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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Have You Played… Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

If you ever enjoyed digging through Fileplanet or the PC Gamer cover disc, playing every strange little Half-Life or Quake mod you could find, I think you might quite enjoy Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies [Steam page]. No, no hear me out.

Nexon’s free-to-play spin-off takes basic Counter-Strike, throws in a load of zombies, mutants, and ghosts, throws them all in a bag and shakes then pours out a collection of strange and unexpected mod-feeling modes. I’ve spent a fair few hours just poking around and honestly, I swear it’s worth a go.

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Becoming Governor Is Hard When You’re A Lobster-Man

If you’re one of the millions upon millions of people bummed out by the American presidential race, you need to play You Are the Cannibal Lobster-Man Of New England, Can You Become The Governor Of Maine? It’s a text adventure from Clickhole that has completely redeemed my faith in the political process. That a humble cannibalistic lobster-man could escape from captivity, eat a few scientists, and rise to start the revolution that America needs is the kind of story that would make Abraham Lincoln shed a single, presidential tear.

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All Aboard! The Endless Express WIP Released Free

Put on your best travelling clothes for a journey through a strange land by train, boat, and cable car in The Endless Express [Itch page]. It’s the full follow up to a game jam game I really enjoyed in 2014, building on the idea of a strange multi-change train journey run to a real-time timetable, or… it was supposed to be. The developers today announced they’ve stopped making it but they have released their work-in-progress version for free.

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Free Loaders: Stop Bullets With The Power Of Prayer

Gun crime is sky-rocketing in the United States and just last week the elected representatives of the country voted to keep as many bullets from unemployment as possible. And while that sentence may be a rabid simplification of a greater issue, we all know what’s fundamentally at fault here – we are just not praying enough.

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