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A Hole New World Will Turn Old-School Platforming Upside Down, Soon

At some point, in the distant future, monsters will no longer invade and heroes will become obsolete. But since A Hole New World looks pretty darn awesome, it's a good thing that we're not quite there yet. Whether or not the protagonist, being a 'Potion Master' of all things, will be able to actually vanquish the baddies from the Upside Down World (wait, what?)... remains to be seen. One thing is certain, though: A Hole New World has some awesomely chippy tunes!
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Let’s Get It Kickstarted: Eagle Island

Fame and fortune await Quill - accompanied by his loyal owl, Koji - in the world of Eagle Island. Provided he's up to the challenge of the dangers that lurk on this lovely island of course, but you know what they say: if something's easy, it ain't worth doing! Oh, and in case the promise of glorious wealth and stardom isn't your thing, how about embarking on this pixelated journey to save Ichiro, Quill's brother, from the clutches of Armaura; who's a deity, by the way. Oh boy.
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Slime Rancher v0.5.1 Adds Loads of Toys For the Super Wealthy, New Areas, and…?

Slimes here, slimes there, slimes everywhere, in Monomi Park's Slime Rancher. Pink, blue, yellow, gray, large, small, dangerous and friendly slimes; also, something something science. That said, the recent 0.5.1 update focuses more on toys (yes, really) and giving rich cattlemen (and women) something to spend their wealth on. Something awesome. Something that will forever change the life - and look - of ranchers on the Far, Far Range.
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Point ‘n Click, Make Magic Happen: It’s Almost Time For AdventureJam 2017!

As has been the case with two years prior, this year, Cassie Benter and Stacy Davidson will once more be hosting the popular pointy and clicky AdventureJam on GameJolt - and soon, at that! Whether entries be pixelated gloriously, stylized in a super high resolution or a mix, one thing is certain: there will be puzzles, dialogue (perhaps even witty), and all other things one has come to expect from this particular genre. So very groovy.
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Spark the Electric Jester Feels the Need For Old-School Speed

You can't really tell from the above screenshots, but I'd say Spark - of Spark the Electric Jester fame - is seriously ticked off, having just lost his job to... a robot of all things! This simply will not do, so off he goes on a rather thrilling rampage, seeking fast-and-furious 16-bit revenge against all things robot-y. Oh, and in case super speed is not enough (wait, what?), he's also able to seemingly transform to other 'jesters', gaining access to new powers in the process. I almost feel bad for the robots.
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The Sexy Brutale Is Quite the Mischievous Little Time Loop Murder Mystery

Masked balls are supposed to be fun, adding a bit of mystery and intrigue to the party, attracting quite the varied crowd, and so on. Unfortunately, the one at The Sexy Brutale kinda ditched the 'fun' part, in favor of... well, a never-ending day of murder, mayhem, and mystery. A mystery which might even involve otherworldly aspects! Chilling stuff, really, and all hope rest on the shoulders of one Lafcadio Boone, the game's protagonist. We're doomed.
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Hail to the Shadow Queen: Don’t Starve Together Expands With A New Reign

Shadows, like all things darkness, are bad for you in Don't Starve Together, and... even more so now that the shadow queen has infested the lands with her wickedness. While this may sound like naught but a curse, it's actually also a blessing as it gives players more things to fight, environmental hazards to deal with, and of course, new items to mess around with - including something to help struggling survivors... reconnect?
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Pixel Vision 8 Might Help Further That Retro Game Making Dream

While the 8-bit era may be long gone, it is still remembered fondly by a lot of people. That and... well, there are also those who dream of making a game straight out of those days, which is where the likes of Pixel Vision 8: Game Creator come into play. Combining a complete suite of development tools, from project management to coding - and debugging said code - with overall ease-of-use, I'd say this is probably the best way to get started for an aspiring retro developer. Quite groovy.
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Fancy Deciding Who Goes to Heaven, Hell, or Purgatory? Peace, Death!

Think you've got what it takes to work your way up the ranks as the Reaper? Well, maybe you do, maybe you don't. We'll find out over the course of seven weeks in Peace, Death!, during which you'll be in charge of working out who goes where - purgatory, hell, or... heaven! Oh, and you're not working in the easy-decision-making department, as these guys can be pretty darn sneaky about exactly who - or what - they are. Take off every hat, check all weaponry, and for the love of Death (your boss, FYI), try not to kill anyone. Unless they deserve it.
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Macbat 64 Takes a Trip Back to the Late 90s 3D Platforming Era

Remember how much fun the likes of Donkey Kong 64, Kirby 64 and all them other 'something 64' titles were on the groovy Nintendo 64 all those years ago? What, you never played those? Oh my. Well, all the better reason to give Macbat 64 a glance, I'd say, as this looks like an attempt at reviving the glory days of low-poly 3D platforming; a time before everything was all about 4K, 120 FPS and curved monitors. A time when... games were simple, accessible and above all else, FUN!
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Show Off Your Ball Handling Skills In HackyZack, Fill Out a Book of Stickers

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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The Last Birdling Spins a Tale of Friendship Torn Apart by Racial Differences

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

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

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

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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Meganoid(2017) Lets You Hack a Pixelated World to Escape Crazed Security Drones

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

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!

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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Dimension Drive [Early Acccess] Challenges SHMUP Fans With Screen Jumping Shenanigans

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

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

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!

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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