Papers, Please developer Lucas Pope has stated that he is sick of his hit indie game, and doesn’t plan to do anything more with it.
Did you like Gunpoint? What’s Gunpoint? Bah, never mind, the developer Tom Francis has a new game coming out! For those who don’t know, Gunpoint was a stealth puzzle platformer with a noir style to it. His new game is called “Heat Signature”, and it involves a sci-fi theme and sneaking on to randomly generated spaceships. He added a YouTube video on his website showing a build of it.
The impetus to write this came from the reactions to the score I gave Indie fighter “Nidhogg". I gave it a nine out of ten because I enjoyed it a whole bunch and a lot of people didn’t think it was worth it due to the 15 dollar price tag. So it got me thinking; What metric should people price games? Is 15 dollars (USD) too much for a content-light indie game? What makes a AAA game worth $60 in comparison?
If there was ever a time to play Starbound, it’s now. The latest patch is the absolute last character wipe, so all character progress will be saved in later updates. Chucklefish confirmed on their development blog that the latest patch came out yesterday.
I’m not sure what HumaNature’s Doki Doki Universe is. Is it a puzzle game? Is it an adventure game? Is it a personality test? It’s kind of all of these things. It’s also kinda good, kinda being the operative word. It felt like half children's show, half something maliciously profiling my personality through what seems to be a totally innocent game.
Guess what guys - it's almost the weekend. This weekend will be filled with braais and finishing the first Mass Effect. Then I need to decide if I play Witcher 2 on console, or hunt for Mass Effect 2. Decisions, decisions. Suppose I'll fill the void with some much needed indie gaming time - what will you be playing?
It was very, very hard to put down Nidhogg to write this review. What do you know about Nidhogg? The people reading this versed in Norse mythology may think Nidhogg is a dragon that gnaws on the roots of the Earth tree, Yggdrasill. Although that is relevant and true, Nidhogg in this context, is a 2D fencing game in which two people battle to reach their side of a level where they then get eaten by Nidhogg.
Here at Lazygamer, we all report to a higher power. An authority that is small yet fat, cuddly and will shred your arms if you fall for the fluffy belly trap. I’m talking about cats of course. And if you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to cause massive chaos as a furious feline, then Catlateral Damage is the game for you.
Cook, Serve, Delicious! by Vertigo Gaming has seen a huge increase in sales after being greenlit for distribution on Steam, making more money in one day than the developer made in the whole year prior. Developer David Galindo wrote on Gamasutra about the experience:
I love Humble Bundles. They help in a form of curatorship for those who don't necessarily know which indie games to buy - if a game makes it onto Humble Bundle is must be pretty good. This collection of indie games looks really cool, and my recently wounded wallet (thanks Steam Sale) may not be safe.
For those who don’t know, Starbound is an indie space exploration RPG with similar gameplay to Terraria and in many ways, Minecraft. You travel to different worlds in search of materials and supplies and each planet is procedurally generated. Since the terrain is movable and customisable, you can terraform a planet to live on it. It was released on Steam on December 5th and since then has sold one million copies!
One of my favourite things about first person 3D games is exploring a world through the eyes of the protagonist, especially when it's a visually interesting dreamscape like Master Reboot. Master Reboot is a psychological first person puzzle game developed by Wales interactive. It’s out on Steam for $14.99 (USD). There’s fifteen dollars worth of content here, but it’s probably worth waiting for a Steam sale to pick it up.
Last night at the Make Games SA community meet up, Chris Bischoff and his brother Nic ("the Business Guy") from The Brotherhood Games came through. Chris agreed to an impromptu Q&A session to discuss Stasis, their Kickstarter and Greenlight.
Ah, Facebook games. They are evil yet also insanely addictive. I confess that I'm hooked on Candy Crush Saga, and I used to play that weird Assassin's Creed Facebook game, too. This year, Facebook gave out a Game of the Year award, and it may surprise you.
If you haven’t heard of locally made, crowd-funded point-and-click game Stasis by now, you’re either living under a rock, or you should be. It’s a 2D, isometric point and click adventure that marries a Ridley Scott-esque aesthetic and story to The Dig-like mechanics – which should already tell you that it’s awesome.