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Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Black Chicken Studios Announces the Release of The Cultures of Elumia, The Ninth DLC for Academagia: The Making of Mages

Black Chicken Studios Announces the Release of The Cultures of Elumia,
The Ninth DLC for Academagia: The Making of Mages
San Diego, CA – May 31, 2011 – Black Chicken Studios is delighted to present our ninth free DLC for Academagia: The Making of Mages, The Cultures of Elumia.

When the New Gods came to Elumia, they united the warring cities, kings and tribes, and forged a new Empire. But the years have grown long since their departure, the Emperors no longer sit in the Palace of Man, and the imperial tongue is seldom heard in the provinces of the Empire. And where there is division, discord is not long to follow.

Differences always yield opportunity...

This DLC includes:
·         8 new Adventures, set around the City of Mineta and the uncommon events therein!
·         30+ new Events, dealing with matters great and small, far and wide
·         1 new Skill, many Items, and lots of new Abilities, Actions, Locations and Spells for new ways to progress your Character in worldly ways!

Additionally, Mod Tools are available so that players can create their own stories, mysteries and magic!

Academagia: The Making of Mages retails for $24.95 and includes all the fun and adventure of the original game with all new content from The Cultures of Elumia as well as our eight previous free content releases. It is available from as well as through digital distribution at Beamdog, GamersGate and Impulse.

Want to try before you buy? Check out a free demo of Academagia: The Making of Mages at

About Academagia
Academagia is a 2D life simulation PC game for audiences ages 9+, and is parent and child friendly. Our game rewards relationship building, research and knowledge, and encourages the player to create their own individual story each time they play. Role-playing, thoughtful choices and a bit of whimsy permeate game play, and is intended to provide a refreshing alternative to the more violent, destructive and derivative titles in the marketplace.

About Black Chicken Studios
Black Chicken Studios, Inc, was formed in 2007 to provide interesting and novel alternatives to mainstream games, offering experiences which promote creativity, reward knowledge and inspire imagination. It is especially our goal to create games wherein challenges can be overcome by study, diplomacy and character. Our company has an inclusive content philosophy, and makes a practice of incorporating as much work as possible from independent writers and artists.

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Move Over Angry Birds - The New Physics Puzzler Melon Truck is Here

Aliso Viejo, California - Independent developer, Batuhan Akalin has recently announced Melon Truck 1.0.3, an update to his challenging yet entertaining game for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Melon Truck continues to get featured on iTunes Application Review websites as "Must-Have" item in your iPhone/iPad collection.

Latest addition to the line of reviews hailing Melon Truck come from DailyAppShow, AppAdvice, and Simple-Reviews. All critics unanimously agree that the new Puzzle/Arcade Game Melon Truck deserves a spot along your app collection. Melon Truck is a challenging yet entertaining iPhone/iPad game that will keep the entire family busy whether the gamer is 7 or 70 years old. With medium to easy learning curve, and easy to use controls, Melon Truck guarantees to entertain for hours.

Melon Truck Game Play consists of launching melons from a melon truck to baskets that vary in points. There are 54 regular and 6 bonus levels to provide long game-play time. Each level must be completed with a minimum score of 1600 in order to proceed to the next locked level. However, bonus levels offered by Melon Truck require gamers to pass all levels with a score of 3000 or better. While game play is designed to challenge the users, Melon Truck provides a fun, soothing game tone to entertain everyone.

Here are some customer comments:
"...Must-Have item in your app collection..."
"...challenging and addicting..."
"...Fun and Creative Physics Puzzle Game..."
"...this game is a must..."
"...very fun to play..."

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 12.5 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Melon Truck 1.0.3 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.

Melon Truck 1.0.3:
Purchase and Download:

Batuhan Akalin, an indie programmer, is the sole creator and developer of the iPhone Game Melon Truck.

Widget Revolt Launches Ice Tales

San Francisco, California - Indie developers Widget Revolt today announces Ice Tales 1.0, their first retro arcade gaming title for iOS. Ice Tales is a classically inspired maze game where old meets new. With modern, full-screen controls, the game is based on the journey of Pendleton Penguin who is trying to rescue his friends from an evil queen. As you try to help Pendleton, you must help him outmaneuver the queen's complicated mazes by sliding and flying across distant icebergs, angry volcanoes and an evil palace while avoiding enemies. The game is appropriate for all ages. Ice Tales is a great value on the App Store at US $.99 for the iPhone/iPod version and US $1.99 for the iPad version. A lite version is available for free.

"Sometimes you want an alternative to a casual game just for a little variety," says Brian Chen, product manager and Widget Revolt co-founder. "Unlike some of the other retro concepts that have been released, we wanted to create a title that harkened back to the excitement of the classic arcade games in a way that is appropriate for a modern mobile platform. This game plays in a way that won't frustrate players. With cartoonish graphics, original 8-bit compositions and responsive controls that suit the platform, we think Ice Tales has redefined retro games for iOS in a unique way."

With four exciting chapters filed with increasingly more complicated mazes and dozens of achievements, Ice Tales challenges players to clear mazes by collecting starfish, baskets of fish and other goodies. Along the way you must conquer giant crabs, evil seals, hungry squid, angry sea birds, moon walking polar bears and the queen herself to save the day and rescue your friends. With full Game Center integration, all chapters can be replayed to earn bigger bonuses and achievements while increasing your score and challenging your friends. With multiple difficulty settings, the game can adapt to the player, with challenges for both younger players and experienced players alike.

Features of Ice Tales include:
* Journey across four different chapters in distant icebergs, angry volcanoes and an evil queen's palace
* Collect starfish, baskets of fish and other goodies to make it through the queen's evil mazes, earn bonuses and achievements
* Defend yourself from giant crabs, evil seals, hungry squid, angry sea birds, moon walking polar bears and the ice queen herself
* Chapter select feature allows you to skip chapters of the game you've already completed or play them again for a better score

* Old made new again game play: Full screen swipe to move and tap to jump mimic classic arcade games in a responsive, fun way
* Challenging retro arcade game play with 3 difficulty settings for the casual gamer to the avid gamer
* Challenge your friends with Game Center integration
* Take a trip back in time. Cute retro-graphics optimized for Retina Display
* Original 8-bit soundtrack
* Dozens of achievements
* Facebook and Twitter integration

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 14.0 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Ice Tales 1.0 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. A lite version is available for free.

Widget Revolt:
Ice Tales 1.0:

Sunday, 29 May 2011

On Voice Acting in Adventure Games...

Indie adventure game legend Dave Gilbert talks about the ups and downs of voice acting...

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Facepuncher Worldwide debuts CastleAbra and a Kickstarter campaign

Facepuncher Worldwide today announces CastleAbra, their new funny, epic and beautiful game debuts as a Kickstarter project. CastleAbra will be a traditional first person, point and click exploration game in the style of such classics as Shadowgate and Myst. A magical tale that centers on the heartache of unrequited love. But promises to set itself apart with a comedic style that ranges from subtle and sophisticated to zany and broad. To be released on Mac, PC and handheld devices.

Elizabeth, New Jersey - CastleAbra is a hugely ambitious adventure game from first time indie developers Facepuncher Worldwide. It is a traditional first person, point and click exploration game in the style of such classics as Shadowgate and Myst. But sets itself apart with a comedic style that ranges from subtle and sophisticated to zany and broad.

It tells the tale of a lonely, old wizard named Wizardo who is hopelessly in love with the beautiful, young Princess Myrna Loo. Not realizing that he is forever trapped in the "friend zone" he makes a courageous attempt at winning her affection, and is politely declined. Not willing to accept his fate he locks her in his castle with dastardly intentions of winning her over. Your role is to infiltrate the castle, befriend the wizard and work behind his back to rescue your beloved Princess.

While not a hugely original concept, CastleAbra will win you over with its style and execution. We plan to tell a funny story that explores the painful side of human emotions mainly centering on the heartache of unrequited love. One look at our trailer and intro should tell you that we have something beautiful and unique on our hands.

CastleAbra has been in production for the past 18 months. We hope to make a grand, immersive game. Over 75 locations have been hand painted with the hope of having a total of 100. This is in addition to several minutes of lush animation. The game will appear first on Mac and PC and will eventually land on iOS, Android and Windows Phone 7.

About our Kickstarter project:

We launched our Kickstarter project with the hope of receiving the funds necessary for completing the game. We're true independent developers. We've been working on the game for the last 18 months and have a good deal more to do before it's finished. This is a truly ambitious project and we will need support in order for our game to reach its fullest potential. We are offering some cool rewards including custom art by the artist sent directly to you.

Facepuncher Worldwide:

CastleAbra on Kickstarter:

Facepuncher Worldwide is a new start-up comprised of 3 life-long friends. Talented artists, musicians and programmers, the team is committed to providing the world with high-quality, unique gaming experiences.

Elite Command - New release! Graphical overhaul, achievements, faster server, and more!

Today is a big day for Elite Command, with a huge batch of improvements both small and large.

* New server! Elite Command has been getting a little slow with the larger user base, and often times the chat server would go down under the load, bringing things to all but a screeching halt. This release includes lots of under-the-hood tune-ups as well as a new, beefier server, which should make slowdowns a thing of the past.

* New graphics! We hired a new graphic artist to create all-new terrain, base, and unit graphics. We think you'll agree that everything looks much more polished now. (Note: If you don't see the new graphics in your game, try refreshing the page.)

* Achievements! For various accomplishments within the game, large and small, you will now start earning badges. Many of the badges are repeatable. We kept the new artist very busy coming up with the graphics for these badges, and these are just the first batch of achievements... We plan to add many more in the next releases.

* Trophies! Similar to badges, now when you beat someone one-on-one, you earn a trophy with their name on it. See how many rivals' names you can rack up!

* All-new user profile! Alongside the familiar stats and list of current games, the first thing you now see on your user profile is a display case featuring your badges and trophies. There is also a history tab so you can page through your entire game history, listing the maps, the players involved, and the outcome.

* All-new maps section! You can now browse by most recent as well as most popular. Clicking a map reveals the details of how many times each player has won, giving a better idea of each map's balance. You can also see the map's starting credits, which is now configurable in the map editor.

* Unrated games! When starting a new game, you have the option to make it an unrated game, meaning that no rankings will change as a result of that game. This is perfect for when you want to play strictly for fun, or to test out a new map.

* Real-time game alerts! Many players like to keep a tab open with Elite Command so they can come back and refresh and see if they have turns to take. Well, now you don't need to refresh. New game alerts are now sent to your page in real-time, and the number of alerts waiting is reflected in the page title.

Those are the major points. There is also a slew of minor fixes and enhancements that the keen-eyed will notice as they play.

This release has been a big undertaking, and we hope for it to set the stage for even bigger things to come, so stay active in the forums and have a say in Elite Command's ongoing development!

As always, go forth and conquer!

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Friday, 27 May 2011

Izar 1.0 for iOS - Retro-Style, Turn-Based, Strategy RPG

St. Petersburg, Russian Federation - SVP Mobile today is pleased to introduce Izar 1.1 for iOS, their new retro-style, turn-based, strategy RPG. Set in an ancient, mythical kingdom, the game is an epic saga about a knight who returns home after a long journey to find his castle partly destroyed and his army scattered. The role-playing aspect of the game involves spells, quests, and journeys to help restore the lost symbols of Magic, Arrow, and Sword to the castle. Whenever combat is required the game switches to turn-based, tactical mode. Reminiscent of classic RPGs such as Heroes of Might and Magic, Izar includes magic, combat, castle building, training and equipping soldiers, and managing monetary resources.

Played in landscape mode, the game launches with a parchment scroll that establishes the story and goals of the game. "The Way to Home - You are back to your castle after long months of traveling across distant lands to find it partly destroyed and your army scattered. The magic tower is no longer of any help. As your elite warriors were leaving the castle, they lost the symbols of Magic, Arrow and Sword. You must bring them back to the castle."

Like the best RPGs, the game is highly detail-oriented. Knights, elf archers, dwarfs, paladins, and beholders may be recruited for the player's army, and each has his own Health and Attack values, as well as Price. There is a wide variety of armor and weapons available to increase the power of soldiers under special, specified circumstances. Also present are numerous, danger-filled locales presenting unique challenges and rewards. Castle upgrades bestow additional capabilities to the player's troops. Games may be saved and resumed at a later time, allowing for protracted, strategic gameplay.

Feature Highlights:
* Tactical combat involving attack and control spells
* Building a castle to upgrade your troops
* Building a mages tower to unlock new spells
* Free navigation through the game world with dozens of fantastic locations

"In creating Izar we sought to combine the best of magical RPGs and turn-based combat games," stated Sergey Voronov. "Spend a few hours listening to Renaissance music and the chirping of birds in the forest, as you ride across the countryside on noble quests, seeking victory and the return of balance to your kingdom."

Language Support:
* US English and Russian

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
* Requires iOS 3.2 or later (iOS 4.3 tested)
* 27.8 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Izar 1.1 is $2.99 (USD) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. 

Izar 1.0:
Purchase and Download:

Located in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, the SVP Mobile team is an independent software company founded by Sergey Voronov in 2009. With their strong blend of design and development skills, SVP Mobile's mission is to create fun medieval times games that make you think. 

Tennis Elbow 2011 v1.0b

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Tennis Elbow 2011 v1.0b released on Windows & Mac OSX :
If you want to take a break from watching Roland Garros on TV, then have a look at this new version 1.0b ; it's a huge update with an awul lot of new stuff and improvements ! And it's free for everybody who already bought TE2011, as usually.

Here the main new features :
  • Players' Grunt sounds
  • Smooth Slow Motion Replay
  • Camera Following Ball during Replay
  • New Realistic Online Mode (for Windows version only): this slows down a bit the pace from the Fair mode, while offering more balanced skills
  • Season Mode in World Tour
  • Possibility to choose an existing player from the base, in addition to create your own in the World Tour
  • 1 new male shirt & 3 new male sleeveless T-shirts
  • More Match Stats
And many many other things ; you can see the complete list in the Forum.
/!\ Updating for Mac users: when you update to a newer version, you have to transfer the "Profiles" subfolder from your previous TE2011's folder to the new installation folder to keep your saved games.
/!\ Warning for Mac users: this new version of TE2011 doesn't support Mac OSX 10.3.9 ; you must have Mac OSX 10.4 or better to play it.

Download link :
Tennis Elbow 2011 - Windows Version
(~35 MB - XP/2000/98/Vista/7)
Tennis Elbow 2011 - Mac OSX Version
(~45 MB - 10.4+ universal)

An Egyptian Doctor Develops an iPhone Game about the Egyptian Revolution

I'm not making any comment on this... press release below.

Cairo, Egypt - iPharaohs today is pleased to announce the release of Egyptian Revolution 1.0 for iOS. Ahmed T.Nabarawy and his friends were talking about the Egyptian Revolution during one of their gatherings. Remembering what they've been through in the streets of Cairo with the police forces and the thugs during 18 Long Hard days and all of a sudden Eissa said "We should create a game documenting this great experience!".

They liked the idea and they all started planning how to make it happen and 53 days later it was finally true. Egyptian Revolution the iPhone Game was released to the App Store on May 23rd 2011. The Game is in the Role Playing Category because you play as a protester in the first mode and play as a policeman in the second mode.

The game experience is great, a combination of real photos from Tahrir Square is displayed between the levels as loading screens to give a feeling to the player of what was going on that time and gives a background to the level he is about to play.

The Protester Mode contains confrontations between a protester named Nubi Who is trying to make his way to Tahrir Square to join the rest of his friends but policemen stands between him and his target. They threw tear gas bombs at him but he dodges them and returns them to the sender. Other policemen were shooting rubber bullets his way which he can avoid them or stop them by using the shield he acquired .

The Police Mode contains the other point of view, a policeman named Sami who is trying to follow the orders from his superiors to stop all people trying to enter Tahrir Square. He encounters some protesters throwing rocks and molotov bombs at him , unfortunately he is out of ammo so all he can do is return the molotov back at them and avoid the rocks, basically stall them till he gets reinforcements.

The game took a huge amount of money and effort to be developed in this short time and contains all those pictures and functionality. Egyptian Revolution for iPhone has Game Center integrated to help player compare their scores world wide and always try and finish the game with higher and higher score.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later
* 69.1 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Egyptian Revolution (25 Jan) 1.0 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.

Egyptian Revolution 1.0:
Purchase and Download:

iPharaohs is an iPhone game development company founded by Ahmed T.Nabarawy on the 1st of April 2011. The Company's main activities are developing games and apps for the iPhone. 

Psydra Games Is Pleased To Announce Dark Scavenger For PC

Dark Scavenger is an RPG that combines strategic turn-based combat with unique point-and-click adventure mechanics. 

Players fill the role of a powerful space traveler, guiding the character through hundreds of dramatic scenarios using a dynamic text-based encounter system.

Dark Scavenger Release Date: TBA 

Features: • Forge 100+ unique Weapons from items discovered on your journey.
• Deep, dark fantasy narrative filled with dozens of unique characters!
• Tactical turn-based combat and epic boss battles!
• Experience over six hours of gameplay, encountering beautiful hand-drawn environments and enemies.
• Multiple ways to approach each situation ensures a different experience every playthrough.

About Psydra Games: Psydra Games is a small team of working industry professionals from all over North America who banded together to make awesome games. We’ve combined our experience and passion to update the retro-gameplay feel with modern design philosophies. 


Thursday, 26 May 2011

Jangle 1.3 released for iOS / Android - Fun, Addictive Online Word Game

Austin, Texas - On Tuesday, May 24th, the Austin mobile developer, Retired Astronaut Collective, LLC, released a new free word game known as Jangle for iOS and Android devices. Players go head to head to match their wits and their vocabulary in this multiplayer, online app.

In Jangle, users frantically build the longest word they can in a short time limit. Each letter scores points, but some letters are worth more than others. Using the bonus spaces, players can double and triple their letter points. The final round has a long secret word they can decipher for an even greater score.

Jangle is a social game that takes advantage of the networking capabilities of iPhone, iPod, iPad, and Android devices. Users may play online with Facebook friends or with a random opponent. 'Play and Pass' mode lets users play with a friend on a single device. In between rounds, players can chat live with their opponents or check on definitions of played words with the integrated dictionary. A robust ranking system will let players see how they match up against their friends and players around the world.

"Jangle is addictive gameplay with a twist. You'll have fun and you just might learn a new word or two. " - said Chris Chuter, co-founder of the Retired Astronaut Collective.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android
* Requires iOS 3.0 or later
* Requires 2.1 Android OS
* 8.6 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Jangle 1.3 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.

The Retired Astronaut Collective:
Jangle 1.3:
Download from iTunes:
Download for Android:

The Retired Astronaut Collective, LLC (RAC) is an independent developer and publisher of mobile applications and games. Game industry veterans and former NASA engineers teamed up to found the Retired Astronaut Collective in 2009. 

Crian Soft release B.A.D. (Battle Armor Division)

"B.A.D is an intense and enjoyable Shoote'em up game that captures the feeling of controlling a mass-produced humanoid robot (Battle Armor) piloted by a single soldier while keeping the realistic fast-paced action in a dramatic large scale conflict, from various Factions of Earth and Mars."

For more details or to buy the game, visit the Official Website.

B.A.D. Demo Download

McGuffin's Curse - Latest Screenshots

Latest screens from Brawsome's "McGuffin's Curse":

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Word Play v1.3 is now available

Changes in this updated version include:
  • Support for Windows Vista and Windows 7
  • Some updated sound effects, for a more modern sound
  • Over 230 new phrases for Puzzle Mode
  • Updated the registration system to deliver the full version as a separate download, just like all of my other games 
Word Play is available for Windows for $9.99 USD.

You can download the updated trial version of Word Play from:

For more information about Word Play, visit the game's page:

Competition to win Starpoint Gemini

I've launched a competition to win LGM's Starpoint Gemini over at

Click here for details.

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Monday, 23 May 2011

Epic Pixel Releases First Game

Just trawling through my email and realised I missed this one - sorry!

Indie developer’s first release: Grow

San Francisco, California - April 30, 2011 - Epic Pixel’s maiden voyage, Grow, is a beautiful eat ‘em up that is easy to pick up and play.  Nick Sha, Epic Pixel’s co-founder said, “With our first release, we wanted to show that Android games can be fun to play, and also have the look and feel of a well polished game.”

In this aquatic adventure, you start off as a tiny egg in a cramped jar, and escape into the open sea. Devour your way through 64 levels and 7 stunning environments to reach the top of the food chain. You’ll encounter dangerous fishes and helpful power-ups to aid you through your journey.  Collect coins to upgrade power-ups in the shop, then test your skills in survival mode, where endless hours of replay and online leader board awaits.  

  • 64 levels with 7 stunning environments
  • 7 endless survival levels with global leader board
  • Intuitive on-screen virtual joystick with multi-touch support
  • Dynamic fishes and variable sizes offers a different experience every play
  • Five unique power-ups with 17 upgrades to unlock
  • Six types of enemies with unique behaviors
  • Exclusively for Android


  • Full Version
  • Free Version
Grow Screenshots:


About Epic Pixel

Epic Pixel was newly founded in 2011.  This small indie game studio is made up of two brothers who have left their cushy day jobs at fortune 500 companies to pursue their childhood dreams of making games. The mission at Epic Pixel is simple, make great games and share it with the world.