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Shacknews - Steve Watts
Eufloria HD is finally coming to Vita in a few weeks, on December 17. Original designer Rudolf Kremers described the Titanium Studios' retooling of the unique strategy game, and explained some benefits of the new hardware.
Announcement - Valve
Some of the best-rated indie developers from Great Britain have come together to create the Best of British Indie Bundle during this week's Midweek Madness*!

This Bundle includes:*Offer ends Thursday at 4PM Pacific Time

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Mother Nature, The Coldest Real-Time Strategist of Them AllEufloria HD is a brutal game. Oh sure, it looks to be all pastels and flowers, but beneath its groovy new-wave art-style and bloopy, soothing soundtrack lies a game about life-or-death survival. A very fun game about life-or-death survival, as it turns out.

Eufloria HD is an iPad-only port of Eufloria, an indie PC and PS3 game created by a team of three game developers—Alex May, Rudolf Kremers and Brian Graingerm. It's a stripped-down real-time strategy game where players control colonies of trees and seedlings, each of which is spread out among a group of tiny asteroids. (The trees in the game are called "Dyson trees," deriving their name from the Dyson Tree, a hypothetical genetically-engineered tree that can grow on a comet.)

At the start of each level, players have control of a certain number of seedlings, little fly-like beings that flit around and between the circular asteroids like bugs around porchlights.

If you have enough seedlings around an asteroid, you can plant a Dyson tree, which serves as a base of sorts and causes more seedlings to grow. A tree can only support so many seedlings, however, and so comes the gameplay imperative—expand, expand, expand. Conquer new territories, and in doing so, complete each level.

Your colonial expansion is complicated by the presence of other enemy trees and seedlings. The moment they appear, you are commanded by your more-than-a-little-fascist "Mother Tree" to exterminate all of them and take over their asteroids. Of course, enemy seedlings fight back, so the game turns into a series of tense skirmishes as you route your flocks of seedlings quickly through your network of asteroids, volleying attacks onto enemy locations while watching your back for flanking.

Eufloria HD can be played at any of three speeds, which makes it easier or harder, depending on what you're in the mood for. At a slower speed, it feels much more meditative, while the higher speeds strip away any pretense of placidity and reveal the steely-eyed conquest machine within.

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Eufloria HD's greatest strength lies in the simplicity of its basic systems. There aren't very many unit types, and so there's very little to keep track of. Most skirmishes come down to numbers and unit allocation.

A good number of seedlings are required in order to conquer larger enemy outposts, but in order to keep them moving, you must be constantly grabbing and re-routing seedling troops from other locations. It's a fun, constant yo-yo between attacking and resource management, and once you get used to the controls (which doesn't take too long, as they are well-implemented), you'll be directing your seedlings all over the battlefield like a seasoned general.

There is something off-putting about the story—it's just so alien and cold. It almost feels unnecessary—did a game like this really need a story? Eufloria HD says quite a bit simply via its framing and mechanics. In fact, the game feels somewhat like a philosophical riposte to Flower. ThatGameCompany's soothing PS3 game was all about nature and life, growth and expansion… but told as an "up with plants!" redemption story.

Eufloria HD is also a game about nature and life, growth and expansion, but it feels much more primal. It's about the constant, kill-or-be-killed struggle of the natural order, the winner-take-all quest to survive and propagate at all costs.

But that's the way of things, and it's most certainly the way of the game. Once I grew comfortable with my game-reinforced bloodthirstiness, I found myself greatly enjoying the constantly engaging flow of Eufloria. Planting a garden never felt so cutthroat.

Eufloria HD [App Store]

Shacknews - Jeff Mattas

Though Rudolf Kremers and Alex May don't have a firm date to announce yet, the indie developers behind Eufloria have confidently revealed that the release of their surreal real-time-strategy game on the iPad and iPhone is "imminent." What's even better is that the upcoming iOS version of the game won't just be a straight port, and will incorporate a bunch of new improvements.

Eufloria saw its initial release on PC way back in November of 2008, but also made its way onto the PlayStation 3 in October of 2011.

In a post on the official Eufloria development blog, Kremers describes the latest iteration of Eufloria as "the most comprehensive and enjoyable release of Eufloria to date." The iOS version is being co-created with Tunatech, another small indie team.

New music, new features, new content are all promised, alongside a new touchscreen UI. Though a price-point wasn't mentioned, the cost of Eufloria on iOS "will be pretty darn reasonable," according to the developers.

Kremers also teases a new "Ambient Mode," planned for the first update "that is more about nurturing and growing, relaxing and playing with the new terraforming mechanic."

In the meantime, feel free to check out the new trailer for the iPad version of Eufloria.

(via TouchArcade)

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

I still haven't played this because I AM A BAD PERSON

Too many indie sales! THERE ARE TOO MANY INDIE SALES. Some of us poor PC journalists need to have dinner you know, but noooooo, here comes another announcement about bargain-priced electronic entertainments of most excellent quality. Back to the internet with you, Meer! This time around, the good tidings of money-saving are the third Indie Royale collection, aka The Really Big Bundle, and it’s a bit of a cracker. (more…)

Shacknews - Alice O'Connor

'Pay what you want' bundleer Indie Royale has launched a new bundle of indie fun with another five games. The 'Really Big Bundle' packs twin-stick shooter Really Big Sky, soothing spaceborne seedling strategy Eufloria, card game Runespell: Overture, and retro RPGs Cthulhu Saves the World and Breath of Death VII: The Beginning.

All five games can be activated to Steam and Desura accounts, or simply downloaded direct from Indie Royale.

If you haven't bought from Indie Royale yet, be aware it functions a little differently to regular 'pay what you want' sales. There's a minimum price, which rises a little every time someone pays the bare minimum. However, paying above that will lower the price a little for later customers, which helps both the developers and your fellow human beings.

The Really Big Bundle will be on sale until 9:50am Pacific on Sunday. Head on over to Indie Royale to buy.

Shacknews - Andrew Yoon

World of Goo developer Ron Carmel recently claimed that developers were losing interest in Xbox Live Arcade, citing difficulties working with Microsoft and its digital platform. Rudolf Kremers, designer of Eufloria, agrees, saying it would be "impossible" to publish on Xbox Live. "For Microsoft the cost would be prohibitive, as they had all sorts of mandatory features. Multiplayer and the like," Kremers explained. "And of course you have to use their QA..."

"The cost picture would be so prohibitive that self publishing would be impossible."

Kremers was contacted by all of the platform holders, after finding initial success with the Dyson prototype. However, publishers were seeking to buy the IP, something Kramers would never agree to do. The only option was to self-publish, something that Sony would help make possible due to its Pub Fund program. "One of the qualities of the pub fund is that it’s a viable avenue for micro teams like ourselves," Kremers told PSNStores. "Microsoft don’t have that anymore."

Sony recently announced a commitment of $20 million to secure PlayStation Network exclusives, like Eufloria, through its Pub Fund program. This will allow developers to self-publish, without having to give up their IP.

Kremers would have loved to put the game on Xbox, of course. But the options were limited. "They have XBLIG, but that’s a whole different kettle of fish when it comes to revenue." Cthulu Saves the World developer Zeboyd Games recently lamented the fact, noting that one week of sales on Steam exceeded an entire year on Microsoft's indie platform.


Crysis, NBA Jam, God Hand and Eufloria Are New on the PlayStation StoreIt's true. You can finally download PlayStation 2 classic God Hand to your PlayStation 3, people. That's the wonderfully wacky beat 'em up from the people who made Okami. IGN labeled it awful, while Kotaku contributor Tim Rogers likened it to "being a professional chainsaw-wielding glacier demolisher at a party where the penguins are going to need a lot of ice cubes."

If polarizing PS2 games aren't your thing—though at just ten bucks a pop, those emulated last-gen games are certainly worth experimenting with—there's much more on tap in this week's North American PlayStation Store update. NBA Jam On Fire Edition, the original Crysis and the lovely looking Eufloria, for example.

But if "new" video games aren't your cup of tea, Sega Bass Fishing, Odin Sphere and Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition are also recent adds to the PlayStation Store. See the full list of new PlayStation 3 and PSP games in the very long list below.

Games & Demos for PlayStation 3

Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition ($29.99)

Crysis ($19.99)

NBA Jam On Fire Edition ($14.99)

Shift 2 Unleashed Digital ($39.99)

Eufloria ($9.99)

Sega Bass Fishing ($9.99)

Space Channel 5 Part 2 ($9.99)

Eufloria Demo

Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 Demo

PSone Classics - Chrono Trigger ($9.99)

PS2 Classics - Odin Sphere ($9.99)

PS2 Classics - Maximo: Ghosts To Glory ($9.99)

PS2 Classics - Grim Grimoire ($9.99)

PS2 Classics - Ring of Red ($9.99)

PS2 Classics - God Hand ($9.99)

Games & Demos for PSP

FIFA 12 ($39.99)

Add-ons & Expansions

Portal 2: Peer Review (free)

Rage – Wasteland Sewer Missions ($9.99)

Dead Rising 2: Off The Record Free Support Pack (free)

Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition Match Pack 1 (Fight For The Future) ($3.99)

NBA Jam On Fire Edition – Time Is Money Pack ($4.99)

Magic The Gathering: Duels Of The Planeswalkers 2012: Foil Conversion "Auramancer" ($0.99)

Magic The Gathering: Duels Of The Planeswalkers 2012: Foil Conversion "Cloudburst" ($0.99)

Magic The Gathering: Duels Of The Planeswalkers 2012: Foil Conversion "Grave Whispers" ($0.99)

Magic The Gathering: Duels Of The Planeswalkers 2012: Full Deck "Auramancer" ($0.99)

Magic The Gathering: Duels Of The Planeswalkers 2012: Full Deck "Cloudburst" ($0.99)

Magic The Gathering: Duels Of The Planeswalkers 2012: Full Deck "Grave Whispers" ($0.99)

Cabela's Big Game Hunter 2012: Alaskan Rocks (free)

Cabela's Big Game Hunter 2012: Chile Plateau (free)

Cabela's Big Game Hunter 2012: Texas Woods (free)

Rock Band 3 tracks

  • "Gold Cobra" – Limp Bizkit ($1.99)

  • "My Way" – Limp Bizkit ($1.99)

  • "Nookie" – Limp Bizkit ($1.99)

  • "Re-Arranged" – Limp Bizkit ($1.99)

  • Limp Bizkit Pack 01 ($5.49) – "Gold Cobra," "My Way," "Nookie," and "Re-Arranged" by Limp Bizkit.

Rock Band Network tracks

  • "Bagatelle No. 25 – Fur Elise (Beethoven)" – Thomas Walker ($0.99)

  • "Farewell, Mona Lisa" – The Dillinger ($1.99)

  • "Glow" – Alien Ant Farm ($1.99)

  • "Heroes Don't Cry" – Free Spirit ($1.99)

  • "Pendulum" – After the Burial ($1.99)

  • "Ship With No Sails" – Neonfly ($1.99)

  • "Stabbing The Drama" – Soilwork ($1.99)

  • "The Window" – Raven Quinn ($1.99)

  • "These City Lights" – Rose of Jericho ($0.99)

  • "Trying Hard" – Loni Rose ($0.99)

Game Videos

Qore 10/4 Edition

NBA 2K12 – Momentous Trailer

NBA 2K12: 3D Trailer

Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning Gamescom Trailer

Need For Speed The Run – Porsche Reveal Trailer

House Of The Dead: Overkill Gameplay Trailer #1

Final Fantasy XIII-2 2011 TGS Trailer

Jurassic Park: The Game – Action Montage Trailer

Metro: Last Light – E3 Gameplay Trailer

Metro: Last Light – Teaser Trailer

Saints Row The Third – Killbane: The Walking Apocalypse Trailer

Twisted Metal Vengeance Trailer

Resistance 3 "Follow Capelli" Trailer

Resistance 3 "No Mercy" Trailer

Resistance 3 "Radio" TV Spot

GT Academy Behind the Scenes – Helicopter Cam

GT Academy Behind the Scenes – Rally Course

Themes, Wallpapers & Avatars

Rochard Skyrig Theme (free)

Rochard Theme (free)

Rage Wellspring Dynamic Theme ($2.99)

Rage Premium Theme ($1.99)

A Murder of Crows Dynamic Theme ($2.99)

Amphibian Delight Dynamic Theme ($2.99)

Bombshelter Blues Dynamic Theme ($2.99)

Flirty Girl Dynamic Theme ($2.99)

Xuriga Static Theme ($1.49)

Tatsuka Static Theme ($1.49)

Misti Dawn Playtime Static Theme ($1.49)

4 Elements Hd: Wallpaper 2

Rochard – John Rochard Wallpaper

Rochard Wallpaper

Lost Planet 2 Avatars (x20) ($0.49)

Rocket Knight Avatar Collection 2 ($2.99)

Red Faction Armageddon Avatar Bundle ($0.99)

Sales, Price Drops & Bundles

Explodemon! – Sale (PS3) (now $6.99, original price $9.99)

Tales From Space: About A Blob – Sale (PS3) (now $5.99, original price $14.99)

Enigmo – Sale (PS3) (now $1.99, original price $3.99)

Jane's Hotel – Sale (PS3) (now $1.99, original price $3.99)

Zombie Tycoon – Sale (PS3) (now $2.99, original price $4.99)

Zombie Tycoon French – Sale (PS3) (now $2.99, original price $4.99)

Stardrone – End Sale (PS3) (now $7.99, original price $4.99)

Bulletstorm – Digital Download – Price Change (PS3) (now $29.99, original price $39.99)

PlayStation Plus

Costume Quest (free)

Elemental Monster (free)

PSP minis - 1000 Tiny Claws (free)

PSP minis - Speedball 2 (free)

PSP minis - Street Smarts (free)

PSone Classics - Warhawk (free)

Resident Evil 5 full game trial

Shift 2 Unleashed full game trial

Eufloria – 20% off

Explodemon! – 30% off

Tales From Space: About a Blob – 40% off

Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition – 25% off

Elemental Monster Online Card Game Booster Box DLC – 50% off

Lost Planet 2 Avatar Bundle (free)

You can contact Michael McWhertor, the author of this post, at mike@kotaku.com. You can also find him on Twitter, Facebook, and lurking around our #tips page.
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