June is set to convert you into a real-life 20% cooler incarnation of Indiana Jones with two particularly amazing indie games set for release on the same day. Of course, that's not all that's on the horizon. We've also got some good old fashioned childhood trauma (which is always good and good for ya), a huge interstellar journey, and, of course, yet another giveaway!
Congratulations, You Win Terror! You know Wadjet Eye Games, right? If you like adventure games at all, you definitely should. Especially since they've combined their Wonder Twin powers with xii games for the upcoming techno-thriller adventure Resonance, which weaves a complex story about four different (but playable) characters in search for a vault left behind by a dead scientist. The game is due out on June 19th, and we want you to play it when it hits! That's why we're giving away three copies (to be delivered digitially June 19th 2012 upon release) through Good Old Games! To enter for your chance to win, just leave a comment on this article telling us which three characters from any game you would most like to go on an adventure with and why. Contest rules: Entries must be submitted by June 8th, 11:59 p.m. EST (GMT-5). Winners will be announced shortly thereafter. One entry per person only. You must be at least 13 years of age or older to enter. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. (Update: Congratulations to our winners: bandsix, Lin, Clipartman! Thank you for playing with us. :)
Childhood is Terrifying Chances are, you don't remember much about being a toddler other than all that diaper changing your family guilts you for. There's a good chance, however, that it was probably a pretty weird and unsettling experience at times. After all, you had no idea what was going on around you, and everything seemed strange and unreal. But what happens when something otherworldly really does happen to that young and impressionable a mind? Due out next year for PC and Mac, Krillbite Studio's "interactive experience" Among the Sleep aims to answer that question. The first-person game follows you as a two-year old put to bed one evening who wakes up late and night to discover... things have gone wrong. How much of what you are seeing is something genuinely horrific and how much is just the misperceptions of a child? You can check out the captivating and eerie gameplay video over at the official site, and follow the developer's blog for more progress. This one looks like it could be something special, and supremely creepy as well as captivating.
Grandpa's... Underwear? Kids these days. All having adventures with their lasers and their grappling hooks and their wacky platforming to find their Grandfather's underpants. Amirite? Due out June 19th, Black Pants Game Studios' Tiny and Big: Grandpa's Leftovers follows nerdy inventor Tiny whose arch nemesis Big has stolen his Grandpa's bequeathed underpants and leads him on an action-packed journey to the forsaken desert. The game is available now for pre-order from Good Old Games, and if you're a fan of comic-styled adventure and humour, you'll definitely want to check it out and keep your eyes peeled for our review!
Build Your Own Time Suck It's been a while since we talked about Starbound from Chucklefish, so let's do so again. Due out towards the end of summer this year for PC, Mac, and Linux, the sandbox adventure game is about you as one of the only survivors of the destruction of your homeworld, saved from becoming lost in space when your escape pod collides with an abandoned space station. What makes Starbound neat is that everything about every planet you'll visit is procedurally generated, from the landscape to the weather and gravity to the behaviours of the fauna and more. The game is ultimately story-driven, but you'll be free to explore, build up your ship and crew, and even colonize a new home world you can terraform to your liking. The developers just recently published the game's first playable race, the Avians, but the entire site is packed with fascinating information and gorgeous screenshots. Keep your eyes peeled for this, and join me in the bushes as I camp this one out.
Build Your Own Time Suck If you like all these pay-what-you-want bundles of indie games but often find that you aren't really interested in all of the games offered in them, the Build a Bundle might be for you. Choose at least three but up to twelve of the twelve titles available, such as The Ball or Nikopol, and set your price. The minimum is a measly $1.00USD, but surely even one of these great titles is worth more than that! Plus, 20% of each dollar goes to polar bears... saving them, I mean, since I don't think polar bears are after money when they maul people. The ability to pick and choose what you want from the selection is a great idea, and definitely makes this one sale worth checking out.
Gender Does Not Dictate High Scores If you're of the female persuasion and play video games of any sort, you've probably been dragged into a debate about women and gaming at some point whether you want to or not. The concept of female gamers as being separate somehow and having hardwired different tastes from their male counterparts simply because of their reproductive bits is a bit of a pet peeve of mine, so Kotaku's recent article titled She Tried to Make Good Video Games for Girls (Whatever That Meant) was an interesting read. It focuses on Brenda Laurel's failed Purple Moon company, which dedicated itself to working with the idea of games for young girls. Making games "for" girls and women has always been a tricky concept, since the idea of what females like is, obviously, huge and varied. (Though I tend to believe we just like good games.) What do you guys think? Are there any particular indie or browser games out there you would consider as being more geared at females, and why?
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