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Blending action RPG and Minecraft-style sandbox in Portal Knights

Portal Knights is a sandbox action RPG with a Minecraft aesthetic that lets players fight together across a grand, generated world, using various classes like mages and warriors to battle monsters cooperatively. (There are up to 4 players in co-op.) It’s not just the possibility of treasures and adventure that draws players into this world, but also the promise of being able to …

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Cognition: Complete Saga – 4-Pack

buy now $19.99 This collection includes all 4 award-winning Erica Reed Thriller episodes: The Hangman, The Wise Monkey, The Oracle and The Cain Killer. A thrilling adventure game awaits! Episode 1: The Hangman – A serial killer on the loose in Boston seems to be leaving deliberate clues that Erica Reed, an FBI agent with unique post-cognitive abilities, can uncover. …

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Video: (Opportunity) cost-effective marketing & PR for indie devs

Marketing and public relations work is almost a Catch-22 for independent game makers. Getting the word out about your game will probably help sell more copies, which will generate more money, but to do decent marketing you need to have money already. At GDC 2017 experienced indie game PR wizard Chris Dwyer (who’s worked on projects like Night in the …

Equivoque Explores Truth In A Charming World Of Animals & Magic

Bundt, an apprentice in a magic shop, doesn’t feel like they’d be getting any closer to magic than their proximity to the tools of the trade at the store. That changes when Mint the Splendid, a famous magician, tasks Bundt with exposing a fake psychic, leading them into a world of magic, fun, and a bit of danger in lighthearted …

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Taking the sting out of failure in Supergiant’s Pyre

Pyre, the latest from Supergiant Games is something of a departure for the indie studio. Its latest title eschews a single protagonist, the formula that the team successfully employed in previous games Bastion and Transistor, for a team of outcasts forced to compete in competitions in order to win salvation. The development team wanted to try something different this time around, envisioning …

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Satellite Rush [Online Game Code]

buy now $14.99 WELCOME TO THE SATELLITE! Satellite Rush is a sci-fi top-down shooter with pixel art graphics and Roguelike elements. Take control of an abducted office worker and blast through Satellite Moebius, an intergalactic space arena filled with vicious aliens, robots programmed to clean (or kill), and a (not always so cheery) audience. It is one part Super Smash …

Screenshot Saturday Highlights – July 22nd, 2017

From strange otherworldly places and deadly skies to the world of clinical logical technology, you’ll find a wide variety of genres and aesthetics in this Screenshot Saturday collection. The Lost BearOdd Bug Studio | PSVRPresented on a stage in an ever-changing wilderness, The Lost Bear follows a young girl on a platforming adventure through a weird ruined world to rescue …

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Video: Animating pups, boars & other quadrupeds in The Flame in the Flood

Many indie devs feel like they’re under pressure to make high-quality art that rivals that of big-budget studios — with the smallest team size and budget possible. At GDC 2017 The Molasses Flood’s Gwen Frey, self-described sole animator and over-tasked generalist on The Flame in The Flood, discussed how to rapidly generate triple-A quadruped locomotion as an indie dev. It was a video-heavy talk that focused on …

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Postmortem: Moon Studios’ heartfelt Ori and the Blind Forest

Thomas Mahler is CEO and Game Director at Moon Studios. Introduction “It’s supposed to be hard.” We started Moon Studios in 2010. Back then, we knew little about the journey we were to embark on. We started this venture because we felt that we had something to say and we had a need to get that out of our system. …

Demon Peak – A Pretty Pixel Art Metroidvania Of Massive Monsters

Demon Peak doesn’t have a whole lot to say about itself on its store page. It’s a sidescrolling Metroidvania with an emphasis on close-quarters combat and speed, and one where you fight some wonderfully detailed, colossal monsters that all hit like trucks. Also, you have fabulous hair. Honestly, the monster designs alone are likely enough to draw in most. They …