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I spent most of the day looking at games today, so prepare for another onslaught of things you should check out.

First and foremost, two to check out, like, right now.

Mind-blowing 2d/3d platformer by a student team at Digipen.
Wow. I spent about 15 minutes playing it and might as well have been alone on the floor. I disappeared into the game, and totally got into the flow. Free download for windows.


Ok, there were other good things too:
Ring Run Circus, for iPad and iPhone (might not be out just yet). Innovative game, that has to do with navigating your way through interlocking rings.

Nameless: The Hackers
RPG-style game - think FF, with back-and-forth attacks, but everything is themed about hacking - white or black hat. Different characters have different skills. One is all about defensive coding (his 'spells' create shields and buffs). One is all about attacks, and his 'viruses' cause damage, etc.
for iOS only.

The Little Prince
An unreleased iPad game from Melior Games with a strong art style. (In case you haven't noticed by now, I'm always struck by games that have a really strong visual aesthetic.) This one is a sort of spiritual sequel to the book - it starts when the Little Prince gets back to his home planet, and gets to see his rose. The fox (tamed? Or is it the prince who's tamed?) is your helper/guide and leads you through the first few levels. Not sure the release date or platform - I played it on an iPad.

Market Garden
Combination augmented reality / virtual reality game. You first walk around in the real world to claim a garden plot, then groom, nurture, and expand it. Others can walk there and enter the garden and view it from 3D, using GPS and gyroscopes.
It was different. I love different.

Chrono Blade
New FB game coming out - side scrolling fighter, made by a slew of AAA veterans. Gorgeous visuals, but is still in closed beta. They said they're not going to wipe the DB when they go live, so basically if you start now you have a head start on all the other players.
They handed me a beta key postcard, and I said "Can I have a whole bunch more? I know a lot of people who will check it out for you..."

So: EMAIL ME if you want a beta key. to check it out and see if you're interested.

As an aside, I saw a game design tool that I was drooling over. It unfortunately turned out to be windows only, but looked like a very strong candidate for content generation for RPGs, conversation trees, etc.
if you want to geek out.

Love y'all.
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