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Indie Game Maker Contest 2017 Is Well Under Way, Powered by RPG Maker

It's been a couple of years since the Indie Game Maker Contest last caught my eye, but something about this year's outing - which is well under way - just... I don't know. Oh wait, I do know: RPG Maker! I like RPG Maker, even if the engine does have a bit of a bad reputation on Steam (too many lazy and/or unintuitive titles made with it). As such, this is my kind of jam! Oh, and there are cash prices.
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Fed Up Students Have Taken to Protesting in The St Christopher’s School Lockdown

What would you do if your school suddenly implemented an absolutely ridiculous financial ruling? What indeed. While you think about that, here's what the students of the prestigious St. Christopher's school has done: they took control of the school, plain and simple, staging a lock-in protest! Because what could possibly go wrong, when you square off against not only the authorities, but the government too? A lot, as it turns out, in The St Christopher's School Lockdown.
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The Road to Financial Freedom? Patreon Created for Wraithkal: The Indie Gaming Corner

More than six years ago, I started this very website, and suffice to say... it's been one helluva journey (in no small way thanks to you, readers of my wordy rants). One that hopefully won't be ending until there are no more indie games to write about, as I see no need to slow down. That said, the opposite - increasing the rate at which articles are written and published - could do with some... tweaks. This is where my newly created Patreon comes into the picture, as I'm hoping it will enable the construction of my road to financial freedom. Being able to write instead of spending that same time frame in employment? Oh man, that'd be absolutely groovy.
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Re-Enter the Second Dimension: Unity 2017.2 is All About Unity 2D (More or Less)

Like the calendar year, Unity 2017 isn't slowing down, as it took the team less than three months to follow the release of Unity 2017.1 up with Unity 2017.2. Oh, and it's no minor update either, in spite of what the version numbering may lead some to believe, bringing with it a slew of Unity 2D additions, among other things. Most of which are too technical for me to parse properly for this article, but... that's not gonna stand in my way! Fight the power! Or something.
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Turn the Final Page: Light Apprentice – The Comic Book RPG Leaving Early Access Soon

To most, I'm sure the Yhrosian Empire is cherished and treasured. Probably. But even if it is, the world of Ethenia is still in trouble, and... well, those guys are to blame. Entirely. No excuses. They're 100% responsible. This is where Light Apprentice/would-be hero Nate comes into the picture, here to - hopefully - save the day, in this odd blend of comic, gamebook and turn-based RPG. An odd, yet undeniably intriguing blend.
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A Hat in Time’s Adorable Protagonist Dons Mystical Headgear to Even the Odds

In spite of what the above screenshot may depict, A Hat in Time is not about getting stealthy across ropes between rooftops. It is however about hats! Lots and lots of hats, stitched together by its stylish female protagonist - provided the player is able to gather the magical yarn required, in this 3D platformer. Oh, and keep an eye out for Time Pieces while you're at it...
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New Month, New Games: October Expands On-Demand Platform Jump’s Library

For some reason, it feels like Jump launched mere weeks ago. Oh wait, that's because it did! And yet here we are, the lovely people behind said on-demand gaming platform already expanding with more games! The total is now, far as I can tell, a whoopin' 65, and later this month - once Snapshot joins the fray - it will be 66. That's a lot of games for $9.99/month. Groovy stuff. But what was that about new additions?
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The Journey Down: Chapter Three Review

All good things must come to an end, and such is also the case for Bwana, Kito and Lita's wondrous journey to the Underland, which concludes with The Journey Down: Chapter Three. An action-packed rollercoaster ride of fun and mayhem, with the occasional supernatural twist; one that wraps up the trilogy nicely on all fronts. What started as a lovely little trip fueled by the discovery of a long-lost journal quickly became so much more, forever changing the lives of those involved.
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On Steam, the Week Prior: Vegetables, Giant Robots, Pixel Fighting, etc.

Holy crap, last week was pure gold for new indie games on Steam, as can be seen on the list below, containing my personal favorites from 2017's 39th week. Old-school cartoons (in video game form)! Old-school dungeon crawling! Old-school fighting! Brawling! Action! So much good stuff. Before you continue reading... apologize in advance to your wallet and/or credit card.
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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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Not Enough Steam Reviews! April ’17 Edition

April! Six months ago... let's see... yup. April. That was six months ago, which means it's time for me to share my thoughts on whichever interesting titles were added to Steam during that very month - without getting much attention in terms of user reviews. Oddly enough, not a lot made the cut. Is April some sort of unique month for video games, I wonder?
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Point, Click, Punch and Kick Through Legend of Hand to Reunite a Troubled World

Only one man can restore peace to Legend of Hand's troubled world, using the power of... rap music! Oh right, this one's about Grandmaster Hand, not Grandmaster Flash. My bad. In that case, make that, the power of... martial arts! To make matters worse, Grandmaster Hand has gone missing, and guess who gets to go looking for him in a rather stylish point 'n click adventure? That's right: you do! Wax on, wax off?
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Let’s Get It Kickstarted (With Demo): Jennifer Wilde – A Point & Click Adventure Game

Paris in the 1920s can be a fun time, a simpler time, one of... well, for French artist, Jennifer Chevalier, murder most foul! The victim? Her father, of all people. Something like this would cause most people to have a mental breakdown, and this might actually have happened to the protagonist of Jennifer Wilde. I mean, to figure out what happened, an attempt is made to communicate with her father's ghost. Needless to say, she does not succeed, bringing the spirit of one ghost of Oscar Wilde into our world instead. Oh boy.
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alt.ctrl.GDC 2018 Is Searching High and Low For Alternative Controlled Games

Question: where do you find the craziest, most obscure, completely bonkers video game controllers, and of course, games created with them in mind? Answer: provided we're staying in the realm of (our) reality, alt.ctrl.GDC, without a doubt. It's been a thing for the past several years, attracting a lovely amount of attention, and from the look of things, 2018 is going to be no different. Yay, unique stuff!
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xkcd Game Jam: Turn Your Favorite xkcd Comic Into a Video Game

So, what's your favorite xkcd comic? Me, I absolutely love the absurdity of 1670. It's just so... "what?!", and really, isn't that the best kind? Oh, and the reason for my question is simple: late November, you'll be tasked with turning your favorite xkcd comic into a video game - provided you feel like partaking in the xkcd Game Jam, that is. If not, well, just do like me and play the results - of which there will hopefully be many! - once the jam is over.
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On Steam, the Week Prior: Heat Signature, Figment and… more?

Am I evil for being annoyed with the amount of utter rubbish - like super basic puzzle games and ridiculous asset flips - released with Steam these days, to the point where I wish Valve would... filter them? Maybe, but at the same time, it is pretty ridiculous. All the more reason for an article series such as this to exist, though (yay, silver lining). On that note, do keep reading for my personal picks amongst Steam additions during the recently concluded 38th week of the year 2017.
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When It Hits the Fan, Only Some Serious Twin Stick Shootin’ Can Save Mankind

In the year 199X, everything was fine. Until it wasn't, demons, zombies, robots all appearing out of nowhere, pouring out into the streets, wreaking havoc. Oh, and aliens invaded, because why not? Fortunately for mankind, we were (kinda) prepared for a situation like this: enter The Mercenary Twins! These two bad-ass gun-totin' maniacs waited their entire lives for a chance to gun down numerous bad guys. Which is incidentally also your best course of action... When It Hits the Fan!
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Dragonward is Part Resource Management, Part Old-School RPG, and It’s… Rather Odd

In this world, in this day and glorious age of video games, there are role-playing games with a ton of depth, ones that span hundreds of hours featuring super thrilling encounters and gripping stories. There are those, and then... there's Dragonward. Not thereby saying that this is a bad game, but it does seem to bear an uncanny resemblance to the likes of Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest, in how restricted everything is. Oh, and while it features a complete lack of damsels in distress, there is a mighty fearsome dragon to slay at least!
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Jump Is a Beautiful Thing Which Lets You ‘Stream’ a Slew of Groovy Indie Games

So... the concept of 'cloud gaming' has been around for a while now. Years, actually, several - including Vortex, LiquidSky and Snoost - readily available for playing video games from the comfort of your browser, freeing users from lengthy installations/downloads and overpriced AAA titles. But what about something more indie-centric? This is where recently launched Jump comes into play (get it?), focusing entirely on indie games - which already makes it better than the competition, in my books. Oh, and it already features some genuinely groovy titles!
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Get Gassy, Run as Fast as You Can, and You May be Able to… Escape Doodland

You-know-what has hit the proverbial fan in Escape Doodland, courtesy of Omnomus deciding to stop by. See, this fella is of a particularly nasty variety... the sort that likes to eat the inhabitants of Doodland. Yup. Bit of a problem right there, and no, you don't get to fight him. At least, I don't think so. Far as I can tell, your only means of defense is to run, run, and run some more. Run as fast as you can, aided by said potential Omnomus snacks as you go along. Groovy. Disturbing, but... groovy.
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