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Machinarium [Download]

buy now $9.99 Machinarium is award-winning independent puzzle / adventure game developed by the makers of popular web-games Samorost and Samorost2. A little robot who’s been thrown out to the scrap yard behind the city must return and confront the Black Cap Brotherhood and save his robot-girl friend. System Requirements   Minimum Specifications: OS: PC – Win 7, Vista and …

A World Of Clay Is Yours To Mold In Claybook

Claybook is a physics-based game where you can control a blob of clay that morphs into different objects to solve the puzzles in each chapter. It’s very realistic in that as you roll around, you get smears of color – which makes me wonder if I’ll always end up that weird shade of grey-brown. In order to solve Claybook’s puzzles, …

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Why do devs love Slack, and how do they get the most out of it?

It seems like the majority of people working in or with small and middle-sized game studios and teams use the cloud-based chat app these days. Put a call out to game developers asking which of them use Slack and you will get a lot of responses. This is perhaps to be expected given that Slack was conceived within the context of …

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Video: A postmortem of Ska Studios’ Salt & Sanctuary

Let’s say you were thinking about making a side-scrolling action game that takes inspiration from the design philosophy of From Software’s Dark Souls games. How would you do it? That’s exactly what Salt & Sanctuary devs Michelle and James Silva got into when they took the stage at GDC 2017 discuss the game’s origins and early development days. In the process of their dynamic, free-flowing …

Body-Hopping Roguelike MidBoss Lets You Possess Your Way Up The Food Chain

Kitsune Games’ MidBoss is a traditional roguelike with a twist: possess your fallen foes. You start out as a lowly imp, the weakest of all dungeon dwellers, but nobody wants to be a minion, right? So you body-hop your way through the dungeon, growing in power and size, until you can face the endboss – or die trying. Leveling up …

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Daedalic Indie Bundle [Online Game Code]

buy now $54.99 Featuring games with rich vibrant worlds and absorbing gameplay, the Daedalic Indie Bundle is neatly packaged with unique and successful titles such as The Last Tinker and a host of Point & Click Adventure, Puzzler, Action-Adventure and strategy games with addicting gameplay. The best experiences come in small packages. This perfect bundle provides great value with seven …

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Game Design Deep Dive: Creating tension in Card Thief

Deep Dive is an ongoing Gamasutra series with the goal of shedding light on specific design, art, or technical features within a video game, in order to show how seemingly simple, fundamental design decisions aren’t really that simple at all. Check out earlier installments, including creating believable crowds in Planet Coaster, achieving seamless branching in Watch Dogs 2’s Invasion of Privacy missions, and creating the intricate level design …

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What one indie dev learned from a summer project that took 8 years to finish

“Programmers are bad at estimating time.” – Game developer Ben Johnson, speaking to Waypoint about what he’d learned from spending eight years making his game Geneshift. What’s the strangest journey a project has ever taken you on? For Geneshift creator Ben Johnson, the answer seems to be an eight-year odyssey that spans roughly 9,000 miles and a transition from pizza deliveryperson to …

Path of Whispers Explores The Memories Of An Abandoned Town

Empathy: Path of Whispers places you in an abandoned, crumbling world, but hints that it was not always like this. The bleak place teems with lost memories that hide behind the gray stone and dirt-stained surfaces, teasing at the color and life that used to be here. By discovering the memories of what this place used to be, you’ll be …

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Empathy : Path of Whispers [Online Game Code]

buy now $19.99 Blinking against the light, you step into a world that seems broken apart, almost dead… Yet there is a pulse, beating faintly in the back of your mind. What has happened in this place, where the people are gone and their memories echo in the silence? Where emotions appear as physical things, hanging in the air, just …