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At a Glance: MomoCon 2017’s Indie Game Awards Finalists

In less than a month, fans of anime, LARP, comics, card and board games, and video games, among other things, will be flocking to Atlanta, Georgia for MomoCon. And where there's video games at a convention, there's bound to be... wait for it... indie games! Perhaps even an awards ceremony thing of some sort with playable finalists, at this year's MomoCon? You better believe it, and man do they ever look groovy.
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LIMBO: “I only dream in black and white…”

Waking up in an unfamiliar locale can be quite a daunting experience. Even more so if, as is the case for LIMBO's protagonist, it happens in the middle of a dark and gloomy forest. At least the kid actually woke up and got to moving forward though, perhaps in hopes of figuring out what had transpired and where he was - so there's that. Unfortunately for him however, the road ahead turned out to be anything but hospitable, deadly hazards lurking around every corner, the entire world seemingly determined to end this exploratory journey, almost before it had even begun. Oh boy.

Sixth and Final Chapter For Handcrafted Adventure, The Dream Machine, Is Almost Here

At first, everything's fine and dandy for Victor Neff, The Dream Machine's protagonist, having just moved into a lovely new place with his wife. Unfortunately for the happy couple, it isn't long before Victor notices that something is off about their new home. A discovery which, over the course of soon-to-be-six chapters, takes him through... other people's dreams! Oh, and I'm not talking metaphorically either. Groovy, and just a tiny bit unnerving.
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Speculating Screenshots (29th April 2017)

For most, weekends means two days off work with some much-needed R&R. But for game developers, it’s also a time during which they get to show off what they’ve been working on. I am of course referring to Screenshot Saturday, which involves tweeting screenshots with the #ScreenshotSaturday hashtag. Screenshots which I will be critiquing some of every single Tuesday, in Speculating Screenshots.
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MAGS May Brings About “The Fickle Hand Of Fate”

Adventure Game Studio. Easily my favorite engine, second only to SCUMM. So, MAGS! Unlike most jams, which tend to last from 72 hours to a full week with no engine restriction, this one spans a month and requires participants to use... wait for it... Adventure Game Studio! Who's in the mood for creating some adventure games?
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Set Sail to Become a Mighty Turn-Based Norseman In Expeditions: Viking

Norse warriors are not to be trifled with as they can be quite a ruthless bunch if history is to be trusted. But why settle for dusty books that describe what once was, when you can command your very own clan of said Norse warriors in Expeditions: Viking, circa 790 AD? Why indeed. The time has come to make history, however you see fit. Your clan, your choices, your... glorious battles!
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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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Speculating Screenshots (22nd April 2017)

For most, weekends means two days off work with some much-needed R&R. But for game developers, it’s also a time during which they get to show off what they’ve been working on. I am of course referring to Screenshot Saturday, which involves tweeting screenshots with the #ScreenshotSaturday hashtag. Screenshots which I will be critiquing some of every single Tuesday, in Speculating Screenshots.
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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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Speculating Screenshots (15th April 2017)

For most, weekends means two days off work with some much-needed R&R. But for game developers, it’s also a time during which they get to show off what they’ve been working on. I am of course referring to Screenshot Saturday, which involves tweeting screenshots with the #ScreenshotSaturday hashtag. Screenshots which I will be critiquing some of every single Tuesday, in Speculating Screenshots.
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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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Speculating Screenshots (8th April 2017)

For most, weekends means two days off work with some much-needed R&R. But for game developers, it’s also a time during which they get to show off what they’ve been working on. I am of course referring to Screenshot Saturday, which involves tweeting screenshots with the #ScreenshotSaturday hashtag. Screenshots which I will be critiquing some of every single Tues
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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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Speculating Screenshots (1st April 2017)

For most, weekends means two days off work with some much-needed R&R. But for game developers, it’s also a time during which they get to show off what they’ve been working on. I am of course referring to Screenshot Saturday, which involves tweeting screenshots with the #ScreenshotSaturday hashtag. Screenshots which I will be critiquing some of every single Tuesday, in Speculating Screenshots.
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