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Itch.io’s Black Friday sale has Among Us and loads of indie goodies

Black Friday has no cultural relevance for someone who doesn't celebrate American Thanksgiving, but I'm up for good games going cheap. Itch.io is the latest digital PC games store to launch a big Black Friday sale, and it's the one that interests me most for all of Itch's indie goodies. The store mostly sells DRM-free downloads, but plenty do come with keys you can slam…

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Yarntown brings Bloodborne to PC in a cutesy 16-bit style

Yarntown sounds like a really lovely time. Hearing just the name, I'd think of an adorable little village filled with houses made from yarn, held together with knitting needles. It's very much not that, however, it's actually a cutesy 16-bit version of FromSoftware's PS4 exclusive, Bloodborne, made by Max Mraz. It's an impressive feat, too - Max has recreated Bloodborne's very first area, Central Yharnam,…

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Itch’s Bundle For Racial Justice And Equality raised $8.1 million

This morning, Itch.io's Bundle For Racial Justice And Equality ended its ten days of fundraising with a whooping $8,175,480.81 (£6.4 million) going to organisations fighting racial injustice in America, smashing the $5 million goal. By the end, the bundle offered 1704 videogames, tabletop RPGs, tools, books, comics, soundtracks, and more for as little as $5. It was a phenomenal bargain helping great causes. If you…

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Feature: A two-tone masterpiece

Have you played… Gun Rounds?

I am so very impressed by everything that Gun Rounds does. Rarely have I come across a game that so skillfully marries such disparate ideas. Playing it feels like watching a balloon modeller as they twist and squeeze together two resolutely independent balloons. It's loud, it's captivating, and I have no idea how it's being done; and then at the end, the modeller is left…

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Wide Ocean Big Jacket is in the big Itch bundle

In February, the creators of the wonderful Little Party released Wide Ocean Big Jacket. I really liked the funny and touching tale of a couple taking their rowdy niece and her quiet friend on their first camping trip. You probably did not play it. But that's okay! It is one of the hundreds of games in Itch.io's Bundle For Racial Justice And Equality so maybe…

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PSA: You’ve less than a day left to get Itch’s Bundle For Racial Justice And Equality

You have until 8am tomorrow (midnight Pacific) to buy Itch.io's Bundle For Racial Justice And Equality, getting you over 1700 games and things while giving money to a great cause. The bundle has so far raised over $7 million (£5.5m) for NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Community Bail Fund, which all proceeds to be 50/50. The bundle contains lots of games you'll…

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There are now over 1400 games in Itch’s Racial Justice And Equality bundle

Over the weekend, Itch.io launched a giant Bundle For Racial Justice And Equality. It was an overwhelming and enticing selection when it launched with about 750-odd games. Now the bundle has grown to over 1400 items, some of which are tabletop RPGs and game-adjacent bits like asset packs. They're all yours for a contribution of $5 or more.

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Itch raises funds for racial justice with a 700+ game bundle

This weekend, indie-centric storefront Itch.io kicked off their massive Bundle For Racial Justice And Equality. Pulling together a collection of 749 (and counting) indie darlings, hobby projects and unsung curiosities for a meagre $5, Itch's massive bundle has currently raised well over $400,000 for legal defence funds across the United States - and there's no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

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Black Lives Matter bundle on Itch has raised over $50,000 and counting

A collection of 20 games on Itch are part of a Black Lives Matter bundle raising money for related organisations. So far the bundle has raised over $50,000, ten times its original goal. The organisers are now hoping to raise a total of $99,999, the maximum goal they say that Itch allows them to specify. If you're looking for a way to continue donating to…

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Feature: And why are so many about Yuri on Ice?

Why artists are selling their rude, weird, and wonderful comics on a videogame marketplace

Itch.io is a lovely indie games marketplace, where you can find everything from the latest indie darlings to the weirdest game jam experiments. It might surprise you to find out, though, that Itch's selection is not only limited to games: the website also offers a wide range of tabletop games, books, music, game assets and — guess what — comics. But why would artists choose…

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Loads of “games to help you stay inside” are free on Itch.io right now

As more people face a whole lot more time indoors, not to mention medical and financial anxiety, many kind developers are giving games away free or slapping on big discounts. You can find a nice lot of these on Itch.io, where the splendid store have listed many of the "games to help you stay inside". Most of these are free, some have tasty discounts, and…

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This adorable game about snapping photos of birds is now on itch.io

The stylistically low-res game about snapping photos of little birds in your house has landed on itch.io today.  Toripon 鳥ポン may be tiny but it's packed in some personality in the form of a bird-based social network where fake folks comment on your lovely bird snaps with eloquent appreciation like "Yaaasss."

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Throw Cubes Into Brick Towers To Collapse Them, that’s it, that’s the game

Vague one-word game names are out. Bin 'em. Destiny? Anthem? Halo? You sure did come up with some inspired names for running and gunning, eh? None of these names would get the Ronseal approval, I'll tell you that. Now, Ivan "Nothke" Notaros's Throw Cubes Into Brick Towers To Collapse Them, there's a game that does exactly what it says on the tin.

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Eat Girl is an anxious rework of a familiar labyrinth

Yes, okay, it's a Pac-Man game. But there are more reasons why Eat Girl feels like a game out of time. Tesselode's latest is torn between two eras - deeply inspired by Namco's arcade classic, sure, but equally so from the late-00s wave of strange browser games. It could easily be a forgotten gem of Terry Cavanagh's (of Dicey Dungeons fame), one particularly in conversation…

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Itch’s big summer sale opens with an essential indie bundle

E3 is over, and we've got all that mega-budget fluff out of our system, so let's get weird again. There's a big summer sale on over on Itch, which has rapidly become my favourite games store. While the bulk of the discounts run until July 1st, there's also the Itch.io Summer Selects Bundle available for one week only. It contains six hand-picked games for $9, which,…

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Feature: Would you rather have a robot head or crab claws for hands?

Premature Evaluation: Beacon

David Cronenberg's 1986 horror classic The Fly explored the idea of how much of a fly Jeff Goldblum would have to mutate into before he stopped being extremely hot (the answer, as revealed in the DVD commentary, is as high as 65 percent). It also tapped into a deep seated human fear of being trapped inside an elevator with a fly. But more than either…

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Premature Evaluation: King Under The Mountain

Playing early access games is like being flung backwards in time to a proterozoic era of Earth’s formless prehistory, where instead of lush continents and breathable air there are surging oceans of molten rock and noxious clouds of superheated nitrogen gas. And you’re there on this unfinished planet, standing on the precipice of a furious lake of spitting magma, your eyes popping like overboiled eggs…

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The Lost Histories Jam keeps gaming’s stranger stories alive

The greatest lie of the information age is that 'the internet never forgets' - it has a memory like a sieve, and we're losing games every second, along with people's records of them. The Lost Histories Jam on Itch (run by Emilie "Coleo Kin" Reed) is about preserving the little things that nobody paid much attention to. A collection of stories, zines, interactive essays and even…

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Itch.io’s winter sale is on, and we have recommendations

Splendid DRM-free 'indie' games store Itch.io has kicked off its winter sale, bringing discounts on some games you'll likely know and many you won't. Itch is my favourite store to browse around, thanks to its wide and often weird variety of games, but if you need some direction? My festive friend, we are here for you. Read on for our recommendations, and do share your…

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Almanac Of Girlswampwar Territory review

For the purposes of brevity I’m going to refer to Porpentine’s new game as “Almanac”, rather than its full title of “Almanac of Girlswampwar Territory & The _girls Who Swim As Fertilizer Through The Warm Soil Cloaking The Roots of The Glorious Tree of Eugenics”. But just so you know, that is the full title of this weird lil' adventure romp.Having never played one of…

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