Discord Games is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter for Chasm, a 2D action-RPG featuring procedurally generated Metroid-like dungeons and stylish pixel art. A demo is available for Windows/Mac/Linux on the Kickstarter campaign page, and Discord Games plans to release the game in early 2014, if the campaign is successful. Chasm is inspired by the 2D platformers of the past, and will utilize gamepad support to compliment the game’s retro art-style.
“…this game can not be made without your support,” Discord Games says on the campaign page. ” We’ve been waiting forever for a game like this, but game publishers today just aren’t interested in projects like this one. With your support, we will be able to finish the game ourselves and give you a truly amazing experience.”
Set for a Summer 2013 release, Volcosis is a game which allows the player to alternate between a 2D and a 3D platforming experience, in order to progress through the levels and gradually take the protagonist deeper into the cave. The game is set to feature a level editor, and a level-share system to allow other players to check out what you’ve created. Volcosis already features over eighty levels, and will come with gamepad support, local co-op, and customizable controls. There is a Beta-build available on the game’s official website.
Paul Greasley, Chris Geehan, and Michael Reitzenstein’s island survival simulator, Under the Ocean, was one of the first games chosen for Steam’s new “Early Access” program which allows games still in development to be purchased and updated as the development process proceeds. Under the Ocean has players scrounging for supplies on a randomly generated island. The game is supported by a crafting system which allows player to construct things like rugged spears, planks for building shelter, traps for hunting, or a raft to attempt to escape the island upon.
Under the Ocean is available for pre-purchase on Steam, and through the Early Access program, buying now allows instant access to the latest build.
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