Vlambeer prototypes include Wild West story experiment, a new take on tower defence and "Space Murder"

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Vlambeer are known for making fast, satisfying action games. In Super Crate Box, Ridiculous Fishing and the upcoming Nuclear Throne, you will know Vlambeer by the uncompromising crunch of every bullet fired and fish hooked. They're a prolific team, as well, and Kotaku UK have taken a look at their incomplete prototypes, which see them playing with gentler concepts, as well as "Space Murder" and a game they simply call "GTA II in space".

Create your own press kit with Vlambeer's free service for indie devs

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A huge part of game development is public relations: once you’ve made the game, you’ve got to get it out into the wild. It’s unfortunate that of all the skills you need to make an awesome game, successfully marketing yourself to the press isn’t one of them. Some great games, unfortunately, just never catch the attention of gamers who want to love them. Enter: presskit() (pronounced Do Presskit), a free press kit generating service developed by Rami Ismail, of indie studio Vlambeer.

Vlambeer's Luftrausers turns a profit in three days, after almost three years in development

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Post-launch comments from indie game designers often get right to the heart of what's at stake for them during the development process. After the March 18 release of Vlambeer's aerial shooter Luftrausers, the devs took to Twitter two days later and put the game's apparently successful release in perspective.

Vlambeer's Rami Ismail speculates on Steam's future, Greenlight's death

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Valve’s Steam Dev Days, a two-day developer’s conference in Seattle, will kick off this Thursday, and Vlambeer’s Rami Ismail has some pretty radical speculations on announcements Valve might make at the event. Even if he’s completely wrong, it’s still an interesting perspective on the Steam platform and the business of independent game development.

The Best Free Games of the Week

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Damn near every retailer is holding some sort of mega sale at the moment, but if there's one thing better than cheap games, it's free games, and this week saw a bumper crop of fun, weird titles released for precisely no-monies. Read on for the best piece of theatre I've ever played, a stunning sci-fi glitchfest, theft of the highest order, Driver from Drive's favourite browser game (probably), and a game where oh God what have you done. Enjoy!

Nuclear Throne - the artist formerly known as Wasteland Kings - hits Steam Early Access

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It seems like only yesterday (correction: it was only yesterday plus another 11 days) that Vlambeer's Wasteland Kings was rebranded as Vlambeer's Nuclear Throne, and now the post-apocalyptic mutanty roguelike-like-like is available to buy via Steam Early Access. If you enjoy paying for things before they're done, you'll be given access to (at the current point in time) four worlds, seven characters, two boss fights and "a huge range of weapons, skills and randomly generated goodness". In the game of thrones, you win or you die. In the game of Nuclear Throne, you'll be doing a fair bit of both.

Vlambeer's Wasteland Kings is now Vlambeer's Nuclear Throne, still looks great

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Wasteland Kings, Vlambeer's post-apocalyptic roguelikelikelikelike is no more. It has ceased to be, bereft of life - but in its place you'll find the eerily similar Nuclear Throne. Upon closer inspection, it's the same damn game, only with a brand new name that couldn't possibly be misinterpreted as having something to do with the revived Wasteland series. If you don't believe me, see/hear it in Vlambeer's own words below (skip to the 32-minute mark), along with a bonus explanation for the game's sudden remonikering.

Vlambeer celebrates birthday with free release of Wasteland Kings prototype and Gun Godz

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Two-person Dutch development team Vlambeer has released a pair of its games for free to celebrate the studio's third birthday. The two games include a prototype version of Wasteland Kings, the team's current project, and Gun Godz, a roguelike shooter tipping the corner of its pixelated hat in the direction of the original Wolfenstein.

Wasteland Kings is expanding, will be crowned after Gamescom

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Vlambeer's Wasteland Kings was originally created as part of the last Mojam gamejam. Now the Super Crate Box developers plan to level-up the action roguelike, expanding it into a full game. After months of work, the game is due to pillage Steam soon after Gamescom, with its Early Access development to be livestreamed through their website.

Mojam comes to an end - get nine new games from Mojang and friends

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Mojang's Mojam, the charity game making competition, has come to an end. Teams had three days to make a game themed around a choice of words from a list including Nuclear, French, Endless, War, Kittens, Spaceship and Pizza. As a result, a game called Nuclear Pizza War now exists. Still, at least we've avoided Endless Kitten Pizza. That would just be bleak.

Techno King: a free New Year's celebration from the creators of Super Crate Box

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It's 2013, so obviously giant mechs are assaulting Neo Tokyo. This is just the sort of problem we didn't have to deal with back in boring old 2012.

Vlambeer, developers of the frantic arcade shooter/platformer Super Crate Box, have released the free Techno King to celebrate the new year and the weird challenges it promises to bring.

Super Crate Box sneaks onto Steam, play for free

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Super Crate Box slyly shuffled itself into Steam's range of free games last week. It's been available for free download from developer Vlambeer's site for, like, ages, but has quietly launched on Steam as an experiment. According to Joystiq, Super Crate Box creator Rami Ismail didn't make any noise about the release because he wanted to see how well the game would do on its own merits, without media championing.