Wallets everywhere are quivering in fear of the big sales going on this week. It seems like indie developers are gunning for your free time with a vengeance, and if you take advantage of all these deals as well as the upcoming titles planned for release this year, you're not going to have much time for the basic necessities like work, sleep, cleaning, and seeing the Avengers again. (Which Avenger was your favourite? TRICK QUESTION. They all are!) So kiss your productivity good-bye this week, but after indulging in some of these games, we bet you're not going to miss it that much anyway.
The Prize is Tears Freebird Games' powerhouse of indie story-telling To The Moon is one of the finest experiences you can have on your computer. The game follows two doctors with equipment able to alter memories, who visit a dying man who wishes to have his mind changed so that he falsely remembers having accomplished his life's wish... to go to the moon. Naturally, however, the job proves more complicated than that, and the journey you'll go on to discover the truth is by turns frightening, funny, and emotionally potent. So we're giving you a chance to win one of three free copies! To enter, just leave a comment here telling us what your personal favourite story in an indie game is. Winners will be chosen at random and receive an e-mail alerting them when they are selected. Contest rules: Entries must be submitted by May 31st, 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. Bring your own tissues and epiphanies.
Adventure for a Song Indie developers love you. If the consistently high-quality and complex games that they put out isn't proof enough for you, you also have things like the new Bundle in a Box, whose debut Adventure Bundle allows you to get up to seven stellar adventure games for a low minimum price. In addition to the latest game by Jonas Kyratzes, you can also snag Gemini Rue, Ben There, Dan That!, Time Gentlemen, Please!, and more. All of them are exceptionally high quality titles you should be proud to pour into your entertainment feeding trough, and if you do snag this bundle, we encourage you to consider the value of the games and the time, effort, and money the developers put into making them for you when setting your price.
The Newest Indie Gaming Holiday is Apparently Maymas Look at you, with that wallet all burdened with that disgusting... cash. Let's do something about it, shall we? From May 24th to June 1st, you can pick up a huge amount of fantastic indie titles on the cheap. The Because We May sale event organised by Ron Carmel offers up games from a staggering 180 developers who have agreed to discount their titles. In addition to PC/Mac releases, there are even a ton of games for iOS and Android on sale as well, with the option to purchase direct from the developer or on Steam for many titles! With games like Defender's Quest, World of Goo, Dark Scavenger, Costume Quest, and many, many more, this is one sale that is seriously gunning for your free time and spare cash, and you should definitely check it out. If you're a developer who wants to join the promotion, it's not too late! Just hit up this page for more information.
Feather-Brained He Ain't, But Feather-Headed... Ever have one of those moments where someone produces something of such amazing beauty and creativity that you know you need to eat their brains to gain their powers for yourself?... no?... uh, no reason. If you're into action-adventure games at all, then you seriously need to check out DPad Studio's upcoming Owlboy, which puts you in the shoes of a little owl lad named Otus who sets out to defend his village from sky pirates and gets wrapped up in something even bigger. The game is due out this year, and the trailer should get you excited enough as it is. BUT WAIT! There's more! Windows users can even download a playable demo to check out the gameplay! This one looks like it's going to be something special, so be sure and keep your eye on it.
Teamwork, Spelunking, Ron Gilbert, and Dragons Ron Gilbert knows what you need, and what you need is side-scrolling, puzzle-solving adventure in the upcoming Sega-published title, The Cave. (No official site as of this writing.) The game follows a bunch of playable characters searching for treasure in the titular location... which also serves as narrator for the whole experience. That's right... the Cave talks to you. Each different character class has different abilities, and you'll need to utilize them to get around different hazards and solve puzzles with teamwork. The official announcement trailer is absolutely gorgeous, and should more than get you excited for the game when it hits in early 2013. Come on, caves are fun! Nothing terrible ever happened to anyone in a cave! It'll be fine.
Kids Today, Savin' the World and Whatnot Admit it. You've always wanted to go on a really big adventure and discover something amazing, but unfortunately, unless you're rich and backed by a huge research grant (or willing to risk some fun infectious jungle diseases on your own) there's not too much opportunity for that on a grand scale these days. New indie developers Pixel Cows want to change all that with The Journey of Eko, an upcoming 2D action RPG about a young boy in a huge open world packed with dangers, treasures, quests, and a whole lot more. It's extremely ambitious to say the least, but it looks and sounds great. Check out an alpha demo video here, or the developer's 3rd place winning Ludum Dare entry Tiny Shards which is billed as "some kind of miniature version of The Journey of Eko".
30 Days of Lunatic Absurdity Hey, game developers! You're big. You're bad. You're talented! And now's your chance to feel the crunch of a deadline with the debut of NaGaDeMo! In the spirit of National Novel Writing Month, June has been declared as National Game Development Month and the challenge has been laid at your feet. Can you create one finished game in a month? If you're willing to throw your hat in the ring, you have from June 1st to June 30th to give it a shot, and the official website is there to help you with a great community, resources, and more. Unity 3D has even offered free licences to participants, so make sure to register if you want to take part. A month might not seem like a lot of time, but judging from the jaw-dropping awesomeness that Ludum Dare has birthed in the past, we might just see some really amazing stuff come from this one.
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