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Indies at first Sight: The Last Door


 

The Last DoorThe Last Door, this adventure either stops in its tracks or keeps you on your toes.  I am not one for horror games.  So even though this game says it is a horror game, I do not feel the need to jump up on a chair like a pansy.  I love the art style the developers chose, just to be an almost simple point and click adventure.  The music is a nice touch, mixing a Alfred Hitchcock and other keen aspects of horror music.   The gameplay is bland at times and feels like is missing a lot.  Although this title does not hold your hand, a little hint here and there would have been suffice.  The way the game pans out, makes it all worth the while to play.  In all honesty, I tried to like this game as much as I could.  It has potential and for being an episodic game, it really stands out.   Altogether, The Last Door gets a 7.5/10.  It should have been released as a digital copy on Desura instead of being a flash title on their website.  The fact that the first episode is free, bothers me.   I appreciate developers who take the time to make games we may or may not enjoy.  The effort is great.  They were in their right mind to get the game off the ground to at least let you play a bit before you decided to buy episode 2.  The Last Door should have been, in my opinion on game clients like Steam and Desura. Interested in The Last Door?  CHECK IT VIA THEIR WEBSITE.

P.S. Keep an Eye on our Quick BitZ section on our YouTube for upcoming gameplay of this title

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Quick BitZ: Freedom Planet (Demo)


Freedom Planet – http://freedomplanet.galaxytrail.com/
Freedom Planet Kickstarter – http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/galaxytrail/freedom-planet-high-speed-platform-game


Indie Spotlight: Pixel (Last day of IGU3)


Welcome to the Indie Spotlight, bringing the latest in news, trailers and new releases in the Indie Video Game area.

Pixel trailer courtesy of Ratchet Games Studios

CORRECTION: Clearance Bin Review only has a preview –http://clearancebinreview.com/2012/08/29/xblig-uprising-preview-the-blocks-th…
and an interview – http://clearancebinreview.com/2012/09/07/xblig-uprising-developer-interview-r…
AND Indie Mine has an interview – http://theindiemine.com/indie-games-uprising-iii-interview-ratchet-game-studios/

Ratchet Game Studios – http://ratchetgamestudios.wordpress.com/
Twitter- https://twitter.com/ratchetgames

Xbox Marketplace Page – http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Pixel/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258550bf5?DownloadType=Game


Indie Spotlight: Lococycle, Steam Greenlight and Black Mesa!


Welcome to the Indie Spotlight, bringing the latest in news, trailers and new releases in the Indie Video Game area.

DJ Mole http://www.littleangelstudio.com/djmole/en/index.htm
Lococycle http://twistedpixelgames.com
Project Giana http://www.black-forest-games.com/

Steam Greenlight – http://steamcommunity.com/greenlight/
Black Mesa Source – http://www.blackmesasource.com/
Gamestop vintage store – http://www.theverge.com/2012/8/30/3279278/gamestop-vintage-store

They Bleed Pixels – http://www.theybleedpixels.com/
Mobiloid – http://www.mobiloid.com
Gotham City Impostors – http://www.gothamcityimpostors.com/


Indie Spotlight: Extra-Life, Puppeteer and Slenderman!


Welcome to the Indie Spotlight, bringing the latest in news, trailers and new releases in the Indie Video Game area.

Castle Crashers – http://www.castlecrashers.com/
Onlive – http://www.onlive.com/
Extra-Life – http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?
The Messiah – http://www.rpgames.ca/

K.C. Entertainment Studios Extra-Life Page


Indie Spotlight: 3rd Indie Uprising, Subduction and a new Pitfall?


Welcome to the Indie Spotlight, bringing the latest in news, trailers and new releases in the Indie Video Game area.

Gasketball trailer courtesy of Kert Gartner
Subduction trailer courtesy of DigiPen
Indie Games Uprising III trailer courtesy of Ryan Donnelly

Gasketball – http://kertgartner.com/#b70/vimeo
Subduction – http://subductiongame.com/
Indie Games Uprising 3- http://indiegames-uprising.com/

Jungle Adventure – http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jungleventure/david-cranes-jungle-adventure-0?ref=live
Gateways – http://smudgedcat.com/gateways.html
Freedom Planet – http://sonicfangameshq.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7334

Hero Academy (Steam) – http://store.steampowered.com/app/209270/
2022 Space Invasion – http://www.maysalward.com/portfolio/2022-space-invasion/
Symphony – http://www.symphonygame.com/


Indie Game of the Week: Red Invasion: Tower Defense


Just by looking at this game makes you go WOAH!  Possibly one of the better games that Milkstone Studios has created.  This title reminds me so much of Command and Conquer, except this game is on the rails tower defense instead  of straight RTS.  The objective is to keep your tower safe away from oncoming enemies, and at times, the enemies rush really quick.  Building your defenses in a timely manner is key to your success and is rewarding at the end.  You will end up finding yourself going through all of your defenses in the blink of an eye the more you play.   It isn’t about how many defenses you have, it’s about how you place them and choose which to upgrade.  The visuals are sexy, although some of the maps may seem a bit small, but for 80 MS Points, you can’t go wrong.  The audio in the game gets me going, enough for the next battle.  I would like to see more of these types of games from Milkstone.  Altogether, Red Invasion: Tower Defense gets a 4.5 out of 5.  It gives you a huge bang for your buck, the quality and controls are superb in my opinion. Go ahead and purchase Red Invasion: Tower Defense for 80 MS Points


Indie Spotlight: Hawken, Ouya’s last week and virtual reality!


Welcome to the Indie Spotlight, bringing the latest in news, trailers and new releases in the Indie Video Game area.

Dynasty of Dusk – http://tropictundragames.com/?cat=6
Stained – http://realaxissoftware.com/
Hawken – http://www.playhawken.com/

Minecraft – http://www.minecraft.net/
Ouya – http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ouya/ouya-a-new-kind-of-video-game-console
Oculus Rift – http://oculusvr.com/

Bullet Run – http://www.bulletrunthegame.com/


Mad Scientist drops act, becomes Paper Sorcerer


Ultra Runaway Games invites all fans of classic, western-style first-person role playing games to discover Paper Sorcerer for PC, a single player turn based RPG focused on strategy, party-building, and environmental puzzles. Fight with the skills and spells you’ve learned with a new “energy” based system. Assemble a party of monsters and dark creatures to fight alongside you. Explore and solve open-ended environmental puzzles to unlock secret paths and find extra loot! A double-sided adventure, an RPG with adventure game elements.
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Shuggy continues his platforming adventure on another platform



Smudged Cat Games is pleased to announce that “The Adventures of Shuggy” will soon be released through Steam!  If you do not know about “The Adventures of Shuggy” Read our review HERE.

The Adventures of Shuggy was released on XBLA in June of last year to be largely ignored by everyone, but now we’re trying again,… on Steam. Yes, that’s right, despite being an excellent slice of retro-styled 2D puzzle-platforming goodness with a cracking variety of different mechanics and ingenious puzzles hardly anyone bought the game. So, if you haven’t got an XBox stay tuned to find out when you’ll be able to play it on your PC through Steam (we don’t have a release date yet).

…and if you’ve got an XBOX, go and buy the game now.

There are over 100 levels in the game connected through a gradually unlocking map screen ensuring there is always a variety of levels to choose from. Various different mechanics give each level a fresh spin with Shuggy travelling in time, swinging on ropes, rotating levels, turning to a zombie, shrinking, growing, flying, teleporting and more. The game takes place in an old Scottish mansion recently inherited by young Shuggy, a cartoon vampire. To clear the mansion of evil spirits he must venture through the five different areas of the mansion, The Dungeon, The Boiler Room, The Gallery, The Graveyard and The Clocktower. Progress through the mansion is punctuated by comic book cut scenes and the occassional boss encounter.