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Freebie: Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw Releases ‘Poacher’

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Upon waking up this morning you thought, “You know, I could really kill some bunnies today”, then you’re in luck as Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw has released his latest title, Poacher.

Poacher! Where? No silly – Poacher, Yahtzee’s new game. Now get down out of that tree and come play it…come on. Poacher is a 2D platformer made in Game Maker and is inspired by the likes of Cave Story, like many games. The culture the game embeds itself in is quite far away from Amaya’s world though, in fact, we’re journeying through Yorkshire, England.

In Poacher, you’ll play as Derek Badger, a fairly stereotypical Yorkshireman as he wields a shotgun and shoots bunnies, though his best weapon might be that accent. Throw in some puzzles, plenty of platforming and more giant bunny mutilation and you’ve envisioned Poacher, or something thereabouts. Now it’s time to play and did we mention it’s free? Oh yes of course, it’s free people!

You just need to click on this link to start your download of Poacher. Some browsers may say that the file will harm you (Chrome did for us) but trust us, it will only harm bunnies, it’s fine.

More information on Poacher can be found on Yahtzee’s blog.

Via The Escapist

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Freebie: Kyratzes Releases ‘Traitor’ – A Casual Shmup

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Jonas Kyratzes has released a new and free game, this time it’s a casual shmup experience with some pertinent messages hidden within as you may expect!

If you follow us to any length you’ll probably know that we’re big fans of Jonas Kyratzes – anything he makes is gold in our eyes. So, we hope you’re as thrilled as we are to find out that he has released a new game, for free as well of course. Traitor is something a little different from Kyratzes who is normally associated with fairly laidback games. However, while Traitor is a shmup it’s not exactly a taxing one and Kyratzes classifies it as a casual shmup so we’ll roll with that too.

Traitor is pretty basic really – you move around the screen dodging the incoming ships and mines, shooting at anything that may cause you harm. A good portion of the game is its story which he haven’t seen to the end yet, but can tell which direction it is going. Basically you work for a rather despicable organization called the Augustan Hegemony as a soldier, you’re tasked to carry out missions for them in your ship, destroying pirate fleets and the like. You’ll build up your ship with various upgrades and eventually find allies to come and help you in sticky situations.

Then one day, they question your morals by sending you on a mission to destroy a fleet that is carrying some much needed medical supplies. At this point, the player is left to decide what to do. Do you obey your tyrannical masters or spare the innocents? The obvious answer is in the title of the game. The way it is executed seems particularly powerful though, just because it interrupts the players flow after just enjoying blowing some ships up as you normally do in shmups. Suddenly, shooting everything on-screen has a moral weight to it. Typical Kyratzes and we love it!

You can play Traitor for free over on Newgrounds so go and do so already.