Monday, May 25, 2015

The Watchlist: Transmission

Title: Transmission
Developer: Transmission team
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Xbox One
In development
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Transmission is an action adventure game set on a mysterious alien world
You awaken, lost, alone, confused, stranded on an unknown world. With nothing but your ship's central computer for guidance, you set out into a landscape teeming with secrets and hostile inhabitants. This is the world of Transmission, an upcoming isometric action-adventure title with a focus on exploration and discovery.
Perhaps the first aspect that stands out is the game's style, an aesthetic with the goal of mirroring hand-painted art and making the world feel like a piece of concept art brought to life. But Transmission will offer more than just a mysterious landscape to explore; armed with suit enhancements, special equipment and defenses, and upgradable weaponry, you'll face dangerous robotic enemies and native lifeforms, as well as solve environmental puzzles and traverse hazardous areas. Similar to a classic Resident Evil or adventure game, you'll need to collect items to activate alien machinery and unlock new sections of Transmission's world
Transmission is still relatively early in development; you can follow its progress on its TIGForum devlog and Twitter page, as well as the game's main site.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Quick Fix: Screenshot Saturday 5/23

Title: Tetrapulse
Developer: The Amiable
Coordinate, combine, and conquer in this high-action co-op game for two to four friends. Explore the vast reaches of your world eliminating invaders along the way. Play as one of four classes in this Spelunky meets Diablo style cooperative brawler.
Title: Luman
Developer: LifeAndDev Games
Luman is a stylised, fast-paced platformer about an irritatingly cheerful, luminous lad and a bad, broken bayonet bulb. In the game you will play as Luman, a jovial light bulb who unwittingly ends up with the difficult task of bringing the once proud Uncandescent to justice. You will meet amazingly deep two-dimensional characters and sentient light emitting objects, you will face psychotic broken bulbs, troubled celebrities and the most fearsome obstacle of all – the ordinary wall (seriously you will die if you run into walls. You are made of glass).
Title: Starship Command
Developer: evgLabs
Starship Command is a persistent-world, massively single-player, real-time tactical starship simulator wrapped in an AI-driven 4X game. Starting with a lowly shuttle, you will trade and battle your way to victory, amassing a gigantic fleet customized to your liking!
Title: Gerty
Developer: Gerty Game team
Gerty is a top-down rogue-like shooter game. It features action packed combat and fully destructible environments mixed together with a time-limit. With this unique blend of time and resource management, Gerty forces players to think on their feet and make snap judgements if they are to survive the countless monsters and traps lying in wait for them.
Title: Baby
Developer: Jordan Seaward
Baby is a metroidvania platforming game. You play as Baby, a creature on a quest to find her missing mother. Work your way through a dangerous maze-like world inhabited by vicious creatures looking for their next meal. Dodge the hazardous environments and face the many bosses that this game has to offer.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Watchlist: MegaSphere

Title: MegaSphere
Developer: Anton Kudin
Platforms: PC, Mac
In development
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MegaSphere is a sci-fi themed action platformer with a big shiny gun, mad battle robots and unpredictable world that is different each time you play. Fight enemies, search for loot, hack AI's, upgrade weapons and your suit. No hand holding, no tutorials — play like a grown-up!
Pixel art games are often labeled as cheap, outdated, retro, but games like Rain World, with its advanced AI and procedural animations, or Slain's atmospheric Gothic style, have shown that combining the aesthetic with modern technology can produce visually stunning worlds. MegaSphere is another game to add to that list, mixing fast-paced action platforming with detailed pixel art.
MegaSphere drops you into procedurally generated levels where dangerous robotic foes await. An array of customizable weapons are at your disposal, from a ricocheting laser rifle to powerful rocket launchers, grenades, and a gravity gun. Power-ups collected throughout the levels make you faster, stronger, and more resilient; secondary firing modes and hacking lets you turn the tide in your favor against enemy swarms and powerful bosses.

While the core run-and-gun gameplay looks hectic and challenging, it's the game's use of dynamic lighting, spatial audio, physics, vivid particle effects, and other technical elements that truly stands out. Grabbers rush you atop spindly tentacles, while drones are armed with spinning blades that glow red-hot as they drag along the ground. Explosions and bullets tear through destructible environments, flames cause the air to tremble; sparks and embers subtly illuminate the textured backgrounds
MegaSphere is still early in development; an alpha demo is set to release during the summer. You can follow the game's development on its main siteTumblr devlog and Twitter page.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Quick Fix: Screenshot Satuday 5/16

Title: Typoman
Developer: Brainseed Factory
Trapped in a world built from words and towers of letters, you reach to the dark and reeky sky. Direful creatures march across the devastated land. You are small, you are weak, you don't have any means to survive. But... the letters that seemed to be so threatening at first hold powers you yet cannot imagine. But you try. You know your destiny because you have been there a long time before. You struggle to remember. The future has yet to be written.
Title: Nantucket
Developer: Picaresque Studio
Nantucket is a strategy seafaring game set into the golden age of American whaling, during the first half of the 19th century. The story is set a few years after the disaster of the Pequod where Captain Ahab and his crew lost their lives to Moby Dick. In the role of Ishmael, the only survivor of the Pequod, you will have to chase again after the White Whale for redemption
Galaxy Heist is an open world online game that takes place in space. It aims to bring the world of skilled FPS matches and open world space simulation together so that players can fly in space and run around on each others ships in the most seamless way possible. Not only that but players are able to board other players ships as well, for fun, or by force if the other players ship has been disabled. Once on board players can take what they want, steal data from the computers, or just kill the opposing crew members for a bit of extra cash.
Title: Phoenix Dawn
Developer: Apixal
You play the character of Phoenix - a young girl with extraordinary abilities. Her story will take you on a emotional journey about an unspeakable evil tearing her world a part. Armed with only a wand and a limited knowledge of how to use her powers - she sets off on a journey that will take her far from home. An adventure that will forever change the young sorceress and her companions.



Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Watchlist: Elsinore

Title: Elsinore
Developer: Golden Glitch
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Release: 2016
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Elsinore is a time-looping narrative adventure game set in the world of Shakespeare's Hamlet.
Consider, for a moment, the Shakespearean tragedy. Tales of betrayal, death, love, prophecies, mystery, ruin. These stories have influenced literature and other mediums for centuries, and now Elsinore promises to combine Hamlet's story of revenge and murder with the adventure game genre, as you attempt to prevent a massacre witnessed in a prophetic dream.
As noblewoman Ophelia, you find yourself caught in a four-day time loop during a period of political tension in Elsinore Castle. Using knowledge gained over multiple loops, you can influence and manipulate events and individuals. However, this interactions are more than simple branching dialogue parts, as each character has their own schedules, desires, plans; thus your actions can have ripple effects that influence other character's behaviors and fates. Perhaps you'll learn more about the Denmark-Norway conflict in the Great Hall or end up locked in the dungeon. Perhaps you'll betray and assassinate or be killed yourself. Discover secrets, witness new events unfold, and experiment across loops to prevent the foreseen tragedy.
Elsinore is planned for a 2016 release, and is currently seeking support on Kickstarter and Steam Greenlight; stretch goals include voice acting, additional animations, an iPad version, and new areas and characters such as Fortinbras' War Camp. You can learn more about Elsinore on the developer's Tumblr page.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Update on IGE

Hello, readers and devs. I wanted to give a quick update and apologize for the lack of articles this month. I've been occupied with preparing for finals and finishing up a comprehensive research paper, so I've been kind of busy to say the least. I've keeping up with interesting releases and other indie news, but haven't had the time to work on article drafts or play much besides iPad games.

My semester is almost over, so by mid-May, I should be able to post articles at a regular pace again

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Quick Fix: Screenshot Satuday 4/4

Title: Intersection
Developer: miziziziz
Your world is dying. Your predecessor gave his life to link you to a young world; now you must use this link to save your people.
This is InterSection

Title: XO
Developer: Jumpdrive Studios
The war is over. We lost. The survival of the human race now rests on the shoulders of a single battleship. In XO you command a rag-tag fleet of starships against an unbeatable enemy. You'll be evacuating refugees, scrounging for resources, and assembling your flock from one jump-point to the next. Your goal is to lead what's left of humanity out of reach from the unknown threat that pursues.

Title: Wizard of Legend
Developer: Contingent 99
A rogue-like 2D action adventure game where your goal is to become that greatest wizard in history. Our focus is on the ability to explore a large variety of skills and the option to build your own class based on the wide range of spell that will be available. The game will have couch co-op (up to 2 players) and will feature a local PvP arena where players can test their spell builds against one another.

Title: Bunker Punks
Developer: Ninja Robot Dinosaur Entertainment
Bunker Punks is a retro-inspired shoot-and-loot where each level is new and unique and you only get one life per game, so you have to make it count.  You play a Bunker Punk, a revolutionary fighting to bring down the elitist corporate government.