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Lonk’s Greedy Adventure Impressions: The Legend of Lonk

Hear ye, hear ye: princess Zulda (wait, what?) has been kidnapped, and the kingdom has need of a hero! A hero willing to travel to Stuffia Island, ascend Dark Castle, all the way to highest tower where she's being kept. What, how do we know all this? We just do. Now on you go! There's a princess in need of saving and not a moment to lose. So go on, do embark on... Lonk's Greedy Adventure!
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Sango – Tales from the Coral Cave Impressions: Powered by Children’s Imagination

It all started with a small turtle. A turtle who was destined for greatness, but was it aware of this upon delving into the great blue? Not really. It simply wanted to make a splish and a splash, go on a swimming adventure as it were. Rather fortunate that it did however, as had it simply remained on the beach of its birth, this part of Sango - Tales from the Coral Cave would likely have had a much different ending.
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Twist and Shoot: Core Puts a Clever Spin On Classic Twin-Stick Shootin’

One tiny space ship against hundreds upon hundreds of hostile aircraft. Doesn't seem quite fair, now does it? It actually is though, as Core's protagonist has the most durable shielding imaginable, able to withstand anything from bullets to collisions! Unfortunately such tech is expensive, or at least I reckon that's the reason for its only flaw: there isn't enough to cover the entire ship...
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Pixel Jam Band Makes Tower Defense a Rather Instrumental Experience

If rock and roll is to be made, someone shall have to play the drums, bring the bass, play the guitar, and nail those vocals. Depending on your weapon of choice - or perhaps 'strategy of choice' is more accurate - that also holds true for Pixel Jam Band; except here, each of the four act as a means of stopping what appears to be... zombies? Heavy metal, dude.
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Try Not to Die With Your Boots On as You Fill Lyrical Gaps in The Endless Chorus

Ah, good ol' Iron Maiden. Even though Die with Your Boots On (1983) is not their most popular - or best - song by far, it does make for an interesting mix of rhytmic trivia in The Endless Chorus. Or rather, the tiny portion of it that's featured in the prototype of said game does, tasking players with filling lyrical gaps in a timely manner. Groovy? Hell yeah!
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Surviving the Journey to Your Lost DarkLove Involves Feeding on Many Fallen Foes

Generally speaking, not showing up for your own wedding... is a terrible idea. But in DarkLove you may not have much of a choice, as demonic beings are doing their darnest to stop you from ever reaching your bride-to-be in one piece. Oh, and your heart is - quite literally - continuously breaking, so you may want to run like your very life depended on it, because it kinda does in this game.
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Alchemic Archer Impressions: My Arrows Shall… Blob Out the Blobs?

You know what my favorite thing about blobs is? How they react to my potion-tipped arrows (which is totally a thing in Alchemic Archer... and probably elsewhere too), exploding in a gooey, colorful mess! What I'm less fond of, however, is how even the dumbest of their kind will give chase upon spotting me, never giving up. Such a hassle. Oh wait, I have a bow and arrows, so... nevermind that last bit. DEATH TO BLOBS!
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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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Empty. Impressions: Furniture, Why Won’t You Vanish?!

The rules for whatever dimension Empty. takes place in are simple: if something is invisible, it disappears. Instantly. No exceptions. Oh, and by invisible, I mean... well, camouflaged. Kinda. In the 'orange object against orange surface is invisible, and thus, gone' way. Because that all makes sense, right? Not really, but who cares, so long as it makes for an interesting puzzle game?
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Takume Impressions: Dealing the Hand Life’s Played

I don't know much about Takume, protagonist of same named game. Pink, long hair, odd wardrobe, rater pixelated - that's about it. Oh, and she is trying to find her sister... in a strange, unfamiliar place. Confused? Now you know how I felt while playing this one, although it'll all make sense in the end. I think. Heck, if it turns out I'm wrong there, at least you'll (hopefully) have experienced a groovy adventure.
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Lost Answers Impressions: Will the Killing of a Clown Bring Tears of Joy?

There's no denying it: in Lost Answers, you play the role of a killer; or so the game would have you believe, but is that really the case? Did you actually murder the dead guy in your apartment, or is something far more sinister going on? Whatever the case (get it?), your best bet - at this point - is to enlist the aid of a mysterious stranger. Unfortunately, the price for his help is for you to... kill a clown. A rather uncanny pointy and clicky mystery, this one...
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The Rainsdowne Players: Opening Night Hits the Stage With a Disgruntled Audience

Throwing various items at bad performers is a thing. Or rather, it used to be. Thankfully mankind is more, well, civilized in this day and age. Unless you're the poor duo trying to put on a show in The Rainsdowne Players: Opening Night, as here, you'll have to dodge all kinds of objects from a disgruntled crowd. Everything from bottles to paper planes will be sent your way, adding to the already challenging aspect of entertaining random strangers. The definition of 'tough crowd', really.
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Who Needs a Referee When You Can Have Karate Basketball?

After playing a few rounds of Karate Basketball, I'm left wondering if its creators are completely bonkers, brilliant, or a bit of both. Probably the latter, as mixing the two sports are surprisingly entertaining! I mean, why settle for playing by the rules to acquire the ball when you can punch and kick instead? Oh, and passing the ball doesn't mean you're safe from a beatdown either, even though… it kinda should. Or should it?
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Bees Won’t Exist Impressions: Time to Teach Them a Sting or Two

Much as I dislike bees, they're hardly a major nuisance… in this world. See, in whatever alternate dimension Bees Won't Exist takes place, they're pretty much in charge. No one really knows how or why, but one day, giant bees simply appeared - and the rest is history. Oh, and just in case you haven't figured that part out already: you've been tasked with defeating these vile creatures. Bee the best that you can, and all that good stuff. Fight!
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GERM Impressions: One Virus to Gobble Them All?

Ain't easy being a tiny microorganism - or whatever germs are - in this land, danger lurking in every shadow. But hey, at least there's no shortness of food to smash to pieces and gobble up! Ah, the destructive nature of a germ. So simple, so peaceful, so… hungry. Always on the look for that next meal, as only when all have been dealt with, shall the door to the next area reveal itself. Such is the way of GERM…
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Necrotic Drift Impressions: Text Adventuring Like It’s 2004 Again

Jarret Duffy is going through a rough patch in Necrotic Drift. Not only is his relationship with Audrey on shaky ground, he's also stuck with a $5.51 per hour job and his roommates are far from the most civilized bunch. So with all that already plaguing the poor guy, what else could possibly go wrong? Well, let's just say that before this night is over, Jarrett and his friends are going to learn why you shouldn't mess with the supernatural...
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Scrolling Survivor: Platforming That Truly… Pans

You know how 2D platformers usually go from left to right, your character's location determining if / when the screen scrolls? Yeah, only half of that holds true for Scrolling Survivor, as on top of dodging bullets, enemies and pits, the screen is constantly moving, and if you don't keep up, you get squashed. Simple as that. Oh and if things are moving too slow, you can always... make the screen move faster (no, really!).
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At a Glance: The Gold Medalists of Ludum Dare 35

Not gonna lie, Ludum Dare 35's theme - Shapeshift - didn't really appeal to me, and I fully expected this round to be... well, kinda less. One glance at its victors across the sixteen categories sure proved me wrong though, which is obviously not a bad thing! So while we wait for the 36th 48-72 hour craziness that will be Ludum Dare 36, why not peruse the cream of the crop from the most recent outing?
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SneakR Has You Jumping, Dashing and Making Loud Noises… While Avoiding Detection

I am a SneakR. My name does not matter. What does however, is my ability to sneak past guards undetected, snatching valuable intel found within briefcases that for some reason are just lying around. Well, the less hassle the better for me, as I suspect these guys are the 'shoot first, never ask questions' kind, and I've got my work cut out for me.
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MTRD Faithfully Reimagines Part of Samus Aran’s First Adventure, ASCII-style

Hard to believe that this year, the first Metroid game will be celebrating its 30th birthday. That's right, this timeless classic dates all the way back to 1986, and with Castlevania from that same year, the two gave birth to an actual genre: Metroidvania. But enough history lesson, as MTRD - 2015's unofficial ASCII recreation of Metroid - awaits, with a unique, yet familiar, experience. And a groovy one at that.
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