The developers behind the freedom touting space combat game, Ensign-1, have released some brand new gameplay, this time it’s from mission number two!
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again! If you like games that make noises a little like pewpewpew then Ensign-1 is just for you (rhyming challenge accepted). With ship combat and FPS, your task is clean up that awful spacey mess. You’ll go from turret to frigate and even asteroid bases because you’re a little bigot.
Okay rhyming is boring now. You should check out the new gameplay footage below but bear in mind the game is still in development. You can grab a copy of Ensign-1 for Windows, Mac and Linuz with lots of other goodies over on 8-Bit Funding too!
More information on Ensign-1 can be found on the game’s IndieDB page.
“Swiping the Lupine Twine Amulet was supposed to be an easy heist. But when I accidentally put it on, I ended up with incredible strength and the worst body hair problem I’ve ever had.”
Brawsome and Green Stripe Snake, the two developers behind the lighthearted, point-and-click adventure, Jolly Rover, comes a “werewolf comedy puzzle adventure”. MacGuffin’s Curse is a puzzle game with “the logical challenges of the classic top-down Zelda games with the quick-witted dialogue and sidequests of a vintage point-and-click adventure”.
The player is Lucas McGuffin, a thief and werewolf. He finds himself in a high-tech lockdown and must find a way to escape and lift the curse. In order to solve these puzzles, players will have to utilize and master the two forms.
Since our last post on MacGuffin’s Curse, we’ve learned a bit more about the gameplay of the game. “MacGuffin’s Curse uses a unique puzzle mechanic which is similar to the classic puzzle ‘sokoban‘.” From what we’ve seen thus far, it seems that the skills that trade off between characters most likely alternate between traversing the environment and pushing objects around it.
A hint system similar to the parrot from Jolly Rover is also present in the form of P.I. Strump. What I really liked about Jolly Rover was that the hint system was accessed by giving crackers to the parrot. That way it kept me from relying on the hint system and using it only when I really needed it, keeping me from getting stuck in the plot. I’m sure Brawsome will have another clever way to work the hints.
MacGuffin’s Curse is currently being developed for Mac, PC and iPad, and will be released on April 19th. You can look forward to our review in the near future. To learn more, check out the MacGuffin’s Cursewebsite or follow
The free, multi-platform puzzle platformer, Me And My Shadow, has been updated to the 0.3 version which means you should play it. Just because.
We talked very slightly about Me and My Shadow before, remember? Look, the evidence is right here. As the game has been given an update we thought we would chatter about it some more if you don’t mind.
So, to those who don’t know, Me and My Shadow is a simple game – a puzzle platformer in which you control an avatar and his little shadow by means of recording your movements. We know it’s probably not the most original thing you’ve ever seen but Me and My Shadow is humble enough to get a play from you. It’s also free and you can grab it right here.
Even better though, if you’re looking for a multi-platform game then Me and My Shadow delivers. It’s available on (deep breath) Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD, Amiga and Maemo. You know, just in case there’s people out there who might want to play it or something.
The new 0.3 update brings a little list of things that you can dribble your eyes down now:
Updated menu theme
Unique music (by vaev)
Per level statistics.
If you want to play Me and My Shadow you can do so by downloading it from the official website.
Cube Noir have released the beta demo of their text-based adventure Incursion unto the world, it’s available for Windows, Mac and Linux.
Peter Moorhead is the brainbox behind Cube Noir and therefore Incursion. He also likes to write at IGM on occasion so it’s no surprise that we’re writing news about the release of the Incursion demo. We’re told it’s a very small demo as the game is a long way off from release, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying what’s on show already.
Incursion is a text-based adventure in every sense, though it’s most certainly for the “modern age” as it so eagerly boasts. It features pixel art, a non-linear storyline and a wondrous soundtrack to whisk you along the journey in this odd, fantasy land.
Should you want to give it a go, it’s available from the official website on Windows, Mac and Linux so go and check it out!
Though in its alpha stage, KillFunYeah is a crazy-fun multiplayer 2D platform shooter that is currently free to download and play and oh is it worth it!
Violence in games is apparently a touchy subject with some people, but not when it’s blown to extreme proportions and made a megaton of fun! KillFunYeah is just about the right balance of hyperactivity and virile violence that makes my blood turn pink and sparkly. I love games that just go all out with colors, kinesis and cartoon violence and I have no problem whatsoever with adding KillFunYeah to the “Greats” in that style of game.
KillFunYeah is pretty easy to pick up – you just run around blasting anything that moves with your oversized weapons. There’s also an odd but cool mechanic that allows you to attract or repel projectiles to your advantage at a mere click of the mouse (and a holding of the Shift key).
Arctic Anteater are clearly insane and that’s just fine with me as long as they keep pouring that creative juice into their games, starting off with KillFunYeah of course. You want to see it don’t you? There’s a fun little video below but you can also play it! Right now! Yes, you can download KillFunYeah for free while it’s in its alpha stage from this little link here. Oh and it runs on Windows, Mac and Linux too.
More information on KillFunYeah can be found by trotting over to the official website.
Visual delighters, MoaCube, have released their made-for-two alien squishing game, Co-Op for free on Windows and Mac, grab a mate and go!
Co-Op takes the setting of any good old shmup, turns it into a cardboard wonderland and takes away the firepower of the spaceships. Quite some madness but the result is a fresh little thing. Co-Op is made for two people who each control a ship, between which is a deadly power beam to co-ordinate to kill enemies. It takes teamwork and communication but one of you is bound to slip up at some point.
If you don’t have a person to play with then you can give it a go by yourself which makes the game somewhat more challenging, but we know you love that kind of thing. You can download Co-Op for your Mac right here and those who are using Windows can download it from here.
While the Mario Brothers were off gallivanting, The Other Brothers were having an adventure all of their own which you can grasp an idea of in this GDC teaser trailer.
Boasting a parody of a famous gaming twosome and plenty of pixel art, The Other Brothers is very memorable even at first glance, but then again a lot of adventure games are. The nature of the game has been deliberately left vague as simply an adventure game, with a twist.
No more than that is currently known, other than the assumptions you can make from this being a modern tale that parodies Mario. You’ll quite clearly see that in the the trailer, a damsel in distress (shall we say) is taken away by some henchmen, leaving her rescue to The Other Brothers, of course.
Actually, it reminds me of that awful Super Mario Bros. film from the nineties – weren’t they cast in real life as some hopeless plumbers? Oh please stay away from that – Jim Sterling already looks like one of the henchmen from that film, that’s enough of a reminder!
Attending to survival gameplay in a very unique way, Under The Garden became a notorious freeware gem when it was released back in 2010. Chopping down trees, shooting bears and making shelter kept this player occupied in a delightfully delivered effort from Paul Greasley. If you never got around to playing Under The Garden, then make sure you do – you can download Under The Garden for free from this link.There were plenty of bugs to flatten out and a few other slights that Paul had to sort out upon the release of Under The Garden and so he learned many things during the process. He’s now in development of the sequel to Under The Garden which takes on a completely new location which comes with new challenges. Under The Ocean also marks a shift into 3D for Paul, no doubt bringing a whole load of other issues as well as making the game look very crisp.We spoke with Paul about Under The Ocean now that it is available to pre-order to find out why you should be interested in this brilliant looking title.IGM: What are the lessons you learned from developing Under The Garden which you will be taking over to Under The Ocean?PG: Honestly I try to think more in terms of where the game feels like it needs to go as a whole, rather than trying to dissect what worked and what didn’t.
The fantabulous King Arthur’s Gold has received a rather exciting update in the form of Zombie Fortress! Wait, what is that?If you were to login to King Arthur’s Gold right now it would auto-update and you will have access to the single player version of Zombie Fortress. There’s no multiplayer version yet as it’s not ready and the chaps developing it have had to get ready for GDC so they have been kind enough to allow you access while they’re gone.Zombie Fortress is exactly what you think it is – you have to build your defenses and then keep the invading zombies back. As you do have no one to play with and help you out with the zombies at the moment, the developers have added Party Mode. This allows you to recruit migrants and order them about at your will – you’ll be able to order them to gather resources, re-stock and more in the future too
Those personable underwater squirmers in the friendly RPG waters of SQUIDS will be making it their pleasure as they pop up on the Android Marketplace and Mac App Store this week.Lying somewhere between attractive casual game and tactical turn-based RPG, SQUIDS is a tale of war between the titular sea dwellers and some ooze-infected crab and shrimp. The game was previously exclusive to the iOS platforms but the developers, The Game Bakers, were determined from the get-go to get it on to as many platforms as possible.Fortunately, they didn’t rush the ports and have spent time to tailor each so that it suits the platforms. As such, the Android version of the game has been rebalanced as a free-to-play adventure with a new selection of in-app purchases. The Mac version was the biggest test for them though, being the first desktop port of SQUIDS. Of course, on the Mac there are mouse controls and enhanced graphics optimized for screen resolutions up to 1900×1200.