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Knights and Bikes

The debut game from developers Foam Sword GamesKnights and Bikes is a hand-painted action adventure set in the 1980’s on a beautifully fictionalised British island.

Taking the role of Nessa and Demelza, this two players co-op titles sees players take to their bikes and explores the masterfully mystical hand painted island, uncovering treasures and troubles along the way.

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Frisbees, water balloons and any number of 80’s toys will be your weapons of choice as you face danger head-on in your attempt to steer the ancient island away from the dangers of the modern world.  Each islander you save on your journey will add new abilities to your characters, progressing your adventure further as Nessa and Demelza face the adult world.

This PC and PS4 co-op adventure is still in production and without a release date, although you can add it to your steam wishlist here!

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3 Kick-ass Kickstarters

Let’s kick-off August with 3 of the most promising and kick-ass indie games projects currently live and looking for pledges on Kickstarter.

  1. King under the Mountain

This is not the first mention of this project here on Indieventure, but having recently re-launched their funding campaign, King under the Mountain appears to be well on its way to out of pre-alpha.

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Set in a rich fantasy world, Kind under the Mountain is a simulation-based strategy management game that sees the player build, manage settlements and adventure and across a procedurally generated world.

With player-driven content and modding, the game will be open for players to create a personalised realm building experience.

If the project sounds like it might be worth a punt, why not check out the prototype at itchio before you pledge your hard earned mula.

2. No Longer Home

No Longer Home is an episodic point and click adventure game, with a magical twist. Created by a two-person team at Humble Grove, No Longer Home tells the story of two university graduates, Bo and Ao as they face the unavoidable and somewhat soul destroying journey into adult life.

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The first chapter is experienced over 29 acts and sees the protagonists Bo and Ao live their everyday lives, whilst you, the player, delve deep into the thoughts of the characters, creating your own insights through multiple choice dialogue and story branching.

No Longer Home is live on Kickstarter now, well on its way to reaching its pledge goal.

3. Orogenesis: A Neo-Funk RPG

The title says it all, Orogenesis is a neo-funk RPG with a devilishly dirty twist. Taking inspiration from classic RPG’s such as The Legend of Zelda, this nightmarish retro RPG sees you ‘a dude’, set out on an adventure to gather four genesis orbs to discover the secrets the mountain that has just spouted from the ground.

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With a huge and grotesque world to explore, turn-based combat and cast of ‘quirky weirdos’, Orogenesis is a truly original addition to the genre.

If you like the sound of the project as much as we do, why not check it’s Kickstarter campaign, it’s well worth a punt at only $3 for the digital download.

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Our Pixel Art Pick’s of Upcoming Titles!

 

Death Trash 

Post-apocalyptic pixel art at its very best, Death Trash is going to be one of the most promising upcoming pixel art titles. This gritty, gruesome and twisted cyberpunk RPG takes inspiration from classic titles such as Planescape: Torment, seeing the player take the control of both real-time dialogue and real-time combat, both of which can end in death!

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Boasting a strange array of weird and wonderfully creepy creatures to point your post-apocalyptic weapons at, it is evident that creator Stephen Hövelbrinks has worked tirelessly to produce such an original title. We seriously can’t wait to get our hands on Death Trash, ‘when it’s done’.  

Children of Morta

Brought to you by the very same studio that created ‘This War of Mine’ and the upcoming resource management title, Frost Punk, Children of Morta is 11 bit studio’s latest addition to the pixel art genre.

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This stunning rogue-lite hack n’ slasher sees the player progress through lush procedurally generated levels, developing your characters and discovering more about the game’s narrative the further you progress.

This is yet another huge pixel art title to come from this studio that created both Moonlighter and Beat Cop and is showing massive promise for its release later this year.

Noita

Sticking with a similar theme, Noita is another upcoming procedurally generated rogue-lite title that shows great promise.

While still in its early stages of development, Noita is stated as being ‘a magical action rogue-lite where every pixel is physically simulated’. This is what the developer, Nolla Games, has called pixel-based physics, meaning that every pixel in the world can be destroyed. The player must use their magic to burn, explode and melt their way through the world, creating new spells to find new ways to delve deeper into the procedurally generated world and find new ways of obliterating your enemies. One must be careful, however, as death is permanent.

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With no release date set, the title looks promising and will be coming to early access when its ready.

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Bad North – Isometric warfare at it’s very best!

Developed by new three-man indie studio Plausible Concept, Bad North is a minimalistic real-time roguelike strategy game that aims to bring beautifully simple and elegant visuals with deep levels of gameplay.

The aim of the game is to lead your group of villagers and island folk through a series of procedurally generated islands whilst being pursued by relentless Viking hordes. On your journey, you must fight for survival, meet and recruit islanders and gather resources to aid your survival.

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Battles are brutal and with each passing level, the islands that you once called home become soaked in the blood of war. The combat is surprisingly deep, yet controls are accessible for those on the move gamers.

Available this year on both PC and Mobile, Bad North is a must have for both hardcore and casual tactical gamers that are out and about!

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Tunic

As if 2017 wasn’t good enough, 2018 is set to be one of the biggest and best years for us indie game fanatics.

So with that in mind, we are going to start the year off right, with a game we know very little about, Tunic. From the awesomely talented Andrew Shouldice and published by the guys over at Finji game studies (the legends that brought you ‘Night in the Woods),  Tunic looks to be one of the most exciting new adventures of 2018.

This Zelda-ish style action adventure is beautifully pixelated and downright adorable. With the cutest little fox protagonist, the player must explore, discover and fight their way through the huge world in which the tiny fox finds itself.

Other than the small amount of gameplay footage, there is little else that could be said about Tunic’s gameplay, but we will be sure to keep our finger on the pulse and let you know the features as and when we see them.

Sadly with no other release details aside from 2018, Tunic is going to have to be one worth keeping a keen eye on.

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Happy New Year from Indieventure!!

Hi Everyone!

Hope you’ve all had a fantastic Christmas holiday and have enjoyed treasured time with you video games! 

Apologies for the lack of activity recently, we have been enjoying some well needed rest and recuperation, ready to hit the ground running in 2018. We have a whole lot planned!

We hope everyone enjoys their upcoming new years celebrations and we look forward to working with you all in the new year. 

Happy New Year!

Indieventure 

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Floatlands… A lowpoly pleasure!

Floatlands is the indie first-person survival genre at its very best. From the hugely talented team over at 6Pills Games in Slovenia. Floatlands is showing No Man’s Sky how it should be done!

With a singleplayer mode available at release and multiplayer to arrive after launch, Floatlands see’s you take control of a robot protagonist in what appears to be a truly stunning lowpoly procedurally generated world. Going up against other robots, you must battle your way through several environments, all filled with the variations of flora and fauna that you might expect from this style of game.

On your travels, you must gather resources, either from your environment, from destroying other robots or from exploring hidden areas such as caves. You will then use these resources to construct your own fortifications. Be them mere shacks or giant castles, you must then defend your new home from invaders, in a tower defence style manner.

Now, here’s the downside, Floatlands is still under development, with an expected Windows release in 2018. But fear not! If you think the game is worth checking out, the development team keep a very up to date development blog, which you can check out at your leisure here.

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Ooblets… As if farming simulators weren’t cute enough!

From the team of two developers over at Gumberland, published by the guys at Double Fine, comes the exciting new farming simulator hybrid, Ooblets.  Noted by the developers as taking its inspiration from Animal Crossing, Harvest Moon and Pokemon, they appear to have successfully taken cute, timesed it by adorable and divided by charming to create this absolute gem. The game sees you not only farm your land but manage your household, run your own store and explore the land of Oob, all with the help of your Ooblets. Ooblets being the little creatures that you befriend and battle with, that’s where the Pokemon comes in. As expected the game has a whole range of customizable features for your character and farm.

The art style of the game is truly charming, using pastel colours to bring out a sense of harmony and tranquillity to your farming life. The creatures themselves are original in design, friendly creations that will make the farming simulator a true all-round original and creative gaming experience.

Ooblet is set to become available in early 2018 on PC and Xbox One. Being a must have for the new year, Ooblet is one to put on the calender.

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Deiland… Who needs a farm when you have a whole planet!

With the huge success of endlessly fun Stardew Valley, the industry has seen a massive boom in charming farming simulator games. Deiland looks to be the next big indie title of this genre to hit the scene. From the hugely talented small team of developers over at ChiBig Studios in Valencia, Spain,  and with support from Square Enix Collective.

Taking inspiration from a mix of JRP’s such as Final Fantasy and classic simulator Harvest Moon,  Deiland is a single player fantasy RPG sandbox with elements of farming, building, crafting and questing.  The game takes place on a Deiland, a beautifully designed living planet featuring a variety of species of plant life, a night and day cycle and even the occasional meteor shower! Using magic and tools you must survive and prosper in Deiland, meeting a range of supporting characters along the way. As well as other external locations for you to travel and explore.

If that wasn’t enough, the game features an original soundtrack by the talented Paco Mitos, to help perfectly capture the emotion in the game.

If you think this games shows are much promise as we do, why not check out their Kickstarter campaign, where for just $15 you can back yourself an early access digital copy of the game for either PC, Mac or PlayStation 4.

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What is your gaming poison of choice?

Before we start a gaming sesh, we all know that at some point, we will need some kind of liquid sustenance to keep us well oiled for the battles and adventures that await us. But what if your poison of choice?
For me, well that all depends on what it is exactly I am planning on playing.
A first-person shooter? It has got to be 100% caffeinated, be it coffee or a good old energy drink, it has to be able to give me an edge over my competition. The same goes for any online competitive game, I feel like caffeine gives me an edge, and maybe a palpitation or two.

If we are talking RPG however, well that’s a whole other ball game, call me old fashioned but it’s got to be an ale. I don’t know why but there is something about delving chin first into a fantasy RPG that makes me want a pint of old school ale. I don’t know whether it’s the thought of being in a tavern with some hard-core stale smelling adventures that appeals to me but it’s gotta be beer for an RPG. As you can imagine, this can cause a few issues from time to time, mainly the increase in toilet breaks, slow reflexes, slight loss of vision and the impending, ‘where the hell am I?’ when I load the game up the next morning.

Everything else, well sadly that would have to be good old boring H20. I try to drink as much water as I can but I feel like gaming is a good opportunity to get the litres put away. I don’t know about you but I drink 10 times more when I’m gaming then any other time, I don’t know whether it’s the pressure, loading screens or need for breaks but I drink a lot while I’m gaming!

Do you have a particular way of keeping yourself oiled through a good gaming session? Let us know!

JB