This month definitely seems to be something special if you like your worlds procedurally generated, your tunnels filled with loot and monsters and your deaths sudden, violent and educational. In addition to major updates to TOME and the graphical re-launch of Doom: The Roguelike, there’s been no shortage of other notable releases in the past few days and weeks. Here’s the best of the rest – a trio of more complex titles – just in case those other games haven’t quite got you hooked yet.
It’s a match made in heaven. Tense, randomly-generated dungeon crawling, and dark martian corridors filled full of flesh-eating demons and fancy high-tech weapons to use on them. It just sounds silly when you say it – Doom: The Roguelike. One of the simpler (but arguably more addictive) games in the genre, ChaosForge’s fan-game DoomRL has been ASCII-based up until now, but with the help of Aquaria/Spelunky developer Derek Yu, it now has fancy 16-bit style graphics, a mouse-friendly UI and is available now for Windows, Mac & Linux. What are you waiting for? Some hellspawn need serving up an all-lead supper.
Tales of Maj’Eyal (also known as TOME 4) is a relative unknown, but we wrote a bit about it earlier this year. Despite seemingly emerging from the shadows, it won a major ‘roguelike of the year’ audience award at the end of 2011 – beating out even Steam-borne favorite Dungeons of Dredmor, and back-to-basics masterpiece Brogue – by offering a more story-driven and consistently tactical experience than most games in the genre. It didn’t hurt that the presentation in general is among the best out there. Not resting on it’s laurels, a major new version was released just yesterday, bringing a raft of bug-fixes and a sexy new UI.
We first took a look at Wild Shadow Studios’ brilliantly original F2P arcade-shooter MMORPG Realm of The Mad God back at the end of 2010, and the game has only grown since then. The developers are probably dancing naked in the streets with glee right now, as what started out as a development-jam contest entry over at TIGSource (amusingly only winning 3rd place at the time) has now grown into the latest game in the rapidly expanding free-to-play library on Steam.
It’s no secret that the launch of the (eagerly awaited – it’s a fine lineup of games) Groupees ‘Be Mine’ indie bundle didn’t go as planned, with the site immediately collapsing under a flood of traffic. Neither did the second launch. Or the third. Oh dear… Well, they’re back now and the site seems to be holding strong after a fourth launch attempt, and the sale is on for two weeks. Come and pay what you want ($1 minimum) for Steam copies of The Ball, Xotic, Beep, Wasteland Angel & Sideway: New York, plus some impressive bonuses, including a major expansion for Xotic and well-recieved point & click adventure Nikopol: Secrets of The Immortals.
The classic point-and-click adventure has been going from strength to strength these past few years, largely due to a rise in small independent outfits getting into the genre. The episodic Journeys of Reemus series has been a much-loved fixture of Newgrounds and other flash game portals these past few years, and the pot-bellied bug-slayer and his blue bear buddy Liam have accrued enough fame, respect and puzzles to venture forth in their first commercial adventure, available now via Desura. Launch trailer after the break.
Update: The game is also available via Indiecity, too.
New Japanese indie localization group Nyu Media are really bringing out the big guns today. Three bits of notable news hitting the internet tonight – a playable demo of the third eXceed game, a release date for the eXceed trilogy pack, and the unveiling and dating of Cherry Tree High Comedy Club, a cartoony life/management sim. And it’s all happening sooner than you might have expected. After the break, gameplay trailers and more info.
Hatoful Boyfriend was one of the strangest things I wrote about last year. A deliriously silly, tongue-in-cheek take on the dating sim/visual novel genre, putting you in the shoes of a young girl looking for love in all the wrong places, starting with a high-school for talented birds. While such things tend to get only translated unofficially, things have gotten a little bit stranger on the internet, as the enhanced, commercial version of the game is now officially available in English.
Locomalito (creator of 8-Bit Killer, Hydorah and others) releasing a new game is always a good reason to sit up, pay attention and play some videogames. Today marks the launch of his latest project, They Came From Verminest, a Galaga-inspired love letter to early 80s arcade games and cheesy 50s sci-fi. Pop on those red/blue 3D glasses, blast off and come zap some bugs. After the break, the delightfully low-fi, live-action trailer and some thoughts on the game.
It seems that so long as people keep buying them, then indie bundles are going to keep coming. Indie Royale is back again with a bundle of five games, a couple of them being former XBLIG exclusives, and once again, there’s very little to grumble about in terms of content and value. As usual, it’s ‘pay what you want, above a minimum’, and especially generous purchases push that base figure down for everyone else. Hit the break for some gameplay trailers and a few thoughts on each game.