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You might remember, just over a year ago, Size Five Games' promising The Swindle being 'put on hold' and 'taking a hiatus', and other euphemisms for 'it's bloody dead'. Well, turns out it's not bloody dead: The Swindle is back, and with a new leap in its step. Rather than being described as "Sonic the Hedgehog crossed with Deus Ex , it's now more "Spelunky crossed with Deus Ex , and you can tell that developer Dan Marshall used to be a games journalist can't you.

It seems procedural generation was the secret ingredient that finally makes The Swindle pop. Marshall's cut a lot of stuff out from the previous version, and added procgen and permadeath—the result is sort of a roguelike, but not quite. Marshall goes into more detail in this blog post.

"The idea is that you play yourself, up in your Airship, running your little Thieving Empire. Like in Syndicate! The guys running around the levels are thieves for hire. If a thief dies or is caught, you hire a new one. The thieves are randomly generated as well, so when you ve got a really cool-looking thief with a badass name and a load of experience, and they die on a heist, it s completely gutting. Like in XCOM!"

"It s a bit like a Roguelike, but I m still currently undecided as to how Roguelikelike it ll be. At the moment, the game feels more like an RPG you upgrade your thieves by buying upgrades. When they die, those upgrades stick with you. I suspect the game will be better if upgrades are cheaper, but you lose them if your thief dies. It s one of the things I m still working on, and will require a lot of testing."

It sounds a bit like a roguelite, like Rogue Legacy, which would be fine with me—I'm liking the Victoriana steampunk look of the trailer, too. There's no firm date or announced platforms yet, but "PC is a good bet", and Dan's hoping to release it early next year.

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

The Swindle is dead, long live The Swindle. This Steampunk heist game was what Size Five Games planned on doing in lieu of another Ben & Dan / Time Gentlemen, Please point and click adventure, but lead dev Dan Marshall wound up quasi-cancelling it when he couldn’t find the fun, to borrow a line from Blizzard. Given that he’d also axed third Ben & Dan game Revenge of the Balloon-headed Mexican, he was in danger of developing A Reputation.

Instead, perhaps his reputation will be as the Uncanceller, for The Swindle is resurrected and rebooted as a quicker, simpler, gadgety action-stealth game, with its new form borrowing a few pages out of Spelunky’s high-speed procedural generation book. … [visit site to read more]

Community Announcements - Kouen Hasuki
Gun Monkeys ELE / Llama Freebies Tournament

ELE and Llama Freebies will be hosting a cross group tournament for Gun Monkeys! This is being organised by PunasurasRex and while is a closed tournament feel free to come along and check out the action!

The Date of the event is February 8th, at 8PM GMT (Subject to change)

Prizes are:

1st Place gets a $15-20 Game of there chosing
2nd to 4th place gets a copy of Aerena kindly donated by the developer!

You can view the brackets here as well as get more information!
and the livestream will be available here.

As an added bonus PunasaurusRex is planning to raffle off some copies of Gun Monkeys!
Come along and watch some monkey guts fly, make new friends and enjoy yourself!
20 jan 2014
Community Announcements - Kouen Hasuki
To help welcome and introduce the new Indie Royale players to Gun Monkeys there will be an organised get together game this Saturday (25th January) at 7pm UK time!

Come on down, Blow up a few monkeys and welcome the new players :D
Stronghold HD - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (John Walker)

The Indie Royale bundles are certainly amongst the more hit and miss out there. But their latest is a definite hit, simply by containing Hexcells. Have I mentioned Hexcells before? One might argue it’s also worth purchasing for some of the other games in there, like PixelJunk Shooter, Gun Monkeys, Megabyte Punch, Ride ‘Em Low and Stronghold HD.


Community Announcements - Scooter
Hello there Monkeys, old and new! A warm welcome to everyone who bought the game during the recent Steam sale.

This Saturday, December 7th at 7PM UK time (2PM US East), we will be holding our second giveaway event! It will be a similar format to last time, where you beat a mod, and win a game.
Participating mods:

This time around, we're going to try a single-game prize format. The prize game will be beta access to Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball, an upcoming game from 82apps. The game is not available on Steam just yet, so the actual prize will be a Humble Store key, which will eventually be worth two Steam keys once the game hits Steam. You can visit the Greenlight page to see if this is a game you'd like. (You should vote “yes” if you do)

Keys are limited, so in case we have more match winners than keys, key winners will be randomly selected.

As before, NO PERKS are allowed in prize matches. Make sure you remove them before challenging a mod. You can reinstate them anytime afterwards, you don't need to buy them again.

If you beat a mod, make sure you contact that mod in the official group chat so we can take down your Steam account. If you are randomly selected as a key winner, one of the mods will friend you on Steam to deliver your prize via Steam chat at a later time.

But regardless of the prizes, we hope you’ll all come on out and play some Gun Monkeys with others in the community! Kill monkeys! Have fun! At 7PM UK time! 2PM US Eastern!
30 nov 2013
Community Announcements - Kouen Hasuki
To help welcome and introduce the new players to Gun Monkeys there will be a game on tonight (30th November) at 7pm UK time! (That’s just under 10 hours from time of posting)

Come on down, Blow up a few monkeys and welcome the new players :D
5 nov 2013
Community Announcements - [8HN] Kouen Hasuki
Hey Gun Monkeys players!

This upcoming Saturday we shall have a nice get together to play some Gun Monkeys! No prizes will be on the line this time this is more a social game gathering this time (9th Nov @ 7PM UK Time)

Hope to see you all there
- Kouen Hasuki
Community Announcements - [8HN] Kouen Hasuki
Hello there Gun Monkeys fans,

Sorry for the absence in events recently but we have been cooking something up for this weekend!
While supplies last we will be hosting a event where in if you beat a mod (Names listed below) you will win a Steam Key! That's right thanks to other brillo friends of Size Five Games you will have the chance of winning one of these games:

  • Joe Dangers
  • Proteus
  • Trine 2
  • Surgeon Simulator
  • Frozen Synapse
  • Droid Assault
  • Revenge of the Titans
  • Titan Attacks
  • Kairo

However as stated stocks on these keys IS limited and is one per person the moderators will be communicating with each other on who wins a key from them to help prevent cheating!

This event is a NO PERKS event, Please remove your perks (You can reinstate them after, nothing is lost) before challenging a mod. If you have perks on we cannot give you a prize! This is so that everyone has a fair chance!

It will be one prize per person, to make things fair and spread the love.

To claim the key after you win, contact the mod you beat in the Gun Monkeys Official Group Chat immediately, and let them know which game you'd prefer. (If you have not already joined the official group, do so before the event!) The mods will then check for duplicates etc after the event and be in touch about your prize.

Gun Monkeys Official Group

The event is sheduled to take place this Saturday 2nd of November at 7PM (UK time)

Moderators Participating in the event :

[8HN] Kouen Hasuki

If the mods are busy why not challenge some fellow players while you wait and make some monkey guts fly!

Looking forward to seeing you there!
Community Announcements - Scooter
Hello Monkeys!

Welcome to all the new players who bought the game after the Free Weekend! If you're not aware, we have been scheduling time for organised play. It helps set up a common time for everyone to be online, so there are plenty of challenges to be had.

The next scheduled play time will be for Saturday, at 7PM GMT. Everyone is welcome, of course! Be sure to get into the Steam Group chat at that time if you're having difficulty getting a challenge.

Happy time traveling, cube gathering, and monkey gunning!

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