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‘Botanicula’ Coming To PC On April 19th


Amanita Design have announced that their personable point and click adventure game, Botanicula, will be released on Windows, Mac and Linux on April 19th.

The much loved Czech indie developer Amanita Design have brought us many weird and wonderful adventure treats in recent years and their next one made with Jaromír Plachý, Botanicula, will be on its way very soon! Botanicula follows five little tree creatures who set out for a journey to save the last seed from their home tree which is infested by evil parasites.

Botanicula won the Excellence In Audio award at the IGF this year game and the rest of the game is typical Amanita, especially the characters and environments. We’re looking forwards to it very much after loving their previous title, Machinarium, so much! The game’s PC release will be accompanied by the official soundtrack which rings up with 14 tracks in total.

Botanicula will be available to purchase from the official website, Steam, the Mac App Store and GOG for Windows, Mac and Linux on April 19th 2012.

More information on Botanicula can be found on the game’s official website.


What A Mighty Sword You Have: ‘God Of Blades’ Developer Diary

God Of Blades

White Whale Games are starting a series of developer diaries in order to outline the many elements of their upcoming sidescrolling action-RPG, God of Blades.

We’ve talked about God of Blades before but it’s been a while. That doesn’t mean that White Whale Games have stopped working on it of course, in fact it means they have been very busy and remain to be. However, they did manage to find time to start a developer diary series to better outline the game’s different aspects.

Of course, the person who pulled the short straw was the project’s Creative Director (and former BioWare talent) Jason Rosenstock who outlines some of his favourite parts of God of Blades‘ very central Combat components and in particular the Sword Powers.

He gets particularly excited about two of the swords and it’s fun to watch that enthusiasm. More please!

God of Blades will be released in summer 2012 for Windows, Mac and iOS devices. More information on God of Blades can be found on the game’s official website.


‘Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP’ Coming To Steam On April 16th

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP

After having found out this information early ourselves, Capybara Games have confirmed that Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP will be coming to PC and Mac on April 16th.

So here we are, a couple of days after we discovered that S: S&S EP was coming to Steam via a Steam registry, Capybara Games have stepped up to officially make the announcement themselves. Their critically acclaimed adventure title formerly for iOS only, has now been transformed into a point and click adventure fit for the PC. Of course, a few things have been tweaked but nothing that should make the game any less of what it is:

“This edition is intended to be a faithful representation of the original touchtronic S:S&S EP experience, it has been minorly adapted to better suit player input via the two-button mouse, and some audiovisual elements have been subtly refined as appropriate”, Capybara say in their news post.

If you’re heading to PAX East this weekend then you’ll be glad to know that you will be able to play S:S&S EP. If you’re not attending then the wait won’t be too long at all as Capybara also confirm that S: S&S EP will be coming to Steam on April 16th and a Mac version will be on the way “before the summer solstice”…so soon then.

More information on Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP can be found on the game’s official website.


‘Offspring Fling’ Has Been Released Into The Wild

Offspring Fling

Kyle Pulver’s motherly loving, child flinging puzzler, Offspring Fling, is now available to buy for Windows and Mac.

If you’re in the need of a bit of cheery gaming fun then look no further than Kyle Pulver’s brand new puzzle game, Offspring Fling. Released just today, Offspring Fling has you playing as a Kirbychu (Kirby + Pikachu) and no that’s not what it’s called – we made that up. The creature you do play does look a lot like such a cross breed and if that is the case then some brain cells clearly got lost in the process because this mother to many has “misplaced” all of her children. A likely story.

She’s keen to make it up to them though and that’s where you step in, you day saver you! You’ll have to play with the game’s many mechanics (it’s not just flinging) to manipulate your babies back to safety, you’ll have to be careful as there are many hazards around despite the flowery presentation.

To grab a copy of Offspring Fling for Windows or Mac you should head on over to the official website with $7.99/

More information on Offspring Fling can be found on the game’s official website.


‘Amnesia: The Dark Descent’ Creeps On To The Mac App Store

Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Frictional Games‘ survival horror masterpiece, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, is now on the Mac App Store.

One of the most outstanding indie titles in recent years is Amnesia: The Dark Descent. It’s a survival horror in the most pure and twisted form and has become renown for making people scream, panic and probably urinate. You follow Daniel who awakens in a dark castle with no memory of how he got there. Finding notes left be himself, he finds out he must travel down through the castle past its many haunts and murder someone he doesn’t know and for an unknown reason.

The Dark Descent will be getting a follow up with A Machine For Pigs which is being developed by thechineseroom with Frictional acting as producers – we expect big and horrible things. If you haven’t played it yet and you’re a Mac owner then definitely consider picking it up from the Mac App Store now it’s on there.

More information on Amnesia: The Dark Descent is available on the game’s official website.


‘Trine 2′ Is 50% Off In Weekend Sale, Introduces Hardcore Mode

Trine 2

Frozenbyte’s three-way puzzle platformer Trine 2 is currently on a 50% off sale on Steam and in celebration of this a new update has been released to appease fans.

The rather delectable puzzle platformer Trine 2 is having a little Steam sale at the moment, you can grab it for half price! Is it worth it, you ask! Of course it is we reviewed it here and said plenty of good things about it.

So yes, at 50% off this is a game that you should certainly be grabbing on Steam right about now. Never player the first Trine? Well, then you better grab that too as its also on sale with 80% off! Blimey! This Steam sale will only last until April 2nd so you better hurry with that purchase of yours.

Now, as if that wasn’t enough excitement, Trine 2 has also received an update which adds a brand new hardcore mode and several other improvements, including the option to disable the much-debated “self-levitation” trick.

“The Hardcore Mode is our thanks to our most hardcore fans, and a throwback to the good old days,” Frozenbyte CEO Lauri Hyvärinen says, and continues: “This is for the fans who thought the Tower of Sarek level in the first game was just right in its pre-patches state, for those who really want an extra challenge from the game. The Hardcore Mode adds a big value to replayability, especially in online and offline co-op, and really means you have to work together or face game over.”

Trine 2 is currently featured on the Mac App Store too with a lovely 50% off there as well of course.

You can find our more information on Trine 2 over on the official website.


‘Offspring Fling’ Will Be Chucking Children Around On March 30th

Offspring Fling

Kyle Pulver has announced that his madcap but cute puzzle platformer, Offspring Fling, will be getting a release for Windows and Mac on March 30th!

While we’re still sat here cross-legged waiting for Snapshot, Kyle Pulver has announced the release date of his other game, Offspring Fling. Surprisingly, he hasn’t given anyone much warning for this one as it actually hits us at the end of the week, March 30th in fact.

You may have missed the announcement of Offspring Fling not too long ago, so let’s go back over what this game is all about before you think of it as some horrific child abusing material. You play as the mother of a Pikachu-Kirby breed of creature. You’re a careless mother though, not only have you misplaced all of your children, but as you journey across the 100 levels to gather them up you’ll happily fling them at peril. Tut tut.

We’re very excited about Offspring Fling just because we love things that are cute, edgy and puzzle shaped. Not necessarily in that order though. Remember – the game will be available for Windows and Mac on March 30th, that’s this Friday. If you need more reminders then you can sign up over on the official website to be notified when you can purchase it.

More information on Offspring Fling can be found on the game’s official website.


‘Snuggle Truck’ Now Added To Humble Bundle For Android 2

Snuggle Truck

The Humble Bundle For Android 2 has been updated with an extra game – it’s Owlchemy Labs’ physics-based arcade title, Snuggle Truck. N’awwww.

As you may have expected, the Humble Bundle For Android 2 now has an extra game as is so often the case with these bundles. Making its Android bundle along with the rest of the lineup, Snuggle Truck has driven over rocky terrain all while keeping the cuddly passengers sound and snug on its journey to the bundle.

Snuggle Truck will have you carefully driving your car over some very un-level surfaces and not being too hard on the accelerator for fear of losing your passengers and losing the game. It’s a fun game which originally had a more political stab to it, all of which you can read about in our review right here.

Owlchemy have also added the original game, Smuggle Truck, to Google Play now so you can play the slightly less cuddly version on your Android device too.

Of course, you can pay what you want for the Humble Bundle For Android 2, with a $1 minimum spend for the Steam keys. All of the six titles are compatible with Android, Windows, Mac and Linux, speaking of which, the lineup looks like this:

You can find out more information about the Humble Bundle For Android 2 and make your purchase over on the official website.


‘Palm Heroes 2′ Conquers Desura With Old School Strategies

Palm Heroes 2

Strategy heads will be pleased to know that Palm Heroes 2 is now available on Desura for Windows and Mac.

Be you knight, Barbarian, Necromancer, Sorceress, Wizard, Warlock or Varangian? Come on, choose! Okay, so now you’ve decided your faction it’s time to enter the world of Palm Heroes 2 for some old school strategy fun. If you’re a fan of a particular old school strategy series then you should feel right at home with Palm Heroes 2 – the gameplay is of a similar ilk and the visuals make a gorgeous 3D environment to really get stuck in to.

You should dive straight in, get right to battle and start conquering those castles you little hero, you! With over 70 maps to play on and plenty of variation, your time spent with Palm Heroes 2 should be a fairly lengthy one, at least in theory. There’s also a “hot seat” mode which allows people to play on the same computer – presumably taking it in turns to have a go.

Palm Heroes 2 has been on sale for quite a while now on the App Store and via the official website, but we know how much you like using stores you’re familiar with so head over to Desura if that is your heart’s desire.

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You can find out more information on Palm Heroes 2 over on the game’s official website.


Take A Pew: Mission 2 Gameplay From ‘Ensign-1′


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.