Foxy Pick: TRI – Of Friendship and Madness (Rat King Entertainment)

TRI1.pngI always knew that TRI: Of Friendship and Madness was shaping up to become something special indeed, but I honestly never expected it to be this good and so amazingly polished. Actually, were I to pick my favourite 3D puzzler between Portal and TRI, I'd simply chose TRI. Yes, it's that good.

Now, as you may have guessed, TRI is sort of an immense 3D puzzle box you get explore by solving puzzles. A huge variety of brilliantly designed and balanced puzzles to be exact, as you'll be tasked with everything from guessing which levers to pull and constructing bridges out of triangles (TRIs) conjured out of thin air to moving walls of crates and uncovering hidden passages.

TRI2.pngAll this mental exercise is supported by some wonderfully stylized graphics and an endearing plot involving foxes; probably some of the most playful gods ever to grace a game. Let alone a game set in intricate temples whose halls are filled with one of 2014's finest soundtracks.

You can grab TRI: Of Friendship and Madness for Windows, Mac and Linux from the dev's site and a selection of online outlets including Steam, GOG, IndieGameStand and itch.io.

A demo is available via itch.io and IndieDB.

Browser Pick: Late Night Driver

latenightdriver.pngLate Night Driver is like a violent, vehicular version of Air Hockey, where the table is a stretch of dangerous highway devoid of dividing traffic lanes, and the pucks are unsuspecting cars you must use continually collide with to take out the most oncoming automobiles, without running into said oncoming traffic yourself.

It's as intense as it sounds.

I really enjoyed the visual effects of this game, the way red taillights and white headlights shine, tall and reflective, in the distance, and become more discernible the closer you get. It really resembled the look of a highway late at night... with added explosions.

The audio could've used some work. Nothing against the song itself, but after a couple playthroughs, I started to go crazy hearing that same riff over and over again. The sound effects, on the other hand, are sparse. There's a muted whirring that plays when you zoom by a car, the same sound that plays when you collide with and start ricocheting cars around the track, which is a bit of a disappointment.

That aside, the game is pretty fun. If you don't mind games that are a little rough around the edges, give Late Night Driver a try on Game Jolt.

Browser Pick: Late Night Driver

latenightdriver.pngLate Night Driver is like a violent, vehicular version of Air Hockey, where the table is a stretch of dangerous highway devoid of dividing traffic lanes, and the pucks are unsuspecting cars you must use continually collide with to take out the most oncoming automobiles, without running into said oncoming traffic yourself.

It's as intense as it sounds.

I really enjoyed the visual effects of this game, the way red taillights and white headlights shine, tall and reflective, in the distance, and become more discernible the closer you get. It really resembled the look of a highway late at night... with added explosions.

The audio could've used some work. Nothing against the song itself, but after a couple playthroughs, I started to go crazy hearing that same riff over and over again. The sound effects, on the other hand, are sparse. There's a muted whirring that plays when you zoom by a car, the same sound that plays when you collide with and start ricocheting cars around the track, which is a bit of a disappointment.

That aside, the game is pretty fun. If you don't mind games that are a little rough around the edges, give Late Night Driver a try on Game Jolt.

The Joylancer: Legendary Motor Knight coming to Steam Early Access

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February brought us The Joylancer: Legendary Motor Knight in demo form. Now, a few months under a year later, this Game Boy-styled action platformer will soon be available through Steam Early Access.

Those interested in picking up The Joylancer through Early Access for Windows will be able to at the game's Steam page at some point in November for $10. The final version will cost between $15 and $20 and is tentatively due out in January 2015.

Kickstarter Comedy Pick: HM SPIFFING (BillyGoat Entertainment)

Being all quaint, stunning and actually funny, Her Majesty's SPIFFING is one sci-fi adventure that simply has to be made and with this being it's second attempt at Kickstarter it also seems like our final chance to support it.

Besides, both Captain Frank Lee English and the HMSS Imperialise look better than ever, whereas the available alpha demo (Windows, Mac) is already mightily impressive. And, yes, clever and funny too and, rather impressively, sporting a controller interface for puzzle solving that should finally make point-and-clickers playable without a mouse. Not that mouse won't be supported, mind you, but I thought you should know.

The game will be out for Windows, Mac and Linux and a pledge of 12 British pounds (that'd be less than $20) will get you a copy of the game upon launch.

The Ruins of Old Earth is a moody and low-fi Metroid-style game

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Metroid fans rejoice: it looks like Axiom Verge isn't the only notable game coming in this style. The Ruins of Old Earth look as though it's going to take the dark, moody pixelated atmosphere of Samus' first adventure and run miles with it.

The name of the game implies so much, though the story is shrouded in mystery as of now. You're the sole explorer of a new, undiscovered region of Earth, so you burrow in, prepared to deal with the harsh conditions and unknown horrors that await you. A sense of uncertainty is always a good element to have in a game like this, and so far it seems as though it has that in spades.

The graphics are lo-fi and pixelated to a stylish degree. They're appropriately dark as well, looking as frightening as they do cavernous. The music also has an appropriate tone, as evidenced by this background music sample.

It's estimated that the game is currently at about 70 percent of the way done. There are currently 10 different types of enemies and plans for three boss fights. Defeating these foes will requires you to use your jetpack and multiple weapons found through the game to the best of your abilities. There's no estimated release date or target platforms announced as of yet. The game's progress can be tracked on its TIG Source page.

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Kickstarter Pick: Basement (HalfBus)

Remember a lovely little strategy game called Basement? Well, good for you, for it was lovely indeed and it's about to get much lovelier with a little help from the Basement Kickstarter campaign. A campaign to drastically improve upon the original drug-dealing strategy game with all sorts of bells and whistles, including a deeper plot, cut-scenes, more drugs, more options, wildly improved music and way better pixel-art graphics.

The game will be available for Windows, Mac and Linux and a pledge of $8 will secure you a copy upon release.