by Joseph Leray

The Maker's Eden

Screwy Lightbulb in an awkwardly-named multinational indie game studio that stretches from South Africa to Minnesota. Their first game is called "The Maker's Eden," a stylish first-person sci-fi noir adventure game that's kept my attention all afternoon.

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Rovio has just announced a follow-up to their wildly successful merging of agitated avians and the Force. It's a sequel to Angry Birds Star Wars called, what else, "Angry Birds Star Wars II."

Though what sets this apart from the countless (but equally successful) follow-ups that developer has already produced is how it also incorporates real world elements, via something called "Telepods."
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by Joseph Leray

You are standing in the ridiculously long line for a bathroom at San Diego Comic-Con. Instead of dropping trou into a giant, novelty swag bag with some unheard of Korean MMO plastered on the side, the editors of the Devastator hope you'll play a rousing round of "Comic-Con Star Stalker."

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By Matt Cabral

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“Pacific Rim”'s bots and beasts won't officially start tearing up the big screen until the film releases this Friday, but gamers can get a head-start on the Earth-saving action tomorrow. Based on Guillermo del Toro's blockbuster-to-be, “Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Pacific Rim”—a mobile entry with a mouthful-of-a-title—puts players behind the mech-like Jaegers and pits them against a lethal line-up of ugly monsters.
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The App Store is not only one of the most thriving digital marketplaces in operation today, but one of the most powerful and influential of its kind, period. Practically since day one, which is almost five years ago today.

So to celebrate its upcoming birthday, Apple is giving away assorted goodies! You've got free apps, which are great and all, but since this is a gaming blog, let's just concentrate on the free games!
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by Joseph Leray

Real talk: my idea of a good time is getting day drunk on a beach. D-Pad Studios, however, use their vacation time like productive members of society: when the team decided they needed a break from developing the much-ballyhooed "Owlboy," they spent their free time developing "Savant" instead of getting gross airbrush t-shirts at an Alvin's Island in Panama City Beach.

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by Joseph Leray

Gears of War: Judgment

According to a recent listing on their jobs site, Epic Games is working on (surprise!) an online action game in addition to its survival horror building game, "Fortnite." The studio is looking for a system designers for both projects and notes that the unannounced and unnamed project has already moved into pre-production.

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by Joseph Leray

Ittle Dew

When "Darksiders" was released in 2010, critics and reviewers tripped over themselves to remind is that Vigil's debut was a high fantasy, grimdark version of "The Legend of Zelda." Well -- THQ went bankrupt, Crytek hired what was left of Vigil, and the "Darksiders" series went to Nordic Games.

"A Hat in Time," the recently-Kickstarted venture from Gears for Breakfast, might have lifted "Wind Waker"'s cel-shaded look, but its bones seem to have more in common with "Mario 64." A good "Zelda" clone is hard to find, so they say.

A more straightforward homage can be found in Ludosity's "Ittle Dew," a cartoony hand-drawn action-adventure game complete with block puzzles, smashable urns, whackable villagers, and a green-tunic'ed hero(ine).

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Promising a deep, challenging, and robust IP that's free-to-play while dedicated in the mobile scene typically elicits overtly dramatic eye rolls from the hardcore. It's no secret that this model usually aims at the gamer-lite crowd with cheap, bread-crumb game mechanics preying on the uninitiated that result in pay-to-win schemes. Shedding the stigma of F2P and getting the hardcore crowd interested is quite the mountain to climb but one game company thinks they have what it takes with their new RTS game "Champs: Battleground."
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Color Zen

Sometimes making a game is more about the process than it is about the end result, but it helps when the end result is a really good game.

"One of our engineers that was on the core team was referencing the one art class that he took in college. 'One of our assignments we were looking at this artist who was doing very abstract color prints and I just feel like there's a game in there somewhere.'"

And with that, the seed of "Color Zen" was planted.

For most people, matching colors together sounds like one of the world's simplest tasks; something that they have been doing since they were in diapers. Taking that kind of a basic human skill and turning it into a game that is both compelling and challenging is no easy task, but that's exactly what Large Animal Games' latest release, "Color Zen" does.
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