70 posts tagged indie
Volume 1 Remix Preview
One day left to put your money down for a Shortsleeves cassette! I’ve mentioned before that The Shortsleeves are one of my favorite chip groups, and they’re kickstarting a tape that will include all of its old materials, new songs, and remixes from friends. The audio embedded here contains samples from two remixes: Bear & Walrus with "In the Memory", and sylcmyk taking on "OceanSideArcade".
But lemme holla at you for a sec while you’re in a crowdfunding mood. These nice folks need your support:
- My once coworker and indie games tastemaker Brandon Boyer got screwed over by Humana and cancer — help him pay some bills
- Elizabeth Simins produces great comics about being bad at games
- DB0 makes it possible for people to play one of my new obsessions, Netrunner, online through OCTGN
- Anna Anthropy creates beautiful games
- Merrit Kopas runs Forest Ambassador, which is like a Tiny Cartridge for free and accessible games
If you have suggestions for other Kickstarter/Patreon/Whatevers that you think should be highlighted, make sure to mention them in our comments! I’m sure I’ve forgotten some important ones — these are just what immediately popped up in my head.
Tinycast 023 - Bravely D
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TinyCast 23! The usual crew catches up on indie eShop/PSN games, Sonic Boom and the state of Sega’s flagship franchise, and Bravely Default (JC had to jet, so we recorded the “what have we learned” segment early, but make sure to stick around after that!). Fun episode, even though half of us were sick!
Your new Samurai Gunn shirts ⊟
I can’t even play Samurai Gunn right now (so, so mad) and I still want one of these shirts from Attract Mode! Man, what a killer design by Jesse Tise, for one of this year’s best swordfighting games.
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3DS eShop will hold its own in early 2014 ⊟
It’s been slow on the 3DS eShop lately, but that won’t be the case for long. Today was a big news day for indies on the eShop! First we have Retro City Rampage's enhanced 3DS port coming out… TOMORROW.
And then we’re going to get Shovel Knight on March 31 and Moon Chronicles in the same month (I’m just going to link to USgamer’s previews for those two since I grabbed the above images from there). And some time in the first quarter of the year, we’ll also get 1001 Spikes? That’s where the top screenshot from our photoset comes from — Kat Bailey is calling its multiplayer mode “Mario Bros. done right.” Wow.
Then you have Treasurenauts in May, and Siesta Fiesta in March. The latter actually looks like a fun, Arkedo/Nervous Brickdown-esque Breakout game. And while it doesn’t qualify as indie, don’t forget that Sayonara Umihara Kawase, or Yumi’s Odd Odyssey, is supposed to come out this month too!
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Aw yiss. Amazon carrying PSN codes again means Amazon is discounting PSN codes again — here’s Hotline Miami for a crazy $2.49, with Cross Buy so you get both versions. As Eric’s mentioned on the podcast a few times, the PS Vita release really is the best version!
So if you didn’t already get it through PS Plus, get it here! Image via KurkoBoltsi.
In case you didn’t see this blow up last week, Interstellar Selfie Station is a super cute app from Christine Love (Digital, Hate Plus) — Kill Screen calls it “Instagram meets Game Boy Camera”. Essentially it uses your computer’s camera to take photos/GIFs of you with lofi Game Boy-style filters.
Gonna post it here even if it’s late, though, because 1.) it’s coming to iOS/Android next Spring, and I want there to be an eShop version; 2.) I found that neat GIF from Drawings and Words; and 3.) this quote from Christine in a Daily Dot interview:
“What I like about the Interstellar Selfie Station is that it gives you just a little bit more control over how you look, and I’ve noticed this blowing up on my Twitter feed: Suddenly that makes people who are otherwise terrified to post pictures of themselves seem a lot more confident.
With my phone’s super-high resolution, high-colour 8-megapixel camera, it’s got enough detail to show all my pores and how uneven my complexion is and how messed up my hair is and whatever else.
Four colours isn’t enough for that. In four colours, every picture looks super flattering, and the weird outer-space colour schemes just add a little bit more distance, so there’s far less to worry about.”
Samurai Gunn out for PC right now ⊟
It won’t release for PlayStation 4 and PS Vita until some time next year, but Teknopants/Beau Blyth’s “lightning-fast Bushido brawler” is out RIGHT NOW for Windows computer machines.
Why you should pick Samurai Gunn up posthaste:
- It’s like a bloodier Smash Bros. with samurai (who also pack heat), with support for 2-4 players!
- How awesome is this new trailer?
- Duels by the sunset! Dudes getting beheaded!
- Music by Doseone!
- Logo by Maré Odomo and Cory Schmitz!
- Other Tiny friends (Adam Robezzoli, Lamar Abrams, and more) lending their voices as dying samurai!
New Mercenary Kings trailer ⊟
If I end up buying a PlayStation 4 this winter, it will be because of Tribute Games’ run’n gun here. It’s more likely, though, that I’ll grab the final version (there’s an Early Access build you can buy/try now) that releases for Steam/PC. Whatever, the point is that Mercenary Kings will be mine.
Hyper Light Drifter is coming to Wii U ⊟
It’s also coming to PS Vita! So at least it will be on one handheld. Heart Machine will also release this to other platforms like PlayStation 4, Mac/Linux/Windows, and Ouya, if you prefer playing on those things. It looks like a great game — you can get a copy for just $15 if you throw a pledge at its Kickstarter, which ends in a day.
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LA Game Space games available now ⊟
LA Game Space Kickstarter backers got a wonderful email last night, with a link to downloads for many of the indie games created for the campaign. They’re not all done yet, but what is done is, so far, pretty rad.
I haven’t gone through the whole set yet, but Party Time! Hexcellent!’s Electronic Sweet-N-Fun Fortune Teller, Adam Saltsman & Keita Takahashi’s ALPHABET, and Steve Swink’s Inputting are already worth the time. Those last two, along with Kieran Nolan’s Control, make an interesting group, as they all play with the idea of control schemes/keyboards in oddly literal ways.
Don’t worry, I’m not just an ass for talking about games you can’t get: LA Game Space has opened up a direct donation page, so you can get the game pack without having contributed to the Kickstarter! Well, starting tomorrow, so I guess I’m still an ass for one day.
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero being Kickstarted ⊟
So I’m a full day late on this, but that’s life with babies. I still wanted to point out WayForward’s Kickstarter drive for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, a sequel to the GBA/DSiWare/etc. series due for Wii U, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Steam.
The early screens already look incredible, featuring background work by Gigi D.G. of Cucumber Quest fame (and artwork by WayForward’s reliably excellent artists!)
$15 or more will get you a copy of the game, but if you have an extra $10,000 kicking around, you can attend a wrap party for the project and receive a sealed copy of the first Shantae.
Big week for cool Kickstarters! It’s weird to think that a WayForward Kickstarter and a Kickstarter for a “Mighty” game happened within days of each other, but WayForward didn’t make the “Mighty” one.
Poor MegaMan is never gonna get off that moon ⊟
Thanks, Capcom. At least Inafune is working on something very Mega Man-esque, and his project Mighty No. 9 just hit its Kickstarter goal of $900,000 goal. Now fund that thing some more, so we can get a Wii U version and maybe a handheld edition somehow. And read Christian’s excellent piece about our hopes and expectations for Mighty No. 9!
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