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10 years later, 'SpyParty' hits Steam Early Access on April 12th

Chris Hecker, the creator of <i>SpyParty</i>, is smiling and gesturing wildly over the open lid of a laptop showcasing the game's six new upgraded maps. After 10 years of development, <i>SpyParty</i> is finally going to land on Steam Early Access on April 12th, and Hecker is barely containing a cacophony of …

Give A Hoot About ‘Owlboy’ And The Five Games To Play This Week

Every week, there are more games for more platforms than ever demanding our attention. So, each week, we pick five games that deserve your time and money. This week, we begin with a game that might induce nostalgia that never actually existed.<p>Pick Of The Week: <i>Owlboy</i>, Today ($25, Steam, Switch)<p>It’s …

Takume is a very short (like, 5 mins) adventure game with some very nice pixel art.

Takume is a <i>very</i> short (like, 5 mins) adventure game with some very nice pixel art. You can get it here.

Nintendo Switch gets a bunch of great indies today

Crypt of the Necrodancer, Night in the Woods and much more<p>Nintendo Switch owners are once again flush with choice when it comes to new indie games for the platform. This week’s batch of Nintendo eShop games includes roguelike rhythm game <i>Crypt of the Necrodancer</i>, charming adventure game <i>Night in the</i> …

Why We Gave Celeste a 10 - Nintendo Voice Chat Ep. 392

Celeste is best.<p>Weeelcooome to Nintendo Voice Chat, Episode 392 -- This week, Filip, Peer, and Jonathon sit down to discuss the state of Nindie …

6 Surprisingly Amazing Indie Games That Blew Everyone Away In 2017

Rime<p>An epic and broad story, music that makes hearts beat and a loving artistic aspect. Those are Rime’s foundations, a true masterpiece that …

25 Indie Video Games That Are Way Better Than AAA Titles

Clear your schedule because these games are seriously good.<p><i>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

Conveying backstory via character and dungeon design in Sundered

Sometimes just a glimpse of a game can immediately reveal who developed it.<p>The art design, the aesthetics, the style, are so distinctive and unique …

Stardew Valley Dev Shares Update on Multiplayer Progress

Shepherd's Delight.<p>Stardew Valley developer ConcernedApe has shared an update on the multiplayer mode coming to the game.<p>The progress report came in …

Here's How Cuphead's Most Insanely Difficult Boss Was Made

Cuphead's visual style is the most distinctive part of the game, as it's evocative of old, light-hearted cartoons like Steamboat Willie. But its gameplay is something different: challenging and sometimes punishing, but rewarding nonetheless.<p>One particular boss in the game has become especially …

Torchlight Developer Runic Games Shut Down

Runic Games, the studio behind Torchlight, Torchlight II, and Hob, has been shut down. In a statement published on its official website studio head Marsh Lefler confirmed the news and thanked fans for their support.<p>"I'm sorry to say that today will be Runic's last day open. Our focus is on our …

Surgeon Simulator Studio Wants 100,000 People to Play Its New Game, Or It's Cancelled

"The game's future is in YOUR hands," the studio said.<p>Bossa Studios, developer of Surgeon Simulator and I Am Bread, will only continue development of …

Can Cuphead's Creators Defeat Their Own Game's Bosses?

Can Studio MDHR deal with the devil? Yes. Yes they can.<p>Cuphead creators Jared and Chad Moldenhauer of Studio MDHR recently stopped by the IGN office …

Florence is a game about love from the designer behind Monument Valley

Launching next year on Apple devices<p>Late last year, Annapurna — the film production company behind movies like <i>Her</i> and <i>American Hustle</i> — announced that it was getting into games with a new interactive division, with a slate that included the next release from Ken Wong, lead designer on the original</i> …

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Game Design Camp for Girls Seeks Funding for Award-Winning Puzzle Platformer

Panel of industry veterans award Find Me the GMG Grand Prize.<p>Four young game designers grades 6-11 are seeking funding for Find Me, a puzzle …

The joy and pain of starting over in Stardew Valley

I’m moving on to greener pastures on Switch<p>In <i>Stardew Valley</i>, a fictional place where my fictional character inherited a fictional farm, I have three cows, two sheep, a pig and a rabbit. I have a kitchen stocked with potatoes, olive oil, radishes and a lot of fish. I have three boyfriends and two …

Indie Gaming

Stardew Valley leads a rad week for Nintendo Switch indies

A second solid week in a row for eShop<p>Today is a great day for Nintendo Switch owners nationwide: <i>Stardew Valley</i> is now available on the eShop. While the beloved farming sim is the biggest name on the list this week, it’s not the only download worth checking out.<p>Alongside the blessed portable …

Indie Gaming

This 'Cuphead' guide will get you through some of the game's toughest sections

StudioMDHR’s <i>Cuphead</i> is a remarkably well-made 2D shooter, blending the run-and-gun gameplay of classics like <i>Metal Slug</i> and <i>Mega Man</i> with visuals …

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Stardew Valley lands on Nintendo Switch on October 5

The games library for the Nintendo Switch is already great, but it keeps getting better: Farming simulator Stardew Valley is coming to the hybrid portable console on October 5, which is just a couple of short days away. The indie title received accolades when it debuted on the PC, and now it’s …

Unsung Story Coming to Switch, PS4, Xbox One

Tactics on the couch.<p>The tactical RPG Unsung Story: Tale of the Guardians will be released on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Switch.<p>In a recent update …

Golf Story is a delightful RPG — and the golfing isn’t bad, either

The best sports game on the Switch may be a golf game about living a better life<p>I can’t stop thinking about how good <i>Golf Story</i> is.<p>It’s a surprising turn of events, because my interest in the actual game of golf is basically zero. So how the hell did I get sucked into the world of this retro-looking …

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'Everybody's Gone to the Rapture' creator goes 'dark'

It's a tough time for one of the game industry's more creative studios. The Chinese Room, the developers behind award-winners like <i>Everybody's Gone to the Rapture</i> and <i>Dear Esther</i>, has revealed that it's "going dark" for the months ahead. The company isn't shutting entirely, but it quietly laid off …

The Studio Behind Everybody's Gone To The Rapture Is 'Going Dark'

The Chinese Room released the ambient exploration game <i>Dear Esther</i> in 2012. Five years and several games later, co-founder Dan Pinchbeck says the …

Setting fire to teenage souls in 'Life Is Strange: Before the Storm'

There are plenty of reasons to be wary of <i>Life Is Strange: Before the Storm</i> -- it's the prequel to a highly successful, influential series, but it isn't being handled by the same development team. This time around, Deck Nine is in charge of a three-episode arc featuring two of the most mysterious …

Nintendo Switch Version Of Acclaimed Adventure Game Oxenfree Confirmed

Supernatural adventure title Oxenfree has been confirmed for the Nintendo Switch. The title's developer Night School Studio revealed the news through a tweet in Morse code. We did the hard work for you; it says "COMING SOON."<p>While we still don't have a release date quite yet, we can expect to see a …

Switch/PS4/Xbox One Versions Of Acclaimed Adventure Game Kentucky Route Zero In The Works

Kentucky Route Zero is one of the most acclaimed indie games in recent years, but it's been a long time in development. The adventure game's first episode released way back in 2013, while the most recent episode--the fourth--launched in July 2016. According to developer Cardboard Computer, we …

Super Meat Boy's Sequel Releases First For Nintendo Switch

Today's Nindies Showcase highlighted many of the new and intriguing indie games on the way to Switch. Among them is Super Meat Boy Forever, the sequel to Team Meat's popular and super-difficult platformer.<p>Forever begins when Dr. Fetus kidnaps Meat Boy and Bandage Girl's baby, Nugget. As before, …

Indie Gaming

Here's Everything From Today's Nintendo Switch Indie Games Presentation

<b>Update:</b> Nintendo's indie-focused Nindies Summer Showcase presentation is over, and it offered fans a glimpse at many great-looking indie games on the way to Switch. The company showed off a total of 20 titles during the broadcast, which included surprise announcements like a brand-new No More …

Indie Gaming

Nintendo Switch indie games enter the spotlight live this week

It’s Nindie time, y’all<p>The year’s upcoming indie games on Nintendo Switch will be featured in a live presentation this week, Nintendo of America announced today. The latest in the Nindies series of livestreams will air this Wednesday, Aug. 30 at 1 p.m. ET.<p>Keep in mind that Nintendo is calling this …

Cuphead is both my dream and my nightmare game

The most brutal cartoon you’ll ever play<p>After 30 minutes with <i>Cuphead</i>, I was mesmerized — and defeated.<p>Indie house Studio MDHR’s classic cartoon-inspired debut is something I've always dreamed of playing, as a lifelong animation nerd. It mimics the style and spirit of early shorts to the letter. …

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