Screenshot Weekly – Iron Star, Shi No Mori, Solus and the Stolen Cores

ScreenshotWeeklyWelcome back to Screenshot Weekly! Every Tuesday, IGM brings you exclusive early looks at upcoming games in various stages of development. The featured image introducing each game will always be original, and made especially for IGM, so you’ll see them for the first time right here! Without further ado, let’s take a look at this week’s screenshots:

Iron Star

IronStar(3)Iron Star is a tower defense/strategy game being developed for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The team at Black Howler Studios is designing the game to challenge players by asking one simple question: “How long can you survive?” Stylized in a Steampunk setting, players control armies and battle against either hordes of AI opponents in the single-player campaign, or against their rivals in a battle mode. Bases can be fortified with defensive tools, and offensive capabilities include infantry, mechs, tanks, and zeppelins. Umm… “Yes ma’am, thank you ma’am” is my response to that. Additional info can be found on IndieDB, as well as the team’s Facebook page.

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Shi No Mori

IGM-ExclusiveA story-driven survival horror game by developer Nyar, Shi No Mori is unique in that it is actually being co-developed by the indie game community. So far, those interested in aiding the development can visit the Tumblr and IndieDB pages for details, providing this short story synopsis to go on: “Hisaou, a lonely businessman from Tokyo. is stuck in a dead-end job and surrounded by a bunch of bad problems. He decides to make a one-way visit to Shi No Mori (the suicide forest) to end it all. However, on arrival he meets Kanade, a female artist who is also in the same situation. Struck by love at first sight they both decide to leave the forest together and make another go at life. However, they soon become the victims of an annual haunting in the forest and must escape the ghosts and demons who haunt the forest and discover it’s secrets.

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Solus and the Stolen Cores

Screenshot(Exclusive)Shouldn’t video game characters know by now that using removable power cores to power your city never ends well? In any case, poor protagonist Solus has been falsely accused of stealing his city’s power cores. In order to clear his name, he travels off-world in search of the real thief. Of course, as if there wasn’t enough going wrong already, the planet is teeming with traps and dangerous monsters that stand between Solus and his good name. Feature-wise, this classic platformer will include 40-60 levels with varying terrain such as grass, sand, snow, and more, powerups that include a fireball ability, and unlockable bonus levels too. More info can be found on developer Zidas Studios’ website.

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That’s it for this week’s Screenshot Weekly. Be sure to come back next week to see more exclusive looks of the latest indie games in development! Let us know in the comments section what upcoming indie games you’d like to see featured in a future installment. As for any indie developers who would like to see their screenshots featured in an upcoming segment, feel free to send an email to IGM at with the Subject Line: “Screenshot Weekly”. Or, if you’d like to be part of our Magazine’s Screenshot Monthly segment, include that in the email as well!

Vinny Parisi graduated from the Ramapo College of New Jersey with a degree in Journalism. No stranger to the industry, Vinny first picked up an NES controller at the tender age of two-years-old and hasn't stopped gaming since. RPG and Action-adventure are his genres of choice, but there isn't much he hasn't played. His thoughts and shenanigans are displayed for all the world to see @Vincent_Parisi