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  2. Hannmade Studios has just uploaded their PC game "Bedtime Blues" and is available for download. "They say a child’s imagination is pure and innocent but what if that child’s imagination became a nightmare?" Play as a young child surviving through the night in the pixelate horror; fight off your once beloved teddy bear that has taken on a mind of its own. Listen close for when it comes, scare them away with your flashlight and don’t forget to chuck under the bed for any monsters…. Is this nightmare real? Is it just passed your bedtime. FEATURES • Pixelated art style • Simple controls • Randomized AI • Unlockable modes (Coming Soon) Author: hannmadestudios Genre: Action, Survival Download: Bedtime Blues.rar
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  4. Pictured above: Masters of Anima I'm back with another batch of new releases on Steam that you might have missed. This is not a recommendations list, just a highlight of some titles that stood out among Steam's weekly releases. Be sure to check out reviews and videos to find more information on each game. Super Daryl Deluxe PC, PS4, Switch Dan & Gary Games $19.99 Super Daryl Deluxe is a quirky 2D "RPGvania" brawler that was Kickstarted back in 2014 for a modest $7,861 by 73 backers. You play as Daryl, a friendless loser that has just transferred to Water Falls High School. What started as just an quest to meet new friends quickly turns into a dimension-sprawling adventure through the physics-defying high school and it's monster-infested hallways. Explore the school to meet new people and find hidden areas with rare items. Customize your play style with a skill tree that includes over 40 abilities that you can learn over the course of the game. The developers estimate that Super Daryl Deluxe will keep you busy for around 15 hours. Masters of Anima PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One Passtech Games $19.99 Masters of Anima is a new Pikmin-like strategy RPG by the developers of the Space Run series. You are an apprentice wizard able to control the powers of Anima, giving you the ability to summon and lead armies of up to 100 Guardians. There are several classes of Guardians that fulfill different roles in and out of combat, including puzzles and using your minions to navigate harsh environments. Hone your strategy skills on your quest to defeat Zahr and his army of magical Golem constructs. Deployment PC Whale Rock Games $12.99 Deployment is a competitive, class-based top-down shooter by the developers of an obscure little tactical RPG called We Are The Dwarves. Civilization was nearly annihilated by a new world war. Advanced computer networks have kept everything running, but there is a constant cyber war waging between megacorporations and rival governments over control of the virtual world. Face off against your enemies as an Infosoldier, an AI program capable of capturing key systems and setting up turrets to fend off attacks. There's five classes in all, each with a different selection of weapons and perks that you can unlock while playing. Deployment is mostly focused on multiplayer, but there are AI skirmishes you can play if you can't find an opponent. Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle PC, iOS, Android Blue Wizard Digital Free-to-play Blue Wizard Digital is an indie company comprised of ex-PopCap developers that created a unique puzzle game called Slayaway Camp back in 2016. Inspired by classic slasher flicks like Friday the 13th, Slayaway Camp placed you in control of a homicidal maniac trying to navigate sliding puzzle-like levels to kill groups of annoying, oversexed teenagers. For their follow-up, Blue Wizard managed to actually acquire the Friday the 13th license that the original game was inspired by. Killer Puzzle includes over 100 levels and follows the same gameplay conventions as Slayaway Camp. The levels are divided into 12 episodes, the first eight of which are completely free. Additional chapters will cost you $2.99 each, and you can help support the developers further by purchasing character skins for $.99 a pop. Vandals PC, iOS, Android Cosmografik, Novelab, Ex Nihilo $4.99 Vandals is another puzzle game that recently hit Steam and mobile devices. The game features mechanics similar to Lara Croft and Hitman GO, where you stealthily move past guards on a series of predefined lines. However, instead of trying to take out enemies like in those games, your objective is to leave graffiti on specific walls and surfaces while avoiding detection by police. Vandals features 60 puzzles across five cities, and comes with a level editor to make new challenges. Heckpoint PC Nodacoy Games, Jadan Bliss $9.99 Heckpoint is a chaotic side-scrolling roguelite shooter with fully destructible levels. Shoot, slash, and explode your way through eight procedurally generated worlds as one of 12 customizable characters. Collect genetic material from your enemies to permanently upgrade your character with over 70 perks, weapons, and abilities. Use melee weapons to deflect lasers, rockets, and grenades back at your enemies. Heckpoint has three difficulty settings to challenge players of all skill levels, plus an endless mode. Germination PC Sullivan Boyd, Caden Petersen $3.99 Finally, we come to Germination, another simple-yet-challenging indie platformer. You play as an astronaut stranded on an alien world that must survive against waves of carnivorous plants by jumping on their heads. Chain together combos to stay airborne as long as possible as more seeds rain down from the sky. Germination has both a campaign mode and an endless mode designed to pad out your high scores. Which of these games caught your attention?
  5. Pictured above: Dead In Vinland Last week was too light on releases to warrant an article, but now I'm back with another batch of new indie and AA releases that you may have missed. I'm not here to personally recommend any of these games, just to highlight some titles that stood out among the many releases that hit Steam on a weekly basis. Be sure to check out reviews and videos to find more information on each game. PWND PC Skydance Interactive Free-To-Play PWND is a class-based arena shooter focused on fast, vertical combat that recently exited Early Access. Created by former developers from Treyarch, PWND's key mechanic is also where it gets its namesake from: humiliating your fresh kills. To score the maximum amount of points, you'll need to successfully perform a victory dance on your disabled foes as they slowly bleed out. You are completely defenseless while performing your victory dance, so a big part of PWND's teamplay comes from defending players that are performing PWNs, or trying to interrupt an enemy's PWN to save your teammate from humiliation. PWND's business model is based around acquiring new outfits and other cosmetic items to customize your character's appearance. Minit PC, PS4, Xbox One JW, Kitty, Jukio, Dom $9.99 Minit is a new adventure game developed as a collaboration effort between four famous indie devs, and published by Devolver Digital. This minimalist adventure game is loosely inspired by the older Zelda titles, especially the time aspects of Majora's Mask. You explore the game world in 60 second chunks, finding new areas, foes, and secrets during each interval. The goal is eventually break the unfortunate curse that causes each day to last only one minute at a time. Loyalty and Blood: Viktor Origins PC Shorebound Studios $9.99 Loyalty and Blood is the prequel to Viktor, a side-scrolling shooter that originally released back in 2014. The prequel is set several years before the original, and follows the origin story of Viktor as he climbs through the ranks of The Legion. The phase shift mechanic returns, allowing you to quickly dodge through enemies and projectiles alike. Unlock an arsenal of 40 upgradable weapons across 90 missions, bounty hunter challenge levels, and a New Game+ mode. The Adventure Pals PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One Massive Monster $14.99 The Adventure Pals is a colorful and quirky 2D platformer with light RPG elements. Your birthday bash is ruined when the maniacal Mr. B dad-naps your father as part of his devious plan to turn old people into an army of hotdogs. Join your pal Sparkles the Giraffe on an adventure through five themed worlds full of traps, enemies, and treasure. Level up by defeating enemies to improve your abilities and learn new skills. The Adventure Pals can be played alone or with a friend via local co-op. Dead In Vinland PC CCCP $19.99 Dead In Vinland is a survival management game with RPG-style character progression and turn-based battles. Eirik and his family are the only known survivors of a Viking expedition to an unknown land, and have found themselves stranded on a mysterious island. Manage the physical and mental health of your family, build up your camp, explore the island, and interact with other people stranded on the island. Eventually you'll find yourself controlling a full community of survivors, each with their own character quirks and personalities that can cause tensions within the group. Dead In Vinland promises a massive story with over 150,000 words of dialog and branching paths, as well as three difficulty settings designed to cater to gamers of all skill types. Tower of Time PC Event Horizon $24.99 Finally we come to Tower of Time, a party-based tactical dungeon crawler RPG that just released from Early Access. Create a party from seven flexible character classes and embark on a journey to explore the Tower of Time, a mysterious structure that blends magic and ancient technology to create a world where the normal laws of physics no longer apply. Use the game's "Arrow Time" mechanic to slow time to a crawl so you can react to new threats and queue up orders to your party, and manipulate the bizarre gravity of the Tower to perform superhuman feats of strength and agility. In another interesting twist for the genre, many of the game's spells and abilities can be "drawn" through a gesture-based system to place effects exactly how you want them. Tower of Time touts over 50 hours of content, with five difficulty settings, branching paths, and an alignment system for additional replayability. Which of these games caught your attention?
  6. Pictured above: Golem Gates Last week was too light on releases to warrant an article, but now I'm back with another batch of new indie and AA releases that you may have missed. I'm not here to personally recommend any of these games, just to highlight some titles that stood out among the many releases that hit Steam on a weekly basis. Be sure to check out reviews and videos to find out more information on each game. AirMech Strike PC, Xbox One, PS4 Carbon Games Free-to-Play AirMech has been around since early 2012 on various platforms, with Strike being a complete overhaul and rebranding of the PC version that recently exited Early Access. For those of you that have somehow avoided the game up to this point, AirMech is a MOBA/RTS hybrid heavily inspired by the classic Genesis game Herzog Zwei, which many people cite as being one of the first real RTS games. Players directly control transformable mechs as they construct and escort waves of units to the enemy base. Strike is purely a competitive game at this point, with the old PVE modes being expanded into a companion game called Wasteland. The business model is based around buying experience and cash boosters, as well as skins and other cosmetic items. You can find AirMech under the name AirMech Arena on the PS4 and Xbox One. Ash of Gods: Redemption PC AurumDust $24.99 Ash of Gods: Redemption is a turn-based tactics RPG that has drawn many comparisons to The Banner Saga due to its art direction and combat mechanics. The story revolves around three key protagonists that have been swept up in a war following the return of an ancient enemy threatening the peace and prosperity of Terminum. One of the game's main hooks is that the death of main characters doesn't result in the end of the story. Even the three protagonists can die and the game will continue on, taking their deaths and your choices into account. The turn-based battles also have an element of CCGs and deckbuilding in the form of a limited supply of enhancement cards that you'll gain throughout your journey. Ash of Gods is currently only on the PC, but it will supposedly be making its way to consoles at some point in the future. Scalpers: Turtle & the Moonshine Gang PC A Sweet Studio $9.99 Scalpers is a boss rush twin-stick shooter set in a lawless Wild West world of anthropomorphic animals. Up to four friends can form a posse in local or online multiplayer to take down wanted outlaws and their gang of miscreants. Spend your hard-earned bounty on new weapons, gear, and abilities between missions to take on even greater challenges. Scalpers also has a competitive mode that supports up to eight players. Empires Apart PC DESTINYbit $29.99 Empires Apart is a civilization-building RTS set in the Middle Ages with a vibrant, low-poly art style. Take control of the Aztecs, Chinese, French, Mongols, Arabs, or Byzantines on procedurally generated maps that support up to eight players in AI skirmish or online multiplayer. Additionally, you can hone your skills in a set of six challenges for each civilization, or last as long as you can against an AI horde in the Survival Mode. Be aware that opinions are pretty mixed regarding Empires Apart, with the most common complaint being a lack of depth and content compared to the classic RTS games it's trying to emulate. Golem Gates PC Laser Guided Games $29.99 Gamers still sad about the closure of the RTS/CCG hybrid Battleforge might want to check out Golem Gates. Golem Gates features over 100 cards representing creatures, spells, upgrades, and structures. These decks of cards are used to summon units and activate abilities in the game's fast and competitive RTS battles. The primary game mode is a variant of King of the Hill, where you'll need to use your army to capture and hold strategic locations to gather points. Unfortunately, Golem Gates' lack of coverage has resulted in the game's online multiplayer being dead on arrival, though the game also features a campaign, AI skirmishes, challenges, and a survival mode. Through the Ages PC, Android, iOS CGE Digital $15.99 Vlaada Chváti's popular civilization-building board game, Through the Ages, has just received a digital adaptation on PC and mobile. Build your small tribe into a thriving superpower by gathering resources, researching groundbreaking technological advancements, and amassing a powerful army. While this digital version is focused on multiplayer with your friends, Through the Ages still includes a variety of single player challenges and AI options. Flash Point: Fire Rescue PC, Android, iOS RetroEpic Software $19.99 Finally we come to Flash Point, another board game that received a digital adaptation this week. In this turn-based strategy game, you'll coordinate a team of first responders trying to find and rescue civilians trapped inside a burning building. Use your team of specialists to fight back the flames, treat survivors, break through walls and locked doors, and escape before the fire becomes out of control. You can control your team by yourself or enlist the aid of your friends and family in local co-op. Which of these games caught your attention?
  7. Pictured above: Azure Saga: Pathfinder I'm back with another batch of new indie and AA releases that you might have missed. I'm not here to personally recommend any of these games, just highlight some titles that stood out among the many releases that hit Steam on a weekly basis. Be sure to check out reviews and videos to find more information on each game. Ghost of a Tale PC, PS4 (Release Date TBA), Xbox One (Xbox Game Preview) SeithCG $24.99 The stealth RPG Ghost of a Tale was originally funded on Indiegogo back in 2013, and its finally complete after four years in Early Access. You play as Tilo, a tiny mouse in a very dangerous Redwall-inspired medieval fantasy world. Explore the massive Dwindling Heights Keep on your quest to find your friend Merra. Tilo's combat prowess is extremely limited due to his small stature and inexperience, meaning that most of your adventure will be spent sneaking through the shadows or using disguises to outwit your enemies. The PC version of Ghost of a Tale is the only one that is currently finished. It's on Xbox One as part of the Xbox Game Preview program, but the final version (as well as a PS4 port) won't be out until sometime later this year. Soulblight PC My Next Games $14.99 Soulblight is a top-down action rogue-lite that promises to offer players unforgiving combat, a grim setting, and a unique approach to leveling that emphasizes role playing. Your primary way of gaining strength is through the Taint mechanic. These Taints represent personality traits your character can develop throughout the game, and will give you bonuses and penalties for playing specific ways. You'll become increasingly more powerful as you acquire new Taints, but your character will gradually descend into madness until they reach a point of no return. As with most games in the genre, death is permanent, and each run features procedurally generated levels and loot. Synthetik PC Flow Fire Games $14.99 Speaking of top-down action rogue-lites, Synthetik is another new game in the genre that released earlier this week. After years of servitude, the AI servants developed by the robotics company Kaida Corporation have gone rogue. You play as a prototype android with a human consciousness, and represent the final line of defense against the robot apocalypse. Despite the top-down perspective, Synthetik features a lot of mechanics you'd expect to see in a first or third-person shooter, including headshots and limb damage, recoil control, and an active reload system similar to the one used in Gears of War. The game supports drop-in, drop-out online co-op as well. Surviving Mars PC, PS4, Xbox One Haemimont Games $39.99 Surviving Mars is the latest game by the developers of the Tropico series. The goal of this sci-fi city builder is to establish a thriving colony on Mars. This won't be an easy task, and as the name implies, you'll have to overcome a plethora of problems related to the Red Planet's harsh environment. Build a colony from scratch with the support of one of the game's space agencies, then gradually increase your city's self-reliance by growing food, producing oxygen, and developing new technologies to help make everyday life easier on a hostile alien world. Q.U.B.E. 2 PC, PS4, Xbox One Toxic Games $24.99 Q.U.B.E. 2 is the sequel to a first-person puzzle game that released at the end of 2011. The original may have been written off by many as a "Portal clone," but it still managed to gain a fairly devoted cult following. You play as an archaeologist named Amelia Cross, who has awakened to find herself stranded in a maze-like alien structure with no knowledge of how she got there. Q.U.B.E. is a acronym for Quick Understanding of Block Extrusion, which accurately describes the environment-shifting puzzles you'll encounter throughout your journey. Use your manipulation gloves to move objects and alter your surroundings across 11 levels and over 80 puzzles. The Council PC, PS4, Xbox One Big Bad Wolf $29.99 The Council is the first installment in an episodic narrative adventure game that hopes to expand upon the Telltale formula in interesting new ways. The game is set in an alternate 1793 and tells a story about secret societies and political intrigue involving historical characters like George Washington and Napoleon Bonaparte. You'll be taking the role of Louis de Richet, a member of a secret society that has been invited to a meeting on a private island off the coast of England. Louis de Richet's real goal is to uncover the truth behind the sudden disappearance of his mother, a member of the same group that recently went missing on the island. Gameplay involves scheming and manipulating your way through noncombat confrontations with other characters in order to gather information and garner political influence. There are no game-ending failure states in The Council, though a wrong move can result in losing favor or physical disfigurement. The $30 price tag grants you access to the other four episodes as they come out. Spellsworn PC Frogsong Studios AB Free to Play Spellsworn is a top-down, skill-based arena combat game heavily inspired by Warlock, a classic Warcraft III mod. Face off against other players in fast paced, best-of-five matches in either duel or team battle formats. Currency earned during battle can be spent between rounds to customize your character with an arsenal of offensive and defensive spells. Each of the game's arenas are full of hazards like acid or lava, and the maps constantly shift and change throughout the match. The game's monetization scheme is similar to Battlerite and other recent competitive multiplayer games, with purchasable loot chests that contain cosmetic items to customize your character. Azure Saga: Pathfinder PC MassHive Media $12.99 Finally we come to Azure Saga: Pathfinder, a 2.5D game inspired by old school JRPGs. In the far future, the last remnants of humanity have been scattered across the universe in search of Azure, a lush and resource-rich planet said to be the last hope for the survival of the human race. Travel across the galaxy as Synch, a young scientist searching for his father that eventually gets wrapped up in the quest to find Azure and restore humanity's former glory. Exploration takes place in an isometric view complete with puzzles, mini-games, dungeons, and town hubs. Combat involves random encounters that play out like a traditional party-based JRPG, with powerful United skills that allow your characters to unleash combination attacks. Which of these games caught your attention?
  8. Pictured above: Guns, Gore, and Cannoli 2 After a bit of a hiatus due to technical issues, I'm back with another batch of new indie releases. As always, I'm not here to personally recommend any of these games; I'm just highlighting some recent releases that you may have missed. Remember to check out reviews and videos to find more information on each game. Northgard Shiro Games $29.99 First on the list this week is Northgard, a real-time, Norse-inspired 4X that gained a sizable following last year when it hit Early Access. In addition to the randomized maps that the game originally launched with, this final version features an 11 chapter campaign mode that will help you master the playstyle of all six of the game's clans. While the game is technically an RTS, Northgard's pace is closer to what you'd expect from Civilization, with most of the game's emphasis placed on expanding your settlement, exploring a mysterious new land, and gradually working your way towards one of four potential victory conditions. Northgard is also available on the Humble Store. Guns, Gore, and Cannoli 2 Crazy Monkey Studios $12.99 Guns, Gore, and Cannoli 2 is, unsurprisingly, the sequel to Guns, Gore, and Cannoli, a comedic 2D shooter that released back in 2015. While the original was about shooting zombies and rival Italian gangsters in Prohibition era America, the sequel brings protagonist Vinnie Cannoli to the battlefields of war-torn Europe to kick some Nazi ass. Besides the setting change, Guns, Gore, and Cannoli 2 features a significant overhaul of the core gameplay, including new dodging and melee mechanics. Play by yourself or bring along up to three friends in online and local co-op. Both titles are also on the PS4 and Xbox One. Dark Quest 2 Brain Seal $7.99 Another recent sequel to a modestly successful indie game from 2015 is Dark Quest 2. As with the original, Dark Quest 2 is a turn-based dungeon crawler heavily inspired by the classic Games Workshop adventure board game, HeroQuest. Besides the graphical upgrade, Dark Quest 2's main improvements are new character classes and the addition of online co-op. CHUCHEL Amanita Design $9.99 CHUCHEL is the latest adorable adventure game from the creators of Machinarium, Samorost, and Botanicula. Guide the titular Chuchel through a variety of puzzles on his race to beat his rival, Kekel. As with all of Amanita's games, the plot is an excuse to explore a whimsical world full of charming music and comedic visual gags. You can also find CHUCHEL on GOG and the Humble Store. Way of the Passive Fist Household Games Inc. $14.99 In addition to being a puntastic name, Way of the Passive Fist also describes this 2D arcade brawler's gameplay. Instead of trying to overpower your enemies with a barrage of punches, kicks, and throws like in most brawlers, Way of the Passive Fist is about tiring your opponents and dispatching them once they run out of steam. Parry, block, deflect, and dodge enemy attacks to drain their stamina and outlast them before launching a well-timed counterattack. Way of the Passive Fist is also on the Humble Store, PS4, and Xbox One. Crest Eat Create Sleep $9.99 Crest is an "indirect god game" set in a low-poly world inspired by prehistoric Africa. This sandbox-style god sim allows you to build your own religion as a primordial god by issuing pictographic commandments to your followers. The indirect part of the game's pitch comes from the fact that there is no set way that your followers will interpret your will, and each commandment might lead to unexpected consequences. Unlock new pictures as your tribe progresses, allowing you to issue increasingly complex commandments. My Lovely Daughter GameChanger Studio $14.99 Finally we come to My Lovely Daughter, a rather twisted and disturbing mix of visual novel and alchemist simulator. You play as a grieving father that begins exploring alchemy to find a way to resurrect his recently deceased daughter. Use forbidden texts to create and raise a small army of homunculi to help you with your experiments. As your relationship with your homunculi servants grows and they become better at their daily tasks, you'll have to decide which ones to ritualistically sacrifice so you can harvest their souls to fuel your efforts to bring your daughter back from the void. Which of these games caught your attention?
  9. Pictured above: Worshippers As I mentioned in my previous release highlights article, last week was full of new games worthy of your attention. Here's five additional games that didn't make the original article. Pit People The Behemoth $14.99 After around a year in Early Access, the latest game by the developers of Castle Crashers and BattleBlock Theater has been released. Pit People takes The Behemoth's signature aesthetic and quirky humor to a post-apocalyptic world after a giant magical space bear has collided with the planet. This turn-based strategy game streamlines and simplifies the experience by not allowing you to directly control your units' actions. That might sound infuriating, but the game's mechanics are based around manipulating your units in ways that influence their actions. Multiplayer plays a fairly large role in the game, including the ability to play the entire campaign cooperatively and 2v2 arena matches. You can also find Pit People on Xbox One. Battlezone: Combat Commander Big Boat Interactive $19.99 The original Battlezone was remastered back in 2016, and now its Battlezone 2's turn with Battlezone: Combat Commander. This rerelease keeps the core gameplay and story of this classic FPS/RTS hybrid intact, but features updated visuals, improved AI, restored online multiplayer with competitive and cooperative modes, and full Steam Workshop support. You can also find both remasters on the Humble Store and GOG. Mulaka Lienzo $19.99 Mulaka is a 3D adventure game inspired by the folklore of the Tarahumara tribe of northern Mexico. Cleanse your native land of a mysterious corruption as a Sukurúame, a traditional Tarahumara shaman and spiritual leader. Explore a colorful, low-poly world based on a mixture of real Mexican landscapes and the tribe's ancient mythology. Use shamanistic magic to transform into animal deities to fight enemies, solve puzzles, and traverse the environment. Mulaka is also available on the Humble Store, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One. Vagante Nuke Nine $14.99 Vagante is a 2D action roguelite platformer that exited Early Access a few weeks back. Explore a procedurally generated cave network packed with monsters, traps, and magical artifacts waiting to be recovered. You can play the entire game alone or with up to three friends in both local and online co-op. Vagante is also on the Humble Store. Heroes of Hammerwatch Crackshell $11.99 Another recent roguelite action-adventure to hit Steam is Heroes of Hammerwatch, the sequel to 2013's Hammerwatch. Like Vagante, Heroes of Hammerwatch allows you and up to three friends to battle your way through procedurally generated dungeons in search of enchanted items and other loot. Spend your newly-acquired wealth on improvements to the town center to give your party various buffs for future expeditions. Heroes of Hammerwatch is also available on the Humble Store and GOG. Worshippers Brainwashing Games $9.99 Finally we come to Worshippers, a 4X-lite inspired by popular strategy board games. Control a small tribe of warriors in a low-magic fantasy world based on Slavic folklore as you attempt to expand your god's influence and convert new worshippers to your religion. Your units and upgrades come in the form of cards that you'll collect during each session, adding an element of deckbuilding to every scenario. Worshippers is designed with quick sessions in mind, with the average scenario only taking about half an hour to complete. Which of these games caught your attention?
  10. Pictured above: Space Tyrant This week has easily been the most busy week so far this year in terms of new indie releases, and its only Thursday. Some of these games are titles I've personally been very excited to get my hands on, though I can only truly recommend one of them so far. As with all of these articles, don't take this as a buyer's guide. Make sure you check out videos and reviews to learn more about each game. Into the Breach Subset Games $14.99 First up this week is Into the Breach, the latest game from the developers of FTL and the only game on this list that I can personally vouch for right now. Like their previous game, Into the Beach is a roguelite with some pretty solid pixel art, but that's where the similarities end. Earth has been ravaged by an invasion of gigantic, bug-like creatures called the Vek. You control a squad of mechs that have been sent back in time to defend Earth during the early stages of the invasion. Fight waves of Vek in a campaign full of short, procedurally generated missions with multiple secondary objectives. The turn-based battles play out more like a puzzle game, where positioning is key and many of your attacks have secondary effects based around moving enemies. Into the Breach is also on GOG and the Humble Store. Hellmut: The Badass from Hell Volcanicc $14.99 Hellmut is a top-down roguelite shooter I've been keeping my eye on, but haven't personally had a chance to play yet. You play as a mad scientist that unleashed a horde of demons in exchange for immortality. The demons granted your wish, but then ate your body, leaving only your floating brain behind. Get revenge on these otherworldly horrors by blowing them apart with an arsenal of absurd weapons and shape-shifting abilities. Each Transformation gives you a different special ability, and swapping between them to counter specific enemies is one of the core principles of the game's combat. You can also find Hellmut on GOG and the Humble Store, with a console port apparently coming sometime later this year. Vicious Attack Llama Apocalypse RogueCode (PTY) LTD $14.99 Vicious Attack Llama Apocalypse is another top-down twin-stick roguelite shooter that released this week, and despite the obvious meme name and premise, it looks like it might have some promise. A global conspiracy has resulted in millions of weaponized attack llamas being unleashed upon an unsuspecting world. Fight back the hordes with a customizable, remotely-piloted mech bristling with guns and gadgets. The game features co-op for up to four players, but its limited to local only. VALA is currently only on Steam, but it will be heading to Xbox One in a few weeks. Never Stop Sneakin' Humble Hearts LLC $11.99 Never Stop Sneakin' is the latest game by the developer of Dust: An Elysian Tail. This top-down arcade parody of the original Metal Gear Solid has you playing as an elite operative for the Department of Sneakin', the world's best stealth and counterintelligence agency. Infiltrate procedurally generated military bases on your mission to stop Amadeus Guildenstern, a time-traveling super villain that has kidnapped all the U.S. Presidents. Never Stop Sneakin' is also on the Switch. Where the Water Tastes Like Wine Dim Bulb Games, Serenity Forge $19.99 Where the Water Tastes Like Wine is a narrative adventure game about traveling across a highly stylized version of the Depression era continental US. Hitchhike from coast-to-coast gathering stories, each of which are written by a wide selection of established authors. Trade stories with your fellow travelers as currency to gather new tales. Where the Water Tastes Like Wine is also on GOG and the Humble Store. Space Tyrant Blue Wizard Digital $19.99 Space Tyrant is a 4X-lite developed by a team of former PopCap developers. Conquer and terrorize the galaxy as the cartoonishly evil warlord of one of three alien races. Space Tyrant's gimmick is that it has simplified and streamlined the basic 4X gameplay loop into an easy-to-learn package that is suitable for quick play sessions and binge gaming alike. There's no diplomatic or cultural victories in the game, and support cards replace the complex research and tech trees in most 4X games. Amass an armada, subjugate weaker races, and get eaten by giant space sharks over the course of your average lunch break. Deep Rock Galactic Ghost Ship Games $24.99 I'm going to round out today's article with a pair of promising Early Access games. Deep Rock Galactic is a co-op shooter where four players control a squad of space dwarves mining procedurally generated underground caverns for precious metals and gems. Each player takes on a unique role to help the team, like the defensive Engineer, or the Scout that leads the way and gathers information on upcoming areas. Environments are fully destructible, with the Driller class being built around carving paths through rock walls. Deep Rock Galactic is still pretty early in development, so be aware that there isn't a ton of content in the game just yet. It's also on the Xbox Preview service and the Humble Store. Ion Maiden Voidpoint, LLC $19.99 Finally we come to Ion Maiden, an old school-inspired shooter published by 3D Realms. What sets Ion Maiden apart from the numerous other '90s-style nostalgia shooters is that it's actually made in an updated version of the Build engine that spawned Duke Nukem 3D, Blood, and Shadow Warrior. This results in a game that nails the look and feel of a classic shooter, but takes advantage of new advances in technology with larger, more complex levels and higher resolutions. Like Deep Rock Galactic, Ion Maiden is still early in development, so don't expect much more than a tech demo at this point. There's still plenty of releases I haven't got to yet, so I'll be back soon. Which of these games are you excited about?
  11. Pictured above: Abandon Ship This week wasn't nearly as busy as the last few, but I still managed to find some interesting games to highlight, including a few Early Access titles. As always, I'm not here to personally recommend any of these games; I'm just highlighting some recent releases that you may have missed. Remember to check out reviews and videos to find more information on each game. Usurper Steve Gal $9.99 Usurper is a 2D Metroidvania, and the standalone sequel to the developer's previous game, Shrouded in Sanity. Late 19th century London has been invaded by hordes of otherworldly abominations from the mysterious Citadel, and it's your job to lead a team ascending the structure to discover its purpose. The game's combat system revolves around the Guard mechanic. You can regenerate Guard by successfully dodging incoming attacks, which then converts the potential damage into a shield that protects you from future attacks. You can tweak a few settings for extra challenge, including permadeath, one-hit death, or speedrun mode. Orwell: Ignorance is Strength Osmotic Studios $9.99 Ignorance is Strength is the second episode in Osmotic's Orwell series of "surveillance thrillers." Much like the previous game, Ignorance is Strength places you in the role of a government agent for the Orwell Program, an intelligence division tasked with using the country's most advanced surveillance technology to spy on "undesirable" members of society. This time around you'll be surveying a group of agitators and conspiracy theorists that are responsible for stirring civil unrest throughout the country and in neighboring nations. Gather information by scouring social media, listening in on private conversations, and hacking into computers and accounts. You can also find both Orwell games on GOG and the Humble Store. YUMENIKKI -DREAM DIARY- Kadokawa Corporation, Active Gaming Media $19.99 -DREAM DIARY- is a complete reimagining of the Japanese RPG Maker cult classic Yume Nikki, which finally came to Steam last month. This new installment remakes the original in a new 3D engine, and includes new gameplay mechanics inspired by more recent indie adventures. Explore six surreal dream worlds and encounter new areas and characters that didn't make it into the original. The user reviews seem fairly divided so far due to the new mechanics and various bugs, so keep that in mind before deciding to purchase -DREAM DIARY-. Dungreed Team Horay $9.99 Dungreed is a 2D dungeon crawling roguelite that takes some obvious inspiration from Rogue Legacy. Explore a constantly shifting dungeon in order to save the town above it from destruction. Permanently increase your stats through training to better prepare you for the dungeon's traps and monsters. Rebuild and improve the town using the resources you find in the dungeon to give you an edge before each adventure. Them's Fightin' Herds Mane6, Inc $14.99 Them's Fightin' Herds was born after the My Little Pony fan game Fighting is Magic received a cease and desist from Hasbro, and it recently hit Early Access after around five years of development. The game features the same basic setup as Fighting is Magic, but with a new cast of more copyright-friendly characters. The game currently features competitive online multiplayer, an arcade mode, and a cooperative PVE mode. An episodic story will be gradually released after the game exits Early Access. Owners of Blazblue Centralfiction, Skullgirls Second Encore, and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 will gain access to bonus cosmetic content, with Skullgirls owners also getting a discount on Steam. You can find Them's Fightin' Herds on the Humble Store as well. Abandon Ship Fireblade Software $19.99 Another interesting Early Access game that came out this week is Abandon Ship. Become the captain of a ship and her crew in a fantastical Age of Sail-inspired setting where all the deep sea monsters from a sailor's worst nightmare are real. Explore a procedurally generated ocean full of quests, random events, marauding pirates, and trade vessels to loot and plunder. Death is permanent, but there is always the chance to escape certain doom in a lifeboat or by being swept ashore, giving you another chance to start from scratch. The game is expected to be completely finished in nine months to a year from now, and you can find the game on the Humble Store in addition to Steam. All Walls Must Fall inbetweengames $9.99 Finally we come to All Walls Must Fall, a tactical roguelite that just released from Early Access. The game is set in a cyberpunk version of 2089 Berlin where the Cold War never ended. A rogue nuclear strike has shattered the fragile peace between the superpowers, and you are a secret agent that has been sent back in time to discover who is behind the attack and figure out how to prevent it. The game features a blend of real-time and simultaneous turn-based combat, with fully destructible environments that are hand-crafted, but procedurally rearranged each time you play. Experiment by jumping back and forth through a time loop to manipulate the past and future. Which of these games caught your attention?
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