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‘To the Moon’: Now Available for Steam

To the Moon, the indie hit from Freebird Games, is now available for purchase on Steam. The adventure classic is available by itself or with the original soundtrack in a bundle. Those who owned an original copy can contact Freebird Games by email with an original order ID# and redeem it for a copy of the Steam version of To the Moon. So, what is To the Moon?

To the Moon is an adventure game in which a dying man named Johnny gets the opportunity to live out one last wish. Two doctors, Dr. Rosalene and Dr. Watts, stand beside Johnny’s death bed and give him an opportunity to relive the entirety of his life; unfortunately, it is the last thing he will ever be able to do. To the Moon is an exploration of the question “What If?”

Players must make life decisions in To the Moon. It gives a rare opportunity for players to relive life decisions, give love another shot, rediscover friendships, and search for fame and fortune. To the Moon is an exploration of what life can be, presented through an interactive story, with minimalistic gameplay. It is difficult to describe To the Moon’s style of play, and although it looks like a JRPG, it plays more like a point-and-click adventure.

To the Moon has been met by rave reviews, including an outstanding review from ourselves here at Indiegamemag.com. It has been raved for its gripping narrative and outstanding original soundtrack.

 

You can currently get To the Moon at a discounted price on Steam until September 14th. A bundle is also available, which includes the OST at a discounted price. You can check out To the Moon on Steam and learn more about Freebird Games at their official website.

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Source: The Indie Game Magazine – ‘To the Moon’: Now Available for Steam


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‘Einherjar – The Viking’s Blood’ Adds New Character, and Two In-game Events

If you’ve ever wanted to start playing Einherjar – The Viking’s Blood then wait no longer because, for the next two weeks, the game’s developer, Appiritis, has announced that they will be holding their new “Triple Event”.  During these two weeks, players will receive triple experience as well as noticeably higher item drops, but there is a twist.  Each week, these benefits will only be available for two days, chosen at random.  Running within the same time frame is a second event, bolstering the addition of the newly added hero, Veronica.  During this event, players who manage achieve certain stats with the character will receive item packs (most notably a pack including an Orichal Spear, Orichal Ring , and Orichal Chain when a stat total of 220 is reached).

Along with the release of Veronica as a special unit comes the announcement of a new job, the Paladin.  The Paladin job will have a strong focus on physical and magical attacks, as well as their healing abilities.  One of the greatest benefits of this job is that it can learn both Double Attack IV, as well as Double Magic IV.

For those that haven’t seen it, Einherjar - The Viking’s Blood is an MORPG with graphics heavily influenced by classic JRPGs.  Everything in the game is browser based, so there is no need to install anything to get started.  You will also find that there are almost no barriers to immediate entry, as the initial learning curve is very small and the game is available for no cost.  If you liked Final Fantasy Tactics, then you will love the gameplay in Einherjar – The Viking’s Blood.  Boasting an elegant mix of turn based tactics style combat with many rig influences, this game will quickly envelop you within its addicting gameplay.

In you’ve never played Einherjar, The Viking’s Blood , then now is the perfect time to check it out.  You can check out this free to play game from Appiritis’s website.

Source: The Indie Game Magazine – ‘Einherjar – The Viking’s Blood’ Adds New Character, and Two In-game Events


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‘Americana Dawn’ Funding Almost Complete

With seventy hours to go, Americana Dawn has almost doubled its goal on Kickstarter.

As of now, 220 backers have provided $4,045. If you would like to put an NPC with a name and something you want it to say, or a retro-styled game manual, then head over to the Kickstarter before it’s too late!

Otherwise, you can enjoy the freeware game when it’s released.

Americana Dawn is about a spirit that disguises itself as a human boy named Alfred, who is asked to fight under the colonists’ banner during the French and Indian War.  The JRPG ‘s blend of fictional characters in a non-fiction setting sets an intriguing stage for an epic story.

Donate money to the Kickstarter here or visit the official website.


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Dragon Quest Fans Take Note: Dragon Fantasy Now Available on PC

Some of my earliest and fondest memories of gaming were of playing the original Dragon Warrior (Dragon Quest) games on the NES. Surprisingly, my young brain could comprehend it all and it the stories remain with me today. Dragon Warrior, Dragon Warrior 3 and Dragon Warrior 4… I never played the second, for whatever reason. In any case, I’m now sitting here staring at Dragon Fantasy and I can’t think of anything else.


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Heroes, Multiplayer, Beta and More… the BIG Towns Interview

We’ve covered Towns here on DIYGamer.com in the past. It’s a rather unique city simulation/RPG/Dwarf Fortress-type game that has really caught on with the indie gaming community. And for good reason too! It’s quite fun!


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Fond Memories: RPG To the Moon Available Now Through Developer and Desura

It appears we’ve entered the meaty part of the release season, as yet another good looking indie has come out to play in Freebird’s retro JRPG To the Moon. The title goes for $12 and is being distributed via Desura and the developer themselves. Additionally, the team has provided download links to a one hour timed demo in both locations.

The game has you playing two doctors, who have discovered the ability to travel through people’s memories and change them. Unfortunately the clashing of real and false memories leaves people unable to function, and shortly after anyone undergoes the procedure they die. So instead of abandoning the technology entirely, they find a new purpose for it. The decided to provide hospice patients peace/happiness before death, by altering memories to fulfill whatever they wished they had happened in their life, but never actually did. Insane.


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CSTW & BoDVII $3 Combo Pack Hits Steam July 13; XBLIG Patch Prepped

After a bit of huffing and puffing to get it all compatible every which way, Zeboyd Games is quite convinced retro parody JRPG gems Cthulhu Saves the World and Breath of Death VII will be available for PC’ers one and all via Steam on Wednesday July 13.

The games will come in a combo pack not unlike Size Five Games’ (formerly Zombie Cow Studios) hilarious adventure title tandem on Valve’s service–in that you’re essentially paying for the more robust of the two titles with the other thrown on top for nothing extra. $3 is all for the two games if I hadn’t mentioned it before. If you’re still unaware for whatever reason, let me spell it out: That’s a damn steal.

The Xbox 360 version’s update has already passed peer review, and is just awaiting submission from Zeboyd, who plan on corresponding a simultaneous release as best the XBLIG service will allow.

The enhanced port and update now primed, the developer is ready to fully move onto their third, still unnannounced, RPG project which they’ve already revealed composer Alex Mauer to be a part of. Extremely interested in hear more on that sometime soon.


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Wizorb: An RPG Twist on the Classic Breakout Genre

I remember when I first heard about Puzzle Quest. I balked at the idea that such a simple puzzle game mechanic could really deliver the kind of deep story that RPGs at that time could only provide. It took me about a year, but eventually I succumbed to the puzzle series and it took up far more time of mine than I’d like to admit.

Wizorb takes a similar approach as Puzzle Quest only, they’ve decided to mesh the Breakout and RPG genres in what looks to be a fantastic game. There’s even a world map for you JRPG genre fanatics who demand such a feature in your RPG.

There’s not much more for me to say that the trailer, below, won’t already tell you so I’ll just leave you with this: if you’re at all a fan of RPGs or the older Breakout games then this is probably something you’ll want to keep an eye on.

Wizorb is slated for XBLIG and PC. There is no current release date.

[via Pixeltao]

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Insane Port: Cthulhu Saves the World PC Packing Breath of Death VII, Still Carries $3 Pricetag

If Zeboyd Games packs anything more into the upcoming PC port/enhanced version of their XBLIG RPG hit Cthulhu Saves the World, it may very well burst at the seams. After already announcing a robust features list for the and promising to maintain the XBLIG price of $3 (significant as we’ve seen others jump into the $5-$10 range in the same situation,) it seems even more positive details have emerged from the game’s crowdfunded journey over to the PC. Frankly, I’m getting quite sick of hearing all this good news, but founder Robert Boyd insists on continuing to offer out free perks like they’re going out of style — and this one’s a biggie.

Boyd shares that anyone who purchases the PC version will now net themselves a free copy of their excellent debut effort Breath of Death VII: The Beginning. If you haven’t played it, the game provides what CSTW brings with some reduced features, but all of the parody humor and retro RPG fun. On top of that, the game has been approved for Steam and Boyd has confirmed that the game will still hold the $3 price tag there as well.

Remember suddenly embittered 360 folks, you’re not being left out. Nearly all the enhancements will be added to the XBLIG version via a free content update, and you can always pick up BoDVII:TB for just $1 on the XBLIG channel under the top seller or top rated sections.

Any which way you decide to go will end in you having a ton of content; and for the price of what? A healthy amount of spare change? I know which way I’m going, and I’m not happy about it. Congrats Robert, you [expletive deleted], for making me buy your games twice with your myraid of bonuses and low, low prices!

Geoff’s Breath of Death VII Review
My Cthulhu Saves the World Review

[Zeboyd Games]


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PC Cthulhu Kickstarter Fund Surpasses Goal by $4,000, Enhanced Version Next Month

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The PC gaming contingent in favor of parody JRPG’s has spoken, and it’s clear they hear the world saving call of Cthuhlu quite clear. $3,000 was the goal set for the Kickstarter effort to port the XBLIG title; and with that goal met two days after the page was open for donations, the pot just got sweeter from there. When the donation period came to an end $6,898 had been raised, more than double what Zeboyd set out for.

With the amount more than enough to go forward, dev head Robert Boyd has revealed a full feature list for the upcoming enhanced version as well as setting sometime in March for a release target–though that’s just a current goal and subject to change.

You can expect a full plate of new additions and improvements to CSTW including the Cthulhu’s Angels game mode with new monsters, plot and dialogue, an options menu, harder difficulty option, director’s commentary, a monster compendium and much more. Here’s the full list of items the developer plans on bringing to both the new PC version and the XBLIG version (via a free update):

  • Cthulhu’s Angels game mode with a new group of playable characters (some new, some modified), new plot & dialogue, new monsters, etc.
  • An option menu (controls, volume adjust, turn off battle music, and so on)
  • New harder difficulty
  • Unlockable Character bromides (art)
  • Director’s Commentary (question marks scattered through the game that you can examine for information about the game’s creation)
  • Monster compendium
  • Text for each monster
  • Additional dialogue and descriptions in maps (bookshelves, tombstones, etc.)
  • Extra Optional Superhard dungeon
  • Various bug fixes
  • Rebalanced many character abilities & monster stats
  • …and probably some stuff I forgot.

[Zeboyd Games]