The psudo-game / artist portfolio project Dear Esther has broken the 100k sales mark this week, and to celebrate the team is offering the game for 50% off at Steam until 4 p.m. PST tomorrow. That’s $4.99 folks! If you happen to be on the cutting edge of trends and own a Mac, you’ll be glad to hear that you are on the winning side of this sale too.
While it may not offer much in terms of gameplay, it does place you within the confines of a carefully constructed story of a lost man on a deserted island, which is told through a beautifully detailed world. Think of it as Myst for the current generation. You remember Myst, right?
Are you the kind of gamer that finished Super Meat Boy and thought “I liked it, but I wish it were a little harder”? Then Pwnee Studios has the project for you. Their upcoming title Cloudberry Kingdom could be one of the most challenging platformers of all time, but it’s going to need some help if it’s going to be released.
Pwnee spent so much time trying to get Cloudbery Kingdom‘s signature feature (an AI capable of creating procedurally generated levels with six difficulty modes) right, that they have gone over budget. Thankfully for them, Kickstarter is an easy way to reach out to fans for support.
The developer is hoping to use the funds gained from Kickstarter to hire an artist to complete the game’s graphics and an animator to put together cutscenes. They also have some pretty big plans should they get more than the $20,000 they’re asking for.
“If the project gets over funded then we will go really crazy,” Pwnee said on the Kickstarter page. “The AI gets more powerful the more obstacles we design for the game. Every time we add a new obstacle the AI quickly learns how to use it and then can immediately start designing levels with it, combining it with any of the other obstacles already in the game.
“The same is true for heroes. We can design new heroes, with totally new physics and controls, and the AI will figure out how to design levels specifically for that hero. This leads to an awesome combinatorial explosion of insane potential, and the more funding we get the more material we can give to the AI to make really unique levels and a truly awesome experience.”
Fans have until May 26 to pledge support for the game. A Steam version is set to launch in September for $15, while a Wii U version is planned for December.
Still impatiently awaiting Battleblock Theater? Yeah, us too. But since the Behemoth’s four-player side-scroller won’t be released anytime soon, let’s take a minute to celebrate a milestone in the developer’s history. Alien Hominid has been played 20 million times. The game that started it all for the Behemoth just passed that milestone over on Newgrounds. Feel free to congratulate Dan Paladin and Tom Fulp at Comic-Con in San Diego, but don’t expect an answer when you nag them about getting your grubby mitts on Battleblock.
Update: Anders Gustafsson of Cockroach Inc. confirmed the Steam release is for Chapters 1-3. Each chapter will be $4.99, or you can order all 5 for $14.99. Chapter 4 is slated for an autumn/winter release.
Steam is getting a whole lot more surreal. The Dream Machine, Cockroach Inc.’s self-described point-and-click adventure made of clay and cardboard, is headed to Valve’s gaseous service on May 11. The first three episodes of this five-episode adventure are currently available on the developer’s website. We’ve reached out to the insectoid game designers to clarify if the Steam release will contain the fourth and fifth episodes.
Sega has released a new gameplay trailer for Arkedo Studio’s Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit that illustrates the sexy origin of the undead rabbit’s rage. We had a blast when we got our hands on this ultra violent Metroidvania game at PAX East, and you won’t have to wait too long to start killing monsters since the game hits XBLA, Steam, and PSN this summer.
If for whatever reason the irony behind the EA Indie Bundle has you upset, you can take solace in the fact that the latest iteration of the Indie Royale bundles just hit digital shelves, and is going by he name “The May Hurray Bundle.
But wait, that’s not all! Drop down seven crisp Washingtons and you can get Starscream’sFuture, Toward the Edge of Tomorrow. As always, if you pay more than the current average, which as of this writing rests at $4.02, you’ll ge Dr. Blob’s Organism (PC), and the soundtracks for VooDoo Interface and Temporal Logic Grid Blues (whew, mouthful).
Expansion packs and DLC have long been an avenue developers have pursued in order to keep gamers engaged in their product. In early times (circa the late 90s) expansion packs were often small additions to games which may have included new levels or a story line from the view of an alternate character. As of late, triple-A developers have begun to consider DLC before the retail game has even hit the store shelves (or digital ones), but indie developer Gaslamp Games has taken a different approach.
The most recent DLC for their PC hit Dungeons of Dremdmoris titled You Have to Name the Expansion Pack, and will be released “very soon.” Include are a breadth of new features, many of which are provided by modders within the community. Some highlights include:
Steam Workshop; mod integration with Steam! We’re turning it on! It’s Steamy!
Battle Geology, a wizard-like warrior skill with earth-shattering consequences by the terribly mysterious Null (how mysterious? terribly.)
Clockwork Knight and Rogue Scientist, a pair of crafty steampunk skill lines by the too-clever-by-half Ruigi
Warlockery, the wizard skill for wizards who would rather by warriors, by the utterly mad Essence — he wrote over 500 lines of xml for one spell.
A mess of twisty little rooms, all different, created by the deranged architect our mortal speech renders “Bergstrom“; The geometry is all wrong.
And to inhabit the renovated Dungeons of Dredmor we’ve summoned a pack of new monster variations dug up by one FaxCelestis, from the existentially troubling Poorly Cloned Hero to the lofty Diggle Rocketeer.
A few rounds of testing and connecting “all the Steam Workshop internet-pipes” are all that’s left before release. Players will have the ability to participate in the beta by heading over to Dredmor’s IRC channnel.
We’ll be sure to keep you in the loop when this community-focused piece of DLC hits the Steam pipes hard.
The wildly popular Dustforce is now available on Macintosh computers, and Hitbox Team is celebrating by sweeping away half the price. The game is just $4.99 for PC and Mac on Steam. The Mac version includes a few enhancements over the original PC incarnation including a new level editor that will allow players to create custom single and multiplayer levels that can be shared on the Dustforce website. It also introduces a key progression system that tones down the strict requirements needed to unlock new doors. Before all you PC players get enraged with jealousy, the new features are also available with an update.