I gauge the scariness of horror games using my patented Curl Chance™ system, which measures how likely I am to curl into a ball of whimpering fear when I play them. I rate the new trailer for Darkwood, an upcoming top-down survival horror title from indie group Acid Wizard Studio, a "Mommy" out of 10 based on the inky shadows and surreal sense of unease.
When Anodyne developers Sean Hogan and Jonathan Kittaka decided to run a promotion for their top-down surreal adventure on The Pirate Bay, it cost them just $7. In a lengthy blog post, Hogan breaks down the results of that unconventional and cheap form of outreach, revealing that the indie duo accrued an astonishing $12,000 over 72 hours from increased traffic to the game's sale last weekend.
In response to their game appearing on The Pirate Bay, the developers of Anodyne - an atmospheric top-down Zelda-a-like - have hosted their own, official torrent/magnet on the site, in addition to reducing the price of the game (on their website at least) to $1+, until Monday. For the next few days, you can grab the - rather great - dreamlike adventure and pay what you want for it, as long as it's $1 or over.