Friday, 21 September 2018

The train is departing! Are you ready to test all the new features in Train Valley 2?

Drive forward the industrial revolution in this train tycoon puzzle game! Build an efficient railroad, upgrade your locomotives, and keep all trains on track to meet the ever-growing demand of the cities and industries in your tiny valley. 

Released as Early Access at the end of March 2018, this has had an extremely response from Steam users (89% positive from 330 reviews).   The game is available in English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese and Polish flavours.


Features:


- Enjoy engaging and addictive gameplay which mixes puzzle micromanagement with tycoon elements
- Discover the history of the railroad in super cute low-poly graphics!

- Test your skills and talents as a railroad man or woman across 50 levels in its Company Mode.
- Upgrade your stock of locomotives and unlock advanced engines with 18 locomotives from 6 different generations
- Produce and ship increasingly sophisticated goods in more than 35 types of train cars
- Keep your trains coming on schedule to earn enough money to get a stake in new industries
- Jump into our Level Editor with Steam Workshop integration and create your own Valleys - or play levels from other players!
- Create and upload your own locomotives, cars, industries, and resources in a game that will be as moddable as possible!


Train Valley 2 is available on Steam




The Gardens Between Ignites Switch, PS4, PC, Mac

MELBOURNE, Australia – Sept. 20, 2018 – The Gardens Betweenthe adventure puzzle game from The Voxel Agents in which players manipulate time to guide two best friends through a surreal world of mysterious garden islands, is out today on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Steam and Mac App Store.


Light the way through a dreamlike world to guide best friends Arina and Frendt through a world of time-bending puzzles. Manipulate time backwards and forwards to uncover clues and find solutions that ignite constellations of memories written in the stars.

The duo embarks upon an emotional journey exploring precious moments from their past, understanding how the flow of time changes what they’ve built and cherishing what remains. The friends revisit a period in life when friendship meant the world, by trekking across isles peppered with nostalgic relics of their childhood.


“We all had an Arina or Frendt growing up, some childhood friendship that meant the world to us,” says Simon Joslin, co-founder of The Voxel Agents. “Even if we maintain those bonds into adulthood, they change. The Gardens Between explores how friendships evolve over time through its environments and puzzles.”

The Gardens Between will be at Tokyo Game Show in Indie Area booth 9-A85 with demos on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. The Voxel Agents are available at the show from today until Sunday, Sept. 23. A demo of The Gardens Between is also playable at Nintendo’s booth at EGX London, taking place during the same timeframe.

The Gardens Between is available now on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4(NAEU), Steam, and Mac App Store for $19.99.

For more information, please visit The Garden Between’s official website.




Thursday, 20 September 2018

Soar the Skies with Pilot Sports Coming October 4

MUNICH, Sept. 18, 2018 – Pilot Sports, the colorful cartoony arcade flight game from Wild River and Z-Software, lands on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 on Thursday, Oct. 4 2018.

Soar through the air on fun, fast-paced flights across more than 50 picturesque courses while piloting a variety of aircrafts through different modes and challenges.

Pick one out of 8 characters to prove their flying prowess in exotic environments. The sunny, tropical island serves as a beautiful backdrop for hobby pilots vying for the best possible times and perfect scores. A variety of disciplines, collectibles, and an unlockable explorer mode offer reasons to seek out new vistas in this tropical paradise time and again.

Different types of aircrafts, including an airplane, jetpack, hang gliders, or a parachute, all come with their own attributes. Each of them controls and behaves differently with their own individual flight feel, creating new challenges to conquer. With four-player split-screen multiplayer, Pilot Sports promises wholesome entertainment for the next party or family get-together.



Key Features:

·         More than 50 courses   
·         8 playable characters
·         7 different types of challenges
·         A variety of aircrafts (airplane, jetpack, two versions of hang gliders, parachutes)
·         Bonus unlockable discovery courses to explore the sunny island


Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Roguelike Spaceship Simulator "Shortest Trip To Earth" gets Early Access launch date



Haarlem, the Netherlands, September 19, 2018 – Publisher Iceberg Interactive and developer Interactive Fate announce that their award-winning roguelike spaceship simulator Shortest Trip to Earth will release on October 9, through Steam’s Early Access program.

In Shortest Trip to Earth players will embark on a perilous journey through a procedurally generated universe and explore massive space sectors crawling with exotic lifeforms. At launch, gamers will be able to travel through an initial five sectors, to be expanded upon during Early Access.
Shortest Trip to Earth was previewed at Gamescom 2018 to critical acclaim, earning spots in PCGamer’s The 8 best games of Gamescom 2018 and Wccftech’s Best of Gamescom Awards – 2018 Edition.
Wishlist Shortest Trip to Earth on Steam now to be notified when the game releases.

Chiki-Chiki Boxy Racers (Switch)

Chiki-Chiki Boxy Racers, the colorful slot car racing party game from Sony publishing label UNTIES and indie developer Pocket for up to eight players online or locally, has arrived for Nintendo Switch.

Speed through 15 whimsical tracks. Face opponents in four competitive battle modes. Unlock an array of colorful cars by leaving the other contenders behind to eat your dust. Rock out to pop-style tunes and enjoy the ride.

Indie Fantasy RTS ‘Circle Empires’ Receives Steam Massive Free Content Update - Linux Support To Be Added


Haarlem, the Netherlands, September 12, 2018 – Publisher Iceberg Interactive and developer Luminous announce that their hit real-time strategy PC game Circle Empires will receive a massive content update today.

Amongst the many improvements being made, the free update adds new units, buildings and locations to the game. Later this month Circle Empires will also receive full Linux support.

In Circle Empires players must conquer a procedurally generated world made of interconnected circles. Circle Empires was released August 8 for PC and Mac and has been enthusiastically received by the community, with very positive review ratings on Steam. 

The content update adds a new unit, Hammermen. Leaders will now have workers of their respective species. For example, if you start the game as Puck the Pumpkin King, you will now have pumpkin workers. Zombies will now also function as workers.

New buildings which spawn dragons and wizards are also added in this the update. In addition to new buildings, there are now more circle types to conquer, as two new biome variations have been added: Dragon Lairs and Wizard Studies. New rare biome variations with large armies of hostile units are also added in this update.

Difficulty has been increased for Easy and Normal mode. Both modes now have more monsters to fight.

Also included in this update are Korean localization, many bug fixes, unit and leader balancing and UI improvements. For a detailed list of these changes, please visit the Circle Empires Steam forums.

Circle Empires can be purchased through the Steam store page at an SRP of 7.99$.

Din's Legacy now in Early Access on Steam

Gamers who buy Din's Legacy Early Access will receive full access to the latest alpha build, a reduced price of only $14.99 (10% off first week), the opportunity to give Soldak feedback which can influence the game, and of course, the final version when it becomes available.

Din's Legacy is an action RPG with mutating characters, set in a dynamic, evolving, fantasy world for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
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During the Orc Schism, the entire Orc race was violently split into Dark Orcs, Zombielords, and the Mutated. The Mutated are tainted with Orc blood, a zombie parasite, and necromancer magic. This makes people seriously mistrust and even fear them. The fact that they slowly mutate over time makes it even worse. Who is going to trust you when you grow horns overnight?

Despite all of this, the Mutated are actually more closely related to the Elves, both their behavior and physically. They want to prove this to the world, but they are facing a tremendous uphill battle.

The trickster god Din was intrigued by their chaotic mutations and burning desire to prove themselves to the world. Always in need of champions, he made a pact with the Mutated. Each volunteer would become one of his champions trying to save the world wherever Din sends them. In return, each time they die in his service he resurrects them to continue their service.

Din's Legacy, as well as the Mutated's and yours, are all in your hands! Can you be the Champion that is needed?

For more information about Din's Legacy head over to http://www.soldak.com/Dins-Legacy/Overview.html


Features:
* Experience your character mutating over time for good and bad
* Guide your character's evolution (choosing/improving skills, suppressing unwanted mutations, etc)
* Use mutation points to mutate your character towards another character or sub-class
* Uniquely created worlds for every game, with different scenario, win/lose conditions, areas, monsters, items, and quests, give the player a new experience every time
* Explore a dynamic, evolving, living world
* Your choices truly impact the game
* Co-op multiplayer to adventure with friends



About Soldak Entertainment, Inc.
Soldak Entertainment, Inc. is a small independent developer, focused on creating unique gameplay. Soldak was founded by Steven Peeler, a former Technical Director of Ritual Entertainment. Din's Legacy is the sixth Soldak game, joining Depths of Peril, Kivi's Underworld, Din's Curse, Drox Operative, and Zombasite.

Galactic RTS/FPS-hybrid Executive Assault 2 coming to Steam Early Access this October

13 September, London, UK - Wannabe intergalactic CEOs: get ready for cosmic domination as space combat/strategy title Executive Assault 2 prepares to make its long-awaited landing onto Steam Early Access this October.

Created by solo indie developer Robert Hesketh of Hesketh Studios, Executive Assault 2 is the sequel to Executive Assault, which was critically praised for its unusual combination of real-time unit command gameplay and fast-paced FPS action as players seamlessly jump into the boots of different units at the click of a button. Executive Assault has garnered a “Very Positive” Steam rating from over 1,000 reviews since launch.


With the Earth destroyed, players must grab their suit and tie as they begin life as a CEO of an inter-galactic corporation whose business objective is to take over planets in a bid to accumulate as much wealth as possible in a galactic wild west of chaos and lawlessness. Gamers can customise their corporation as they see fit, with the emblem and company, unit and product names all set by the player.

The gameplay is split into two distinct types: real-time, top-down strategy known as Tactical Mode and first-person, fast-paced combat action called Direct Control mode.

In Tactical Mode players leave behind their assault rifle in favour of a control panel as they command their fleet aboard the bridge of their space station. From there, players can research over 60 technologies (with dozens more at launch) and build 14 different units including 12 ships and multiple soldiers – all of which can be upgraded with 28 different skills in the game’s diverse upgrade tree. With their army prepared, players set-out to assassinate multiple rival corporation CEOs in order to take over nine large-scale system while battling against the various environmental factors, including ion and asteroid storms. Once a system is secure, players can then create multiple types of outposts to yield various materials. This includes mining outposts to mine minerals, research outposts for new technologies and defensive outposts for improved fortifications.


In Direct Control mode, players take control of any individual unit, whether that’s a ship soaring over the planet Tarkonis or a high-grade military soldier deployed on an enemy transport ship.  Each unit has a plethora of weapons to equip including blasters, rifles and explosives. Turning the tide in battle is the game’s super-weapon, the Monolith – capable of destroying an entire star-system at the push of a button.

All business leaders need good allies to be successful, and that’s why players can team up with friends and other players worldwide in the game’s PvE multiplayer mode. One player assumes the role of CEO and tactician and the other, a soldier or ship unit, with all the loot split straight down the middle. Those with loftier ambitions can embark in PvP, pitting players against one another in a bid for total planetary dominance.


Check out the Official Website for more details.

Audiogame Jam is back for its THIRD year

Audiogame Jam by James Kyle is back for its THIRD year on Game Jolt!
The challenge, if you choose to accept it is to get creative and make a game that's completely playable without sight!
Audiogame Jam is a game jam that helps raise money for the Royal National Institute of Blind People, a charity that provides help and support for vision impaired people across the UK.
Help spread the word with the hashtag #AudiogameJam3

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Indie Game Review - Ole Bunny (Android)

You're a bunny and love to smell the roses.  That's just great, but unfortunately you've decided to do it right inside a bull-fighting arena.  So yes, there are lots of lovely roses to smell, but also lots of bulls charging around ready to trample you.

That's the premise of Sekip Game's new Android release, "Ole Bunny".  It's an arcade style game where you control your little bunny, grabbing roses and avoiding bulls.  The control system is a little odd - you tap the screen to change direction, with your bunny travelling diagonally and changing direction in 90° anticlockwise steps.  This all feels rather unintuitive initially but after a while you get more or less used to it.  Certainly it increases the challenge of the game and means that you probably need to use a little more strategy than you would if you had more fluid controls.  There are some fun power-ups to collect too.

Collect the roses, avoid the bulls.  I mean, just how hard can it be?

The graphics are simple but nonetheless have a lot of character and charm, music is suitably frantic and  the sound effects are quite amusing.  You can customise the appearance of your bunny too.   I've had a few goes and my high score is still only 11! 

Ole Bunny is a fun game that demands a lot of attention.  Given that cute bunnies and suchlike hold a natural appeal to young children, it's a shame that (unless future updates perhaps introduce an easier option)  the difficulty level will probably put younger players off.  The number of ads didn't seem too bad.


Don't worry, that's not bunny blood, it's just rose petals.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Announcing Democracy 4

Development has started on Democracy 4, the latest iteration of the political strategy game by Positech Games. Democracy 3 was released in 2013 and...quite a lot has happened in global politics since then, which we hope to reflect in the new version. We are still very early in the development of the game, so are not ready to show anything yet, but here are the answers to some expected questions:
 
Lead programmer and Lead Designer on Democracy 4 will be Jeff Sheen from Stargazy Studios, who also designed Democracy 3:Africa and worked on the Unicode port of Democracy 3 recently to allow support for Russian & Chinese translations. Cliff will help with design & testing and will be producer.
 
Democracy 4 will incorporate the extra features introduced in Democracy 3 Africa, which simulated corruption, limits to press freedom and other political phenomena from the extremes which are starting to become more common in western politics since the release of Democracy 3.
 
The game will be completely updated to reflect modern issues, so no more worrying about the 'V' chip and other long forgotten issues, and more worrying about fake-news, social media, and other social phenomena driving politics in 2018 onwards.
 
The release date is 'some time in 2019' and we expect to offer an early-access / playable alpha version to players before the games final release. Target platforms are PC, OSX and Linux.
 
The plan is to roll content from the existing 4 expansion packs (Extremism, Social Engineering, Clones & Drones and Electioneering) into Democracy 4 where appropriate and relevant to provide a single version of the game.
 More details coming over the next few months :D

Friday, 14 September 2018

Couch co-op Nintendo Switch game Pitfall Planet coming soon

13 September 2018 - Valkenswaard, The Netherlands. Developer Abstraction Games today announced that it is bringing co-op puzzle adventure title Pitfall Planet to Nintendo Switch in Fall 2018.  Featuring the cutest pair of robots this side of the Milky Way, Pitfall Planet’s action takes place on a distant, forgotten mining world. Play as the two astrobots, who after being stranded and separated from their ship, must traverse the subterranean caves of the ruined planet, overcoming its many perils in the process.


In Pitfall Planet, you and your friend are equipped with the latest and greatest in astro-mining technology. Players can use their grappling hooks to pick up objects (including each other!) and throw them over gaps or cliffs. To collect all the ore in each level, you'll learn to master the art of teamwork! With the help of your buddy, activate otherwise unreachable buttons and levers, navigate to higher areas using crates with the help of your buddy, hop across sections with bouncy pads and overcome rockets, tanks, and more!


As if hours of challenging puzzle-based gameplay is not enough, players can then spend their gems upgrading the two protagonists with a range of fancy headwear to make them the best-dressed robots on the planet, perhaps even the galaxy. Originally created and released on PC by Bonfire Games, Pitfall Planet’s gorgeous graphics, challenging gameplay and abundance of humour and charm make it a perfect fit for the Nintendo Switch and its couch-based co-op gameplay.


Key Features

  • Two player local co-op for hours of couch-based fun!
  • Gorgeous graphics bring the robots and the vibrant planet to life
  • Play with a friend through a variety of levels with intriguing puzzles and dangerous enemies.
  • Explore a mysterious overworld to discover caverns and secrets.
  • Find hidden gems in every level, which can be used to unlock HATS!
  • Play on one Nintendo Switch using two Joy-Con controllers
  • Throw your friends into pits of lava!
  • Do it again! Don't worry, they'll be just fine.


Heartwarming Adventure My Brother Rabbit Coming Sept. 21

KATOWICE, POLAND – Sept. 6, 2018 – My Brother Rabbit, the heartwarming adventure game from Artifex Mundi, invites players on an emotional trip into the dreamlands of imagination on PC, Mac, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch September 21.

After their beloved daughter falls ill, a family hopes to restore her health with the treatment she needs. Her caring older brother wants to help however he can and turns to the power of imagination and wonder to help take her mind off serious matters. While life appears dreary and cruel, the fantastic and surreal world conjured up by the children offers a wonderful reprieve.


In the siblings’ land of make-believe, a sweet little rabbit takes care of his friend flower, who recently became afflicted by a strange sickness. To reach those who can heal her, he sets out on a journey that requires both a keen eye and smart thinking. Collect hidden objects including butterflies, insectoid lightbulbs, and other items and apply them to the riddles hiding throughout the world.

After observing each area and uncovering secret objects, these items are used in over 30 minigames. Some are as simple as connecting threads in a color-matching game. More complex puzzles involves repairing a fantastical musical machine. Each part adds another musical layer to the song emitting from the device, until a full symphony heralds the rabbit’s triumph.


As the rabbit gets closer to making his friend flower better, the joyful scenery begins to blend with the cold hospital surrounding the children. Though their situation is dark, the children use their creativity as a torch to light their way out. Kids have the incredible ability to explain what they don’t understand. This isn’t a way to ignore what they fear, but to instead both cope and understand the strange ways of an ever-changing world. The game’s designers worked with their own children to better understand they way they perceive our reality.

My Brother Rabbit’s gorgeously bizarre hand-painted landscapes are reminiscent of Dali, and the surreality is underscored further by the music. Arkadiusz Reikowski of Layers of Fear and Seven: The Days Long Gone fame penned an inspiring score that helps accentuate the whimsical delights of this world. Players will delve into their imagination and experience an emotional connection like no other.


“We feel that players will form a bond with the children in My Brother Rabbit because of their enduring spirit,” said Tomasz GrudziƄski, CEO at Artifex Mundi. “Though this story begins with a tragedy, these children always hope for a brighter future.”

My Brother Rabbit will be available for $14.99 on Nintendo Switch, Steam, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One September 21.

To learn more, please visit My Brother Rabbit’s official website or Artifex Mundi’s website.






Thursday, 13 September 2018

New Release - Lamplight City

One of the most hotly awaited indie adventure games in recent years was released today, and it looks like it was absolutely worth the wait!

"A steampunk-ish detective adventure from the creator of A Golden Wake and Shardlight! Can private investigator Miles Fordham find justice for his clients and track down his partner's killer before his entire world comes apart?"


Available now on Steam.