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This Week, Humble Bundles Games Made In Japan

It's been almost six months since Groupees last put up one of their awesome doujin bundles, so the latest weekly from Humble couldn't have come at a better time. Packing everything from crazy comical adventures to side-scrolling action, a fast-paced SHMUP collection and more good stuff, this one's definitely... made in Japan!
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Let's Get It Kickstarted: Slain!

Remember the hack 'n' slash hits of the 80's and 90's? Of course you do, and so does Wolf Brew Games, as their upcoming game is tagged as an homage to those. The promise of a gruesomely gory experience as the player treks through a doomed land, vanquishing foes left and right, definitely has me interested. Time to kick ass and take names… again.
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Speculating Screenshots (21st February 2015)

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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W4: Gravitational Pull Platforms You Through Interconnected Worlds

Back in the day, platformers were easy to figure out. Your character could jump, maybe double jump, perhaps he/she had some sort of attack, but that was it. No fancy stuff. That was a long time ago though, and… well, W4 is definitely one genre entry that takes some getting used to, as gravity changes depending on which world you're in. Oh and there are deadly spikes, because, why not?
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Cat Goes Fishing Review: Drop Bombs and Mess With Rockets to Even the Ocean

Based on the title and/or description of certain games, they really don't seem all that great, and yet... some are. Cat Goes Fishing is a great example of this, as prior to playing, I was convinced it was simply some gimmicky thing. Boy was I glad to be proven wrong in this case, as the darn thing actually cranks fishing up to 11, complete with bombs, rockets and a fully featured upgrade system.
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Ralin – Dwarf Wars (Public Alpha): Goblin Smacking ARPG With Room For Improvement

I did not get to pick a name, race, class or anything, prior to being thrown head-first into a war against… goblins. Didn't care though, because goblins are evil and a plague upon these lands! So with a mighty hammer equipped and a bottle of beer dangling from my belt, I ventured into the (rather raw) Ralin - Dwarf Wars alpha, determined to bash greens.
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WizardWizard: Save the Princess as a Jumpy Wizard Without Magic

In the faraway Mushroom Kingdom, princess kidnapping is almost a daily occurrence. But alas, this is not that place, her name ain't Peach, and you're not a short fella in red overalls. Oh and she hasn't really been kidnapped, so much as... turned into a statue. Right. Well, she's still in need of a proper old-fashioned rescue, ya know? So jump, wizard! Jump!
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Speculating Screenshots (14th February 2015)

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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Speculating Screenshots (7th February 2015)

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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TRETRIS: Bending, Twisting, Turning and Flipping the Rules of Tetromino Dropping

Oh look, another Tetris clone - right? Nope. Wrong. Absolutely not. Well alright, it kinda is, but at least there's something unique about this one: every piece can be rotated… in the third dimension! A simple mechanic in theory, although in practice, it makes for quite a refreshing tetromino dropping experience - even if the core gameplay does remain largely unchanged from the original.
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Free Visual Novel Without Within Arrives On Steam With Groovy Extras

At this point, all sorts of visual novels are available on Steam, no doubt about that. But what makes this one stand out for me, is the premise: Vinty - its protagonist - is… a calligraphist! So far so good (and different), right? Well, problem is, she's got a bad case of broken self-confidence. Really bad. As such, your job is to help motivate her to further her craft, instead of, well, giving up. Because no one likes a quitter.
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