Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Sci-Fi Puzzler Nebulous Launches on PS4, PC, Mac, Oculus Rift

SAN DIEGO - August 30 - Nebulous, a sci-fi puzzler from Namazu Studios where players guide an astronaut trapped in space, launches today on PlayStation 4, Mac and PC with optional Oculus Rift compatibility. PlayStation 4 owners can try Nebulous before buying it via a demo on the PlayStation Store.

Players guide Astronaut Dash Johnson through massive maze-like levels familiar to anyone who has played the board game Mouse Trap or knows the art of Rube Goldberg.

The helpless Johnson begins every stage in a fixed position. To help the interplanetary explorer through each puzzle, players position objects like conveyor belts, gravity altering devices and space rocks before dropping Johnson into the level, letting gravity take its course and hoping the items they placed can help guide him to the exit.  


Hilarity is mixed in with brain-teasing puzzles; Johnson remarks about his own misfortunes and says cutting player-directed insults as he floats through a gauntlet of perplexing trials with intricate solutions.

Nebulous was designed with VR in mind. With Oculus Rift, and later this year PlayStation VR, players can interact hands-free with the world by simply fixing their gaze at in-game objects and turning their head to reposition them.

The game is available on Steam worldwide and PlayStation Network in North America for $14.99 with full English voiceover and subtitles. Nebulous also features music from Lauren Bousfield of the experimental electronica group Nero's Day at Disneyland.

"Nebulous' VR support lets players solve challenges in an intuitive, natural way, but the game's essence is still a blast without a cutting-edge control scheme," said Keith Hudnall, technical director, Namazu Studios, "If you want an experience that makes you think but also make you laugh along the way, you definitely need to playNebulous."

 
About Namazu Studios

Namazu Studios is a San Diego-based independent studio focused on creating multiplatform games. Founded in 2008 by four developers with backgrounds in cinema, art, engineering, and gaming, each individual applies a different inventive perspective to their titles. The studio has also done contact work on numerous games, including the Dance Dance Revolution franchise.



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Armello Launches on XB1; Gets First PS4, PC, XB1 DLC

MELBOURNE, VICTORIA ­- August 30, 2016 - Armellothe award-winning digital board game from League of Geeks, releases today on Xbox One for $19.99 / €19.99 as part of Microsoft's Summer Spotlight program. The Usurpers Hero Pack, Armello's first DLC, simultaneously launches on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows, Mac and Linux via Steam for $9.99 USD / €9.99.
To celebrate Armello's one-year anniversary, the base game and soundtrack are 25% off across all platforms until September 5th, 2016.
The Usurpers Hero Pack adds four new clan rings and a new playable character to each of the four existing animal clans, boosting Armello's hero count from eight to 12. Each character has their own distinct stats and special power, allowing players to find heroes that tailor to their style.


The new heroes include:
  • Magna, The Unbroken Tank-like member of the Wolf Clan who can reflect opponents' attacks.
  • Elyssia, Wardress of Warrens - Hero of the Rabbit Clan who builds fortifying walls around settlements.
  • Ghor, The Wyldkin - Bear Clan champion whose magical powers are increased in forests.
  • Sargon, The Death Teller - A legend of the Rat Clan whose cards appear face up when selecting which ones to draw.
Armello merges the deep tactics of card games with the rich strategy of table top and a character role-playing system. Players take turns exploring a vibrant world, battling players and vanquishing evil banes, with the shared goal of claiming the throne from the mad lion king of Armello.
"A year after introducing Armello to the world, the game's audience is still as active as ever," said Trent Kusters, co-founder and director of League of Geeks. "Whether you've never played a match or you're a seasoned vet, today's content drop guarantees you will have a new experience, and with the talent seen in our community, you're sure to have competition,"


About League of Geeks
League of Geeks is a Melbourne-based Australian indie developer made of industry veterans. While Armello is the studio's first game, the team members' individual resumes cite famous AAA franchises including Pokémon, Grand Theft Auto, Fallout, Bioshock, Dragon Age and Warhammer.
League of Geeks' goal is to create innovative games in original worlds with engaging stories.
To learn more about League of Geeks please visit http://leagueofgeeks.com/



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Dark City-inspired point-and-click adventure ISOLAND arrives on iOS Sept. 8th


Set on an isolated island, ISOLAND blends old-school point-and-click gameplay with perfectly-tuned touch controls. Drawing inspiration from Dark City’s “Shell Beach,” the game’s varied environments are made of crooked lines, off-kilter perspectives, and a muted color palette that will dare you to solve every logic puzzle you can find. On your quest for the truth, you’ll also deal with characters who seem stuck in time: a sea captain with a weak memory, a boy pretending to be an astronaut, an easily-bribed priest...

Isoland is set to launch Thursday, Sept. 8th. 


BACKSTORY
Appearing deceptively peaceful to the casual passerby, a mysterious island exists in the far reaches of the Atlantic Ocean. The inhabitants know not how they got there or why they stay; all they’re sure of is that the place in which they are trapped is called Isoland.

You are a researcher who has received a letter from a friend imploring you to help with an investigation. You travel to the island, seeking to unravel its secrets -- but after you arrive, you realize all too late that you, too, are now trapped. Beware of being lulled into complacency by the beauty of the island: Use your wits to avoid being tricked, and unravel the logic behind complex puzzles. Only then will the secrets of Isoland be revealed.


KEY FEATURES
*   Return to the glory days of atmospheric point-and-click adventure games.
*   Challenge yourself with unique (and often quite difficult) in-game puzzles.
*   Enjoy a deep storyline with the gameplay to match.
*   Experience the intricate art style and soundscape that frame the mystery of the island.
*   Play in your own language: Isoland supports English, Dutch, Chinese (Simple), Chinese (Traditional), French, Spanish, Japanese, and the occasional alien dialect :)

PRICING & AVAILABILITY
Isoland will be available on iOS September 8th for for $0.99. Tips are free after watching a short ad; solutions are the only type of in-app purchase, and priced at $0.99 each.





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It's Adorable! It's Tactical! Doujin/Indie SRPG Moékuri, now on Kickstarter,

WILMINGTON, Del. – August 30, 2016 – Get ready for some cutecore SRPG action! Culture Select, an up-and-coming localization & publishing start-up, today announced the launch of a Kickstarter campaign to localize and release Moékuri to an international audience! Developed by Japanese indie studio MokyuSoft, Moékuri is a strategy RPG that combines the best of tactics gameplay, anime-inspired storytelling, and moé. Lots of moé! Moékuri’s Kickstarter campaign runs until September 23rd. The Kickstarter page can be found here: www.kickstarter.com/projects/305439676/its-adorable-its-tactical-a-doujin-indie-srpg-moek

About Moékuri
In a world where "Creatures," powerful beings based on real legends and myths from across the Earth, inhabit the land, girls with the ability to wield magic become "Masters"—able to summon and harness the power of Creatures to their command. Iruse Strenz is one such Master, a girl working hard to protect her village ever since the mysterious disappearance of her mother. The only clue to her whereabouts is a magical grimoire known as “Nursery Rhyme”—a tome full of mysterious symbols that no one in the village can even begin to decipher.

Together with her best friend Nika, Iruse spends day after day training her magic, but her mother is never far from her thoughts. One fateful day, a strange phenomenon occurs near the village which soon threatens everything that Iruse holds dear. Yet in the midst of it all, a path opens to the answers that she seeks…

Moékuri Features
  • Solid grid-based tactical gameplay! Elemental defences, secondary summoning abilities, status effects, terrain modifiers, and more!
  • 151 cute girls to summon into battle! 170+ characters in all!
  • Collect, train and customize your team! Each girl fights differently! Enjoy a staggering depth of strategic variety!
  • Unique art and sprites for all characters! No clone-army of recolors here!
  • Fully voiced battle system brings combat to life! Even losing sounds lovely!
  • 25 story stages! Make new friends, encounter new enemies, and face new challenges! Journey with Iruse and uncover the secrets of Nursery Rhyme!
  • Seeking glory on the (moébattlefield? Hard mode awaits those who clear the base story!

View the Moékuri trailer - Click above!

Japanese Reviews
Here’s what some reviewers of the Japanese edition had to say about Moékuri!

tona, 2015/08/25
A Masterpiece. 'Moe SRPG' is a genre you see from commercial game companies often enough, but I feel like this surpasses them ... there's a lot of fun to be had in coming up with your own teams and strategies, and collecting all the creatures.

shichimentai, 2015/09/05
… All the characters are fully voiced outside of the story scenes, which really helps gives them all a lot of personality. For anyone who enjoys characterization stuff like that, it really enhances the fun of collecting new creatures …

hirmaru, 2016/03/26
Incredible Variety in Characters and Strategies. All the characters and the creatures in combat are just adorable. It's worth it just to look at all the art. Despite the huge number of creatures, they all have different strengths and weaknesses, and there's not one that doesn't feel unique.

With a successful Kickstarter and concurrent Steam Greenlight campaign, Culture Select aims to release Moekuri in Q4 2016 for Windows PC. The Kickstarter page is located atwww.kickstarter.com/projects/305439676/its-adorable-its-tactical-a-doujin-indie-srpg-moek, and the Greenlight page is here: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=754357608

About Culture Select - (www.cultureselect.com)
Culture Select is a Delaware, USA based digital publishing and localization start-up crewed by a tight-knit international team. Empowered by this diverse partnership of authors and travelers, we seek to bring both established and undiscovered titles to new markets and to people who couldn't enjoy them before, in your language and for your platform of choice! Interested in the latest updates or just want to shoot the breeze? Follow Culture Select's Twitter account atwww.twitter.com/culture_select and like Culture Select’s Facebook page athttps://www.facebook.com/CultureSelect.




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Ruin of the Reckless FUNDED on Kickstarter!

Ruin of the Reckless hits its minimum with three weeks left on Kickstarter!

Ruin of the Reckless is a new isometric rogue-lite brawler (think a faster version of The Legend of Zelda, Hyper Light Drifter, Nuclear Throne and Binding of Isaac mashed together with punishing mechanics, addictive gameplay, and local co-op). It has been building buzz all week with live streamers of all sizes featuring Faux-Operative Games’ beautiful Alpha Build, and it has already reached its minimum funding with 3 weeks to go in the campaign.

At 112% and counting, the game, which has already been Steam Greenlit, is scheduled to be released March 2017. Check out the Kickstarter trailer for a glimpse of the gorgeous artwork, tight gameplay, and a message from the developers.


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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

First Look – “Bear With Me”

Bear With Me is an interesting game, it’s a noir detective game starring a 10 year-old girl and her retired partner, Ted.E.Bear.   This is an interesting blend of styles and promises to produce some laughs amidst the serious plot of the mysterious “Red Man” and a serious of fires in Paper City.


The visuals are lovely (even given that with my lousy PC I’ve been playing on lowest quality), the music fits nicely and the ambient sound effects are good.  The voice acting is variable so far, as is the writing – some of the intonation and pausing is a bit off, and some of the jokes don’t really work – but that’s not to say that it’s bad overall, just inconsistent.   The way the text is displayed with a border quickly in and out is a little distracting.  The dialogues are quite wordy and I was itching to actually start playing the game quite a while before the long opening exposition was out of the way.  Early puzzles were easy, expecting them to get harder soon.   The plot is interesting, as are the characters, and the game seems so far to have bundles of atmosphere and a good dollop of charm, that hopefully will easily override the niggling issues I’ve mentioned.

Amber and Ted.E.Bear.  They have a troubled past, but can they save the city's future?


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Friday, 26 August 2016

Riders of Asgard Launches on Steam Greenlight

Gobbo Games, an Independent Games Development company and creators of board games operating from offices in Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, has launched their game Riders of Asgard on Steam Greenlight

Riders of Asgard is a fun and challenging Viking BMX game, but is so much more than your average run-of-the-mill, Viking BMX game. It’s a historically correct Viking BMX game, with historically accurate Viking bikes and locations. 


Gobbo Games, whose goal has always been to make high quality games that are price friendly and provide maximum entertainment value, has gone the extra mile in providing a polished demo of the game that can be downloaded from the website: http://www.ridersofasgard.com/ 

The polish of Riders of Asgard can be seen in the official trailer, which shows the game in all its glory while being accompanied by music that has been written for the game by Karl Muller Sound and Music Design. 



Why not help get this challenging but incredibly addictive game on Steam Greenlight by voting for them here: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=746115655 

Gobbo Games has indicated that there will be multiplayer support as well as providing native support for Windows, Linux, and Mac users. The demo also shows off the visual upgrades that can be unlocked by using the gold you earn while performing tricks and hints at new levels being released in the final version.

So go ahead! Be the Biking Viking! 

Karl Muller Music and Sound Design: http://www.karlmullermusic.com/ 
Riders of Asgard: http://www.ridersofasgard.com/



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Patreon Poll

So firstly, thank you to the 4 people who have voted so far - and especially the one person who has said that they would support me on Patreon if I took all the ads off Indie Game News!

But you may be wondering... what will you actually get for being my Patron?  Just an ad-free site here?  That would be pretty feeble, and it's not the case.  I only have 3 tiers of rewards:


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Everything from the $2 tier plus athank you on the credits page of future games plus any commercial game I release (as Lead Designer) you will get for free.  (I will see if I can get your freebies on other games I work on but not able to give cast-iron promises on games I'm not fully in control of!)
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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Strategy Simulation Game, Agenda, Coming to PC, Mac, Linux September 21

ZAGREB, Croatia - August 24, 2016 - Agenda, a strategy simulation from Exordium Games where players control an evil organization seeking world domination, will come to Windows, Mac, and Linux on Sept. 21st, 2016.



Players will direct covert operations to increase their control over countries' economies, political parties, militaries, science institutions and media outlets. Operations will entail everything from low key kickbacks to military leaders to the brazen assassination of political rivals.

By earning influence in each country, players unlock powerful new abilities and gain access to five different agency super weapons. These supply benefits such as running multiple operations at once or reducing the shadowy enterprise's exposure.

In order to secretly control the world's governments, the organization must avoid exposure by successfully completing its undercover operations and exerting its influence over the media. Once exposed, the game is over. Exposure will rise gradually over time, but incidents like failed operations or rebellions can trigger spikes of unrest and awareness.



Agenda will be available on Steam for $9.99 in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese-Brazil, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Swedish, Danish, Dutch and Japanese.

"Unlike most games, the goal of Agenda isn't to save the world through noble deeds - it's world domination through devious tactics," said Andrej Kovacevic, game director, Exordium Games. "Only by utilizing military might, making shady political deals and manipulating the global economies and media will players be able to rule the world."

About Exordium Games

Exordium Games is a Croatia-based independent studio that united 20 developers under a shared belief that games have a vital role in modern society's evolution and future. The team recently released their first title, Bear With Me. Exordium strives to create magnificent adventures that can be enjoyed by people all over the world.



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Creative Team Behind Earthworm Jim and The Neverhood Launch Armikrog on Consoles

LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Aug. 23, 2016: Independent game developer PencilTest Studios in partnership with indie publisher Versus Evil today announced the release of Armikrog for the Nintendo eShop on the Wii U™ system, Xbox One via the ID@Xbox self-publishing program and PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system for $9.99, £7.99 and €9.99.
 
“When we initially funded our game through Kickstarter there was demand for a Wii U version and it totally made sense from a design standpoint,” said Pencil Test Studios co-founder Mike Dietz. “Armikrog was created using classic sculpting, set building and clay and puppet fabrication techniques and it truly was a labor of love.  After the release on PC we were able to turn our attention to the console versions of the game and we are incredibly happy to announce that console gamers can now play our creation on the console platform of their choice!”
 

In Armikrog players follow the adventures of space explorer Tommynaut and his pal Beak-Beak (a blind talking dog) as they crash land on an alien planet and get trapped in a mysterious fortress called Armikrog.  To help them escape players have to guide the pair through a variety of precarious situations in gorgeously hand crafted environments packed with puzzles and a slew of odd inhabitants.  Voiceover talent includes well-known actors Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Rob Paulsen (Pinky and the Brain) and Michael J. Nelson (Mystery Science Theater 3000).
 
"Armikrog is a great stop-motion experience that can now be enjoyed on the consoles," said Versus Evil General Manager Steve Escalante. "A handcrafted, one-of-a-kind video game, Armikrog appeals to gamers of all ages and it has been amazing seeing this game come to life.  Its transition to the major consoles is a treat and we are very excited to launch a game on all three consoles!”, he added.
 
For more information about Armikrog, visit 
About Pencil Test Studios
Pencil Test Studios is an independent game development and animation production studio founded in 2009 by game industry veterans Mike Dietz and Ed Schofield. Located in Lake Forest, Calif., the studio specializes in content creation, development and production services for games, mobile devices, film, and television, while offering many different animation styles including 2D, 3D, stop motion and mixed media. The studio has collaborated on numerous successful videogame franchises with high profile clients such as Disney, Pixar, and Activision, providing extensive experience and familiarity working within a wide variety of game production pipelines.
About Versus Evil
Versus Evil, LLC is a US based independent video game publisher behind critically acclaimed indie titles such as The Banner Saga, Guild of Dungeoneering and Armikrog.  Publishing games on all major mobile, PC and console platforms, Versus Evil works with indie studios in North America, South America, and Europe. The company was founded on the principles of helping independent game developers be financially and creatively successful in the highly competitive video games market.  Their suite of games span many different genres, platforms and business models.  As a global publisher, the Versus Evil team is strategically placed around the world with presences in California, Texas, Maryland and New York.
For more information visit http://vsevil.net/
© Versus Evil LLC. 2013-2016. All rights reserved.

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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Get Schooled with The Shrapnel Games Back To School Sale!

Wilmington, NC, 24 August 2016

School is back in session - or will be shortly - and the kids are so ready for summer to end. Okay, maybe not. But end it will. And to help ease the suffering, Shrapnel Games wants you to play games!

So they're offering a very special sale. It's their Back To School Savings, and it's going on from August 24th through September 7th.

Here's what you can save...


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