64 posts tagged indie
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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Hopes, expectations for Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 ⊟
[Capcom veteran Keiji Inafune astonished everyone last night by unveiling a new action platformer meant to carry on the spirit of the Mega Man series he once helmed. Tiny Cartridge contibutor and Gamasutra blog director Christian Nutt shares his thoughts on the project and its promise in this piece reprinted from his blog.]
I woke up today to a very interesting surprise. Keiji Inafune and Comcept announced Mighty No. 9, a new game in the vein of Mega Man, and a Kickstarter campaign to fund that game — which is the even bigger surprise.
Let’s face it. One way or another, when Inafune left Capcom, Mega Man died. And I think a great number of people wanted to see Inafune bring Mega Man back to life, somehow. This is obviously the closest he can get. And it’s exciting. Along with my Mega Man-loving fiance, I’ve already backed it. And it’s trending super well so far — as I write this, the campaign has raised well over $500k, and the U.S. — which probably has the most Mega Man fans, hasn’t even been awake for most of its first day. At this point, it’s a sure bet to exceed its goal and head into the stretch goals.
Japanese developers, for a lot of reasons, have not yet flocked to Kickstarter. I think those of us who truly love classic Japanese games have been enviously eyeing the Wastelands and Torments (nothing wrong with those — I just never played the originals so have no nostalgia) and have been hoping for the same sort of thing, and here we go. Finally.
I want to write, though, about my expectations and hopes for this project a little bit.
Another four indie games join the PS Vita list ⊟
We’re going to run out of indie developers to make games for the PS Vita by the end of the year at this rate — especially now that Sony has formed a Third Party Production group tasked with bringing new IPs, ports, and localized products to PlayStation systems. The PS Vita edition for Borderlands 2 is the first of that team’s projects.
Here are those four interesting games that were just announced for PS Vita this PAX weekend:
- The first is Cosmic Star Heroine, which we have the trailer for here. We don’t have gameplay footage, but we know it’s a “Retro Sci-fi RPG” from Zeboyd Games, maker of Cthulhu Saves the World. There will be a Kickstarter for the PS Vita/PS4 project in the near future.
- We also have a Nicalis port for Terry Cavanagh’s gravity-flipping puzzle-platformer VVVVVV. It’s great on the 3DS eShop and PC, so I’m sure it will be great on PS Vita.
- And there’s yet another roguelike! This time a puzzle hybrid called Road Not Taken from Spry Fox (Realm of the Mad God, Triple Town). Watch the trailer at that link. Very interesting!
- Hitbox Team’s sweep’em up platformer Dustforce is also making its way to PS Vita courtesy of Capcom.
You guys said you wanted more indie and PS Vita coverage…
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Paper Mario, Uncle Scrooge, & more in Spelunky ⊟
Besides its Daily Challenges feature, one of the bonuses of the PC version for Spelunky HD that’s not in the PSN editions is the ability to mod the game. Here you can see several edits people made to play as Mario, Pauline, and even Uncle Scrooge. They’ve also skinned the stages and swapped out the damsels you can rescue. You can see and grab these mods from BoogieLove, Headbox, and Radioduke at the Spelunky forums.
Have I mentioned how jealous I am that the PS Vita version doesn’t have Daily Challenges? Apparently Spelunky creator Derek Yu says it’s a possibility that the PSN versions will receive it somehow, and that he intends to discuss the matter with BlitWorks (the studio that ported Spelunky to PSN). There’s no guarantee that anything will come out of those talks, and I wouldn’t hold my breath for that update, but at least there’s hope.
While we’re talking about Spelunky and Nintendo-themed mods, someone used a hack and finally found a use for the Kid Icarus-esque eggplant item. This seems impossible to pull off without cheating.
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Divekick offers some helpful tips before matches ⊟
The advice isn’t always useful, but I’m happy there’s a fighting game giving players real-life tips like these. Even if that game has some maybe racially offensive bits due to it parodying other titles in the genre.
Another one of my favorite tips, even if it’s not technically true: “Wins only count if you finish with a super.” This releases tomorrow on Steam/Windows, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita — it’s $9.99 on PSN, or $7.99 if you’re a PS Plus subscriber.
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Tiny Review: SteamWorld Dig
I did not expect SteamWorld Dig to be a good game. While the pitch for a “hardcore platform mining adventure” sounds like a beautiful combination of words, I didn’t find the initial Beta Gameplay clips compelling and let this eShop game fall off my radar. And I knew little about Swedish studio Image & Form, other than that they put out a Tower Defense game on DSiWare and are more known for their iOS titles. Really, it didn’t sound like Dig had much of a future at Tiny Cartridge beyond a few screenshot and trailer posts.
But it’s a great game, one of the 3DS’s best during a summer when the standards for a great game on Nintendo’s handheld are very high. I was stupid and wrong; it’s totally my jam. Put that deal on toast with peanut butter, and I will eat it all day errday.
It’s Mr. Driller meets Metroid, another marvelous mix of words. You’ll burrow your way down miles of earth, leaving a labyrinth of mazes behind you while collecting weapons/upgrades that let you progress further and make your mining life easier. Dig is as addictive as Namco’s cute platformer (I went through it in one sitting over the course of six hours), but with the depth (both in systems and Mr. Driller's literal depth) and sense of isolation of Metroid.
Spelunky out for PC (and why you might want to wait for it on PS Vita)
Spelunky has been our jam for some time now, and it’s finally thrown off the yoke of Xbox exclusivity today to release for PC — it’s on GOG and Steam right now! It’s also coming out on PlayStation 3/PS Vita via PSN “soon.” If you’re wondering which version to get, Mossmouth put up a brief guide to help you decide:
- Has leaderboards and the Daily Challenge
- Has achievements and Steam trading cards
- Comes with the OST and some extra artwork
- Cross-Play and Cross-Buy
- The Vita fits in your pocket, yo
- On Vita, you can move freely in co-op (on other platforms players have to stay on the same screen)
If you’re looking for a handheld game with an underground theme to play in the meantime, I’ve heard today’s eShop release SteamWorld Dig is really, really good.
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