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Indie Game Hunt

Paul Hack's blog focusing on games not yet released: alphas, betas, prototypes, demos, trailers, sceenshots, etc.
(Header and background images by @Cellusious.)
Apr 15 '14

Yury

"Yury is a deliberately retro platform/arcade action game that combines old-school graphics, classic mechanics and challenging gameplay with a sense of sci-fi survival horror atmosphere." - Yury Nikiforov of Cubic Pie

Devlog

Steam Greenlight

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Apr 8 '14

Eternal Desert Sunshine

"With Eternal Desert Sunshine my hope is to bring the old magic sensation of ancient Egypt in a surrealistic game experience." - Ahmed Awad (Karnak Arts)

Game’s Homepage

Steam Greenlight

Indiegogo campaign forthcoming!

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Apr 3 '14

Wheelbound

"Yeah in some ways it is Happy Wheels meets Super Metroid." - Nick Dablin

Developer’s Website

Devlog

Youtube

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Apr 1 '14

Change

Let’s try something a little different. My duties at Game Jolt and Indie Statik, and in real life, have made it impossible for me to keep up with posting words on this blog with anything resembling regularity.

There are still a quazillion indie games being made that are worthy of attention, so I am changing the nature of this blog. Future posts (most of them, anyway) will be sans commentary and will consist only of images and/or videos, game and developer names, and relevant links.

This plan will hopefully allow me post here more regularly (no promises!) and highlight more cool indie games that are in development.

By the way, I may or may not be involved in other April Fool’s pranks today, but this is not one :)

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Dec 5 '13

I conducted an interview with the talented Ivan Zanotti, developer of the groundbreaking Imscared - A Pixelated Nightmare and a bunch of other great, beautifully made games.

You can read a little introduction piece I wrote here on Indie Statik.

And you can read the full interview here on Game Jolt.

Enjoy!

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Nov 5 '13

Announcing Game Jolt Contest 10!

I’m a proud member of the staff at Game Jolt, and one the cool things we’ve been cooking up is the latest Official Game Jolt Contest.

It’s going to be huge. As of this writing, there are 378 developers signed up and counting.

When: The madness starts on November 9, 2013 at midnight Eastern Time EST (US & Canada) and ends at midnight Eastern Time on November 18, 2013.

Theme: The theme will be announced at the start of the competition, but the first image at the top of this post is a clue.

Prizes: The main point is to have fun and expand your horizons, but we’re assembling a prize package that’s so cool as to almost defy belief. We’re giving each of the top 3 entrants a huge bundle of 30+ indie games that includes everything from modern classics like Super Hexagon and Starseed Pilgrim to highly anticipated upcoming titles like Zak Ayles’ LIONESS and Deconstructeam’s Gods Will Be Watching. Many of the games in the prize pack are illustrated above (in the second image).

Winners will also get a few other treats, like game soundtracks, t-shirts, art prints, and an ebook. The final list will be announced at the start of the contest, but you can preview it here.

How to enter: You can sign up on the contest homepage. You’ll need a Game Jolt developer account, which is easy to create.

Come, join us!

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Oct 22 '13

Mark of the Old Ones by Hit the Sticks

Mark of the Old Ones ticks a lot of boxes with its genuinely cool premise: it’s a physics-driven metroidvania inspired by the Cthulhu mythos. You control a guy who crash lands his plane in an ancient city in the mountains of Alaska. He survives the crash but loses a leg. But it’s ok, because a tentacled parasite latches on to him and grants him mobility like he’s never had before, such as the ability to cling to the ceiling and swing along. You’ll get other perks as well, like the power to manipulate time and mass.

You explore the slumbering city, solving puzzles and fighting monstrosities, taking different pathways and backtracking as you gain access to new areas. As you spend more time there, the city begins to reawaken, presenting you with new obstacles, challenges, and enemies.

The story of the ancient city is also presented through the journal entries of an explorer from an earlier age, and through the eyes of a resident of the city during its heyday.

Mark of the Old Ones is a big, ambitious project. So much so that the developers are splitting the story into four parts; the Kickstarter campaign will fund the first episode, “The Overseer”.

Download the tech demo (the developer calls it the “core mechanics demo”) for 64-bit Windows, 64-bit Linux, or Mac from the game’s homepage. It requires a dual analogue controller to play. It’s pretty bare-bones but it gives you a good feeling for the gameplay. I can’t wait to see how this game fleshes out!

Vote up Mark of the Old Ones on Greenlight!

Support the Mark of the Old Ones Kickstarter!

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Sep 24 '13

Claire by Hailstorm Games

This is but a brief glimpse of the upcoming horror game Claire, a tale of redemption. You play the titular character through several stages of her life, from a little girl to adulthood, as she grapples with demons both metaphorical and literal.

Claire’s life is a waking nightmare. She is stalked by an unknown horror and darkness can be deadly. She is damned and so are the other denizens of this twisted world. But you may be able to save yourself by redeeming others. This is done through dialogue, and your success in redeeming people is one of the things that determines which ending you get.

So how do you fight the darkness? Well, with light, of course. You’ll also have to find things to calm you, lest your panic level becomes unmanageable. A state of panic is accompanied by auditory and visual hallucinations—or is it just a heightened sense of reality?

Fortunately, Claire is not alone in her struggles, and she is accompanied by her faithful German Shepherd companion. The two of you will need to work together to preserve your sanity and your lives. 

With multiple endings and unlockable modes, as well as future support for user-made levels, Claire looks like it could keep a horror connoisseur occupied for long past its estimated 4-6 hour play time.

You can pre-order Claire on Desura, in advance of its October 27 release date. It’s available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Also, be sure to support Claire on Steam Greenlight!

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Sep 6 '13
Candy Box 2 by aniwey
Candy Box 2 is coming in October! Here is one of the first (the first?) screenshots.
If, for some reason, you haven’t experienced the original Candy Box, you can still play it here. It’s an innovative, engaging game and it may have given birth to a new genre.
The sequel is shaping up to be much bigger and more complex, and features all-new custom ASCII art. One of the interesting things revealed so far about the game is the possibility of cooperation between players. There’s also a bigger, more customizable inventory and a lot more items to find. 
You can follow the game’s development on the Candy Box 2 blog.

Candy Box 2 by aniwey

Candy Box 2 is coming in October! Here is one of the first (the first?) screenshots.

If, for some reason, you haven’t experienced the original Candy Box, you can still play it here. It’s an innovative, engaging game and it may have given birth to a new genre.

The sequel is shaping up to be much bigger and more complex, and features all-new custom ASCII art. One of the interesting things revealed so far about the game is the possibility of cooperation between players. There’s also a bigger, more customizable inventory and a lot more items to find. 

You can follow the game’s development on the Candy Box 2 blog.

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Sep 1 '13

Elliot Quest by Ansimuz (which I covered here and like very much) is the latest offering on Indie Game Stand!

Pay what you want and get the Alpha release and all future updates. You’ll also be able to redeem it on Desura.

You can play the current alpha demo online.

And, for the next 76 hours or so, you can buy Elliot Quest (Alpha) on Indie Game Stand and help support the game’s development.

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