Final Girls: Horror Movie Stars Discuss Trauma

Final Girls [official site] is a game about women recovering from trauma. It’s named after a horror movie trope in reference to the last woman standing, and whilst it’s intentionally ham-fisted in its fan-fic-esque delivery – not to mention the caricatured horror/thriller movie hero lookalike cast – underneath lies an important message.

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Free Loaders: Score Pints To Win

'Pints! Pints! Wherever they may be...

I was at the swimming pool this week and an old lady asked me what I did for a living. I told her I write about free videogames on the internet. “Oh,” she said, “Like SpillTender, Trills, Monster Streaking, Morse and Maddening Relapse 2?”

I stared at her.

“You know, you should write about Birdland too.”

“Shut up,” I said. “You’re fictional. This whole damn pool is fictional. Shut up. Just shut up.”

Then I swam away (front crawl).

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Asylum Jam 2015 Is Happening Right Now

A quick note to let any budding horror game developers and/or fans know that the 2015 Asylum Jam is now live. The first Asylum Jam was back in 2013 and it’s become an annual fixture.

“Asylum Jam is a 48 hour long game jam where game developers are challenged to make a horror game and explore the genre without negative mental health or medical stereotypes.”

You can play last year’s selection of games right now, or submit your own creation. Or maybe you’re content to watch the activity feed and wait for new games to play.

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Crowtel: You’re A Crow Running A Hotel, See

It’s called Crowtel [official site], right, because you’re a crow and you’re working in a hotel. But wait, this pay-what-you-want game has more than a cute pun and a cute crow! They’re also a lazy crow, so the hotel is in an awful state when the health inspector cats come calling. The short platformer will have you fixing toilets, dodging giant balls of laundry, and dealing with slighted skeletons. I haven’t finished it yet, but I will once I finish, you know, writing a news post about it – it’s pretty fun!

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Hearthstone Tavern Brawl Brings Co-op Challenge

Kinda sorta co-op.

Blizzard gave Hearthstone [official site] a rotating lineup of special modes and altered rulesets with Tavern Brawl, and the latest brings a much-requested feature: co-op. Kinda. Ish. The ‘Unite Against Mechazod‘ brawl kicked off this afternoon, with a two-player challenge to take down a gnomish inventor. It may not be quite the co-op mode you’ve wanted, but it is an interesting addition.

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Skullgirls Devs Crowdfunding Action-RPG Indivisible

Regular reader Bunty Hoven writes:

Dear Alice,
Why do people not call Jonathan Blow, Jason Rohrer, Jonathan Brodsky, and Jonatan Van Hove by their preferred names of J. Blo, J. Ro, J. Bro, and J. Ho?

Oh, and when will you post about Skullgirls folks Lab Zero’s crowdfunding campaign for their action-RPG Indivisible? It has a public playable prototype out!


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Corpseburg Is Zombie Survival On A Google Map

I live in Bath, England, a Georgian city with an abundance of coffee shops and places to buy hummus, but a real lack of hardware stores. This is a problem when I need to buy nails, but also when playing Corpseburg. It’s a free browser game in which you attempt to survive a zombie apocalypse, the trick being that it’s played upon a Google Map. You provide the starting address, and the locations you’re then looting and dying inside are the real shops, pubs and schools nearby.

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The Final Chapter: Penumbra – Twilight Of The Archaic

While Frictional are exploring the depths of consciousness in their latest creep-fest Soma, other developers are continuing the story they began in Penumbra [official site] all those years ago. A team going by the name CounterCurrent Games released an unofficial total conversion going by the name Necrologue last Halloween and this year they finished the story with the fantastically-named Twilight of the Archaic [official site]. Just look at that title for a few seconds. It’s magnificent. The games are built on Amnesia: The Dark Descent so you’ll need that to play, and can then download both Necrologue and Teatime of the Archaic from ModDB or through Steam.

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Superheroic Starter: Sentinels Of The Multiverse Demo

Sentinels of the Multiverse [official site] is one of the best digital adaptations of a physical game I’ve played in recent time. It takes the form of a card game that pits your team of superheroes against a villainous sort in one of several locations. Essentially it’s both comic book battle sequence and multi-stage boss fight translated into card-based singleplayer combat. Although it can be a tad too slow-paced, with the better powers taking several turns to utilise effectively, it’s a thematic triumph and now, around a year after release, there’s finally a demo available.

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Escape Velocity Successor Endless Sky Available Now

Although not made by members of the original team, Endless Sky [official site] is the closest thing to an Escape Velocity game since the release of Nova in 2002. For those who don’t know Ambrosia’s series, the Escape Velocity games are singleplayer space-based roleplaying fare, sort of like top-down Elite, with all the trading, combat and freedom your pioneering heart craves. They’re excellent and Endless Sky, now available on Steam for Windows, Mac, and Linux, appears to live up to the legacy. It’s free, open source and there are 50+ ships to own and modify as you work your way across the galaxy.

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