Friday, 29 April 2016

InSomnia RPG


SAMARA, Russia – April 27, 2016 - Today InSomnia, a dystopian dieselpunk RPG, from indie developer Studio MONO, has returned to Kickstarter to secure the funds required to complete the game.
 


"It was no easy decision to return to Kickstarter. After evaluating the progress made on the project, thanks to the funds from our previous Kickstarter campaign and the over £100,000 we've spent out of our own pockets, we've got to a point where we need additional funding.  The money's for one final push to take the game past the current Prologue Chapter we have released to the public." said Anatoliy Guyduk, lead developer at Studio MONO.


"We switched from Ogre 3D to UE4, and are thrilled with the improvements in both the visuals and the performance of the game. The Prologue Chapter, which is up to four hours long -  depending on how much you explore and do, will show you how passionate we all are for InSomnia. We hope that you'll support us in our dieselpunk inspired journey, one last time!"



InSomnia is dystopian vision, set in a murky, retro-futuristic style. The game takes place on a colossal, semi-deserted interplanetary space station. Having left their dying planet behind, this space metropolis, along with its inhabitants, has been moving towards the distant, ghost-like Evacuation Point for the past 400 years, where the descendants of the once great people hope to start over the history of mankind. 




Game Features
•Multi-layered role playing game
•Dark retro-futuristic setting 
•Hardcore gameplay
•Non-linear story
•Colossal space metropolis to explore
•Realistic combat system
•Generated quests and events
•Atmospheric ambient soundtrack



Trailer: https://youtu.be/s2rEWaLjTco
Kickstarter: http://insomnia-project.com/kickstarter
Prologue Chapter Download** (Win, Mac and Linux): http://insomnia-project.com/demo/


About Studio Mono
Studio MONO was founded in Samara, Russia in 2011 by Anatoliy Guyduk. With a core development team, they’re joined by freelance individuals from all over the world – including Malaysia, the U.S., Russia, the Netherlands and Ukraine – Studio MONO is a talented group of professionals who have been active in the world of game design for many years.

Indie Game Windows Themes

Getting a bit tired of the way my Windows desktop looks?  Want to find something a little more unique and in line with your interests?  If you are the sort of person who finds themselves changing wallpapers constantly but not really finding anything you might want to consider downloading Windows 10 Themes for you PC to liven up the desktop , perhaps including and I stumbled across an Indie Game Windows Theme for Windows 7, 8 and 10.


It featurs popular titles like Minecraft, FTL, Limbo, Super Meat Boy, Spelunky, World of Goo and many more well known indie-hits over the years. They are pretty much just several images making a slideshow of sorts with a change in color scheme. Fits right at home for themes that don't change too much of your desktop but still give it a good refreshing look for the Windows operating system.



The site is loaded with Windows 7, 8 and 10 themes from various categories including game and movie related Windows 10 themes for free download.  I'll try to get he site's creator to add some more indie game related themes soon!

Tadpole Treble

BATON ROUGE, May 6th -- It's time to the face the music! In Tadpole Treble, you swim through the actual sheet music of the game's songs. Avoid the notes, hit the beats, and guide a young tadpole through varied stages in a melodic quest to get home!

The adventure introduces a unique, appealing song for every stage, showdowns against intimidating boss creatures, rhythmic elements to master, and plenty of rewards for seasoned players. Doing well in the stages unlocks bonus features such as a Music Player, a detailed Bestiary, and the ultimate endurance test in Concerto Mode, where you have a single life to play through the game.


Younger pollywogs will get a kick out of the catchy music and abundance of fun surprises in the main game, while expert toads will enjoy competing for the top (and bottom) scores in the online leaderboards. And creative croakers of all ages will love our Composition Mode, where you can create your own song using dozens of different tools...and then play through your masterpiece with Baton, or share them online via QR codes!

Webcomic artist Matthew Taranto, his brother Michael and the whole team at BitFinity are happy to present Tadpole Treble--an aquatic, melodic adventure for all ages. Between the main adventure, the unlockables, the leaderboards and the robust stage editor, Tadpole Treble is sure to keep even the toughest players busy. Dive on in and enjoy this musical odyssey!

PC, Mac and Linux
Price: $9.99
Genre: Music



THE BROTHERS BEHIND BITFINITY

Matthew Taranto doodled a lot during art history classes in college, which led to him creating the good-natured and popular gaming parody webcomic, "Brawl in the Family" in 2008. The comic ran successfully for six years, including a pair of Kickstarter projects leading to a trio of print books. He's also been a writer and comic artist for NF Magazine since its inception in 2013, and is currently working on the soundtracks for three separate companies' games. A professional singer and pianist, Matthew provides the art, music, and general game design of Tadpole Treble.

Michael Taranto, being the older brother, is tasked with managing BitFinity's resources and making sure Matthew gets his work done on time. In addition, he tackles the level design, sound effects, and many of the PR duties. Like Matthew, Michael is a professional singer and often fights his brother for solos.





Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Little Johnny's Revenge

If you're a fan of Family Guy / American Dad / South Park then this point and click adventure game seeking Kickstarting might be up your street.  

Check out the Kickstarter Campaign Page for more info, and a playable demo for PC, Mac, Linux and Android.  Little Johnny's Revenge full release will be available for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS. Win, Mac, Linux and Android version will be released first, with iOS following. 

Interestingly the dev is also making the game engine he's been developing for 4 years to make this game freely available too - the Bladecoder Adventure Engine.  Will be interesting to see how that pans out too.




Indie Game "This War of Mine" Film Adaptation

Critically Acclaimed Game ‘This War of Mine’ gets Independent Adaption
‘Dogs’ Short Film Shines Light on the Ugly Side of War: Survival

Vancouver, CA: Marco Bossow is an independent filmmaker from Hamburg with a vision: to adapt the 11bit Studios game ‘This War of Mine’ into a compelling film that opens audience’s eyes to the difficult decisions civilians in war-torn areas are faced with every day.  
‘Dogs’ features Artyom, played by Justin Turnbull (iZombie, Motive), a young man forced to leave his makeshift shelter in order to find desperately needed medical supplies to save his wounded brother.  Along the way, he encounters kind-hearted strangers and opportunistic marauders, and learns that there are no right choices in war - only survival.

“Playing ‘This War of Mine’ was a gut-wrenching experience which still haunts me,” says Bossow, the writer/director of ‘Dogs’.  “I want to trigger an emotional response within the audience that will motivate them to think about the conflicts that are going on in the world, and build sympathy for the suffering they experience.”  Marco even consulted with a survivor of the Bosnian War to keep the story authentic.

The teaser has already been filmed, which you can watch on their website (dogs-short.com), but Marco and his team at Transmute Pictures need to raise the funds to cover costs like production design, insurance, among other production expenses. “’Dogs’ is an ambitious project,” says producer/actor Larissa Thompson, “we have lots of stunts, special effects make-up, and a war-torn world to build in Vancouver.” The team needs $25,000 to build this world, and have decided to raise the funds through Kickstarter (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1770001824/dogs-a-this-war-of-mine-independent-adaptation).


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("This War Is Mine" came 6th in the IndieDB "Indie Game of the Year 2014" awards.)

Demetrios release date announced



Comedy point and click adventure game Demetrios will be released on 31st May 2016.  Check out the Official Website for the latest news.

Previous posts about Demetrios:


Monday, 25 April 2016

"The Mind's Eclipse" - visual novel with uncompromising cyberpunk setting and stark visual style

Set in a bleak, dystopian future where mankind has embraced transhumanism, the game follows a father who awakens to a fallen utopia and must try to find his loved ones. With a gritty film noir aesthetic and an engaging cyberpunk theme, the game has an art style that stands out in the visual novel space which is typically dominated by Japanese anime styled games.

The Mind’s Eclipse calls itself a visual novel, but it looks to distinguish itself in the genre by providing an experience unlike typical visual novels. There are no romance options or dating minigames to be found here.

Instead, the game promises a mature discussion of sociological and psychological themes related to transhumanism, wrapped in an exciting, mind-bending science fiction tale. The game also features discovering and using items to overcome obstacles and progress the story, adding a level of interactivity not commonly found in the genre.


Features: 
  • Beautiful hand drawn scenes and environments! 
  • Navigate the ruins of a fallen utopia! 
  • Every environment is interactive! 
  • Discover messages and journal entries to help uncover the mysteries of the Eclipse! 
  • Find and use items to overcome obstacles and unlock new areas! 
  • Befriend the playful and mysterious AI known as L! 
  • Intense, narrative driven gameplay!





Tuesday, 19 April 2016

The dark Tormentum reached mobile platforms with iOS and Android


WARSAW, Poland – April 19, 2016 – After a successful debut on PC, a gloomy point’n’click adventure game - Tormentum - Dark Sorrow – has just appeared on mobile platforms with iOS and Android. Gloom, surrealism, unsettling music – this is how we can briefly describe the most mature work of the independent OhNoo studio.

The production is distinguished, mainly due to its gloomy, artistic graphic design, for which it has been appreciated and rewarded many times up until now. The mysterious world we reach will attract our attention from the start with its intense, surreal atmosphere, evocative of the paintings by H. R. Giger or BeksiƄski. As a result, we are faced with a raw and dark world full of strange buildings and creatures, taken straight from the nightmares. 


In this game, we act as a nameless hero, who wakes up one day, locked in a metal cage fixed with a chain to an enormous flying machine. The hero is transported along with another convict, a humanoid rat, to a castle, where he is supposed to serve time for his deeds. However, we don’t know what exactly these deeds were, because the hero has lost his memory. The only vague memory he has, is a blurred vision of a statue – a woman flanked with stone hands. This is how the long journey through the hostile world of Tormentum begins.

In order, to discover the truth about himself, the hero must explore 3 countries, made up of nearly 80 bleak locations. The atmosphere is perfectly complemented by gloomy and heavy music.

It is also worth adding that in Tormentum, the player’s conscience will be subject to numerous challenges, due to moral choices that will affect the end of the game. During our adventure, we will have to make decisions concerning the life or death of the creatures we meet. 

Tormentum is out now through App Store and Google PlayStore with the promotional price 30% off for the limited time only. The regular price will be $6,99. 



OhNoo Studio is a small design studio whose ambition is to leave a lasting trace, in the world of electronic entertainment. The Studio was established in 2013 and operates in Poland. At the moment, together with the animator, Alek Wasilewski, the studio is working on a stop motion adventure game titled Tsioque, for which a subsidy from players was obtained in 2015, through the Kickstarter website.




Friday, 8 April 2016

Adventure Game Fan?

Head over to our sister blog, PC Game Reviews and News, to vote in our poll for your favourite game released by Wadjet Eye Games - a difficult pick as they've published so many great #pointandclick adventure games!  As of this post Primordia is narrowly in the lead with Blackwell Epiphany second and Gemini Rue third, 14 games in total to choose from and 8 of them have received one or more votes from twenty votes so far.

Launching on April 14th: Defeat monsters and acquire knowledge in DUNGENIOUS


Test your knowledge (and your might!) in DUNGENIOUS, an “ingenious” turn-based dungeon crawler that mixes RPG mechanics with flashcards containing real-world facts and stats.



Created by Austrian dev Noizoo Games, Dungenious is packed with 50 different topics built right into the game. You’ll get a wide selection of subjects from geography, mathematics, music, art, languages, and much more. If none of the built-in topics interest you, visit Quizlet to create your own flashcards. Just load them into the game and you’ll have your very own custom quiz :)



ENEMIES and CORE GAMEPLAY
Attack a Red Book Maki and gain new knowledge that you will use as your weapon against the dungeon’s monsters. Sleepy Wooden Deer awake when you cross their path; Piranha Rats move fast and gnaw away at the letters in a quiz; Jelly Ghosts are unaffected by obstacles and can walk through walls; and the Greedy Monkey will rotate your quiz answers to confuse you -- stealing your skills if you take a hit!

To progress, you must answer the quizzes correctly. The right answer will allow your character to land an attack; getting it wrong will leave you open for a counter. Collect “Genius Points” as you defeat monsters to deploy spells -- such as the Ring of Fire, a burning ring that sets enemies alight and clears the path ahead. Opening chests gets you a different kind of quiz: you now have three answers on the left and three questions on the right. Can you match them? If you do, you’ll unlock new powers and upgrade your abilities to take on the game’s heavy-hitting bosses -- such as the massive Slimy Slug or the fearsome Stack Rats :)

KEY FEATURES
-- Experience a mix of flashcards and an engaging turn-based dungeon crawler
-- Upgrade your hero with powerful skills
-- Discover each enemy’s strengths & weaknesses
-- Learn with 50 built-in topics
-- Create your own quizzes with Quizlet
-- Replay your weakest questions to optimize learning

PRICING & AVAILABILITY
Dungenious will be available for iOS and Android on Thursday, April 14th for $2.99.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Fancy a slice of Galactic Pizza?

Orme Studio recently released Galactic Pizza for Android, PC and Linux.


Galactic Pizza is an arcade puzzle game that takes you on a journey to a galaxy not so far away. You play as an intergalactic pizza boy whose pizzas have been stolen by a band of hungry aliens. 

In this game, you must make your way through the aliens hideout and get back all your precious pizzas slices. But be careful, these hideouts are filled with tricky puzzles and dangerous aliens.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Indie Game Awards Finalists Announced by MomoCon

ATLANTA - April 6, 2016 - After more than a hundred submissions, twenty indie games have been named finalists for the second annual MomoCon Indie Game Award Showcase. Each of the twenty titles will be playable in the Indie Game Area at MomoCon 2016, taking place Thursday - Sunday, May 26 - 29, 2016 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
These twenty games illustrate the innovation and passion indie games represents:
 
Five winning entries will be announced in an awards ceremony on Saturday, May 28,2016.  Developers of those titles will receive:
 
  • $1000 Prize
  • 10 x 20 Exhibit Space at MomoCon 2017
  • Dedicated Panel at MomoCon 2017
  • Highlighted placement in a MomoCon newsletter going to tens of thousands of gamers
  • Glass Trophy
 
XSplit will continue their longstanding support of indie games and developers by having a small panel of content creators from the XSplit Elite program select their favorite game from the MomoCon Indie Awards Finalists. The developer of that title will receive $2000 USD and an Indie[dot]XSplit Award.
In addition to these twenty titles, MomoCon will showc ase three indie games developed in the state of Georgia and provide a $1000 cash prize to the developer of the judges' favorite game.
 
"The vast number of amazing indie games submitted to this year's award program made selecting twenty finalists exceedingly difficult," said Chris Stuckey, CEO, MomoCon. "but these games represent the best of the best.  We look forward to when the tens of thousands of attendees that come to MomoCon every year will get to experience these works of art for themselves."
 
About MomoCon
 
Founded in 2004 by Jessica Merriman and Chris Stuckey, then students at Georgia Tech, MomoCon has grown from a 700 person on campus event to the largest gaming event in the southeast United States for fans of video games, animation, cosplay, comics and tabletop games.


Rock 'N Racing Off Road DX for Australia and New Zealand.

6th April 2016, Barcelona, Spain. EnjoyUp Games today announces that Rock 'N Racing Off Road DX will be released on Thursday 7th April 2016 on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Wii U™ for Australia and New Zealand.

Price: $7.99



Kathy Rain - coming to Steam and GOG on 5th May 2016

Check out the trailer:

Android Indie Game Reviews

Haven't had time to do many of these yet, but here are the few I have done:

Gibbous - A Cthulhu Adventure - Kickstarter Campaign

A comedy cosmic horror point and click adventure made in Transylvania. Lucas Arts style, Lovecraft horrors, general insanity!  Check out the new Kickstarter Campaign.




Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Launch Dates (A Virus Named TOM PS VIta, Duskers PC/Mac/Linux)

  • A Virus Named TOM (PS Vita) launches 5th April 5th 2016 in North America & Europe (SCEA & SCEE regions) and is a PS Plus title for April. (AVNT Vita Trailer)
  • Duskers is currently in Steam Early Access, and the aim is to launch it in May after a big Story & Audio update in April (teaser and gameplay video links)

Monday, 4 April 2016

"Until I Have You" released


Until I Have You is a story-driven, fast-paced, retro-aesthetic platformer, engulfed in a Cyberpunk setting, by two of my AGS buddies, Jim Spanos and Andrea Ferrara 

Driving you to the edge of your seat as you run n' gun through enemies, the game recounts a thrilling story of regret, love and corruption, in a city that’s gone haywire and just doesn't give a damn. 


This is the story of the ARTIST, a talented assassin, who has worked many dirty jobs in a long and successful career. Finally heeding the pleadings of his wife, he has decided it's time to quit this ugly business and live a simple and peaceful life. However the ARTIST's clients know he is irreplaceable, and are unwilling to allow the craftsman to hangup his tool belt. They send him this message by kidnapping his wife, Emily, and make it clear, retirement is not an option! The ARTIST is determined to get his wife back, and prepares himself for one last assignment. He understands to be successful he needs to go all out, and he procures a rare exoskeleton suit. Although this provides him with additional powers, it also can cause hallucinations and affect his judgment. 

If you could save someone, how much of yourself would you be willing to sacrifice? 







It's out now on Steam.

Friday, 1 April 2016

Epistory Now Available on Windows, Mac and Linux

Mons, Belgium - Mar. 30, 2016 - Epistory, an atmospheric adventure with a distinct origami aesthetic, is now available through Steam for Windows, Mac and Linux. The first half of the beautiful game which received an IGF honorable mention for Excellence in Visual Arts was previously available via Early Access, while today marks the debut of the final two chapters.


Players guide a girl riding atop a three-tailed red fox on an epic journey to discover the source of an invasive darkness taking hold in a once pristine land.  As Epistory's narrative progresses, its papercraft world literally unfolds before the player, revealing lush forests, ominous dungeons, scorched plains, frozen temples and lost cities.



Magical abilities derived from four elemental types are discovered during the adventure, and they enable the heroine and her companion to navigate these treacherous landscapes. Freezing an enemy with ice magic will lock them in place and allow players to deal with other threats, while fire magic will burn through enemies and obstacles.


Epistory's tale is advanced entirely through an intuitive keyboard-only control scheme. Players unleash powerful magic, solve brain-teasing puzzles, attack menacing foes, explore dangerous environments and even navigate menus solely via typing.


Dynamic difficulty scaling allows everyone to enjoy the experience. Younger players will rarely encounter challenges they can't overcome while adults who use a keyboard all day will notice phrases will stack and grow in complexity as they prove their proficiency.


Experience earned by toppling obstacles and foes can be used to upgrade character and magic-specific abilities. For example, players can improve the protagonist's agility, or make the fire magic quickly burn through the next term in an enemy's chain of words.



Epistory has two game modes. The core of the game, Story Mode, allows players to piece together the narrative shared by the heroine and her companion in the mysterious world. Those searching for a competitive challenge can battle for the top spot on the leaderboards in Arena Mode, an endless fight against an onslaught of enemies.


"Our synergistic approach to storytelling and the visually stunning land in which Epistory takes place is unlike anything gamers have ever seen," says Bruno Urbain, CEO, Fishing Cactus. "Our origami world literally unfolds in unison with the plot, creating a truly one of a kind experience."


Epistory is available in English, French, Spanish, German, Russian, Polish and Portuguese Brazilvia Steam for $14.99 USD. In addition to the QWERTY keyboard layout, QWERTZ, AZERTY, BEPO, Dvorak, Workman and Colemak are also supported.


More information about Epistory can be found at http://www.epistorygame.com/




About Fishing Cactus


Fishing Cactus is an indie developer composed of 30 individuals. Based in Belgium, the company's name is to signify their originality and ability to thrive in a nation without many game development studios.


To learn more about Fishing Cactus, please visit http://www.fishingcactus.com/