Utomik, the unlimited PC indie game subscription service, has added a colorful 3D platformer called Newt One to its lineup this week. Created by a two-man crew that calls themselves DevNAri, Newt One casts you in the role of an anthropomorphic musical note wandering through a world that has lost its color. In an upside-down twist from most other platformers, your goal is to generate life, not stomp on it or punch it away.
Cococucumber is an indie game studio loated in Toronto that’s dedicated to creating “original games with a striking visual style.” Few upcoming games look quite like Riverbond, an action adventure game rendered entirely in the voxel style — think boxes. Lots of boxes.
Legrand Legacy, the JRPG from developer SemiSoft, has been fully funded on Kickstarter, with the Indie game getting the £40,000 it needed in order to complete its campaign; it had just three days left in order to reach its goal. The Kickstarter campaign came just two months after the original campaign failed to reach the funding required to be successful, even after SemiSoft offered increased incentives to potential backers.
Dry Cactus’ bridge-building simulator Poly Bridge has been an immense success since launching in Early Access a year ago, helping more than 160,000 would-be engineers put their bridge-building skills-or lack thereof-to the test… in a game, without jeopardizing the lives of innocent people with their totally unsafe bridge designs. Phew. On July 12, the game will emerge from Early Access with way more levels, totally new and improved game modes, enhanced artwork, online leaderboards, thousands of player-created levels, an innovative approach to Twitch streaming integration and more.
Memory, an adventure, puzzle, first person single player game from developers Sick Kreations, has landed on Steam Greenlight. You play as a robot who thru exploration and discovery learns the story of where you came from and your destiny. Memory has a unique mechanic that when your power cells drain down it progresses the story and opens new areas to explore.
Shards of Azuria, an isometric, craft and build RPG being developed by Blue Potion Games, has launched on Steam Greenlight. Create a character and a new world, then start your adventure by waking up in town. You are greeted by the locals of Azuria and begin to find your way around. You can watch the trailer for Shards of Azuria below. Describing Shards of Azuria, Blue Potion Games said:
“The inhabitants of Azuria will assist you on your journey, helping you obtain many Abilities or to satisfy your creative endeavour. Wander into the unknown, build a home and become strong enough to face the lurking evil.”
The game is set to have a number of features, including:
Inventory System with over 150+ items
Crafting System with over 90+ recipes
Build a home by placing down blocks, furniture or other objects
Add colour to your surroundings with the Paint Blaster
Core RPG mechanics, level up, get stronger and obtain new equipment
15+ Abilities to obtain out of 3 different class types
Dialogue / Quest system with 6 core NPCs and 20+ quests
Day Cycle system
Explore large generated Woodland, Cave and Dungeon areas
Custom designed Town and Boss areas
Fight a variety of creatures
Vanquish a Final Boss
Speaking about possible updates to Shards of Azuria, the developers said:
“We feel that Shards of Azuria is a game with the option of extended content in most areas. It is very much a template to allow for further development and on going improvement. But the scope of further development will also depend on the overall reception and interest in the game. Below is a list of potential features that may be developed over time.”
You can find the game on Steam Greenlight here.
Bad Pad, a retro platformer being co-developed by Oray Studios, has gotten a trailer, as well as a free playable demo. You can watch the trailer for the game below. Describing the game, Avishay Mizrav – the co-developer and creator of the game – said that he got the inspiration for the game from games from his childhood, saying:
The gaming industry is currently going through a phase whereby it titles made by independent developers can be almost as successful as those created by established developers on huge budgets. They have grown in popularity thanks to the fact that they don’t have to be constrained by established mechanics and gameplay, instead they focus on trying out new ideas and experimenting. Nowhere is that more evident than with games like Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians, which blends together the platform genre with puzzle and rhythm elements like never before.
After somewhat stumbling when the Xbox One was first announced, Microsoft is now establishing itself as a destination for independent developers who want to release their games on home consoles as well as PC. Although the PlayStation 4 has still got much of an advantage in this department, the Xbox One is now getting its own steady stream of indie releases that are both unique and of very high quality. In the past few months games such as #IDARB, Super Time Force, Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians and Submerged have all become available on the console, but where will Asteroid Base’s new multiplayer shooter Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime fit in?
Racing games have always been a popular genre in gaming and while simulation and arcade racers have often been the most played, futuristic titles have still had an important part to play. Nintendo has the F-Zero franchise and Sony has the Wipeout series, Microsoft though do not have their own signature futuristic racer leaving Xbox players without too much choice for their racing needs. In fact, fans of all three publishers have had little to cheer about as the last full F-Zero game was released in 2003 for the GameCube while the last Wipeout was Wipeout HD for the PlayStation 3 in 2008.
Seven months after the second Indie Game Challenge (IGC), finalists are achieving remarkable success in the video game industry. And with the deadline fast approaching for the third annual competition, IGC officials are encouraging game developers to submit their games by Oct. 3, 2011. (more…)
NGD Studios announces that Bunch of Heroes is finally available on Steam.
The Bunch is the most formidable team of elite fighters ever assembled from around the world. What brought them together? Well, obviously the Earth is under attack!(more…)