Itch.io  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Itch.io  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Underhero Review - I Need a Hero https://www.gameskinny.com/alp37/underhero-review-i-need-a-hero https://www.gameskinny.com/alp37/underhero-review-i-need-a-hero Sat, 29 Sep 2018 11:13:46 -0400 Kimberly Cooper

Underhero is another one of those games that you might've otherwise missed if you were not actively following its progress. More often than not, it takes a lot of perseverance and charm to get this far and Underhero is a quirky, exciting adventure that changes up the hero formula.

The Story

The game is played within a 2D side-scroller view and while it may feel compact, it's accompanied with delightful, unique characters and a solid story of trying to save the world when you weren't exactly cut out for the job in the first place.

You take on the role of an underling-turned-hero (the Underhero) and unknowingly tasked with saving the world. This puts the antagonist-turned-protagonist into quite the pickle because this obviously isn't what he planned to happen. 

The main character is another one of those silent-types, but the fluid animation and comical moments give him plenty of personality without ever really saying a word. You're paired with the former hero's sword that is capable of changing from a blade into a hammer and slingshot at will. 

The dialogue is both quirky and cute which makes listening to all the passive dialogue quite the adventure.  Each world hosts its own color scheme but they all end up coming off as vibrant and colorful instead of dull and dreary.

Going through each area filled me with excitement as I wondered what sort of enemies I would encounter and what kind of attacks they would use against me. Would I need to duck or jump when they attacked? Would I need to use my shield or bribe them with money because they were too strong? The enemy designs fit perfectly into the peculiar world of Underhero, however, at times I felt like there could have been a larger quantity of enemies between areas.

One thing that had me baffled throughout my play-through was how all of the enemies worked for the corporation led by the main boss in the game, Mr. Stitches, but they never seemed to question why one of their own was out attacking them in the field.

The Battle System

I expected to be faced with either turn-based battles or regular ol' hack and slash when going about my journey and was met with something entirely different. People that are familiar with Undertale might see some similarities in Underhero's battle system. Once you come across a monster you initiate a fight where you can talk to your opponent to get the occasional hint or even bribe them with your own hard earned cash so that they'll leave you alone.

If throwing your money away doesn't sound like your cup of tea, have no fear. Battling involves a little more thought in which you have to actually observe your opponent's actions in order to predict which move they'll use next. If predicted correctly, you're able to dodge moves by jumping or ducking.

Time your own attacks perfectly in tune with the music to get extra damage but your attacks are also based on how much stamina you have which fills back up during the battle.

You can buy potions and other items from the shop back at the HQ as well as finding potions out in the field. The game isn't overly difficult by any means but my complaint is the game occasionally experiences lag during battles which can make them go on longer than necessary or cause you to get hit by attacks. 

There's plenty of fun to be had in Underhero with mini-games, boss fights and puzzle elements with a little platforming thrown in. While you're playing, you get to experience a phenomenal soundtrack composed by Stijn van Wakeren that I found myself listening to throughout the odd hours of the day.

Underhero isn't an overly difficult game and if you ever think an enemy is too much to handle you can always just bribe them so that they will leave you alone. You'll go broke, but at least you're able to continue on your adventure.

Despite the presence of a few bugs, this game was designed by a team of only four people and offers roughly 15-25 hours of gameplay that will scratch that indie itch. If you've been needing a break from Dead Cells or Hollow Knight and just want to experience some witty comments and bash around a few monsters without a fear of losing your head, this is the next best thing.

It's available for $14.99 on Steam, Gamejolt, and Itch.io

A demo for Underhero is still available on Gamejolt and Itch.io for those who need extra incentive. 

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Ganbare! Super Strikers Brings Tactical Soccer Gameplay to PC https://www.gameskinny.com/zdad0/ganbare-super-strikers-brings-tactical-soccer-gameplay-to-pc https://www.gameskinny.com/zdad0/ganbare-super-strikers-brings-tactical-soccer-gameplay-to-pc Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:38:01 -0500 Erroll Maas

Ganbare! Super Strikers is an upcoming tactical soccer RPG inspired by games like Inazuma Eleven and various sports manga series, which follows the story of a soccer team from a small town in Japan that is trying to play its way up to being selected for the National team.

Similar to the Inazuma Eleven series, the game will feature grid-based matches where players will have to level up and gain special equipment,  granting characters new abilities in the process. These various abilities will include stat enhancement, special kicks, defensive moves, status affliction, and more. Characters on the opposing team will have access to their own abilities as well, so players will have to learn how to properly counter or withstand these types of skills. The game is set to feature a large cast of usable characters, each with individual special strengths and abilities, so players will be able to create their own team combinations.

In addition to the single-player story mode, the game will also feature a local multiplayer mode where two players will be able face each other head-on.

The final version of Ganbare! Super Strikers is planned for release sometime in Q2 2018, but an Early Access version of the game is available on itch.io.

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6 Places to Submit Your Indie Game for Prizes and Publicity https://www.gameskinny.com/hmoh9/6-places-to-submit-your-indie-game-for-prizes-and-publicity https://www.gameskinny.com/hmoh9/6-places-to-submit-your-indie-game-for-prizes-and-publicity Fri, 10 Nov 2017 15:35:26 -0500 Allison M Reilly

Getting started in the video game industry is no easy feat. Developing an indie game is already hard work. Once you manage to complete the game, the next step is to market it and encourage people to play it. One way to get attention for your new indie game is to submit it to earn prizes and publicity. If you're not sure where you should submit your game, then here are six places to consider.

MomoCon

MomoCon is an Atlanta-based geek culture conference featuring video games, anime, cosplay, comics, and more. Developers can earn one of 48 spots to exhibit their game by either submitting the title to the showcase or paying $600 for a booth. If you choose to submit your title, then know that only the top 20 are chosen and given a complimentary booth. Of the top 20 exhibitors, six winners are chosen, winning a $1,000 prize and a spot to exhibit at next year's Momocon. The next Momocon is May 2018.

PAX

Most of the PAX festivals have an exhibit called PAX Rising, where up-and-coming indie games get to showcase on the expo floor. Each of the PAX festivals also has their own separate indie game showcase. PAX East focuses on mobile games, while PAX Aus features indie games from New Zealand and Australia. PAX is one of the bigger, more competitive options for indie games, but if you're able to get in, the reward is worth it.

PixelPop Festival

PixelPop Festival is an annual St. Louis indie games festival featuring new and upcoming games from local and national developers. Attendees can try out all of the different games as well as listen in on panels on topics such as women in gaming, how developers and streamers can work together, and gaming journalism. PixelPop is an excellent place to submit your indie game because you can get feedback from attendees directly, which is especially helpful in a city with a growing gaming scene. The festival also chooses a few games as their top choices among the exhibitors based on criteria like attendee feedback, game design, and originality. The next PixelPop is July 2018.

GOG.com

GOG.com is an awesome place to submit your indie game if you're about 90 percent of the way toward completion. When developers submit a game to GOG.com, the site takes the time to review the game and provide feedback. If your title isn't accepted, then you at least get the honest feedback. If the title is accepted, then next steps involve a formal release on the site. Every game formally released on GOG.com gets a cross-platform social media campaign as well as an extra-large banner and a review on the front page. The game's trailer will also be uploaded to GOG.com's YouTube. If you don't think you're going to need help marketing your game, then submitting your title here is a good choice.

itch.io

If you just want to upload your indie title to a credible site and let the market speak for itself, then there's no better place to submit your game than itch.io. Upload the file, create a landing page, set the price, and you're done. What's more, the site provides developers with a lot of tools to sell and showcase their titles. Many indie developers also use itch.io as a starting point, uploading the game there and then marketing the heck out of it at all the festivals and conferences. Overall, if you can only submit your indie game to one place, then itch.io is your best bet. 

Kongregate

Kongregate is an indie games platform meant for free-to-play mobile and PC indie games. In addition to allowing developers to host their games on the site, they also have a publishing portal to help devs get their titles on multiple platforms. Developers who upload a game to Kongregate can earn money off their games through advertising and sponsoring monthly contests. The site is a great choice for indie game developers who want to build a community around their game or interact with other indie game developers and their games.

Getting publicity or winning an award is an incredible milestone as an indie game developer. Many people have an idea for a game but never actually take the time to execute on the concept. Ultimately, even if your indie game doesn't win a prize or isn't recognized as a finalist, don't forget that you actually made a game and brought an idea to reality. There really aren't many people in the world who can say that.

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5 Places to Find Cool Indie Games https://www.gameskinny.com/dn6o3/5-places-to-find-cool-indie-games https://www.gameskinny.com/dn6o3/5-places-to-find-cool-indie-games Tue, 19 Jul 2016 05:54:44 -0400 HaruOfTime

Need new indie games to play, but don't know where to find any? Here are some places where you can find plenty of indie games to enjoy.

1. YouTubers

YouTuber gamers are always on the lookout for fun games to play. Some Let's Players will focus on a certain genre of indie games, while others play a large variety of indie games. For example, Markiplier will play any indie game that catches his interest, but focuses on indie horror and narrative driven games. If you watch a large variety of Let's Players, you can find plenty of new and interesting indie games.

2. itch.io

itch.io is a website that focuses on independent video games and encourages and supports independent creators. There is a variety of indie games, with both free and paid content. The site lets you sort games by price, platform, and genre. The site offers game bundles, and even hosts their own game jams. There is also other digital content, such as books, comics, soundtracks, and tools.

Users can create an account to follow creators for updates, and save games that they are interested into a collection to check out later.

Check itch.io out for tons of cool indie games.

3. Steam's Indie Category

Steam is always getting new indie games in their store. With the indie tag, you can sort games by new releases, top sellers, and special deals. You can also sort indie games with other genre tags, and even features. Games can also be sorted by whether or not they have co-op capability.

Check out the Steam store for plenty of indie games.

4. Game Jolt

Game Jolt is similar to itch.io, because it is also a marketplace for indie games. The site allows you to find games based on genre, features, price, and even has categories for the best games of all time, and games that are currently trending on the site. There are also game jams, and the site features news from developers and community creations - from game reviews, let's plays, and news. Game Jolt also has its own client to assist in downloading and managing its many games.

Check out Game Jolt for its huge variety of indie games.

5. Indie DB

Indie DB helps indie developers showcase their games. Creators can provide fans with updates of their games by posting articles and videos. Players can also give feedback by commenting and rating the games. You can sort through games by platform, popularity, phone apps, or VR capability.

Check out Indie DB for indie games and updates.

You can watch...

...Twitch streamers, or YouTubers, head over to digital store fronts which sell everything, or find indie specific sites to download your indie goodness from. Whichever method you pick, I've told you about just a few of the many ways to discover new indie games, but what is your favourite method?

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