As summer approaches, it's a bad time to be a gamer if you're trying to exercise any sort of self restraint whatsoever on your purchasing. You would think the indie developer community would take pity on you, but no, they're just as merciless as their big-name counterparts, and as a result, we have a whole bunch of really amazing games coming down the road finally available for pre-order. And we wouldn't have it any other way. We've also got an update on your favourite evil bunny murder game, and a playable demo coming very soon for the detective game starring everyone's favourite persnickety purple pony. We've even got a contest running where you can win a copy of an upcoming indie game! (Check below for details!)
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Horror Comes Home Surprise! Pre-orders are now available for Benjamin River's upcoming horror adventure game, Home, is finally available for pre-order! The game will be released for Windows digitally on June 1st 2012, and for just $2.00 USD you can get a copy, or for $20.00 USD plus shipping get a special collector's edition that comes with all sorts of neat physical goodies. The game, which follows you as you awake in unfamiliar surroundings, is billed as a "murder mystery with a twist" that lets you decide what has and will happen. Sound good? Heck, sounds great.
Developer is Best Pony Remember My Little Investigations, the upcoming Phoenix Wright inspired adventure game based on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic? Well, get your detective's cap ready, because the game is about to be ahoof! Developers Equestrian Dreamers have just announced that on May 5th 2012 you'll be able to download the first case of the game to play, which is essentially the demo. Free, of course! The game, which follows Twilight Sparkle as she solves mysteries with the help of her friends, has come a long way since its initial concept, and really showcases the tremendous talent and dedication of the fan community. Check out our interview with one of the developers for more information, and the official site for preview videos of everything from gameplay to the voice actors.
Shotgun, Meet Update If you've already tried Yahtzee Croshaw's metroidvania adventure download title Poacher, you might be interested to know that the game has since received a substantial update that even includes customiseable keyboard controls, achievements, and an easy mode, on top of the standard bug fixes. Poacher follows belligerent "hero" Derek Badger who falls down a literal rabbit hole one night and winds up in a conflict between two warring underground factions. Combining action and platforming with humour and violence, it's a great free little title to check out. And then go play Art of Theft because it's my favourite and I said so.
As If Millions of Wallets Cried Out in Terror Let's get right to the point; pre-orders for Torchlight 2, the upcoming sequel to the original action-packed RPG roguelike adventure are finally available! While the release date is still currently set at a rather nebulous "Summer 2012", you can pre-purchase the game for $19.99 USD now on Steam (and receive a free copy of the original for yourself or a friend), or on Perfect World. Who's excited?! I am excited. Browse the official site to learn more, and check out all the gorgeous screenshots and gameplay footage to get yourself ready.
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