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Those who enjoy the Souls series are currently in need of a fresh set of bosses to test their patience and skills against, but action RPG Death's Gambit aims to fill that void. With fast-paced but precise combat, gigantic bosses with unique tactics, stunning pixel art, a mysterious story, and a killer soundtrack, the game aims to offer players a similar experience - just more sidescroll-y and pixel-y.

In this action RPG, you play as Death's right hand in a world where immortality makes a few powerful beings quite troublesome. Death doesn't seem to be taking the undying graciously, so it falls to you fell these colossal, dangerous immortals and purge their souls. Not exactly an easy task, but you'll be able to choose from 7 different classes, each with its own skill tree to develop, to choose your own path to ending these endless lives.

The path is not a lonely one, though, as you may encounter some curious folk with tales to tell along your journey through the gloomy countryside. With a little persistence, you may uncover some secrets places and pieces of information as well. If neither of those interest you, you can continue on to the next monster to decimate (or more likely be decimated by, as the game's foes are extremely intelligent, demanding skill and tactics to outfight).

Death's Gambit...

Shin's dad went out to go to work, but hasn't come back yet, forcing the boy to head out into the world of Koikoi. In it, humans have died out from a strange disease and been replaced by the monstrous, surreal, and sometimes friendly Newmans, so who knows what kind of trouble the boy's dad has found himself in. Luckily, you'll help this young, psychic-powered kid find his father. Right?

Koikoi gives the player a grand world to explore, filled with the many, many varied creatures that have taken over the old human places. They've begun to infuse it with their differing needs and personalities, not all of which are entirely welcoming for the curious boy. Still with so many different monsters to meet, and some secret places to find, it creates an endless draw to go deeper and see who and what you might meet in the next location.

With this many monsters, combat also involves a lot of variety as you scrap with dozens of different irate beasts. Shin has some control over the elements, though, and can cast some goofy spells to convince these creatures that fighting the poor boy isn't worth their time.

Koikoi offers countless creative critters throughout its lighthearted world, featuring fun meetings and challenging turn-based battles to draw you into its new reality. And really, I'd much...

Daniel Linssen's library is one packed with quirky games and concepts, often ones that play with the form and functionn of familiar genres. In the vein of the border-manipulating vampire-hunting puzzler Windowframe to the multi-game platformer HopSlide, his latest is Help Hurt Hopp, a three-player precision platformer where one player tries to leap through a challenging gauntlet while the other two players try to help and hinder the first.

Played locally, with three gamepads or two gamepads and a keyboard, Help Hurt Hopp pits one player Hopp against a randomized labyrinth of spikes and hazards in classic wall-jumping precision platforming fashion. The other two players see the stage through a level editior; Help's goal is to place level tiles that assist Hopp in completing the level, while Hurt's goal is the opposite, trying to kill Hopp by adding hazards to the level.

Earning five points (whether by causing death or survival) results in a win, turning Help Hurt Hopp into a hectic push-pull of shifting map and frantic platforming, as roles shuffle across rounds. Help Hurt Hopp isn't the first game to tackle a concept like this - 2016's Ultimate Chicken Horse also turned platforming into a player-guided multiplayer challenge - but Help Hurt Hopp's...

Helping Hand is about suing your fingers to communicate, and while you can say a whole lot with a single finger, this title asks you to say a whole lot more than that, bringing all your digits in to help. After all, how well do certain one-finger gestures translate to alien beings? Best learn to embrace the full spectrum of what you can say with your fingers in these silly situations.

You find yourself in a rough situation, one where you can only move the fingers of your left hand. Each of these have been assigned a button, and depending on which fingers you choose to move, you'll act out an array of gestures that will hopefully get your message across. Depending on what that message is, though, you may find yourself moving from your hospital bed to outer space, underground lairs, or the seat of global power. Which ain't bad for only seven gestures.

Naturally, restraint will be key in finding all of the various places and situations you can find yourself in, as the urge to flip everyone off may be great, and making everyone mad isn't the best idea when you're bedridden with only control over your left hand. Still, there's plenty of fun to be had with just five fingers, finding all manner of routes and secrets depending on what...

Regular Human Basketball is a sports game recreating a popular American sport, involving players throwing or dunking a ball into a hoop to score points. Also, the players are giant mechs controlled by drivers inside their robotic innards. Just your typical sports game.

Reminiscent of Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime or the recent Far: Lone Sails, Regular Human Basketball fits into that niche style of game where you control hulking unwieldy machines by platforming around their interior controls. Online or in split-screen, in one-v-one duels or with up to ten players, Regular Human Basketball turns the titular sport into a humorous tangle of rusty metal limbs and magnet-assisted dunks. Various buttons let you walk, rotate, jump, and control your magnet, resulting in a tricky control scheme (so also placing the game in the "hilariously frustrating and awkward control scheme subgenre).

Besides the hectic switch-flipping action on the court, you can also leave your mech to invade your opponent's robot and disable various controls, turning off thrusters and forcing them to improvise with their lopsided controls. Regardless of whether you're scoring points through mechanical acrobatics or subterfuge, Regular Human Basketball is always a charmingly colorful sports game, using its different controls to deliver uniquely funny gameplay.

Regular Human Basketball is available for $4.99 through Steam and Itch.io,...


Dave Gilbert's Blackwell games have been some of my favorite point & click adventures for years. Good stories, likeable protagonists, a distinct sense of place, and that trademark Wadjet Eye style had me anticipating each new episode like Christmas. I was certain that Gilbert's games couldn't get any better, that he had "found his voice" as a game developer, so to speak.

Well. I was wrong.

Unavowed switches the old amnesiac protagonist trope around. You know who you are - problem is that you've been possessed by a demon for the past year. And thanks to your "guest's" murderous rampage across New York City, you're now a wanted criminal. It's a good thing, then, that your saviors, a group that calls itself the Unavowed, not only banish that demon, but also recruit you into their ranks to find out exactly what the demon wanted and why there have been so many supernatural occurrences lately.

This is urban fantasy in the vein of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files or the Hellblazer comics through and through, featuring all kinds of supernatural creatures in its short, episodic chapters. Each of those has you travelling to another part of NYC to uncover the source of, uh, something strange in the neighborhood. It is quite apparent that Dave Gilbert loves that city. Every...

In the platforming, puzzling adventure of Shattered, an adorable blue bird seeks answers about nightmare creatures and missing siblings. You'll be tasked with searching for the bird's brother across some beautiful landscapes and vanquishing some terrifying creatures using your magical bell.

While venturing out to look for his brother, a little blue bird finds himself in the middle of a terrifying situation. Creatures are terrorizing a village of helpless birds, but, luckily, he has just the weapon - a magic bell. With the help of his trusty bell, the creatures can be felled, but what sort of terrible evil bothers cute birds, anyway? That's the mystery you'll be working to uncover.

It's not all shadow creatures and danger, though, as Shattered takes you to a beautiful painted land, letting you explore gorgeous, colorful places as you strive to find answers and meet new avian allies. It's a journey well worth taking just from how pretty it all looks, and besides, who wouldn't help out a cute little bird?

You can find Shattered on Itch.io here. You can follow the developers Yasaman Farazan, Jasmin Habezai-Ferki, Svenja Rösner, and M. Sadegh H. Broomand on Twitter.

Dack Peeples just wants to get through orientation and deal with his mounting homesickness, but these are just the beginnings of problems that will come up in adventure game Life in the Dorms. Although, honestly, doing emergency surgery on your friend's mom or dealing with serial killers roommates aren't exactly the usual kinds of problems you come across in university.

Life in the Dorms will have you dealing with day-to-day college life with murderous buddies, distant pals, wild animal fights, and amorous attention, all while dealing with classes, loneliness, and just figuring out what life is like on your own. It's a lot to keep track of, but the mayhem honestly keeps the mind busy from the more emotional problems, doesn't it? When you need to find the right items to solve puzzles involving wild animals and killer roommates, you kind of forget about how you miss the folks back home.

Full of ridiculous humor, Life in the Dorms offers some silly point-and-clicking that may take you back to the dorm days you're honestly still content you forgot about.

Life in the Dorms is available for free on Itch.io and Steam. For more information on the game and Oh, a Rock! Studios, you can follow them on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

Are you passionate about Llamas? Is your every want and need fulfilled by watching them thrive? Llama Villa is the game for you and your peculiar (and spectacular) taste! To be concise, 'It's The Sims, but with llamas"!

There's a lot to monitor with these furry roommates. You'll have to make sure they have water, food, fun, toiletries, and respite. Who knew Llamas were so high maintenance? You'll even have to make sure they get sheared! This will be your bread and butter and help pay for your expensive furnishings. Cozy beds, modern toilets, and radios to blast music a Llama just can't resist - you've got to have it all.

If Llama care is your passion, and you enjoy creating actual mansions for these four-legged divas, you'll have your work cut out for you (In a good way!) with Llama Villa.

You can find Llama Villa on Itch.io here. You can also check out the official website and Twitter!

Enjoy a good brain-teasing, platforming puzzle? What about one you solve with a friend? Look no further than The Rabbit And The Owl, a game where players will be able to control both of these light and dark entities and attempt some tricky challenges. In solving these confounding levels, you'll unveil the truth as to why the Rabbit and Owl spirits exist in the world.

Fans of platforming and rich puzzlers may find their next brain bender in The Rabbit And The Owl. In it, you'll guide the Rabbit through the fractured light world and Owl through the dark, utilizing their unique situations to solve its puzzles. These puzzles will be gentle on new players as well, focusing on figuring out what to do rather than on being able to do complicated mechanical tasks. That doesn't mean it's easy, as the game rapidly builds on introduced concepts, guiding players to use techniques from earlier levels and evolve them. It can be hard to solve, but you'll get a great feeling of accomplishment when you have the 'A-ha!' moment.

If you're finding yourself staring blank at a screen, try to invite a friend along to brainstorm a solution. With a co-op mode, players can enjoy The Rabbit And The Owl together, with each person controlling one of the characters as they take down puzzles...

Anamorphine creates beautiful, sweeping landscapes out of hurtful memories and lost pasts, following the story of a once-loving couple who've been consumed by depression and darkness after an accident.

Elena has lost her livelihood and artistic outlet after an accident, and Tyler is facing his own crippling mental issues as he watches his beloved wife fall into depression while he is helpless to fix it. Tyler's guilt now begins to warp his memories, spinning them into surreal places, unsettling lands, and visions that tell his story and visually convey the weight of his feelings.

By exploring these beautiful, melancholy places, you'll steadily unveil the couple's story, feeling their pain as you embrace these abstract visions of their lives and meanings to one another. It's a heady, taxing journey despite how pretty the game can be, one even more grueling in VR, and yet it offers a powerful means of feeling the difficult emotions some may go through. Anamorphine offers a lens through which you can truly feel this story for yourself, creating a powerful experience through its visuals and lands.

Anamorphine is available for $19.99 on Steam and PS4/PSVR. For more information on the game and developer Artifact 5, you can head to the game's site or follow them on Facebook, YouTube, and...


Another year, another stellar line-up by the Indie Arena, a coalition of German developers who invite their international friends over once a year to build one of the most impressive booths at Gamescom. This time, 83 developers from 8 countries are waiting to show you some amazing games from August 21 to August 25. If you happen to be in Cologne during that time, be sure to drop by in Hall 10.1.

9 Monkeys of Shaolin by Buka
A Fisherman's Tale by Innerspace
Above by Mighty Moth
Aces of the Luftwaffe Squadron by HandyGames
Airheart - Tales of Broken Wings by Blindflug Studios
Alchemic Cutie by Viridian Software
Antigravitator by Cybernetic Walrus
Ary and the secret of seasons by eXiin
ATONE by Wildboy Studios
Away: Journey to the Unexpected by Playdius
Backworlds by Logic Ember
Bad North by Raw Fury
BOSSGARD by SandSailorStudio
Broken Lines by PortaPlay
Can't Drive This by Pixel Maniacs
Deliver Us The Moon by KeokeN Interactive
DERU by Ink Kit
Devader by Falkenbrew
Door Kickers: Action Squad by KillHouse Games
Drone Swarm by stillalive studios
Edna & Harvey: The Breakout - 10th Anniversary Edition by Daedalic

Jimmy's imagination is being taken over by a rather unpleasant mass, but luckily, the young boy's active mind allows him to picture himself as various monsters and creatures, each offering him a range of abilities that will let him thump foes and solve puzzles around the colorful, charming world of Jimmy and the Pulsating Mass.

Jimmy's dream world is a vibrant place, one filled with unique creatures and horrors creeping at the edge of the subconscious. You're tasked with helping Jimmy through this world, meeting various monsters as you explore the various locales, then learning how to pretend to be them so you can use their abilities later on. Jimmy may not be able to knock down some fruit from a tree, but perhaps his ostrich form can. Likewise, being a slime creature has some benefits in tight spaces, encouraging players to let their imaginations go and use their creativity to get through challenging situations. Likewise, these powers help in a fight, with each monster leveling up like a playable class, letting players grow thier own favorite creature.

Jimmy and the Pulsating Mass has an innocent appearance, but it's not long before some unsettling elements start to take hold, telling a frighteningly grown-up story despite being focused on a kid and his family. It aims to tell a story of a boy's self doubts...


In Devader, you are the lone warrior against an incredibly alien threat, swarms of enemies that slither and shoot from all angles and in myriad shapes, in this upcoming frenetic dual stick shooter.

The Krin is coming, an alien enemy that threatens your ancient civilization with obliteration. Rather than geometric shapes or other forms, the Krin attacks in hordes of robotic and organic creatures and most notably through looming bosses whose tentacled forms dwarf your characters. These flowing bosses fill the screen with limbs, bullets, lasers, and lightning, while some may distort the arena with colored ink or simply limit your movement due to their massive bulk.

To combat these enemy, you have a diverse pool of weapons and power-ups to draw from, with upgrades and weapon types letting you hone your playstyle to survive Devader's onslaughts. If your agility and weapons aren't enough, you can place stationary defenses to fortify areas or add to your firepower; and if that isn't enough to endure, you can fight alongside friends in local co-op to unleash quadruple amounts of bullets against the swarming Krin.

Devader is slated to release in early 2019; you can follow the game through its Steam page, official site, and Twitter.

The ability to control your dreams and manipulate them is quite the feat. You could fly with the birds, overturn a bad situation, or live your wildest dreams. In story-driven adventure Radiant One, players will have to navigate both dreams and nightmares as well, solving puzzles and escaping dangerous situations throughout the surreal worlds in the protagonist's mind.

Daniel, a man living a bland everyday scenario of Facebook updates and an unfulfilling lifestyle, tries his hand at lucid dreaming. And he's pretty adept at it. Living more in his dreams than in reality, Daniel pushes his dreams to the limit until something changes, and the dreams push back. Now, players will have to help Daniel find clues as to what has happened to his once-pleasant dreams and unveil the secret behind the malevolent forces that have taken over his dreamscape. This may involve dodging some unfriendly spectres in the hallway, or searching every door, drawer, and shelf within the surreal places his mind concocts.

From the creators of The Wild Eight, Radiant One shows off a striking, yet simplistic visual style that captures realms built by the unconscious mind. Players seeking a thrilling story served up with an eye-catching look will get just what they need in Radiant One.

You can find Radiant One on Steam...


Rise up, fellow furry brothers and sisters, for it is time to rob the masses of their delectable subway treats and make some subterranean ruckus! In other words: single-screen, score-chasing platformer Russian Subway Dogs is now available and it has you following orders from the Proletaricat.

The game's premise is simple: you're a dog, living in the various Moscovian subway stations (which is an actual thing, you know) and you get your food from sneaking up on people and barking, so that they drop their tasty treats. Grab the food, run, repeat. Good boy.

This sounds easy, right? It does, however, get complicated really fast, with other elements thrown into the mix. Other dogs appear, swiping the tasty stuff right from under your snout. Dropped vodka burns things - food as well as your canine competition - which leads to a higher score. Items can be juggled in the air with repeated barks - and this increases the score multiplier.

Figuring out how a thing interacts with other stuff is half the fun. (The game may appear somewhat shallow at first, but the amount of things you can do and how you can interact with those different elements is crazy deep.) The other half is staying alive and making it to the end of the level in...

Think about your closest batch of friends. Would they survive in a world inspired by Norse myths and monstrosities? Against two other coordinated factions? Rend takes groups of players and tests their abilities to survive against creatures, the elements, and their rivals, with victory leading to even further power.

Rend prioritizes working together as a team. This may mean putting together a stronghold to fortify your territory or going out to take down some nasty monsters, gather resources, discover artifacts, or just go on a killing spree. It's all helpful in the long run, but only one faction will be declared victorious at the end of a cycle. Survival is as important as going out and clobbering opposing teams, so you will need to watch out for more than just the attacks of your online opponents.

If you're skilled enough to be crowned victorious, the rewards you are given can be used in the next round to bolster your strength. Just hope you have a good enough team to be able to use them efficiently. Not that you can't grow you character through unique skills tree to otherwise gain strength, but the victory boost is always nice when you're dealing with colossal mythological monsters, with Rend offering a little history lesson alongside its action and survival-based play.

You...

Because We're Here ~Mohnblume und Blauerose~ casts you as Postal Corps volunteer Elfriede Rauss, a young woman tasked with delivering messages to the young men on the Front Lines. It's a frightening, unsettling time in this World War I-inspired setting, which makes it an unlikely place to find love. Or maybe love is the most important thing one could find in such brutal times.

Your duty is to help Elfriede in the course of her duties, delivering messages to the various soldiers in the trenches. You'll meet over a dozen people caught up in this deadly war, hearing their stories and being able to grow closer to them based on the dialogue decisions you make. While romance may be your aim, you'll still get to know all of these various people, learning to care for them even though death could come for them at any moment.

More trying moments will lead to the game's version of boss battles, where you'll need to make quick dialogue decisions about complex subjects in order to argue your way out of danger with both enemies and allies. However, it's in Because We're Here's connection with its soldiers and their stories that the game personalizes warfare, fighting against the facelessness that comes with death and combat, creating a game of connections in a settling normally reserved for bloodshed...

Noahmund brings back the familiar atmosphere of PS1 & SNES JRPGS in both visual and audio aesthetics, aiming to capture the feel of the early entries in the genre. In keeping with the look and sound, it will also immerse you in a deep story of love and war while offering some strategic, chess-inspired fights and puzzling obstacles.

In a war-torn world, a girl and her guardian set out on a quest to find a devastating weapon that had been used four years ago. They will have to brave some dark corners in order to find it, but the war may go horribly without their success. To find this missing super weapon, you'll explore dungeons via a node-based exploration style while solving puzzles using your party members' unique abilities (like PS1 RPG Wild Arms), giving players a mental workout when they're not thumping foes.

You'll have to use your head in your battles, too, as the game employs a Motion Battle Chess style. Drawing from the classic game, attacks may only hit certain areas (like, only hitting the direct area around the character using an attack), so it's important to note how your abilities will work against enemies based on their positions around you.

For a glimpse back into the glory days of JPRGs, check out Noahmund.

Soccer plays very differently when the players can summon tornadoes, turn invisible, or call up a wall in front of the net, but it's all part of bringing tactical RPG elements to the sport with Ganbare! Super Strikers.

You will be helping a small town Japanese soccer team rise up to become world champions in this sport Anime-inspired genre mixture. This team is anything but ordinary, though, as each player has an array of powers that can be used to change up how the sport plays, calling up elemental powers to confound foes or keep the ball out of your net. Your players will also level up with experience, getting better over time, and can be tweaked with equipables to gain a little more edge over the other team.

Each match, whether in story or various league and tournament modes for those who want a quick play, will be carried out on a grid-like map, with players working their positions out so they can best use their abilities to outmaneuver and out-think the opponent.The game doesn't just take tactical RPG play, though, as it also offers a little flare with its special attacks, making a spectacle of the powers you use to increase the drama of the sport. It's a delightful genre mixture at its heart, using elements of both to make a...