What ho, noble reader! As we prepare to sally forth into this brave new year, I bringest thee contests, games, and sheer, pants-wetting terror! Huzzah and verily! (I'm trying to make Ren Fair speech a thing in 2013. Don't you run this for me. I've never gotten over not being able to make fetch happen.)
CONTEST: Get to Know Knytt Nifflas' (Nicklas Nygren) massive indie adventure Knytt Underground has finally arrived, packing a tremendous amount to see and explore, and because we love you (you especially... shhh, don't tell the others) we're giving you a chance to win one of ten free copies for PC or Mac! To enter, all you have to do is download the demo and leave a comment here telling us what you liked about it! Or, alternately, leave a comment telling us about your favourite moment in a Nifflas game. CONTEST CLOSED! WINNERS: jenimad, moldar, bluemoose, Solatoral, luthy, mrmaxmrmax, zaneramos74, nobody, vctory12, Mantus. Thanks for playing, and make sure you check your e-mail and your Spam folder if you haven't already heard from us!
News and Previews
The Horror Don't Start 'Til Slendy Walks In Did you forget about Slender Man? Haha, oh you and your lies. You can't forget about something that is always just lurking over your shoulder and in the darkest corner of your room at night! Slender: The Arrival is still headed for a release (hopefully very) early in 2013, and now the first trailer has been released to whet your appetite. The game definitely looks more than a little intense, blending the frightening, tense gameplay of the original with more hands-on action and a lot more exploration in some very big environments. Our favourite dapper monstrosity has gotten a lot of attention this last year. Are you excited for more (especially combined with the talents of the original "Marble Hornets" videos), or are you ready to tell Slender Man "It's not me, it's you"?
Pretty Pixels, Big Action Classic Zelda action meets dark sci-fi setting and story? Colour us intrigued. 6e6e6e's Kickstarter for Radio the Universe is a lovely thing to behold for sure. This action adventure takes a rich pixel style and promises to deliver a big open-world experience in a melancholy setting, with influences "from titles like Yume Nikki, Symphony of the Night, Hotline Miami, and Dark Souls". It's more than a little ambitious, and the somewhat cavalier approach to more direct information might not sit well with everyone, but the game has already surpassed its funding goal and looks to have some serious talent backing it up. If this sounds like your bag, head on over and check it out!
Pretty Girls, Sharp Things, and KAWAII If you like visual novels, you'll want to wander over and make flirtatious eye-contact with Bright Onion Studios' Memento: Aurora Chronicles, a game that follows the friendship that grows between two popular video game heroine archetypes in a way that both satirizes and pays homage to both while our heroine journeys around the world. Described as "the love child of Douglas Adams and Tolkien", it seeks to tell a story full of comedy and action, but also a liberal dose of heart. And not just because of the bloodthirsty, questionable ethics of the other leading lady. If you love vivacious, energetic stories and tons of character choices in fantastical situations, you'll definitely want to check this one out.
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