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What was the inspiration behind OneShot? Do we have plans for updates or DLC in the future? What is really under Niko's hat? All these questions and many, many more are answered in the OneShot livestream!
Watch as the devs play through the entirety of OneShot while providing insightful commentary, memorable doodles, and fan revelations! Thanks again to everyone that joined us for the live event!

(Note: This entire stream is one big spoiler! We STRONGLY RECOMMEND you play the game through before watching!)
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Today's Deal: Save 50% on OneShot!*

Look for the deals each day on the front page of Steam. Or follow us on twitter or Facebook for instant notifications wherever you are!

*Offer ends Wednesday at 10AM Pacific Time
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It's been almost a year since the Solstice chapter came out and brought the story of OneShot to a conclusion. To celebrate the anniversary of the release, we'll be hosting a stream with the devs this Monday, March 19th @ 5pm pst!

Join the team as they play through the game, share insights on development, and answer fan questions! There might also be doodles from lead artist Nightmargin!

Catch the stream on Eliza's Twitch Channel:
Make sure to give her a follow and turn on notifications so you don't miss this or future streams!

Note: The stream will also be hosted on the Degica Games Twitch Channel HERE.
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To celebrate the release and the Lunar New Year Sale, OneShot is 20% off!
Dec 25, 2017
Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy - (RPS)


The calendar’s doors have been opened and the games inside have been eaten. But fear not, latecomer – we’ve reconstructed the list in this single post for easy re-consumption. Click on to discover the best games of 2017. (more…)

Nov 24, 2017
OneShot - GIR

OneShot is 40% off! (whoa) If you or a loved one have not played OneShot yet but kind of want to, why not get it now? Sale ends November 28th, so grab it before it's over!

(also vote for us in the Steam awards if you want! We’d appreciate it! <3)

P.S. Fangamer is offering free (domestic) or cheap (international) shipping! If you wanna grab a shirt, stickers, or a panorama print, now’s a good time!
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Top 4 Fan art are revealed
Thanks to all the entrants in the OneShot JP fan art contest! We've chosen the best four from the 53 masterpieces we received. (* click thumbnail for the bigger image)

Top Prize: もたち

Runner up: 海底撈月

Runner up: なこ

Runner up: 蜂丸

Winner, winner, pancake dinner!!

↓See all submissions in OneShot gallery↓
RPG Maker VX Ace

Just yesterday I remarked that, of the 500-plus games on sale on Steam this week (including the excellent Hotline Miami and They Bleed Pixels), a fair few of them are cutesy anime games. Apparently "a fair few" wasn't enough to satisfy publisher Degica Games, who today added dozens of other cutesy anime games to the list via Steam's Midweek Madness sale

Degica's massive sale runs through 10 am Pacific (1 pm Eastern) this Friday, November 10 and boasts discounts north of 80 percent. And while the bulk of the publisher's library is distinctly Japanese, the sale does include more than visual novels, dating sims and inordinately pink shoot-'em-ups—if that's not your thing. 

RPG Maker, the entry-level, do-it-yourself game engine, is arguably the star of the sale. Both the VX Ace and MV versions of the engine itself are heavily discounted, and there are also dozens of media packs (like this one) up for grabs.

RPG Maker VX Ace is considered the 'greatest hits' edition of the engine by diehard fans. At 80 percent off, it's available for $14. The MV version, meanwhile, is the latest version and the first to feature tools for mobile development. At 70 percent off, it goes for $24. Both are excellent tools for prospective game developers or artists who want to dip their toes in the industry without spending a lot of money or burying themselves in code. (It also has a surprising and colorful history, and saw a huge uptick in popularity this year in particular. 

Naturally, quite a few RPG Maker-made games are included in Degica's sale—too many to count, frankly, so allow me to instead point you toward the criminally overlooked OneShot. At 33 percent off, it isn't the sale's biggest discount, but $6.69 is still a steal for such an evocative adventure game. As Luke said last month, it's a bizarre, fourth wall-breaking romp that its two developers call a "metaphysical puzzle game." 

OneShot - GIR

Localizations for the following languages are now live for OneShot:
-Portuguese (Brazilian)

Just open the settings menu in-game and switch to the language of your choice!

(Don't worry Korea and China, your localization is next)

The moment that summed up my time with OneShot—a gloomy, top-down adventure game from developers Eliza Velasquez and Casey Gu—was when the player-controlled anthropomorphic cat at the center of the story turned to the camera and asked me, by name, where I grew up. As it turns out, the moniker I punched in at the start of the demo wasn't the simple practice of naming a save file or christening the main character. No, I was simply telling OneShot who I was, and the game was happy to do with that information as it pleased.

"In the full version it's even better because we use your Windows profile name," says Velasquez. "You don't enter your name, it just tells you your name."

This is the essence of OneShot. Its quirks and wrinkles are all bent on fucking with the player as effectively as possible. Velasquez tells me one of her biggest influences was Psycho Mantis from Metal Gear Solid. If you're unfamiliar with the character, Mantis was built to be a mind-reading psychopath and one of the true foils of the unflappable Solid Snake. He also had the power to scan your Playstation memory card. “You like Castlevania, don’t you?” It’s one of the most famous fourth-wall-breakings in video game history, and almost two decades later, it’s still a pretty good trick.

OneShot's version of this is more subtle and player-driven. Here's an early, and potent, example. I came in possession of a scrap of translucent film, the only hint being that I need to "expose it to the void" in order to unlock its true secrets. The OneShot universe is exceptionally dark—a subterranean limbo full of grim apartments and confused characters. I thought for sure that, eventually, I’d come across some sort of mythic nodule of darkness that would decode the puzzle point me forward. Nope. Not even close.

Instead, the secret to developing the film is to literally use your cursor to grab the window where the game is running on your desktop, tug it off your screen for a few seconds, and then bring it back to the surface. Voila, the film is developed, and you've learned that everything—literally everything—is in play.

OneShot promises to break those conventional design rules over and over again. They’re calling it a "metaphysical puzzle game,” something that truly encourages you to experiment with weird stuff. But it also thrills when it's not trying to blow your mind. OneShot’s characters are vivid and the writing is hilarious; it'll take you about 15 minutes to step into the living room of a man with a potted plant for a head, who will regale you with the botanical characteristics of the fauna you'll come across during your journey. The sprite work is also deliberate and evocative—enormous magenta cityscapes, melancholy alleyways, ghoulish suburban cells—which pairs nicely with the heavy, eerie, and groovy synthwave score.

Honestly, the vibe I was picking up most was Undertale, but Eliza told me, in a slightly aggrieved tone, that the first version of OneShot existed long before that quirky RPG took over the world. Thank god, because a Battle Royale controversy for weird, darkly comic indie Earthbound disciples isn’t what anyone wants. OneShot is available on Steam right now, and it’s at the top of my list when I get back from this weekend's Indiecade expo.

We're at Indiecade in LA this weekend, checking out everything the festival has to offer. Click here for more of our stories from the event.


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