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Thursday, 28 February 2013

New Star Soccer at the BAFTAs

New Star Soccer has been nominated in two categories for the 201 BAFTA Awards - Mobile/Handheld and Sport/Fitness.  Big congrats to Simon of New Star Software for representing the indies at these prestigious awards!

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 Discover the truth behind the Myth of Atlantis in Ironsun Studios’Beautiful Steampunk Adventure
Lichfield, United Kingdom – February 28th, 2013 – Indie micro studio Ironsun Studios  today announced the launch of the Kickstarter campaign for Fathom, a 2.5D action adventure game that combines puzzle solving with combat and exploration in a beautiful neo-gothic Steampunk adventure. The official Kickstarter campaign for Fathom has now gone live at until March 29th and is targeting a funding goal of £120,000.00.

“At Ironsun, we are massive fans of Steampunk and feel that this sub-genre has been completely underused in today’s world of interactive entertainment” said Managing Director, Paul Kelly of Ironsun Studios, “Fathom mixes the myth of the lost city of Atlantis, the worlds of underwater exploration and combat with puzzle solving as players journey deep in the
waters of the Caribbean sea, visiting ancient ruins and beautiful caverns in an awe-inspiring beautiful 2.5D world”.
In Fathom you play as Nathaniel Lockhart, a shipwrecked Victorian adventurer of the 1870’s who is lost at sea in the Caribbean. Lockhart has no memories of the events surrounding the shipwreck, but has visions of a mysterious design for an underwater craft called the Bathysphere and recurring nightmares of a violent attack on the vessel that led to the shipwreck.
Obsessed with the idea that this is the only way to find answers to the mystery, Lockhart pools his resources to build the machine and mounts an expedition back to the murky waters that haunt his every thought. Lockhart must build and master the mysterious underwater craft and ultimately take control of Atlantis, repairing the broken machines of the Atlanteans and solve their ancient puzzles to uncover the mystery.
Backers of the Fathom Kickstarter campaign will be rewarded with goods ranging from digital gifts, such as an exclusive in-game relic, to an ancient head stone rendered with the backers’ face, to a gameplay demo and awesome limited edition T-shirts and hoodies designed by the Fathom artists for a truly unique steam punk look.

About Ironsun Studios
Fathom is brought to you from exciting UK-based start-up, Ironsun Studios. Specialising in cutting-edge, fun and approachable games for mobile, console and the global web, Ironsun Studios developed unique gaming experiences from the ground-up, which take advantage of the latest development technologies.

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Reach Into the Past to Catch a Killer: Cognition Adventure Game Series Debuts Today for iPad

SAN JOSE, Calif. - February 28, 2013 - Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller, a supernatural adventure game series from indie developer Phoenix Online Studios, debuts today for iPad with Cognition Episode 1: The Hangman. This gripping psychological thriller can be downloaded from the App Store for the sale price of $3.99, a 20% savings off its regular $4.99 price:
Erica Reed is no ordinary FBI agent. She has a secret weapon when it comes to tracking a killer, an uncanny sixth sense that reveals flashes of the past so she can piece together how a crime went down. She's also grieving a devastating loss: the murder of her brother Scott, whom she tried and failed to save. Now a serial killer loose in Boston is leaving clues that only Erica, with her odd intuition, can decipher. As she struggles to control her increasingly erratic and frightening visions, how many more people must die before she can bring the killer to justice?
Each Cognition episode is a self-contained investigation into a unique serial killer that also advances Erica's story and brings her closer to avenging Scott's murder. With traditional "point and click" gameplay, stylized graphic novel artwork and cutscenes, and an intuitive interface optimized for iPad, this modern adventure is a must-have for fans of mystery games like Gabriel Knight, interactive narratives like Heavy Rain or The Walking Dead: The Game, supernatural serials like TV's FringeCSI-style crime dramas, or all of the above.
Phoenix Online Studios, the independent team behind Cognition, are lifelong adventure fans who got their start with the ambitious King's Quest spin-off The Silver LiningCognition also bears the mark of veteran adventure game designer Jane Jensen (creator of Gabriel KnightGray Matter, and the upcomingMoebius), who is serving as a story consultant on the series.
In addition to today's iPad release, two episodes of Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller are available so far for PC and Mac. To learn more about the series, visit the official website at
About Phoenix Online Studios
Phoenix Online Studios is a game development company dedicated to making compelling, cutting-edge, and generally awesome adventure games. Established in 2004, Phoenix began as a group of King's Questfans from around the world that came together to create an unofficial sequel to the series. The resulting project, The Silver Lining, earned widespread community support and withstood two cease-and-desist orders to become one of the most ambitious fan projects ever made. After completing four Silver Liningepisodes, the team shifted their focus to commercial projects with Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller.Cognition debuted in October 2012 and is currently releasing episodically for PC, Mac, and iPad. More information about Phoenix Online Studios can be found on the company's website,
About Jane Jensen
Jane Jensen is an internationally renowned writer and game designer with 20 years of experience in the game industry. Her Gabriel Knight adventure games, developed at Sierra On-Line in the 1990s, won numerous awards and continue to be fan favorites. In 2003, Jane co-founded Oberon Media and went on to design best-selling casual games such as Deadtime StoriesWomen's Murder Club, and Dying for Daylight. Her newest adventure game, Gray Matter, came out in November 2010. In 2012 she launched her own game studio, Pinkerton Road ( She is currently working on two adventure games while also serving as story consultant on Phoenix Online Studios' episodic seriesCognition: An Erica Reed Thriller.

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Tuesday, 26 February 2013

New Blackwell game in development

Wadjet Eye founder Dave Gilbert is hard at work on the next installment of his Blackwell mystery series: Blackwell Epiphany. In snow-blanketed New York City, spirit medium Rosa Blackwell and her spectral sidekick Joey Malone team up against a malevolent force willing to rip apart a person's very soul to get what it wants. That's all we can say for now, but stay tuned, because Blackwell Epiphany promises to be the series' darkest and most exciting adventure yet!

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Gemini Rue is coming to iPhone / iPad this spring

This IGF winner Gemini Rue from developer Joshua Nuernberger was a breakout hit when it debuted in 2011, picking up an IGN Editor's Choice Award among other accolades. Now it's going to be Wadjet Eye's first ever App Store release! The interface has been tweaked for maximum comfort on iOS devices, but the game itself is the same gritty sci-fi/noir thriller that's wowed PC gamers for the past two years.

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Musaic Box HD for iPad, Excellence in Design IGF Winner, Out Now on iOS

Kaliningrad, Russian Federation - KranX Productions, game developer and award winner on the IGF and the Russian Game Developers Conference, is happy to announce the release of the game Musaic Box HD 1.1 for iPad.

Musaic Box won Excellence in Design Award at Independent Games Festival, which took place at Game Developers Conference 2009 in San Francisco, for creating a unique blend of puzzles and music in one game. Captivating gameplay allows the player to take part in the composition of musical masterpieces in the classical and folk genres simply by tapping the screen.

In Musaic Box, you compose famous melodies from fragments played by different musicians. You don't need an ear for music to play the game, and it's suitable for all ages. A one-of-a-kind puzzle game about music, Musaic Box allows anyone to contribute to the creation of the greatest masterpieces of classical music and folk melodies.

By solving every melody as a geometric puzzle or reconstructing melodies by ear, you will not only complete the game but also revel in all the timeless musical masterpieces!

Feature Highlights:
* 27 universally recognizable melodies
* High quality graphics optimized for the Retina display
* Different ways of solving every melody
* 5 rooms with Hidden Object elements, in which you can find clues to solve the more difficult melodies

Musaic Box Awards and Nominations:
* Excellence in Design Award Independent Games Festival 2009
* Excellence in Audio Nomination Independent Games Festival 2009
* Best Casual Game Russian Game Developer's Conference 2009

Language Support:
English, French, German, Russian, Spanish

Device Requirements:
* Requires iPad with iOS 4.3 or later
* 10.8 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Musaic Box HD 1.1 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.

KranX Productions:
Musaic Box HD 1.1:
Download from iTunes:
Independent Games Festival Finalists and Winners:

KranX Productions was founded in 2004 with an emphasis on producing and developing innovative game products for modern platforms. KranX team and its game projects were nominated for a plenty of industrial awards. Andrey Kuzmin, CEO and founder, personally was awarded Industry Acknowledgment Prize at Russian Game Developer's Conference KRI 2008. Company's flagman project today, multiplayer online 3D game service King's Bounty: Legions has been launched on several platforms including Facebook, iPad, Android, Amazon Kindle, and consolidates gamers all over the world in one game universe. 

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Asylum achieves Kickstarter goal, expansion announced and preview video released

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – February 26, 2013 – The latest in a series of successful Kickstarter adventure game campaigns, already Greenlit psychological horror adventure Asylum achieved its funding goal of $100,666 over the weekend. With this, Senscape intend to bring Asylum to completion and release it before the year’s end.

With only 48 hours to go, Senscape are aiming for a number of exciting stretch goals that combine their own ideas and requests from the community, including versions of Asylum for iPad, OUYA, and Oculus Rift virtual reality support.

The final stretch goal of $166,666 is a complete rework of Asylum dubbed Memories, featuring a brand new story that returns players to the haunted asylum in broad daylight, which is intended to be distributed as an expansion in 2014 and will be given for free to every backer who pledged $15 and above.

“Whereas the original game is gritty, dark and oppressive, the additional content will be dreamy, melancholic and beautiful,” says Agustín Cordes, lead designer and founder. “Fans of Scratches will feel right at home with its similar atmosphere of decaying beauty and sadness.”

A preview video of the intended Asylum: Memories expansion is available here:

“Backer Spotlight” preview video
Often perceived as the spiritual sequel to sleeper cult hit Scratches by Agustín Cordes, Asylum received immediate and widespread support from adventure and horror game fans from all over the world. They were joined by many Linux enthusiasts upon last week’s open-sourcing of the Dagonengine, which is specially geared toward adventure game development and was originally created for Asylum.

Much in line with their mission to focus on the community, Senscape launched the “Backer Spotlight” initiative that gives fans a chance to tell their own story, to be featured in the upcoming “A Tour of Hanwell” documentary. Video clips of many different themes and moods have been received in which fans talk about why they love adventure and horror games, what they like about Asylum, and a diversity of other things related. 

The Asylum “Backer Spotlight” preview video is available here:

Kickstarter project:
Kickstarter video: 
Asylum: Memories preview video download:
Short demo: 
Steam Greenlight page:

About Asylum
In Asylum, you set out on a chilling journey through the intricate floors of the Hanwell Mental Institute, which has seen unimaginable atrocities in the past. Decay surrounds you; dread awaits you around every corner. As you traverse the endless corridors of the Asylum, a disconcerting feeling of imprisonment creeps up on you…

Asylum is the upcoming psychological horror adventure game inspired by H.P. Lovecraft, set in a massive mental institute that is far past its prime. Over four years in production, it aims to marry cutting edge visuals with thrilling storytelling to give players the ultimate experience of fear. 

Key features include:
Mature and disturbing horror storyline that will haunt players for years to come
Over 15 hours of terrorizing gameplay
Around 100 rooms to explore in breathtaking detail
High definition graphics that remain sharp on the largest monitors
One of the biggest virtual buildings ever created for a game
Voice-acting by industry veteran Josh Mandel

For more information, please visit

About Dagon
Dagon is a game engine developed by Senscape especially tailored for adventure games and based on open technologies. Featuring a deceptively simple scripting language, blazing fast performance and high portability supporting Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X, the project aims to become a reference of the genre. This is also the backbone of the upcoming Asylum horror adventure. Dagon is free to use and open-source. For more information, visit

About Senscape
Senscape was founded in 2010 by Agustín Cordes, designer of the award-winning Scratches adventure game. Based in Argentina, it aims to become a key company of independently developed videogames and in particular the adventure genre. To achieve this, Agustín has assembled an outstanding team of professionals hailing from many different industries and committed to bring only the best quality to its works. Senscape aims to merge technical prowess with compelling stories that provide rewarding and unforgettable experiences. For more information, please visit:

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Ursine Paw introduces Evil In Trouble 1.0 for iOS: New Puzzle Platformer

Ulyanovsk, Russian Federation - Ursine Paw today is proud to announce the release of Evil In Trouble, their new puzzle-platformer that is sure to challenge your gumption. Evil In Trouble 1.0.0 is a game where you can help the little devil Desmond travel through portals in search of his home.

Featuring easy and intuitive controls, players can forget screen joysticks, buttons and all that. Just tap on desired point of level and Desmond would come this point (if it is possible, of course). Requiring thinking and the ability to solve puzzles, real puzzle-genre lovers should enjoy the successful completion of levels. There is an option to see the solution, or skip a level if you get stuck. "Evil In Trouble" offers nice graphics with a cute character, who travels through many different locations, including a forest, swamps, dark cave and volcano.

* Easy and intuitive controls
* A cute character who needs your help
* Nice graphics
* Different levels, challenge your gumption

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
* iOS 5.0 or later
* 38.8 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Evil In Trouble 1.0.0 is $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.

  • Purchase and Download (iOS) 
  • Purchase and Download (Google Play) 
  • Purchase and Download (Blackberry) 

Ulyanovsk, Russian Federation, Ursine Paw is a two-man indie team established in 2011. Our goal is development of addictive, interesting games for mobile platforms (currently iOS/Android/Blackberry).

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Rock Run Free Game for iPhone, iPod and iPad Released

Burnley, United Kingdom - UK-based husband and wife team, Gigabyte Solutions Ltd, introduce their first indie game called, Rock Run 1.12, for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Rock Run is a classic arcade game in designed to keep you coming back for just one more go.

Welcome to the worlds first endless Rock Runner. You've run through temples, doodle jumped your way to the skies, but can you 'reach for the stars' on the biggest challenge of them all, Rock Run?

The goals in Rock Run are simple, compete with your friends and the world to:
* Get the highest score
* Reach the highest distance
* Get the longest continuous star trail
* Get the highest star multiplier

Rock Run is a classic arcade game with simple game mechanics that have been crafted to perfection to keep you coming back for one more go. For every 10 stars you collect in sequence, your score multiplier increases. The higher the multiplier the greater your score and the greater the pressure to keep going without making a mistake.

Use the stars you collect to upgrade your ship and increase your scores even more. Every achievement you unlock also increases your score multiplier, so keep playing to climb the ladder of success.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone 3GS/4/4S/5, iPod touch (3rd/4th/5th generation), and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.2 or later
* Universal app optimized for display on all iOS devices
* 68.9 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Rock Run 1.12 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.

Download from iTunes:

Located in Burnley, United Kingdom based Gigabyte Solutions Ltd is a small indie game and app developer. The company was established in 1995 by Stephen and Jacqui Eddy as a husband and wife Team. Gigabyte Solutions is a leading developer of innovative mobile applications. The company has a wide variety of successful products in the App Store in the Entertainment, Lifestyle, Utilities and Productivity categories as well as many Award Winning Pocket PC applications. The Talking Monkey app from Gigabyte Solutions recently featured in the major motion picture, This is 40. 

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The Banner Saga: Factions is open to the public

The eagerly-awaited online multiplayer strategy game The Banner Saga: Factions by Stoic has now been released to the general public for PC and Mac.  It's completely free to play.  The first official tournament will be starting tomorrow!

The single-player campaign is being worked on intensively in the meantime.  The Banner Saga: Factions is available from Steam.

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Saturday, 23 February 2013

Guns of Icarus New Trailer, Linux Support, and 66% Off

Guns of Icarus Online for New Trailer, Linux, and Daily Deal on Steam
100% In Game Footage Trailer, Ubuntu 12.04 Support, and 66% Off Until Saturday.

Feb 22, 2013 –  Muse Games' Guns of Icarus Online (, the co-operative airship combat game, is very excited to announce Linux support for the Steam platform. To commemorate this important platform expansion they've released a new trailer and set up a 66% off opportunity as the Steam Daily Deal. There's never been a better chance to take to the skies and conquer your foes! ]

Guns of Icarus Online is the first co-operative airship combat game mixing together first-person shooter action with team-based strategy. Up to four people will crew a ship, taking on one of the key roles of Captain, Gunner, or Engineer joining a team and fighting against other ships above the post-apocalyptic waste. In Guns of Icarus Online, it will take teamwork and tactics to dominate the skies. More information at and on Steam at
The entire Muse Games team will be available at PAX East's Indie Mega Booth March 22-24 in Boston, MA. Come stop by, win cool swag, try your hand at the game, and meet the developers!

Muse Games is an NYC based company dedicated to delivering high quality Unity products to Mac, PC, and web browsers.  Their flagship products, CreaVures and Guns of Icarus Online, are available on Steam as well as their own website. Muse Games also offers completely free Unity games playable from your web browser at their site.  Find out more at

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Friday, 22 February 2013

Starpires Space Strategy MMO, Reaches 50k Players

Seattle, WA -- February 19, 2012 -- Starpires ( a space-themed strategy MMO has reached 50k total signups, with 20k players active within the past month. 

A turn-based game, Starpires combines many elements of “old school” strategy games with social features to create an engaging game play experience that appeals to both hard-core and casual gamers. Players create their galactic empire, build military forces and do battle with each other through a variety of attacks and covert operations. 

Initially launched in August 2011, growth has recently surged due to increased promotion on Facebook. According to Bad Pug Games CEO, Matt Heaton, virtual good sales within the game have generated revenue per active player at the upper end of the spectrum for the industry. Player retention has been very good, with a large number of the original players still active. This is expected to improve as additional game instances are launched next month. 

For additional information on Starpires, visit 

About Bad Pug Games Bad Pug Games is an independent game design studio based in Bothell, WA. 

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Coming Soon … Avadon 2: The Corruption, Fantasy RPG for Windows, Mac, iPad.

February 21, 2013 - Spiderweb Software, Inc. announced today the upcoming release of Avadon 2: The Corruption, an all-new, indie fantasy role-playing game and the second title in their hit Avadon Trilogy. Return to Avadon, the dread Black Fortress. You are a spy and warrior, fighting the foes of your homeland. As a servant of the Black Fortress, your power is great and your word is law, but you will need all of your skill and cunning to end the civil war that is tearing your land apart.

You are an agent of Avadon. The Black Fortress. Your job is to protect your homeland from the limitless threats that surround it. Titans and monsters. Pirates and barbarians. Avadon must keep them weak and divided. Your resources are unlimited, and all must obey you.

But then Avadon was attacked. A sneak raid shattered the fortress, and, with it unable to keep order, madness resulted. Civil war, barbarian raids, even conspiracies to destroy your people. Avadon’s power has faded, but your people need it more than ever.

Everything is falling apart, and a shadowy power has risen to destroy your homeland. What will you do? Will you fight your enemies? Or will you join them and end Avadon’s power once and for all? The choice is yours!

Avadon 2: The Corruption is an epic fantasy role-playing adventure in an enormous and unique world. You can choose from five different character classes, each with dozens of unique spells and abilities. Explore cunning dungeons, hunt for hundreds of magical artifacts, and travel through an enormous world, full of secrets. Avadon 2 features many different endings. Save your people, or betray them. The choice is yours! Avadon 2 will be released for Windows, Macintosh, and the iPad in Fall, 2013.

Avadon 2 Screenshots:

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Catch the thief! The Election Thief! Full Game of Election Available for Android

Nairobi, Kenya - February 21, 2013 - Games developers "University of Games" is proud to announce the release of "Election Thief" now available on Google Play and Amazon App Store. 

The game is centred on Omu, the ordinary citizen who is hell bent on tracking down the Election Thief. The player controls the character from platform to platform in pursuit of the fleeing bad guy who has stolen the votes during the elections. 

The game has colourful environments that you’ll never get tired of seeing. In the full game, there is a variety of colourful and beautiful wall graffiti. The game also has a compelling story with a dramatic conclusion. There are a total of 75 exciting levels grouped into 15 chapters each with various rewards on their completion. The game's level of challenge progresses as you move through the 75 levels. Solve puzzles, balance on slippery floors, battle raging winds, avoid dangerous hazards like razor-wire, dodge your way through powerful opponents hired by the evil Election Thief, dodge their machetes, spears and boulders hurled at you… Lucky for you there is practise mode where you can practice the game play of a particular level before playing it in story mode. There is additional cool music done by Slumdawg, a hip-hop artiste. Unlock different badges that you can brag about on social media. Share with the world various massages of peace spoken by our election hero, Omu. 

With the immersive story, addictive game-play, beautiful and challenging levels, Election Thief is the perfect game to satisfy any casual gamer with an appetite for action and solving puzzles in this platform game. 

Election thief is available as Free download from here: 

Google Play App Store 



More info 

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Action RPG West Legends available on iOS

21st February, 2013 - Singapore - Independent development Studio Axion Logic is excited to announce their action RPG, West Legends is now available from the iTunes store for iPhone and iPad.  Adventure across the West in a gorgeous hand drawn manga art style, upgrading skills and equipment to battle treacherous foes in an all new adventure!  The game is currently available on iTunes for $2.99, or the currency equivalent.

Adventure onward! Battle formidable foes with intense skill combos and tactical moves, strategically upgrading skills and weapons in an action RPG like no other. Play a party of up to four unique characters with their own wide variety of weapons, armor, accessories and unique skills as they level up battling waves of monsters in real time. Players will have to tactfully mix and match the varied skills of their characters to control the battlefield and defeat hordes of enemies and gigantic bosses. Loosely based on the famous Chinese classic novel Journey to the West, players will venture onward through treacherous landscapes filled with hostile monsters to find the ultimate adventure. Victory is yours!


• Hundreds of hand drawn high resolution animation frames in manga art style designed for retina display and iPad

• Choose from over 100+ weapons, swords, items, spells, armor, gear and loot for deep levels of customization

• 12 original composed soundtracks and immersive sound effects

• Traverse across 4 distinct worlds; through desert wastelands, lush forests, erupting volcano lands and ancient cities

• Fight Boss characters and enlist 3 of them to your party  

• Mix and match the active and passive skills to control the battles: Damage all nearby enemies with Goku’s Wind and Fire Spin, Stun them with Pigsy’s Love Charm or simply heal allies with Sanzo’s Phoenix Aura

• Comic strip style storytelling with a gripping plot filled with action and humor.

West Legends allows the player to turn enemies into allies once they have been defeated.  As the list of allies grows, the player will be able to choose the four characters they will have in their squad to continue the journey.  “We’re currently working towards adding in even more enemies that can be transformed into allies and join the game,” says lead developer Andy Lee.  “The extra characters and content will be added at no extra charge to the player.  We want players to have a fun, memorable experience with no in-game purchases.  West Legends was intended to be an all inclusive game that has everything you could ever want from an action RPG.”

The game is currently available on iTunes for $2.99 or currency equivalent.  

West Legends Trailer:

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Indie team behind acclaimed King's Quest and Quest for Glory remakes turns to Kickstarter for Mage's Initiation adventure/RPG

This morning Himalaya Studios launched a $65k crowd-funding campaign for Mage's Initiation, an adventure/RPG hybrid that combines old-school nostalgia with indie ingenuity.

Kickstarter Page

The Game: An Old-School Adventure / RPG Hybrid
Sixteen-year-old D'arc has spent most of his life training in the elemental arts, in hopes of becoming a respected Mage of Iginor. Now he must prove himself by succeeding in three tasks around the perilous Iginor countryside. With the storytelling and puzzle solving of an adventure game and the customization and stat building of an RPG, Mage's Initiation is a unique hybrid that will be experienced differently by everyone who plays it.

Just to get your enthusiasm engaged (if it isn't already, I mean) - here are some early screenshots:

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