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Posts tagged “itch.io”

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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Feature: Dwarfs, building a fortress

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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Feature: Girls who like swamps

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…

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Itch’s Black Friday Not-Sale discounts no games, for charity

To celebrate the American post-Thanksgiving retail hellday of Black Friday (which seems to be done in the UK too now?), the fab DRM-free 'indie' store Itch.io is not holding a sale. No big sitewide discounts. No queues. No doorbusters. Instead, they're simply donating their cut of sales to charity. That's the Itch.io Black Friday Not-Sale. They'll give their portion to The Nature Conservancy, who are…

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Itch.io’s Halloween sale has some great spookings

Sure, the Steam Halloween sale has some good spookings, but Itch is the store I always turn to for a fright. Its catalogue leans a little weirder, a little wilder, a little more personal - all of which I want in horror, and for Goth Christmas. So psst hey come on, follow me down this dark path through the trees and I'll recommend a few…

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Feature: Monkey see, monkey do

I played every game about monkeys on Itch.io

I could detail the circumstances that led me here, to this place, at this moment in time, but it is a tangled web we weave, and the machinations of fate are as unknowable to us as the span of a gorilla’s back to the tiny flea, or something. Did you know there are 49 games about monkeys on Itch.io? I have decided to play them…

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