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Indie Links Round-Up: Solo Job

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Today’s Indie Links has beatboxing, breakdancing and StarDriving.

Making Games and Breakdancing in the Former USSR: The Story of Contre Jour (Polygon)
“The man behind puzzle smash hit Contre Jour opens up about making games in a former Soviet state.”

Wot I Think: Gunpoint (RPS)
“Gunpoint is an action-puzzle game about speed-hacking electrical systems and leaping over (or through) tall buildings in a single bound. This high-tech detective saga-ette comes primarily from Tom Francis, best known for his long stint on cheery RPS tribute magazine PC Gamer, and it’s his first game. Has he successfully crossed the Rubicon? Let’s find out.”

The Swapper: The Kotaku Review (Kotaku)
“The puzzle genre is the last place I expected to find a game that makes me feel guilty about killing. I’ve murdered myself a hundred times over in The Swapper, and it never gets any easier.”

Beast Boxing Turbo (Indie Gamer Chick)
“I really thought Beast Boxing Turbo wasn’t going to be like all the other games. It was soooo sweet to me, when I added it to my shopping cart and plunked down my cash for it. Its sexy screenshots and promises of a Punch-Out meets an upgradable, RPG-like experience really had me fooled, ya know?”

Amazon open dedicated PC and Mac indie games storefront, waive their cut on bundles (PCGamesN)
“Retailer-to-all-of-Planet-Earth Amazon have made a concerted push to bring indie games to the attention of said planet with their new Indie Games Store. The new storefront, say Amazon, “helps independent game developers reach more customers, and helps customers learn about more creative games and the people and processes behind building those games.””

The Joystiq Indie Pitch: Tower of Guns (Joystiq)
“My game is called Tower of Guns and it’s an old school, fast-paced FPS with a ton of roguelike-ish elements. It’s not a true roguelike, of course, but it plays kind of like a mashup of Doom 2 and the Binding of Isaac. You can pre-order the game now for $5 and you’ll get access to all the development builds.”

Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs delayed to late summer (Joystiq)
“Frictional Games has pushed back the release date of its Amnesia: The Dark Descent follow-up A Machine for Pigs, citing a need to optimize the game on multiple fronts.”

StarDrive Review: To Infinity, But Not Beyond (Indie Game Insider)
“StarDrive is a 4X (explore, expand, exploit, exterminate) space strategy game inspired by such franchises as Galactic Civilization and Masters of Orion. The simple goal is to be the dominant lifeform in the universe while competing for resources like inhabitable planets, food, military technology, and more.”