Lumber Island Chapter Two: Two Bucks Gets You Scared Half To Death? That’s A Buy!

 
Dean Forge’s unsettling little Unity game, Lumber Island just got an update with a new chapter that worth picking up if you like scary game experiences that have you off kilter from the start. In the first chapter, your character wakes up on a rowboat that’s headed for a dark and not so deserted island and has to deal with a frightening… thing out in the night that seems to want him very dead. The fact that you had no clue as to why you woke up in that boat in the first place coupled with the darkness and disorientation that comes from arriving in a new place in such an abrupt manner made the game a sleeper for me, and this sequel looks even more chilling.

That and those eerie notes that you find that spell out bits of the back story make this a fine little read as well as a game best played in the dark (headphones on at your peril, as you’ll probably keel over dead if someone walks into the room behind you and taps you on the shoulder). At only $1.99 (but you know you NEED the first chapter for an extra $1.99, right?), this one will keep your spine shaking so much for about four to six hours that you won’t even be able to move around using that mouse and keyboard. Yeah, you KNOW you want it… so go get it already!

Motorbike: DO Try This At Home (You’d Get Quite Hurt Anywhere Else)…

Sony finally gets another stunt-bike game onto PSN, but unlike the otherwise fun Urban Trial Freestyle, bakno Games’ super-cool looking PC, Mac and Linux game Motorbike has a track edit function that allows for the creation and sharing of those doom-packed courses you’ll be up all night constructing. Of course, even in this video the game looks fun (and painful to those poor digital riders!) and you also get the choice of two female avatars here (something missing from UTF as well). I’d say that the only real drawback to this one is it’s not Vita compatible (whaaat? Boo!), meaning there go my illusions of taking this on the road or elsewhere out of doors unless I strap a TV and PS3 to my chest (or finally buy a decent smartphone!). Oh well… it’s all for the best, I suppose- it’s like I want to miss a subway or bus stop because I was in the middle of a 720-degree flip and wanted to try and stick that landing as my nose or butt got jammed in a set of closing doors (Ouch!). Hmm.. I wonder what a nose cast looks like? Or a butt cast, for that matter…

Lumber Island Gets A Scary Little Update…

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Dean Forge adds some user-requested features to his chilling little indie horror game’s first chapter, so… let’s get ready to run-ble! Yep, now your amnesiac party yacht castaway can run from that creepy-ass lumberjack, who by the way, gets an AI boost of his own. You’ll also find that teddy bear a lot more useful font of info and there are some other tweaks. Still, the game has its sense of scaring the poop out of you intact, so if that’s up your alley (and er, don’t take that personally), boogie on over to Desura, Game Jolt or ModDB, grab that update and scare yourself silly (again)…

Random Indie Game of the Week Review: Lumber Island

 

Lumber IslandDean Forge Studios’ methodically-paced, unsettling horror game Lumber Island is one of those well made indie games that’s great and effectively creepy as it puts you through its paces, but it’s hard to see it not being so as soon as you fire it up.

The first moments where the game credits play out (as if you’re watching a film) as your character makes his way slooowly up a dark pathway on the island he drifts to in that small boat set an appropriately chilling mood, so play this at night for best results.  As you cautiously make your way around with that flashlight you’re fortunately equipped with, the beautiful Unity engine visuals pull you in even further to the madness about to ensue…
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Review: Driftmoon

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driftmoon_boxshot2Platform: PC

Developer: Instant Kingdom (Ville/Anne Mönkkönen)

Publisher: Instant Kingdom

# of Players: 1

ESRB Rating: N/A

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Score: A (95%)

Do you own a decent cap or hat, dear reader? If you do, go get it now, put it on and tip that cap or hat in the general direction of Finland (Jyväskylä, to be a bit more precise). If you don’t have a good cap or hat, what’s wrong with you? It’s cold outside! Anyway, what’s with all the polite haberdashery tilting? Well, dear reader, it’s a hats off to Ville and Anne Mönkkönen for the seven years of work that went into one of the best games of this year. Driftmoon is an instant classic you’ll want to dive into and explore at your own pace just to experience great game design in action. Solid writing, great visuals and the excellent hybrid adventure/RPG/puzzle gameplay make a visit to Driftmoon well worth the price. As great as the game is, the included easy to use editor gives this one endless possibilities for users to craft their own potential classics…

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