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guardian of the rose

A small but epic kickstarter project caught my attention this week so I’ve decide to bring it to you. Guardians of the Rose is a beautiful 2d 16 bit game made by Pixel x Pixel Game inspired by old school classic like Zelda & Gauntlet. It’s integrate RPG element of the elder scroll series while having a polish 16bit style.

 

Backstory

The illegal art of Witchcraft has tainted the Royal Guard and brought ruin upon the kingdom.  A small group of the Royal Guard has slaughtered the King’s family and taken control of the kingdom.  It is now up to you and a small group of members of the Royal Guard that calls themselves the Guardians of the Rose to save the kingdom.  Your small band of allies has to work together in secret to cause a revolution in the kingdom.  One slip up and you will be on the run from the Royal Guard and wanted by relentless bounty hunters.

The boy - guardian of the rose

And you, a boy with no magical ability, are left with the task to save the kingdom.  Will you choose to taint yourself with witchcraft or will you choose to search out legendary magical items to use in your struggle to save the kingdom?  Explore the Unfellable Forest while avoiding being trampled by Sand Giants and Unfellable Beasts.  Fight off sea serpents and other creatures of the deep that are terrorizing sea port towns.  Venture into the snow-ridden Mountain Lands and discover hidden temples in the wild forests.

Game Feature

I can’t wait to see the game in action. With an open ended world to explore, multiple way to complete game and alternate ending, it’s looks like it will have a lot of replay value. Transport yourself in a grandiose fight of magic vs witchcraft.

The cliff Fighting

The kickstarter projet started recently and is only missing 5000$ to hit its goal. Hopefully we can all help a bit. So if you like what you see pledge and share it to your friends.

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I’ve reviewed recently the idle dating sim Crush Crush. And the developers gave us an update of the game on Kongrate.

But first they had a big announcement, they are releasing the game on steam. Since it’s a Idle game I’m not so sure how the idling work if you close the game, I’ll guess we have to wait until the 13 of may to find out. It’s going to be free to play like the version in your browser.

On the update

They added a save feature, that will allow you to save the game and reload it in the steam game

Nina

A new girl joins your already respected harem, to manage your billion dollars enterprise and help you make some sound investments. I’m not sure have she show up, but it seems that you need at least a billion in the bank to get her.

Nina Pic

If you haven’t played for awhile they added Bearverly in the previous update, a sexy female bear that has crush you, I meant that she has ‘a’ crush on you.

Bearverly

They didn’t fix the atrocious time that it’s take to get those hobbies unfortunatly. I’ve left running my game for a month and still don’t have any lv 40 hobbies.

Hope you like it. The game is supposed to go live on steam on the 13 of may.

I’m a big Futurama fan and I came across two retro futurama game on indies retro news, both a work in progress hopefully a playable version soon. Here are our two contenders:

Futurama – The Adventure Game

 

The title is not the official one and the game is being Developed by Arjon van Dam on the MS-DOS group, with backdrops and no actual game play as of yet. Will be very similar to games such as Kings Quest and Space Quest but with text speech in a style of Lucasarts. So far many of the images are backdrop try outs, with many of the rooms being created from the TV series, such as the Planet Express Headquarters.

Source & more screenshot at indieretronews

Futurama Professor Vetus I presume

Futurama Professor Vetus I presume have maniac mansion, king quest look from the 90s, The game will be free with around 100 playable rooms, open world with space travels, enemies, playable characters such as Fry and much more. It could well be the ultimate fan based adventure for Futurama fans across the globe. The game is currently being developed in Spanish but according to the dev blog it will be translated in English too.

Source & more screenshot/Vid at indieretronews

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The kickstarter success Hunnie pop, is an adult game in which the objective is for your character to date and eventually bed up to ten (not counting hidden characters, Momo, Celest and the godly hot Venus) female anime-style women. There is some nudity and NSFW part (even in the steam version). If you have issue with that style of game or NSFW stuff, you should probably avoid it.

Ok so lets get to it ! Hunnie pop is a what happen when a puzzle game meet a dating sim with a pinch of RPG & NSFW element.

puzzle-date

The plot yeah, they’re not much but here it is.

Your character start in a hotel bar during the night, when suddenly you are interrupted by Kyu "The love fairy". In short she explains that you’re pretty useless at picking up chicks and offers to help. The game has two part to it, the dating part, where you go out and meet girl, ask question about themselves, give them gif,  buy them food & drink. The other part happens when you ask the girls to go on a date, you are taken to a new scenery where how well you perform on your date is determine how you play a Candy crush/bejeweled style puzzle game.

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It’s a typical match 3 where you to make rows of 3 or more "tokens" each of these have a different value depending on what girl you "out on a date" with. You can get special item that you use during the date to help you. Each successful date will increase the difficulty of the next puzzle that you are given. As you complete more and more dates the "Females" will send you random pictures of their daily routine, pretty normal stuff at first but those picture wills get more steamy after each successful date. Enjoy cute pictures with imaginative pose of them to picture of in the shower doing "naughty" things.

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Your enjoyment of this game will ultimately boil down to how much you like games like Bejeweled since that’s really the main thrust of the game (no pun intended). The dating sim aspects are somewhat weak and mostly there to string together the various game levels for each girl and give you power ups. The story is probably the weakest part of the game, you don’t go much into knowing the girl except than filling a category in their profile. They are hidden character and yes you can bang the fairy.

Note that this game is one of the  "first game" that was funded via Kickstarter (It was Kickstarted back in November 2013) .  I was happily surprise of this game, and liked it’s adorable part, great art, and fantastic soundtrack and voice acting was worth the $10 I paid for it. Give it a try.

Browser Pick: Town of Salem

Town of Salem

My friend have found this gem on steam this week and I just love it. And believe it or not you don’t have to buy it on steam, you can play it for free in your browser.

Town of Salem is a browser-based game base on the table top game Mafia and werewolf  were the challenge lie on using effectively your role, your deductions and your ability to lie convincingly to the other players. Of the 7 to 15 players and 29 roles (and more coming up) nobody know what roles other have each role have its fun way to play. Each Role is either in one of these alignments – Town, Mafia, Serial Killers, Arsonists and Neutrals and are randomly divided to the players. The Town members need to stop the mafia & other evil guys from killing everyone, mafia most eliminate other non mafia except the neutral and have the advantage of knowing which other player is mafia and talk at night but they are fewer in number.

Town of Salem

How to play

Like explained before there is a day phase and a night phase. Most role operates at night some during the day (Like the mayor). During there is a discussion phase after something happen the night before, usually accusation and revelation happen there. Once the time is up for the discussion Town members (all players) can vote for whom to accused. If someone is accused and get enough vote he goes on trial (??) he has X second to defend himself and only him may speak. After that every other town member vote Guilty or innocent or they may abstain (which can be important if they lynch a jester). If the target is guilty they hang him (or another gruesome death) and is death note is reveal  were the player that was executed my leave a message to help is team.

Town of Salem

Like I said before most roles are used during the night. At night, the mafia choose who to kill, frame, blackmail, etc. Serial killer, werewolf and arsonist chose there target too. Body guard can decide who to protect and can use a vest to protect himself once per night. Medium can takes that time to contact who was killed. Doctor can chose who to save. People that are killed during the night can leave there will like the one who died in trial.

Check out this video of me and my buddy playing:

Why I just love it ? because I used to play werewolf with my friend a lot a few year back and I always wished to be able to play online. Unfortunately you don’t have to body language and voice cue of a face to face table top game that can give away information. But there are other way to compensate that, roles give power to investigate name and the chat can give away cue, most mafia seem to lay low at the beginning or to accuse the wrong people.

 

Aerannis

Developer ektomarch started a Kickstarter campaign for Metroidvania style game called Aerannis.

Aerannis

In Aerannis, the protagonist a female assassin that lives in the last city on earth. The game will be set in an open ended world that you can explore freely, you advance by doing mission. Also the game has a stealth element where you hide to either take hostage, run behind a guard etc.

Aerannis

They managed to hit the initial goal but there still are some stretch goals that are left and there is currently only 13 days left to the campaign.

If you want to support this game and get some of the rewards go to the kickstarter page.

Related:

Kickstarter pick metroidvania Aerannis (Indiesgames)

The Ruins of Old Earth

If you liked the initial Metroid you will like this dark, moody pixelated atmosphere that will makes you remember the first Metroid game. The ruins of old earth take place well we don’t know yet, it seems that you are in an undiscovered region of Earth and you have to explore that harsh & wild region of the underground of Earth. Our hero can have a jetpack (not sure if he actually start with it), and three type of gun (beam, pulse, lazer) .

The Ruins of Old Earth

The ruin of old earth is a ongoing project, you can check where there at in theirs forum:

Progress : Forum Thread

Related :

The ruin of old earth (Indie games)

Faif

Faif an is a battle puzzle game with an element of luck in it. You need to select 5 tiles in a row and then the game will selects randomly one of the selected tiles. Each tile have different effect and the tile you selected can have a effect on the tile you end up with. Heart heal you 1 life, skull make you lose 1 life, gem give you 1 gem for each gem selected (so 5 gems selected =+5 gems), sword will hurt your opponent the amount of skull you selected (so if you select 3 sword and 2 skull you will deal 2 damages to your opponent if you get a sword but loss 1 life if you get the skull.

Faif is available to play now on your browser at Beavl’s site. The Android version can also be downloaded from Google Play for a pre-release discounted price of $0.99.

Related: Browser Pick: Faif

Swap

swap game

Swap is a puzzle game winner from the GitHub Game Off. Swap is not the average puzzle where you have all the time in the world to think, some of the levels require fast thinking, coordination, and good reflexes.

At any given time, you control a blue circle. You can move it using the arrow keys, and if there are two or more blue circles, you can swap between them by pressing the space bar. Your goal is to get one of the blue circles to the green square while avoiding red ones. Squares of other colors have different properties that you learn to deal with as you go through the levels. Sometimes the controllable blue circles have special properties which can only be uncovered by playing the game.

Play Swap

Related: Swap

Chesskoban

Chesskoban

Two classic finally meet, Sokoban and Chess come together to create Chesskoban. Sokoban (倉庫番 sōkoban?, warehouse keeper) is a type of transport puzzle, in which the player pushes boxes or crates around in a warehouse, trying to get them to storage locations. When you integrate it with chess you get to push around box with your chess piece and solve the puzzle. Like in chess each piece move differently and that mean it push the box differently too, which can give so really mind blowing puzzle. Give it a try it’s actually quite fun.

Play it here

Related: Chesskoban 

One Tap Quest

One Tap Quest

Shimage’s One Tap Quest is a small role-playing game based on the idea of using just one mouse click to play an entire adventure. Don’t expect much of this game, the only action you do is a click of your mouse and your character will move forward grabbing all the items and attacking all the enemies in is path. Enemies might kill you if you are not strong enough, so “plan“ to beat some lower level monster first to gain some level. Some item give level (sword and shield) extra brother in arms (beer). Once you manage to pass the level you are confront with the boss, an evil mage. You can only beat him if you manage to be level 10. 

Play One Tap Quest

Related: Browser Pick: One Tap Quest (shimage)

Twin Tale of Sun and Sword

One day, a girl was on her way to school and found herself transported to another world and now she was asked to save that world.

The Twin Tale of Sun and Sword is  a Japanese browser game where everything is in English and focus primarily on preparing the heroine to fight and the actual fighting.

Here the translation for the HUD.

Twin Tale of Sun and Sword HUD

Hope you enjoy it, it’s a quick and enjoyable play.

Here the address to try it : Twin Tale of Sun and Sword

This article on Indies games have a good explaination and translation to help you play the game.

FTL

I’m a big fan of FTL and basically have the game since release.  I’ve got all the ship except the Cristal one and over 100 hr played on it. So I was quite happy when then announced the release of FTL on the IPad awhile ago. With the recent release on the IPad they updated the game with new content (ship, alien, mod, ship layout).

The game started has a Kickstarter campaign on February 27th, 2012 andthe campaign was a massive success.

Ok! We get it, you like this game but What the game about ?

FTL is roguelike space games, where you control a spaceship that needs to save the Federation from the Rebellion. Has you flee from the rebel force to the federation headquarter to be deliver critical information about the rebel force, you encounter alien race, hostile ship, event, store. You can unlock ship by going through certain event or be beating the rebel Flag ship with certain type of ship. What most notable and very common in the roguelike game is that each time you lose your ship, either no more crew or the whole ship is destroyed, you need to restart the game.

Expect to die a lot in this game, the easy mode is super hard and they manage to had a hard mode...

With made me look forward for more game in the space genre here 3 games that caught my attention recently. Please note that because of my love for FTL I’ll probably start a weekly or bi-weekly post on how to unlock ship and various achievement. If you can’t wait you can always check there wiki, its awesome source of FTL information.

P.S: I hope they will make it available on android too.

Cosmonautica

Cosmonautica look quite promising, it’s can be describe has The Sim in space meet FTL of some sort. . The player’s ship is the size of a large townhouse and various rooms can be bolted onto its empty compartments. Living quarters, vending machines, cargo bays, weapons, engines and, wait for it, toilets… At present, there’s not much to do beyond trading basic commodities, but ground missions and enhanced combat are due before release. Take a look.

 

Related

A life of space trading (indiesgames)

The cosmo-nautica Blog

Planet express simulator (Rock paper Shotgun)

Cosmo-Nautica (indiedb)

Shallow Space

From the look of it Shallow space is a Space 3D RTS game inspired from homeworld. Players will need to mine for resources, advance capital ships and engage in battle to improve your officers skills. You can even design your own weapon configurations and ship modules, and believe me there are plenty of ships to play with!

Related: Dominate the Shallow Space (Indieretronews)

SPAZ 2

I loved the first game even though I haven’t finished it yet. It doesn’t have the same vibe FTL does but I really liked how you upgrade your spaceships and how you can customize them. The game has a bit of grinding to it that can sometime be cumbersome.

SPAZ 1

SPAZ 1

SPAZ 2 come back with all these mechanic, new ones and with enhanced 3d graphics.

 

Official Site : http://minmax-games.com/SpacePiratesAndZombies/

I recently wrote about the candy jam and king.com obnoxious use of a trademark on the word candy. I could help it when I found more goodies from the candy jam. I hope you like them!

Candy Scroll Justice Saga – Free first person RPG (indie retro news)

stickycandy The King want is Candy, King.com trademark saga continue…

Doom and candy crush saga finally meet together to give a fps with some eye candy in it. You are trapped in the evil King dungeon (see what they did there) and you must crush the king sweet candy to escape.

Candy Puppet Saga

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Mr Red, as the main protagonist in his quest to start his own business as a candyman, by invading the candy planet and killing everyone.

The two following are RPG, a genre we didn’t got much in the previous post.

Candy Hooker Saga

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This one is in this list because of its name mostly, you play as Candy the Hooker, being a borderline bipolar candy crush addict, trying to attract customers and thinking about your life as you go.

This game is actually a funny twist. Somewhat NSFW, well not really. See it for yourself.

The Candymancer Saga

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Candies make everyone happy! That’s why you, a candymancer apprentice, were sent to make every creature around the kingdom of Candyland happy. By feeding them candies! The Candymancer Saga is an RPG of epic proportions!

This one is actually a real RPG, where you fight monster with the power of candy, once the monster have eaten to much the leave you alone and you gain max hp.

Crush the Candy King Saga

stickycandy The King want is Candy, King.com trademark saga continue…

And the final pick a puzzle game, closer to the original game we are trying to copy. Crush the candy king saga in kind of a reverse candy crush, the king throws candy at you and you need to crush them to prevent the king from make line of the three same candy.

Play Crush the candy king saga 

More game from the candy jam on Indie retro news and Indiegames.com

Candy Scroll Justice Saga

CandyJam Compilation!

CandyJam Compilation 2!