All posts by Chad

The Hunt for Steam Greenlight: September 30, 2014

Steam Greenlight is a competitive place. Our Steam Greenlight campaign has been hard fought thus far. We know just how big of a role promotion plays in getting your game onto Steam. It’s time for our semi-regular piece where we highlight some unique, cool, or just plain fun Steam Greenlight games.

Remember:

It’s time for…

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Battle Brothers

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=311186565

Fight with your brothers!

Battle Brothers is a really fun looking strategy game. The art is similar to Diego’s style. (Gorgeous and hand-painted.) Some of the game is procedurally generated, so that’s a replayability plus. If you’re curious to try before giving them the vote, you can even go download their combat demo: http://battlebrothersgame.com/downloads/.

I Can’t Escape: Darkness

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=315021678

Or can you?

On the opposite end of the sprectrum: A horror game! Oh my! The game looks pretty cool, and apparently it’s a follow up from a game on Newgrounds! (http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/610205) It’s refreshing to see new entries into the genre.

Ultraworld

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=309754491

Whoa! Colors!

Ultraworld looks cool and unique. It has a seemingly interesting narrative to deliver. The color palette is appetizing. It is, a bit of a mystery, though. It will be interesting to see more. Again, if you don’t want to wait for Steam, you can check it out at http://visit-ultraworld.com.

 

 

Thanks for reading! Please check out the projects on Steam, give them a thumbs up, and spread the word! Every bit helps.

Indie Van Game Jam Episode 3 Is Live!

After a two month cliff-hanger from episode 2, Wizards of the East Coast, the second half of the story comes in like a wrecking ball. (Sorry, I had to.)

Check out the latest and greatest episode of Indie Van Game Jam, “Wreckingball Run.” In this episode, the mystery producer from Episode 2 asks us to make them a branded game that has them look “cool,” “hip,” and “with it.” We take the task head on as we take the detour to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

This episode features Pixel Dash Studios, who just released Road Redemption on Steam Early Access. 

Head over to IndieVanGameJam.com to see the episode and download the game.

The Hunt for Steam Greenlight: September 5, 2014

As an indie worried about our Steam Greenlight campaign, we know just how big of a role promotion plays in getting your game onto Steam.  Every once in a while we dig around Steam Greenlight, find some really cool projects, and help spread the word about them!

Here’s how it works:

Here are this weeks picks for games that are in The Hunt For Steam Greenlight.

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Words for Evil

words_for_evil_greenlight

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=296295398

A typing fantasy RPG? Yeah. The trailer looks pretty awesome and reminds me of games such as 10,000,000 and what we were trying to create, This is My Quest. It purports to have complex combat, multiple varieties of word game based on the action at hand, and tons of content.

24 Killers

WATCH OUT!

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=304847468

24 Killers intrigued me with its cool artwork.  It turns out this one dude, Todd Luke, is like Shakey Graves for indie games.  According to his Kickstarter, which was successfully funded, he is tackling the game’s programming, art, and music alone.   It’s an adventure game where “four miscreant spirits are possessing the people in a small island town, and you’re responsible for finding them.” Sign me up!

A Rite from the Stars

Shiny!

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=230466606

A Rite from the Stars rounds our collection this week. It looks playful. It looks interesting. It has care and attention dripping from it’s pores. The trailer is well done. This game takes our third vote this week.

 

That’s all folks! Thanks for reading. Please check out the projects on Steam, give them a thumbs up, and spread the word! Every bit helps.

The Hunt for Steam Greenlight: August 22, 2014

As an indie worried about our Steam Greenlight campaign, we know just how big of a role promotion plays in getting your game onto Steam. (People can’t vote Yes if they don’t know it exists, right?) We thought it would be fun to dig around Steam Greenlight, find some really cool projects, and help spread the word about them!

Here’s how it works:

So without much further ado, here are our inaugural picks in something we call, The Hunt for Steam Greenlight!

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Chad’s Pick

Nefarious

Look at that evil villain!

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=302864808

We had a chance to play what was the basis for this game while we visited PixelDash in Baton Rouge for Episode 3 of the show. At the time, it was still pretty nifty. (This was in early January.) Even then it had a lot of polish from the weapons and projectiles to the decorations placed about the levels.

Diego’s Pick

Relic Hunters Zero

Oooh! Wavy stuff!
I really dig the gameplay style which is an isometric run and gun style action game with a really fun visual style. Combat looks fluid and fun with a lot of attention given to tactics and positioning. Now, the name suggests there might be some exploration and discovery… I sure hope so!

Scott’s Pick

The Phantom PI Mission Apparition

Wail out, ghostly apparition!

Someone on their Greenlight page described it as Animal Crossing meets Ghostbusters!  The trailer does a terrific job at establishing setting, atmosphere, conflict and some of the mechanics you’ll use to stop the booooolies. (See what I did there?)


Thanks for reading! Please check out the projects on Steam, give them a thumbs up, and spread the word! Every bit helps.

SGC 2014 Wrap-Up!

This weekend we were fortunate enough to be exhibiting at the Screwattack Gaming Convention (or SGC Wooooooo!) We brought a few of our games from the Indie Van Game Jam in order to promote the Steam Greenlight campaign we launched that morning, Friday July 11th. Although only Scott and I could attend, we had a total blast in Indie Heaven!

First of all, many thanks to our friend Drew McGee for helping us out and tending the booth with us. Drew is a former compatriot of BioWare and has written for titles such as Bumble Tales and The Banner Saga. He’s also a bright, smiling face who got plenty of people to the booth as well as the hookup from the roaming Red Bull distributors. (Dat Red Bull Silver!)

It was such a treat to meet so many new faces and watch as people genuinely enjoyed our games. We met cosplayers of impressive caliber. Hardcore gamers with impressive skills. Parents who forgot how a simpler game could be fun for (and played by) anyone. Check out some of our attendees on our Facebook page!

Someone just found the sea serpent in our game 'Round the World!
Someone just found the sea serpent in our game ‘Round the World!

As mentioned, we were trying to promote our new Steam Greenlight campaign for Indie Van Game Jam! Everyone seemed to be digging what we were laying down. Everyone was crazy supportive. Fans loved our stickers and seemed to be really interested in the Indie Van Game Jam. Honestly, when you see Stunt Mitch or Round the World in-person, it’s hard not to be a fan.

Indie Heaven, the happening place for indies, was full of great stories and talent. From our high-school neighbors, SmartCade, to the hometown heroes, Dallas Society of Play, the room contained a great level of passion. While Scott got completely addicted to Tumblestone, Chad flocked to KR-17. Big thanks to them and all the other exhibitors who we got to meet.

Can’t wait for Classic Game Fest!