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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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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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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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Shu – Caverns of the Nightjars

It has been a year since the release of the hugely successful Shu Caverns of the Nighjars , yet when I think of the most recent kick-ass platforms, it still appears to be right up there at the top of the list! From the amazing developers that brought you the hilarious Gang Beats and a number of brilliant Samsung VR titles, Coatsink Studies pulled it out of the bag yet again and produced a truly stunning platforming experience with one the best soundtracks of the last 12 months.

You play as Shu, whose village has been destroyed by a terrible storm. On your journey of survival, you will explore and conquer your way through  5 diverse lands in 15 huge and gorgeous levels, finding an abundance of collectables and stumbling across an original cast of 10 characters, all of which have their own unique powers.

Shu is yet another example of how indie platformers can be hugely successful on a console as well as helping to introduce an alternative gaming experience to those console gamers that confine themselves to AAA games.

If you haven’t already checked it out, Shu is available now on PC and PS4 and coming soon to PSVITA. I myself am really looking forward to the PSVITA release, the console is still lacking in decent indie titles and I feel this will be a great addition.

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Kick Ass Chasm!!!

From the talented developers over at Bit Kid Inc Baltimore comes a brand new side scrolling action adventure Chasm. Taking inspiration from classic Metroid, Chasm is a procedural generated action RPG adventure platformer that appears to tick all the boxes of what gamer’s expect from an awesome indie platformer in the making.

Set in a fantasy world, you play as young soldier Daltyn, sent to investigate a small mining community. Having arrived at the town, paranormal forces trap Daltyn and seal the town from the outside world. As Daltyn, you must explore and battle your way through six huge procedurally generated areas to save the town and maybe even the world. The authentic pixel art style appears nothing short of stunning, with each of the six environments having a distinctly different look.

Along your journey you will encounter huge boss battles, avoid traps, stumble upon precious loot and equipment to customise your character and learn new kick ass abilities to turn your enemies into rubble. With such original content and seemingly high production value, Chasm is set to be a formidable contender in what could be considered a busy market of pixel art platforms.

Fancy a sneak peek? Here’s the latest teaser;

Unfortunately, Chasm has yet to have a release date, but is set to be available on PS4, PC, Mac and Linux.

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Reigns: Her Majesty… Long live the Queen!

Following the huge success of Reigns last year, Devolver Digital announced earlier this year that they are working on a exciting follow up, Reigns: Her Majesty.

Reigns: Her Majesty, similar to its predecessor, see’s you trying to maintain a balance between the powerful factions within your kingdom. You must navigate through the treacherous world of politics, forming friendships, rivalries and making use of mystical items to aid on your journey through a brand new fantasy medieval kingdom.

As Queen, you must exploit and outwit those unfortunate souls that wish to depose you and your King. You will get Royal Challenges thrown your way, creating specific goals to help you unlock new cards and directions for your story. All of which can be done by simply swiping left or right. Simple game mechanics delivering a complex and dynamic story.

If this follow up is anything like its predecessor, it’s going to be a royal riot. Available on IOS, Android, PC and Mac later this year.

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