Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Empyrion - Galactic Survival

LONDON, UK - September 29, 2014 - Eleon Game Studios has released the first pre-alpha gameplay trailer for its upcoming game “Empyrion - Galactic Survival”.



Empyrion - Galactic Survival is a 3D free roaming, space survival adventure in which you can fly across space and land on planets. Build, explore, fight and survive in a hostile galaxy full of hidden dangers. The game is unique because it combines elements from space simulations, construction games, survival games and ego-shooters. Empyrion is an unusual blend between Eve Online, Space Engineers, Minecraft, Rust and Halo - all in one package!

Game features:
* Space and planet exploration (a real free roaming experience!)
* Resource gathering and survival
* Building of spaceships and bases, extensive crafting system
* Space and land combats
* Single, multiplayer and co-operative
* Huge procedural galaxy and open world

Kickstarter campaign and Steam Greenlight launch: Oct 2014
Release date: March 2015 (Alpha - early access), Dec 2015 (final release)
Platform: Windows PC

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ABOUT Eleon Game Studios:
Eleon Game Studios is an independent game studio based in London (UK) and Rastatt (Germany). We are professionals of game and/or software development where the average team member has more than 10 years of industry experience.



Empyrion Screenshots:







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Neon Battleground - online multiplayer shooter for iOS, Android and WP8

A small indie game studio calling themselves Beetleplay (actually made up of two brothers) have recently released Neon Battleground, an online multiplayer shooter for handheld devices running iOS, Android or Windows 8.  Players can challenge each other across platforms.

"Real people from around the world, a lot of ships with unique abilities and different maps. In the battles you will earn coins and experience and will be able to upgrade your ship or buy boosters at the start of each round."

Check out the Official Website for details and store links.  The game is free to play with in-app purchases available.  (Screenshots below are from the iPad version.)









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Saturday, 27 September 2014

THE SACRED TEARS TRUE DEBUTS ON STEAM

Nyu Media is delighted to announce that the doujin JRPG The Sacred Tears TRUE made its English language debut on 25th September 2014 on Steam for PC (Windows), priced only $9.99.



THE CITY ADVENTURE IS HERE! 
The Sacred Tears TRUE is a doujin RPG that blends the best of the JRPG genre with innovative and fun game elements, plus high quality art and music in one honest-to-goodness gem of a game. 


(If like me you had no idea what a "doujin" RPG is, it seems to refer to something that's been self-published.)



Overview: 
Seil and his childhood friend Seana are neophyte thieves in the Thieves Guild of Genoseed City. By day they work at their private investigation agency, “Millionaire”; by night they undertake missions across the city on behalf of the Thieves Guild. Sacred Tears TRUE is the story of these young thieves and their pursuit of dreams and adventure. 

Sacred Tears TRUE brings both traditional JRPG elements and fresh and unique features such as a deceptively simple but deep card battle system, redistributable skill points, graphics by Takashi KONNO (Shichinin no Bukiya), and music by Hiroyuki Ojima (Accel WorldWhen They Cry anime) and Shimotsuki Haruka (Atelier Iris, Ace Attorney Orchestral Performance

Each of the 48 chapters in Sacred Tears TRUE comprises of a single mission or case. Each chapter is a standalone episode, but as the game progresses, the world and characters are further explored and the main dramatic story arc plays out. 


Features:

  • Quite simply one of the best ever doujin RPG and a must-have for any JRPG fan!
  • Fresh and engaging characters, stories, and drama – from comedy to romance to political intrigue.
  • Traditional and new JRPG features, including a unique card battle system, redistributable skill points, and multiway system!
  • Outstanding replay value: 24 main story chapters and 24 side chapters!
  • Chapter (5–30 mins each) format for easy play!
  • A treasure trove of beautiful, high quality character art by Takashi KONNO!
  • An exceptional original soundtrack by Ojima Hiroyuki & Shimotsuki Haruka!



About Nyu Media, Ltd.
Nyu Media, Ltd. is the world's leading localizer and publisher of independent Japanese video games. By combining high quality localizations, broad distribution and accessible price points, Nyu Media enables global gamers to fully enjoy excellent indie titles as well as support the indie game development in Japan.



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The Apotheosis Project - Trailer

A trailer has been launched of Midian Design's latest adventure game, The Apotheosis Project, to be published by Screen7:



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Outland 17: Void of Liberty

I've heard of Steampunk and Dieselpunk but this on describes itself as "Colonialpunk"!

Outland 17: Void of Liberty is a turn-based tactical RPG designed to be accessible for casual gamers but enjoyable for the hardcore community.  It features open-ended character progression, choices that have a genuine impact on what happens in the game, and an epic sci-fi music score.   

Check out the trailer and screenshots below.  The team developing Outland 17 are currently seeking support on the Square Enix Collective - if you like the look of it head over to this page and click on the "YES" button!







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Schein Steam Release Announcement

Vienna, Austria, September 26th, 2014 – Announcing Schein to be released on Steam

Full steam ahead! Having just recently made it through Greenlight, Schein is now cruising towards Steam, to be released on October 10th 2014. Schein will be available in four languages, with French and Spanish localization newly added.


This release date was timed to coincide with the beginning of the Game City expo in Vienna, which for the first time ever will host an Indie Game Area. Among seven gorgeous game studios from all over Austria and Germany, Zeppelin Studio will once again be presenting its award winning pilot project to the public. (October 10-12, Free entry!)

Apart from that Schein is competing in the Content Award Vienna 2014. You can help by voting on award.scheingame.com until October 1st (Here is a beautiful 3-step instruction sheet on how to vote.)
                         
                                       
About Schein
Schein is a challenging puzzle platformer that tells the story of a desperate man, who ventures forth into the mystical swamp in search of his missing son. As he gets lost in the darkness, a wisp appears that offers him help, guidance, and its magical power: A light that changes the world. Use this mighty power and your wits to unveil new dimensions, defeat deadly beasts, solve tricky puzzles and uncover hidden paths through the murky swamp.




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Stardale - An upcoming open world/open space 2d procedural game for PC/PS4/Mac/Linux

Forge your name into the history of a procedural generated universe where planets and star systems are shaped by players actions.




Explore, forge, fight mobs and bosses, get amazing treasure, fly through space in an open procedurally generated environment.  

Check out the Kickstarter Page for more info / to back Stardale.


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Legena: Classic 16-Bit Inspired RPG Gameplay with New Twists

Legena: Union Tides  is a modern take on the classic 16-Bit turn-based Role Playing Game with new features including Weather Changing and the Skill Equipping.

Check out the trailer below... 



You play Tetiro Aceus and Atesan Turwin as they travel across the seas of Dynol and the desert of Vesira in hopes to solve the great mystery of the Narrator, a childhood monster that was thought to be a legend. You will meet a cast of one-of-a-kind heroes and villains in your journey to solve mysteries.


Explore the world and its intriguing towns and dungeons battling enemies and evolving your characters as you progress through the story!




Features:
-Defeat your foes in a dynamic turn-based combat system
-Use power spells by equipping feathers
-Harness the power of the weather to give your allies a great advantage
-Make choices that have an impact on the friends and foes around you
-Increase the difficulty of the playthrough with the difficulty grid
-A classic dark 16-bit RPG feel





Release Date: Fall 2015
Price: $5
Platform: PC / Android / OUYA / GameStick (Xbox ONE, PlayStation 3/4/Vita, Linux, Mac and iOS pending)


Legena is currently running a Kickstarter Campaign with a very modest funding goal.



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The Banner Saga Game Engine Licensed for New Title “BEDLAM”

Austin, USA -- September 25th, 2014 -- Stoic announced today that Skyshine Games has licensed its proprietary game engine built for PC smash-hit and Geekie Award Winner, The Banner Saga to create BEDLAM, a role-playing turn-based strategy game with rogue-like elements and an epic storyline, which launched its Kickstarter campaign today. 


(Edit - 2 days on, this fundraiser seems to have got off to a tremendous start, with nearly $40K raised and almost 1,500 backers already.)

“Stoic is excited to support BEDLAM with our engine and eager to see what Skyshine Games can do with it. We love the concept of the game and are happy that some of the ground that we broke with The Banner Saga is now going to contribute to another great project”, said John Watson from Stoic.

“The Banner Saga Engine and Tools have allowed us to hit the ground running, giving us a lot of flexibility in realizing the unique vision for our own game.  Stoic has been an enormous support for us with BEDLAM and as a fellow independent developer, they have provided us with invaluable knowledge gained from their own successful experience.  Skyshine Games could not have asked for a better partnership and we hope it continues for a very long time”, said John Mueller from Skyshine Games.

The Banner Saga, which recently had a price move to $19.99 is currently in the final stages of development for release on mobile later this month. Bedlam which kicked off it’s Kickstarter campaign today is scheduled for release in 2015.


About Stoic
Stoic is an independent game developer based out of Austin, Texas, formed in early 2012, dedicated to making great games that are artful, independent and unique.  The studio recently received the “Most Promising Start-up” award at the Gamesindustry.biz Innovation Awards and have received several awards, nominations and achievements in Art, Game Design and Music for their work on The Banner Saga, including the Geekie Awards 2014, Best Inidie Game.  The game is currently available for PC, Mac and Linux.  The Banner Saga™ and The Banner Saga: Factions™ content is used by permission. http://stoicstudio.com/ © Stoic LLC. 2012-2012 All rights reserved.

About BEDLAM
Centuries in the future, mankind’s quantum advancements have been inevitably overcome by consumerism, greed and war.  The resulting catastrophic clash of beliefs and scientific fusions have ravaged the planet, leaving most of the planet a toxic snarl of scorched earth called Bedlam. The colossal megatropolis of Byzantine is one of the few remaining bastions of civilization and it is here where the game BEDLAM begins. As the last remaining Mechanic and pilot of Boneshaker, the colossal Dozer with its ten-thousand ton engines, players are responsible for transporting passengers through the vast expanse of desolation that surrounds Byzantine, to Aztec City, the supposed utopia beyond the barren divide. By gathering a motley crew of humans, mutants, robots, cyborgs and other creatures, players can send their soldiers into battle or other areas to explore, gathering valuable items, information and other recruits to help them overcome the various perils encountered during their journey. Powerful weapons and technologies will be discovered and when equipped, give the player access to devastating attacks during battle or even the ability to cheat death, resurrecting their favorite lost soldiers. Grab the wheel Mechanic! Assemble your crew and off to hell you go!  Protect your passengers at all cost, you only get paid if you’re alive!

About BEDLAM Kickstarter
Skyshine Games is seeking to secure $130,000 to supplement the development of BEDLAM and allow for a very high level of production quality. For more information about BEDLAM, and to contribute to the Kickstarter, visit:http://www.gobedlam.com



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Spy Chameleon on Nintendo WiiU & First Screenshots

Don't let the cartoon visuals fool you. Being a RGB Agent requires some good skills.

Spy Chameleon RGB Agent is an arcade-puzzle game where the player needs to avoid being spotted thanks to the color-changing mechanisms of the main character.

Across 5 crazy missions and 75 levels the player will discover different enemies and mechanics in order to complete super secret missions only achievable by a RGB Agent: taking pics of a celebrity and her lover at her bedroom or getting the secret formula of a famous drink company are only some examples.

Observe the moves of your enemies, choose the right path and start running to the next safe spot. The length of the levels make this game perfect to spend a few minutes completing some levels or hours finishing missions and getting all the challenges, speed-running through the game or getting all the achievements.



Game features:
- change colour to blend with the environment
- 75 challenging levels. The difficulty increases as you learn the mechanics
- 3 challenges in each level: pick collectibles and beat time
- a mix of good reflexes, timing and strategy
- play as a speed-runner and challenge your friends with the online rankings



About Unfinished Pixel

We are a young indie game developer studio based on Barcelona , formed by professionals with years of experience in big companies in the game industry.

But now we're chasing our dream : Build our own company and create the games we'd love to play :) 
We love making games and are completely opened to new ideas and suggestions for improvements at all levels.
We are constantly looking to innovate and grow in this new way for us.

Hope you join us in this amazing trip !!!


More information at http://www.unfinishedpixel.com/



About EnjoyUp Games

Innovative developer in the gaming industry, EnjoyUp Games born with a team with more than 15 years of experience on the entertainment sector and the idea of revolutionize the concept of video game, a young company with strong principle of contribute with new and fun game forms.

Our philosophy is create new products that give new sensations to the player. We have
achieved this with our ambitious and original project Chronos Twins, a game never seen were the action runs on two screens at once with a new concept of time.

With these projects, EnjoyUp achieve his short-term objectives. With a look on the future on new and fascinating challenges, becoming a promising studio on the video game sector.



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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Comrade, we must Ride For Mother Russia (Now for the Iphone)

ENTER THE COLD WORLD OF MOTHER RUSSIA AND RACE YOUR WAY TO THE KREMLIN

We all have an image in mind when we think of Soviet-era Russia; Cold and harsh winters, The Perestroika, food rationings, The Cold War and lots and lots of Vodka. But have you ever thought of all the amazing cars that era has produced?

Discover the cold world of Moscow's surroundings and get to choose from many different Soviet vehicles, all reminiscent and representative of a time that's part of Russia's long history.

Step into your oldschool Soviet Union vehicle and race your way to Mother Russia to make it in time for Gorbatsjov's private party in The Kremlin. Download this game now!

Ride for Mother Russia is a challenging endless runner that increases its difficulty quickly. The player needs to consider obstacles on the road and in the sky in order to get his/her highscore. With the highscore(s) also money is obtained which allows the player to purchase other oldschool vehicles. The goal of this game is to bring you back to the good old days of consoling whenever you have a few minutes to spare.


Ride For Mother Russia is now available for FREE in the Apple Appstore for the iPhone.


Summary of Ride For Mother Russia:

* FREE to play * Amazing oldschool 16bit graphics * Fun, fast and easy gameplay * Challenging levels and obstacles * Many different classic Soviet vehicles * Pickable items * Item store * Groovy music to adventure to * Regular updates with fun new levels & content * Easter eggs

Substeam - musical shooter now on Kickstarter

Substream is an aerial shooter with dynamic environments that morph and animate to music, and looped space causing enemies to appear in multiple positions at once.


Every level is inspired by a piece of music in a different genre, including tracks by celebrated indie game composers Souleye (VVVVVV soundtrack) and Tomáš Dvorák (Machinarium soundtrack). Substream's arcade-style gameplay is based around single-player survival and high score mechanics, but compared to many shooters Substream is rarely as stressful, and at times positively relaxing.





If you like the look of this, be sure to check out the Substream Kickstarter Campaign.





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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Fancy a bit of retro tennis action?

If you remember the old LCD handheld games, you may want to check out this one for the Android - called simply "Tennis Simulator".  Looks very retro!

You can get it - of course - on the GooglePlay Store.




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Stowaway - Indie Survival Horror Game

First, the creepy trailer:


Okay, now something about the game:

Stowaway is a Survival Horror game set to be released on PC.

It takes place on a Russian Nuclear Icebreaker out in the Arctic Circle.

You will explore the large metal bowls of this damaged vessel, using all the resources you can to survive. With limited power and the fuses blown, the ships lights and CCTV systems are mostly non-operational. You will have to rely on your lighter and flashlight for the most part. However some of the cameras and lights are running on backup power so your POD (Portable Observation Device) will come in useful, It will allow you to get glimpses at some of the other areas on the ship, maybe even some useful items, but will help you navigate if you ever get lost. There are still some crew aboard the ship, but they may not be so friendly.

The game is being made by Solar Gates Studio, a small 2 man development team based in the UK. The game has been in development from concept for about 6 months.



Links:


The game will be going into its funding period very soon when the playable alpha is released.  More news soon.



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Bugs vs. Aliens First Major Update Goes Live Thursday, September 25

DEBRECEN, HUNGARY – September 23, 2014 – Keemba Studios announces that its first iOS-exclusive indie title, Bugs vs. Aliens is getting a major update this Thursday, September 25th. The update comes with a bunch of improvements based on gaming site reviews, user feedbacks and an ingame survey – including refactored user interface, improved tutorial and straightforward purchase flow.

Bugs vs. Aliens is a 3D-action runner where players have to lead their team of Bug Heroes into battle and defeat alien invaders before they can achieve total victory! The game features a intelligent flocking character behaviour powered by physics and AI, that is highly unique to the genre. Bugs vs. Aliens offers 50+ score levels, 29 achievements and 10 leaderboards, backed by a high-score-driven team system and ingenious boosters.

Here is a short list of the refinements and fixes made:

   • Control scheme selection, improved tutorial experience
   • New character animations
   • Improved menu flow, "jelly" user interface with animated menus
   • Reaching all 29 Achievements directly from the Main Menu
   • Fixed video ad freezes
   • Price tags for all IAPs, straightforward purchases
   • Explanatory Buy Hero button
   • Overall user experience improvements

„It was a week after launch and we suddenly ran into Bugs vs. Aliens on the Chinese store front.” – said Jacint Tordai, to-be CEO and co-founder of Keemba Studios, the not-yet-established studio behind the game. The game got featured in the Best New Games section in China and got more than 100,000 downloads and a dozen of reviews in the first month. „To us it simply meant: we made it! We got tremendously excited.” – said Tordai.

Keemba Studios is delighted to retain the all-time rating average of the game at 4.2/5 and is now seeking to get exposure in the West as well. The studio is also looking to conquer the rest of the Chinese market, preparing to launch the Android version of the game later this fall.

Bugs vs. Aliens is now available for free in all App Store territories worldwide
The game offers In-App Purchases, including virtual currency packs, Bug Heroes, booster packs and revivals. It supports iPhone 4 and higher, iPad 2 and higher, iPod touch 4th gen and higher. Minimum OS requirements: iOS 6.

http://www.bugsvsaliens.com/ 
http://twitter.com/bugsvsaliens
http://facebook.com/bugsvsaliens

Keemba Studios is a new independent free-to-play game studio to be formed in Hungary. We are a small agile team of three and our inspired vision is to make top game titles for the global mobile audience. We have solid MMO backgrounds and relevant mobile cross-platform experience, developing 25 game projects on 9 platforms (16 mobile titles). We have been able to work with publishers, such as Gamepot, Namco Bandai, Aeria Games, Joyzone, Nival etc.


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Alien Tribe 2: Now available for the iPhone

Munich, Germany - Sep 23, 2014 - Ukando Software is happy to announce that Alien Tribe 2 is now available for the iPhone on the App Store worldwide. Alien Tribe 2 is a 4X space game that combines real-time strategy gameplay with tower defense combat in an open world universe.





Game Features:
- Discover new solar systems and start to colonize planets
- Build over 25 different stations, weapons or ships
- Play in real-time with objective-based unlocks
- Defend your space stations from enemy attacks
- Start mining asteroids and create supply networks
- Complete challenging missions and get rewards
- Randomly generate sandbox environment
- and much more...

Pricing and Availability:
Alien Tribe 2 for the iPhone is out now worldwide on the App Store. The game can be downloaded for a limited time at a reduced price of $1.99 (usually $4.99). 



ABOUT Ukando Software
Ukando Software is an independent game development studio from Germany and was founded in 2010. Ukando Software develops mobile games.



Tesla Breaks the World! Launching on Steam

You take on the role of Nikola Tesla: world's greatest inventor. No big burden right? When a snooping Thomas Edison accidentally damages your most recent invention, Tesla accidentally opens a quantum space tear. Oh dear. Now, you must set out across country, city and laboratory to confront your nemesis and fix this broken world! Blending challenging 2D platforming with puzzle solving, unlockable inventions, 1800's era-Undead and randomly generating level design... and Tesla is in for a bit of an adventure... 

ABOUT ARCHETYPE:

Archetype Global is a part-time indie developer who (thanks to 367 generous Kickstarter Backers) was able fund the development of Tesla Breaks the World! on our nights and weekends for the last 14 months. We're included a 2nd Steam key in case you would like to do a promotion or give-away (or if you just know a big Nikola Tesla fan). 


RELEASE DATE:
  • 09/26/2014
PLATFORMS:
  • PC, Mac, Linux

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That Which Sleeps - Indie Turn Based Strategy

Want to be an evil demon dude and destroy the world - but not too quickly or people will realise you're there and unite against you?  That's basically the idea behind turn-based strategy That Which Sleeps by indie studio King Dinosaur Games.

The player must use his agents and powers to manipulate a living and reactive world, however he must balance his actions - act too strongly or overtly and the heroes and nations of the world will band together in a grand alliance to defeat him before he has a chance to regain his power.  


For more on the game check out the IndieDB page, Steam Greenlight page and of course the all-important Kickstarter page.




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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Smugglers 5: Invasion Launches Oct 9

Sept 22nd 2014 – Niels Bauer Games is proud to announce Smugglers 5: Invasion, a standalone expansion for the space trading/combat game. Smugglers 5 will be available on their website and www.gog.com on Oct 9, 2014. It is also up for Greenlight voting on Steam.


Smugglers 5 is the fifth installment in the turn-based single-player space trading game series. Will you be a greedy trader, an ambitious fleet pilot or a ruthless pirate? Board enemy ships, manage factories, conquer star systems and forge your own galactic empire - ultimately, your actions will have an impact on a galactic scale.

The Invasion expansion adds a new alien race with new ships, new skills, new star systems, an improved combat system, improvements to the game graphics including screen resolution and much more. There are significantly more stories to explore in each new system, and full combat carriers with bombers, interceptors, and escort vessels.  With hundreds of different skills, many starting professions, and the ability to change the course of the war,Smugglers 5: Invasion is the turn based answer to every star captain's dream.



Smugglers 5: Invasion starts where the original game ended. After years of civil war, the Federation finally emerged victorious, crushing all rebel activity. The galaxy looked forward to a period of peace, a chance to repair the damage of a long and bitter war.

Then came the Jalkath, a new alien race. To the humans, they looked much like the tigers of Old Earth, and they soon proved themselves to be every bit as cunning and dangerous. The newcomers were swift and brutal in their assault, deploying terrifying weapons and subjugating entire systems before their victims even knew what was happening. The Federation has rallied a defense against the invaders, as both sides struggle for dominance.

Now, war has returned to the galaxy. For the right kind of captain, it’s a whole new chance for fame and fortune. Will you fight for the survival of your race? Trade and smuggle goods to make your fortune? Or play both sides against each other for your own profit?