Just announced today, the “Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle”, which includes Frozen Synapse and its soundtrack, is getting Trauma added to the collection.
The game will automatically be added to those who previously purchased the bundle, as well as treat future customers to it gratis. That’s how you do things developers!
TRAUMA tells a story of a young woman who survives a car accident. Recovering at the hospital, she has dreams that shed light on different aspects of her identity – such as the way she deals with the loss of her parents. TRAUMA lets you experience those dreams in an interactive way, reminiscent of point-and-click adventure games.
The “Humble” bundles have been big hits since they debuted a couple years ago, and the gravy train keeps on rolling. Just announced today is the “Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle”, which includes (obviously) Frozen Synapse, normally a $25 game, along with the game’s soundtrack. Sounds like a good deal already. BUT! There’s more…
If you pay more than the average price, they will toss in the “Humble Frozenbyte Bundle.” That collection features Trine, Shadowgrounds, and Shadowngrounds: Survivor, Jack Claw (prototype), and a Splot pre-order bonus. All in all, that rings up to a $45 dollar value if purchased separately
All games are DRM-free and available on Windows/Mac/Linux. There’s almost no excuse to give this bundle a go.
Twin Peaks have may hit the airwaves in the 80′s, but any decade is a good time for a delightful homage. In this case, creator Jak Locke has crafted Black Lodge, a Twin Peaks game designed with Atari 2600 sensibilities. Though it’s not released on an official cartridge, you’ll have to suffice playing on your PC or Mac:
A day in the FBI was never like this before! You are Special Agent Dale Cooper and you’ve found yourself trapped inside of the Black Lodge, a surreal and dangerous place between worlds.
Try as you might, you can’t seem to find anything but the same room and hallway no matter which way you turn. Worse yet, your doppelganger is in hot pursuit! You have no choice but to keep running through the room and hallway (or is it more than one?) and above all else, don’t let your doppelganger touch you! Your extensive physical training in the FBI will provide you a seemingly limitless supply of energy to run as long as necessary, but running out of breath is the least of your worries!
You’ll find quickly that you’re not alone in the Black Lodge, though your friends are few and far between. Not only that, the lodge itself seems to be actively trying to trip you up at all times! You’ll be dodging chairs and crazed Lodge residents all while trying to keep your own insanity. How long can this go on?
No time to think of that now -here comes that doppelganger again. Just keep on running through the curtains or it will surely be curtains for you!
As with many Atari 2600 games, it’s pretty tough and sometimes obtuse but stick with it!
Yes sir (or ma’am), you heard that right. The original Portal is 100% free for PC or Mac owners. There’s no catch, but you must have Steam installed. And of course, it’s only free until Sept. 20th, so jump on this deal before it disappears.
Square Enix may not be making many hits these days, but they sure know how to get their classics spread around. The prolific RPG maker has plans to release several older titles to Android and iOS devices, but only in Japan for the time being.
With their “Square Enix Market” initiative on Android, the company is pushing out several titles, including ones that were previously released on iOS. This includes Final Fantasy 1, Final Fantasy 2, Chaos Rings, Chaos Rings Omega, and Crystal Defenders. As an Android owner, this pleases me.
Alongside their new Android initiative, Square Enix announced a handful of titles for Google and Apple’s platforms: Final Fantasy Legends, Itadaki Street, Dragon Quest Monsters,Chaos Rings 2, Diffusion Million Arthur, and Demon’s Score and most importantly Chrono Trigger. Although it has seen few ports since its SNES debut, Square Enix has been putting it everywhere they possibly can including the DS, Wii, PS3, PSP, and now mobile platforms.
I never thought I’d write a headline like that, but said event totally happened. Indie studio Tiny Build Games decided to follow the mantra of “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.” The group has uploaded their recent game, No Time to Explain, directly to ThePirateBay.
They decided to have a bit of fun with their upload, as they tweaked some of the assets to make everything pirate-themed. The thought was that you can’t stop piracy, but to make it work for you when you can. Alex Nichiporchik, co-founder of Tiny Build, said:
“You can’t really stop piracy, all you can do is make it work for you and/or provide something that people actually want to pay for. For us this is humor, we like making people laugh. [...] We saw very positive WTF REALLY feedback from users, and saw reactions that people bought it simply because they liked the joke. So we don’t see it hurting sales in any way.”
Piracy is a never-ending debate, but it’s extremely interesting to see a developer actually use it to their advantage. Getting your indie game noticed is hard enough, so giving it out for free willingly is an extremely clever move. You can purchase No Time to Explain Season 1 here. The torrented version will require a scant amount of detective work on your part to find.
SEGA formally announced that Sonic CD will be arriving this winter on PSN, XBLA, PC, iOS, Android and Windows 7. The title was unceremoniously announced by Xbox Live’s Major Nelson in his PAX Prime post on his blog page earlier this week.
The game is a port of the 1993 version that appeared on Mega CD. The title is the prequel to Sonic 4 (which has the 2nd episode set for release next year).
“Ask any Sonic fan to name their favourite games, and Sonic CD always ranks near the top of their lists,” said Sega West digital business VP, Haruki Satomi.
“Sonic CD marks an important chapter in Sonic’s history, bridging the gap between his oldest adventures and his new digital exploits like Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode I. We’ve made sure the re-mastered edition has everything that Sonic fans want to see with all of the original colourful classic zones.”
It’s been 10 months since Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 was released, and it seems SEGA it taking their sweet time getting the next episode out (and abusing the meaning of the word “episode” in the process). There had been no word about Episode 2 that I was starting to get worried about it’s future. Sonic Team’s Takashi Iikuza, via an interview with Eurogamer, confirmed that the game is still in the works.
He mentioned that since 2011 is the anniversary year, they had been focusing on Sonic Generations primarily, but “[...] moving forward to 2012, Sonic will still be going, so I’d hope to provide Episode 2 then.” Though this large gap of time between Episodes 1 & 2 was apparently planned from the beginning, there is no guarantee of Episode 3. Iikuza would not spill any beans regarding it. If the sales of Episode 2 are stellar, it would seem like a no-brainer.
Indie Games developer Hothead Games today released a brand new character trailer for their upcoming downloadable title. The Baconing is the latest stand alone action-RPG title from Hothead Games featuring the popular hero, DeathSpank.
The Baconing will be available across several platforms including PSN, Xbox Live, PC, and Mac. Mike Inglehart, Producer on The Baconing, stated “We wanted to make The Baconing available to as many gamers as possible as we don’t want anybody to miss out on this unique adventure. In particular, we wanted to make sure gamers on Windows PC and Mac were able to download the title at the same time as console gamers. This rarely happens for digital distributed products, but at Hothead we felt it was important to give everyone simultaneous access to our best game yet”
The Baconing is due out August 30 for the PSN and August 31 for Xbox Live and PC/MAC. The game will retail for $14.99 (PSN Plus members receive a 20% discount as part of the PSN PLAY promotion) or 1200 MSP.