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Telltale Shutting Down

I fondly remembered playing the first season of The Walking Dead. It was a deeply affecting choice based adventure game. As I reached the conclusion to that first season I realised how effective narrative experiences could go even beyond your expectations when you added a degree of interactivity to them. It was a game lauded by both players and critics alike. But over the years the studio was mired in controversy. Layoffs and toxic working conditions had become common talking points about the studio. So it is with much sadness to learn that the studio would be closing down with just a few employees remaining to wrap up any remaining projects. How a studio which was once considered as a benchmark for narrative based interactive experiences could have fallen so far?

Translucent TB

Translucent TB  is a wonderful Windows 10 taskbar customisation tool that let’s you apply some new styles to the taskbar like fully transparent and fluent design versions.


The Flame in the Flood free in the Humble Store

For a limited time grab The Flame in the Flood for free from the Humble Bundle store.

From the Store description:

A rogue-lite river journey through the backwaters of a forgotten post-societal America. Forage, craft, evade predators.

From the Art Director of BioShock and a team of veterans of the BioShock, Halo, Guitar Hero and Rock Band series comes The Flame in the Flood.

Travel by foot and by raft down a procedurally-generated river as you scrounge for resources, craft tools, remedy afflictions, evade the vicious wildlife, and most importantly, stay ahead of the coming rains.

 

 

Firewatch developer Campo Santo acquired by Valve

Developers Campo Santo of the acclaimed indie title Firewatch have announced they will be joining Valve. On the surface it may seems a rather unlikely acquisition by a company at Valve but the developers have penned a short blog post that tries to explain it all. The good news is that they will continue to work on their previously announced game In the Valley of Gods.

In the Valley of Gods

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