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.

Seen at PAX East 2014: We Are Doomed


Back at PAX Prime 2013, I took a side trip to the Seattle Indies Expo, which was held the same weekend, and it was full of some great indie games. As I was stumbling around, excited to be in a more low-key environment, I came upon a bright, neon-colored game, manned by two gentlemen. One of them handed me a controller, and the other started to pitch the game to me. But before he could get very far, I discovered my laser, and the look on my face and the noise that escaped me indicated that I got it. The man pitching the game was Mobeen Fikree, the madman behind We Are Doomed. After playing it for the rest of the night, I plastered the screen with a “PAXpocalypse” tag, because despite the fact that he wasn’t actually on the show floor, Fikree’s game was, by far, one of the best games I played that entire weekend. (more…)

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Daily Scoop: April 21, 2014 – Small hiatus

Hello, my faithful Scoopers! I’m going to be at the East Coast Game Conference down in North Carolina this week, so I’m not sure how much Internet access I’m going to have. There may be a small hiatus on the Scoop! But fear not – I will let you know all about ECGC as soon as I get back.

In the meantime, I want to remind you that you should definitely pick up the Video Game Bundle 3.0 at Story Bundle, as well as Game Music Bundle 7 at the Game Music Bundle page. All of what you see can be yours for just $22. Scoop ‘em up!

Other than that, there are a few new deals happening over at Steam. They’ve got some brand new Weeklong Deals, including Thomas Was Alone for $4.99, Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians for $2.49, and Arena Wars 2 for 99 cents. The Daily Deal is Dawn of Fantasy: Kingdom Wars for $5.09.

Just a few t-shirts today…


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Daily Scoop: April 18, 2014 – South Jersey Geek Fest

For those of you who are local, I really hope you can make it to the South Jersey Geek Fest tomorrow! Anthony Amato and I will have a table to show off RESISTOR_ and Kobolds. Stop by, play our games, high five us!

There’s not too much going on in the way of deals that I haven’t already mentioned at some point this week. You’ve got a few new sales over at the Humble Store, like Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure for $17.99, Toki Tori 2+ for $7.49, and Professional Farmer 2014 for $6.66. And there’s a new Daily Deal over at Steam – it’s Next Car Game for $20.09.

That’s all for deals! But of course, I’ve still got some t-shirts for you…


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Daily Scoop: April 17, 2014 – Delicious game soundtracks

The big news for today is that there’s a brand new Game Music Bundle! This new bundle, number seven, has 17 albums in total for just $10! You can also get five albums for no more than $1. There’s some really great music here, including lots by Austin Wintory, so I highly recommend picking the bundle up.

Speaking of new bundles, there’s also a brand new Humble Weekly Bundle, this one called Oh Man You Should Totally Check That Game Out, presented by Devolver. Pay what you want for The Real Texas, Cryptic Sea EP, and Dungeon Hearts. Pay $6 or more to unlock Foul Play, Legend of Dungeon (a fantastic game!), and Krunch. Pay $10 to unlock Tower of Guns.

Finally, there are some new deals at Steam as well. The Weekend Deal is 80% off Frozen Synapse, marking it down to $4.99. It’s also free to play all weekend, so if you want to take it for a test drive first, now’s your chance! The Daily Deal is 50% off Beat Hazard, marking that down to $4.99 as well.

And now, time for t-shirts!


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


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 event 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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