Free play of the week: Gunroad

Monday, May 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm

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Gunroad might look familiar to anyone who spent the bulk of their time in arcades back in the '80s, but where Gunroad lacks in innovation, it makes it up for in ridiculous, over-the-top gameplay that takes the feel of arcade light-gun shooters and put in on you computer. Well, that, and scantily clad anime chicks exploding with excessive violence.

The controls are pretty simple and self-explanatory: left mouse button shoots, right button drops bombs. Reloading happens automatically since it's not possible to point your gun off-screen and like most games of this type you'll be able to shoot med-kits and candy bars to get health.

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Duke Nudem Flash Game Is Exactly What Tit, I Mean It, Sounds Like

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 4:00 pm
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What we have for you today is a piece of unconventional marketing. It is brought to the world by Boob Tube (a tube dedicated to, obviously, female boobs), and features Duke Nukem themes all up in it. It is called Duke Nudem (cleverish), and it is a game of strip shooting. Yes, it's like strip poker, except you shoot stuff. Shoot a target, see a boob, you get it.

The game, which I will link you to momentarily, has two versions -- a wonderful NSFW version (full mammary action) and a less wonderful but still wonderful SFW version that covers up said mamms. Anywho, to the next page!

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Free play of the week: The Benefits of Life Insurance

Monday, May 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm
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As a hobby, video games are a rather expensive way to get your entertainment. But that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of good, free experiences out there -- whether you're just short on cash or if you're just looking for a new type of game, freeware and browser-based games are a great way to not spend any money and get a wholly original, albeit usually short, experience. This week we have The Benefits of Life Insurance, a curious little Windows game from Justin Smith. More >>

The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile is Bloodsoaked Feast or Famine [Review]

Monday, April 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm
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The story of The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile centers around a demented, sword-wielding pariah named Yuki. She's on a journey to free the world of corporate and political fascism, while soliciting a bit of revenge toward a trifecta of dictatorial powerhouses on the way. Phasing between a nightmarish sanatorium, techy industrial complexes, and dank necropolises, we hack and slash past cyborgs, zombies, and ninjas -- leaving nothing but split bodies and spilled blood.

This arcadey follow up to indie maven James Silva's illustrious The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai is a grim and graphic beat-em-up that showcases an incredible amount of blood spatter and sword-spinning acrobatics dotted with pieces of really dark (and largely nonsensical) story. For those gamers that can find true happiness in hour upon hour of stylized, resolutely pitch-perfect strings of violent combos and boss fights, Vampire Smile is nothing short of blissful. For those looking for more than a few inches of depth, finding what you seek will be met with a lot of boredom and little reward.
 

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Minecraft Finally Gets Official Release Date!

Friday, April 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm

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Now: the moment we've all been waiting for. These many months we've peered down the long telescope into the future of video games, and searched desperately, for the exact date we can finally purchase and play Minecraft. It is here. You and me and everyone we know can play Minecraft on November 11, 2011, or, conveniently, 11/11/11.

That's the same day as The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim. You've got mammoth beads, Mojang. Debuting your little, blocky-looking title the same day as the fifth entry in Bethesda's venerable francise, that is one hell of a statement. But, even so, I'm just happy. I've been waiting for ages to get my ha-- hey wait a minute.

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Hawken Trailer Shows Pretty Indie Gameplay, My Name

Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 12:00 pm
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We're fans of independently funded and created games here. You may know them as "indie games." That's the cool slang term for them. But that is neither here nor there. We've got some indie news for you.

Hawken, of the indie ilk, is a downloadable mech shooter. It doesn't look like it though, as you're about to see. It looks pretty damn gorgeous. Not Limbo or Braid gorgeous -- we're talking about realistic, gritty, robotic beauty. And if you'll step this way, you'll see it with your very own peepers.

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Independent Games Festival Honors 2010 Standouts

Monday, March 7, 2011 at 8:30 am
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You were expecting someone else?
While the "big" developers were receiving their honors at the GDC Game Developers Choice Awards late last week, another yearly event was turning the spotlight toward the smaller operations, recognizing independent developers for another year's worth of standout titles at the 13th Annual Independent Games Festival.

 

For a look at this year's winners, I happen to know a certain jump link that could use a certain amount of clicking.

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Super Mario X is One of The Most Impressive Fan Games We've Ever Seen

Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm
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It's-a Me, Marios!
​We've featured a good number of Mario fan games on the site, but missed Super Mario X when it first released a couple months ago. Now that we've seen it, we simply had to share it with you.

Super Mario X is a fan-made game that combines elements of the first three Super Mario Bros. games, as well as Super Mario World and a few other recognizable Nintendo games. You'll see all the various elements in action in the video after the break.


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LittleBigPlanet 2 Puts Sackboy in War-Torn Vietnam

Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 10:00 am
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And you thought Call of Duty: Black Ops was the most impressive Vietnam War first-person shooter to come out this year. Well, yeah, actually it probably is the most impressive... But this LittleBigPlanet 2 build is pretty radical, too.

It showcases the abilities of the game by making an almost fully-functional first-person shooter, flavored with some Vietnam War skins and explosive barrels. War has been many things, but I don't think its ever been painted quite this way. You'll have to hit the jump here to experience the video. You won't regret it, I promise.

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ImorTall Is A Beautiful Way To Change Five Minutes Of You

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 1:00 pm
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Last week, One Chance blew my mind wide open. It wasn't pretty, or particularly complex, but it has stayed with me this past week and is a gloomy experience I cannot recommend highly enough. Since that day, I've sifted through hundreds of indie games to find for you, dear readers, something new at which you can marvel.

I think I've found it with Armor Games' ImorTall. From an aesthetic standpoint, it is wonderful. The game colors in vibrant solids over a black matte, with a lovely sound design that plays sometimes contrary to what one would expect. It delivers a seemingly meager narrative in five minutes, but the emotional toll is far more florid once realization sets in. Follow for details on this remarkable little work.

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