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Redux: Dark Matters finally hits the nostalgic button on our Dreamcast

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Redux: Dark Matters is a side scrolling shmup which was successfully funded via Kickstarter 18 months ago, after greatly surpassing its goal of $25,000 by about $28K. While the gameplay is not lightning fast, there are more than enough enemies and bullets to dodge, proving itself to be a challenge to even veteran players of the genre. There are two difficulty settings, Normal and Veteran, and each offer a different ship for the player to use. I didn’t notice much of a difference in terms …

Fish hell bent on revenge will stop at nothing to defend its tank

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At Armless Octopus, we occasionally like to flex our creative muscle and step back from our writing duties, and do some game development of our own.  Two of our writers did just that in their recent XNA title, Shutshimi, as Wayne Kubiak handled the art while Anthony Swinnich took care of the jams. In Shutshimi you play as a goldfish hellbent on destroying everything else in your tank. Similar to its real life counterparts, the protagonist only has a ten …

Indie Dev Podcast, Episode 05 – Charles Cox, 4gency

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    This is a cross post from the Indie Dev Podcast. You can find more on the show, here. On the fifth episode of the Indie Dev Podcast, I interview Charles Cox of 4Gency. Follow along as he illustrates how he made the transition from working for Sierra, helped lead Microsoft’s indie push with XNA, and his tips for becoming an entrepreneur in the software industry. If you enjoyed what you heard here today, or found this show to be …

IOTA, 2.5D Platformer from Cashie Brothers to hit XBLIG later this year

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You may have thought that XBLIG was long forgotten, based on the decreasing number of titles being released each week, but Cashie Brothers still have something to say on the platform. Their upcoming title, IOTA will be their first title on XBLIG, but if the trailer is any indication of how things are shaping up, then we’re in for treat with a game which holds distinct aesthetic on the indie channel . Much like the color switching mechanic IKARUGA popularized …

A new challenger enters the indie-game publishing space

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Indie games and the developers behind them have have more opportunities to get their titles on a plethora of platforms than ever before. Certain problems may arise when trying to get your title out there, including negotiating business deals, royalty splits, marketing and PR, and  finally, knowing the right people to get your game onto said platforms. Well, as of late we’ve seen the rise of indie focused publishers come to the forefront in order to handle all of these …

Armless Octocast Episode 111

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Woah woah woah…. you mean to tell me that this squid is still squirming? Holy geeze, it’s been nearly 6 months since our last podcast, but we’ve risen from the dead, and just in time for Halloween. Gil, Dave, Wayne, and Daniel catch up, talk about what they’ve been playing, and even give their take on Valve’s new controller for the somewhat mysterious Steambox. Grab your ear buds and hold on tight, because podcast season is about to get under …

Kickstarter launched for Bot Colony, infuses old school adventure with iRobot

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Years ago, industry visionary Peter Molyneux promised a means to interact with digital avatars using speech. Despite our high hopes, the experience never came to fruition, although another studio hasn’t lost hope. North Side Inc., out of Montreal Canada, has done away with the typical way of responding to AI by selecting dialogue trees on screen, and instead relies on the user’s voice to guide the action.  The development team currently has quite a bit in place in terms of …

Former Burnout dev creates a bit of a crash with his own new title, Truck Stop

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For some time now, I’ve had pent up anger and have been eagerly seeking an outlet for this rage (not really). Fortunately, one developer, Projector Games has provided an outlet for this misguided vexation in the form Truck Stop.  Their previous titles included Steam Heroes on XBLIG, Bitstream, and FortressCraft, the voxel-based sandbox game which would go on to become one of the highest grossing titles on the platform. Projector Games is taking a unique approach towards selling this title: …