What's the difference between water and cyanide, anyway? Chemistry explains how the bits and pieces that make up the universe hold themselves together and Sokobond, a new indie puzzle game from developers Alan Hazelden and Harry Lee, wants to help you understand how all those elements, compounds, and molecules actually function.
Last week, we saw the news that the normally glacial pace of Steam Greenlight had just hit a thaw: 100 games were greenlit at once. Greenlight approvals were usually limited to a mere ten at a time, and the process seemed to be a magnet for controversy. Now, an indie developer writes that although more approvals are great, more approvals also mean less coverage and prestige for greenlit games.
Deadly Premonition: Director’s Cut, or the update to what I like to call “Twin Peaks: The Video Game,” is bringing its coffee fortunes, raincoat killers, and other survival horror nonsense to your PC this Halloween.
Steam is a distribution platform that thinks "because it's a Tuesday" is a good reason to cheapen up some games. As such, it's only to be expected that bigger milestones are an excuse for even bigger sales. Reasons like "because it's a Friday," or "because Greenlight is a year old". It's the latter that's cause for some series discounts, with an Anniversary event that flays up to 75% off some titles that have made it through the digital pageant.
Somebody has given the Steam Greenlight valve a kick, turning the previous slow trickle of accepted indies into a full-on flood. Instead of the usual ten-at-a-time approval process, today Valve have cleared one hundred games to be sold on Steam, with a view to stress-testing their system. An August 28th Batch Workshop Collection has been created to let you browse through the mega-list.
A glorious looking new indie platformer, Hot Tin Roof: The Cat that Wore a Fedora, has just announced a Kickstarter campaign to fund the final stages of production. Set in a stylish film-noir world, Hot Tin Roof features a kitty investigator sidekick and a ton of style.
Thanks to my photographic memory (read: access to the internet), I can point you to the last time we scouted turn-based strategy Battle Worlds: Kronos. That was in March, when the Kickstarter project hit its funding goal. It subsequently went on to more than double the £120,000 target, finishing on $260,235. Now the developers are drawing out their battle plans, and have picked a mid-November date for the game's release.
Rogue Shooter tells you exactly what it's supposed to be. An upcoming roguelike indie FPS set on a space station with 200 floors and an infestation of aliens, murderous robots, and giant flesh-eating plants, the single-player game is currently looking for advancement as part of Steam's Greenlight process.
With the launch of a new Indie Games Portal, GOG has emerged as a competitor for indie gamers money, going head-to-head with Steam’s Greenlight service. GOG’s new portal answers a lot of complaints about Greenlight, but what’s not clear is how they’ll live up to their numerous promises.
I can't help but feel that these Greenlight announcement posts are a bit underwhelming. Valve need to spice up the drama, reality show style. Indie hopefuls desperately treading water in the choppy seas; a lighthouse in the distance, it's green light scanning over the chaos; then, completely at random - through some arcane and heavily obtuse mixture of popular vote and 'other factors' - a few are selected and guided safely to the shores. Er, so anyway, Steam has greenlit 15 more games.
Come from the darkest corners of the internet, the hilarious indie game Mount Your Friends has landed in the middle of Steam Greenlight with a loud, fleshy slap. The full game will feature customizable climbers, a single player campaign, mouse and keyboard controls and “ManCraft,” a free-form man-tower building mode.
One Finger Death Punch owes two debts: one to the kung-fu films it stylistically apes, and one to the '90s - a time when 95% of the internet was stick figures performing brutal kill moves on each other. It's a timing-based brawler, in which you tap in the direction of nearby enemies to acrobatically attack them - producing a rhythmic choreography of violence and combos.
American McGee and his studio Spicy Horse are apparently big fans of, well, their own fans. Their fans' ability to make projects a thing, to be specific. Spicy Horse is perhaps one of the most prolific developers on Kickstarter, with current wish-I-was-real concept Alice: Otherlands in its final week of crowdfunding. So what's the news now? This time, its venturing into Greenlight territory, hoping to rejuvenate an old project, Grimm, with new found relevance through Steam.
Steam Greenlight has brought a lot of welcome attention to indie games by giving them a chance to be seen. With a great idea and enough public support, the theory goes, any game can find a place on the biggest PC games marketplace in the world. Last week, however, an indie developer wrote an open letter to Valve criticizing the Greenlight process and seeking to improve it.
Valve have given a new load of games their seal of approval - or rather you have, doing Valve's job for them so they have more time to make hats and trading cards and Half-Life 5. The headline here is that one of the 14 games greenlit is the...unique Deadly Premonition, Swery's ridiculous survival horror love letter to David Lynch. But that's not all! Roguelikey metroidvania Chasm is also heading to Steam, along with its good friends Among The Sleep and Operation Black Mesa. But that's still not all! There are also ten more. OK, that's all. Hear them in list form after the break.
Cradle has one of those trailers in which the individual scenes make sense, but when put together you're left wondering, "er, what?" You build a robot lady, the robot lady is sad, a flying bus appears, another robot wears a fake beard, and then you're trapped in an oppressive cube hell. Throughout, there's a beautiful palette and gorgeous world to distract you from the fact that this doesn't make a lot of sense.
In an appropriately weird twist, surreal, cult Xbox 360 survival horror game Deadly Premonition has - out of nowhere - spawned a PC version. It's currently sitting in the Greenlight queue, hoping to trap unwary visitors with its promises of coffee and the improvements of the PS3's Director's Cut version, with some PC exclusives thrown in. If this is the first time you've heard of the game: yes, there is a trailer; no, it doesn't really help.
Upcoming puzzler FRACT OSC will receive backing from the Indie Fund as developer Phosfiend Systems works to complete the project, according to a recent announcement. FRACT OSC, a first-person adventure game built around the musical exploration of a world based on sound, is set to release on Steam later this year after a successful Greenlight campaign.
It's a dirty job, and there's no one left to do it. Except you. Indie South African developer RuneStorm's Viscera Cleanup Detail upends a classic story of alien infestation by giving you an apparently straightforward, but disgusting, task—if you make a mess, be sure to clean up after yourself.
Black Annex a lovely indie game working its way through Steam Greenlight right now, is a game of corporate espionage, power brokerage and murder. The dark gameplay and frenetic action seem totally at odds with the adorable figurines-on-a-boardgame art style. Caught up in the contradictions of it all, I asked Black Annex’s solo developer, Australia-based Lance McDonald, what was up.