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Take a look at the early concept doc that eventually became Road Not Taken

Developer Spry Fox hasn’t been shy about exploring the defining elements of its game Road Not Taken, but an initial concept doc shared by studio co-founder and game designer Daniel Cook takes this exploration one step further by offering a look at the early ideas that kicked off the game’s development.  It’s always interesting to take a look back on design documents …

Narcosis – Fear & Hallucinations Deep Underwater

Narcosis drops you at the bottom of the ocean in a heavy diving suit. You’re mostly safe, except for the crushing loneliness, dwindling oxygen, hazardous environments, and dangerous flora and fauna. You know, mostly. Narcosis follows our unlucky protagonist on a journey across the ocean’s floor, and you’ll have to help them find their way back to the surface again. …

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Conga Master (Free Trial) [Download]

buy now $0.00 Conga MasterThe dance floor fills, the line gets longer… come on down, it’s time to conga! Shake your virtual hips to the arcade action of Conga Master, fight to make the longest conga line possible and become the king of the club. No rhythm required – anyone can conga! Playing Conga Master couldn’t be easier: guide your …

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Gamasutra: Ron Gilbert’s Blog – The Mysterious World of Game Budgets

The following blog post, unless otherwise noted, was written by a member of Gamasutra’s community.The thoughts and opinions expressed are those of the writer and not Gamasutra or its parent company.   Reposted from the Award Winning* Thimbleweed Park Dev Blog. *Awards TBD. During last week’s Thimbleweed Park podcast, I asked Gary and David what scares them the most about …

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Obituary: Video game artist and System Era cofounder Paul Pepera

The team at Astroneer developer System Era Softworks announced today that studio cofounder Paul Pepera passed away yesterday due to undisclosed circumstances. “Many knew Paul in this industry as an artistic tour de force. His talent left an imprint on this game industry that inspired countless others,” reads an excerpt of System Era’s memorial post. “He was one quarter of our founding team, and a …

Screenshot Saturday Highlights – March 25th, 2017

Frenetic tank battles, surreal jousting, and dwarven combat all find their way into this collection of weekend highlights. JASEMStas Shostak | PC, Mac, Linux | 2017JASEM (aka Just Another Shooter with Electronic Music) is a fast-paced tank dual-stick shooter, dropping you into low-poly arenas to race around bullets, outrun missiles, and unleash blazing bursts of fire upon surrounding enemies. Ghost …

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Quell Reflect [Online Game Code]

buy now $3.65 An enchanting puzzle game of logic and relaxation. The follow-up to the acclaimed ‘zen puzzle’ game, Quell, this offers another suite of ingenious levels to relax and test you in equal measure! Featuring another beautiful score from acclaimed composer Steven Cravis, a beautiful ‘hand-painted’ art-style, Quell Reflect is the perfect game to test your powers of logic, …

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7 games with great learning curves that all developers should study

The best games are a slow steady learning process. They teach and guide while they entertain and challenge. They push players to improve steadily — to master a mechanic not by forcing you to scale a metaphorical wall, but by compelling you to climb a series of metaphorical steps.  This does not necessarily mean they have great tutorials — indeed, many …

Crawl, Slither, And Climb With The Neat Snaky Movements Of Snake Pass

Snake movements are the heart and soul of Snake Pass, a game about slithering like a snake to move around bright, colorful stages, as well as learning how to climb by coiling. Snake Pass has you playing as Noodle, a snake who’s supposed to save the day using mystical powers. Saving places is all well and good, but you might …

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Why video game devs don’t get ‘board’ of learning from tabletop games

Video game devs’ interest in tabletop games has been growing for years, to the point that at this year’s Game Developers Conference there was a whole day dedicated to studying them: the Board Game Design Day. Since most of us grew up playing board games, this begs the question: Why now? What is it about tabletop games that remains enduringly valuable to devs of digital …