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Nindies @ Home: Nintendo reveals new indie demo & discount scheme

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Indie Games, Nindies @ Home, Nintendo, Wii U games

Nindies @ Home: Nintendo reveals new indie demo & discount scheme

Nintendo have been slowly but surely improving their support of indie developers over the last few years, leading to a new scheme that lets you download free demos (and then score a sizeable discount) for nine boutique titles.

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Take a bite out of Greenman Gamings latest indie packs at only 38p

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BuzzDuraband
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Deals
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Greenman Gaming, Indie Games, Steam

Take a bite out of Greenman Gamings latest indie packs at only 38p

Well just WOW! Greenman Gaming have two amazing indie packs for only 38p and we are referring to them simply as Snack Pack 1 and Snack Pack 2! Nothing else.

Snack Pack 1

  • Time Gentleman Please, Ben There Dan That Double Pack
  • Zack Zero
  • Steel Storm
  • QuestRun
  • Orborun

Snack Pack 2

  • Tower Wars
  • Tidalis

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Action Henk butt-slides onto Steam today, grab a launch discount

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Indie Games, PC games, Platformer, Ragesquid

Action Henk butt-slides onto Steam today, grab a launch discount

Action Henk has released on Steam today and it's well worth your attention. We've been following its progress ever since our first contact at the Develop Conference last year, where we described it as "a lot like Trials, a little like classic Sonic and a whole load of speedrun fun."

Frankly it was brilliant... and that was a year ago. RageSquid have spent the last few months tweaking the game and adding loads of new content, from characters to levels. It's now available at a 10% launch discount, bringing the price down to £9.89.

Our full review is coming soon. Remember that you can make your money go further by buying cheap Steam wallet credit!

The Indie Mixtape Review | Press Play On This Brave Indie Collection

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
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Curve Studios, Daniel Linssen, Detective, Ditto, Games reviews, Glitchnap, Indie Games, PC games, Shark Jump Studios, The Indie Mixtape

The Indie Mixtape Review | Press Play On This Brave Indie Collection

Curve Studios are a class act. Not only are they in the business of making great games, but they also act as an indie angel by helping fellow indies get onto Steam and console marketplaces, using their expertise and experience with certification and publishing to push through the red tape.

The Indie Mixtape is handily their most grassroots collaboration so far: a varied Steam collection of five intriguing games from different developers that were previously released on itch.io, Android or iOS to barely any fanfare. Instead of thoughtlessly shoving the quintet straight into Steam like any number of lazy spam pushers I could mention, Curve curated into a cut price compilation with new achievements, trading cards and a simple splash page interface. A spotlight of sorts, a showcase and highlight reel of unappreciated talent.

It's a lovely idea, but like any mix tape there's no guarantee that every track will be to your tastes or equal in quality. To this end, I'm going to play favourites and critique each games in order of which I rated the highest, followed by our appraisal of the package as a whole. So without further ado: let's start with something spectacular.

Roguelight

The Indie Mixtape Review | Press Play On This Brave Indie Collection

If you take nothing else away from the review, remember only this: play Roguelight.

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Get your Zen on with the latest Bundle Stars indie bundle

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
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Bundle Stars, Indie Games, PC game bundles, PC games

Get your Zen on with the latest Bundle Stars indie bundle

The Zen Bundle for PC is currently £1.99 from Bundle Stars

No, there isn't anything pinball related before you ask, but you can get 10 indie titles for £2 in the latest bundle from Bundle Stars. A mixture of thought-provoking curios and platform-based titles, highlights include Mountain, The Graveyard, and Over The Void. Upon purchase you'll get Steam codes for all of them. Thanks to FantasyDeals @ HUKD!

Keep checking in for more #gamedealalerts on Dealspwn.com and follow us over on Twitter and Facebook for by-the-minute updates.

Dealspwn Deal Alert: Pay What You Want for Bloop Reloaded (Steam)

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DS Admin
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Deals
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Indie Games

Dealspwn Deal Alert: Pay What You Want for Bloop Reloaded (Steam)

Pay what you want for the super-addictive Bloop Reloaded, plus feel all smug and whatnot for supporting Indie Gaming and charity all at the same time. Current average price is $1.32, or 87p.

Get your Bloop Reloaded Steam Key now

EGX Rezzed 2015: more games confirmed, tickets still available

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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EGX Rezzed, Indie Games, PC games, Rezzed 2015

EGX Rezzed 2015: more games confirmed, tickets still available

If you're into PC and indie gaming, you should definitely think about heading to the EGX Rezzed expo next month. Running between March 12th-14th at The Tobacco Dock, London, it's a great opportunity to get hands-on with some great games and meet the developers involved, whether live on the show floor or during developer sessions.

Seriously, we've attended Rezzed twice it's always a blast.

More games have now been confirmed for the show floor, from the newly announced SteamWorld Heist to Enter The Gungeon and Afro Samurai 2, and tickets are still available. The best value can be found with the three-day Super Pass that will cover you for the Thursday, Friday and Saturday, though you should be able to see plenty in only one or two days.

Always Sometimes Monsters just £1.40 from Green Man Gaming

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Adventure Games, Always Sometimes Monsters, Indie Games, PC games

Always Sometimes Monsters just £1.40 from Green Man Gaming

Always Sometimes Monsters just £1.40 from Green Man Gaming. Click here to buy >>

GMG are running a 2014 Revisited sale in conjunction with their seemingly endless 20% off digital games voucher code, and that means you can pick up a bunch of super cool little indie titles like Always Sometimes Monsters

...or Luftrausers...

...or Gods Will Be Watching...

...or Heavy Bullets...

from £1.40 each.

Be sure to use the voucher code 20PERO-FFDIGI-GAMESX to get it at this super cheap price!

Get Luftrausers for £1.40 as the Green Man Gaming 20% off voucher is extended again

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
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Action Games, Indie Games, Luftrausers, PC games, SHMUPs

Get Luftrausers for £1.40 as the Green Man Gaming 20% off voucher is extended again

Get Luftrausers for £1.40 (use code 20PERO-FFDIGI-GAMESX) via GMG. Click here to buy >>

Luftrausers is already pretty cheap over at Green Man Gaming at £1.74, but the 20% off digital games voucher code 20PERO-FFDIGI-GAMESX has been extended once again (through to 4PM on 6th February) and so you can snap up this superb Vlambeer-made SHMUP for just £1.40 if you punch in the code at the checkout.

Fancy helping test out Roll7's Not A Hero? Here's how you can get involved

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Indie Games, Not A Hero, PC games, Roll7

Described by the developers as "the greatest 2¼D cover-based indie shooter of all time ever", Not A Hero is looking pretty cool. It's being made by London-based indie outfit, Roll7 -- the same folks who brought us the gloriously addictive OlliOlli.

Apparently the game is ready for testing, and that's where you come in.

Roll7 have extended a global invitation to games across the world to get in touch if they fancy being part of Not A Hero's testing process.

All you have to do is pop an email expressing interest over to jamie@roll7.co.uk.

Check out Jon's interview with Roll7's John Ribbins from Rezzed last year in the video below, and click here to visit the game's official site.

Pay what you want for indie platformer Plazma Being at IndieGameStand (min. = $1)

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Indie Games, PC games, Plazma Being

Pay what you want for indie platformer Plazma Being at IndieGameStand. Click here to buy >>

Drop a dollar over at IndieGameStand and Plazma Being can be yours! Beat the average of $1.41 and you'll unlock a couple of HD wallpapers, and if you spend $10 you'll get all of that along with Pixel:ru and a mystery game as well.

Betrayer just $1 in the Blades of Janus Bundle, pay $4 for all 9 games

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
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Betrayer, Indie Games, IndieGala, Mountain, PC games, Skara: The Blade Remains

Betrayer just  in the Blades of Janus Bundle, pay  for all 9 games

The Blades of Janus Bundle has gone live over on IndieGala, with up to nine games up for grabs. Click here to buy >>

The lowest entry point is $1 (around 66p) which will nab you Betrayer along with two as-yet-unannounced games. Pay more than $3.99 (roughly £2.63) and you'll gain access to Skara: The Blade Remains, Dark End, Gunspell, and Mountain, along with two further unannounced titles. Nine games for $4? Sounds pretty good to us.

GOG's weekend deals now live: Cannon Fodder 1 and 2 £1.19 each, Commandos 2+3 £1.99, Montague's Mount £1.99

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
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Cannon Fodder, Commandos, GOG.com, Indie Games, Montague's Mount, PC games, Retro games, The Chaos Engine

GOG's weekend deals now live: Cannon Fodder 1 and 2 £1.19 each, Commandos 2+3 £1.99, Montague's Mount £1.99

GOG's slew of awesome weekend deals are now live. Click here to check out the sale >>

There are some brilliant retro classics to pick up here on the cheap if you haven't done so already. Cannon Fodder and its sequel are £1.19 apiece, the Commandos 2 & 3 double pack is just £1.99, Sensible World of Soccer is only £1.19, as is Praetorians.

It's not just old titles, either. The Chaos Engine, The Inner World, and Montague's Mount are all £1.99 as well.

Get a free Steam code for indie title Racer 8 via VG247

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Freebies, Indie Games, PC games, Racer 8

Get a free Steam code for indie title Racer 8 via VG247

Get a free Steam code for indie title Racer 8 via VG247. Click here to bag a code >>

VG247 and Indie Gala have teamed up to give away 250,000 Steam codes for "unique time-trial puzzle game" Racer 8. To nab your free code, all you have to do is like both VG247 and Indie Gala on Facebook and then enter your email address.

Super Meat Boy costs less than a pack of beef jerky - £1.99 at Gamersgate

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
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Indie Games, PC games, Platformers, Super Meat Boy

Super Meat Boy costs less than a pack of beef jerky - £1.99 at Gamersgate

Super Meat Boy currently costs less than £2 over at Gamersgate. Click here to buy >>

One of the very best platformers of the last decade, Super Meat Boy is an outstanding game, with perfect mechanics married to cheeky and charming aesthetics. It's brilliant, punishing, and intensely affordable. Though, as with most red meat, we'd advise against playing this if you have a heart condition.

You will fail. A lot.

The Binding of Isaac just 80p at Gamersgate, save 80%

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
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Edmund McMillen, Indie Games, PC games, Roguelike, The Binding of Isaac

The Binding of Isaac just 80p at Gamersgate, save 80%

The Binding of Isaac just 80p at Gamersgate, save 80%. Click here to buy >>

The Binding Of Isaac made our Indie Game Of The Year 2011 shortlist, and with good reason. It's an addictive, infinitely replayable and fairly terrifying  21st century roguelike from Edmund McMillen of Team Meat, and it's ruddy brilliant.

Catch our review of The Binding Of Isaac here.

Pay what you want for the 7-game Mastertronic Bundle inc. Richard and Alice, Montague's Mount, The Chaos Engine and more

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
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0RBITALIS, Humble Bundle, Indie Games, Mastertronic Games, Montague's Mount, PC games, Richard & Alice, Tango Fiesta

Pay what you want for the 7-game Mastertronic Bundle inc. Richard and Alice, Montague's Mount, The Chaos Engine and more

The weekly bundle has been announced and it looks like Humble have shacked up with Mastertronic for this one. Click here to check out the Mastertronic Bundle >>

Paying whatever you want will net you the first seven game package of Montague's Mount, Blast Em!, May's Mysteries: The Secret of Dragonville, The Shopkeeper, Richard & Alice, Speedball 2 HD, and The Chaos Engine.

If you pay more than the average price, you'll also receive Concursion, 10 Second Ninja, 0RBITALIS (Early Access Game), and Over 9000 Zombies!(Early Access Game).

Pay $15 or more, and you'll get all of the above plus Tango Fiesta (Early Access Game), Dream (Early Access Game), and Runers.

We've got fat coverage for a lot of these games, so check our musings on Richard & Alice, Montague's Mount, May's Mysteries, Concursion, 0RBITALIS, and Runers.

Skyward Collapse just 79p at Green Man Gaming

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Arcen Games, God games, Indie Games, PC games, Skyward Collapse

Skyward Collapse just 79p at Green Man Gaming

Skyward Collapse just 79p at Green Man Gaming (with code). Click here to buy >>

NB. You'll need to use the voucher code HAPPYN-EWYEAR-22OFFG to get it at this price.

We're big fans of Arcen Games heree on Dealspwn, mainly because they keep trotting out incredibly well-designed, genre-defying games that delight and dazzle, and Skyward Collapse is now exception. Check out our Skyward Collapse review for a full critical rundown, but be assured that Skyward Collapse presents a killer twist on the standard God Game formula, and was a steal when it launched at £3.99 let alone 79p.

Transistor just £5.09 on Steam for the next day or so

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Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Action Games, Indie Games, PC games, Transistor

Transistor just £5.09 on Steam for the next day or so

Transistor just £5.09 on Steam. Click here to buy >>

Transistor is masterful. You'll come for the astonishing art direction and thoughtful storyline, but stay for the sensational combat that continually offers new opportunities and challenges long after your first playthrough comes to an end. It aims for the head, not the heart, and hits home in spectacular fashion. Beauty and brains in one smart razor-sharp package. Read the rest of our Transistor review here.

Game Of The Year Awards 2014 | Best Console Indie Game

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
Game of the Year Awards 2014, Indie Games

Game Of The Year Awards 2014 | Best Console Indie Game

The term 'indie' may be difficult to define now companies big and small are exploring new business models, but there's no denying that agile teams have been turning big ideas and limited budgets into incredible gaming experiences over the last twelve months. Many of which have put their stodgy AAA rivals to shame. To try and make sense of it all, we've split this category into console and PC titles since there have been so many worthwhile games that deserve their time in the spotlight. Without further ado: here are the best console indie games of 2014... and the overall winner.

The Nominees

Octodad: Dadliest Catch

Game Of The Year Awards 2014 | Best Console Indie Game

What we said: Octodad: Dadliest Catch is an absurdist delight. It only has one joke, but it's a damn good one. Though the game itself falters perhaps towards the end as Young Horses try to force things a little too much, it is to be hoped that the creation tools and the Workshop included with the game extend its lifespan. A brave and bonkers game, for the most part Octodad lollops along the fine line between fun and frustration with gloriously haphazard aplomb.

Road Not Taken

Game Of The Year Awards 2014 | Best Console Indie Game

What we said: It's a game with a lot of heart and a cutesy art style typical of the studio, with straightforward mechanisms that essentially boil down to shunting objects around a grid and bringing groups of items together. That sounds simple, of course, but the level design swiftly increases in difficulty, and you only get one life before you have to start a completely new run through the fifteen-level story again. It's always fresh, always beguilingly whimsical, and it's always fiendishly challenging.

It's also pretty damn good.

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