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Indie Insights Vol. 25 – Reign of Running Retro Zombies

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RETRO GAMES

Welcome back to the fortnightly indie game review that is Indie Insights. We’re well into 2024 now, and what have we learned? Well, we learned that many companies, games industry or otherwise, think waiting until two weeks after Christmas to do mass layoffs or studio shutdowns makes them less of a villain.

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Sorry to be such a downer so early in the year. Thinking about this dominates a large part of my life and the lives of many of my friends and favorite artists. I love games, I love art, and I love people doing what they love. It’s hard to watch large swathes of people cut down in favor of money-saving or AI implementation.

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Last issue, I talked about the previous two games in the Reigns series in anticipation of the release of Three Kingdoms. Less than a week later, it was out, and I immediately grabbed it to dive in. The principles of the game are the same as the previous installments. You are a ruler, and you must meet the needs of your people while keeping things in balance.

REIGNS: THREE KINGDOMS – STEAM

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You are a tester for a mysterious company in this new iteration of the Reigns format. Your job is to travel back in time through a simulation to help inform the game.

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A strange mansion filled with locked doors and puzzles. A special forces team separated. A new biological threat that is turning people into zombies. No, it isn’t the original Resident Evil.

YOU WILL DIE HERE TONIGHT – STEAM

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You are part of the ARIES Division on a mission to Breckenridge Hall to apprehend a fugitive who has killed his family and stolen a biological sample from the pharmaceutical company he works for. Yes, it’s a familiar premise, to be sure. Where You Will Die Tonight differs from its inspiration in that you are supposed to die. It’s the only way forward.

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Do you like running? Do you like gore? If yes, you should consider Rungore from excellently named developers Your Mom’s HP and RavenJM. This fast and furious deck-building dungeon crawler doesn’t let up for a second.

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RUNGORE – STEAM DEMO

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Combat automatically starts when you encounter an enemy, and you also automatically perform melee attacks. You don’t even need to use the cards you have acquired, which is good because they are discarded after use, and you may need to save them for boss battles at the end of levels.

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