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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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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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Tap, Slide, Kill: Slayaway Camp Now Murdering On Android Devices

It may have taken Blue Wizard Digital a couple of months, but Android fans can finally partake in the fun that iOS users have been ranting about since February, as Slayaway Camp has finally arrived on Google's mobile OS. And what fun! As noted in my review, while it is a slide puzzler at its core, the complexity of later levels, coupled with a lovely art style, still makes for a very enjoyable experience (even I'm awful at it).
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Steam Greenlight is Dead! Long Live Steam Direct?

As foretold, June 13 is upon us, and with it, the end of Steam Greenlight. In its place we find Steam Direct, Valve's new system for submission curation on their digital store. Not gonna lie, I am actually hopeful that this is going to improve the groovy-to-rubbish ratio on Steam additions, even if it does seem like... just about anything goes. Anything that's both playable and isn't harmful in any way, that is. Oh, and no pornographic content, and a couple of other things. Still, just about anything seems to go?
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Formicide Exits Early Access With a Slew of Ant-vs-Ant…ics?

"Think Worms meets Team Fortress 2", they said. "It'll be fun", they also said. Well, I don't know about the former, but Formicide does look like a good time. One of 2D team-based blow-everything-up... with ants. The promise of short matches didn't hurt either, as certain other 2D war games have a tendency to take much too long in this day and age, honestly. Oh, and then there's the fact that Formicide is not turn-based. No waiting for everyone to make a move - here you either shoot or get shot/blown up/fried/etc.

Become the Pirate You Were Meant to be, as Depth of Extinction Enters Ear– FIRST Access?

In Depth of Extinction, someone - or something - is out to destroy humanity. Again. Hardly the most original plot, ya know? That said, even if it doesn't turn out to bring a slew of fun twists and turns, I suspect the tactical aspect will make for an enjoyable experience still. One which makes promise of crazy things like... oh I don't know... permanent death! Yeah! Because your squad in this game is way too badass for retries. Either they get the job done or die trying. Simple as that.
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Let’s Get It Kickstarted: Eon Break

Remember that time Nikola Tesla fought the nazis, while also battling mushrooms? Me neither. Probably because, to the best of history books, that never happened. Oh, but it will. It most certainly will... and in 2017 no less! That said, the experience will be limited to the confines of a video game by the name of Eon Break, but it's certainly better than nothing. Also, this version of Tesla is pretty bad-ass to say the least, which only makes it all the more groovy.
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Fight the Good Fight or Add Fuel to the Fire? Time to Choose a Side In… The Frankenstein Wars!

Back in 2015, The Frankenstein Wars were little more than a glimmer in the eye of interactive fiction fans (such as myself), barely slaying the mighty Kickstarter beast. But fortunately it did emerge triumphant, which brings us to the present where the game awaits with an uncanny war to be waged. A war which takes us all the way back to 1827's France, during which the Zeroiste movement - well, they pretty much brought back the dead, Frankenstein style. And here's the thing: you don't have to play the hero in this interactive tale! Your adventure, your choice(s), your... potentially disastrous outcome.
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Greenlight’s Days Are Officially Numbered and Can Almost be Counted On One Hand

I know. I couldn't believe it myself either when I read the news, but it's true: come June 13, almost five years (August 30, 2012) later, Greenlight will be but a thing of the past. While I have been a long-time supporter of the system, in spite of its flaws, honestly… even I believe this to be good news. Mostly due to the amount of absolute rubbish that has dominated submissions in recent weeks, and as such, here's to Steam Direct, its successor, faring significantly better. Time will tell if that ends up being the case.
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Let’s Get It Kickstarted: The 2017 Procedural Generation Jam

Make something that makes something. Sound familiar? It should, seeing how The 2017 Procedural Generation Jam is not exactly the first of its kind (remember?). And like 2016, 2017 will also play host to a jam during which participants... get random. Doesn't matter if it's a game, art, audio, or even text, so long as it is... wait for it... procedurally generated. Oh, and this year's edition is looking to Kickstarter for funding of several groovy things.
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At a Glance: E3 2017 Indie MEGABOOTH

While the main focus of E3 most certainly is not indie games, at least they haven't been entirely forgotten, thanks to IndieCade (remember?), and of course the always lovely Indie MEGABOOTH. As for which is more awesome, well, that's not for me to decide. I'm just the messenger in this case. That said... a lot of those that are part of this year's E3 Indie MEGABOOTH are 'by appointment only', so in terms of volume, I suppose IndieCade wins E3?
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Back to the 80’s, Back to BASIC(s): ZX Spectrum BASIC Jam Has Begun!

About time we got another ZX Spectrum game jam, ya know? It may not be directly related to the Speccy Jams, but that doesn't matter. What does is, more ZX Spectrum games will be made over the course of the next 12 days. A lot more actually, if all 76 who have signed up at the time of writing end up with something playable. While that would be undeniably great, time will tell who masters the art of BASIC...
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At a Glance: E3 2017 IndieCade Showcase

Unless you've been living under a rock, chances are you're aware of how E3 2017 is only little over two weeks away. While I'm not super excited at the prospect of Microsoft, Sony, Ubisoft and other big AAA developers showing off upcoming games (perhaps even hardware?), something about E3 does still manage to raise my spirits. A little something called the IndieCade Showcase, and this year's lineup is looking mighty groovy!
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A Little Girl’s Imagination is Serious Business in Lydia… But What About the Monster?

The mind of a little girl can be a scary place, imagination running wild, the world still relatively new and - as such, more often than not - a scary place. Or at least that's how it must feel, even if nothing could be further from the truth. Unless of course you're Lydia, protagonist of the same named game, as she's in a world of trouble. Question is though, how much of it is simply the creation of an overactive imagination?
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Oafmatch Matches RPGems Against Evil In the Name of Glorious Loot

Whenever evil decides to cause trouble, there's always some goody two-shoes hero willing to take up the mantle and kick their ass. While that is also the case in Oafmatch, the 'how' bit is, well, a bit different, as battlefields are... match-3 boards. Because why not? Oh, and to make the experience more engaging, there's a fair amount of RPG elements to manage, including loot, a party of four, traits, leveling - good stuff, all-round!
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Toge Productions Wants to Help Its Home Country, Indonesia, as an Indie Publisher

With eight years of experience in the video game industry, Toge Productions is not exactly a new studio, nor is it one without a title or two to its name, as surely you are at least familiar with the Infectonator franchise? From the main series, which involves killing lots of innocent civilians, Hot Chase, the endless runner, or the strategical Survivors spin-off, these guys certainly have a thing for the undead – not to mention diseases. Then again, so long as they’re used in genuinely groovy games, ya know? But this is not about Toge Productions actually making games, so much as publishing them.
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Spend the Summer of ’86 Kicking Ass and Taking Names to Save the World In Crossing Souls

Remember the great government conspiracy of 1986 that was thwarted by a group of kids? Me neither. Probably because, you know, government conspiracy. Crossing Souls is our best bet at figuring out exactly what went down (in an alternate universe where video games are real, anyway), stepping into the shoes of said kids who have somehow acquired the ability to... travel between realms. Did I mention how the 80's was a truly crazy time?
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Lovecraftian Adventure Chronicle of Innsmouth Awaits, Shrouded in… Darkness

Word of mouth is a funny thing, and in this case, it's pretty much how everything starts, its protagonist catching wind of Innsmouth, a sea city clouded in mystery - with its very own cult, of all things! Because... those are always fun and never ever dangerous or evil, right? That and, seeing how Innsmouth originated in a H.P. Lovecraft story, hardly a great vacation spot. Even more so since both the famous author and the creator of Chronicle of Innsmouth describe it as 'decaying'. Then again, who doesn't love an uncanny - and slightly hazardous - mystery?
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Where Games are Marmelade: Start Prepping For the Blueberry Jam!

Nothing quite like a proper good batch of one's favorite jam. Love that stuff. But... in spite of its name kinda saying otherwise, this particular game jam is not about such. And no, I'm not sorry for misleading anyone with that title. Not one bit. I will however be sad if the Blueberry Jam doesn't result in at least a handful of groovy games, once everything is said and done, ya hear?
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Seems Like Rakuen is an Adventure That’ll Surely Tug at Everyone’s Heartstrings

Stories that resemble around hospitals and similar instituations, especially when the media through which they're told is video games, have a tendency to be firmly set in the realm of horror. Not so with Rakuen, as what we have here is more of an emotional tale. A tale of wish fulfilment, unfinished business, a mysterious hospital, and its protagonist - a little boy - on a quest... in a fantasy world! Uncanny.
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