Author: Nicole Kline

Nicole Kline is Warp Zoned's Senior Editor. She first began preparing for the job by climbing a milk crate to play Centipede in an arcade. You can find her on PSN under the name toitle or you can email her at nicole AT warpzoned DOT com.

Hyper Light Drifter Hands-On Preview: Like Playing a Dream

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Hyper Light Drifter exploded on the Kickstarter scene back in September of last year, eventually destroying its goal of $27,000. By the time the campaign ended on October 12, it had amassed an impressive $645,158 from backers. The game looked incredible, and I kicked it the moment I saw it. I was wary, as I have been about games on Kickstarter for some time – it’s more common to be excited about a game and have it arrive, months (sometimes over a year) later, and be a disappointing mess. But after playing Hyper Light Drifter at PAX East, I can say with confidence that this is one game that’s going to live up to how amazing it looks. (more…)

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Daily Scoop: April 16, 2014 – Never enough time

Things keep coming fast and furious for us over here at Warp Zoned. Anthony Amato and I are trying to get our games ready for another even this weekend, the South Jersey Geek Fest. If you want to try out Resistor and Kobolds, now’s your chance!

There are some good gaming deals happening today that you’ll want to know about. First up, there’s a new bundle over at Indie Royale, The Debut 12 Bundle. Pay whatever the current minimum is for Yrminsul, Selknam Defense, Luna’s Wandering Stars, Rot Gut, Storm over the Pacific, You Are Not a Banana: Chapter 1, Pester, and Gearcrack Arena.

There’s lots on sale at the Humble store, too. Velocity Ultra is $2.99, Poof vs. the Cursed Kitty is $3.49, Continue?9876543210 is $4.99, and Darksiders II is $7.49. And Steam’s Midweek Madness is Saints Row IV for $13.59, while the Daily Deal is System Shock 2 for $4.99. Whew! That’s a lot of games.

There are a couple of really great shirts today:

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Daily Scoop: April 15, 2014 – Post-PAX Coma

PAX East has come and gone, and I’m currently in a nice post-PAX coma! Right now I’m sitting at home, listening to the rain on the windows, totally exhausted and happy. I’ve been looking at pictures from PAX all day, so it’s almost like it’s not over yet!

But I haven’t forgotten about you, dear readers! I’ve got some deals for you, as always. There’s plenty happening over at the Humble site, for starters. There’s the Humble Mobile Bundle 5 – pay what you want for Bag It!, R-Type II, and Aralon: Sword and Shadow. Pay more than the average to unlock The Cave, The Room Two, Carcassonne, and some unannounced games. After that is the Pew Die Pie Saves the Children Humble Weekly sale. Pay what you want for Surgeon Simulator 2013, Guacamelee! Gold Edition, and QWOP for Android. Pay $6 or more for SpeedRunners and Garry’s Mod. Pay $10 for Probably Archery, and top out at $15 to get State of Decay.

Finally, Steam has some deals as well. The Midweek Madness is up to 75% off a giant pile of Lego games, including Lego Marvel Super Heroes. The Daily Deal is Car Mechanic Simulator 2014 for $9.99.

There aren’t many t-shirts, which is a good thing if you’ve just gotten back from PAX, because you’re probably swimming in them already…

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Daily Scoop: April 9, 2014 – Thank you, Gearbox

Those sneaky dudes at Gearbox have done it again. After saying they weren’t working on Borderlands 3, they go ahead and announce a Pre-Sequel, which is set to come out later this year. I went from disappointed to excited in no time flat!

Anyway, let’s talk about games you can get right now! Indie Royale has a new bundle up, the Atomic Bundle. Pay what you want for Humans Must Answer, Cube & Star: An Arbitrary Love, The Chaos Engine, Super Killer Hornet: Resurrection, Fields of War, and Livalink. And the Humble Bundle: PC and Android 9 has just added a ton of unlockable games – in addition to Kingdom Rush and Knights of Pen & Paper +1 Edition, you can now also get The Shivah, Savant – Ascent, and Syder Arcade.

There are some deals over at Steam, too. Still in the Midweek Madness spotlight is Spelunky, which is on sale for $5.09. And the new Daily Deal for today is Alice: Madness Returns, which is 75% off at $4.99.

And now: t-shirts!

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Daily Scoop: April 8, 2014 – Making buttons is hard work

Anthony Amato and I decided that making pins would be a great way to promote our game this weekend, and so that’s how we spent last night. Behold the fruits of our labor! It may not seem like it, but that is 500 pins… well, give or take a few. I’m not perfect, OK?

There aren’t many deals today, but the ones that are available are great! There’s plenty of Midweek Madness to be found at Steam, where they have The Wolf Among Us on sale for $14.99 and the devilish Spelunky for just $5.09. There’s also a new Daily Deal, which is The Amazing Spider-Man for $16.99.

There are a few good deals happening at the Humble Store as well. You can get Ethan: Meteor Hunter for $4.99, The Novelist for $7.49, and Rehearsals and Returns for just $1.00. Scoop ‘em up!

There are even a few good t-shirts available today. Woo!

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Daily Scoop: April 7, 2014 – Lots of t-shirts!

I’ve been absent for a few days, mainly because I have been an insane amount of busy. Anthony Amato and I are getting ready for PAX East in so many ways – as members of Warp Zoned, as board and card game developers, and as gamers looking to have some fun! I can’t wait to see friends, play games, and introduce new people to our games. It’s going to be so exciting!

There are lots of great bundles to choose from today! You can grab the Florida Bundle at Indie Royale (which includes Marc Eckō’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure), the Humble Bundle: PC and Android 9 (with Type:Rider), or the Humble Weekly Sale hosted by Destructoid (with so many great games, including Super Hexagon and Hotline Miami). Actually, why not just get all three bundles? It would be under $20 and net you a total of 19 games. Whew! Add another $2.49 to that and get Evoland, Steam’s Daily Deal. Make it an even 20!

There are tons of amazing t-shirts today!

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Daily Scoop: April 2, 2014 – New Story Bundle

Video Game Bundle 3.0 is live right now at Story Bundle, and it’s filled with some great books. Pay what you want for How to Do Things with Videogames, Atari Inc.: Business is Fun, Scroll: Collection 01-11, Service Games: The Rise and Fall of Sega, Ghosts in the Machine, and Ryan Veeder’s The Gothic Tower and Assorted Interactive Fiction. Pay more than $12 for Boss Fight Books #1: EarthBound, Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Marcus “Notch” Persson and the Game that Changed Everything Review: The Awesome Story of the Indie Sensation and the Man Behind it (that book I loved!), and The Final Hours of Portal 2.

There’s also the brand new Florida Bundle over at Indie Royale. Pay what you want for Defense Technica, Marc Ecko’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure, Stronghold Crusader HD, BlackSoul: Extended Edition, Angvik, and Zombies on a Plane. Finally, the Daily Deal over at Steam is Call of Juarez: Gunslinger on sale for $5.09.

And now, time for t-shirts!

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Daily Scoop: April 1, 2014 – Yeah, we get it, April Fool’s Day

There are tons of jokes flying around today, and I’ll admit it, some of them are a little funny. I will be seriously disappointed if Fez II is a joke, though. I have been craving that game even more since I re-started Fez on my Vita. Please, Phil Fish, don’t play games with my heart!

Let’s see, what’s up with deals today? It’s the last day you can get the Ludosity Bundle at Indie Royale, and the second-to-last day to get the Humble Weekly Sale, which celebrates open source. There’s also a brand new Humble Bundle: PC and Android 9. Pay what you want for Broken Sword 2: The Smoking Mirror, Bridge Constructor, Type:Rider, and Ravensword: Shadowlands. Pay more than the average for Kingdom Rush and Knights of Pen & Paper: +1 Edition.

Steam has some new deals as well. The Midweek Madness is 75% off Dead Island, marking it down to $4.99. The Daily Deal is 50% off Defiance, putting that down to $4.99 as well. Scoop ‘em up!

The bad news is, there are just two shirts today…

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