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NextGen Pants launches Kickstarter campaign to complete Tetropolis development

Tetropolis was one of our favorite games on display at this year’s PAX East convention. The Metroidvania-style puzzle platformer puts players in the minos of a pair of deformed tetrominos as they attempt to escape the obstacles laid out before them. It’s an interesting new take on the genre and I’m looking forward to the rest of its progress.

However, developer NextGen Pants announced today that they’re need of a bit more money to complete Tetropolis and they have launched a Kickstarter campaign in their quest to complete its development. The team is seeking $50,000 to finish the game and hopefully eager backers won’t be as elusive as one of those line pieces.

In addition to the previously announced PC edition of Tetropolis, the game is in development for Mac and Linux. An Ouya version is also in the works and NextGen Pants is participating in their FreeTheGames Fund, which will provide matching funds up to $250,000.

If all goes well, Tetropolis will be available sometime next Summer. In the meantime, be sure to check out the demo available through the Kickstarter page.

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BioShock will be released for iPhone and iPad later this Summer

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That BioShock Twitter tease riled up the fan community and many hoped that the seemingly defunct franchise would re-emerge via a splashy Comic-Con announcement. That didn’t happen, but now we know what 2K was teasing: an iOS port of the original game.

BioShock will be available through the iOS App Store later this Summer as a “premium title.” The port is in development at 2K China, the same team that brought XCOM: Enemy Unknown to mobile platforms last year.

Like Enemy Unknown, the iOS version of BioShock will match up very closely with its console counterpart and include the full game as it appeared on consoles and the PC in 2007. Bluetooth controller support will be included, but a touchscreen control option will also be available. Because it needs to push your iDevice to the limit, BioShock will only operate on the iPad Air, iPad Mini 2, iPad 4, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, and iPhone 5.

Since we’re already well into August, BioShock’s “Summer” launch date is probably right around the corner.

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Indie Megabooth is bringing 36 games to Gamescom 2014

The Indie Megabooth is going international as the game showcase has announced that they plan to bring 36 indie games to this year’s Gamescom convention, which will take place from August 13-17 in Cologne, Germany.

The Gamescom installation will include indie favorites such as Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians, Below, Broforce!, Dragon Fin Soup, and Super Time Force Ultra as well as a variety of newcomers with a “particularly exciting European flavor.” If you’re attending this year’s Gamescom, here’s what you can expect to find in the Indie Megabooth (which will be in Hall 10.1):

  • Affordable Space Adventures (Knapnok)
  • Alpha Muse (Current Circus)
  • Armello (League of Geeks)
  • Back to Bed (Bedtime Digital Games)
  • Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians (Threaks)
  • Below (Capy)
  • Broforce! (Free Lives)
  • Chroma Squad (Behold Studios)
  • Cosmonautica (Chasing Carrots)
  • Desktop Dungeons (QCF Design)
  • Dex (Dreadlocks Ltd)
  • Dragon Fin Soup (Grimm Bros)
  • Dungeon of the Endless (Amplitude Studios)
  • Endless Legend (Amplitude Studios)
  • Fearless Fantasy (Enter Skies)
  • Forced 2: The Rush! (Beta Dwarf)
  • Gang Beasts (Boneloaf)
  • Inside My Radio (Seaven Studio)
  • Machineers (Lohika)
  • Out There: Omega Edition (Mi-Clos)
  • Renowned Explorers: International Society (Abbey Games)
  • Rive (Two Tribes)
  • Robocraft (Freejam)
  • Shadowrun Online (Cliffhanger Productions)
  • SpeedRunners (Double Dutch)
  • Super Time Force Ultra (Capy)
  • Swords & Soldiers II (Ronimo Games)
  • Tengami (Nyamyam)
  • The Next Penelope (Aurelien Regard Games)
  • The Talos Principle (Croteam)
  • TRI (Rat King)
  • Tristoy (Uniworlds Game Studios)
  • Typoman (Headup Games)
  • Unclaimed World (Refactored Games)
  • Wander (Wander MMO)
  • Wayward Souls (Rocketcat)
  • Where is My Heart? (Schulenberg Software UG)

You can head over to the official Indie Megabooth site for more details on all of these games as well as a booth map. And if you can’t make it to Gamescom, don’t forget, the Indie Megabooth selections for PAX Prime 2014 will be announced very soon.

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Kickstart This! The Common Creative Wealth Edition

For all the sports fans out there who are saddened by the end of the World Cup and Wimbledon, fear not! The Commonwealth Games have kicked off in my backyard in the Scottish city of Glasgow. The royal baton ran right by my house last week, and it was great to see so many people out in the typically wet Glaswegian weather, clapping and cheering the baton bearers on.

Of course, this is what we do with Kickstart This! We pick out projects that we want to see succeed, and cheer them on along with all of our readers around the world. It’s humbling to think that somehow our words have managed to bring just enough extra donations to make the difference between a game being released and a development team drowning their sorrows in a stale pint of beer.

So which games do we have the need to see succeed in this edition? First off is the cartoony tower defense game Fire With Fire, followed by comical point-and-click adventure Kaptain Brawe 2: A Space Travesty. After that, we jump into 2D foodie platformer Bacon Man, cutesy platformer Snot, and, last but not least, Subject 13, a new 3D adventure thriller from Flashback creator Paul Cuisset.

On your mark, get set, go! (more…)

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Beatbuddy swims onto iOS devices in September

Threaks has announced that Beatbuddy, their musical underseas action-adventure game, will soon make the jump from PCs to mobile devices. Beginning in September, the game will be available to download for the iPad and iPhone.

Beatbuddy’s controls have been completely redesigned to work with touchscreen devices, but the graphics and music (composed by such luminaries as Austin Wintory, Parov Stelar, and Sabrepulse) are being brought over exactly as they were on the PC. And speaking of music, the game’s great soundtrack will be available to purchase through iTunes as well as through an in-app store.

Threaks plans to support the iOS version of Beatbuddy with new songs that will be released monthly. Best of all, this DLC will be free.

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PAX Prime 2014 PAX 10 selections announced

paxprime-logoPAX Prime 2014 is exactly a month away, so now’s the perfect time to announce the PAX 10, a hand-picked group of indie games that the Penny Arcade (and over 50 judges) choose to highlight at the big show.

Duet, a great iOS game where players have to navigate two dots through an obstacle course, and Framed, an interactive comic where players rearrange the panels to rearrange the story, are both holdovers from this Spring’s PAX East Indie Showcase. Other PAX 10 selections include:

  • Duet (Developed by Kumobius)
  • Flickers (Developed by DigiPen’s Neat Snake)
  • Framed (Developed by LoveShack Entertainment)
  • Life Goes On (Developed by Infinite Monkeys Entertainment)
  • Mushroom 11 (Developed by Untame)
  • Nova-111 (Developed by Funktronic Labs)
  • Poof vs The Cursed Kitty (Developed by Arkedo Studio/Neko Entertainment)
  • Skullduggery! (Developed by ClutchPlay Games)
  • Stikbold! (Developed by Reign Bros)
  • The Counting Kingdom (Developed by Little Worlds Interactive)

Head over to the official PAX Site for a more detailed description of each title. And be sure to check out every PAX 10 selection on the show floor at this year’s PAX Prime convention.

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Press that recall button… the entire cast of Firefly will join Firefly Online

“When your miracle gets here, you just pound this button once, it’ll call back both shuttles.”

No power in the verse can stop them. Spark Plug Games and QMx, the developers behind Firefly Online, have confirmed that the entire cast will provide voicework for the game. Nathan Fillion (Captain Malcolm Reynolds), Alan Tudyk (Wash), Adam Baldwin (Jayne), Sean Maher (Simon Tam), and Ron Glass (Shepherd Book) have already recorded their parts. Morena Baccarin (Inara), Jewel Staite (Kayley), and Summer Glau (River Tam) have also signed up and will record their parts soon.

In addition to the crew of Serneity, Michael Fairman (Niska) will be on hand to add a devilish presence to the game. Finally, Kelly Hu (Lady Deathstrike from X2) and Michael Dorn (Worf!) will voice new characters created exclusively for the game.

All this extra voicework (and the character animation to go along with it) means that Firefly Online will miss its originally planned Summer 2014 launch. Instead, the game will now be available for the PC and mobile devices in Spring 2015.

[Source: Firefly Online Facebook Page]

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The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 4 will be available to download next week

Telltale will deliver the next episode for The Walking Dead Season 2 next week. Titled Amid the Ruins, Telltale’s Laura Perusco told the PlayStation Blog that the episode puts Clementine in a very dangerous spot:

This episode picks up right where Episode 3 left off. After escaping Carver’s camp, the group now faces immediate danger in the dead center of a walker horde. Walkers aren’t the only threat to Clem’s safety, though. The group is beginning to fracture under the pressures of survival in an unforgiving world, and as they search for new shelter, it becomes apparent that the living may be just as dangerous as the dead…

The Walking Dead Season 2: Amid the Ruins will be available to download for the PS3 and Vita on Tuesday, July 22. Xbox 360 owners will be able to play it beginning Wednesday, July 23. Finally, the episode will be available on the iOS App Store on Thursday, July 24.

As always, Amid the Ruins will be priced at $4.99 or available as a free download as part of the Season Pass.

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