SteamWorld Dig Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com SteamWorld Dig RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Nintendo Shows Off It's Indies With a New "Nindies" Showcase https://www.gameskinny.com/6p5fg/nintendo-shows-off-its-indies-with-a-new-nindies-showcase https://www.gameskinny.com/6p5fg/nintendo-shows-off-its-indies-with-a-new-nindies-showcase Tue, 28 Feb 2017 17:40:00 -0500 David Fisher

Nintendo's strong support of the indie scene has been fairly strong in the last few years, and with the Nintendo Switch coming out just a few days from now, Nintendo gave us a look at the future of their indie title support with today's "Nindies Showcase." While some were games that we have been looking forward to for some time now, there were some new titles thrown into the mix.

So let's take a look, shall we?

SteamWorld Dig 2

Starting off the showcase was none other than SteamWorld Dig 2. Fans of the well-reviewed SteamWorld Dig will now be able to take it on the go on the Nintendo Switch.

While we don't know much about the title just yet, the game is a Metroidvania title much like the first title. The story is also centered around a young steambot in search of a lost friend, and must dig deep into the world to find them.

SteamWorld Dig 2 is expected to launch in the summer of 2017.

Yooka-Laylee

More anticipated than unexpected, Yooka-Laylee was also shown off during the Nindies Showcase. Inspired and created by the team responsible for Banjo-Kazooie, Yooka-Laylee is the spiritual successor of the popular Nintendo 64 series. While it was originally expected to come out on the Wii U, fans who are now transferring over from the dying console can at least be glad to know that the Switch will be hosting the title in its stead.

It should also be noted that the Nintendo Switch receiving Yooka-Laylee also means that it will be the only way of getting a portable version of the title. The title is also expected to release sooner than later, according to the presenter.

Other Team 17 Titles

The Nintendo Switch showcase also made a note that two other titles will be coming to the console. The first is The Escapists 2While this cult favorite strategy title was already announced in the late part of last year, it has now been revealed that it will be receiving a sequel on the Nintendo Switch as well.

The other title revealed was Overcooked, a multiplayer cookoff title in which players try to successfully finish as many meals as possible. The version coming to the Nintendo Switch is a special edition containing all of the DLC found in earlier releases of the title, and promises to be a fun party game for those interested.

Both Overcooked and The Escapists 2 are expected to come out later this year.

Gonner

Gonner is a roguelike platformer in which the protagonist -- Ikk -- tries to find a gift for his friend Sally. The game is procedurally generated, and players can expect to pick up all sorts of abilities and upgrades in their attempts to find the best gift possible in the darkness of this platformer.

Gonner will be a timed exclusive for the Nintendo Switch, and is expected to release later in 2017.

Dandara

Long Hat House's 2D platformer, Dandara, will be coming to the Nintendo Switch in the summer of 2017. While it is also on Google Play and the App Store, the Switch version of the title will have bonus features -- including HD Rumble support.

Kingdom Two Crowns

Kingdom Two Crowns is another title getting new features on the Nintendo Switch. The original title, which can be found on the Apple Store, will be updated for the Nintendo Switch -- with one of the new features being a new co-op mode. It will also be released sometime later in 2017.

Runner 3

Runner 3 is coming to the Nintendo Switch as an exclusive title. This is the third title in the quirky on-rail platformer series, and is expected to come to the console in fall of 2017.

Blaster Master-Zero

Anyone who is an owner of the NES classic Blaster Master will be excited to know that a revival of the title, dubbed Blaster Master-Zero, will be coming to the Nintendo Switch. The developer is none other than Inti Creates -- the developer responsible for other revivals such as Azure Striker Gunvolt and older titles like Megaman Zero.

The game will be released simultaneously for both the Nintendo Switch and 3DS on March 9th.

Flipping Death

Flipping Death is a puzzle-solving game in which you take control of Penny, a recently deceased woman whose job is fulfilling the wishes of the deceased. To do this, Penny must possess the bodies of the living and get them to do whatever task she has been assigned. The catch? She can't fully control them.

This quirky and fun puzzle solver doesn't have a solid release date yet, but is expected to release sometime later in 2017 or in 2018.

Graceful Explosion Machine

Graceful Explosion Machine is a side-scrolling arcade shooter that has you controlling none other than the GEM itself through multiple colorful worlds. With 4 different weapons at their disposal, players will have to navigate the worlds carefully while trying to rack up the highest score possible. The game will also feature HD Rumble support, and so you can expect to feel every single thing you do in this shooter title.

Graceful Explosion Machine is expected to release in April 2017.

Mr. Shifty

Mr. Shifty is a top-down action game that has you taking control of the titular character in various heists involving combat, and teleportation powers. The game features 18 stages with over 140 levels, as well as one-shot-kill combat. Players will have to be on their toes to make sure that each task gets completed with expert precision.

Mr. Shifty will be a timed exclusive on the Nintendo Switch, and comes out in April.

TumbleSeed

TumbleSeed is a physics based roguelike platformer that has players taking control of a seed that is trying to save its home. By mastering seed powers, players will have to carefully climb the mountain in an attempt to accomplish this adventurous task.

We're not kidding... and neither are the developers.

TumbleSeed will be coming to the Nintendo Switch this Spring, and will also take advantage of the HD Rumble.

Shakedown: Hawaii

The successor to Retro City RampageShakedown: Hawaii is a top down shooter that evokes much of the 16-bit era in terms of gameplay. The title is expected to release in April, and will be a timed exclusive for the Nintendo Switch.

ChuckleFish Games

Pocket Rumble

Pocket Rumble is a 2D fighter that evokes an art style reminiscent of old handheld consoles like the GameBoy. It promises to be a deep fighting game with mechanics not often seen in other titles. Pocket Rumble also features HD Rumble support, so that players will feel the difference between stronger and weaker hits.

Pocket Rumble comes out on the Nintendo Switch as a console exclusive later in March.

Wargroove

Wargroove is a ChuckleFish game that's fairly reminiscent of Intelligent Systems' Advance Wars series -- but in a medieval setting. The game will feature 12 campaigns and 12 different commanders. It will also support both local and online multiplayer functionality for up to 4 players.

Wargroove will also offer a feature rarely seen in the tactical RPG realm -- the ability to create your own battlefields. As such, expect a lot of Advance Wars map remakes once players get their hands on this title.

Wargroove will be coming out later in 2017.

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley has finally been announced as a Nintendo Switch title, and will also be the first console to support multiplayer for the game. Not much else was said about the title, however, but players should be on the lookout for more information before it launches in the Summer of 2017.

That's it for now!

Plenty of indie titles are on their way to the Nintendo Switch, and plenty more have yet to come. The titles so far make for a strong lineup for the Nintendo Switch, a console that will need more 3rd party support to make up for the space between 1st party titles. Hopefully this will be the news that fans needed in order to reassure them about the upcoming console's future.

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300 minutes or less: Fifteen short games worth your time https://www.gameskinny.com/3jcfu/300-minutes-or-less-fifteen-short-games-worth-your-time https://www.gameskinny.com/3jcfu/300-minutes-or-less-fifteen-short-games-worth-your-time Tue, 03 May 2016 05:50:54 -0400 Scott Simpson

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And so that concludes the list of short games worth your time. Hopefully you've seen some of your favorites or found a few new games to add to your wishlist.

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Did I miss out any great, short games? Think a game on the list didn't deserve its place? Don't be shy about it, let us know in the comments below!

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The Fall
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Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U
Approximate time to finish the main game
: 4 hours

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The Fall is a somewhat strange mix of styles, best described as a side-scrolling point and click puzzle platformer. You have a gun too, and at times you'll need to use it, but it never becomes a central component to the game. Most of the time you'll be using it as a light source rather than a weapon. Although the controls are a tad clunky, they get the job done and don't hamper the experience.

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Where the game really shines is in its story-telling and the daunting atmosphere in which it is set. The Fall tackles the subject of A.I. with a level of intelligence rarely seen in any medium, which is complimented perfectly by the dark, immersive, sci-fi atmosphere of the game. Combine that with clever writing, fantastic character development and some classic, adventure game puzzle solving, and you've got yourself a winner.

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As the first part of an intended trilogy, and after the fantastic way it ends, I'm excited to see where developer Over The Moon go with the forthcoming episodes.

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Attack Of The Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale
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Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
Approximate time to finish the main game
: 3 hours

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If I was asked to describe Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale in a single word, I would say "pleasant." A simple word for a simple game. There's nothing challenging or taxing about the experience, it's just a peaceful, relaxing jaunt through a sweet, charming tale that perfectly captures the spirit of childhood. There's a very Ghibli vibe going on here.

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The gameplay consists soley of exploring town, talking to people, collecting glims, or playing cards. It's a simple rock, paper, scissors style affair where the victor gets to cast a silly 'spell' (which you can customise the dance to, of course) that will make your opponents fall over.

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That's what so great about Attack of the Friday Monsters, the way it shows the world from a child's perspective. Our character, Sohta, notices all the things the adults in his world don't pick up on, and yet, being a child, he can't fully make sense of it all. Of course we as the player know better, and the way it's all presented is what makes Attack of the Friday Monsters shine.

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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
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Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4
Approximate time to finish the main game
: 4 hours

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I think The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is the first game that actually made me stop playing in awe of the scenic beauty of its game environments just so I could capture a screenshot. Fortunately it has a lot more going for it besides just having gorgeous visuals.

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As supernatural detective Paul Prospero, it's your job to piece together the mystery of Ethan Carter's disappearance after the boy in question writes to you for help. That job title doesn't just imply investigation of the supernatural however, as it seems Mr. Prospero has some otherworldy powers of his own. By touching certain objects, you can view its memory of the events surrounding it. You'll then have to place these memories in the correct sequence in order to understand just what took place.

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It's a well written and intriguing story with some nice puzzles peppered in between travelling through the game's incredible vistas. The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter actually sums itself up pretty nicely with its opening line:

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"This game is a narrative experience that does not hold your hand."

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SteamWorld Dig
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Platforms: PC, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One
Approximate time to finish the main game
: 5 hours

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By most peoples standards the act of digging would probably be considered a chore, but there's just something about SteamWorld Dig that makes it inexplicably engaging.

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Gathering ore provides resources to buy better equipment so you can gather even more ore; it's an oddly satisfying cycle. It's not all digging of course. Set to the backdrop of a robotic western, there's platforming elements and some nifty abilities to help you through them too. Despite the dangers posed by the depths, the game manages to have a relaxing quality about it.

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The franchise has since deviated in an unexpected direction with the release of turn-based strategy game SteamWorld Heist, but is by all accounts just as enjoyable.

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The Beginner's Guide
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Platforms: PC
Approximate time to finish the main game
: 1.5 hours

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The Beginner's Guide shares a lot of similarities with The Stanley Parable, which makes sense since the former was created by one of the minds behind the latter. Both are clever, unique experiences that have something to say.

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With that being said, they're also complete opposites in many ways. The most notable difference comes in their focus. The Beginner's Guide isn't so much about the player but the creator, and you realise that the whole thing is a deeply introspective piece of work for Davey Wreden, who not only made the game, but narrates it. That's also the biggest link between the two games, because one seems to be about the experience of creating the other. That probably doesn't make sense, but it might if you've played them both.

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The game hits suprisingly hard, and left me with a heavy weight in my chest; I was still thinking about it for some time after the credits had rolled. Any game that can have that effect is surely worth playing through?

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If the game piques your interest I would definitely recommend playing The Stanley Parable first, if you haven't already. I found that as a consequence of playing that game, it affected my decisions in The Beginners Guide; I was always looking for ways to defy the narrator. I'm not sure if this was coincidental or something intended on Wreden's part, but I'm prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt. 

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Gunpoint
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Platforms: PC
Approximate time to finish the main game
: 3 hours

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Gunpoint genuinely surprised me. I went into it expecting nothing more than a side-scrolling version of Hotline Miami, I was wrong. Well, actually I was right, that's pretty much what it is, except it's also steeped in an unexpectedly stylish noir atmosphere, with great writing and an interesting puzzle mechanic embedded into levels.

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You see it's not all about bursting through doors and beating guards to a pulp, shortly into the game you'll be introduced to a handy tool called the crosslink. Through it you can rewire electrical components on the same circuit.

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Suddenly that motion detector becomes a trigger to open a previously locked door. Suddenly you can fry a guard in one building by flicking a lightswitch in another. It's a great mechanic and adds a further layer of complexity to levels beyond just trying to work out how to knock out a guard before he shoots you in the face.

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There's also a pretty good story happening between levels, where you can also purchase upgrades and abilities to take on your next mission. The whole thing is complimented by a wonderfully appropriate soundtrack to round off what is a thoroughly satisfying experience.

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Papers, Please
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Platforms: PC (a PlayStation Vita version is in the works)
Approximate time to finish the main game
: 4.5 hours

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There's flight simulators, walking simulators, and then there's Papers, Please, a dystopian, Soviet Union inspired, immigration desk jockey simulator.

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No really, that is the core gameplay mechanic, you check peoples documents, make sure it all checks out, and permit or deny them entry to the fictional country of Arstotzka based on your inspection. That probably doesn't sound like much fun, I'm not sure "fun" is the right word to describe the game, but it is surprisingly rewarding.

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Papers, Please isn't just a fancy spot the different though, things get unpredictably hectic as time goes on and more restrictions are put in place. Your desk becomes cluttered by more and more paperwork, all the while you're on the clock to meet quotas, or you may find some of your pay getting docked.

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Thats the other side of Papers, Please, if you don't bring home enough money, your family suffers. Not only are you trying to keep them alive, you'll regularly be faced with moral decisions that affect others too. There's a surprising level of depth to be had within what is a strange yet ingeniously simple concept.

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Super Time Force Ultra
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Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Xbox 360
Approximate time to finish the main game
: 4.5 hours

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If you've ever wondered what Cher meant when she sang:

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If I could turn back time
If I could find a way
I would have shot up those red barrells
To blow those pesky enemies away

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She was almost definitely talking about Super Time Force Ultra (referred to from this point on as STFU), the souped up version of the already good and previously Xbox exclusive Super Time Force.

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You ever played a game where you died and thought, "damn, if only there was 3 more me's to help me out"? Well that's basically what STFU is all about. You run, you shoot, you die, you rewind, you run, you jump, you shoot, you run a little more, you die, you rewind. Throw some characters with unique abilities into the mix, like say, a deployable shield that will protect you, and however many rewinded replica's you have running about that the time, and things get pretty interesting. And chaotic.

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The game is a blast and is bursting with humour, plus there's loads of characters to unlock and challenges to complete outside the main story missions. It also has a cool Super Meat Boy-esque end of level replay system where you can rewatch all your many you's unleashing carnage. The best part is, if you happen to be a devoted PS+ member, you should already have access to it.

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Jazzpunk
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Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4
Approximate time to finish the main game
: 2.5 hours

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Jazzpunk has got to be the most ridiculous game I've ever played; it's pure batshit, goofy, insanity. The offbeat humour proves to be the games biggest strength, and possibly the only reason for its existence; it's an undeniably unique experience.

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So besides hilarious, what is Jazzpunk? How do I describe it? Ehh... well, you're like this agent guy who has to complete missions, kiss homeless people and engage in pillow fights. Oh, and there's a cat simulator and a wedding themed mini-game parody of Quake. Oh yeah, and the game ends inside a crocodile man's intestines; all pretty standard stuff really.

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If you're still confused about what Jazzpunk actually is, maybe this live action trailer for the game will explain it a little better than I can:

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That clear it all up for you? Okay, good.

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To the Moon
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Platforms: PC
Approximate time to finish the main game
: 4 hours

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To the Moon is a rare thing indeed, a game that manages, despite its limitations, to evoke genuine emotion in the player. I won't deny, I was a little choked up come the end credits.

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Those seeking thrilling gameplay should look elsewhere, To the Moon is very much a story driven experience, but it's a story worth telling. You'll play the role of Dr's Wyatt and Rosaleane, who recreate the memories of dying patients to help them live out experiences they never got to fulfill in life, if only in their minds. Memories are often messy things, however, and it will take a little detective work to piece together this particular patients troubled past.

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I'm not sure any amount of writing about it or watching trailers like the one above will do justice the heartfelt experience of actually playing the game.

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The Stanley Parable
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Platform: PC
Approximate time to finish the main game
: ???

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The Stanley Parable is another one of those games you're probably already quite familiar with, and if not, to describe it in detail would be to ruin the experience -- and it is an experience.

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The game explores the theme of narrative in gaming, and what happens when you decide to break the rules. You can 'beat' the game in 10 minutes, or 15 minutes, or 30 minutes; and yet, 2 hours later, you'll still be playing, you'll still be laughing, and you'll still be discovering new endings.

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The Stanley Parable did something different, and it did it by being funny, clever and intriguing. I can only complain about its somewhat hefty price tag, but that's what Steam sales are for, right?

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Grow Home
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Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4
Approximate time to finish the main game
: 3 hours

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Grow Home isn't your typical gaming experience; your only real enemy is gravity and your only goals are to explore, grow and climb.

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As the player, you'll control B.U.D., a procedurally animated robot who, as a result, is a tad clumsy in his movements. You'll have control of his upper limbs, allowing you to climb the stalk of a giant plant which you'll have to grow until it reaches the stars, where your spaceship awaits. You do this by riding offshoots into nearby floating islands, from which the plant will draw energy, allowing it to grow higher.

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For all the collectible seekers out there, there's also enough to search for and discover to considerably lengthen your time with Grow Home. There's something incredibly soothing about the whole experience, it's the perfect game for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

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A warning though, for my fellow inverted brethren, you either have to invert both axis' (who does that?) or none. As you can imagine, this can lead to some frustration and may confuse your brain when trying to go back to normal afterwards, but it's worth it. There's fewer games that exhibit greater charm than Grow Home.

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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
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Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Approximate time to finish the main game
: 4.5 hours

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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, as its name suggests, came about as a standalone DLC for Far Cry 3, and was, in my opinion, a lot more fun.

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Blood Dragon basically takes all the best bits from Far Cry 3, drowns it in a gaudy, retro, neon aesthetic, and then ramps up the pace to maximum levels. From the very get-go you'll be obliterating goons with gatling guns and blowing up bases; the carnage is relentless, and it's glorious. Like Far Cry 3, there's also outposts to capture, collectibles to find and such like things, which can extend the game to almost double its length. 

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If you're still not sold, there's a button reserved solely for giving the middle finger, and you get to fight giant neon dinosaurs (sorry, Blood Dragons) that shoot laser beams from their heads, what more do you want?

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Freedom Planet
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Platforms: PC, Wii U
Approximate time to finish the main game
: 4.5 hours

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Freedom Planet is a love letter to the fast-paced action-platformers of days gone by, i.e. the Sonic game you've been wanting since Sonic & Knuckles that Sega could never deliver.

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While the story is pretty standard fare and I can't imagine the cheesy dialogue appealing to many, the gameplay is simply outstanding. Levels have been well designed to facilitate speed, with plenty of alternate routes to deviate along, while boss battles are generally challenging and engaging. There's also several characters to choose from, each with their own little differences, to mix up the action and add some replayability. This is all perfectly complimented by the games beautiful pixel art visuals.

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This has to be one of the best games this genre has to offer, and with a sequel currently in development, it's a series I personally hope to see more of.

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Portal
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Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Approximate time to finish the main game
: 3 hours

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You already knew it was coming, right? I couldn't very well make the list without it, so I thought I'd get it out of the way early. I doubt Portal is a game that really needs any introduction at this point, but just in case, here's the run down.

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Basically, you have a gun, it makes portals, you solve puzzles by launching yourself and other objects through said portals, and at the end of it all there will be cake. It's pretty hilarious and if you don't enjoy it you probably don't have a soul. Just kidding, kind of.

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Amazingly Portal 2 managed to improve upon the game in almost every way, no mean feat. Thankfully this improvement extended to the game's length, which is why it is Portal and not its sequel making an appearance on this list, but both come highly recommended.

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With the hectic pace of the modern world, more and more I hear people say "I don't have time to play video games anymore". A tragic thing indeed. But not every game needs to be a sprawling epic. A lot of games in recent years have been making the most of shorter runtimes, and are often all the better for it.

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It should be noted that while there are many rogue-likes that can be finished in this time, most people aren't going to see them through to the end on their first run, so I won't be including any of those.

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So without further ado and in no particular order, here's fifteen short games worth playing that won't take you more than 5 hours from start to finish, assuming you're not the completionist sort.

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SteamWorld Dig Review - A fistful of fun https://www.gameskinny.com/m3074/steamworld-dig-review-a-fistful-of-fun https://www.gameskinny.com/m3074/steamworld-dig-review-a-fistful-of-fun Mon, 04 Jan 2016 08:43:33 -0500 Damien Smith

Rusty, a cowboy steambot receives the deeds to a mine in the town of Tumbleton from his uncle Joe. Despite being puzzled as to why his uncle would choose him, Rusty makes his way to the western town. Upon arriving the ground beneath him collapses causing him to fall into the mines below. Trapped due to a cave in, Rusty finds a pickaxe allowing him to dig and find a way out and into the town. It is here that his journey begins. As he explores the mines, he begins to find strange and powerful equipment that gives him new abilities and powers. What is it that Joe found? Why is it, that Joe gave the deeds to Rusty? What are these strange items of power? The only way for Rusty to find out is to dig.

SteamWorld Dig is a 2D platform game where the player must mine for resources while uncovering the secrets that lay below. Developed and published by Image & Form the game originally released August 7th, 2013. It is now available across a large number of platforms including 3DS, Windows, Xbox One and Playstation 4. It is a truly phenomenal game with addictive gameplay, great atmosphere, and fun characters.

A Story of Discovery

The story of SteamWorld Dig revolves around the discovery of what secrets the mine holds. As the player digs deeper into the mine, they find different worlds, new and alien technology, and a lot of background story.

The main plot is about attempting to find what it is that Rusty's uncle Joe had found down in the mine and why he gave the mine to him. As you delve deeper into the mine, you come across new worlds, one being Old World.

Old World alludes to being the world that we know today. In this world players will find ruins of buildings, vehicles and even enemies which are extremely human-like. It suggests that most of the human race is gone, and all that is left are dimwitted mutants known as Shiners.

Old World gives the player insight as to why the world's population consists of steambots with no humans. The game contains some colorful, silly and entertaining characters. Rusty is the calm and smooth Clint Eastwood character. The town population is made up of the optimistic young girl, the flirtatious barmaid, the cranky handyman, the over the top cowboy dealer and the snobby "sophisticated" merchant. All the characters are typical stereotypes that you would find in a western. Their dialogue and personality fit perfectly with the theme of the game. The story and characters of SteamWorld Dig are certainly interesting and fun, giving a sense of a living breathing world.

Creating a living world  is something that is not easy to pull off in a 2D platform game, but Image & Form do so brilliantly.
Getting Down and Dirty

The main gameplay of SteamWorld Dig is to mine, gathering various ores, minerals, and gems that the player can then cash in at the town on the surface. The deeper the player explores into the mines, the more valuable the resources they will find. As the player sells more resources to the town for money new upgrades, items, and shops become available.

Upgrades include better pickaxes, drills, armor and water tanks. Items include ladders, dynamite, and teleporters. Upgrading the pickaxe and drill allows for quicker digging and the ability to dig through tougher dirt and rock. Armor and water tanks increase your health and the amount of water you can store. Water is required to use certain equipment and upgrades, such as digging with the drill and using the Steam Jump ability.

The player gains new abilities and weapons by finding upgrade stations hidden within caves. Each of these caves has some form of puzzle that the player must solve before being able to reach the upgrade station. There are a total of three worlds to explore, each with their secret locations, enemies and environment.

Combat is fairly straightforward. The player attacks the enemy using the pickaxe, drill, or other weapons to the best of their ability. Each enemy has a set attack pattern, allowing the player to figure them out in order to defeat them. If the player dies, they are revived back on the surface and must pay a repair fee that is 50% of their current cash. If they were carrying any resources at the time, they can retrieve them by going back down into the mine.

SteamWorld Dig is one of the most fun and addictive platformers I have played in some time. The game quickly hooks the player from the start. The worlds are procedurally generated with each playthrough, making the layout of each different. This allows for multiple tries without it becoming stale. It is a game players will come back to time and time again.

Easy on the eyes and ears.

Some platform games can be extravagant and over the top in visuals, audio, and soundtracks. SteamWorld Dig, however, has a beautiful balance with each of these. The visuals are excellent, colorful and a delight to look at without blinding the player. The audio is well done, with realistic sound effects. The soundtrack is just beautiful and matches the overall theme of the game and captures the atmosphere of each of the worlds entirely.

The soundtrack brings each area of the game to life. The town of Tumbleton has that symbolic music theme to it that truly makes the player feel like they are in the wild west... The slow country style music, just like in the movies when the hero walks into a town. The same applies to each theme for each location; they fit in perfectly, making the player feel like they are there.

We need more Platform games like this!

It is a sheer delight to see a new and creative idea in the platform genre. As good as video games in the style of Super Mario, Sonic, and Donkey Kong arethere are already enough titles like them out there. SteamWorld Dig brings something new to the genre and does so with elegance.

It is a fun adventure full of character, mystery, and exceptional gameplay. It will keep you hooked from the moment you pick it up until you complete it. Players will get approximately six to seven hours of gameplay in their first playthrough. How long the game lasts depends entirely on the speed the player progresses. A thorough playthrough would certainly last a good six plus hours while more speedy playthroughs would last a few hours less.

It is a wonderful title and one that I cannot recommend highly enough. I can only hope that we see more platform games with such creativity, and new ideas as Image & Form have shown with SteamWorld Dig. We certainly do need more platform games like this.

SteamWorld Dig is available to buy on the Nintendo e-Shop for €8.99. For Windows users, it is available on Steam for the same price. For Xbox One, Playstation 4, Wii U, Linux and Mac users, the game is available to buy on their online distribution services.

Image Sources: SideQuesting, Metro, ShackNews, and PU.nl

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The Humble Nindie Bundle offers Wii U and Nintendo 3DS titles for the first time ever https://www.gameskinny.com/wswky/the-humble-nindie-bundle-offers-wii-u-and-nintendo-3ds-titles-for-the-first-time-ever https://www.gameskinny.com/wswky/the-humble-nindie-bundle-offers-wii-u-and-nintendo-3ds-titles-for-the-first-time-ever Tue, 26 May 2015 19:49:20 -0400 Jackson Ingram

For five years now, Humble Bundle, Inc. has offered name-your-own-price collections of digital products ranging from desktop and mobile games to eBooks to music. Its two-week bundles, however, have never ventured onto console or handheld platforms. That is, until now.

Teaming up with Nintendo, Humble Bundle, Inc. is proud to present the Humble Nindie Bundle, currently featuring three titles for the Nintendo 3DS, three for Wii U, and two for both platforms, with an additional number of undisclosed games set for release on Tuesday June 2nd at 11:00 a.m. Pacific time. All together, the entire collection racks up a whopping $88 if purchased separately through the Nintendo eShop. As usual, the products have been divided into tiers, with certain chosen payments unlocking certain games.
For just $1, you can snag . . .

  • Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition for Wii U: Play as Juan, a powerful luchador, and stop the evil charro skeleton Carlos Calaca from taking over the realms of the living and dead in this action platformer designed to celebrate Mexican culture and folklore.
  • Woah Dave! for Nintendo 3DS: Revisit the classic arcade as Dave, an ordinary man thrown into zany outlandish battles against an ever-evolving alien race.
  • Mighty Switch Force! for Nintendo 3DS: Solve puzzles, manipulate platforms, and track down fugitives with cyborg police officer Patricia Wagon.

Pay more than the current average chosen price and you’ll also get . . .

  • The Fall for Wii U: Become ARID, the artificial intelligence within a high-tech combat suit, and guide your host safely through a strange and hostile planet in the first of three adventure, puzzle-solving side-scrollers.
  • OlliOlli for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS: Shred through 50 levels and 250 challenges in this addictive skateboarding game.
  • Moon Chronicles for Nintendo 3DS: Explore the mysterious hatch found on Earth’s moon in this sci-fi first-person shooter.

And if you opt to pay over $10, you’ll get everything listed above, plus . . .

  • Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones for Wii U: Death is an inevitable and necessary learning experience for you, one of countless clones escaping the hostile facility in which you were created.
  • SteamWorld Dig for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS: Join Rusty in the mines of Tumbleton to dig up lost resources, treasures, and secrets.

Not only is the Humble Bundle a great way to save money and support indie developers, but you can choose to have a portion of your payment go to charity. The Humble Nindie Bundles will be sponsoring Code.org, a non-profit organization that works to expand computer science education.

The Humble Nindie Bundle will be available until Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 1:00 a.m. Central Standard Time.

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Sony Has Let Slip Next Month's PS Plus Lineup https://www.gameskinny.com/iokwd/sony-has-let-slip-next-months-ps-plus-lineup https://www.gameskinny.com/iokwd/sony-has-let-slip-next-months-ps-plus-lineup Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:44:28 -0400 Adam Koziol

Looks like someone working for Sony is going to be in trouble as a video detailing November's free PS Plus games has been released early. The publisher has since pulled the leaked trailer but we've got a copy which you can watch above. Every month, Sony offers PlayStation fans free games as a reward for their continued subscription to the company's premium online service. As usual, November's PS Plus line up consists of 6 games, two each for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.

 The first game in the video is The Binding of Issac: Rebirth, a Zelda-inspired action game from the Super Meat Boy developers. The other free PS4 game is the 2D actions title SteamWorld Dig. Developed by Swedish indie studio Image & Form, the game stars a robot called Rusty who lives in the Wild West.

PS3 owners are getting the top-down shooter/strategy game Frozen Synapse Prime.  Set in a dystopian cyberpunk future, players assume the role of a tactical commander, leading a small group of rebel troops against a corporate government regime. For those players who want a more action based experience,  Sony has them covered with Luftrausers, a 2D arcade title about piloting a small plane against hundreds of enemies.

Finally there are the PS Vita games. The Hungry Horde tasks the player with controlling a group of zombies to infect as many people as possible, while Escape Plan is a monochrome puzzle game that heavily relies on the Vita's touchscreen.

All 6 games will be available on November 4. However, as the leaked video was specifically for North American PlayStation fans, we'll have to wait for the official announcement to see if the European line up is the same. Use the comment section below to let us know what you think of this selection.

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