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Adventures in Indie Gaming!

The Most Awful Idea Ever for an Augmented Reality Game

Posted by Rampant Coyote on July 18, 2016

Pokémon Go has become the gaming fad of the season. I haven’t played due to not having enough memory on my phone. But I have a lot of friends playing. As both a gamer and game designer, I respect the idea. In my opinion, one of the biggest things it has done has been to […]


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The Strange RPG Keeps Getting Stranger: Five Nights at Freddy’s World Released, Removed from Steam

Posted by Rampant Coyote on January 26, 2016

Five Nights at Freddy’s is a very popular jump-scare horror game series by indie developer Scott Cawthon. I’ve played the first one. I was amused. My kids, however… my kids loved it. They and their friends didn’t want to play it, mind you. Maybe because it was too scary? No, they wanted to watch other […]


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Virtual Reality Horror and the Potential for Subtlety

Posted by Rampant Coyote on November 19, 2015

With consumer Virtual Reality on the horizon, PEGI is considering changing its rating systems to handle VR horror. The reason? Horror in VR is likely to far more intense than horror on a wide-screen video game (which is, in turn, more intense than horror in a movie). Based on my limited VR experience, I’d assume […]


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Well, %$#@! Desura Owner Bad Juju Files Bankruptcy

Posted by Rampant Coyote on June 5, 2015

Well, that sucks. I’ve been a fan of Desura for quite a while. I’ve used it to discover a lot of off-beat indie games, particularly when it was so difficult to get a game on Steam. I’ve recommended them to other developers. They’ve been a decent partner to work with in the past. And of […]


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Dating Sim + Horror

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 30, 2014

I can’t say I’m a connoisseur of Dating Sims, but the ones I have played felt like a very interesting and different subspecies of RPG. If you haven’t played one – it’s a specially focused implementation of a “Life Sim.” If you haven’t played one of those … well, you know what “The Sims” is? […]


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Indie Horror: Last Minute Roundup

Posted by Rampant Coyote on October 31, 2014

Okay, I ran out of month to talk about all the horror / Halloween – themed indie games I wanted to talk about. Maybe next year I’ll do this again, if you enjoyed this series. To finish things off, I’m just going to briefly touch on a handful of additional games I didn’t get to […]


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Indie Horror: Gabriel Knight Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition

Posted by Rampant Coyote on October 30, 2014

Determining whether or not a game is “indie” has always been challenging, but it gets moreso every day. Take Minecraft. It started out as indie as indie could be… a game made by a lone wolf developer on his own terms, not even sold through a third party. But then it made gobs of money, […]


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Indie Horror: The Last Door

Posted by Rampant Coyote on October 29, 2014

I was kinda skeptical of this one. Yes, even as a retro-gamer, I had issues with giant-pixel graphics running at VIC-20 resolutions (albeit with way more colors). But I broke down and tried The Game Kitchen’s adventure,  The Last Door: Collector’s Edition. The entire game is available free-to-play as an online Flash title, which you […]


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Indie Horror: Sir, You Are Being Hunted

Posted by Rampant Coyote on October 28, 2014

Honestly, I never really thought of Big Robot’s Sir, You Are Being Hunted as a horror title, but it was billed as such on GOG.COM, and I thought, “Sure, why not?” It’s a stealth / survival game, like many others of the genre, and the gameplay lends itself to the flavor. Your enemies are tweed-wearing, very […]


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Indie Horror: The Horror at MS Aurora

Posted by Rampant Coyote on October 27, 2014

I like to encourage indies to take chances and experiment with game design. It’s an entirely selfish thing to ask, because it asks the developers to take risks for my potential benefit as a jaded old-school gamer who is tired of playing the same ol’, same ol’. The problem here is “risk.” There’s a reason […]


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Indie Horror: Anna / Anna Extended Edition

Posted by Rampant Coyote on October 24, 2014

Anna is an adventure game that is more-or-less indie and more-or-less horror. And it’s more-or-less horrendously difficult to get all the endings (at least in the Extended Edition, which I played) without some kind of walkthrough. But that’s a whole ‘nother story. Billed as “psychological horror,” it’s an adventure where you must piece together pieces […]


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Indie Horror: The Walking Dead series

Posted by Rampant Coyote on October 23, 2014

You know, if I were to only to write about indie “zombie games” – for the PC alone – I could probably write up one of these quick takes every day from now until Halloween 2015. I don’t know exactly when or how the zombie craze hit, though it does look like it is on […]


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Indie Horror: Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Posted by Rampant Coyote on October 21, 2014

Probably the most famous / popular of the horror-themed indie games (and a strong contender for the scariest) is Amnesia: The Dark Descent. If you haven’t heard of it, you probably don’t follow indie games, or at least you hadn’t until recently. If that’s the case, Welcome! I’m happy you dropped by! Three years ago, […]


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Indie Horror: Motte Island

Posted by Rampant Coyote on October 20, 2014

Motte Island is a 2D Flash-based game that cannot be mistaken for a high-end title. However, it’s a fairly ambitious game that incorporates stealth, puzzles, mini-games, and combat into a horror-adventure game. You play a convicted murderer escaped from prison. As the game begins you are attempting to elude police and make your way back to […]


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Indie Horror: Paranormal

Posted by Rampant Coyote on October 17, 2014

In a couple of the games I’ve covered (and will be covering) for the Halloween season, I’ve mentioned how the games are often pretty linear. Like it’s a bad thing. And – well, okay, I’m not the biggest fan. But if you want to draw a comparison, Paranormal by Matt Cohen is … well, not […]


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Indie Horror: Spooky Bonus

Posted by Rampant Coyote on October 16, 2014

Okay. How about some Halloween-themed *fun*? A long-time acquaintance of mine, Jake Birkett of Grey Alien Games, has fun, Halloween-themed Match-3 game that takes you on a ride through the playful side of the holiday. Spooky Bonus Not that you’ll be limited to playing it during the month of October. With 100 levels, you’ll spend […]


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