Trailer Roundup - February 22, 2017

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Today's Trailer Roundup features candy-colored dance-offs, fwooshy flying action, open-world pinball, and some rather silly caveman antics.

Sky Rogue
Windows, OSX, Linux | $9.99 | Available now (Early Access)

From developer Fractal Phase: "A simple, fwooshy, intense arcade flight simulator. Blow things up over land, sea, and air, on an infinite number of procedurally-generated islands."

Finish A Novel By Helping A Cult In Bucket Detective

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You're kind of a terrible writer in Bucket Detective, and on the advice of a friend, you go to a strange address, following the steps laid out there to receive your divine inspiration. Is finishing your crummy book worth helping out a strange cult, though?

Bucket Detective offers a handful of different routes through its first-person environments. Depending on which ones you make, you can get one of five endings. Will you decide that helping the cult is worth it? Will your stupid novel be the best it can be? Or are there worse things than having a terrible book published? And what lies behind all of these weird mechanisms you're playing around with?

If you've got an hour free, there's some great laughs to be had in this unsettling game created by the developer of the static speaks my name. Just prepare yourself for some strange decor along the way.

Screenshot Saturday Highlights - February 18th, 2017

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Screenshot Saturday Highlights - February 18th, 2017


This weekend highlights covers a varied spectrum of genres and styles, from 3D platformer to puzzle/RPG hybrid.

Firstborn
ElstonStudios | PC | 2018
Your party of heroes in Firstborn face a unique challenge: the enemies they face can not be damaged by your weapons. But in this blend of RPG and puzzler, you can use the environment and smart positioning to push, pull, and knock enemies into hazards.

Battle Princess Madelyn
Causal Bit Games | PC
The titular heroine of this challenging Ghouls 'n Ghosts-inspired platformer is a force to be reckoned with, taking on giant spiders, massive minotaurs, and looming armored skeletons with her agile movement and weapons.

Drifting Lands Seeks Joy In Repetition

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It takes a very specific mindset to fully enjoy the genre mix that Alkemi's Drifting Lands brings to the table, but if you can stand the repetition, its gameplay loop of shooting and looting can be positively mesmerizing.

Taking its inspirations both from classic horizontal shoot 'em ups and loot-heavy action RPGs, Drifting Lands has you flying your ship through increasingly difficult levels while picking up shiny new stuff. Inbetween missions, you'll equip new parts, sell the ones you don't need, and redistribute your stats in order to make your flying killer machine ever more efficient, which is very satisfying.

There a different skills you can acquire and tailor to your preferred way of playing. From a powerful short-range attack to a bunch of fireballs surrounding you or a bullet-reflecting shield, there's quite a bit of variety, further complemented by a set of passive skills which allow for all kinds of fun builds. Despite this being a shoot 'em up, getting up close and personal is definitely an option with the right set of skills.

Postknight Is Designed For The RPG Lover On The Go

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In Postknight, you've got important deliveries to make, but naturally, monsters and evil knights don't want to make that easy. There's just something about making deliveries that monsters don't care for. So, as an adorable knight, it's your job to make sure people get their mail in an experience designed to make RPG elements work well for players who only have a few minutes to tackle beasts and quests.

Postknight's combat is quick, requiring only a few taps to tangle with creatures and bosses. It's also designed to be played in short bursts, so quests and deliveries move fast, with players able to quickly hop in, tangle with monsters and get loot, and then get back to their regular work day.

Still, you'll want to come back and check on things often. There are many goofy characters you can meet in the game's world, and many of them will start to miss you if they don't see you for long. You can also form relationships with some of the people you meet, and they don't like being left alone for long periods of time. Time continues to pass while you're not playing, so while deliveries and rewards might happen while you're gone, you might also miss out on good times with some friendly characters.

Shoot, Swap, Shoot: How Dimension Drive Is Shaking Up Early Access

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To call Dimension Drive's development history turbulent would be quite the understatement. Raising enough money on Kickstarter, just to have a very generous pledge withdrawn in the very last moment must have been a truly heartbreaking blow. After nearly giving up on the game, creators 2Awesome Studio tried again to fund continued development, and their second attempt turned out to be successful.

Today, Dimension Drive releases as an Early Access title on Steam, and 2Awesome Studio have thought of something quite special to get people to spend their money on an unfinished game.

The game is a vertical shoot 'em up with a rather interesting mechanic: your screen is essentially divided into two separate battlefields, and you can switch between them at will. Not only does this allow you to evade enemy fire, it also lets you overcome obstacles. To get a better idea of how this works, let's just have the trailer do the talking:

Herald Deals With Prejudice & Inequality Aboard A 19th Century Ship

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Devan Rensburg, "a man of mixed heritage" in the 19th century, finds himself dealing with the squabbles, prejudices, and hatred aboard the clipper Herald, dealing with people's problems and hatreds however he (and you) choose in choice-based point & click game Herald: An Interactive Period Drama - Book I & II.

The people aboard this ship are carrying a crew of people divided by race, class, and more, meaning many of them do not get along with each other, or even outright hate one another. As Devan, your job is to help these people with their problems during their journey, choosing who to assist and how to respond to their problems. These people are all pretty crafty and careful with their thoughts, though, so you'll need to be careful about who you trust.

Who will you ally yourself with in this time of inequality? Do you back the elites to make your life easier, or do you stand up for the people who are getting stepped on in this society? It will be up to you through your actions and decisions, and all this will be undertaken while you try to figure out why your trip is taking a mysterious journey with this powder keg of a a crew.

Trailer Roundup - February 14, 2017

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Flowers, cooperation, giant alien bugs, and potatoes in space - this Trailer Roundup has all of that. And bunnies.

Into The Breach
Windows, OSX, Linux | $TBA | Release TBA

From developer Subset Games: "The remnants of human civilization are threatened by gigantic creatures breeding beneath the earth. You must control powerful mechs from the future to hold off this alien threat." Follow-up title to FTL? Music by Ben Prunty? Mechas fighting giant alien bugs? Hot damn.

Screenshot Saturday Highlights - February 11th, 2017

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Screenshot Saturday Highlights - February 11th, 2017


From fierce Viking skirmishes to acrobatic combat against eldritch evils, you'll find a diverse selection of battles among the games in this weekend's collection

Wartile
Playwood Games | PC, Mac, iPad | 2017
Atop dioramas of seaside villages and dank caverns, viking figurines wage war against knights and other warriors. Wartile combines turn-based tactics with quite detailed and well-animated tabletop battlegrounds.

Kommissar
Beardserk Studio | PC, Mac, Linux
As an agent for the government's propaganda ministry, Kommissar tasks you with maintaining peace and order within the country. Manage the citizenry, send operatives to investigate and quell dissent, interrogate the opposition, and guide the regime through your actions.

She Remembered Caterpillars - Dealing With Grief With Cute Creatures And Somber Stories

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She Remembered Caterpillars is a game about handling grief. Not solely, and not aggressively, but through the player's work in helping tiny, adorable forest creatures find their way through these twisting maps of caterpillars and fungus, they share in a story of loss, confusion, sorrow, and death.

People handle grief in different ways at different times. Some want to get away from it. Others seek to confront it or feel guilty about turning away from it. Dealing with it requires many things at once, and Creator Daniel Goffin and writer Cassandra Khaw worked to create an experience that would help in multiple ways.

Whether through escaping to a world of cute creatures who need help with puzzles, or by embracing the story and sharing in the pain of someone else who has suffered, She Remembered Caterpillars is a game that can help soothe the sorrow of loss.