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Mark of the Ninja review: how you do that ninjutsu that you do
I am not a fan of the stealth genre of games. Not to say that they games are not enjoyable or without exceptions but often the mechanics are largely unwieldy and don't lend well a playstyle that feels like I am actually sneaking around making a path or murdering people without notice. Fortunately Klei Entertainment have taken the task on their shoulders to change my mind with Mark of the Ninja.
They Bleed Pixels review: slices, screams, and triumph
I believe that most people enjoy feeling accomplished when they play through a game; whether it be simple achievements, completing the next boss, or retrieving a piece of sought after treasure. Spooky Squid's They Bleed Pixels treated me to an accomplishment in becoming a better player through smart level design that goes hand-in-hand...erm...claw-in-claw with it's brutal difficulty.
Dust: An Elysian Tail review: Swordplay Remix
To ignore Dust: An Elysium Tail would be to do yourself a disservice. While the gameplay formula is familiar, it's execution is among the best in the genre in every way.
Craftman review: The cheese stands alone
Firstly, don't repeat our mistake and buy this game. It's a scam, and not at all the game that's advertised. Do, however, enjoy our review of it. We play these games for your enjoyment more than ours, sometimes.
Dot Dash Episode 1 Review: blocks flying at your face
Drop Dead Interactive has created a somewhat unique game in Dot Dash Episode 1 that plays a bit like a twin stick shooter minus the shooting while having the heart of a puzzler. The only thing that keeps it from being a top notch game is a set of flaws in the execution.
We’ve been really quiet here at Extra Guy, and for that we’re sorry. But there are big things in the background, we promise. Once they’re ready, we’ll post them up and let you guys have at it. The team is really excited to pull the trigger, but we have to keep it quiet for just a little bit longer.
In the meantime, two members of the team have continued writing on other websites. Anthony is currently over at Indie Games and Wayne has made his way onto the Armless Octopus team. You can follow both of them on Twitter as well, Anthony’s handle is @hangongetready while Wayne is @wanyodos.
If you’re still with us, thanks for sticking around. If you aren’t, well, you can’t read this. But somehow know that we’ll be coming for your attention once again.
Thank for keeping us going,
The Extra Guy staff
Sony announced today that they are adding a new category to the Playstation Store for Indie Games. Sony has been doing an awesome job showcasing that the Playstation is a great spot for Indie Games with events like Spring Fever, and this shows their commitment to continued support for independent game developers.
To celebrate the launch of the new category Retro City Rampage and Papo & Yo will be receiving discounts. RCR will be 50% off, and Papo & Yo is 40% off with soundtrack (55% for Plus Members), from 5/7/13 – 5/21/13. You can also grab Zombie Tycoon II for free if you a member of Playstation Plus.
Guess what, Internet? Our Twitter account has reached 4000 posts! We’re pretty excited. So we’re going to hold a giveaway!
This giveaway is going to be a gigantic swag bag from PAX East 2013. If we can collect it while in attendance this weekend then it will be included in the package. We don’t know what will be in it yet, but we have appointments set up with a ton of developers. We’re sure it will be full of good stuff, and when we get new items to include we’ll update with pictures via our Twitter feed.
It’s pretty easy to win. All you have to do is follow us @extraguy and tweet at us with the hashtag #EG4000Tweets at the end. Want an example?
4000 is a ton of tweets! @extraguy #EG4000
We’ll pull the winner via random drawing on Wednesday, March 27, who we’ll contact by direct message on Twitter. Don’t be shy — join us in celebration!
It’s no secret that here at Extra Guy, we love the chiptunes. It’s not as well known, however, that we also love the 1998 cinematic classic ‘The Big Lebowski’. So consider us pleasantly surprised by the recently-revealed existence of Chipocrite’s 8-bit Lebowski — a reimagining of the soundtrack found in the seminal Coen Brothers film.
“Entirely arranged for one Game Boy running LSDJ, ’8-Bit Lebowski’ is dedicated to all the Achievers out there who have faith that the bums DON’T always lose,” reads the album’s Bandcamp page. “Please, enjoy it, down through the generations, westward the wagons, across the sands of time until we — aw, look at me, I’m rambling again. I hope you abide.”
Expect to hear your favorite songs from the movie, such as “Tumbling Tumbleweeds” by Sons of the Pioneers, “Hotel California” by The Gipsy Kings and “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” by Kenny Rogers & The First Edition. An exchange of five dollars gets you a copy of the six-track album, though Chipocrite would probably appreciate real money and not a satchel filled with dirty laundry when it comes time to pay.
There’s little room for debate that MagicalTimeBean is among the top developers to have graced Microsoft’s Xbox Live Indie Games platform with their work on the Soulcaster games, but Escape Goat took things to a whole new level. We don’t love it just because the abbreviation of the game’s title and our website’s name match. The game’s puzzles were intelligently designed — they were challenging enough that the solution required work to reach and the player always felt smart once they figured it out. Lucky for us then that the developer has revealed a sequel is coming.
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Despite being out since last year the now freshly Green-lit and roaring(well, maybe screaming) to go, Tiny Build Games’ first title No Time To Explain is ready to get down to business. Dropping you right in your room that has been torn into by a your future self who is quickly snatched by a giant crab leaving you only a large laser gun and a lot of questions. From there what I thought was going to be some sort of shooter was a pleasant surprise in disguise as a puzzle platformer (with boss fights too!) that has you using your powerful beam to traverse the levels full of pitfalls, spikes, and fun hats to wear!
I was watching this game some time ago and ended up missing out on it’s original release, so I’m glad this Steam release came about to remind me. You can check out more about the game at the Tiny Build Games website or download it on steam for $9.99.
It’s been nearly two years since Moonshot Games last made contact with the outside world. It was rumored by some that they disbanded as a studio, while others would have had you believe they lived up to their name and relocated to the lunar surface. Neither of those are true as it turns out. They’re still around, and they’ve announced a new game.
Third Eye Crime is Moonshot’s newly announced project. It’s a ‘game noir’ stealth/puzzle game for the iPad with a telepathic main character that has a penchant for stealing art. It’s described at great length in the developer’s announcement post.
Master art thief Rothko has a unique gift: the ability to read minds. With this talent he can infiltrate any location, make off with any prize. But he has attracted the attention of a shadowy master criminal known only as “Caravaggio,” and he is about to be pulled into a city-wide conspiracy. But who is behind it all? And who is playing whom?
Third Eye Crime is Moonshot’s unique take on the stealth/puzzle genre. Use Rothko’s telepathic abilities to sneak your way through 8 chapters of crafty, heisty fun. Outplay and outwit clever AI that are hell-bent on keeping their stuff!
Featuring gorgeous noir-inspired graphic novel interstitials and an original soulful jazz soundtrack, Third Eye Crime is a fiendishly clever stealth puzzle game with a serious noir twist.
The game will be on the showfloor at PAX East 2013 in Boston this March. We’ll be sure to jump on the demo build and let you know what we think about it. Third Eye Crime is set to release in the Spring.
Sometimes a game looks good, and you know you’ll play it. Other times a game looks like winning the Super Bowl on the back of a dinosaur while shooting lasers from your eyes (wait, why isn’t that game?). This list represents that game for 2013. We’re pretty excited about our choices — will you be as well?
There’s even more picks, you know, since this was a Top 5 list. Two and Three came yesterday, while Four and Five came the day before that. But you’re here for the main event. Read on!
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Microsoft’s Major Nelson has revealed the top 20 selling Xbox Live Indie games on his blog, and we’re unsurprised to find that almost half of the list is made up of crafting titles. If we’ve learned anything here at Extra Guy, it’s that XBLIG gamers love crafting games.
We’re sad that standouts like Bleed and Gateways didn’t make it on, but it’s hard to make room for them when quality games like Don’t Die Dateless Dummy are present. But we digress. Check out the full list after the jump.
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