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Pocket Casts Desktop

While the Windows app store has several proper podcasting apps to choose from I still prefer using the excellent Pocket Casts web app by Shifty Jelly. It has a superb, snappy interface that for me works better than even most native apps. It also has the the advatage of syncing via an account across it’s apps on other platforms as well.

So it was a pleasant surprise to see them introduce a Windows app in the store. While this is not a native app it is a hosted web app which works very well. The functionality I missed most sorely was the ability to pause and resume a podcast natively like any other native audio app.

The app is not free but it has a 14 day trial and only a one time fee of $9.

Get the app from here

Kickstarter Highlight: Iron Harvest

This has got to be the most interesting strategy game project in recent years. From what has been shown so far the game seems to have some serious potential. It is also being made by King Art Games an experienced and established game developer.

A classic real-time strategy game with an epic single player campaign, multiplayer & coop, set in the alternate reality of 1920+

Find out more about the game here

Chuchel out now

Amanita Design, the indie dev behind modern adventure games Machinarium, Botanicula and Samorost 3, has launched CHUCHEL on Windows PC and Mac platforms. Just like any Amanita game before, CHUCHEL immediately strikes you with its distinctive visual style and sheer playfulness, however, CHUCHEL is not a matter of complex backgrounds and extraordinarily complicated puzzles – this time it is all about humor, laughs and cherries.

Why cherries? Because that’s what Chuchel, the game’s eponymous hairy hero, craves the most. He needs the players’ help to overcome various challenges ranging from logical puzzles to robot battles to escaping swarms of berserk Pac-Men in order to reclaim the precious red fruit. Each level is built upon original animation style of Jaromir Plachy and fittingly witty music, courtesy of the IGF Award winning Czech band DVA.

CHUCHEL is out now for $9.99 through Steam, GOG.com, Humble Store, itch.io, the Mac App Store and the game’s official website: www.chuchel.net. CHUCHEL Cherry Edition – containing the full game, 44-minute original soundtrack by DVA, 89-page digital art book featuring design drawings and concept arts from the creator of CHUCHEL Jaromir Plachy and a CHUCHEL Sans font – is also available for $15.
CHUCHEL is expected to land on Android and iOS devices later in Q2 2018.

IA Writer gets a Windows version

IA Writer is a minimal writing app that has been fairly popular on MacOS and mobile platforms for several years now. Creative writing apps of that quality are few and far between on the Windows platform so it’s great to see the developer has plans to bring it to the Windows platform. While they have a working version ready for polish they need some help in the final phase before bringing it live. You can support them via their kickstarter campaign here.

AO – An Elegant Microsoft To-Do desktop app

Microsoft To Do the successor to Wunderlist has been progressing well. While I always imagined it to be a proprietary app with no way to modify it an enterprising developer has done just that. While it maintains the same basic look and feel of the original To DO app it spices it up with a few useful additions that can be accessed via a set of shortcut keys. Some of the key additions are.

Multiple Color Themes

Compact Mode

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List Navigation

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Custom Shortcut Keys

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Scalable Interface

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Download the app and find out more here

Dropbox 5.0 for Windows 10 gets a beautiful UI refresh

Dropbox for Windows 10 just hit version 5.0. It brings with a stunning Fluent design inspired update. Download it here

Forza Motorsport 7 now available on Windows 10

The latest iteration in the venerable Forza series is now available to download from the Windows Store here.

Celebrate with the launch trailer

Pyre from Supergiant Games comes out on July 25th

The next game from the developers of Bastion and Transistor comes out on July 25th.

Pyre is a party-based RPG in which you lead a band of exiles to freedom through ancient competitions spread across a vast, mystical purgatory. Who shall return to glory, and who shall remain in exile to the end of their days?

Find out more about the game in this blog post by the team.

Some screenshots of the game.

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Somerville – A new game from Ex Playdead Founder Dino Patti

When Dino Patti the co-founder of Playdead left the studio some of us wondered where he was heading to next. He has just annouced the founding of a new independent studio Jumpship located in the UK. They are currently working on their debut title Somerville.

It has been described as

A Sci-Fi Action Adventure that chronicles the lives of key individuals in the wake of a global catastrophe.

While no platforms or details other than that have been announced it would be safe to assume that the game would come to Windows at some time in the future.

This is a short teaser trailer for the game. You can find more details about the game and the new studio here

 

 

What Remains of Edith Finch now out

If your a fan of the walking simulator genre of games like Gone Home, Firewatch, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter etc and interesting new entry in the genre What Remains of Edith Finch is now out on Steam.

From the games official description

What Remains of Edith Finch is a collection of strange tales about a family in Washington state. As Edith, you’ll explore the colossal Finch house, searching for stories as she explores her family history and tries to figure out why she’s the last one in her family left alive.

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Get it from the Steam Store here

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