Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Quick Fix: Promising Kickstarters and some awesome free games

Hey, hope you're all doing well. School's been going well for me, and I'm eager for Spring Break. You can look forward to reviews of Cloudbuilt, Nuclear Throne, and Turbo Dismount, previews of The Hong Kong Massacre and Lift, and SitReps on XenoRaptor and Vertiginous Golf, and more to come in about two weeks.

Here's some indie news to keep you sated till then:

Frog Sord's Fate
I had been anticipating this promising precision platformer about a frog with a s(w)ord, and I even got to play the alpha. But unfortunately new developments have come to light, and it seems like the project is now dead. The details aren't exactly clear yet, and no official confirmation has been made, but in the words of one of the developer's on the TIGForum devlog, "Frog Sord is dead and we're not entirely sure what that means right now."

Promising Kickstarters
2014 has been a great one for Kickstarters so far, with games like Rain World, MAV, Olympia Rising, La-Mulana 2, and Classroom Aquatic all finding success. Here are some ongoing Kickstarters with great potential:

Proven Lands
Explore a unique, vast and beautiful science-fiction sandbox roguelike, procedurally generated and studded with an AI storyteller.
I've been anticipating this project and now it's on Kickstarter. It's a hard science fiction (as in realistic science) procedurally generated sandbox survival game, with a focus on exploration, discovery, and surviving alone on an alien world. It's ambitious and has a huge scope and it deserves your support and attention. There's a pre-alpha demo to download here.

Ashen Rift
A new take on classic shooters: Ashen Rift pits you and your pitbull Bounder against the crumbling world and howling beasts within.

Galactic Princess
Dive into an epic adventure through deep space. Find the princess to restore peace, and rule the universe.

Nothing To Hide
In this anti-stealth game, you're forced to help with your own surveillance. Act like you're always on stage. A fake smile for the camera. If you can't hide who you are... you have to hide who you really are.
I discussed this game before and now there's only two days left to support the project. The campaign is so close to success, so give the demo a try if you haven't.

On a side note, I'm maintaining the 2014 Kickstarter thread on NeoGAF, so if you want to learn about current campaigns, what's coming up, and what's succeeded or failed, check it out.

Great freeware games from Frank Force
I only discovered this developer and his games yesterday, but I am so impressed by the quality of his titles. His most recent, Corridors of Uncertainity, already feels polished and fun for a pre-alpha.

Corridors of Uncertainity

Self Destruction

Secret Formula



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