Thursday, January 30, 2014

The New Year, New Games Giveaway!

That's right, breaking out the Critterverse-style graphics again!

Thanks to the generosity of some fantastic indie game developers, I still have quite a few games to give away left over from the Christmas game giveaway!

Five lucky people will win up to 13 different games each. First place is worth just over $100, and the grand total of all the prizes is a little over $300.

The Games!
The games below are listed by the lowest place winner that will receive them.

Fifth Place - ARV $34.95
Color Fusion (Android) - 99 cents
When Asteroids Attack (Win) - $1.99
Angvik (Win/Mac) - $3.99
Disco Dodgeball (Win/Mac/Linux) - $5.00
Siege of Turtle Enclave (Win) - $7.99
Steel Storm: Burning Retribution (Win/Mac/Linux) - $14.99
Fourth AND Third Places - ARV $37.94
All of the above, plus...
Wiwi's Adventures 3 (Xbox 360 OR Win, winners choice) - $2.99
Second Place - ARV $88.90
All of the above, plus...
Forge Starter Pack (Win) - $14.99
Hacker Evolution Complete Bundle (Win) - $29.99
Ice Cream Truck (iOS) - $2.99
Tiny Dentist (iOS) - $2.99
First Place - ARV $101.88
All of the above, plus...
Reversion - The Meeting: Chapter 2 (Win/Linux) - $5.99
Crystals of Time (Win) - $6.99

All of the entries on the giveaway are completely optional, but the more of them you complete, the better your odds for winning! Each person may only win once, and winners will be chosen from 1st place to 5th place, so if you do happen to have your name drawn more than once you'll get the better prize. Charlie's Point of View is the only blog responsible for prize fulfillment, please email with any questions. Giveaway is open worldwide as all prizes are downloads.

Winners will be emailed using the email they log in with on Rafflecopter, and will have 7 days to reply to verify the email works from (you may want to add the email to your safe list). If I don't hear back within that time, a new winner will be chosen for that prize. Good luck! :D

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tower of Guns Alpha Review AND GIVEAWAY!

Tower of Guns is roguelike meets Doom meets some great humor. The game is currently in alpha state, which means it's not quite as awesome, or complete, as it will be one day. Despite that, and the fact that my laptop really wasn't great for handling it, it was a load of fun! In a sentence, if you're a fan of FPS games and want one that's always fresh, Tower of Guns is absolutely worth your money.

Note: I did not create the Lets Play video above, but it was very effective in showing the game off.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

"CANDY CANDY CANDY! Oh, and CANDY!" - A Game Jam and a Horrible Twist of Events

For those who aren't aware,, the developers of Candy Crush Saga, the match-3 game that everyone and their grandmother plays and brags about making it to level 795 after a billion hours of failures and barely-successes (or lots of invested money) has officially trademarked the word "Candy". Already, apps in the iTunes app store are being told they must be removed for having the word "Candy" in the title. Oh, it was made 3 years before Candy Crush Saga? Too bad! You can read lots more about this much more eloquently than I could ever say right here on Rock Paper Shotgun. Oh, and you can also play the very first game I ever finished - Candy Catastrophe - here as well. It's not a match-3, but it IS close! Good thing it wasn't a mobile app...

Despite being developed nearly five years before Candy Crush Saga, it's quite obvious that I ripped it off on purpose to try to make lots of extra money.

Anyway, on the up side, there's a game jam that's taking a subtle little stab at this horrible turn of events... The Candy Jam! The goal? Make a game and submit it before the 3rd of February, use "Candy" in the title, cleverly steal millions of dollars from since no one could possibly associate "candy" with anything but "Candy Crush Saga", so they'd immediately get excited and be unable to resist buying it... Okay, maybe not the last part, but you can (hopefully) expect a lot of games with the word "Candy" in their title soon!

Oh, and one more thing... I think I'll be making a game myself! Candy Catastrophe 2: The Saga of the Witch's Bubble that Stole Pear's Papa and His Loop De Hoop! I'll be patenting "The", "Of", "Bubble", "His", "Loop", "Hoop" and "2" myself once it's done.

Maths Tree VS for iPad

Note: I cannot play/test/review the game myself as I don't own an iPad, this information is all coming from the developer's webpage, video and iTunes page

As a former kids' game developer myself, I'm always on the lookout for games that are both fun and educational for kids and not insanely annoying for adults. Not an easy feat, trust me.

Really fun art certainly doesn't hurt either :D

Maths Tree VS seems like a perfect fit from what I can see! You play as a monkey that throws balls up at descending ones, each with a number on it. Your job is to change the number on your ball so that it matches the mathematical statement in the middle, like "sum: 15" or "difference: 13", etc. The game uses addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, so kids (or adults!) will become masters of each. Plus, as you play the game, you earn bananas that are used to customize your monkey's look, so players will be hooked!

The game is called VS for a reason - two people can play at the same time on the same iPad, and we all know that competition (when used right) can be an incredible force for learning something. The game also has dozens of challenges across five difficulty levels that unlock as you play, so there's plenty to keep players interested as they go.

Available for: iPad ($4.99)
Developed by: Hamster Force

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Default Dan on Kickstarter - The Anti-Platformer!

When I say "platformer", what do you think of? A game where you run to the right, stomping on enemies heads, collecting coins (or whatever item you might have to collect), avoiding spikes and carefully jumping across holes? Default Dan does stick to one of those things - running to the right (or left sometimes) - and you do dodge things, but it's not enemies or holes... It's coins! That's right, in Default Dan, coins are fatal.

What makes a platformer unique enough to talk about on Kickstarter? A crazy sense of humor mixed with platforming execution! While it's funny enough that it mocks other platformers with style, it also looks like a solid, challenging platforming game. The Kickstarter page even has a couple 9+ minute videos where you can watch people playing it! That's pretty unheard of for a Kickstarter game, you're usually lucky to get a couple minutes in one video trailer.

Aside from that, there are some really fun perks! It's only $5 for the game on a platform of your choice, $15 adds the mp3 soundtrack, a short comic pdf and other digital goodies, $25 adds a tshirt and beta access... Then it gets AWESOME! $50 adds Bobble Head Mode, where you send in six photos of your face and they make a special version just for you (Which looks HILARIOUS!), and the rest is fantastic as well.

There's a video, too, and it's amazing!!!

Estimated Completion Date: May 2014
Goal Platforms: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android (maybe OUYA too!)
Lowest Price Point for Game: $5 ($25 for beta)

Saturday, January 18, 2014

That's What She Said - The Game - On Kickstarter

NOTE: This game involves sexual innuendo as its primary game play mechanic, and therefore might not be the safest thing for kids. You've been warned!

I'll admit - I don't really play party games because I really don't party. I very, very rarely "hang out" with people. If I did, though, this would be the game I'd want to play! Oh, and YOU can even play the game a bit (for free!) since there are 100 "print and play" sample cards! Who doesn't love free?

TWSS is something I say rather often (too often? Probably), usually at the silliest times possible, and the game brings a much needed strategy to using the phrase "that's what she said!" There are two types of cards - setup cards and phrase cards. Each round, each player picks one of their phrase cards to play on the setup card, and the judge decides which is the funniest, awarding that player a point. Whoever hits x points first wins!

"Wow, that is really hard. You really think you can go all day long? Well, you always left me satisfied and smiling..." - Jim, trying to force Michael to say "That's what she said" after being told never to do it again. (The Office)

Of course, the first thing I think of with TWSS is Steve Carell's character, Michael Scott, from The Office. What a surprise it was to find out that he actually sent in a signed photo of himself! Seriously, how is this not successfully funded yet?

Dare to Dig! - Ludum Dare 28 Game Review

Dare to Dig is the type of game my brain typically tries to come up with for challenges, and it's done very well - you only get one pickaxe, and you have to dig through dirt, stones and treasures to hunt down mythical, one-of-a-kind, priceless treasure like the Fountain of Youth. Your "life" is the durability of the pickaxe - each time you go through new dirt, excavate treasure or try to break through rock, you use up some of the pickaxe's durability. Luckily, there are items like duct tape that help you out (duct tape is ALWAYS useful!), but the odds of making it are still slim, so you'll be playing it numerous times (which isn't a bad thing at all!).

Your main play screen. Find yourself some treasure!
As you play, you'll accumulate all sorts of goodies - some just count toward your "valuable stuff" (score) total, while other items allow you to become stronger, be able to break rocks easier, see further, repair between floors or even use a drill instead of a pickaxe temporarily so you can easily get through anything! It's the balance between going for these things (or, rather, being lucky enough to find them) or rushing toward the next floor that makes things interesting.

I played the game just under 15 times myself and managed to find the Fountain of Youth, still leaving a few items unfound in my list of items. My strategy was mainly to get just close enough to the edge that you could make sure you weren't missing anything, then go in a big circle, hoping to find the way to the next floor. Everything is randomized, so there are times that I'd lose on floor 3 or 4, and others that I'd fly through til 8 or 9 and get stuck. The most important thing, though, is that the game is always fun to play, and it's easy to get hooked!

Gotta catch find 'em all! And it even shows you how many of each you've found in total!
The game does require a free download, which you can do from the game's Ludum Dare page.

Aluminyze 16"x20" Print Giveaway

Disclosure: Charlie's Point of View did not receive compensation for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

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Prize: 16x20 Print
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Open to: US Residents 18+
Enter to win using the Giveaway Tools Widget below. Good luck!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Bear Paws Giveaway - Become The Wolverine of the Kitchen!

Welcome to the Bear Paws Giveaway!

5 Winners!

Sponsored by: Bear Paws

Hosted by: Savory Savings and Gloriously Green Gal

Co-hosted by: Her 3 Little Thinkers

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Do you love to barbeque or make recipes that involve shredding pork, chicken, fish or beef?  If you do not have Bear Paws meat shredders in your kitchen – you need to head immediately to your computer and order yourself a pair!  These bear-like claws will save you time and more when you can shred pork roasts in mere seconds!  Krista from Savory Savings and Gloriously Green Gal recently had the chance to review the Bear Paws in the Mama Bear Pink color (10% to Susan G Komen for the Cure Foundation!) and shared her thoughts and a super simple BBQ Pulled Pork recipe in a review.  Now because she feels they are a “must have” in her kitchen, you get a one in five chance to win a set for yourself! 

If you would like to win, enter with the Giveaway Tool below! If you have won a Bear Paws giveaway anytime from another blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win this giveaway.  The giveaway will run from January 17, 2013 through January 31, 2014 at 11 PM CST.  Entries will be verified.  Winner will be notified via email (consider adding to your safe list) – winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize or another winner will be selected.

Good Luck!

Krista from Gloriously Green Gal and Savory Savings received products from this sponsor to facilitate her review, no other compensation was received. All participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment.  This giveaway is in no way associated with social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Shoot Many Robots XBLA Review

Shoot Many Robots is rated M (for Mature). Part of the reason for the rating is the violence , which I disagree with, but I DO agree with the "mature humor" part, as there's plenty of that - particularly jokes involving "nuts". As such, THIS REVIEW AND GAME AREN'T NECESSARILY SUITABLE FOR THOSE UNDER 18.

Shoot Many Robots was the free game for the second half of December 2013 for anyone who had Xbox Gold (sorry for writing this too late to get it free!), and while I have a stack of free games from the promotion over the last few months (and a slew of games to review!), I really wanted a game to play with my fiancee together and we gave it a shot. Over the last few weeks we gave the game a good 20+ hours of play and beat it, although we still have lots of levels to five-star. While I probably wouldn't suggest the game as a single player game, I enjoyed the two of us playing it together!

Like the game itself, the title is simple but awesome.

Toys R Us $100 Gift Card Giveaway from Demagogue

Welcome to the Toys"R"Us $100 Gift Card Winter Days Giveaway sponsored by Demagogue and hosted by The Parenting Patch!

Although the winter days seem long, soon the dog days of summer will be here. To pass the winter days by, how does a $100 gift card to spend at Toys"R"Us sound? Get some indoor toys to pass the winter by, or start getting ready for outside play this summer.

One (1) lucky reader of The Parenting Patch and Demagogue will win one (1) $100 gift card to Toys"R"Us. To enter for your chance to win the Toys"R"Us $100 Gift Card Winter Days Giveaway, simply use the following Rafflecopter form. Good luck!

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The Toys"R"Us $100 Gift Card Winter Days Giveaway is open worldwide. An international winner will receive $100 via PayPal in lieu of the specified prize. The Toys"R"Us $100 Gift Card Winter Days Giveaway ends at midnight CST on January 30, 2014. One winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter. The winner will be sent an email and will have forty-eight hours to respond. If no response is received within forty-eight hours, another winner will be chosen. The Parenting Patch and other participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Fractured Heart Book Giveaway

April from Pixie Dust Savings had the chance to review Fractured Heart by Krsytle Lewallen. Read her full review here. The book is about a girl who persevered through many struggles and along the way found the true heart Healer!

Book Title: Fractured Heart
Book Author: Krystle Lewallen
Book Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction
Number of Pages: 293 pgs.
Publisher: Krystle Lewallen
ISBN-10: 0615928331
Krystle Lewallen has agreed to give away a copy of her book to one lucky reader! Good luck!!

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Florida Vacation Giveaway!

3 days/2 nights of accommodations for 2 in FLORIDA! 
 Location Choices: 
Cocoa Beach, Daytona Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, 
Key West, Miami Beach, New Smyrna, 
Orlando, Palm Beach, St. Augustine or St. Petersburg. 
 Must be at least 21 years old. 

I don't know about you, but after being essentially snowed in for a few days a week or so ago and staring at mounds of snow for weeks, Florida is sounding pretty amazing!

to giveaway an awesome Florida Vacation,
this giveaway will provide one lucky winner with
3 days and 2 nights worth of accommodations in Florida.

{Picture taken in St Petersburg, FL}

Florida is paradise, each location has it's own local charm
and all kinds of entertaining activities to partake in!
Theme Parks, Beaches, World Famous Restaurants and Clubs,
 a little something for everyone!
Where would you like to visit?
What kind of fun do you enjoy having on the beach?

Imagine parasailing or maybe visiting Disney...
Picture your feet in the sand and days full of tanning...
Maybe you'll play a game of volleyball
or enjoy a Daquiri while lounging in a hammock....
One lucky winner will have the luxury of knowing your hotel stay is taken care of by
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Enter to win this amazing giveaway with the form below:
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Disclosure: Charlie's Point of View is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. Please contact Alice Kingsleigh with questions! This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. You must be 21+ to win.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

My Dad's the Grinch - Ludum Dare 28 Game Review

A Christmas game! How were there not more of those? Ludum Dare did run pretty darn close to Christmas, and Christmas was in the ratings period! Much like new Christmas songs, good Christmas games are hard to come by, so it's a double bonus that My Dad's the Grinch (by @MatthewVroman) is so much fun!

Be careful or you'll only get ONE present!
The game gives you 8 different gifts, randomly chosen from a bit more than the 8 (replays will have new items mixed in so that it's not just the same game over and over). Your goal is to figure out which present is which using the sizes of the gifts (some are small boxes, some are wider and some are taller) as well as your four tools: shaking them, weighing them, getting a hint about it or x-raying it.

You have a limited quantity of each of these, so use them carefully and remember what's what later on!
Of course, the more you get right, the less gifts there are, so it becomes easier and easier! The game is a blast to play, super simple so anyone can play it, and definitely something a grinch would do to their kid. You should definitely play the game here, and you can check out the game's Ludum Dare page here as well.

Trinity 3-in-1 Suitcase Tool Box Giveaway

Disclaimer: One or more products below were provided for free. However the review is my honest opinion. This post may include affiliate links.

Mom Are We There Yet with an awesome sponsor, Trinity, have come together to offer this fantastic giveaway. There will be one winner of this awesome toolbox. Mom Are We There Yet loves her tool box! You can see the review for more details. This toolbox can be used for so much. Handyman, hair stylists, scrapbooking, etc. The possibilities are endless. Aside from actual tools, I could totally use this to hold files, notebooks, pens, etc... I always have lots of those!

TRINITY 3-in-1 Suitcase Tool Box.

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Winner must be of the age of 18-years-old, or older and live in the Continental U.S.
Mom Are We There Yet and all participating blogs are not responsible for items not sent by sponsor or items lost in the mail. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. Odds of winning are based on number of entries received. Giveaways on this blog are in no way affiliated with Facebook or any other social media networks.

Monday, January 13, 2014

$100 Paypal Cash Giveaway from Giveaway Monkey

Welcome to $100 Paypal Cash 2014 Resolutions Giveaway - Sponsored by The Leaker News and Hosted by Giveaway Monkey together with BloggieAway and Parenting Patch.

It’s that time of year again. Time for us to make a list of Resolutions that we will probably forget about by February. But it is a tradition so let's do it, anyhow.

One (1) lucky reader will win $100 Paypal Cash. This giveaway is open worldwide and ends on February 03, 2014 EST. To enter, simply use the following Rafflecopter form. Good luck!

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One winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter. The winner will be sent an email and will have forty-eight hours to respond. If no response is received within forty-eight hours, another winner will be chosen. Giveaway Monkey and other participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Voyage to Farland Review AND GIVEAWAY

I'm going to be entirely upfront - roguelikes are one of the types of games that, while I like them, I'm not very good at them. I've heard such good things about some of them, text-based ones particularly, but the controls are so crazy and equipment is a hassle and I die on the first or second floor every time. While Voyage to Farland has a lot in common with those, it's far better, has more going on, but manages to do it all while keeping the required buttons to a minimum, using intuitive menus and making equipment a breeze. Oh, and it's a graphical roguelike, so you don't control an @ symbol fighting letters, shooting *s, etc.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Avadon 2: The Corruption Review AND GIVEAWAY

Avadon 2 reminds me of a solid D&D adventure in a tactical RPG. You have lots of bonus missions to do, several different characters to choose from for each adventure, a good story with lots of choices and you'll die A LOT! I'm far from the best at tactical RPGs, but I had to ramp the difficulty down from normal to easy to casual so that I could get past different parts of the game.

I'm writing this review 24.5 hours into it and I'm only about 30% through the game! $9.99 (or less if it goes on sale) is an absolutely worthy value for the time you'll get and the quality of game play you'll get out of it! Of course, as I haven't fully completed it, I don't have insights into the entire game, but I did get to play a very wide variety of adventures and story.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Hide the Baby - Ludum Dare 28 Game Review

Political satire! Hide the Baby (by @nickweihs) is all about, well, hiding your baby from an inspector. You see, you're a woman in China, where you're only allowed to have one child. Somehow you had a child without anyone knowing, but the neighbors have heard the crying, so now you've got to fool the inspector so that the baby isn't found out and you aren't hugely fined.

Step One: Find Items!
The game is broken down into three parts: find items, disguise baby and cross fingers hoping it worked. Finding the items is simple enough - simply move around your home pressing the space key to collect different items. You can check the whole house quite easily within the two minutes, so that's not a big deal at all, and luckily you can "Retry with items" so you can just skip to step 2 each time after.

Step two involves picking which item(s) to disguise your baby with. This is where things start to get really hysterical, as the baby can look really silly (the marker is my favorite item, even though I haven't found a winning combination with it yet).

SPOILER: Try this!
Step three is where the inspector comes in, which happens whenever you say you're ready or when the timer runs out. What makes this great (and rather amazing in such a short amount of time) is just the number of ways he responds to things. Just try the felt pen, for example... Even when you aren't successful, the inspector can be really hilarious, even if he is a jackass for making you lose so much!

Play the game here, or check out the game's Ludum Dare page here.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Guylian Belgian Chocolate Giveaway - LOTS OF CHOOOOCOLATE!

Welcome to the Guylian Belgian Chocolate Giveaway!

Sponsored by: Guylian


Hosted by: Gloriously Green Gal & Savory Savings

Co-hosted by: Monica’s Rants, Raves & Reviews, Dividing by Zero, and Got Giveaways?

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner – have you found your sweetie the perfect sweet?  Or maybe you want to treat yourself for the day full of hearts and naked cherubs.  Krista from Gloriously Green Gal and Savory Savings had the chance to review Belgian Chocolates from Guylian and thinks you should share them with your Valentine every day of the year! 
And now you will have your chance with this giveaway!  One lucky, US resident, aged 18 and older winner will receive the following (or very similar) package from Guylian Belgian Chocolates:
  • One – 22 piece marbled chocolate seashell truffles
  • One – 22 piece extra dark chocolate seashell truffles  
  • Two - 6 piece chocolate seashells truffles
  • Four - 2 piece marbled chocolate seahorse truffles
  • One - No Sugar Added Milk Chocolate Bar
  • One - No Sugar Added 54% Dark Chocolate Bar
If you cannot wait to win, feel free to pop over to the Guylian Belgian Chocolates online store and pick yourself up some amazing Belgian chocolates by using coupon code Chocolate10 to save 10%!
The giveaway will run from January 8, 2013 through January 22, 2014 at 11 PM CST.  Entries will be verified.  Winner will be notified via email (consider adding to your safe list) – winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize or another winner will be selected.
Good luck!
Krista from Gloriously Green Gal and Savory Savings received products from this sponsor to facilitate her review, no other compensation was received. All participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment.  This giveaway is in no way associated with social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Old MacDonald Vs Zombies - Ludum Dare 28 Game Review

Old MacDonald Vs Zombies by @RogueNoodle is the last game I'm able to play before ratings end, and it's another keeper! This one focuses on a kindly old farmer and his cow... And an endless horde of zombies, of course. Like most zombies, they aren't there to party or go cow tipping - they want your brains! To stop them, all you've gotta do is clean up poop and make your cow go on a zombie-slaughtering rampage. Simple enough, right?

Them thar graphics sure are purdy, too! Okay, that's more mountain than farmer... I never said I was an expert at imitation!
So, how do you get your cow to go on a fatal zombie-tipping spree? Just like you'd expect - clean up the cow's poop, making it super happy (you'll see the happiness heart to let you know!) and then call it to you, trampling everything between it and you on the way. There's also a combo meter for each time you clean up cow feces, and of course the zombies don't stay still either... They move back and forth, roaming for delicious brainage!

Pffft, that number of zombies is NOTHING!
My record is 29,930, can you beat it? Play the game here, or check out the game's Ludum Dare page here!

Crossbore - Ludum Dare 28 Game Review

Two indies were speaking with me on Twitter about each others' games (because that's what awesome indies too - praise each others' games!), one of the games mentioned was Crossbore by @i_palmentieri. Man am I glad they told me about it!

Just because you play as a girl doesn't mean the baddies are any easier or less bad; just the way it should be!

Crossbore puts you in the shoes of Paige, tasking you with destroying the attacking Pupling onslaught before taking on the Queen Pupling. To do so, you only get one arrow. Each time you shoot it, you have to go pick it back up... Unless you hold the Space key too long and it goes off the screen, or you miss... In which case you'll be forced to find it glittering somewhere on the screen. On the bright side, you can use the Space key to kick when you don't have your arrow, but you'll need it when the Queen Pupling comes for you!

The game is, as the developer says, rather difficult. To make it more accessible to everyone, there's also an easy version of the game that makes each Pupling kill lower the bar and bring about the Queen Pupling easier. Speaking of the Queen Pupling, that's one fun, creative boss fight there!

The Queen means business!

I ended up trying the regular version several times before moving on to the easy one, and I had genuine fun with each play. The fact that there's even 360 controller support would have made the game even more fun if I had it hooked up. You definitely need to give the game (and/or the easy version of it) a play! You can also find the game's Ludum Dare page here.

One Video Game - Ludum Dare 28 Game Review

One Video Game is Oded Sharon's (@Soundguy) first foray into Ludum Dare, and after playing this one I really hope to see more! He managed to get this game thrown together within the last four hours of the compo, and it's as creative as it is hysterical. Okay, maybe it's more hysterical than creative a bit, because it's REALLY funny!

Yep, that's the official screenshot!
The game is, as Oded puts it, "is a FMV 'choose your own adventure' type meta game about making a video game." The entire "game" takes only a few minutes to play. And the end... Oh the end! I'm not giving anything away, just play it! Oh, and you can check out the Ludum Dare page for the game as well!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

One Game a Month (#1GAM): Year Two

There's always an awesome monthly revamp of the site, this one celebrates making it into #1GAM's second year!
Christer Kaitila (@McFunkypants as he's better known) - an incredibly prolific indie game developer - came up with One Game a Month (#1GAM) last year and it's currently celebrating the beginning of year two! If I remember right, I first heard about it mid-December-ish 2012 and was so psyched! As someone who loves a good challenge, the idea of having a great excuse to come up with 12 video games in a year was too much to resist. Oh, and there are achievements and experience points to earn, two things I simply can't resist! I did make five games myself out of the 12 months, although two were in the same month.

The challenge is as simple as the name itself: make a game every month! Unlike many game creation competitions there's only one rule (taken from the website): "There are no rules. This is a personal challenge. Have fun and be nice." I unfortunately didn't note exactly what the count was on January 1st, but as of Jan 3rd there are currently 5,399 games from over 7,000 users! If you're a game developer, you've got no excuse not to give it a try (even if you just make bigger games, you can simply submit each one in the month it's completed), and if you're a video game lover you'll be able to play thousands of games from one place, all searchable by keyword or tag!

Each month, an optional theme is posted, and Christer often does a keynote speech or video. This month's theme is "Respawn", and it's absolutely perfectly fitting for a new year. You can checkout the keynote speech below in the video while you watch countless games going by.

Are you taking part in January's #1GAM? What are you working on?

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Goblyrinth - Ludum Dare 28 Game Review

Goblyrinth by Mlle Eole (@ebezolli) deserves praise for not only being funny, done well and even making a post-LD version (a version that's edited after the 72 hours and therefore not technically part of the jam), but also for succeeding in something that I tried previously myself with 10 Seconds Alive.

Goblyrinth puts you in the shoes of one of ten scouts, each with one matchstick, lighting up the dark and trying to plot a path out of a trap-riddled cave. Each round, a new scout is sent out from the same space, and once you hit space you light the torch. From that point on, each time you press an arrow key to move, the match moves one bit closer to extinguished. Your shaman uses his astral vision to keep a map of anything lit up, so each newly-lit space helps whether you die or not. You can also simply kill your scout at any time with the "Splorch!" button in case you run out of match and get stuck...

WOOHOO! The exit is found, so no more goblins must be sacrificed!

The game is quite funny and, since it's randomly generated, it's fun to play over and over. If you REALLY want a challenge, you can play the post-LD version that generates much more complex, dangerous mazes.

See? MUCH more dangerous!
You can play the Ludum Dare version here or the tougher (but more fun) post-LD version here. If you took part, you can also rate it here. The game/page is in both English and French; if it's in French and you want English, just click the yellow "En" button across the top.

Choose Wisely - Ludum Dare 28 Game Review

Choose Wisely by zconnelly13 is the first platformer I've tried during this Ludum Dare. For those who haven't tried making a platformer, it's one heck of a challenge in 48 hours, and so it's quite common for Ludum Dare platformers to be pretty rough around the edges. While Choose Wisely isn't flawless by any means, it's definitely more polished up than expected. Plus, the art is really fun - I love hand-drawn art, and you can really see how each and every thing in the game was drawn by hand.

Hand drawn art for the win!

What makes Choose Wisely fit the "You Only Get One" theme is that you often have to choose between three choices, and you only get one of them. You get to choose your pet (mouse, kitteh or doge), your jump (wall jump, double jump or strong jump), etc. The choices you make throughout the game will make it (im)possible to get some stars but not others, so if you want all 52 you absolutely have to play through numerous times with different choices.

You only get one jump. Unless it's the wall jump. Or the double jump. But you can only CHOOSE one, so there!

You can play the game free in your browser here, and if you took part in Ludum Dare 28 you can rate it here as well!

Friday, January 3, 2014

A Pantless Man with a Clueless Plan - Ludum Dare 28 Game Review

My third Ludum Dare 28 game review is, in a way, very similar to One Way Out (if you get why, that's awesome, way to go!). A Pantless Man with a Clueless Plan by @Detocroix is a very silly, short little game where you lose no matter what you do (unless you simply refuse to do anything, and if you really want to play that way then you've lost anyway...).

Go ahead, find something and hit the enter key, I dare you!

The game can be completely played in less time than it will take you to read this post, but I really felt compelled to write about it anyway. The game has only eight possible outcomes (seven things to interact with and "don't ever interact with anything, despite the fact that nothing ever happens"), and you only use up to six keys (up, down, left, right, escape and return), but the game is hilarious and has some really fantastic art for being made in 2 days by 1 person! Heck, the dude even recorded the sounds himself by tapping his fingers on a desk and using an ocarina.

The only ending where you, the pantless man, don't die yourself!

You can play the web version for free right here or download it for Win/Mac/Linux from here (you can also rate it if you took part in Ludum Dare 28!) Which ending was your favorite, and did you find all seven?

Tower Zoo for iOS - A Wild Puzzle Game

Note: I don't own any of the available platforms for this game, and am therefore unable to review it. It's not that I don't want to play it, trust me!

The creator of Tower Zoo reached out to me a while back (almost two months ago... Geez am I behind!) about this game, and once I checked it out I figured I had to give it some coverage. Plus, it's one of only three games that was nominated for the Media Innovation Awards, so that's saying quite a bit too!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Kindle Fire HD Giveaway & Free eBook from the Kilenya Series!

This site was not compensated in anyway for this post. This site is not responsible for the giveaway prize. However, this blog writer definitely thinks Kindle Fire looks awesome, and although I don't have one myself, helping to give one away is pretty frickin sweet :D


In Celebration of the release of The Golden Symbol, the last book in the Kilenya Series, author Andrea Pearson is giving away a Kindle Fire HD and eBooks 2-6 in the series. Are you asking what happened to the first book? Well, that is FREE Until January 18th and the second book, The Ember Gods, is only 99 cents until January 18th as well. What a score! Head over and download your free copy of the first book, The Key of Kilenya, now.
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Now for the giveaway

This Giveaway is open to US Residents Only. 18+ or older. This giveaways ends January 18th at Midnight EST. The winner will be chosen and given 24 hours to respond VIA EMAIL. If no response is given another winner will be chosen. I am not responsible for prize fulfillment or shipping mishaps. KINDLE FIRE HD is what you will win along with eBooks 2-6 from the Kilenya Series. Don't forget to download the first book listed above for free. After January 18th, it'll go back up in price.