Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Chariot Wars Races to Steam for Windows

London, United Kingdom - May 26th, 2015 - Chariot Wars, a story-driven arcade racing game set in Ancient Rome, is now available on Steam for Windows. 

Chariot Wars has players racing against the greatest charioteers from across the Roman Empire. Evoking the glory days of chariot racing, the game features a story-led single player Tournament and 8 player multiplayer modes.

In 128AD, Emperor Hadrian announces a chariot race spanning the entire empire from Rome to Helvetia. The night before the first race, one of the charioteers from Judea is found murdered in his quarters. An unknown woman's body is also found on the floor. 

The head of the emperor's Praetorian guard, Quintus Octavian, suspects Rome's constantly feuding noble families of masterminding the murders. Emperor Hadrian asks Quintus Octavian to take the position of the murdered Judean charioteer and represent Judea in the upcoming chariot race. As Quintus continues his investigation, he is drawn inexorably into the murky world of Roman politics.

  • Single player arcade racing including Championship and Time Trial modes
  • Exciting story told via a digital graphic novel
  • Levels set in Ancient Greece, Egypt, Helvetia and Gaul during day and night levels
  • Eight different chariot models
  • Male and female charioteer avatars
  • Multiple horse types to unlock and upgrade
  • Real-time 8 player multiplayer
  • Lobby, achievements and global leaderboard

Latest screenshots from "Rogue State"

This one just looks better and better...

Related posts:

Announcing ROGUE STATE by Little Red Dog Games
Indie Game News: Even more Old vs New! Rogue State
Indie Game News: Rogue State - animation test video

See also:

Interview - Little Red Dog Games (creators of Conspirocracy)

Monday, 25 May 2015

New music-based game for Android

You play as a lone driver traveling in the heart of an audio signal ... Travel literally in music and beware of exchange of rhythms That can be fatal ! 

Avoid obstacles and let you carry by the rhythm, welcome to Frequency, a new game for Android by BadAppsStudio.  Available from the GooglePlay Store.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Farm Satoshi

Recently released, Farm Satoshi is a farming sim with a difference - can you guess what it is? - yes, you can earn Satoshi from it.  (For the uninitiated, Satoshi is the smallest denomination into which Bitcoin can be divided - 100,000,000 Satoshi = 1 Bitcoin.)

The game itself is simple but nicely constructed, I don't play farming sims usually so don't know how it compares to the popular ones but my guess is that it's much simpler to play.  Still, there are a few options, leveling up, basic management options and plenty of decisions to be made - you have to make sure you keep stocked up with enough feed (and the right sort of feed for the type of animals you buy) and water, level up your warehouses appropriately, and as your player rating levels up you can buy more types of animal / feed etc, and increase your profit potential.   

I'm not sure what the long-term earning potential is, probably not very high, but compared to faucets it's at least a fun way to make some Satoshi.  The devs seem intent on getting the players involved and trying to incorporate their ideas too.  

Try Farm Satoshi now.

Gold Rush! Anniversary released for devices smaller than 7”

Cologne, May 22, 2015 – The Sunlight Games GmbH has released Gold Rush! Anniversary, the remake of the adventure classic in 1988, for phones (iPhone and Android) which are smaller than 7”. Until now the game was only available for devices larger than 7”. The game is available in iTunes and the Android stores of Amazon and Google.

Also Gold Rush! Anniversary is now available for devices under 7", Sunlight Games recommend a device with 7” or larger for the best gameplay, because the game it is optimized for that sizes.

For screenshots see this post.

About Sunlight Games: 

Cologne-based Sunlight Games was founded in 2008 and transformed into a GmbH in May 
2013. A team of experienced game designers led by development veteran Marco Sowa creates games of all genres for PC, Mac, mobile and online platforms. Sunlight Games also works for other studios as well as in game porting and localization.

Coming May 30-31: The International Roguelike Developers Conference (US) 2015

Coming May 30 thru May 31, The International Roguelike Developers Conference (US) 2015 will be held in Atlanta, Georgia and will feature Approaching Infinity Designer and Developer Bob Saunders as a speaker at the conference. The conference will run from 10:00 am Saturday, May 30 thru 4:00 pm Sunday, May 31.

The conference will be held at Georgia Institute of Technology, The Scheller College of Business at 800 West Peachtree St NW in Atlanta, Georgia. A few tickets still remain and the conference is free. You can still get tickets here: 

Wherever possible, scheduled talks will be broadcast enough in advance so that people can potentially join in online via twitch or related streaming service. Among other rouguelike topics, procedural content generation, a topic that is near and dear to fans and developers of the roguelike genre, will be discussed. You can learn more about the conference at the official website page here: http://irdc2015usa.tumblr.com/

In celecbration of this event, Shrapnel Games is offering Approaching Infinity, Bob Saunders science fiction rogue-like game of infinite intergalactic exploration and adventure, at $10.00 off the regular price of $39.95. This sale will run through June 5, 2015. Just follow this link to order from our official online store, the Gamers Front: http://www.gamersfront.com/store/approaching-infinity.html

In Approaching Infinity, each game grants you an entirely new universe, allowing for unlimited replayability. Designed for both casual and experienced players of the rogue-like genre, tool tips, contextual commands, a tutorial, and a sensible UI all help to make this game highly accessible. Game Industry News rated Approaching Infinity 4 out of 5 diamonds. Doom of TeamPlayerGaming says, "But if you know what you're getting into with this type of game, Approaching Infinity is a landmark for the genre, and well worth the investment."

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Technobabylon -- Cyberpunk Adventure Game Out Today for PC (Steam, GOG, and official website)

NEW YORK - May 21, 2015 - Imagine a not-too-distant future where genetic engineering has become the norm, 'wetware' wires people directly to the web, an addictive online service named Trance has replaced almost any need for human interaction, and an omnipresent AI named Central powers the city. This questionable future is closer than you think in Technobabylon, a cyberpunk point & click adventure released today as a PC download from the game's official website, Steam, and GOG.
Technobabylon has three playable characters: CEL agents Charlie Regis and Max Lao, investigating a serial Mindjacker who's tapping into people's neural wiring and leaving them dead, and agoraphobic net addict Latha Sesame, who might be the Mindjacker's next target. When Charlie's past comes back to haunt him, he and his partner find themselves on opposite sides of the law with Latha's fate in the crossfire. Set in 2087 but evocative of a game made in 1987, Technobabylon mixes future and past with its immersive cyberpunk world, traditional point & click gameplay, old-school pixel art graphics by Ben Chandler (The Blackwell EpiphanyCharnel House Trilogy), professional voice acting, and atmospheric soundtrack by Nathan Allen Pinard (Gemini Rue, Oxhorn Brand Movies).
Technobabylon started out as a series of freeware episodes by indie developer James Dearden (Technocrat Games). With help from adventure game specialists Wadjet Eye Games, the story and gameplay have been refined for this commercial release. "From its beginnings as a practice project, to episodes, to a full-length game, Technobabylon has finally evolved into what I always imagined it could be, thanks to the support of Wadjet Eye and its talented members," says James Dearden. "I have long admired the studio's work and am honored to have Technobabylon included among games likeGemini Rue and Primordia."
"From the moment I saw Technobabylon, I knew it would be a perfect fit for us," says Dave Gilbert of Wadjet Eye Games. "From the cyberpunk aesthetic, to the gritty urban environments, to the fascinating characters, to the twisty-turny plot, it ticks every item on the 'stuff Dave likes' list. It's been an absolute joy working with James to bring this game to completion, and I hope everyone else enjoys it as well!"
About Technocrat Games
James Dearden (Technocrat Games) is a UK-based developer of indie games of many styles, focusing chiefly on narratives and adventures. Beginning with experiments in Doom WADs and Half-Life mods, and eventually moving into standalone games, our first big venture into the public spotlight was helping to raise over £4000 for Child's Play as part of the AGS Bake Sale in 2012. Since 2014, Technocrat been working with Wadjet Eye to develop Technobabylon, our biggest and most ambitious project to date.
About Wadjet Eye Games
Founded in 2006, Wadjet Eye Games has developed a reputation for producing award winning and critically acclaimed adventure games. Committed to creating unique character-driven game experiences around recognizable brands, in 2010 Wadjet Eye expanded to support and publish games by other independent developers. The company's portfolio includes The Shivah and the Blackwell series, both of which have garnered Game Developers Choice nominations, Puzzle Bots, which was selected for the Penny Arcade Expo's PAX 10 showcase, IGF Student Showcase winner Gemini Rue, and the critically acclaimed Resonance. The company is run by husband and wife team Dave and Janet Gilbert out of their home in Brooklyn. 

GameGuru - The Easy Game Maker Officially Launches On Steam

Following the success of the early access version of GameGuru, the developers, The Game Creators, today launched the refined retail release of the easy to use game maker on Steam.

GameGuru received great reviews at GDC and from the early access Steam community, with feedback that it was very easy to use, could create games in minutes and was a bargain at under USD $20. Plus the variety of graphic styles was a welcome feature meaning the games created with GameGuru will look different for each user – perfect for beginners, hobbyists and Indies alike.

The refined and released version of GameGuru includes a number of new and significant features added since its early access launch on February 27th 2015 including:

·         New Character Creator - create your own characters!
·         Third person gaming mode
·         3D edit mode
·         Team based multiplayer mode
·         Co-op multiplayer mode
·         Story Mode (playing videos)
·         Decal animation support
·         Enhanced weapon features
·         Improved Zombie AI
·         .3DS import support (Sketchup Pro & others)
·         Many new LUA script commands
·         Plus hundreds of other tweaks and fixes!

In addition to the new features detailed above, The Game Creators have released six DLC media packs, providing users with an opportunity to add a huge mix of new media and updated legacy to their collections. The packs include buildings, deserts, jungle, dungeons, warzones and combat characters in Middle Eastern, Aztec and medieval themes. 

The Game Creators CEO, Lee Bamber, said “GameGuru is crammed with all the things you need to create your own games easily, such as a huge library of assets, example games, tutorials and getting started videos. We solve the technical challenges of graphics rendering, physics, logic, A.I, sound and control systems so you can focus on your amazing game ideas."
The Game Creators Development Director, Rick Vanner, said, “More gamers than ever want to create their own games and experiences and GameGuru is ideally placed to bring the world of game making to a wider audience. With GameGuru we're empowering any user of any talent level to make games, it's just so easy to get your ideas up and running. We'll be adding more features and listening to our community as we continue to improve and evolve GameGuru."

The GameGuru official website can be found at www.game-guru.com and here http://store.steampowered.com/app/266310/ on Steam.