Valdis Story: Abyssal City Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Valdis Story: Abyssal City RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Best Fantasy RPGs You've Never Heard of But Should Play https://www.gameskinny.com/26t1b/best-fantasy-rpgs-youve-never-heard-of-but-should-play https://www.gameskinny.com/26t1b/best-fantasy-rpgs-youve-never-heard-of-but-should-play Wed, 24 Aug 2016 02:00:01 -0400 Captain Booya

The theme of Fantasy and the RPG genre have gone together like bread and butter since tabletop games--before it even became a gradually growing niche in video gaming. There's a seemingly timeless appeal to adventuring beyond the real world's boundaries, putting on your robe and wizard hat, and swinging that huge Buster Sword at anyone who dares provoke your wrath.

Though the other ingredient of a grand fantasy RPG is not only the setting, for avid gamers like myself, but the core mechanics--how it plays, and whether that makes the overall experience fun and engaging over a reasonable period of time. The key to nailing it in this department, is to give the player a multitude of viable choices and customization; whether it be combat, gear, classes, stats allocation, group setups, or freedom to choose where and what you do, as famously delivered in The Elder Scrolls series.

With that point in mind, below is an informed list of a few titles that have successfully built and improved on the formula for an intriguing RPG, whilst making it their own--Though perhaps hasn't gone recognised for that feat in the way The Witcher 3 has.

1. BattleHeart (iOS, Android)

Occasionally, there's a mobile game that is simply fun, innovative, and honestly good enough to be on any platform. BattleHeart ticks those boxes. While it does lack a story outside of the generic 'fight back against the dark forces' and the setting is the archetypal swords and wizards, it oozes personality with just its colorful 2D art style and soundtrack.

It plays like an RTS of sorts, in which the touch-screen controls aid the flow, but if it truly was of that genre, I'd have no business mentioning it here as an RPG. The big difference here, and also what makes it a unique RPG experience, is that you're 'limited' to commanding a party of 4 characters, from a gradual choice of 10 or so which you can recruit at your leisure, swap in/out, manage equipment, and level up. These characters generally fit into the roles of Tank, Melee, Ranged, or Support; all are interesting and have their quirks.

 

Eduardo the bard appears to be a cheeky nod to FF4's Edward.

Each stage presents you the simple goal of holding off the waves of monsters with your preformed team, in real-time. You have full control over all 4 characters, commanding them to move there, attack that guy, and most importantly using each character's several cooldown abilities, which are unlocked gradually as they level up between stages.

Battleheart has since had a spiritual sequel, Battleheart Legacy, which took many familiar tropes and abilities from this first game and made it into an incredibly solid single-character RPG.

Why it's awesome:

BattleHeart. They named their game perfectly. It's all about the battles. After a bit of a warm-up and recruiting a full party, these stages start to demand your full attention. There are not many times you will simply sit and watch your team and the enemies auto-attack each other.

It's not just a game of blasting through all your cooldown abilities ASAP to do more damage but using them thoughtfully in a way that keeps you afloat on the tide of battle. Characters can't take hits forever, and even a tank will need backup heals or buffs to survive.

It all feels very tightly-knit, in a way that makes classes, gear, ability usage and your personal micro-management all matter; And that is a sin in many RPGs and MMORPGs--that you're often given the choice of so many complexities that ultimately don't matter because the game is too easy to consider them. Which leads me to: 

2. Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen (Xbox 360, PS3, Steam) 

Another strong RPG that makes your choices of combat preparation matter. It's not the lowest-profile game on this list, but this party-centric RPG by Capcom seems to have remained a sleeper hit--perhaps a side-effect of Skyrim hype dominating the fantasy world through 2012 when the game was originally released.

At the time it was given only average reviews, with too much emphasis given to what it lacks, and nowhere near the recognition it deserved for its ambition to try something new, and for what still makes it stand out to this present day.

The basic gist is you create a character. (And my, the options available there are a doozy. Want your legendary hero to be a fat, black dwarf with blue hair? Your wish is granted!) You then also create your lifelong 'Pawn' companion in the same creation screen, who will always be one of the 3 AI Pawns that will follow and battle alongside you throughout the adventure.

After some intro, you are placed in the home village and tasked with seeking out and killing a huge Dragon that stole your heart. But not in the romantic way, as this isn't an eastern visual novel.

Of course, the objective to go murder the tower-size dragon is only an overarching, long-term goal, with main quests leading up to the inevitable stand-off. For starters, you'll just be choosing a class for yourself, and later for your 'Main Pawn' too. So begins the quest, where you'll chat to NPCs for tasks, recruit other player's pawns (If you're online) to fit your party's needs, find and combine items, and slay a heck of a lot of monsters, big and small, as you explore caves and the countryside.

Why it's awesome:

The combat style and party dynamic make this game stand out a mile from other open-world RPGs. First off, it's all real-time, complete with opportunities to dodge, block, or cause enemies to stagger due to high damage. Secondly, the ability to literally climb all over large enemies. Nope, it's not a scripted quick-time event, and yes, there are tactical reasons to do this, depending on the enemy. The Strider class, in particular, is most adept at climbing, which, for example, allows him to quickly scale a Cyclops and play one-eyeball-fillet on its face.

He's upset and it's not even happening yet.

The use of elemental attacks can also make a huge difference in your encounters, which are mostly delivered by Mages or Sorcerers. The class you choose to play for yourself and your main pawn affects what you'll desire from the other two you'll recruit--and your criteria will change as you learn more about your enemies, progress to new foes, or change your own class.

Initially, your choice is only 3 classes, or 'Vocations'. But once you hit the big city, Advanced Vocations are available to buy with the Discipline points you earn from killing stuff - Over time, you can switch between, and rank up, all of these classes on your character, and your AI companion, too. This system continues to keep you intrigued for quite some time, and there are benefits too, because you can equip traits earned from ranking up one class to help buff up your build for another.

This might sound like too much depth, but it's all unlocked gradually so as not to be a bombardment to the brain. Half of the fun is discovering what nifty moves each vocation has as you rank them up, and as you pick and choose which abilities to equip before you head out for another outing.

 

The nature of the vocations also feel less stereotypical for an RPG, too - familiar concepts, (Mages, Rangers, Knights) yet they feel fresh, due to the way Capcom has presented the combat. For example, I personally tend to avoid ranger-types like the plague because it can often be the simple 'pew pew endless arrow spam' experience. When I first fired up this magical game, however, I was intrigued by the Strider vocation, who can not only wield a Shortbow, but employ ninja-like skills with dual daggers, double jumps and dodge rolls.

All of this, wrapped in a world full of dark fantasy creatures like Chimera, Lichs, and Cockatrices. Speaking of dark, Dragon's Dogma also boasts a great atmosphere through it's environmental lightning--And the fact that not keeping your character's lantern alight results in darkness that actually hinders your visionI have yet to experience a lantern-lit trek in a dark forest the way I did with this game, squinting at the shadows of Hobgoblins just beyond the reach of the light.

 

Rounding off an already excellent package was the re-released version, Dark Arisen, which adds many hours of end-game-oriented challenge, and new beasts to conquer. Given the fact it took 3 years for this to come to PC, it really says something about a lack of these kinds of games, in that it still doesn't feel at all dated now.

3. Valdis Story: Abyssal City (Steam)

In a nutshell, a 2D Metroidvania-inspired platforming ARPG, albeit with a title that appears to just be words with a colon between them. But how much hides under that nonsensical title?

You take control of Wyatt, a gruff, sword-wielding half-demon guy. The game takes place in a strange underwater city, with various zones, which holds some significance in the ongoing war between Angels and Demons. But there are people living there too, which is awfully convenient when it comes to your gear shops and upgrades. 

Why it's awesome:

This is a lovingly crafted indie game. The art style has some anime influence but is unique in its own right. The music is also a salve to the ears, from melancholy exploration tracks to hyped-up boss themes, it always fits the pace and mood of the game.

The gameplay itself is smoothly controlled, platforming and exploration are satisfying. Combat is challenging and varied. Bosses, in particular, are a crazy time, and may well have you retrying several times--But you won't mind, because the fights themselves are a lot of fun, and backed by that awesome soundtrack.

There is plenty of choice in play style as you progress to find weapons and armor in typical Metroidvania style. Leveling up is also more than just a buff to your Health bar--you earn an ability point to spend on one of three skill trees each time. This will quite drastically change what your trump cards are in a fight.

I felt the screenshots didn't do it justice.

Besides that, you also gain access to a whole batch of different elemental magic attacks which you can map to up/down/left/right + a button. These range from offensive combo-aids, to ranged attacks, shields, and one or two utilities to help you reach new areas. Learning to combine these with sword attacks, blocking and dodging, keeps your enemy encounters interesting.

Catering to players who want to master the combat was definitely in the developer's interest, as there are around 5 difficulties to choose, ranging from cake-walk to what the game dubs 'God Slayer' which, given the fast-paced boss combat, most likely gives Dark Souls a run for its money.

Finally, there's some great replay value upon completion, as this unlocks 3 more characters to start up a new game with, and a boss survival arena mode. Though there is some slight crossovers in spells, each character possesses unique attacks and play styles to keep things fresh. A thoroughly packed and polished indie title, that stands up there with the games that inspired it.

4. One Way Heroics (Steam)

 A cute little indie turn-based Roguelike that goes on sale for about $2. The clever naming comes from the fact you spend the entire game moving to the right so that the all-consuming 'darkness' on the left of the screen doesn't kill you. In each new game, you choose a class and some stat traits to shape your journey. You unlock more choices here as you achieve milestones in the game. The idea is simply: Keep going until you can defeat the recurring appearance of the Demon King. Along the way, fighting and grabbing gear and items--Or, at least as much as the ever-chasing darkness allows.

There's a slither of a silver lining in the perma-death mechanic though, as the game lets you shove your more valuable items into a storage box upon death, to be retrieved at the start of a later playthrough.

Why it's awesome:

It has that great retro JRPG feel to it, and manages to keep a light and funny atmosphere despite the dire circumstances in this world. NPC dialogue is used both to educate with hints, and also for humor and goofy antics. I can turn this game on just to enjoy the music, which really sets the pace of it all, and I daresay it hits Final Fantasy levels of catchy.

Final Thoughts

It is my sincere hope that you friendly readers made at least one discovery, reading through this list today. The amount of hours I sunk into each game varies, but all left a positive impression and gave me new insights into what makes a great RPG, if not a great game, period.

If this shortlist has left you with burning suggestions of other fantasy RPGs I missed, let us know in the comments!

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10 indie gems on Steam that are worth your time and hard-earned dosh https://www.gameskinny.com/2gxcd/10-indie-gems-on-steam-that-are-worth-your-time-and-hard-earned-dosh https://www.gameskinny.com/2gxcd/10-indie-gems-on-steam-that-are-worth-your-time-and-hard-earned-dosh Fri, 26 Feb 2016 06:17:36 -0500 Ashley Shankle

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Endless Legend

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Standard price: $29.99
Genre: 4X turn-based strategy
Demo: No
Steam Store link

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It's hard to say this one is a "hidden gem" considering how often it goes on sale, but when Civilization V is still the top 4X game on Steam, I can't help but bring this baby up in this list. It's fantastic.

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Endless Legend is exactly the type of evolution I, as a regular 4X strategy player, would like to see in ground-based entries (as opposed to space titles like Sins of a Solar Empire) to the genre. Instead of taking pages from popular staple Civilization V, developer Amplitude Studios went in their own direction and created a basically triple-A quality 4X with more of a focus on unit management over city management.

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The game's Hero system, which has players customize Hero units' skills and equipment to better lead their squads to battle or oversee their cities, is fresh, fun, and adds an additional layer of strategy,

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The gameplay variety between factions (and your ability to customize your own faction) means you can play pretty much the way you want -- within reason.

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If you like 4X games, there's pretty much no reason to not pick up Endless Legend. Except maybe the $29.99 price tag with additional paid content DLC. But you expect to put that sort of investment in a high quality strategy game.

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Cook, Serve, Delicious!

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Standard price: $9.99
Genre: Cooking sim
Demo: Yes
Steam Store link

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I'd be willing to guess you probably haven't played a cooking simulation game before.

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Okay, you might have. They're not the rarest genre these days, but they are certainly not common.

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Cook, Serve, Delicious! is a particularly charming brand of cooking sim, with a heaping helping of muscle memory and stress with a side of nice-looking renders of food and a refreshingly appropriate (cheesy) music.

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While the sequel is on the horizon, the original game has more than enough content to keep the virtual cook busy for now.

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Climbing the restaurant ranks is quite the feat in the standard campaign mode -- don't let the "casual" tag on Steam fool you. You have to memorize dozens of recipes, rotate out menu items based on your recent menu choices and challenges, and excel at your craft when catering and when appearing on famous cooking shows.

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Did I mention there's a ton of muscle memory involved here? Remembering each recipe isn't easy, and every customer wants something different.

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The Battle Kitchen update released in 2014 brought new challenges, leaderboards, and a New Game+ mode for veteran chefs. It's a lot easier than actually running a restaurant, that's for sure.

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Wings of Vi

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Standard price: $14.99
Genre: Precision action platformer
Demo: Yes (On Steam Store page)
Steam Store link

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You may as well move onto the next slide if you don't like ramming yourself into one set of obstacles dozens of times -- Wings of Vi probably isn't for you even on Easy Mode.

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But hey, if you're cool with that you're in for one of the best precision platformers in a long time. Plus you get to play dress up, what's not to love?

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Don't let the angel protagonist fool you: Wings of Vi is an absolutely brutal platformer both in terms of combat and the platforming itself, and it is not about to let you finish the game without pulling your own hair out or breaking a few keyboards/controllers in the process.

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There's a lot of care put into the game's music and visuals, and it plays exactly the way you'd want -- except weapon swapping is sometimes a hindrance.  There are plenty of secrets to be found, specifically new weapons and cosmetic items for Vi. It's just a joy to play if precision platformers are your type of game.

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If you make it through Wings of Vi, you get some serious bragging rights. But good luck with that, grasshopper.

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SanctuaryRPG: Black Edition

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Standard price: $7.99
Genre: ASCII turn-based RPG roguelite
Demo: Yes (On the Steam Store link)
Steam Store link

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Stop, don't go! ASCII games need love too, even in this day and age. And SantuaryRPG: Black Edition may just be the one that fits perfectly in your Steam library.

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SanctuaryRPG is a curious game. Despite sticking to some seriously classic RPG traditions and visuals, it's a peculiarly modern game with an addictive battle system that requires the player to pay close attention to enemy states and chain ability usage.

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While it seems a serious, slow game, it couldn't be more the opposite. What we have here is a fairly silly procedurally-generated RPG with more charm and secrets than you can shake a stick at, not to mention combat is pretty quick once you've got it down. And let's not get into its great soundtrack.

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This is one ASCII game that any PC RPG player can chow down on, even if they're unfamiliar with ASCII graphics. Definitely try the demo if you're even remotely curious.

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Vagante

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Early Access price: $14.99
Genre: Action RPG roguelite
Demo: Yes
Steam Store link

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Wary of Early Access games? Me, too. But this is definitely not one to worry about. It's been in Early Access since late 2014, but developer Nuke Nine has packed to the brim with content and quality of life updates since the beginning.

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Vagante is like Spelunky with far more RPG elements, action, and sheer ruthlessness in design. It's slower than Spelunky, more complicated than Spelunky, and may just be the better game for you if you'd like a more serious RPG tint to your dungeon and cave-diving.

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This game is not even remotely for the casual gamer.

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Of all the roguelites on this list, Vagante is the one that took me the longest to get the hang of and progress in, thanks to the random unidentified drops (thanks cursed equipment) and RPG stat/skill leveling. It's worth it, though: Just about everything in this game is stellar, and at the current rate of updates the full release version is shaping up to be amazing.

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If you like roguelites and are comfortable with being even worse at the start than usual in these types of games, you have nothing to lose but hours of your life with Vagante. Especially once online multiplayer is released.

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LISA

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Standard price: $9.99
Genre: Side-scrolling turn-based RPG
Demo: No
Steam Store link

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I know, RPG Maker games don't have the best reputation and LISA certainly was an RPG Maker game, as you can see in the trailer -- though developer Dingaling did port it out of the engine not too long after release.

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What a boring way to start a description of what may be one of the strangest RPGs to see release, and what is certainly one of my favorite games of all time.

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LISA puts you in the shoes of Brad Armstrong, and you're out to save the last girl in the world -- whether it's the right thing to do or not.

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It's difficult to describe this game even as someone who has played it several times. It's dark and uncomfortable, a stark contrast to a certain other indie RPG (you know what it is). The music is catchy and weird, sometimes grating. The battle system is basic but has its merits.

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The story and characters are where it's at in LISA, but the game is not for everyone. It's not for the sensitive or squeamish, but it is for the adventurous gamer with a twisted streak. And if you want a game that utterly confounds you and ultimately makes you feel like trash, this is the way to go.

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Spoilers: You do want a game that utterly confounds you and ultimately makes you feel like trash, you just don't know it yet.

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Risk of Rain

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Standard price: $9.99
Genre: Action platformer roguelite
Demo: Yes
Steam Store link

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I don't think I could put into words how great Risk of Rain is if you're the type who prefers games that are tough as nails.

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I also don't think I could put into words how upset I am the PC version's netcode is so awful while the upcoming PS4 and Vita version is getting dedicated servers. My butthurt on that point is very real. But that isn't what this article is for.

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Risk of Rain is still an amazing game on Steam if you don't have a PlayStation 4/Vita, even if you have to jump through portforwarding hoops to make online multiplayer work.

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Things start out soft in a Risk of Rain run, but don't worry: there's plenty waiting to kill even the most seasoned player. Pushing through, your enemies become more wall than beast or machine -- and you, with luck, will become more weapon than man and escape the planet.

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The controls are tight, the music is amazing, and the variations between characters and their synergies with particular items is a delight.

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I can't think of a single bad thing about Risk of Rain outside of its janky multiplayer, and that is something I'm going to complain about until I'm on my deathbed trying to get in one more round with Acrid with Spite, Enigma, Glass, and Spirit activated.

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Road Not Taken

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Standard price: $14.99
Genre: Turn-based puzzle roguelite
Demo: No
Steam Store link

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The trailer in the header may not make Road Not Taken seem like a stellar puzzle game, but there's so much potential gameplay here for puzzle fans it's hard not to recommend.

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Road Not Taken has you wander into the cold, unforgiving wilderness to save lost children -- which, as you may expect, is not as simple as it seems.

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Players must pick up items they come across and toss them to open doors or combine them to make new items. Saving children is done much in the same way, as you unceremoniously toss them at their parents.

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As Road Not Taken is a roguelite, it has infinite replayability and there really is no getting tired of befriending or wooing townsfolk, especially since things often do not turn out the way you expect.

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Truly a fantastic puzzler from Spry Fox and worth every penny.

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Valdis Story: Abyssal City

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Standard price: $14.99
Genre: Metroidvania action platformer
Demo: Yes
Steam Store link

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Like Metroid? Castlevania? Devil May Cry? Why the hell haven't you played Valdis Story yet?

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This little gem was a surprise Greenlight in 2013, and despite the late release of the third and fourth characters last year, it remains one of the best games of the genre on Steam at the time of writing.

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Valdis Story: Abyssal City's plagued with absolutely awful things like:

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  • Great music
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...All right, so those things are actually pretty great and so is Valdis Story.

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The controls definitely take some getting used to, and wall-jumping can be pretty awful at times. But if you can get over those points, you're in for one fun ride no matter the character you choose. A great buy for any action platformer or Metroidvania fan.

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Desktop Dungeons

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Standard price: $14.99
Genre: Turn-based roguelike
Demo: No, but you can try a prototype from 2010
Steam Store link

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Do you like math? No? Me neither, but man I love me some Desktop Dungeons.

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The game may seem like your typical roguelike at first glance, but it quickly becomes apparent it's not like its brutal brethren in one key way: it requires the player scope out a floor, check out enemy numbers and available resources. Once you've done so, you plan your strategy based on your level and enemy levels, your HP, MP,  and spells.

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Desktop Dungeons is definitely one of the more planning-intensive roguelikes I've delved into over the years and I'm not ashamed to say I've whipped out a calculator on multiple occasions to plan my strategy.

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If you like roguelikes and want something a little different, this may be one of the best options out there. The gameplay depth paired with unlockable races, classes, and other goodies makes it a well-rounded and excellent addition to any roguelike library.

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It's basically raining indie games on Steam, all the time. You can't go a day without looking at the New Releases section of the Steam Store and seeing a list of indie games. They're everywhere! But if you've dipped your feet into the indie pool before, you know they can be a gamble without some research.

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What's the best way to find indie games on Steam you'd like? Well, going to a game's Store page, checking out the similar titles at the bottom of the listing, and checking their reviews and discussion forums are technically the best way.

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But man, that takes effort.

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More often than not, I just buy my indie games based off recommendations from other similarly-minded individuals. Most of my friends also make their purchases based off word of mouth. You can make a bad purchase even when going off recommendations -- but that's what refunds are for. Sweet, sweet refunds.

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There's a lot out there to wade through, and you mostly base your indie buys off word of mouth anyway. Don't lie, I know you do. Why not take a look at some of mu suggestions? You (probably) won't be disappointed. I think. Maybe.

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Only one of these games is an early access title, and many have demos. What's there to lose? Aside from your future.

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Valdis Story, A Review https://www.gameskinny.com/gduav/valdis-story-a-review https://www.gameskinny.com/gduav/valdis-story-a-review Mon, 04 Nov 2013 00:36:12 -0500 Death Metal Hero

The crew over at Endless Fluff Games have recently released their third game; Valdis Story: Abyssal City. I stumbled upon this game while browsing through the new releases on Steam, and to be honest I saw the logo of the game and figured “Hey, this could be good.” Then I saw the art style and gameplay, and I instantly fell in love. So, let's get down to business, shall we?

Let’s start off with what I did not like

Just about everything I did not like were small, minor things. Like not being able to recover after getting hit in mid-air (and then falling all the way back down the tower you just climbed). Some enemies I found were near impossible to kill, until I found out the “gimmick.” Like the armored shield angels? They were annoying as all hell. I found that the only way to really kick their butt was to hit their shield, until they parried me and then I had to counter-parry their attack. Which then opened them up for a few hits. Annoying, and it seemed to be the only way to kill them. Even finishing attacks were blocked.

 

 

The map is a little confusing. Because there is only “area” maps, not a world map that shows every zone that is in the game. I found myself going “oh, what’s up here? Haven't been here bef--Oh wait. Yes. Yes I have.”

Other than those few minor issues (some may say I am nit-picking, and to be fair, I am). I really enjoyed Valdis Story.

So lets talk about what I enjoyed

I love the art style of Valdis Story, it reminds me a lot of the “anime” style art. Along with the platforming and sidescrolling? It made me feel right at home. The Metroidvania / Megaman X style gameplay along with RPG elements makes Valdis Story highly addicting. (For me at least). Each of the four playable characters (Wyatt, Reina, Vladyn, and Gilda) have three talent trees, each focusing on attack, defense, and magic. Leveling up grants you one skill point (for Strength, Agility, Luck, etc etc) and one talent point.

Another impressive element to Valdis Story is the music and sound design. Very well done, with catchy and memorable songs, that really catch the “vibe” of each area. Zack Parrish really has out done himself on Valdis Story.

 

 

The story is pretty good too. The game starts off with Wyatt and his crew ambushing a demon ship, when these giant whale creatures come out of the ocean and destroy both of the ships. Most of the crew survives the attack and end up in the Abyssal City, where the angelic forces of Alagath and the twisting horrors of Myrgato are at war with one another. Both are trying to consume as many human souls as possible to gain the upper hand.

Overall Valdis Story is a very well done game, with a few minor flaws. I highly recommend you go pick it up on Steam (right now) for $14.99.

A copy of Valdis Story: Abyssal City was personally purchased via Steam. I played as Wyatt on Normal and had a blast!

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IndieCade Announces Finalists For 2013 Show https://www.gameskinny.com/pnc2o/indiecade-announces-finalists-for-2013-show https://www.gameskinny.com/pnc2o/indiecade-announces-finalists-for-2013-show Thu, 12 Sep 2013 17:27:23 -0400 Amanda Wallace

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Word Realms 

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A combination word-puzzle game with RPG elements, World Realms combines humor and creative play to craft a unique experience. 

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Developer Asymmetric says; "Combined with thousands and thousands of lines of written banter, gameplay is challenging and funny in equal proportions." 

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Valdis Story: Abyssal City 

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A 2D side scrolling exploration platformer from Endless Fluff, Valdis Story: Abyssal City is game that promises complicated and rewarding combat and customization. 

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You can play as one of 4 characters in the war against demons and angels in an attempt to uncover the truth. 

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Tenya Wanya Teens 

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A game about rocking out, Tenya Wanya Teens is about that "awkward transition from childhood to adulthood." 

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The game is a party game with two players with 16 buttons each and a custom LED controller. 

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Tower No Tumble 

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A game that combines tabletop shuffleboard and Jenga, Tower No Tumble is a party game meant to be played with 1-4 people. The game gives you points for jostling the precarious tower, but knock it down and you gain no points. 

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The game has three modes, including Cooperative, Competitive and Silly. 

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SoundSelf 

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Inspired by an experience taking acid (LSD) at Burning Man, Robin Arnott created a game about the sensual exploration of sound and image. 

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The game is designed to sort of lull you into a trance, and is about the "pleasure of playing instead of the rewards of winning." 

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Sim Cell

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An interactive look inside cells, SimCell asks you to play the part of a nanobot, manipulating organelles and cell structures to help save the cell from a virus attack. 

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With multiple levels of zoom, SimCell creates a diverse array of options and interactions. 

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SCALE 

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A first person reality manipulation game, SCALE is all about manipulation of size. In a fresh take on size. 

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Make a flower large enough to stand on. Forget think in Portals. Think in terms of SCALE. 

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Project Holodeck 

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A embodies VR gaming platform, Project Holodeck seeks to combine the Oculus Rift with "motion tracking hardware" with the goal of creating a "playspace for two players." 

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Potatoman Seeks the Troof

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A PC/Mac/Linux advneture game, Potatoman Seeks the Troof promises to be a surreal experience in short form. 

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The 'Troof" is always out of grasp as you help Potatoman search for the riddle across a myriad of environments. 

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Pivvot

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"A thrilling game of strategic avoidance," you can find Pivvot in the iOS app store as well as on Steam Greenlight. 

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A two button game, Pivvot promises to test your reflexes and reaction times. 

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Outer Wilds

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An atmospheric space exploration game, Outer Wilds allows you to embark on a comic expedition. 

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The game allows you to experience an alien world for 20 minutes. During that time, you get to see the world through a first person perspective as it evolves and grows. After those 20 minutes, however, the sun goes supernova. And the universe ends. 

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Mainichi

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An experiment by the artist and designer Mattie Brice, Mainichi is about sharing a personal experience through a game system. 

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Mattie Brice is a multi-racial transgender woman, and the game explores a day in her life. It's a study in mechanics and in empathy through action. 

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Journal

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An interactive game set inside a journal about exploring a world through character interaction and dialogue rather than puzzles. The game has you decide the fate of a lone girl character, with her decisions in the past shaping her life in the future. 

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Created by Richard Perrin, the game is meditative and grounded. 

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Gravity Ghost 

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Correctly called the indie Super Mario GalaxyGravity Ghost is about a 12-year old ghost girl searching for her lost friend. 

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The game is anti-penalty, and features a beautiful watercolor like backdrop, music from the composer of FTL, and a mechanic that will have you exploring for hours. 

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FREEQ

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An audio-adventure game set in the future, FREEQ's premise is that your mobile device is an antenna, which allows you tap in and eavesdrop on signals from the future. 

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FREEQ operates with a "unique storytelling engine," which allows you experience a wide variety of situations and controls who speaks to whom. With a nod back to classic radio dramas, and an eye towards the distant future, FREEQ 
promises to be a unique experience. 

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Dominique Pamplemousse

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Some games defy simple explanation. Dominique Pamplemousse is one of those games. From Deirdra Kiai, it is an innovative interactive, stop-motion musical comedy. It's also a noir. About a woman detective trying to locate a missing pop-star. 

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It's a one of a kind game. 

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Color Zen

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A puzzle game by Large Animal Games, it is another game that features no points and no penalties for failure. In Color Zen, you are taught a simple mechanic which then morphs into puzzle challenges. 

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With a meditative soundtrack and distinctive design, you are meant to simply melt into the Color Zen

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BUDLR 

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Intended to be played in a large public space, BUDLR is controlled by text-message. A "four player bomb blasting bonanza," anyone can participate if they text to the phone number associated with their character.  

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7 Grand Steps

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"An intimate, board-like game, just for you," 7 Grand Steps promises to allow you to experience your own successive generations. 

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Melded into this games DNA is a narrative, board-game like structure, and elements of historical simulation games. 

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Movers and Shakers

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A "serious" two person tablet game that intends to create conflict outside of the scope of the tablet it's being played on, Movers and Shakers involves two people controlling the movement of lava through the center of the Earth to get the Earth back on track after a disaster. The game involves real time strategy, individual goals, and a boardgame-like interface. 

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Upgrade Soul

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An "immersive digital graphic novel," Uprgrade Soul tells the story of a couple of wealthy science buffs that decide to spend their money creating a cure for their old age. As long as they are the first in line. 

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Towerfall

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The Ouya exclusive (for now), is a couch fighting game for up to four players. With archery based combat, it evokes a retro Super Smash Brothers.

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Developed by Matt Makes Games, Towerfall was also featured in the PAX 10 this year at PAX Prime. 

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That Dragon, Cancer 

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A biographical journey, this game follows the story of Joel as he endures his sons three year battle with cancer. The game takes place inside a Children's Hospital. 

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Having seen the game being played at PAX, it's incredibly moving experience. "With poetry, spoken word, light puzzle solving, and immersive sound design with a sparse orchestral score, we aim to create a poem the player can get lost in emotionally." 

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Super T.I.M.E. Force 

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With the original concept created in a brief amount of time, Super Time Force is a fascinating game that will "melt hearts and minds." 

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An XBLA shooter, it utilizes a unique mechanic of movement through time. When you die, you can go back and try again, but your previous self will still be there. In this way, you can create a great deal of insane action. 

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starseed pilgrim

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A game about exploration and "tending a symphonic garden," Starseed Pilgrim involves learning your surrounding and escaping an encroaching blackness, while building up to create a larger and larger garden. 

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Created by Droqen and Ryan Roth, the game is incredibly melodic and calls upon the idea of embracing fate. 

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Spin The Bottle: Bumpie's Party 

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A party game for 2-8 people, the game has all participants sit around the Wii  U Gamepad to "spin the bottle" before two players are selected to participate in physical challenges involving the Wiimote. 

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Spaceteam 

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If you've ever looked at a room of people all on their cell phones and thought, "hey, they could be playing a game together," than Spaceteam is for you. 

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Created by Henry Smith, it's a cooperative party game for 2-4 players where each player needs to be on a mobile or tablet device. 

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soundodger 

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A game about bullets and music from Studio Bean.  "Each level features hand-crafted choreography of bullet patterns that must be dodged in order to perform for the entirety of a song." 

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Sokobond

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"Crafted with love and science," Alan Hazelden & Harry Lee created a game that combines chemistry and thoughtful puzzles. 

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Sokobond is available now on Mac/PC/Linuxs. 

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simian.interface

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From developer vested interest, simian.interface is a game that "has no time limits, no way to lose, and no controls besides the mouse." 

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The game promises to be fun for all ages, and combines a lot of things traditionally found in tabletop puzzles, but also in other forms of gaming. 

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Save The Date

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An experimental meta-narrative game from Paper Dino, featuring unconventional storytelling techniques and a just having dinner with friends. 

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Rollers of the Realm 

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From developer Phantom Compass, Rollers of the Realm features an innovative take on the RPG, combining it with pinball. 

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Rogue Legacy

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A 2D rogue-"LITE" from Cellar Door Games, Rogue Legacy operates on a innovative concept where every time your character dies you get to replace them with an heir. 

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The game features several interesting quirks, including characters that are colorblind or suffer from vertigo, which affects the way you play them. 

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Reus 

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A 2D PC God game, Reus recently gained a great deal of popularity during the Steam Summer Sale. 

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In this game by Abbey Games, you play as 4 giants that affect the ecosystems and surface or your world. 

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Quadrilateral Cowboy

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Blendo is one of the more distinctive game companies out now, with games like Atom Zombie Smasher and 30 Flights of Loving. Their IndieCade submission is Quadrilateral Cowboy, about navigating security systems in a cyberpunk world. 

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As they put it, "Armed with a 56.6k modem and a staggering 256k RAM, it means only one thing: you answer to the highest bidder." 

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Porpentines Twine Compilation 

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Porpentine is a queer game creator who predominately utilizes the tool Twine. Her IndieCade submission included a couple of 10-25 minute experimental hypertext games. 

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They are as follows: 

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  • Howling dogs
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  • CYBERQUEEN
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  • Cry$tal Warrior Ke$ha
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  • Naked Shades
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  • ALL I WANT IS FOR ALL OF MY FRIENDS TO BECOME INSANELY POWERFUL
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  • Parasite
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  • Ultra Business Tycoon III
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Pico 

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In Pico you play as the title character, trying to track down Father. 

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The game incorporates pop-ups and a multi-window experience that is quite innovative, and involves moving multiple windows to solve puzzles. 

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Perfect Woman 

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A strategic dancing game for the Kinect. The game, created by Peter Lu and Lea Schonfelder, incorporates making life decisions as well as dancing. The difficulty of your performance will be based off of the decisions made. 

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Other 

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Made with a partnership between Quartic Llama and the National Theater of Scotland, Other is an alternate reality sound game. 

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You pick up sounds through your phone while traveling through the real city of Dundee, and combines the commonly loved elements of an ARG with an engaging soundscape. 

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NIDHOGG 

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Messhoff, the creator of NIDHOGG is perhaps best known for his part in creating last years indie smash hit Hotline Miami

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NIDHOGG is a fencing game that involves battling back and forth across multiple screens. It's acrobatic, and elusive. 

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Luxuria Superbia 

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A predominately mobile game from Tale of Tales, Luxuria Superbia is about the playful exploration of pleasure.  Utilizing music and pleasurable themes, Luxuria Superbia invites you to "bring color to the temple of love." 

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Kulak 

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From Indiecade; "We often take fairness and equality in games for granted, but Kulak introduces an asymmetric game mechanic that forces players to make difficult decisions about betrayal and self-sacrifice, competition versus cooperation."

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In Kulak, you play as either the Baron or a member of the proletariat and much decide whether to band together with your fellow man to end your economic hardship or join with the Baron.  

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Kentucky Route Zero

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Created by Cardboard Computer, Kentucky Route Zero is a magical realist exploration into the caves of Kentucky. 

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Kentucky Route Zero is an episodic point and click adventure featuring a incredibly unique art style and soundtrack. 

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Hermit Crab in Space 

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You must fight your way through the galaxy in this story about a hermit crab that warped its way to the wrong part of space. Made by Golden Ruby Games, Hermit Crab in Space puts you in an improvised spaceship that is always just shy of falling completely apart. 

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A modular shooter, you can find Hermit Crab in Space on Playstation Mobile. 

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Gunpoint 

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A 2-D stealth game about "rewiring things and punching people," Gunpoint also features a level editor and a three hour story mission. 

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A sidescrolling game with a unique concept, Gunpoint has been called "the most exciting piece of game design in a long, long time." 

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Gone Home

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 Unfortunately best known for backing out of PAX Prime after what the developers, the Fullbright Company, perceived as transphobic comments, Gone Home is a snapshot of the nineties through the eyes of a teenage girl and her older sister. 

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Played out through the exploration of an empty house, you must discover what happened to the people who lived there. 

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Ephemerid 

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A game about plants, insects and music, Ephemerid is a game about helping a Mayfly discover its destiny. 

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Ephemerid was made by Super Chop Games and features an original soundtrack and paper cut details. 

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Extrasolar 

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A game that intentionally blurs the line between fact and fiction, Extrasolar allows you to control one of the first probes to land on a planet outside of our solar system. Utilizing realistic graphics and images, Extrasolar also builds a story back on Earth and invokes a conspiratorial feel that will slowly grow as you continue to play. 

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Edgar Rice Soiree 

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An installation game played with 20 hanging Playstation Move controllers. Each player has a color, and need to activate their colored controllers. When you get down to one activated controller, your health slowly drains, so you have to have at least two controllers. 

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This incorporates a real world competitive nature to the game, and you can physically move to block other people activating their controller. 

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Dog Eat Dog

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Subtitled "A game of imperialism and assimilation in the Pacific Islands," Dog Eat Dog is an RPG from Liwanag Press. 

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In a group, you create an describe one of the Pacific Islands. Then one member of the team breaks off to assume the roll of the occupying force, from military to tourists. Liam Burke, the games designer, is a half-Filipino living in Hawaii and used his history to inform several decisions about the game. 

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Dog Eat Dog is designed with novice and advanced RPG makers alike. 

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Deadbolt 

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A pen and paper game, Deadbolt is a in person game that has been played three times (as far as I can tell) and only at conventions. 

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The game is based off of of  "this thing that happens on Twitter sometimes where people play games that involve emotional honesty and connection over the distance of the internet, both through directed private conversations..and in public." Deadbolt is the in-person version of that experience. 

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Cube & Star: A Love Story 
The game is about a monochrome world that you begin to stain or populate with color. As game designers Doppler Interactive puts it, "Fill your heart with joy, and leave the world a more colorful place than when you entered it." 

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You can communicate with other similar squares, and the environment is very much alive and interactive. 

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Constellation 

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The game is an interactive gallery experience, intended to be communal and to invoke the experience of our ancestors looking into the night sky. 

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You create stories through constellations through abstract shapes, akin to a connect the dots. The game delves into a form of myth creation, as well as a shared experience. 

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99 Tiny Games 

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Created by Hide&Seek, 99 Tiny Games is a collection of location specific games played in the real world utilizing digital networks. 

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The games were featured on large posters around London, "three in each of the 33 boroughs," and were utilized using an app. The games were also featured in the 2013 Brighton Digital Festival. 

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[code]

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An incredibly unique game, [code] is a single player experience where you play as a "@." 

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The player goes through the game manipulating codes and gaining clues from the commented out sections to solve puzzles, learn computer science principals, and "eventually call the "NextLevel()" function. 

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IndieCade is a jury nominated indie games festival that celebrates the best indie games from the year. Nominated games (which have gone through a four-juror selection process) are then eligible to win top awards, including Audience Choice during the Closing Awards. 

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The following games have been selected as being the best of the best. 

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