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Survivability in Twin-Stick Shooter Last Encounter Relies on Your Weapon Building Skills

In most cases, following a narrow escape from invading hostiles, death is inevitable. Inevitable and quite, you know, final. But in Last Encounter, cloning technology being a thing and all, the good guys (if they are in fact that?) are able to always keep at it, never afraid to push further into unknown space. And why should they be, when they are... clones? Just saying.
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Gotta Go Fast (and Drink Lots of Coffee) In Upcoming Super Hyperactive Ninja

While not a coffee-drinker myself, I can certainly see the appeal. Wait, no, I actually can't. Then again, so what? Super Hyperactive Ninja's protagonist absolutely loves that stuff, and that's what this is all about after all! In fact, he/she will do anything to get his/her hands on some boiling hot caffeinated beverage, taking on all sorts of deadly foes - massive bosses included - to... stay awake as long as possible.
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Time Spent Not Playing STAY Might Have Dire Consequences For Its Protagonist

These days it's not uncommon for the protagonist of a video game to be knee-deep in you-know-what from the get-go. Quite the opposite in fact, but here's the thing: STAY takes that to a whole new level, what with its unique 'real-time' mechanic and all. I'm not just referring to time spent playing either, as the clock will keep ticking while the game isn't running! Tick-tock. Tick-tock...
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Rock the Road to Kill Apocalyptic Metal as Double Kick Heroes Enters Early Access

There are those out there who would claim that heavy metal is dangerous. They obviously don't know what they're talking about, even if a case could be made for their claim in Double Kick Heroes. In this game, you are literally utilizing insane drum solos and crazy guitar riffs to lay waste to everything from zombies to... some seriously disturbed creations. Rock and roll!
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The Stillness of the Wind Aims to Tell a Tale of Precious Few Remaining Days

Talma was once part of a community - a bustling village, so to speak - but that was many years ago, and unfortunately, everyone have long since moved to the city. Whether the grass is truly greener on the other side is unknown. Unknown to all but Talma that is, as she decided to stay behind, homestead and all. Time will tell how such a decision ends up impacting her remaining days in The Stillness of the Wind.
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Point ‘n Click to Play With Words: AdventureJam 2018 Is Rapidly Approaching

Would ya look at that: Cassie Benter and Stacy Davidson recently revealed that they'll be hosting the popular AdventureJam on GameJolt again this year - and pretty darn soon, at that! Doesn't matter if you're a maker, a player, or simply curious; there's all kinds of adventure(s) to be had in this one. Whether it be of the pixelated kind, super high-res stylized imagery, or even a crazy mix, there... will... be... ADVENTURES! So very groovy.
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Sample Singapore’s Calligraphy (and a Spirit or Two) in Upcoming Without Within 3

Last time we saw Without Within 3's protagonist, down-on-luck aspiring calligrapher Vinty, she was on a trip to Melbourne in Without Within 2, hoping to meet her idol. Well... a lot happened, and while not all of it good, she has not given up on her dream (go Vinty!) just yet. And as fate would have it, in this third outing, a mysterious letter - more or less - leads her to Singapore, kicking off an adventure with a bit of a supernatural twist. Spooky!
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Wyoming’s Wilderness Hits the Road This Spring With Firewatch on Nintendo Switch

When first released - way back in 2016 - a portable version of Firewatch seemed like an impossible dream. It'd never run properly on a 3DS after all, and at that point, no one owned a Vita anymore, leaving Campo Santo with... no viable options. Until Nintendo stepped up their game in 2017 and doubled down on the handheld market, that is. Oh, and on a related note: this spring, Switch owners will be able to hit the road with Wyoming's wilderness. Literally.
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The Museums Jam is Eagerly Awaiting Entries For The Zium Gallery 2018!

Alright, let's get the obvious joke out of the way: "This game jam belongs in a museum!" There. Now onto the task at hand, which is... to construct a museum of some sorts, before the end of April 2018. Or a game that takes place inside one, perhaps. Maybe even... I don't know, one made of slime surrounding a museu-- wait, no, that's Ghostbusters II. Kinda. Uh, ignore that last bit.
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MAGS April’s “Sequels, Prequels and Reboots, Oh My!” Theme Is Something Else

Ya know, I'm starting to wonder if summer is ever going to find Denmark at this rate. Damn you, winter! Anyway, that's that taken care of. Onto this month's MAGS competition, which carries a rather odd theme... to say the least. Don't let that discourage you though, as 'sequels, prequels and reboots' are all the rage these days, so why not get creative in Adventure Game Studio with one of your own?
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Creativity in the 2nd Dimension: PlataGO! Super Platform Game Maker Hits Early Access

Ladders! Diamonds! Flowers! Fences! Monsters! Outer space! Forests! What could all those things possibly have in common? Well, they're all tools at your disposal in PlataGO! Super Platform Game Maker (what a mouthful, that title), 2D level editor turned video game. Or is it the other way around? I don't know and I don't care because... it looks like a lot of fun, on top of being the closest we'll get to Super Mario Maker outside Nintendo consoles.
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Sunless Skies Sailing Towards September Launch, Albion Region Coming Soon

Every so often, I find myself wishing our world had progressed like the one in Sunless Skies (successor to 2015's Sunless Sea). The prospect of commandeering a "spacefaring locomotive", only limited by courage - and a few other things, I suppose - is undeniably enticing, after all. Even more so with the upcoming geographical addition, Albion, giving players new territory to explore in their unorthodox spaceship/locomotive.
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Pizza Titan Ultra Finally Nets us a Glimpse at the Fast Food Visual Novel’s Mechs

It's been almost two years since my initial coverage of Pizza Titan Ultra, a game in which players are tasked with delivering pizza... using huge mechs. Because why not? Fast food delivery can be quite the dangerous business after all, so best to be prepared; and that goes double for these as for some reason, simply ensuring the slice(s) of heaven reach the customer is never enough. There's always something else to take care of at the same time. Always. Typical.
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IGF 2018 Winners at a Glance: Puzzle Platforming Through the Woods

Over the years I've become a bit of an IGF fan, doing my best to ensure it gets as much coverage as possible. But... my affection for all things IGF likely pale compared to that of Infinite Fall, Night in the Woods' creator, seeing how they went home with a fair amount of prize money at the awards last night. Other games also saw plenty of financial glory - and exposure - courtesy of awards across several categories.
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Desert Child Set to Cross the Finish Line in 2018 With RPG Elements, Ramen, Hoverbikes

It's June 16 / 30, 20XX, and Desert Child's protagonist is in trouble. See, not only is he broke, but also unemployed and more than a little eager to get to Mars for... a variety of reasons. As such, there's only one thing to do: race! Actually, there's more, as that immediate need for cash means you can't be picky about where it comes from or rely purely on your hoverbike. Time to eat a lot of ramen and get your hands dirty!
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All Has Been Revealed: Nindies Showcase Spring 2018, at a Glance

Nintendo just wrapped up their Nindies Showcase Spring 2018 stream, revealing a bunch of really fun looking indie games that are Switch-bound - exclusives, brand new titles, ports, and so on. Sixteen games in all, and what makes the lineup even more impressive is that... well, quite frankly, I want to play every last one. Every. Last. One! My thoughts on the lot? Sure, why not.
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Primordia Successor Strangeland Sets Out to be Quite the Eerie Point ‘n Click Adventure

Like most people, I absolutely love carnivals. They do tend to be full of nothing but joyous times, after all. But alas, such is clearly not the case in Strangeland, as the one depicted here seems to be overflowing with despair, nightmarish creations and otherworldly horrors. Almost makes me feel bad for the protagonist - if not for the fact that he's set to star in what'll hopefully be an incredible point 'n click adventure, from Wormwood Studios, creator of Primordia.
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The HEART JAM is a Darn Good Excuse to Try the Temporary Free GameMaker Studio 2

Upon hearing about the HEART Jam, I initially figured it would have some sort of emotional ties - you know, a game jam about making romantic games or some such. Turns out that wasn't the case. It's simply due to the fact that its host calls himself HeartBeast (or so I believe, anyway). Doesn't mean participants shouldn't make games with such content of course! In fact, theme pending, that might be a pretty good idea, ya know?
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