Ermahgerd, you guys! This week we have a whole plethora of things for you, including the opportunity to win one of the site's favourite classic indie adventure games, ponies applebucking each other across the room, the Fluffy Dimension, and endless terrible deaths! It's like Christmas in July, only more confusing!
CONTEST: I For One Welcome Our Adorable Robot Heroes Essentially, I'm a terrible person who can really only muster up my top levels of excitement for games that involve terrifying things or fine feathered freaky friends, but even I have to admit that the Amanita Design hit point-and-click adventure Machinarium is both amazing and adorable. So let's give you a chance to put some metallic sunshine in your day by giving you the opportunity to win one of three free copies of this story of love and robots! To enter, just play the free flash demo and leave a comment here. If you haven't already experienced Machinarium, you'll definitely want to... the game isn't one of the community's most beloved titles for no reason. Rules: Entries must be submitted by August 3rd, 11:59 p.m. EST (GMT-5). Winners will be notified by e-mail shortly thereafter. Winners are selected randomly. 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: And the winners are: David B., Iena42, shjack180. Thanks for playing, and you'll be notified by e-mail soon!
Return of the Fluffy Dimension Quantum Conundrum, or as I call it ever since I started watching Star Trek this past week on Netflix, "Being Imaginary Best Friends With John de Lancie", is a great little cartoonish first-person puzzler that revolves around you as a young boy trapped in the house of your uncle, an eccentric inventor. You must use a device that allows you to swap dimensions around you to manipulate your environments along the way if you ever want to find your way out and rescue your marginally grateful and uncle. It's fun, it's weird, John loved it in his review, I loved it since I picked it up because I do what John tells me to do, and if you've already bought and loved it too then you'll be thrilled to hear there are two upcoming DLC packs due out later this year that will add even more content to the game. The packs will, unfortunately, cost you an additional $2.99 USD apiece on top of what you've already paid, which is a little disappointing, but The Desmond Debacle (July 31st) and IKE-aramba! (August 28th) will definitely be welcome if you're already a fan.
Now You're Thinking With Triangles We've talked about the upcoming first-person puzzle platformer TRI before, but now you can play the demo! The game, coming for PC and Mac, is an absolute trip to behold and a blast to play, as you create triangles that allow you to explore and manipulate your environment in a variety of strange and useful ways. The pre-alpha release video on the official site showcases the game's groovy style and theme, as well as how you can use your TRI power to spawn and tweak triangles to do everything from let you stick to walls to shift light and much more. If you like unique indie adventures with a heavy emphasis on puzzle and exploration, this is definitely one for you.
Party Cannon, I Choose You! You're getting closer and closer to your dream of forcing your favourite colourful cartoon ponies to beat the hay out of each other, you monster! Progress marches on for Fighting is Magic, the upcoming totally free fighting game based on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and since we last checked in quite a few new things have been revealed. There are a ton of My Little Pony projects out there in the works, but few can hold a candle to the degree of polish and professional detail in Mane6's work, and the most recent video showing combat and combos is a prime example of this. The animation is fantastic, and while initially you'll only be able to play as the show's primary pony cast, you can look forward to a total of seventeen ponies in the roster eventually. (Although the confirmed lack of Discord makes me sadface.) Stay tuned for more updates, and keep yourself in fighting shape for the eventual release!
Making Stabbing Look Pretty The upcoming episodic adventure strategy RPG The Banner Saga is one of those games you can yearn for as much as you dread, because you know it's gorgeous and is absolutely going to devour your free time. This week, you can snag a preview of how combat is going to look thanks to the art direction in this blog post, which more than showcases the cinematic animated style the development team is trying to keep throughout the entire game. It's particularly interesting because it showcases some of the thought process behind designing it... chances are not every player will notice or appreciate the care that goes into deciding whether the tables are messy after a viking feast, but it's minor details like that which bring a whole new depth of subtle life to the game.
It Doesn't Count If You Keep Your Finger On the Page If you're old enough to remember a time when your imagination was your graphics card, then prepare to get all wistful and whatnot as you browse You Chose Wrong. This wacky and delightfully morbid little Tumblr highlights the many, many, many possibilities for failure and death that came about when you picked the wrong path in the classic Choose Your Own Adventure books. From the weird to the horrific to the silly, it's a fantastic little trip down memory lane and proof positive that whether games are on a console, your browser, your desktop, or your bookshelf, their creators love to do horrible things to you. Aw.
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