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How Viscera Cleanup Detail teaches physics with a bloody mop

“To me it helps to bridge the gap between the player and the physical world of the game. The physics of the mop respond to your input immediately and show that your input affects physics in the game directly.” – RuneStorm Games’ Nolan Richert, chatting with Rock, Paper, Shotgun about the studio’s game Viscera Cleanup Detail. Two years ago RuneStorm …

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Dan Marshall rewrote all the rules for Behold the Kickmen

Dan Marshall of Size Five Games has been an indie developer for over a decade now. He has turned early successes with Ben There, Dan That!, and Time Gentlemen, Please! into a full-time job, which has led to well-received titles like Privates, Gun Monkeys, and The Swindle. His newest release is Behold the Kickmen, which is, according to Marshall, “a silly …

Burn, Melt, Shatter, And Manipulate The World In Roguelite Platformer Noita

The roguelite platformer, like Spelunky, Catacomb Kids, Cave Blazers, is often you against the environment, be it traps or enemies or tricky platforming. But in the pixel art caves of Noita, the environment is not just a threat; it’s a weapon, able to manipulated and molded to destroy your enemies. And kill you too, if you’re not careful. Crafted by …

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Conarium [Online Game Code]

buy now $19.99 Conarium is a chilling Lovecraftian game, which follows a gripping story involving four scientists and their endeavor to challenge what we normally consider to be the ‘absolute’ limits of nature. Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s novella “At the Mountains of Madness”, but largely set after the original story. You, as Frank Gilman, open your eyes inside a room …

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Delisted from Steam, a dev asks: what counts as ‘pornographic’?

“They didn’t specify anything in particular or define what they consider pornographic. I explained to them that I don’t consider the game pornographic as it’s not intended to titillate, but rather is intended to be a humorous and quirky game..” – Excerpt of a blog post on the Eek! Games website about Valve’s recent decision to remove the studio’s game …

Fallen Legion Promises Frantic Action RPG Battles Across Two Different Stories

Fallen Legion has you leading a crew of revived heroes into frantic combat, seeking to restore your kingdom to its past glory. Unless you’re playing on the Vita, in which case you’re using the game’s simple, single button attack/defense commands to clear out monsters to make the kingdom pay for its crimes. Seeking to tell a political story from both …

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No More Robots takes aim at data-driven games publishing

Industry veteran (and former Gamasutra editor) Mike Rose has cut the ribbon on his new game publishing label, No More Robots.  The new operation aims to take a  data-driven approach to games publishing without losing the human element of the business. Primarily, the label aims to elevate unique games through the use of strong support data and by maintaining a focus …

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Crystal Rift – SteamVR + Oculus Rift [Online Game Code]

buy now $9.99 A grid-based dungeon-crawler, in classic first person perspective. An experiential horror challenge game that takes the player through a series of increasingly mysterious locations. Includes Virtual Reality support for the Oculus DK2. PC Minimum System Requirements: PC Recommended System Requirements: Processor:   Dual Core 2.33 GHz Intel or 3.0 GHz AMD RAM:   2 GB Hard Disk:   2 GB …

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Indie Arena Booth 2017 announces Gamescom line-up

The Indie Arena Booth celebrates its 5th anniversary this year. What started out as a handful of developers presenting their games amidst the huge Gamescom crowds has turned into a giant indie collective that has taken over the better part of one exhibition hall. This year’s lineup is even more diverse than past Indie Arena outings, featuring 70 games from all over …

Solstice Chronicles: MIA – Martian Mutant Massacre

Some days you just want to kick back and slaughter hundreds of slimy mutants on Mars, because that’s what people do there most of the time, right? (Media portrayals of Mars might be slightly one-sided.) In that case, Solstice Chronicles: MIA – successor-but-not-sequel to 2015’s The Red Solstice – has got you covered… in gooey mutant gibs, mostly. So here’s …