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DROD: The Second Sky Releases July 1
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Caravel Games recently announced a July 1 release for The Second Sky, the fifth major title in the DROD puzzle-dungeon crawler series. The epic conclusion to the story of Beethro Budkin, professional dungeon exterminator, will pit the hero against the underground Rooted Empire to prevent the ominous Grand Event.

DROD is a unique turn-based dungeon crawler played on a 2-D grid. It is best described succinctly as "Zelda chess." Campaigns are comprised of a series of interconnecting rooms and levels. Each area is a unique, hand-crafted puzzle that you solve by clearing out all the monsters while avoiding a series of deathtraps. This game is designed as a tremendously rewarding experience for the hardcore gamer, especially geared toward avid puzzle solvers and dungeon delvers
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"The Second Sky" is the epic conclusion to the story of Beethro Budkin, professional dungeon exterminator. Guide Beethro as he goes up against the underground Rooted Empire in a race against time against the ominous Grand Event. Beethro is always fond of saying "there is no problem that can't be solved with a really big sword," but he will need to use a variety of fresh new weapons and tactics to win the day this time against a dire threat.
 
TSS pushes the unique DROD puzzle formula to the limit. TSS introduces several novel game mechanics and improves production values in every way over previous titles. An integrated online Hints-and-Solutions system allows players to easily look up all available help ever given for that puzzle, and if they are the first, quickly and specifically ask what they need with the benefit of customized, labeled room diagrams. TSS features a series of overworld maps that allow the player to quickly travel to multiple game areas. Twelve environmental terrain styles and soundtracks in all, with realtime lighting and a range of environmental effects, enhance the puzzle-solving experience.
 
All-new puzzle elements and enhanced level crafting abilities add a huge amount of depth over previous offerings in the franchise. An array of new weapons are a game-changer that force the player to reimagine how to tackle every imaginable puzzle. DROD has an incredibly active player community that has published over 25,000 puzzle rooms available for free download.
 
During development, TSS brought in a large group of old and new talent. The puzzles and world have been crafted by a team of established master level designers from the Caravel community, with story conceived by DROD creator Erik Hermansen himself, beautiful new and improved game illustrations by artist Alex Kowalczyk, and over two hours of new music by video game composer Emmett Plant and synthpop artist Jon Sonnenberg. Explore the world of DROD in this epic puzzle adventure by Caravel Games.
For more information read the pages below.

DROD: The Second Sky Greenlight Page
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Meet A Russian Woman In Lifeless Planet
6:00 AM | IMG News | 4 comments

Lifeless Planet from KISS is available now for purchase and download at Mac Game Store. The third person action adventure game puts players in the role of an astronaut stranded on a lifeless planet. Players must unravel the mystery of the strange planet and the unusual woman they meet if they hope to survive.

While seeking life on a distant planet, an astronaut discovers an abandoned Russian town. He suspects his mission is a hoax until a mysterious young woman saves him from a strange and deadly phenomenon... Lifeless Planet is a third-person action-adventure that features an old-school sci-fi story and spectacular environments in the spirit of classic action-adventures.

After a hard landing on the planet, the astronaut discovers the planet that was reported to be rich with life is instead a barren wasteland. When he goes searching for his crew, he makes a more startling discovery: evidence that humans have already been to this planet years ago! When he comes upon a deserted Soviet-era Russian town, he struggles to make sense of his mission. Did his light-speed travel to the planet send him back in time? Or is this all some strange Cold War hoax?

Along the way, the astronaut meets a Russian woman, Aelita, who is somehow able to survive the hostile atmosphere of the planet. Through an unusual natural phenomenon, her skin causes the soil to glow green under her feet. The player must use these glowing tracks as a guide across the planet past treacherous and deadly threats. Is she leading him to safety... or an untimely death?

Lifeless Planet was inspired by Cold War era science fiction stories, posing questions about humankind's desire for space travel. What if you journeyed across the galaxy to another planet, only to find humans had already been there? What kind of person would sign up for a one-way mission, leaving behind planet Earth and everyone they've ever known and love... to go in search of an Earth-like planet?

Equipped with a limited-use jet-pack and a mobile robotic arm, the player must use wits and skill to solve puzzles, unravel the mystery, and survive the Lifeless Planet!

Features:

  • Explore 20 unique and atmospheric environments on a vast and treacherous planet.
  • Follow a mysterious young woman as she guides you past dangerous terrain and deadly life-forms.
  • Investigate the startling discovery of an abandoned Russian town.
  • Experience an exciting and intriguing story through rich graphics and cinematic cut-scenes.
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.7 or later
  • 2 GHz Dual Core Intel Mac
  • 1.5 GB RAM
  • 900 MB HD Space
Lifeless Planet is available now for $15.99, 20% off the regular price.

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Goat Simulator Makes Its Way To Macs
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

Coffee Stain Studios has announced that Goat Simulator is now available for Mac and Linux gamers. Based on an April Fool's joke, the game allows players to take command of their own goat and roam the land to cause as much destruction as possible.

Hey goats! The long awaited Mac and Linux ports are now finally availalble for everyone to enjoy. We've been working long and hard to make them happen, but now they're finally here.

About the Game
Goat Simulator is the latest in goat simulation technology, bringing next-gen goat simulation to YOU. You no longer have to fantasize about being a goat, your dreams have finally come true! WASD to write history.

Gameplay-wise, Goat Simulator is all about causing as much destruction as you possibly can as a goat. It has been compared to an old-school skating game, except instead of being a skater, you're a goat, and instead of doing tricks, you wreck stuff. Destroy things with style, such as doing a backflip while headbutting a bucket through a window, and you'll earn even more points! Or you could just give Steam Workshop a spin and create your own goats, levels, missions, and more! When it comes to goats, not even the sky is the limit, as you can probably just bug through it and crash the game.

Disclaimer: Goat Simulator is a completely stupid game and, to be honest, you should probably spend your money on something else, such as a hula hoop, a pile of bricks, or maybe pool your money together with your friends and buy a real goat.

Key Features:

  • You can be a goat
  • Get points for wrecking stuff - brag to your friends that you're the alpha goat
  • Steam Workshop support - make your own goats, levels, missions, game modes, and more!
  • MILLIONS OF BUGS! We're only eliminating the crash-bugs, everything else is hilarious and we're keeping it
  • In-game physics that spazz out all the time
  • Seriously look at that goat's neck
  • You can be a goat

Mac System Requirements:

    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X version 10.8 or later
    • Processor: 1.4 GHz Intel CPU or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: SM 3.0-compatible, 512MB VRAM (HD4000 or better)
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: MacBook Pro 2011, iMac 2011, MacBook Air 2012
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X version 10.8 or later
    • Processor: 2.0 Ghz Intel CPU or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: SM 3.0-compatible, 512MB VRAM (HD5000 or better)
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: 2013 models or better
Goat Simulator is available now for $9.99.

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Parcel Laser Puzzler Announced
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Finnish game developer Polar Bunny Ltd has announced its upcoming cyberpunk puzzle adventure game, Parcel. The multi-character puzzle title challenges players to solve interlocking laser puzzles using the unique abilities of different characters.

“After years of dreaming and a few months of talented people tirelessly working towards a common goal, Parcel is finally shaping up to be the game it deserves to be,” said the project’s creative director Pyry Takkunen and continued: “To see one’s brainchild finally enter daylight is both enormously humbling and scary at the same time. I sincerely hope the Steam audience sees the potential that we’ve seen in Parcel ever since it existed only on graph paper!”

Parcel is an innovative multi-character puzzle game where the player has to solve interlocking laser puzzles using the unique abilities of different characters. The game can be played alone or cooperatively with friends. The final game will feature over one hundred unique puzzles and a level editor which enables the amount of playable content to grow to unpredictable numbers. The story of the game, which follows the adventures of a 22nd century postage company, touches on subjects such as post-humanism (pun very much intended) and virtual reality, with the full intent of boggling the players’ minds with philosophical questions about the future.
 
Drawing inspirations from classics such as The Lost Vikings, Sokoban and Super Metroid but also some more unexpected suspects like The Legend of Zelda, Brave New World and the Rubik’s Cube, Parcel aims to be a memorable ludological and narrative experience that will make players think and leave them thinking afterwards. A puzzling future awaits!

Game features:

  • Over 100 levels of a puzzling adventure divided into numerous distinct sectors
  • Single-player and co-op – play the entire adventure alone or with friends!
  • Several unique characters with their own interesting personalities and special powers to help you solve even the hardest challenges – or to complicate things further
  • A multi-layered story with plot twists and general ominousness culminating in one question: what’s in the box and why?
  • Gorgeous environments with moody, colorful visuals
  • An extensive level editor with endless creation possibilities – make your own puzzles and challenge the world!
Once the game is released, players can expect add-ons in the form of new characters, levels and editor content that expand Parcel further as both a game and a service. Community features, such as increasing player involvement by allowing users to request editor objects, are in plans. The developers firmly believe that harnessing the creative spirit of the community is essential for Parcel, as there are literally millions of different mind-boggling puzzles that can be created with the character and level object combinations.
Learn more about the game at the links below.

Parcel Greenlight
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