they consider 'the best tower possible', after which, well, war is waged! A brutal, explosive, demoralizing war. A war which shall, inevitably, reduce the tower count by one. The other... will be less than the sum of its parts. So groovy.
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Speculating Screenshots (11th March 2017)

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For most, weekends means two days off work with some much-needed R&R. But for game developers, it’s also a time during which they get to show off what they’ve been working on. I am of course referring to Screenshot Saturday, which involves tweeting screenshots with the #ScreenshotSaturday hashtag. Screenshots which I will be critiquing some of every single Tuesday, in Speculating Screenshots.
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Dimension Drive [Early Acccess] Challenges SHMUP Fans With Screen Jumping Shenanigans

Dimension Drive [Early Access]
It's not every day we get to wage war across multiple dimensions in the same shoot 'em up... at the same time! And that's exactly what's going on in Dimension Drive, as your quest for the origin of the mysterious Dimension Drives requires fighting on two fronts, simultaneously. Normally such a task would be nigh impossible, but with a legendary ship like The Manticore at your disposal - a piece of cake! Provided you can handle the relentless onslaught of course, because... well, the Ashajuls have decided to invade our universe. Bastards.
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Become a Gritty Sellsword as Battle Brothers Gets Ready to Leave Early Access

Battle Brothers
Sharp swords, mysterious magic, pointy polearms... ah, medieval fantasy. Nothing quite like it, and in Battle Brothers, you get to be in charge of a mercenary company, making all the nitty-gritty decisions. Fight or flee? Hire or fire? Take a contract or kill the messen-- wait, that last one is probably just wishful thinking. Either way, fame and fortune await - provided you're willing to do what it takes, wading through the mud and blood, over the bones of your fallen foes, onto the next conquest. And another one after that. And another. It never ends...
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The Keep is Almost Here, and With it, Creepy First-Person Lone Wolf Dungeon Crawling

The Keep
Unless you've been living under a rock, Legend of Grimrock should be a name of at least some familiarity, even if it does date back to 2012, as this game pretty much resurrected a sub-genre of role-playing games long dead and buried: the first-person dungeon crawler. A genre that upcoming RPG, The Keep, is also a part of, packing plenty of puzzles to solve and spells to fling at unsuspecting foes, as you go about exploring an uncanny dungeon... by your lonesome self.
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Make Games, the 2nd: GameMaker Studio 2 Has Arrived!

GameMaker Studio 2
Keeping up with game engines can be quite a confusing affair in this day and age, as there are simply so many! But while alternatives like Unreal Engine and Unity do exist among the giants, YoYo Games are certainly doing their part to help ensure the continued success of GameMaker Studio - even more so with the recent release of its successor, aptly titled... GameMaker Studio 2.
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Speculating Screenshots (4th March 2017)

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For most, weekends means two days off work with some much-needed R&R. But for game developers, it’s also a time during which they get to show off what they’ve been working on. I am of course referring to Screenshot Saturday, which involves tweeting screenshots with the #ScreenshotSaturday hashtag. Screenshots which I will be critiquing some of every single Tuesday, in Speculating Screenshots.
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Xbox Live Creators Program Makes It Easier to Self-Publish… With a Few Caveats

Cuphead
It seems Microsoft finally gets it. That they've finally realized not only what's best for business, but also - more importantly - what developers (and consumers too, I'm sure) want. First, back in 2016, they made so that any and all Xbox One units could be turned into devkits. Good stuff for sure, and now, independent developers won't even have to go through the ID@Xbox hoops. So long as they're fine working under the restrictions of the Creators Program...
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