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Indie Fund now backing The Captain

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Attention all sentient life forms! Indie Fund is joining The Captain on an adventure across the galaxy. You are the Captain of a small ship, lost on the other side of the galaxy, 40 years away from home. How you choose to spend those decades on the voyage home is up to you.

A 90’s style space comedy adventure with gorgeous pixel art, there was a moment on the second planet I visited where I found myself laughing and horrified and shaking my fist at the genius developers who had created something so beautiful. It’s all built by just two people – Peter and Benny, both 40-something Swedish guys – who are well on their way towards filling a whole galaxy with these moments.

Point your telescopes at their brand new trailer above, and sign up for more info and special access at their brand new website here.

Whether you breath oxygen or liquid carbon, we hope you find this game as charming and surprising and joyful as we have. Engines are online, shields are up, coffee… black! Engage!

Ape Out!

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Fight-or-flight may be the oldest game in existence, and Ape Out has captured its essence with some serious style. This game puts you in the mind of a laboratory gorilla on the loose, hurling captors at each other or using them as human shields, hurtling along a procedurally generated path to freedom, with a frenetic jazz soundtrack that responds to your actions. Ape Out is a glorious and maddening experience, all at once instinctual, and like nothing you’ve ever played before.

Oh and did we mention that the trailer is actually playable? Why are you still reading this? Go play it!

Ape Out is a solo project by Gabe Cuzzillo. It has already been awarded Best Gameplay and Sound at the Brazilian Game Festival, and won the Audience Choice award at Boston FIG. Gabe’s previous game, Foiled, was a similarly visceral multiplayer mashup of fencing and Super Meat Boy.

“Ape Out is like if Solid Snake and The Hulk met up, fell in love, and raised a baby ape together,” said Indie Fund member and Super Meat Boy co-creator Tommy Refenes.

Indie Fund is very proud to have supported Ape Out, and pleased to know that Gabe will have Devolver Digital as a publishing partner.

Ape Out releases this summer on PC and PS4, but in the meantime play the trailer!

You can learn more about Ape Out by following Gabe on Twitter, visiting his site, or watching this short film about the project’s early development.

Indie Fund backs Burly Men At Sea

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Burly Men at Sea offers up a whimsical world where players shape the narrative not just through their choices, but where they point the camera. It’s a beautiful game with a Scandinavian-inspired storybook aesthetic and high degree of replayability.  Indie Fund is pleased to play a part in helping this game (and story!) come to life.

Burly Men at Sea is the second “quiet adventure” from Brooke and David Condolera of Brain&Brain. The wife and husband team already won critical acclaim for their first attempt, Doggins, but the introduction of a widely branching storyline and unique control scheme where players move the game’s viewport rather than characters within it, make Burly Men at Sea even more ambitious. Not unlike the wandering bearded brothers that star in the game, Brain&Brain kept costs low during development by living and working on farms across America through WWOOF.

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“I first met Brooke and David in person when they were showing Burly Men At Sea at the Indie Mini Booth at PAX Prime — they are really a charming team and have a wonderful way of telling stories with games in a way I don’t see very often”, said Aaron Isaksen, one of the Indie Fund partners.

Burly Men at Sea is coming to PC and iOS later this year, and is 20% off on pre-order in the Humble Store. You can learn more about the game by charting a course to their site, or following Brain&Brain on twitter.

Indie Fund Backs Duskers – Available for Early Access Now!

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Alone in the dark, isolated, surrounded by old gritty tech that can only give you a partial picture about what’s going on around you – a motion sensor that goes off, but doesn’t tell you exactly what’s out there. Duskers, launching today on Steam Early Access, is a deep dive into the feeling of complete dependence on technology in a (somewhat) fictional era in which tech can limit you almost as much as it empowers.

Developed by Misfits Attic (a studio led by Tim Keenan, who also made A Virus Named TOM), Duskers is a game in which you pilot drones into derelict spaceships to find the means to survive and piece together how the universe became a giant graveyard.You are a drone operator, surrounded by technology that acts as your only eyes and ears to the outside world. What you hear comes through a remote microphone. What you see is how each drone sees the world. Motion sensors tell you something’s out there, but not what. And when you issue commands, you do it through a command line interface.

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Cliff Harris, head of Positech Games and Indie Fund investor says, “The minute I read the pitch for Duskers I knew it was a game I was going to love, before I even saw a screenshot. As someone who grew up with the Aliens movies, the idea of replicating that claustrophobic ‘can’t see whats going on’ feeling in a game really appealed to me. And for once there would be a tense action/strategy game where my ability to type fast might actually give me an advantage. Misfits Attic have done an amazing job in producing an innovative game that has tension and
atmosphere, as well as a truly original art style.”

Intrigued as much as we are? You can check out Duskers starting today on Steam Early Access (Windows to start, Mac and Linux coming shortly).