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Sequel for Aaaaa! A Reckless Disregard for Gravity Announced; Designs For Fake Billboards Wanted

Indie favorite developer Dejobaan has come out and announced by not announcing that they have a sequel to their hit indie game AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! A Reckless Disregard for Gravity. Actually the guys over at Dejobaan HQ are calling it a semi-sequel… so I’m not really sure just what it is, but seeing as how it’s one awesome indie game I’ll certainly take it!

But that’s not really what this post is about. I mean, sure that’s where the big news is and the draw. Really it was mostly just bait to get you into this thread… HAHAHA! Welcome to my spider web of lies! … and contests. Where you can win things.

Seriously though, Dejobaan has put up a contest for aspiring designers. They currently want/need billboards and fake ads for the upcoming “semi-sequel” to make it more enjoyable.

Here are the details:

You want to be immortalized in a Dejobaan game!

The semi-sequel to our 2009 hit, AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! is coming. The cleverest captioned photos will appear in the game and will net their creators a free copy on Steam, once it’s out at the end of the year! (Yes, we haven’t officially announced the new game. Don’t tell anyone.)

Rules:

  • Go to Morguefile.com, and search for an awesome image. Use that as your background.
  • Come up with hilarious foreground text to put on top of that image.
  • Send the composited image (background plus text in the same picture, 512×1024 preferred) and a link to the original Morguefile.com picture to jpolson@dejobaan.com.

And also:

  • Deadline:(Updated!) Friday 9/30/11 at 11:59pm EST.
  • We’ll announce the winners by the following Monday.

If you think you’ve got the chops you can not only be featured in the game, but you’ll get a copy of the game for free. How cool is that?

Here’s an example of what they’re looking for:

For more details or to simply browse their website, hit the link below!

[Dejobaan]


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Dejobaan Games Announces DLC Coming for AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!!

Dejobaan Games let loose some rather interesting bits on Facebook yesterday. It went something like this: “So, we’ve just submitted the art assets for a 5-level DLC pack for Aaaaa! on Steam. A brutal one. You may hate us for it. It’s not yet up for purchase.”

Curious minds may want to know how someone could possibly hate Dejobaan for adding more content to its popular title. Others may question the legitmacy of the statement given the developer’s recent past with Steam and overall playful demeanor.

I followed up with Dejobaan’s commanding officer, Ichiro Lambe, who confirmed it. But even in confirming it, it felt surreal.  From the Ichiro’s mouth:

“It’s called ‘AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! — Brutal Concussion,’ and it’s 5 levels of the most intense, horrifying, brutal stuff you’ve ever seen. It’s about twice as fast as the original Aaaaa. It uses a system of checkpoints to keep the action humming when you break your skull open on stuff…”

There you have it. With the announcement of a horrifyingly brutal DLC pack coming for Aaaaa!, who else hopes the team steps up and creates some intense music for the title, too? Ichiro on grindcore? Death metal? Industrial music? Noise? There’s four of the five stage songs right there.

Laeve your opinion on the DLC and possible accompanying music genres below.


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Top 10 Indie Picks of the Steam Holiday Sale

steam-logoAlright, I’ve already spent over $80 on Steam games today. I’ve maxed out my limit, seriously. That said, however, I still have yet to even scratch the surface of the Steam Holiday sale. As such, I figured it would be fun to put together my top 10 indie games you should check out for this year’s holiday indie sale.

Keep in mind, these are of my personal opinion. I’m not basing these top 10 games off of score, pricing, or anything of that nature. Also this list is in no particular order.

Super Meat Boy – $3.75

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This game released, literally, a few weeks ago. It is quite possibly a game the year contender for both myself and DIYGamer and, really, should be an instant purchase for anybody who doesn’t yet own the game. Seriously, it’s amazing.

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Metal Drift – $4.99

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Released back in 2009, I”ve recently fallen back in love with this game’s unique multiplayer ‘splodey action. It’s a fast and furious gravity tank game that allows for a progressive leveling to assemble bigger and more bad ass weapons.

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The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom – $0.49

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Some people didn’t care for this game, I loved it. It’s whimsical and very charming in that early 1900s sort of way. Plus at less than what a candy bar costs at the local super market? Easy choice.

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Zero Gear – $4.99

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Zero Gear, in my opinion, was a better game than the newest Mario Kart. They have some fundamental differences, granted, but on a pure kart-game basis, I’d choose Zero Gear any day. It’s just plain ol’ fun.

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AI War: Fleet Command + expansions – $9.99+

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Probably the most expensive game on my list but oh so worth it. Seriously, this game offers an incredible amount of depth for a fraction opf what it would cost elsewhere. And now it costs even a fraction of that! Solid choice for strategy fans.

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Delve Deeper – $2.49

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Charming, hot seat action involving Dwarves mining for gold, fighting monsters/dragons and competing with other teams of Dwarves. Seriously, does it get any better than this? Not by much. A great strategy hot-seat game.

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent – $9.99

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Does the phrase “scary as shit” mean anything to you? Pardon my language, but that’s literally the best way to describe this very, very frightening game. People willing to subject themselves to horrors such as this should definitely enjoy the sale.

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VVVVVV – $2.49

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Another great action platformer in the same vein as Super Meat Boy, only this time your taking control of Captain Veridian as he attempts to save his ship mates from impending doom. It’s a challenging, but very satisfying game.

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Plain Sight – $4.99

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Another fantastic multiplayer game that features none other than robot ninjas. Combined with some amazing 3D action and a few unique game modes Plain Sight is a great catch for anybody who’s looking for a new multiplayer game.

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AaAaAA!!! A Reckless Disregard for Gravity – $4.99

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Last, but certainly not least, who can certainly not enjoy a game about base jumping and flippng people off? While the game is getting a little older, this is certainly one of the best first person indie experiences available today.

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Solid list if I do say so myself. Of course, don’t let this stop you from trying other indie games. There are a lot of really, really good games for sale this holiday season and chances are, even if none of these sound appealing to you, there’s something on Steam that you’ll really enjoy.

Happy holidays.


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Dejobaan Asks What an Indie Gamer Is

Dejobaan Indie SuperstarForget about what’s indie, Dejobaan Games, the minds behind the classic freefall title Aaaaa!, want to know what’s an indie gamer.

They’ve thrown up their first annual “Who’s an Indie Gamer?” poll through their Indie Superstar endeavor to try and track down exactly what it means to be indie from a player perspective.

So go do them a favor and take part in their poll in order to help get some stats on the indie community.


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D2D Reboots Indie Games Bundle Sale

The_Best_of_indie_bundleDirect2Drive has announced the rebirth of its Indie Games Bundle sale. Through next week, interested parties can grab 10 quality, well known indie games in one pack for just $29.95. Compare that to $134.50 if you were to purchase the games individually.

The games in the bundle include World of Goo, Machinarium, Puzzlegeddon, Gish, The Maw, Braid, Cogs, AAAAA!!! — A Reckless Disregard for Gravity, Osmos and Crayon Physics Deluxe. All of the above games are good in our opinion and some are true classics. It’s a deal that you don’t have to steal.

The offer ends Tuesday, August 3.


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Dejobaan Gives Second Free Game to Fan Club

Easiest_GameThose who signed up for the easiest going fan club ever should check their inbox, a treat awaits. Following the gifting of its game TAPtapTAPtapTAPtapTAP back in April, Dejobaan is passing on another free title to those who have signed up for the free club: Easiest Video Game Ever.

The title is actually a cool modification of their skyscraper surfer AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! – A Reckless Disregard for Gravity which throws a shooting element into the mix, making high scores less than simple work. The light (lite?) title includes one level with two scores to beat, one of which you’ll have to really work for.

They’ve also started up a new blog for indie gaming coverage by the name of Indie Superstar, which you should timidly check out before scampering right back here to safety! No, but really, some excellent interviews with some very notable devs already posted on the site. Dejobaan does our job, makes good games, and gives some away for free. We’re ruined.


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Aaaaa! 80% Off This Week, Among Others

Aaaaa!Direct2Drive’s crazy spring sale has hit the indie world. You can now snag a copy of Dejobaan’s freefalling game Aaaaa! for a pocketful of change. That’s $1.95 for anyone wondering exactly how much a pocketful of change is. Unfortuntaly, Direct2Drive does not accept loose change (unconfirmed as of press time) so you’ll probably have to pay with a credit card.

Between our review of the game and my excitement over the iDevice versions of the game, you’re running out of excuses not to play it.

Their Spring Sale also includes 75% off of Eufloria, so you can snag that title for $4.95 as well.


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Dejobaan Offering Free Game for Fan Club Sign-Ups

dejobaan_fan_clubDejobaan Games does a lot of good things as an indie developer, they make great games with only one letter in the title and they announce funny fake games on April 1 like 14. DRUNKEN ROBOT PORNOGRAPHY. Now they’re bartering a free game in exchange for your fan dedication, a fair trade indeed!

The free title, TAPtapTAPtapTAPtapTAP is just an incentive to get those interested to join the dev’s ‘we will never send you news’ Fan Club. Instead of sending updates the club has been formed to give interested parties games, alphas, betas, prototypes and “Fan Club ONLY special offers on new games.”

If you’re interested in signing-up head on over to Dejobaan’s site and punch in your email, of course it’s free and you can unsubscribe at any time, as cool as you’d expect it to be from Ichiro and the gang.


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GDC 2010: Aaaaaaa! A Reckless Disregard for Gravity Confirmed for iPad

ipadaaaaaaJust in case you haven’t read our GDC coverage on what the guys over at Dejobaan Games are up to, I figured I’d lay out a prime piece of news for you right here in the open. Ichiro and Leo, from Dejobaan, have confirmed that their popular indie hit: Aaaaaa! A Reckless Disregard for Gravity is coming to the iPad.

What this means exactly? Can’t say, although our own Peter Eykemans did get a chance to check out the iPhone version of the game where by you stand up right and look down at your iPhone, using tilt controls to control your fall. I’m assuming this will be similar to the iPad version but with a higher resolution and larger screen… Whoa I’m almost getting a sense of vertigo just by thinking about it.

By the way, did you know that we are giving away ten copies of this game for the PC right now? Check out our super cool forum contest for more details!

P.S. I’d like to thank Dejobaan for providing an excellent argument against my recent editorial on how crappy iPad gaming will be. Touche’ guys, touche’.


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GDC 2010: Talking Math with Dejobaan

Aaaaa!We’ve reviewed AAAaaa! and have been in close contact with Dejobaan games in their series of nominations at both the Indie Game Challenge and here at the Independent Games Festival. We’re even giving away 10 copies of their hit game in our forum contest.

So while they’re showing the game here at IGF, I wasn’t quite ready for what they were showing. I met up with Leo and Ichiro on the show floor, where they casually threw out the fact that AAAaaa is coming to the iPhone and the iPad. They had a playable build of their iPhone version, which isn’t complete just yet. I must say, it’s strangely compelling in a way the PC version never can be.

Imagine standing up straight and staring downward at your iPhone’s screen. You slide yourself off the top of the building with your fingertip, and then the tilt controls take over. So here you are, peering downward into a simulation of plummeting from the top of a tall building. I found myself immersed in the experience, having to blink myself back to the show floor at the end of each run. This sense of immersion, of falling into the phone, excited me to the idea of being able to play the title on an iPad. It could be an experience that triggers a players’ vertigo by simulating the true elevation and speed of falling, really falling. I’ll admit that the tilt controls are more difficult than a mouse and keyboard, but the perspective alone makes the switch worth it.

Ichiro also hinted at what’s next for them. They’re working on their rhythm title (I believe Ichiro dubbed it OOM OOM OOM OOM) which allows players to create their own music based on the elements in the game (which plays similar to AaaAAAa), rather than follow a set pattern of preordained notes. Their project beyond that is a mystery to me. It involves math and “making math your bitch.” That’s enough of a selling point for me.

We’ll keep you posted on all the news surrounding these new versions of AAAaaaAA as info is available.