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Stealth Bastard [Online Game Code]

buy now $9.99 Stealth games are awesome. Hiding from The Man, skulking in shadows, the thrill of infiltration. But why do they have to be so… slow? That was the question that spawned Stealth Bastard, the fast-paced, nail-biting antidote to tippy-toed sneaking simulators that the world had so desperately been craving. Now, building on the ideas sketched out in this …

Surviving the unexpected in indie

Ruiner is a new twin-stick shooter from Reikon Games that’s dripping with atmosphere, a pulpy murder-filled story, and intense action that’s…well, admittedly rather difficult. It’s another feather in publisher Devolver Digital’s cap, and we were lucky enough today to get to talk with Reikon co-founders Magdalena Tomkowicz and Jakub Styliński on the Gamasutra Twitch channel.  It was a fun time, …

Would You Kindly Crawl Through Vaporum’s Steampunk Dungeons?

Grid-based dungeon crawlers did ever so briefly resurface from the dark, damp dungeons of videogame history when Legend of Grimrock was released five years ago. Subsequent attempts at first-person dungeon crawling have merely been iterating on this established formula, to little success. Along comes Vaporum, which doesn’t really bring anything new to the table in terms of game mechanics, but …

New Lumberyard update shows CryAnimation and

If you’re a dev working with Amazon’s Lumberyard engine, you should know that today the company updated it to beta 1.11 — overhauling its animation and visual scripting systems in the process. That last bit is what makes this update worth noting: according to Amazon, Lumberyard’s new EMotion FX animation system and Script Canvas visual scripting toolset (seen below) are …

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Spintires: MudRunner – PC

buy now $29.99 Spintires: Mud Runner comes to PC and console for the first time ever. A huge upgrade over the original, this new edition of the indie hit comes complete with a brand new Sandbox Map that joins the game’s 5 environments, a total graphical overhaul, a new Challenge mode with 9 new dedicated maps, 13 new vehicles, and …

Postmortem: McMillen and Himsl’s The

  How did a game destined for failure become a cult smash? In an article originally written for Game Developer magazine, Edmund McMillen (Super Meat Boy) discusses how he added religion to The Legend of Zelda, mixed it with a roguelike, and came out with a surprise hit. On paper, there is simply no reason for a game like The …

Make Demonic Friends In Life Sim Village Monsters

When you boot up an old game, you expect certain things to stay the same. Maybe you expect to be fighting monsters and exploring landscapes you used to know. Maybe the same old puzzles. What you might not expect is that the NPCs and beasts got a little bit sick of waiting for you to come back and started setting …

New Twine Cookbook is an open-source

Heads up, interactive fiction devs: the folks at the Interactive Fiction Technology Foundation have helped put together the Twine Cookbook, an open-source repository of “recipes” devs can use to do advanced tricks with Twine. It’s a really neat effort to support Twine game dev that, according to an IFTF blog post from board member (and Cookbook contributor) Dan Cox, was heavily …

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Satellite Command [Online Game Code]

buy now $8.68 Satellite Command takes you into orbit around a stunning representation of our home planet, Earth. Take command of your own space agency, complete real contracts, research advanced technology and carefully manage your resources and reputation to learn more about the wonders of the Universe. A simulation / arcade hybrid designed to make astrophysics approachable, with over 150 …

Thimbleweed’s Jenn Sandercock on moving

Terrible Toybox’s pixellated paranormal point-and-click adventure game Thimbleweed Park, released earlier this year, unfolds like a comedic X-Files; as always, it begins with a dead body. The game has the look at feel of a classic Lucasarts adventure, and it also has the pedigree: among its creators are Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick, who brought us classics like Maniac Mansion and Zak McKracken …