Station 37

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Station 37 is a freeware fire fighting platformer game developed by FrankieSmileShow and Monster King.

Fires are raging in buildings throughout the city and it’s your job to rescue trapped civilians and earn extra money for better equipment. Well that’s what you’re led to believe. The game is super short and has a twist that you may either enjoy or hate (Most likely the latter).

Gameplay revolves around you cutting down doors, extinguishing fires and finding and then carrying survivors to safety. The controls are simple and easy to pick up.

The presentation and artwork is wonderful even for such a short game. Characters look simple yet stylish while being somewhat retro. Special effects such as the screen turning slightly red if you’re surrounded by fire and the interface being clean and informative (Water levels are represented by blue blocks), all make the game look and feel polished.

Station 37 is a short game that’s worth a look. The twist unfortunately felt more annoying than surprising. It’s still worth a try and it’s free too.

Pros
Graphically nice. OR Aesthetically pleasing
Gameplay was fun while it lasted.
Easy to use controls.
Free

Cons
Short.
The twist didn’t hit the mark.

Fore more information about Station 37 go to http://www.frankiesmileshow.com/station37/

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BIT.TRIP RUNNER

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BIT.TRIP RUNNER is music/rhythm-platformer game developed and published by Gaijin Games.

Unforgiving, Challenging, Frustrating but stupidly addictive are but a few words to sum up this game. BIT.TRIP RUNNER is a retro style game for the modern age, featuring retro graphics, retro music and let’s not forget a retro difficulty that modern (casual) games seem to lack.

If you fail a note you are taken back to the start of the level. This can be a pain on the larger levels that can be several minutes long.

Now the game is hard but thanks to the awesome catchy tunes and the responsive controls you’ll be jumping, sliding, kicking and bouncing again and again to inch closer to the end of each level.

You control CommanderVideo as he tries to reach the end of each 2D platformer level while avoiding the many obstacles in his way.
Obstacles can only be avoided in one way, so in essence every obstruction represents a key to press. Each time you successfully avoid an obstacle, a music note is played. On top of that there are also collectables that if collected play an extra note or add a whole extra layer to the music.

With many levels and addictive gameplay BIT.TRIP RUNNER is one game that will keep your feet tapping for a long time.

 

Pros
Extremely addictive gameplay.
Nice retro music.

 

Cons
Stupidly hard at times.
No checkpoints.

 

Features
• You control CommanderVideo as he runs, jumps, slides, kicks, and more!
• Extremely addictive “just one more time” gameplay!
• With exciting modern and retro challenges, you can run through more than 50 levels!
• Chiptune supergroup Anamanaguchi makes a guest appearance!

For more information about BIT.TRIP RUNNER go to http://www.bittripgame.com/bittrip-runner.html

Attack of the Paper Zombies

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Attack of the paper zombies is an RTS zombie game developed and published by Rock Bear Games.

Attack of the Paper Zombies is a simple RTS that gives you control of a squad of marines whose goal is the extermination of the zombies who’ve taken up residence nearby.

The graphics are a nice simplified hand drawn graphics that give the game a unique look and feel.

In order to eliminate the pesky zombies you must eliminate the zombie hives and capture their control points. To achieve this you are able to construct defensive buildings and equip you marines with specialised equipment. There are only two types of resources in game. The first are points that are gained from capturing or recapturing CP (Control points) the second is ammo that replenishes by itself and is used for special actions such as throwing grenades.

"Insert over 9000! Zombie joke here"

Controls are easy to use and will take no longer then ten minutes to come to terms with. Even though the game is easy to play there are many challenging missions in the campaign that you will face. Tactics play a very large part and blindly charging your troops in to capture a control point will often end in your defeat. However, if you capture a CP from the zombie horde they will fight back in vengeance with upgraded buildings, skills or new zombie types. The upgrading zombies may even nullify a specialised unit type or building so being prepared before capturing a CP from the zombies is a must.

Attack of the Paper Zombies is a wonderful game. While short it does provide a lot of variety as the tactical situations may change mid battle and force you to rethink your strategies. This is a free game you must try or at least take a look at.



Pros
Easy to play.
Provides a fun challenge at times.
Upgradeable zombies!
Free!



Cons
Not that many missions.
Sometimes too easy.

For more information about Attack of the paper zombies go to http://www.indiebird.com/blog/?page_id=376

Gemini Rue

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Gemini Rue is a point and click adventure game developed and published by Wadjet Eye Games.

You play as two protagonists, Delta 6 who has just had his memory erased and Azriel Odin an ex-assassin who is about to get involved in something more sinister than a mere meeting.

The world of Gemini Rue is a very cyberpunk vision of the future (Very much like the movie Blade Runner). The vision is fully realised with fantastic voice work and an interesting art design that also lets your imagination run wild. Each location feels like it could be a scene from a blockbuster movie as you traverse from location to location.

Unlike most other point and click games Gemini Rue also incorporates other features such as gun battles and the ability to control friendly NPCs. Perhaps most notable is the ability to switch from one character to the other on the fly.

Gemini Rue is a wonderful point and click adventure. It’s hard to explain a lot of the good things about the game without spoiling anything but in any case it’s a good game.



Pros

Fantastic Voice Acting

Atmospheric

Engaging storyline.

Interesting Features.



Cons

Few bugs.

Some puzzles have a very strict time limit.

Can’t save in some situations



For more information about Gemini Rue go to http://www.wadjeteyegames.com/gemini-rue.html

Frozen Synapse

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Frozen Synapse is a simultaneous turn-based strategy game developed and published by Mode 7.

Simultaneous turn-based strategy games have been around for along time. What Frozen Synapse brings to the board is an accessible yet complex strategy game (Very much like the game Conquest).

You command a squad of soldiers in a turn-based arena that pits you against a Human or AI opponent to complete an objective. Objectives range from Hostage rescue to elimination, missions can be played in a light or dark mode the latter being a mode where each player is unable to see their opponents soldiers.

Shotgun!

The controls are simple and very easy to pick up which allows you to pull off complex tactical manoeuvres almost immediately. This game definitely falls into the easy to learn yet hard to master archetype.

The single player modes consist of a 55 mission campaign and randomly generated skirmishes to ensure you don’t get bored. Both modes are a good way to train your skills for the multiplayer aspect of the game.

RPG! The game and weapon.

Multiplayer is where you may spend most of your time as the AI aren’t always up to scratch and can do silly things at times. There are many players online to face off against which is great as you can find people who are near your skill level. Unfortunately, almost all players only want to play one mode, which is Dark Extermination (which is luckily one of the best game modes). This isn’t a big issue but if you want to play another game mode you may have to wait a while before you come across someone who wants to play too.

With a very clean UI and easy controls, Frozen Synapse is one game you don’t want to miss out on. It has polished gameplay and even planned future content (Multiple players FTW).



Pros
UI is intuitive and easy to use.
Animations are fluid.
Combat is fun and exciting.
Many different modes.
Future content planned.
Very polished.
Destructible walls.
Each unit is fairly balanced.



Cons
AI is poor at times.
Some login and disconnections from server issues



Features
• Get a FREE full copy of the game for a friend with every purchase
• 5 challenging multiplayer modes, including the innovative bidding-based “Secure” and “Hostage Rescue”
• 55-mission single player campaign with dynamic dialogue and thrilling near-future narrative
• Powerful Skirmish Generator
• Facebook, Twitter and YouTube integration
• 15 Steam Achievements
• Integrated IRC chat as well as various community features
• Random generation combined with hand-crafted content means that levels and maps are different every time
• Critically-acclaimed electronica soundtrack by musician nervous_testpilot



For more information on Frozen Synapse go to http://www.frozensynapse.com/

NovaNero’s Top 5: Upcoming Indie games.

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5. Kenshi


Said to be an open ended, squad-based strategy RPG. Kenshi looks interesting mainly because of the features it possesses. Characters you meet can be more powerful then your team. Some will be allies others enemies but all with an Intelligent AI that allows you to reason with characters and work together.
http://www.lofigames.com/



4. Sword of the Stars 2


Coming out later this year the sequel to the first Sword of the Stars is going to be a big one. With more races, more guns and basically more of everything we loved in Sword of the Stars.
http://www.paradoxplaza.com/games/sword-of-the-stars-ii



3. Overgrowth


Overgrowth is the spiritual successor to Lugaru. Currently in Alpha and playable if you pre-order. Overgrowth looks like Lugaru but better in every way.
http://www.wolfire.com/overgrowth



2. Starfarer


Sci-Fi fans rejoice! Starfarer is very similar to Gratuitous Space Battles but with direct control and interesting shield mechanics. Also the Alpha is playable if you pre -order.
http://fractalsoftworks.com/



1. Project Zomboid

A game that released it’s kick-starter program earlier this year that was faced with alot of problems (All resolved now). Project Zomboid looks like a zombie fans dream come true. Multiplayer, Advanced AI and a Zombie Director are all to be featured in the game. The pre release Alpha is currently playable if you pre-order now.

UPDATE: A public demo is now available.
http://projectzomboid.com/blog/

Terraria

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Terraria is a action-packed adventure game developed by Re-Logic.

Dubbed “Minecraft 2D” by some, I’m here to set the record straight. This game isn’t Minecraft, nor is it a copy of Minecraft. It does however feature many similarities to the hugely popular game and is quite obviously inspired heavily by it.

Terraria is a game that balances action and exploration. Your character stats are all based on equipment and to get better equipment you must explore. Both aspects work in symmetry to one another so you are constantly doing one or the other and for the most part knowing what to do next.

You will come across many types of equipment, some more helpful than others but all of them fun to use.

During your expeditions you will encounter many of the different enemies from bouncing blobs to teleporting fire imps that throw fiery balls of death at you. Each enemy spawns in a certain biome of your randomly generated maps and are a good indication to the player of what tier they should be when they reach those areas. Every biome has a unique look and feel and there are a lot of areas to explore from floating islands to hell itself.

If only Mario was here.

Like Minecraft, Terraria also has multiplayer. You and up to seven other friends can climb into one world and join forces or if you like you can join opposing forces and wage epic war against one another. Multiplayer is exciting  and it’s fun trying to get everyone to level up their gear together while fighting the many hordes you come across, and collecting the fat loot they drop. The extra DPS and meat shields are also helpful with boss monsters.

Boss monsters are tough foes that are may randomly spawn or be summoned. These monsters are huge, not just  physically, but their health bars are just as large as the creatures themselves, metaphorically speaking. Bosses are tough and require good gear or a bunch of friends to take on. Once defeated they drop  lots of useful loot such as trinkets and raw materials  that can be used to make better arms and armour

Terraria is a must buy in my books. If you like Minecraft you will most likely like Terraria, even though  it is more action orientated. Also those who found the exploration in Minecraft somewhat dull or unexciting will probably adore the action elements Terraria has on offer.



Pros

Future content for FREE!

Lots of content to sink your teeth into.

Plenty of new things to discover.

A wide variety of weapons and armour.

Useful items to find. All of which are fun to use.



Cons

No server browser.

Can be a pain setting up multiplayer games.

Endless mobs attacking you gets annoying at times.



Key features:

  • Sandbox Play
  • Randomly generated worlds
  • Free Content Updates

For more information on Terraria go to  http://www.terraria.org/

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