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.
It's safe to assume that Maia creator Simon Roth has a love of old sci-fi. It's written all over this latest trailer for his colony building god-game: dark synths, creeping psychological dread, pixelated chickens. Okay, maybe not that last one. Even at this stage in development, there's a clear enough emergence of theme, style and simulation, that the game is now attempting to build a new home on Steam Greenlight.
Steam bouncer Greenlight has found room on its guestlist for another eight games. Titles include Verdun, a World War 1 set MMOFPS; Day One, a survival game starring an alcoholic widower; Vector, a side-scrolling parkour 'em up; and In Verbis Vitus, an action fantasy in which you complete puzzles by shouting at your monitor. It's certainly one of the more interesting collections we've seen waved into the money disco.
Indie shooter Strike Vector has released a new Steam Greenlight trailer, giving us a substantial look at gameplay footage from the in-progress, multiplayer air-combat title. Building on what we have already seen, the new video shows more of the gritty world that serves as a backdrop for multiplayer dogfights between agile mercenary jet fighters.
Indie developer Burst Online Entertainment has launched a Kickstarter project for Stone Wardens, its upcoming tower defense/RPG hybrid. Stone Wardens mixes tower defense mechanics with cooperative 4-player action and light role playing mechanics. Players choose one of at least four wardens, guardians from the game’s bright, Pixar-influenced world, and use a combination of active skills, pet-like familiars and statues of ancient, ancestral guardians to defend against the game’s Invader enemies.
Mystery, survival, and action titles feature in the latest batch of games to find approval through Steam's Greenlight program. Thanks to community support and Valve's judgment, the following games should see release on Steam as development finishes and they are brought into agreement with the Steamworks apparatus...
And now for a completely different kind of Cloud to the one that's hovering all around us, keeping us from playing certain games or consoles when our internet drops out. Indie adventure/puzzle/horror Master Reboot revolves around the Soul Cloud, which lets you "upload your soul to our dedicated servers and relax knowing that a part of you will live on for eternity". Sounds like a perfectly fine scenario where nothing at all will go wrong - oh, I mentioned this had horror elements, right? The gorgeous first-person adventure has just been added to Steam Greenlight, and it's worth a look if you're a fan of Kairo or Dear Esther.
We saw yesterday that Amazon opened a new department for indie games with a huge launch sale and a ton of bundles by indie developers. Just hosting digital content and throwing crazy sales is enough to invite comparisons to Steam, but Amazon’s marketing manager of digital video games, Tony Valcarcel, took to reddit yesterday afternoon and made the challenge explicit.
“Let me be 100% clear on this,” he wrote, “we want to sell every functional Indie game available on the market and are building new processes and self service tools to make this even easier in the coming months.”
The trailer for Strata makes a strong argument for why you shouldn't watch a puzzle game being played without understanding its most basic concepts. Why does that ribbon go there? Why did that work? What's happening? Oh, sure, it's very pretty, and it sounds lovely, but I don't understand! Fortunately, you can avoid my mistakes just by reading the most basic summary.
What is the Broforce? No, it's not the name of a Call of Duty team—it's actually a collection of the greatest bros of the '90s working together under the watchful eye of "the ultimate bro": Nelson Brodela. It also happens to be the name of a game by South African indie developer Free Lives.