Moonflight Is A Cutesy Spooky Scrolling Shooter

Monochromatic color schemes and hair-pulling challenge were hallmarks of titles on the original Game Boy handheld, and few titles capture that vibe like Moonflight [official site] by Lachlan Cartland and Joshua Hurd. It’s a short but pretty sweet side-scrolling shooter that I really dug the artwork for, especially since I know how difficult spriting can be. I would know, because I edited my own Sailor Moon sprites when I was younger. Read the rest of this entry »

Orwell Looks Like The Fun Parts From Watch Dogs

When I first laid eyes on Orwell [official site], all I could think of was Mr. Robot’s Elliot Alderman, or how cool I felt when I social engineered people in the Mr. Robot mobile game. I had a flashback to the first time I ever played Watch Dogs and was promptly disappointed because all I really enjoyed doing was “hacking” the people around me and getting into their private lives. So yeah, I’d say I’m pretty excited about this game. The first episode is now out for free, and the rest will follow (paid) weekly. Read the rest of this entry »

Minecraft: Story Mode’s First Episode Is Free On Windows 10

Telltale Games’ lighthearted Minecraft: Story Mode’s [official site] season premiere episode is free to download right now across various platforms, including Windows 10. So if you were curious if this might be the next Telltale adventure game you should throw money at, you can give it a look without spending any. Read the rest of this entry »

Free Loaders: ░░░░░ Videogames ░░░ Are Everything

The ephemeral collective of videogame burpers who hang out on the internet have decided to host a jam inspired by the myriad game ideas coughed up by Pippin Barr, aka

░░░░ That Man
░░ From Twitter
░Who Does This

Considering most of Barr’s ideas take hold within milliseconds and are gone just as quickly, it’s no surprise that the resultant games are rapidfire squiggles of code and colour, ready to be played, scrunched up and thrown inaccurately at the nearest wastepaper bin. But that’s the way we like it at Free Loaders. So here’s some of the best games from the jam.

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Paramedium Infuses Ghostbusting With Visual Novel Sensibilities

Paramedium [official site] looks exactly like the kind of visual novel I’d make if I had any sort of artistic talent. Actually, it’d probably look a lot more like Space Funeral. But it would definitely have colorful, unique characters and bizarre one-liners. I really like the dialogue in the screenshot I chose for this post, in fact. Read the rest of this entry »

Blue Revolver Brings Retro Shmup Shenanigans

There’s a reason why they don’t call me Shit-Hot Hot Shots Alice: because I’m no good at shoot ’em ups. Also other reasons, but mostly that. However, Stellar Circle’s retro Blue Revolver [official site] did catch my eye with a fun alpha demo last year. Now the full game is out and yes, this certainly is some bullet-spewing, vertical-scrolling, shot-dodging shooting ’em upping. Read the rest of this entry »

IF Only: Games of Mystery and Discovery from IF Comp 2016

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IF Comp 2016 is still running, and I’m back to suggest a few more possible highlights if you’re interested in trying out the games. I am not going to have a chance to cover nearly all of the 58 entrants in this column, though, so I strongly encourage you to check out the site, pick out some games that interest you, and possibly even vote. Voting is open to anyone who has played at least five entries.

This time I’m looking at a few of this year’s IF Comp games that — in very different ways — invite the player to explore, discover and piece together a narrative.

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