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Indie Documentary Beard of Awesome Features Beards, Bears, and Bare Bears

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Looking for a way to kill seven minutes that’s both silly and informative? Beard of Awesome might just be the answer. About a month ago, five students from the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, England documented the life of Nicoll Hunt as he drank tea, boasted an impressive beard, and explained his views about making indie games. Hunt is the developer behind the recently released Fist of Awesome, a “time-travelling-lumberjack’em-up” (read: beat ‘em up) starring lumberjack Tim Burr, who fights many a bear and woodland critter in the hopes of restoring the Earth’s shattered timeline. In addition to offering his insight about what it’s like to be an indie developer, Hunt reveals the events leading up the the inspiration behind creating Fist of Awesome. The short documentary can be viewed in full below:

The production team behind Beard of Awesome consists of Urmas Salu, Ben Murray, Szymon Wyrzykowski, Prescilla Boutros & Nelson Nsarhaza. Fist of Awesome is available now for iOS, Android, Ouya, and Gamestick, currently for the asking price of $3.99. If that doesn’t satisfy the craving for Tim Burr action, the lumberjack is also looking to make a cameo appearance in Super World Karts Grand Prix, which is currently in the final week of its Kickstarter campaign. More information on that story can be found here.


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Action Tower Defense Game SBX: Invasion Receives Update 1.1

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Wakeskater Studio has just released the first substantial update for their action tower defense title called SBX: Invasion. For those who just did a double take looking at that genre subcategory, Invasion backs its claim by offering fast-paced action and the unique ability to construct units almost anywhere on the map without designated build locations. Other features include a custom map creator complete with share functionality, multiple enemy types with adaptive intelligence allowing them to modify their behavior based on your defenses, and a 10-level campaign that includes 3 major boss encounters.

For those who picked up Invasion when it released November, update 1.1 brings new sound effects, some bug fixes, graphical tweaks, and improved functionality overall. According to game designer and Wakeskater Studio founder Jason Carter, the update also eases the entry barrier for newcomers, facilitating the Easy and Medium difficulty settings for a less stressful experience. SBX: Invasion is available now on PC and can be purchased through Desura, Indie Game Stand, Fireflower Games, or through the Wakeskater website.

Source: The Indie Game Magazine – Action Tower Defense Game SBX: Invasion Receives Update 1.1


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Mansion Lord has been Greenlit on Steam, Kickstarter still ongoing

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Each room in your mansion has its own unique look

Retro genre mash-up Mansion Lord has just been green lit on Steam, developer Golgom Games has announced.

Mansion Lord seeks to combine murder mystery, business sim, world-building and turn-based RPG combat all in one game all wrapped up in lovely 16-bit pixel graphics resulting in a final look that isn’t too far removed from mobile games such as Tiny Tower or Pocket Trains.

Players will build their mansion tile by tile and invite guests to dinner parties. As those guests start to embark on murderous sprees, you can hire detectives to identify and capture them for a reward. Detectives can be levelled up and equipped with a huge variety of different weapons and accessories as well as teach them new skills to make them more adept at their sleuthing.

Cash bounties are nothing without the ability to spend them though, so you can also look forward to buying new rooms for your mansion, research new upgrades and buy new and more effective equipment for your detectives.

But that’s not all! You also need to keep your employees happy by giving them gifts and providing them with their own personal bedroom, build relationships between different detectives to make them more effective at working together and even send them into randomly-generated dungeons to clear out all manner of nasty monsters.

Aside from Steam, the game will also be distributed through Desura and GOG and the developer is also hoping to release the title on iPad, Android, PS Vita and Wii U in the future – depending on how their Kickstarter goes. It’s currently sitting at $15,982 of its $28,000 goal, with 11 days to go.

Mansion Lord will be released sometime in mid-2014, with a price currently set at $10.

Each room in your mansion has its own unique look
The graphics are looking lovely for fans of retro pixel art
Killers must be apprehended by your Detectives
New rooms and furniture can be purchased with bounties

Source: The Indie Game Magazine – Mansion Lord has been Greenlit on Steam, Kickstarter still ongoing


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Pixel Piracy Gets The Greenlight

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Just days after openly inviting gamers to pirate their copies of Pixel Piracy, the 2D pirate rogue-like developed by Vitali Kirpu is now Greenlit on Steam. Yesterday, the team noted they jumped from being in the top 92% straight into the top 100, and today they’re signing the necessary digital paperwork to sign up as a new Steamworks Partner.

In Pixel Piracy, players take control of a pirate crew and set sail across the open sea navigating through procedurally generated events; encountering ruthless rogues all while trying to enlist new recruits, upgrade their ship, and keep their crew in line. There’s treasure to plunder and other ships to combat, but such is the life of a pirate. Pixel Piracy is currently in alpha and can be purchased through Desura, currently for 20% off. For more information, check out their IndieDB page.

Source: The Indie Game Magazine – Pixel Piracy Gets The Greenlight


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Half-Life: Before Mod Releases On Steam

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More than four years after the first trailer was uploaded to YouTube, developer Andrii Vintsevych has finally released his successfully Greenlit, free-to-download mod for Half-Life titled Half-Life: Before. The brief excursion puts players in the role of a Black Mesa scientist named Andrew Winner, and tasks them with traveling through a portal to a parallel world in search of a mysterious artifact.

If that all sounds a bit too good to be true, unfortunately it might be. For Half-Life veterans, the mod is light on story, contains only a handful of simple puzzles, and can actually be completed in roughly ten-to-fifteen minutes. On the plus side, there are some aesthetically pleasing re-skins for characters and weapons, and what little new music there is makes for a nice soundtrack while trekking across the ship players have been inexplicably beamed on board. Either way, it’s a few more minutes of new content set in the Half-Life universe that can kill some time while waiting for that Half-Life 3 announcement. It should also be noted the mod is only compatible with Half-Life ver. 1.1.1.1, so those running anything else will likely experience crashes.  Half-Life: Before can be downloaded from the mod’s Steam page.

Source: The Indie Game Magazine – Half-Life: Before Mod Releases On Steam


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Indie Intermission – ‘Foxhole Infinity’ Digging Your Way To Victory

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Welcome back to another week and with it an all new Indie Intermission. Today I carry on looking at the recent Gameboy jam with this fun little game Foxhole Infinity.

Created by Daco, with great music from Nitrosparxx Foxhole Infinity is a fun adventure game with an array of never ending randomly generated levels.

Your objective is simple: you must find all of the ploynyx orbs whilst defeating (or avoiding) the enemies you encounter on each level. It seems a well designed game and with increased level variety as you progress you can spend quite a long time playing.

I like how your health carries over from level to level which allows the difficulty to slowly increase as there is no regenerating health, you must entirely rely on pick-ups.

The graphics and music help to bring this game together and create a fun gaming experience that is well worth ago.

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Average play time – 15 minutes

Foxhole Infinity is a lot of fun and brings together a lot of great elements into this well put together game.

You can play Foxhole Infinity online, or check out the jam site for more information and a downloadable version.

If you are a developer with A fun indie game that can be played over a coffee break, we want to hear from you! Private message us on twitter @IndieGameMag or shoot us an email at editors@indiegamemag.com with the subject “Indie Intermission” and you could be our indie intermission pick of the day!

Source: The Indie Game Magazine – Indie Intermission – ‘Foxhole Infinity’ Digging Your Way To Victory


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November 23rd, #screenshotsaturday Spotlight!

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The following are all screenshots posted by indie game developers partaking in the weekly #screenshotsaturday event, on Twitter. Click the developer names to head straight to their Twitter accounts. Follow them, and partake next week!


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Indie Game Trailers For Sunday, November 24th


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Indie Intermission – ‘Agent Eraser’ Stealth Action Circles

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Hello and welcome back to another week of Indie Intermission and all the free gaming goodness it brings with it. Today’s game is Agent Eraser from ExtraCreativity.

Agent Eraser is a fantastic top down stealth action game that will have you thinking long and hard about your every move as you attempt to move through this office block erasing all the data you can find.

The stealth action in Agent Eraser is a whole lot of fun and although the world has been creating in quite a simplistic function everything feels well thought-out and well put together.

The game introduces new elements to you as you go and slowly ramps up the difficult as you find yourself crawling through air vents in a hope of by passing the ever weary guards.

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Average play time – 30 minutes

Agent Eraser was created for the Indie Speed Run jam that only recently finished and shows a lot of creativity and skill from the developers.

Agent Eraser offers some great stealth action gameplay and a suitable challenge as you must finely tune your movements to by-pass the guards.

You can play Agent Eraser online for free via the jam page.

If you are a developer with A fun indie game that can be played over a coffee break, we want to hear from you! Private message us on twitter @IndieGameMag or shoot us an email at editors@indiegamemag.com with the subject “Indie Intermission” and you could be our indie intermission pick of the day!

Source: The Indie Game Magazine – Indie Intermission – ‘Agent Eraser’ Stealth Action Circles


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‘Gone Home’ And Game’s Soundtrack Albums Bundled Together

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The Fullbright Company is now offering Gone Home and four albums featuring music from the game, for $25 on the game’s official website.

“One of the most exciting things about making Gone Home was getting to work with so many talented musicians,” The Fullbright Company said on their website. “We got everyone from classic Riot Grrrl bands, to local garage rockers, to our friend Chris Remo’s music into the game, resulting in a really unique sound and feel.”So today we’re announcing that we’ve worked with all these musicians to offer a rad new way to get Gone Home and a TON of music, all for a kind of crazily low price.”

While the base game is still available for $19.99, the bundle includes the game and four albums for just another $5.

Included in the bundle: Gone Home, Calculated by Heavens to Betsy, Pottymouth by Bratmobile, Gone Home’s original score, and The Youngins are Hardcore by The Youngins.

Read our review of Gone Home.

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Source: The Indie Game Magazine – ‘Gone Home’ And Game’s Soundtrack Albums Bundled Together