After a good long time in development and an ever-increasingly level of hype in its sails, A Valley Without Wind is now available to purchase and download through several different digital distrobution vendors.
And the good news is that there’s plenty of choice. The game’s up for grabs at a 10% discount on developer Arcen Games’ official site, with GamersGate and the Mac Game Store following suit with a similar price cut, effective for one full week. You can also pick up the game at IndieCity and Gamestop’s Impulse platform, the latter of which also offers a special four-pack at a slightly discounted price for a cheeky bit of multiplayer action.
Conspicuously absent from the current list of digital sellers is Steam, although Arcen Games have revealed via Twitter that “things are progressing” on the prospect of the game seeing a release on Valve’s service later today. We’ll keep you updated on proceedings. In the meantime, here’s another look at A Valley Without Wind‘s launch trailer to whet your appetite.
This weekend marks a very special occasion as it will be the 10th anniversary of the 48 hour game development event Ludum Dare. To help get us excited about it, Chevy Ray has prepared a rather awesome keynote.
Are you ready for the 10th anniversary of Ludum Dare? Well you should be but if you’re not then you should definitely watch and play this keynote made by Ludum Dare veteran, Chevy Ray. First though, make sure you’re signed up over on the official Ludum Dare website and vote in the final round of the theme voting. This will be the theme that everyone who participates in the event over the weekend will be making games to fit into.
The last Ludum Dare event gave birth to 891 games made in 48 hours but as this is the event’s 10th anniversary the aim is to break the 1000 barrier. Now on that rather fabulous keynote!
Psst! You’ll notice that the key note doesn’t quite fit into our slim column, so to watch the key note in its full size you should go right here.
If, as offered, you want the source code of those games you just played in the keynote then you can download it right here.
More information on Ludum Dare can be found on the event’s official website.
Amidst all the high-profile indie releases over the last couple of weeks, you might be forgiven for forgetting that there are still plenty more lurking on the horizon. Among them is Chris Hecker’s SpyParty, a multiplayer espionage game based around the virtues of stealth, deception and trickery.
Those eager to jump into the shoes of the game’s super sleuths will rejoice, therefore, in the knowledge that Beta sign-ups are now in effect. To prepare would-be spies for their in-game operations, Hecker has released an exclusive tutorial video to explain how the Beta version of the game will function.
Vap Games have announced that development on 2D action-platformer Intrusion 2 is finished and a new, very epic gameplay trailer has been unleashed.
Long thought to have faded into obscurity, Intrusion 2 is one hell of an impressive 2D action-platformer that really captures the sense of an epic battle. Whether wielding a gun bigger than the main character, riding a wolf, manning a mech or trying to balance as a huge creature tears apart a building; Intrusion 2 looks fantastic.
The game has been in development for few years now and there was even a demo released back in 2010 that you can still check out if you crave its delights. The most eye-catching parts of the game are the animation and physics – everything is smooth and reacts in a way to cater towards the epic scale the game so perfectly captures.
Unfortunately there is no release date for Intrusion 2 at the moment but it will be coming to PC and Mac soon. Now, on to that trailer featuring music by George Dziov:
More information on Intrusion 2 can be found on the game’s official website.
Not to be beaten, Steam is hosting another gift wrapped indie deal this week in which all of the games helm from Holland. It’s another bargain and the chances of you not already having these games are a little higher.
So just on the back of reporting on the Indie Adventure Bundle, we then found out almost immediately after that Steam have another bundle or pack (or whatever you want to call it) that is worth looking into at least. Named the From Holland With Love Pack, this contains seven indie games all from Holland obviously and all quite different from each other. This will set you back just £7.99 rather than the £30.44 usual price. Bargain? Yes indeed.
As with the previous Midweek Madness deal, the From Holland With Love Pack will expire at 4pm Pacific Time on Thursday 12th of April, so you better hurry up and chuck your money at the screen! Remember – if you already have some of the games then give them to a friend in order to share the indie game love.
More information on the From Holland With Love Pack can be found over on the official Steam page.
If first impressions are anything to go by, old could very well meet new in By the Gods: Cast of the Seven Godsends, the recently announced run-and-gun platformer from the Italian Raven Travel Studios.
The game’s first teaser trailer, embedded below, indicates that the game will adopt a fast-paced approach to running, jumping and good old scrapping as players pit their wits against demons, ghouls and a whole host of other fantastical odds and sods.
By the Gods is currently slated for release on PC and Xbox 360 later this year, with a more specific release window yet to be announced.
If you fall head over heels for anything cute and dino-like, then Dino Shift may ruffle your feathers the right way.
Casual puzzle platformers aren’t exactly a dime a dozen but ones with a saccharine glow about them as well as a genuinely fun gameplay experience, well, there might be a few less of those. Dino Shift has you playing as a simplistic little dino who can switch the color of his scales between green, blue and red. Each of the levels set out before you has a number of obstacles, different colored blocks and an exit portal.
What you’re tasked with doing is absorbing said blocks by matching their color and when enough of them have been absorbed then the exit portal will open up. Now, as you may have guessed, this simple mechanic is experimented with and spat out in all different ways to provide something fresh in every level. It’s a casual experience so there’s nothing to hard in there, but it’s a delightful little playthrough nonetheless and you’re likely to be stumped a little bit as you progress.
Give Dino Shift a go over on Kongregate – it will probably brighten up your day!
Play-Em has outed the latest alpha build of Lone Wolf and with it comes 4 player local multiplayer.
If you ever played Altered Beast then Lone Wolf may seem to resonate with a similar vibe, but only in that you can transform into a werewolf. In actual fact, Lone Wolf plays a little more like Streets of Rage to be honest, as you’ll be moving across the screen beating up thugs with your fists and various weapons. The big changer are the RPG elements which mean your character will upgrade as you go along kicking ass, improving in the areas that you use the most.
If you’ve already pre-ordered the game then you’ll be glad to know that the latest alpha build adds 4 player local multiplayer to the mix, with it even being operational with just a single player as they can flick through the party of four at will while the AI controls the others. There’s still a lot of work to do though, with making each of the characters in the multiplayer different and adding comic book sequences next.
If you haven’t pre-ordered Lone Wolf then you can try out the game’s mini combat demo right here – it got a couple of us jeering each other on in a rather weird moment, so we’d say it’s a worth a go. Obviously there’s a lot more to the full game.
Games are no stranger to epic space adventures but Salvation Prophecy, considering it’s the work of one man and various artists, looks absolutely stunning.
I’d happily gush a million over-excited words about Salvation Prophecy right now but I know not to. Why? Simply because the game is ludicrously ambitious. It’s the work of one man going by the name of Firedance Games, with a number of artists contributing from all over the globe. Salvation Prophecy is an epic space-based action-RPG and it reeks of ambition and quality too.
There’s four playable factions which offer different playstyles. There’s space battles aboard your very own upgradeable ships which you’ll have to navigate through wormholes and explore random galaxies. You can also land on planets and duke it out in terrestrial combat in something that resembles Battlefront-sized battles. We’re very excited about seeing this project continue and just hope that it’s as good as it looks – check out the trailer below!
More information on Salvation Prophecy can be found on the game’s official website.