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Wednesday, 31 October 2012


Twain Harte, CA – October 30, 2012 – Reverb Publishing and developer Phoenix Online Studios are pleased to announce that the first episode of their mystery adventure, Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller, is now available for download on Rain Digital Games (, worldwide except Europe), GamersGate (, worldwide), and GameStop(, worldwide except Europe). Additionally, players who would like to see the game up on Valve’s Steam platform can vote for it on Steam Greenlight (

The first episode of a four episode arch, “The Hangman” is now available for download for $9.99. A Season Pass, which includes all four episodes as they are released and an exclusive digital comic is also available for $29.99.
“I absolutely love point-and-click adventure titles, and what Phoenix Online has done with Cognition is nothing short of amazing,” said Balazs Horvath, executive producer with Reverb Publishing. “From the different ways to investigate crime scenes, to the dark and moody set pieces and the tense and foreboding soundtrack, gamers will have a thrill ride trying to solve Cognition.”

From Phoenix Online Studios, the acclaimed developer behind The Silver Lining, Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller is an engrossing narrative with a truly evocative atmosphere. This chilling point-and-click adventure is a thought-provoking mystery following Erica Reed, a Boston-based FBI agent, haunted by the unsolved case of a serial killer who took her brother’s life. With the use of her post-cognition abilities – seeing an object’s past with a touch – players are challenged to unravel a complex tableau of characters, plots, and puzzles over the course of four episodes. A talented cast of voice actors, breathtaking hand-drawn art, an all-star development team (artist Romano Molenaar and story consultant Jane Jensen) and branching puzzles that have several different ways to be completed, Cognition is an unforgettable adven ture game experience.

To view a trailer, stills, and concept art, visit the Cognition site here. Review and vote for Cognition on Steam Greenlight here.

Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller is a part of Reverb Publishing’s growing roster of titles, which includes the massively-successful Dungeon Defenders, the recently launched RavagedRocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken and Primal Carnage, as well as the upcoming Edge of SpaceBlack Knight SwordSanctum 2 and much more. For more information on Reverb Publishing and its line-up of titles, please visit us at, follow us on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Launched in 2010, Reverb Publishing offers digital publishing to independent game developers on PlayStation Network, Xbox LIVE Arcade, PC, iOS and Android, combining production and business development support paired with the proven public relations and marketing agency expertise from its parent company, Reverb Communications. Reverb Publishing’s unique business model is form fitted for studios, ensuring that they receive the majority of the game’s revenue and maintain ownership of their titles while Reverb handles all the non-developmental tasks including production support, navigating QA, and preparing for product submission.

The PR veterans at Reverb Communications have worked on recognizable brands like Guitar Hero, Rock Band, The Beatles: Rock Band, Dance Central, Star Trek Online, as well as stellar digital titles like Battle Slots, Army of Darkness, BloodRayne: Betrayal, Kung Fu LIVE and the critically-acclaimed Dungeon Defenders.

For more information about Reverb Publishing, please visit

Phoenix Online Studios is a game development company dedicated to making engaging, compelling, cutting edge and generally awesome adventure games. With a devoted team of individuals from all over the globe, Phoenix Online Studios is a passionate developer in pursuit of creating engaging games with strong characters and intriguing storylines. Their upcoming game, Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller is one of the most anticipated adventure games of 2012. They are also the creators of The Silver Lining, a non-commercial game based on and inspired by the King's Quest series.

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But to Paint a Universe - Available now for iOS

But to Paint a Universe is a puzzle game for the iPhone/iPad, with an interesting narrative and a intoxicating atmosphere, with beautiful levels, and a custom, piano-based soundtrack. This creates a charming and unique atmosphere, which combined with the varied and fun gameplay forms a casual, yet challenging game. 

The game contains 5 different Areas, each with it's different way of playing and unique challenges, tied together by a narrative told through the environment. There's also achievements and Game Center support 

The game, by indie developer Mårten Jonsson, has been in production on and off for almost a year, and was released earlier this year on PC and Mac. It's available at the App Store.

About JMJ 
JMJ is Mårten Jonsson, an indie developer from Sweden. He has previously released games such as Star Sky and The Story of a World, with many more interesting projects in the future. 

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Guns of Icarus Online Launches

Guns of Icarus Online Launches In the Face of Hurricane Sandy
Neither wind, nor rain, nor gloom of night, can stop the Icarus.

Oct 30, 2012 – A hurricane on the day you launch an airship is usually a bad sign, but not this time. Guns of Icarus Online( has finally risen, propelled by the winds of Hurricane Sandy. The entire Muse Games staff worked from home while they and the entire City of New York faced down one of the worst storms of the century. The team worked tirelessly up until the last minute, when power and internet finally failed. The result was a near flawless launch with minimal downtime despite all odds.
Guns of Icarus Online is the first co-operative airship combat game mixing together first-person shooter action with team-based strategy. Up to four people will crew a ship, taking on one of the key roles of Captain, Gunner, or Engineer joining a team and fighting against other ships above the post-apocalyptic waste. In Guns of Icarus Online, it will take teamwork and tactics to dominate the skies.
It took the small eight person team over a year of development, the help of 1500 Kickstarter based alpha testers, friends, family, and the thousands who pre-ordered to enjoy the beta. "This, however, is just the start of the story of Guns of Icarus Online," says Howard Tsao, owner of Muse Games. "We have a great many promises yet to fulfill over the coming months as we continue to add content and improve player experience. The game is fun, making it even more fun will be our priority from this point forward and everything from new ships, weapons, costumes, maps, game modes, and PVE content is coming. So be ready, because Guns of Icarus has finally taken off."  
Muse Games is an NYC based company dedicated to delivering high quality Unity products to Mac, PC, and web browsers.  Their flagship products, CreaVures and Guns of Icarus Online, are available on Steam as well as their own website. Muse Games also offers completely free Unity games playable from your web browser at their site.  Find out more at

Guns of Icarus Online - Screenshots:

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M.U.S.E. released for Android

Ayopa Games and Lab Rats Studio are proud to announce that the hit iOS third-person shooter, M.U.S.E., has launched for Android. This explosive cover shooter brings RPG character customization, fast-paced combo scoring, and destructible environments to Android tablets and phones running Gingerbread OS and above.

The Android version of M.U.S.E. has been updated to include all the content from both the original M.U.S.E. on iOS plus the extended content from the 1.2 patch, bringing the total package to 9 levels and two epic boss battles against the super villains Psychosis and Aneurysm.

MUSE for Android launches at a special sales price of $1.99 and also supports the new MOGA Mobile Gaming System, the game controller for Android devices by PowerA that was named the winner of Machinima’s “Best Hardware of E3 2012.”

Please find attached the fact sheet for M.U.S.E., which includes more information on this arcade-style shooter that combines engaging gameplay and amazing graphics. 

The app is available for download on Google Play at:

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Fantasy FPS: Community Driven Game Development

With the rise of Kickstarter game projects in 2012, the gaming community has gained unparalleled access to the game development process. But even with the meteoric rise of Kickstarter, Archetype Global is looking to push this integration even further with their premiere title “Nightrealm Tales”, a game driven by community feedback and ideas, from alpha stages to completion.

Nightrealm Tales is a class-based FPS title in the same vein as Team Fortress 2 orTribes: Ascend, but with a focus on melee and magic combat. The title will be a multi-player game, where players can chose to war with one of two factions, the noble Banner or the vicious Swarm. Each faction includes 6 unique character/classes, each catering to unique playing styles. The characters include Men, Elves, Dwarves, Orcs, Ogres, Goblins and more! Nightrealm Tales utilizes Crytek’s next-generation CryEngine 3 technology to create its beautiful and dangerous new fantasy world. 

Archetype Global was founded in early 2012 by Micah Hymer, founder of indie developer Reverie World Studios. The developers behind the MMORTS “Dawn of Fantasy”,  published by 505 Games in 2011. Archetype has formed an incredibly talented base of both experienced developers and talented ‘up-and-comers’ to work on its initial title. And with a successful background of boot-strapping and working with limited funding, Archetype has both the technical and business savvy to complete its premiere title, Nightrealm Tales.

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Monday, 29 October 2012

RPG ‘99 Spirits’ will be released in early 2013

October 30th, 2012 - Independent game localization company Fruitbat Factory is proud to announce their next project, ‘99 Spirits’ is set for an early 2013 release.  99 Spirits, recently released in Japan this fall, is the first RPG produced by the Japanese indie game circle TORaIKI, and is currently being localized for English speaking audiences. The immersive game features an original battle system where players will have to puzzle out the true identify of the enemy before defeating them. 99 Spirits revolves around the real Japanese legends of "Tsukumogami", where everyday objects come alive on their 100th birthday.  


Hanabusa is a young headstrong girl living in the Heian capital within medieval Japan.  But when her mother is slain by evil spirits, her life turns into one of vengeance as she sets out to hunt and destroy the spirits.  

During Hanabusa’s travels, she meets a white fox who turns out to be a servant of the mountain god. Hanabusa receives a special sword passed down from her mother, which gives her the ability to see the true forms of spirits to help slay them. Shortly after, a spirit claiming to be Hanabusa’s long-lost father, Hidetada, breaks her sword and leaves Hanabusa powerless and confused.

Now to mend her broken sword and learn the truth about her father, Hanabusa embarks on a journey to annihilate every last one of the evil spirits.

The full game will feature:

- Over 10 hours of playtime in an RPG that mixes intense puzzles with fast paced action
- Work out the true identity of your enemies in a unique battle system
- Capture enemy spirits and turn them into allies
- Interact with over 40 unique characters that impact your journey
- Battle over 100 monsters and master a vast variety of skills
- Maintain your equipment and combat hunger as you traverse different regions
- Beautifully detailed art and an atmospheric original soundtrack bring feudal Japan alive

99 Spirits is planned to be released on PC (Windows) in early 2013.  A set of screenshots have been released in conjunction with the press release.  The screenshots can be seen via the press kit.  For more information visit the game's official website:  or visit their Twitter, Youtube or Facebook Page. 


Fruitbat Factory

Fruitbat Factory is an independent localization company focusing on bringing interesting Japanese indie games to English-speaking audiences. They previously released Yakiniku Banzai’s critically acclaimed strategy game War of the Human Tanks in Fall 2012. For more information, visit the developers’ homepage at


TORaIKI is an independent Japanese game circle that aims to produce Windows PC titles suitable for gamers of all ages. 99 Spirits is TORaIKI’s first release, first published in Japan on Comiket 82 in August 2012. For more information, visit the developers’ homepage at

99 Spirits is also available from Shiny Loot

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Friday, 26 October 2012

2nd Seattle Independent Game Competition now open for submissions

The Washington Interactive Network has now opened submissions for the 2nd Annual Seattle Independent Game Competition. Submissions will begin to be accepted now until the the end of 2012.
The competition aims to promote innovation and excellence in game design and to provide an opportunity for individuals and companies to present to a panel of top-tier judges for an opportunity to win a $2,500 prize and the chance for distribution.
A panel of industry experts will review all submissions and select five finalists to move to the final round of the competition. Finalists will present to a panel of judges in-person at the annual Power of Play event Thursday, 31st January 2013 in Bellevue, WA. Last year's judges included executives from Valve, Big Fish Games, Xbox, Her Interactive and Novel Inc.
For more information visit the Seattle Independent Game Competition website.

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Thursday, 25 October 2012

Lab Bunnies now available on Apple App Store - Skejo Studios

Irvine, California - Mobile game developer, Skejo Studios today introduces Lab Bunnies, its new vertical platformer for iPhone & iPod devices. Lab Bunnies is a casual, puzzle platformer accessible to all players, with challenges for the die hard gamers. 

After the first sheep were cloned, they were sent away in secret. Nobody thought they would start cloning experiments of their own. 

Now in Lab Bunnies, bound your way through various experiments testing the growing intellect of the various cloned bunnies. Using one touch controls, munch carrots, navigate traps, change colors and more. 

Could jumping toward the light be any more fun? 

* Over 200 sections to complete, presented in 72 levels and 3 different worlds 
* iPhone 5 ready, along with iPhone 4(S)/iPod Retina and iPhone 3GS resolutions 
* Casual game play, with challenges for the die hard gamers 
* Intuitive one touch controls, with alternative Left/Right/Jump buttons 
* iCloud progress syncing (get a new iOS device and your progress goes with you) 
* Game Center Leader Boards and Achievements 

Device Requirements: 
* iPhone 5 ready 
* iPhone 4(S) & 4th Gen iPod Retinal-graphics 
* Playable on non-retinal devices 
* Requires iOS 4.2 or later 
* 21.0 MB 

Compatible Devices: 
iPhone: 5, 4S, 4, & 3GS 
iPod Touch: 5th, 4th & 3rd generation 

Pricing and Availability: 
Lab Bunnies will have a launch discount of 50%, priced at $0.99 for one week and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Puzzle and Arcade categories. Regularly priced at $1.99. 

Lab Bunnies 

Skejo Studios is an independent game developer established in 2011 and located in Irvine California, USA. Skejo Studios specializes in iOS puzzle and casual games. Lab Bunnies is their third title. Copyright (C) 2011-2012 Skejo Studios LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. 

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Monday, 22 October 2012

Gratuitous Tank Battles: The Western Front expansion released

UK indie developer Positech games (Gratuitous Space Battles, Democracy 2...) are pleased to announce the release of an expansion pack for their alternate-history Tower-Defense game 'Gratuitous Tank Battles'.

Gratuitous Tank Battles: The Western Front is a World-War 2 themed expansion to the innovative tower defense game. The original title was set in an alternate universe where world war one continues into the laser age, and GTB:The Western Front focuses on the world war 2 era of the story, pitting American armies against German in the heart of Europe.

Eight new missions are included woven into a completely new single-player campaign. A total of 16 new tank 'hulls' including the TigerSherman and Pershing are available in the expansion, and can be used in the basic game as well, along with all new props and textures from the new campaign for use in the built-in map editor. The first four maps allow WW2 technology only, whereas the later maps allow players to strap laser cannons to Tiger Tanks, which is one of the developers chief ambitions in life.

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Sunday, 21 October 2012

Retro Warfare 3 released for Windows 7 Phone

Get the free demo from the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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Friday, 19 October 2012

Coming soon to Android - "Block Power"

Block Power is an action puzzle block game, somewhat of a cross between Bejeweled and Nintendo's Puzzle League series.  It's due for release on Android in about 2 months (tentatively priced at a dollar).  More news soon.

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Introducing: Ars Magica: Years of Conquest KickStarter Campaign

San Diego, CA – October 19, 2012 – The KickStarter Campaign for Ars Magica: Years of Conquest is now available at! The Campaign will run until November 18th, 2012.

Years of Conquest is based on Atlas Games’ award-winning Ars Magica role-playing game, and features a full century of simulation gameplay in a fantastic and magical Medieval setting. A faithful rendition of the original game, Years of Conquest incorporates the full Fifth Edition rules, including the legendarily powerful and flexible magic system.

The player must build their own Covenant in a time of invasion and strife and protect it from influences both within and without, if they are to attain the dizzying heights of magical power. For the first time in the 25 year history of Ars Magica, players are invited to discover the secrets of House Diedne, a powerful and enigmatic House facing total destruction.

  • 100 years of gameplay, from 1000-1100 A.D.
  • Cast powerful Spells, in any portion of the game
  • Plan, build and upgrade your defenses, village and laboratory
  • A unique combat engine in which the environment plays as significant a role as the opponents
  • Research magic, create powerful artifacts and leave a legacy
  • Interact with a cast of hundreds
  • Protect your Covenfolk as they live, grow, work, play and pass on to the next generation
  • Interact with Knut, William the Conqueror and the First Crusade
  • Make difficult judgments, each leading you one step closer to an ultimate destiny

KickStarter pledges containing the full game begin at $20, and the game, if funded, is expected to launch Q2 2014.
About Ars Magica: Years of Conquest
Ars Magica: Years of Conquest is a PC simulation and role-playing game intended for audiences ages 16+. Our games reward relationship building, exploration and strategy, and encourage the player to role-play their own unique story.

About Black Chicken Studios
Black Chicken Studios, Inc, headquartered in San Diego, CA, was formed in 2007 to provide interesting and novel alternatives to mainstream games, offering experiences which promote creativity, reward knowledge and inspire imagination. It is especially our goal to create games wherein challenges can be overcome by study, diplomacy and character. Our company has an inclusive content philosophy, and makes a practice of incorporating as much work as possible from fans, independent writers and artists.

About Atlas Games
In 1990, Atlas Games' very first product was Tales of the Dark Ages, a collection of licensed adventures for Ars Magica.  Five years later, Atlas acquired ownership of the game itself, and has since released two editions of the core rulebook and dozens of supplementary books.  Ars Magica Fifth Edition won an Origins Award for Best Role Playing Game, and a Gold ENnie for Best Rules.  Besides tabletop role-playing games, Atlas is known for card games such as Gloom, Once Upon A Time and Lunch Money.  Atlas Games is based in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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Introducing Slide DB

Giving mobile game developers a place to promote their creations

Melbourne - October 19, 2012 - After months of stealth development the creators of, ModDB.comand have announced the launch of a developer driven mobile games news site.

With so much noise and content in the mobile gaming space, it is hard for developers of new IP to reach fans. When asked what can be done, Scott Reismanis the Founder of SlideDB commented "At the moment mobile developers are mostly at the mercy of app-store top charts and editor curated blogs, both of which allow little control. We hope to change this by putting the creators in control and providing another way of connecting with potential fans via SlideDB."

In the mobile space there needs to be more ways to reach players interested in the game you've built without being dependent on paid ads, reviews and befriending the right people. "With and reaching over 200,000+ readers daily, we've already had great success helping independent developers showcase their work. And with so many mobile games all competing for the few "top chart slots" available - it makes sense for us to expand our network." stated Scott Reismanis. Developers interested in sharing what they are creating, and players interested in discovering up and coming mobile games encouraged to start interacting via SlideDBtoday.

About SlideDB
Mobile and tablet have opened up a new world of gaming anywhere and everywhere you want. You can slide, tap, shake and play all manner of games from family friendly educational titles to adventurous classics. On Slide DB we give developers a community they can share their ideas with and showcase the work they are doing, beyond the basic app stores and the highly contested "top charts". For more information please visit

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Thursday, 18 October 2012

Alientrap, creators of Capsized, Reveal a First Look at their new game, Apotheon

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - October 18th, 2012 - Independent studio Alientrap is pleased to release a first look of their upcoming platformer game, Apotheon.  The developers have been working on the stylish new game for over a year; since the release of their indie hit Capsized, a critically acclaimed 2D platformer. 

Apotheon is a 2D platform action-rpg set on the rich stage of ancient Greek mythology. Hera, the queen of Olympus, has overthrown her husband Zeus, and taken his throne as ruler of the Gods. Bitter and scornful towards the race of mortals, she launches a murderous campaign to scour them from the earth. As humanity’s last champion, you must pass through the land of the dead, infiltrate Mount Olympus, and end the wrath of the Gods. With sword, spear, and shield in hand, you will sneak, conspire, loot, and battle your way through majestic palaces and chthonic depths as you climb towards godhood. Only by stripping the old gods of their powers, and taking control of the elements as your own, can humanity hope to survive the coming oblivion.

Along with a large single player campaign in a massive open world Mount Olympus, Apotheon will include online multiplayer with deathmatch and team based gamemodes.  

Apotheon is currently in development for Steam with an intended release in 2013.

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Unity of Command - Now available on Steam, New DLC Announced

Zagreb, Croatia - October 18, 2012 -- Independent game developers 2x2 Games have announced that their turn-based strategy game for the PC, Unity of Command, is now available on Steam. The Steam edition of Unity of Command will be sold at the discounted price of $14.99 during its first week of release ($19.99 after that). 

2x2 Games have announced that Red Turn, the game's first DLC, will be made available before the end of 2012. "Red Turn: The Road To Berlin 1943-45" follows the historical Red Army offensives to defeat Nazi Germany, putting the players in command for the second half of The Great Patriotic War. 

The main part of the Red Turn DLC will be the gigantic Soviet campaign game, consisting of 17 scenarios. On top of that, there will be 2 standalone German and 4 multiplayer scenarios, for a total of 23 - more than in the original game (which had 20 scenarios). 

About Unity of Command: 
Unity of Command is an innovative and refreshing operational-level wargame that covers the entire 1942/43 Stalingrad Campaign on the Eastern Front. Playable from both the Axis and Soviet perspective, it strives to recreate the strategy, the forces involved and the general tension of that crucial period in World War II. 

About 2x2 Games: 
2x2 Games are a small indie dev team that is not afraid of treading new ground. On a mission to find that perfect balance between fun and historical accuracy in wargames, they just might be onto something. 

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012

BitFlip Games Unleashes Free Minion Master Lite Version and Releases Co-Op and Team Multiplayer Modes with October Beta

Berkeley, CA – October 16th, 2012. – Independent micro studio BitFlip Games today announced that a free Lite version of Minion Master, its debut tactical collectible card game, is now available from the official Minion Master website at The Lite launch coincides with the release of the gigantic October beta update that introduces Co-operative play, Team Multiplayer, a new Level Sharing feature, and over 75 other additions to the game.
“As we edge closer to the commercial launch of Minion Master, we are excited to release the free Lite version and look forward to welcoming a whole new generation of players to the battle arena”, said David Steinwedel, Executive Producer of BitFlip Games, “With the added introduction of new co-op and team multiplayer modes and the level sharing tool, we have doubled down on empowering the community to create awe-inspiring strategic battles”.
The new Minion Master Lite version aligns the moment-to-moment tactics of Collectible Card Games with the long-term strategy of Miniature Wargaming. Lite players will choose one of 3 pre-built decks and receive a Booster Pack of cards to use in online multiplayer battles. In addition to multiplayer modes, Minion Master Lite players will have access to the full set of single player challenges and size-limited Level creation. Lite Minion Master players can upgrade their experience by pre-ordering the game and receiving the full Minion Master card set as well as an unlocked Level Editor.
Co-op and competitive team multiplayer modes are also included in the October update, allowing MinionMaster players complete freedom in team creation. The new level sharing feature allows users to display their custom level creations on the Minion Master website. Players can download any of these levels to play on or to continue building upon.
About Minion Master
Minion Master is a Digital Board game that brings together the moment-to-moment tactics of collectible card games with the long-term strategy of miniature war gaming. Players battle with armies of figurines on a hex based board. Minions are summoned and controlled using a custom built deck of cards. Minion Masterwill boast a Deck Builder, 6 player co-op and versus multiplayer, a Level Editor, and a constantly expanding universe of Minions to control. Players can join the open beta for free by signing up Inspired by physical RPG board and card games whilst simultaneously adding in elements that are only possible in a virtual world, Minion Master is slated for release on PC this fall. To visit the official Minion Master web site go to:
About BitFlip Games
BitFlip Games is an independent game studio based in Berkeley, California. At two years old, the team has released a number of iOS games, as well as having played supporting roles in yet to be released AAA games. Formerly, members of the team worked on the Bioshock & XCOM series at 2K Marin, as well as Hellgate: London & Mythos with Flagship Studios.

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Friday, 12 October 2012

Indie Political game 'Democracy 2' Now available on steam, new trailer & making-of video.

Positech Games, the one-man indie studio run by cliff 'cliffski' harris, and responsible for Gratuitous Space Battles and Gratuitous Tank Battles, is extremely pleased to announce that their unique turn-based political-strategy game 'Democracy 2' is now available on steam.

Democracy 2 is a game that puts the player in the role of President/Prime Minister of a fictional country. The games unique design is built around a custom-designed neural network that simulates voters, pressure-groups, policies, statistical data, event situations and dilemmas that face the government. Presented through a completely original icon-based interface, Democracy 2 is like no other strategy game on the market.

A PC demo of the game is available here:
And Democracy 2 can be grabbed from steam here:

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Thursday, 11 October 2012

2012 IndieCade Announces Award Winners

Molleindustria’s Unmanned Wins Grand Jury Award and Hokra Wins Audience Choice Award

LOS ANGELES – Oct. 11, 2012 –The 2012 IndieCade has named this year’s award winners, including the Grand Jury Award going to Unmanned, created by Molleindustria. IndieCade recognizes superior examples of story development, visual, technological, audio and all-around independent game titles as well as a creator who has greatly contributed to the independent gaming field.

Ten of the winners, including the Grand Jury Award, were announced at the Red Carpet awards show on Thursday, Oct. 4.  The Grand Jury Award allows IndieCade’s Distinguished Award Jurors to select a game that they feel deserves a special citation for overall excellence. This could be a game that couldn’t fit into any other category, but the Jury each year determines the criteria for assignment of this award. Past recipients could have included Gravitation (2008), Moon Stories (2009), Groping in the Dark (2010) and Fez (2011). This year the jury chose from more than 500 games from 5 different continents.  The winners were chosen by a panel of industry luminaries including: Kellee Santiago, Co-founder and former President of Thatgamecompany; Jonathan Blow, Developer of Braid; J. Stewart Burns, Producer and Writer of The Simpsons and Futurama. On Sunday, Oct. 7 the Audience and Developer Choice Awards were announced at the closing party.

“The IndieCade awards celebrate the unique artistic vision and talent across the spectrum of independent games.  This special event serves as an important platform to support the next generation of independent games, and highlight their incredible quality.” said Stephanie Barish, CEO, IndieCade. “We are honored to have so many outstanding titles in this year’s show and to be able to share them with the thousands of attendees that came to the festival.” 
The game and developer winners this year are:

  • Grand Jury Award: Unmanned- Molleindustria
  • Visuals: Gorogoa-  Jason  Roberts
  • Audio: Dyad- RSBLSB
  • Impact: Reality Ends Here- Jeff Watson and Simon Wiscombe, USC Game Innovation Lab
  • Interaction: Interference –Nathalie Pozzi and Eric Zimmerman
  • Game Design: Armada D6-  Eric Zimmerman and John Sharp
  • Technology: Vornheim- Zak S.
  • Story/ World Design: Botanicula- Amanita Designs
  • Special Recognition: The Stanley Parable- Davey  Wreden
  • The Trailblazers Award: Elan Lee
  • Developers Choice Award: Renga- wallFour
  • Audience Choice Award:  Hokra- Ramiro  Corbetta
The first annual IndieCade EAST will occur on Saturday – Sunday, Feb. 16 -17, 2013 in New York City at the Museum of the Moving Image.  IndieCade EAST will provide attendees the chance to play some of the 2012 IndieCade finalists, award winners and official selections, watch films about game culture, participate in the first ever IndieCade East Coast Game Jam hosted by Playstation Mobile in addition to hear speeches from game designers, journalists as well as game academics.

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