Bum Rush Is Cibele Dev’s Racing-Combat-Dating Sim

If there was an award for the most incongruous mix of videogame genre discriptors, Bum Rush [Itch page] would almost certainly grab first prize. “Bum Rush is a 2-8 player car combat dating sim racing game,” reads the opening line of its newly launched Itch page and I’m sure you now see what I mean.

Nina Freeman and Emmett Butler, of Cibele fame, brought this weird and wonderful collection of ideas to life with Diego Garcia and Max Coburn for No Quarter 2015 – an annual videogames exhibition hosted by the NYU Game Center. Yes, the strange mash of ideas sounds unlikely in theory but it really, really does work in practice.

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The Lion’s Song Episode One Free On Steam

The Lion’s Song [official site] is a wonderful point-and-click adventure that began life as a Ludum Dare 30 entry almost two years ago. It tells the splendid tale of Wilma, a talented but struggling musician, who retreats to a friend’s cabin nestled in the Austrian Alps in a bid to kickstart her creative side which, besides her scant possessions, offers little in the way of furnishings besides one of the first ever telephones. One day, an inventor calls to test this new fangled contraption and so unfolds a charming narrative between you, Wilma, and the man on the other end of the line.

The Lion’s Song is now being expanded into a four part episodical series, it seems, the first of which is out now on Steam. For free! Here’s the episode one ‘Silence’ launch trailer that landed this week:

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Free Loaders: Go Floating On The River Of Bones

Think back to your innocent and carefree youth. The sound of your parents’ car has disappeared down the driveway. They won’t be back for an hour and you’re all alone in the house. What do you do?

FREE GAMES.

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Riders of Icarus Beta Lets You Tame Dragons, Realize Your Wildest High-Fantasy Dreams

Did you know that Riders of Icarus [official site] was getting an open beta test this week? Me neither. Apparently, it’s your typical free-to-play Korean fantasy MMORPG, and it’s now open to the public.

There is one enticing twist, though. Riders of Icarus lets you tame, ride, and fight mystical beasts, including dragons. Sold! What’s that? Becoming the veritable mother of dragons doesn’t quite do it for you? In that case, you might be pleased to know you can also drain the souls from the creatures’ bodies and use them to strengthen your weapons and abilities. That’s pretty sick in my opinion, but to each their own.

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10 Second Ninja X Demo Now Flipping Out

The name of 10 Second Ninja X [official site] gives the game away: you have ten seconds to demonstrate ninja prowess. And, uh, maybe the X is crossbones ☠ because the bad guy is a pirate? It’s a zippy time trial murderplatformer split into levels with ten-second time limits – ten seconds to flip around, flip out, and kill people. It’s launching next week but a demo is already out and has a little bonus: the more people complete levels, the larger the game’s launch discount will be.

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Free Loaders: The Good, The Bad and The Mystic

Yeeeehaw. The past couple of weeks have seen cowboy-themed games pouring out of every saloon on the internet. And it’s all thanks to the recent Mystic Western Game Jam, which challenged folks to make the best, most spiritual gun-slinging games they could think up. And I’ll be damned if these gringos didn’t do their darnedest to make us all proud, I reckon. Why don’t y’all come see for yourselves?

*spits at pot, misses, looks around to see if anyone noticed*

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