Size Five Games' Gun Monkeys launched late last month, and while the simian online deathmatch has been getting good reviews, and has managed to recoup its development costs, there aren't too many people actually playing it. Rather than letting the userbase dwindle into nothing, like a lot of multiplayer-only games, Size Five have taken the bold step of reducing the price of the game, from $10 to $5.99/£3.99, throwing in an extra copy for good measure. Dan Marshall explained the decision on the website, stressing that "it's something I'm doing extremely reluctantly", and that "it's just not fair on the people who are playing and enjoying the game that they're struggling to find people to play".
Dan Marshall has taken "a tiny break" from developing The Swindle - and from not developing a third Ben There, Dan That - to remake his first ever released game, Gibbage. After some "significant tweaks", he ended up with GUN_MONKEYS, which in his own words is a "devastatingly-indie, Procedurally–Generated, Physics-based, Online Deathmatch platform game" featuring monkeys with, well, guns. As you can see in the following trailer, the result is a bigger bloodbath than the end of Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
You hear combat in the distance.
You feel a sense of loss.
You hear something die in combat.
Brogue is a roguelike, like Rogue. There are hundreds of these games now, covering both extremes of accessibility. Brogue sits nicely in the middle. If you've played Dungeons of Dredmor and The Binding of Isaac and Spelunky, and now you want to start swimming to the deeper end of the pool, Brogue is your waterwings.
Complexity: It has the ASCII ungraphics, the thrill of pockets filled by unknown potions and scrolls, the permadeath difficulty. Simplicty: It's fully mouse-controlled, readable at a glance, and has an elegant skill system. It also has monkeys that will steal your shit and break your heart.
Jungles are coming to Minecraft. Lead designer, Jeb has thrown up a teaser shot on Twitter with the words "green jungle is green." And green it is indeed, with some lovely tall canopies and vine-choked bark. "Jon (@jonkagstrom) wants to add jungle animals later, but they will not be included in today's snapshot," Jeb adds, filling us with hope for Minecraft monkeys.
You'll find the full quick below. As our Tom Francis said when he first saw the picture, "that'll burn soooo quick."