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Clockwork Racers – multiscreen Micro Machines action

Clockwork Racers – multiscreen Micro Machines action
Oh man, I've been meaning to write about Clockwork racers ever since I saw it at the ExPlay Conference in Bath. It's a really beautiful top-down racer, in the style of Codemasters classic Micro Machines - except you're driving teeny-weeny clockwork robots rather than teeny weeny toy cars.

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How indie devs should talk to the press – by the press!

How indie devs should talk to the press – by the press!

Last week I did a talk at the Launch Conference in Birmingham about how developers should deal with the gaming press. As part of my 'preparations' I asked a bunch of my peers what they thought. Here's what they told me...

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Maia: kickstarting the god game revival

Maia: kickstarting the god game revival

There are 12 days to go. 12 days. And Simon Roth needs £50,000 or it's all over. This being the indie games business in 2012, we're of course talking about a Kickstarter project. We're talking about Maia.

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Alt-Minds is… something… erm… don’t say transmedia!

Alt-Minds is... something... erm... don't say transmedia!
I'm not sure I can tell you what Alt-Minds is, but I can tell you it looks like something that might happen in the future somehow.

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Wave Trip – the Bad Hotel guys are back

Wave Trip – the Bad Hotel guys are back

The musical makers of our favourite audio-obsessed tower defence game are back with another super stylish sound toy, this time in the form of a daring adventure with a level editor!

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The Hookshot bundle watch

The Hookshot bundle watch
Another selection of indie bundle deals and news stories from around the bundling world. This week: Sportsfriends, Harvest and Humble Bundle Android!

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Galaxy Ball – Crossfire for the 21st Century

Galaxy Ball – Crossfire for the 21st Century

If you read that headline and thought, "Crossfire? What the heck is Crossfire? Is it on iOS?", you are too young for that cultural reference. But don't let that stop you from discovering more about this futuristic single-screen multiplayer competitive ball blasting sports sim!

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Lazarus – the twin-stick shooter gets touchy

Lazarus – the twin-stick shooter gets touchy

A twin-stick shooter for a otuchscreen device? Why, can such a thing be realised without recourse to the dreaded virtual controller? Yes, cries SpiltMilk Studios - and here is the highly promising evidence...

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The Button Affair: Flashback meets Madmen

The Button Affair: Flashback meets Madmen

It's a scrolling platformer that looks like a cool '60s graphic design sequence and it has a cast of characters so chic they could out-style the employees of Sterling Cooper without ruffling a collar. Do you ruffle collars? I don't know.

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Mike Bithell on the lessons learned at GameCity

Mike Bithell on the lessons learned at GameCity
The creator of Thomas Was Alone tells us what he found out about his game when he let the likes of Kieron Gillen, Martin Hollis and Adam Saltsman poke about in it

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Shove Pro invents the endless shoving genre

Shove Pro invents the endless shoving genre
In the future, I believe all indie games will be based around the weird conventions of bad '80s action films – for now though, we have Shove Pro.

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Janksy – part physics puzzler, part platformer, all good for Windows 8

Janksy – part physics puzzler, part platformer, all good for Windows 8
When it launches on Friday, Windows 8 will have at least one super appealing aspect – the debut game from start-up UK studio, Dlala, a cunning space platforming puzzler, conceived of via text message and written in garages...

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